Lite this morning and it has a true D-pad, which is a change from the set of four separate directional buttons that are featured on the original Switch’s Joy-Cons. According to Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser, Nintendo has no plans to of adding this new D-pad to the existing Joy-Cons.As reported by CNET, Bowser quickly quieted any thoughts of a revised Joy-Con that would include this updated D-pad that many in the past have wished for.
“There are no plans, or nothing to announce, in terms of further variation of Joy-Con,” Bowser said.
Nintendo Switch Lite Revealed
So, for the time being, fans of a traditional D-pad for handheld play may have to go with a third-party solution or purchase the new Nintendo Switch Lite, which will be released on September 20, 2019, for $199.99 USD in three different colors – Yellow, Gray, and Turquoise.
The Nintendo Switch Lite is smaller than the original Switch and is designed specifically for handheld play as the aforementioned controllers can not be detached, and the Switch Lite has no dock, kickstand, or support of video output to TV of any kind.
Nintendo set a November 8, 2019 release date for a special edition Pokemon Sword and Shield Nintendo Switch Lite which features the legendary Pokemon Zacian and Zamazenta on the back of the system. Neither Pokemon Sword or Shield will be included and it will retail for $199.99 USD.
Nintendo Switch Lite Data Transfer, Games
If the D-pad of the Nintendo Switch is making you consider…switching…to the Switch Lite, Nintendo has also said that there will be a way to transfer data between devices.
You can also check out our list of the top 25 Nintendo Switch games.
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who is sad about his news and really wants some new cool Joy-Cons. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.