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Pokémon Nintendo Switch Lite hardware coming in November

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Nintendo unveils new Pokémon Sword & Shield-themed Switch Lite

A front and back shot of a white Nintendo Switch Lite. Nintendo

Nintendo will release a special Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield-themed version of the newly announced Nintendo Switch Lite hardware in November. Like the standard Switch Lite, it will cost $199.99 — $100 less than the cost of a regular Nintendo Switch. It will not include a copy of Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield.

The Pokémon-themed Switch Lite will feature illustrations of new legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta, hence the system’s official name: the Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta Edition. The system is a light gray and features cyan and magenta buttons and analog sticks. It will be released on Nov. 8, one week before Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield come to Switch on Nov. 15.

The Nintendo Switch Lite device can play all games in the system’s library that support handheld mode, Nintendo says, noting that “some games will have restrictions.” The standard edition of the Nintendo Switch Lite system launches on Sept. 20 for $199.99 and will be available in three different colors: yellow, gray and turquoise.