Thursday, 30 Nov 2023

Lite console, lite on your wallet

Nintendo has never been a company to shy away from iterating on existing products, and here we are with the deceptively cute Nintendo Switch Lite.

Calling it a Switch feels both right and wrong – the console plays almost all Switch titles (any requiring motion controls won't work for reasons we'll cover shortly), but it also doesn't, well, Switch.

The Switch Lite is an entirely handheld device, which means you won't be able to place it in a dock and play your games on a bigger screen. That's partially because video output isn't supported, but also partially because it doesn't fit in the dock.

It's the cheapest way to get to play some incredible titles though, including upcoming releases like Pokemon Sword and Shield along with the incredible Super Mario Odyssey and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

It also has access to the Switch's Eshop, so you can choose from hundreds of indie titles to jump into anytime.

If you haven't decided whether you'll want to play solely in handheld or not, check out our handy guide here.

Nintendo Switch Lite, Turquoise, with Mortal Kombat 11 – £209.95

Nintendo Switch Lite, Grey, with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – £229.00

Nintendo Switch Lite, Yellow, with Super Mario Maker 2 – £229.00

How much does the Nintendo Switch Lite cost?

The Switch Lite launched at £199.99 (or thereabouts) in the UK, but you can now find it a bit cheaper than that, often with a game included. Be sure to keep an eye on our ever-rotating selection of deals to keep up to date.

Who is this console suited to?

Despite the original Switch's portable nature, the Switch Lite trims it down to the bare essentials and therefore is ideal for those commuting or who have no intention of placing the console in a dock. It's also more colourful and durable than the original console, so it's ideal for kids looking to go on their first adventures in gaming.

It's easier to cover what the Switch Lite can't play – games that require motion controls or the rumble technology found in Joy-Cons aren't able to be played, but that's not a great number. In fact, the two key ones we can think of are Super Mario Party and 1-2-Switch, but if you have joy-con controllers handy you can always connect them in any case.

You're right, the Switch Lite is much too titchy for a disc drive so the console uses cartridges and digital downloads – but there is only 32GB of onboard storage. If you want to buy physical versions of games, you'll save memory, but you can also insert any MicroSD card to fill up your Switch (up to 2TB, although those aren't available just yet!).

I think I'd rather have the option to play on my telly

We don't blame you, as many Switch games feature great visuals that you'll want to see in as much detail as possible. For that, you should go for the standard Nintendo Switch – read all about that model here.

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