OSAKA -- Nintendo will release a cheaper handheld-only version of its best-selling video game device in more than a decade, in an effort to win over fans looking for a lower-cost option.
The Switch Lite, unveiled Wednesday, will hit the 80 markets where the original Switch is now sold on Sept. 20.
The new smartphone-size model has a suggested retail price of $199.99 in the U.S., a third less than the $299.99 price tag of the original Switch, which works as both a home system and a portable machine.
The announcement prompted a mixed response from people online, some of whom lamented the loss of the ability to connect the device to a television.
"It's a Switch that can't, well, switch!" said one tweet.
Nintendo describes the device as a "compact, lightweight console that's dedicated to handheld play." Most game titles for the original will work on the Switch Lite, according to the company.
The Switch Lite has shed about 30% of the original's weight while also shrinking a bit. It will come in gray, yellow and turquoise.
Nintendo expects the Switch, the company's most successful device since the Wii debuted in 2006, to reach sales of 18 million units in the fiscal year ending next March, up 1 million on the year. The Kyoto-based company did not revise its forecast despite the debut of the Switch Lite.
In Japan, the new console will sell for 19,980 yen ($184).