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The Nintendo Switch been nearly impossible to grab for the past few months thanks to increased demand—but there may be a new console to replace it on the horizon. According to Bloomberg, it’s rumored that Nintendo has plans to announce their next generation Switch (dubbed the “Switch Pro” by fans) at this year’s E3 conference, which starts June 12.
Rumors also reported that Nintendo is planning to begin assembly of this improved system as early as July, with a release window of “September or October” of this year. If you can’t wait that long to start playing the hottest Switch games of the past year, then you’re in luck: after also being sold out for several months, the Switch Lite is back in stock and available online now.
The Nintendo Switch Lite had been sold out for several months due to production shortages caused by Covid-19 (and before that, the Black Friday and holiday rush), but the Switch Lite is back in stock and available online at multiple stores right now.
Nintendo’s latest handheld system was a popular purchase for people in 2020, as stay-at-home orders made people reach for their gaming consoles to help pass the time. At one point, resellers were taking advantage of the demand, by selling the Switch Lite for up to three times its price.
And while demand is still high, the stock seems to be available again. We found the Nintendo Switch Lite on Best Buy and GameStop for its original $199.99 price tag. Amazon has the Switch Lite for $199 as well, with units shipping now. If you want to save an additional $20, GameStop has pre-owned and refurbished models available right now at a discounted price.
The Switch Lite is the latest addition to the Nintendo Switch line, and it differs from the original console in a few ways. The biggest difference is that the Switch Lite is a handheld system only, it cannot be connected to a TV like the regular Nintendo Switch (which is should be back in stock in mid-summer). The Switch Lite’s screen is 0.7 inches smaller than the one found on the original model, but it has the same 720p resolution, so games will still look crisp.
True to its name, the Switch Lite is nearly one-third lighter than the regular Switch, which makes it a lot more comfortable to hold and carry. Finally, the Switch Lite’s controllers are built into the console — on the Switch, the “Joy-Con” remotes can be detached.
Despite these differences, the Switch Lite can play all Nintendo Switch games without any reduction in performance. It has all of the same internal hardware, just shrunk down. This includes titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Pokémon Sword and Shield, and the most popular game right now, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Physical Nintendo Switch games are in short supply, but all the games can be downloaded digitally. If you plan on downloading several games, you should get a MicroSD card to expand the Switch Lite’s storage.
The Nintendo Switch Lite is in stock now, but it probably won’t stay like that for long. If you don’t want to wait for the Switch Por, and you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the system anyways, don’t miss your chance.