Nintendo Switch Lite has been confirmed by the Japanese gaming giant in a surprise announcement today.

After months of speculation the new Nintendo Switch was detailed in a video posted on the official Nintendo YouTube.

The Nintendo Switch Lite has been described as a “dedicated” handheld console.

As per the rumours, the Nintendo Switch Lite does not feature removeable Joy-Cons and for multi-player games additional Joy-Cons will have to be purchased.

As it is a dedicated handheld console, the Nintendo Switch Lite will not support outputting to a TV.

Additional Joy-Cons will also need to be purchased to use games that support features such as HD rumble, IR Motion Camera and Joy-Con motion.

The Nintendo Switch Lite was showcased in a number of colours including yellow, turquoise and grey.

The Nintendo Switch Lite has a release date of September 20 2019.

In terms of specs, the Nintendo Switch Lite weighs 20 grams less than the regular Switch and boasts a 5.5inch LCD screen compared to a 6.2inch display on the current Switch.

The regular Switch dimensions, with Joy-Cons attached, is 102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm.

Whereas the Switch Lite is 91.1mm x 208mm x 13.9mm.

Nintendo said the Switch Lite battery life, like the regular Switch, can last for more than six hours.

However, this varies depending on “software and usage conditions”.

Ninty said Breath of the Wild can be played for “roughly four hours on a single charge” on the Switch Lite.

But on the regular Switch the Zelda classic can be played for “roughly three hours on a single charge”.

One other big difference between the Switch Lite and the regular Switch is the new model boasts a proper D-Pad, which will be a boost to fighting game fans.

The official description for the Nintendo Switch Lite says: “The console for gamers on the go.

Nintendo Switch Lite is a compact, lightweight addition to the Nintendo Switch family, with integrated controls.

“Nintendo Switch Lite supports all Nintendo Switch software that can be played in handheld mode.

“It’s great for people who have lots of opportunities to play outside, and also for anyone who wants to play online or local wireless multiplayer with friends or family who already own a flagship Nintendo Switch console.

“As a dedicated handheld gaming device, Nintendo Switch Lite does not support output to a TV.”

In a Q&A section on the listing for the new console Nintendo says the Switch Lite “can play all Nintendo Switch software that supports handheld mode”.

The Nintendo Switch Lite will cost $199 in the US, but we’re still awaiting word on the UK pricing.

A special, limited edition Switch Lite has also been announced which will be released in the run-up to the Pokemon Sword and Shield release.