Elsewhere, the Switch Lite will benefit from "slightly" improved battery life due to a more power-efficient chip layout, as well as the lack of additional batteries in the built-in controllers.
"Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more color and price point options", said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser in a press release.
At $200, the Switch Lite is $50 more than the $150 2DS XL, the most recently introduced product in Nintendo's line of portable gaming devices. There's also support for Wi-Fi, NFC, and the Switch Lite can also pair with extra controllers. if you'd rather use the Switch Pro controller to jump and flip around Super Mario Odyssey. And I'm hoping that the Lite's D-Pad Joy-Con style will become available for other members of the Switch family in the near future. You will also apparently be able to connect an external wireless controller to the Lite, for games which do not support handheld mode but do tabletop mode.
The new Nintendo Switch Lite is due to arrive in stores from 20 September, priced from US$199 (approx GBP£160 at today's exchange rate, but we don't have official United Kingdom pricing at hand). The limited edition Pokémon Sword and Shield edition will go official on November 8. The controllers are part of the device so can no longer removed, and the standard versions will come in yellow, grey, or turquoise. The "dedicated handheld" Switch makes it easier for travelling, but doesn't come without disadvantages.
The Switch Lite is created to be exclusively portable. It can last up to 7 hours depending on which game is played.
It's a smaller system overall, and it has a 5.5-inch 720p resolution screen, versus 6.2 inches on its larger sibling. Nintendo has created a website where customers can compare Switch models to pick the device ideal for their needs.
What games will Nintendo Switch Lite play? As someone who primarily only plays in handheld mode, I am half tempted to change models. Compatible game modes will be listed on the back of game packaging and in Nintendo eShop.