Pokemon Sword & Shield Gets A Special Nintendo Switch Lite Model

  • Written by Gamespot

Nintendo is well known for releasing not just different models of its gaming hardware, but also special, game-themed versions of those systems. In a series of announcements, the company revealed plans to do both of those things. The Nintendo Switch Lite--a new handheld-only model of the Switch coming this fall--will come in several colors when it launches, but that debut will soon after be followed by another model to celebrate the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield.

The "Zacian and Zamazenta Edition" is named after the two Legendary Pokemon that represent the titular Sword and Shield aspects of each game. It's a light gray tone with blue and magenta face buttons, and artwork of the two creatures gracing the back. It will release on November 8 for $200, the same price as the other Nintendo Switch Lite models. Sword and Shield are not included; you'll have to buy those games separately when they arrive on November 15. (You might actually want both versions, based on the difference we know about so far.)

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The other three Switch Lite models, in yellow, gray, and turquoise, are coming on September 20. That means if you want the Pokemon version you'll have to wait a little while. It launches just a week before Pokemon Sword and Shield, but the games will have to be purchased separately.

The Nintendo Switch Lite is a new model of Nintendo Switch with a lighter body and some removed features, along with the budget price. It can't use docked mode to attach to a TV, and this model no longer has detachable Joy-Con controllers. That also means the rumble and IR camera have both been removed. It does replace the face buttons on the left side with a proper D-pad, however. It also packs in Amiibo functionality.