Nintendo is known for releasing beautifully themed consoles in conjunction with major game releases and on November 8th, the Nintendo Switch added the Switch Lite to this generation of Nintendo consoles, releasing in 3 color variants; gray, yellow, and turquoise. Shortly after, on November 15th, they released their first Special Edition version of the system; the Pokémon Sword and Shield Zacian and Zamazenta Edition.
This special edition version of the Lite comes with a light gray aesthetic that features cyan-colored buttons on the left side of the console and magenta-colored buttons on the right side. The colors being inspired by the Legendary Pokémon featured in Pokémon Sword and Shield; Zacian and Zamazenta. The back of the console features Zacian and Zamazenta artwork that shimmers under lighting, finishing the look and giving it a nice touch.
The system itself, unfortunately, doesn’t come with either version of the newest Pokémon Sword and Shield game. This feels like a missed opportunity, but also helps keep the price point of this special edition Switch Lite comparable to other versions.
What About the System?
The Nintendo Switch Lite is a fantastic addition to the Switch family of consoles. Coming in $100 cheaper than the Nintendo Switch, it does so at a cost. The Switch Lite is an entirely portable device — which means it will only play games in Handheld Mode. It does not support docked TV Mode, HD Rumble, or IR Motion Camera functionality. But if you are in the market for a primarily handheld system then this is a fantastic little beast.
It’s lighter, more comfortable to hold, and this special Pokémon themed edition is one of the best Pokémon-themed consoles since the Japan-only version of the light blue Pokémon Nintendo 64.