Nintendo is Launching the New, More Affordable Nintendo Switch Lite this Fall

by Hilary Braaksma

Nintendo is Launching the New, More Affordable Nintendo Switch Lite this Fall
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Nintendo’s second incarnation of their handheld Switch gaming system will be hitting stores this September. Nintendo promises players a lighter, more portable console with a lower price point than the first Switch.


Though the new console doesn’t “switch” in the sense the original does—Switch Lite is handheld only—it still has a ton to offer gamers. The Nintendo Switch Lite comes in bright color options like yellow and turquoise, allows wireless and online play and is compatible with over 2,000 existing Switch games. The Nintendo Lite is priced $199, about $100 less than the original Nintendo Switch console retails at. The lower price point comes with less accessories and features—but what the Lite lacks in TV connectivity, table-top mode and Joy-Con controllers it makes up for in its compact and portable design. 


The Nintendo Switch Lite isn’t available for pre-order quite yet, but you can still check out the specs on Nintendo’s website. In celebration of the upcoming console release, here are some of our favorite Nintendo Switch games for kids.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe


Kids can race their friends with the latest version of this classic game. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch has new characters and new courses on top of the game’s classic character roster and old favorites. Mario Kart 8 players can also enjoy online play with friends and family.

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Hello Neighbor


Hello Neighbor is a silly and slightly spooky game that little kids get a major kick out of playing. The premise of the game is that players must sneak into their strange new neighbor’s basement to find out what secrets he’s hiding—and although the game provides tons of suspense to keep kids on the edge of their seats, it’s done in a way that’s family-friendly and age-appropriate.

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Stardew Valley


If you’re looking for family-friendly video games with a wholesome vibe, Stardew Valley is a sure winner. Players inherit a virtual farm plot and set out to build a successful life for their character, living off the land, making friends and tending to impressive gardens along the way.

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Civilization VI


Whether you’ve got a serious history buff in the house or you just want to offer a game that’s as educational as it is dynamic and fun, Sid Meier’s Civilization is a great choice. Gamers play as one of 24 different leaders from history and compete to expand empires, advance cultures and make their mark on the world.

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Overcooked! 2


Overcooked! 2 is the follow-up to the hit video game Overcooked!, which has players compete against the game or against each other to successfully manage a restaurant kitchen as the orders pour in. This goofy, lighthearted game can be surprisingly competitive, and when played with others can be a serious team-building exercise.