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The Nintendo Switch Lite is official, here’s your first look at it

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The Nintendo Switch may just be the best console of this generation, a powerhouse that can handle pretty much anything thrown at it and still play those games on the go. It’s also stupidly expensive, with a regular model retailing for around R6500 lately, not including any games. There’s a reason why that technology is so expensive, what with all the bells and whistles attached to the Switch.

So how much less would the Switch cost if it scaled back on the technology that makes it feel so special? Lots! Here’s your first look at the Nintendo Switch Lite:

So what’s different? Well for starters, the Nintendo Switch Lite won’t be dockable in the current TV to console case that turns the Switch into a home console, it has a new D-pad design, the Joy-Con controllers can’t detach and there’s no HD Rumble function. It’s also smaller and has zero output to TV, with a full list of differences available right here.

It’ll be out in the US of A this September for around $200. We’ll update the post as soon as we have local pricing, but if you were looking to hop into Nintendo’s library of excellent first-party games and play plenty of stunning indie titles, this option should be lighter on the wallet if you’re prepared to make a few sacrifices.

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Switch Lite

Now about that rumour of the Nintendo Switch getting a heavy-duty upgrade? We’re still waiting to see if that turns out to be true.

Last Updated: July 10, 2019


  1. 200 usd? Thats actually pretty decent I thought they’d be going harder than that. i wonder what the functionality of the joycons would be considering its no longer detachable, surely hd rumble and the gyros would be pretty pointless being attached directly t the body. Hopefully their networking is better in this iteration. Would be interesting to know the differences in performance and battery power.


  2. Fox1

    July 10, 2019 at 14:56

    5.5″ Screen. My cheapo mobile phone has a bigger screen.

    $200 will translate to R4.5k locally.


    • Dr Webster Flexington

      July 10, 2019 at 15:05

      or R5000 on takealot or raru. Let’s face it, we’re not paying under R4000 for this thing in Suffrica.


  3. Craig "Crios" Boonzaier

    July 10, 2019 at 15:15

    Im gonna hold out for the Switch 2/New/Plus or whatever it is going to be called


  4. Original Heretic

    July 10, 2019 at 15:25

    Please be available before Xmas!!


    • Pariah

      July 10, 2019 at 15:34

      Well on their site, the Pokemon one (the blue/pink version) will be available in November. If there’s stock, I know what I’m getting myself for christmas.


  5. Yahtzee

    July 10, 2019 at 16:03

    Im just upset its not called a nintendo lite switch


  6. Dr Webster Flexington

    July 10, 2019 at 14:56

  7. Pariah

    July 10, 2019 at 15:15

    The link in the article doesn’t work.

    ~Edit: Here’s the actual link –



  8. G8crasha

    July 10, 2019 at 15:24

    Now about that rumour of the Nintendo Switch getting a heavy-duty upgrade?

    That is what I am most interested in.

    The name is somewhat BLEH! LITE! Everything that is smaller is LITE!


  9. Milesh Bhana

    July 11, 2019 at 01:02

    Not really interested in a gimped version, but that Sword and Shield version is fucking purrdy.


  10. Milesh Bhana

    July 11, 2019 at 01:02

    Nintendo’s marketing is weird af.
    They start with the delusional montage of situations that will never be (skatepark switch party yall!).
    Then follow up with a brutally honest description of what was removed.

    *snaps fingers


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