Nintendo announces smaller, cheaper new Switch console

TOKYO:  After the runaway success of “Switch” game console, Game giant Nintendo has announced the release of a scaled back and cheaper version. It is expected to be out in September.

Switch Lite, which will sell for US$199.99 (RM825), will be a strictly handheld device that can’t be used with television sets.

The Japan-based company said in a statement that it will hit shelves on Sept 20.

What’s the difference? The “Switch” is a hybrid that can be used for handheld play or hooked up to a screen at home while the Switch Lite’s controllers are permanently fixed on either side of the screen.

Aside from that, the size is also smaller that it can fit to the pocket of an adult’s jacket.

 “Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more colour and price point options,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. 

“Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favourite Nintendo Switch games.”

Switch Lite can also play many Switch games but with fewer features, Nintendo added.

The original Switch has enjoyed huge popularity, helped by innovative, family-friendly software titles. Nintendo, the creator of Super Mario and Pokémon, is aiming to roll out the flagship model to China via Tencent to further boost its global reach.

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