Good news and bad has been shared this week regarding Nintendo’s new big console project, the Nintendo Switch Lite.
Confirmed as launching in September 2019, the Switch Lite will offer a lower price at the cost of fewer features.
The good news is that most existing Switch games will be available to play on the handheld device. So for the price of $199, you will get access to most of the existing Switch library of games.
Docking and TV use will not be available with the Switch Lite, which will also boast a longer battery life than the standard model. Some fans believe the price should be lower, based on the complete loss of TV support.
However, US Video Games Industry Analyst Mat Piscatella has backed the Switch Lite to have a positive effect on Nintendo sales.
Having already been backed to be the market leader in terms of console sales in 2019, some analysts believe the new Switch Lite has only strengthened that position.
And with the launch of Pokemon Sword and Shield on the horizon, Nintendo may have cooked up a perfect storm for holiday season.
Here’s more from Piscatella, who told GameDaily: “Switch was already on pace to being the best-selling hardware platform of 2019, and the only platform forecast for year on year growth.
“Switch Lite certainly increases that outlook. The $199 price point will have tremendous appeal, particularly during the holiday season, while Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield should attract a large number of new owners to Switch, many of whom will opt for the portable only device.
“The design should also make Switch a bit more kid-friendly, while also appealing to adults that prefer to play Switch in portable mode.
“All in, I see significant upside to what was already a strong Switch outlook through the remainder of 2019 as well as into 2020 and beyond.”
The only downside to the Switch Lite announcement is that fans waiting for a console upgrade will be left on the hook until at least 2020. Nintendo is reportedly working on an upgraded version of the Switch, or as many are calling it, a Switch Pro.
A launch in 2020 could help offset the impact of the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett but means Nintendo gamers will have to wait longer for it.
A special Switch Lite Pokemon console is being launched later this year to celebrate the big Sword and Shield launch.
The Zacian and Zamazenta Edition draws inspiration from the new Legendary Pokemon featured in Sword and Shield, sporting a light grey tone with blue and magenta face buttons.
There is also artwork of the two Pocket Monsters on the back, with the special edition set to launch in November.
And after revealing new features and new Pocket Monsters earlier this week, developer Game Freak has teamed up with The Pokemon Company to post thrilling new gameplay footage online.
Taken from The Pokemon Company Japanese YouTube channel, the latest gameplay video gives fans a closer look at some of the new features coming to Sword and Shield.
In addition to giant versions of previously announced Pokemon, we also get a look at the game’s new setting and characters.
The latest Sword and Shield trailer – which you can watch below – also features cameo appearances from the new Legendary Pocket Monsters launching with the game.
And just as Zacian and Zamazenta look set to do battle, the trailer cuts to the cover art for the upcoming pair of new releases. It marks the end of a turbulent week for developer Game Freak, who was criticised for recycling animations, despite comments to the contrary.
Another big project coming to Switch and Switch Lite is Zelda Breath of the Wild 2, which was recently revealed to be in active development.
And fans looking forward to The Legend of Zelda title may have been delivered a big release date boost this week. Xenoblade Chronicles developers Monolith Soft are once again assisting with the development of the next mainline Zelda game.
The Nintendo owned dev assisted with the development of the original BoTW, and they recently revealed the big news that they’re opening up a brand new studio in the Japanese capital.
The new Monolith Soft studio will be based in Osaki, a northern district of Tokyo, and will no doubt help to keep production on track.