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Switch Lite doesn't connect to the TV for business reasons. Of course Nintendo could have made it a hybrid device as well, but that wasn't the goal of this revision. Switch Lite is not meant to be an option with a smaller screen, rather it's a complementary device for the Switch family of consoles. It's all about selling Switch to people who either never intend to play video games on a TV in the first place, and people who already have a hybrid Switch that occupies the TV in their household and are looking to buy another Switch for a family member.

Giving the Switch Lite less features allows Nintendo to hit a lower retail price while at the same time the handheld-only device doesn't compete with the hybrid Switch. It results in great positioning of the two different SKUs which is favorable for marketing and perceived value.

Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

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