Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Nintendo Switch Lite D-Pad Won't Be Added to Joy-Cons

Nintendo Switch Lite D-Pad Won't Be Added to Joy-Cons

You won't be able to glide around the tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe using the Joy-Con controllers or emulate using a Poké Ball in Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! but you'll still be able to play like an old school handheld.

It is unlikely that this new Switch revision will be announced, instead, it will be silently rolled out and used to replenish stocks of the current Nintendo Switch, similarly to Sony's PS4 Pro revisions. Unlike the regular Switch, it will not feature detachable Joy-Con controllers or a kickstand, and it won't support TV Mode.

The Nintendo Switch Lite is designed exclusively as a handheld, meaning the Joy-Con controllers are built-in, and it can not connect to your TV. "Occasionally, I'll pop it in the dock to play multiplayer or for when I just want to look at my games on a larger screen, but I mostly like to take my Switch around with me".

You can find out more information on the official Nintendo websites for the United Kingdom and U.S. here. You'll notice the directional buttons on the left have also been replaced with a D-Pad. However, Nintendo has designed for the two systems - the Switch and the Switch Lite - to complement each other. Speaking to CNET, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser said he could see the Switch Lite "fitting into a household where there are multiple players. and one flagship Nintendo Switch".

It's also a little bit smaller, shrinking the Switch down to a light 276g.

The Switch Lite also loses the rumble functionality, which means you won't be getting any force feedback when you're playing games.

Jason Faulkner, senior editor: "I play nearly exclusively with the Switch docked". Does the idea of plugging your Switch into a TV alarm and disgust you? The Switch Lite is now priced at $199.99, while the Switch Prime is $299.99. This would have the biggest impact on Labo games, though Labo wouldn't have worked anyway because it also requires removable Joy-Cons.

Nintendo Switch Lite can play the games in the Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode.

Nintendo has yet to confirm official internal specs of the Switch Lite, but if it features the same Tegra X1 chip as the original Switch, it'll lose out on the performance jumps made possible by docked play.

Nintendo's new Switch Lite releases on September 20, 2019 for $199. In addition, Nintendo will release a special Pokémon-themed edition that set to arrive with the new game "Pokémon Sword & Shield".

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