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Nintendo Switch Lite

20.09.2019

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First Look at Nintendo Switch Lite: A New Addition to the Nintendo Switch Family

Dedicated to handheld play

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.

Compare Nintendo Switch Lite and Nintendo Switch

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It’s easy to take your favourite games with you

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Nintendo Switch Lite can play all Nintendo Switch software that supports handheld mode.

How to check if software supports handheld mode

If a game supports Joy-Con functions such as HD rumble, IR Motion Camera and Joy-Con motion sensors, some features will not be available using Nintendo Switch Lite alone. Joy-Con controllers (sold separately) are required to use these features.

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For games that do not support handheld mode, players can wireless connect Joy-Con controllers (sold separately) to Nintendo Switch Lite. In these cases, users will need to have a device to recharge Joy-Con controllers, such as the Joy-Con charging grip. To find play mode compatibility information for specific games, please refer to the product packaging or Nintendo eShop.

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Link up to eight consoles for multiplayer

Local multiplayer

Players can sync together up to eight Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite consoles to play competitive and co-operative multiplayer games.

Online multiplayer

With a Nintendo Switch Online membership, you can play with friends far away and players around the world, access a growing library of classic NES games with added online features, enjoy exclusive offers such as TETRIS® 99 and Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers, and more!

Find out more about Nintendo Switch Online

Three colours to choose from

Yellow
Grey
Turquoise

Specifications

Front

Back

Top

Bottom

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Back
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Nintendo Switch Lite console

  Nintendo Switch Lite console
Size 91.1mm x 208mm x 13.9mm
Please note: 28.4mm at the thickest, from the tips of the analogue sticks to the ZL/ZR Button protusions.
Weight Approx. 275g
Screen Capacitive touch screen / 5.5 inch LCD / 1280x720 resolution
CPU/GPU NVIDIA customised Tegra processor
System memory 32 GB
Please note: approximately 6.2 GB of internal memory is reserved for use by the system.
Communication features Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compliant) / Bluetooth 4.1 / NFC (near-field communication)
Video output -
Audio output -
Speakers Stereo
Control inputs Left Stick
Can be pressed down and used as a button.

Right Stick
Can be pressed down and used as a button.

A/B/X/Y/L/R/ZL/ZR Buttons

+ Button / - Button

+Control Pad

POWER Button

Volume buttons

HOME Button

Capture Button
USB terminal USB Type-C terminal
Used for charging the console.
Audio jack Stereo output
Game card slot Exclusively for Nintendo Switch game cards.
microSD card slot Compatible with microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC memory cards.
Please note: an update via an internet connection is required to use microSDXC memory cards.
Sensors Accelerometer / gyroscope
Operating environment Temperature: 5 - 35°C / Humidity: 20 - 80%
Internal battery Lithium ion battery / battery capacity 3570mAh
Please note: the internal battery cannot be removed. If the battery needs to be replaced, it can be replaced for a fee via Nintendo Customer Support.
Battery life Battery life can last for more than six hours, but will vary depending on the software and usage conditions.
For example, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played for roughly four hours on a single charge.
Charging time 3 hours approx.
Please note: this is the time taken to charge while the console is in sleep mode.

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HOME Menu

From the HOME Menu, you can start games and select game settings. In addition to managing friends and user accounts, you can also change your system settings here.

Main features of the HOME Menu

News

The latest news about games will be delivered to your Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo eShop

Find and buy digital versions of full games and DLC.

Album

Easily take and save screenshots or video clips from select games using the Capture Button. Then view, edit and share to social networks from your album.

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Using Nintendo Switch Lite as a second console

Information about transferring your download software and save data between consoles.

How to play download software on multiple Nintendo Switch consoles

Download software can be downloaded and played on multiple Nintendo Switch consoles that are connected by the same Nintendo Account.

Please note: the same download software cannot be played on multiple consoles simultaneously.

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How to transfer save data between multiple Nintendo Switch consoles

You can use the "Transfer Your Save Data" feature to transfer save data between two Nintendo Switch consoles.

Please note: this feature is not compatible with all software.

With a Nintendo Switch Online membership, you can also use the Save Data Cloud feature to move save data between Nintendo Switch consoles. Please note: this feature is not compatible with all software.

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TV mode

Tabletop mode

Handheld mode

Joy-Con

HD rumble

IR Motion Camera

How to check if games support handheld mode

Game cards

For physical software on game cards, please look for the handheld mode symbol on the back of the box.

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Downloadable software

On product pages on Nintendo eShop, please check the Supported Play Modes section for the handheld mode symbol.

On product pages here on the official Nintendo website, please check the Details tab. Information about play modes can be found in the Features section.

Features that require additional Joy-Con controllers on Nintendo Switch Lite

If a game supports Joy-Con functions such as HD rumble, IR Motion Camera and Joy-Con motion sensors, some features will not be available using Nintendo Switch Lite alone. However, Joy-Con controllers (sold separately) can be wirelessly connected to Nintendo Switch Lite to use these features.

A Joy-Con charging grip or flagship Nintendo Switch console (HAC-001) is required to charge Joy-Con controllers. These products are sold separately.

Affected Nintendo software

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Mario Tennis Aces

Swing Mode, which allows you to play with motion controls, cannot be played unless you connect a Joy-Con controller.

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Snipperclips and Snipperclips Plus

Party Mode and Blitz Mode cannot be played unless you connect two additional controllers, such as Joy-Con controllers, and play with two or more people.

Games that can be played on Nintendo Switch Lite if you have additional Joy-Con controllers

For games that support tabletop mode, players can wirelessly connect Joy-Con controllers (sold separately) to Nintendo Switch Lite and enjoy the following games (with some restrictions as listed).

A Joy-Con charging grip or flagship Nintendo Switch console (HAC-001) is required to charge Joy-Con controllers. These products are sold separately.

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Super Mario Party

Toad's Rec Room minigames, played by combining two flagship Nintendo Switch consoles with the Joy-Con controllers detached, are not designed for the shape of Nintendo Switch Lite, so the game experience will differ from that intended.

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1-2-Switch

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Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit

While additional Joy-Con can be used with the included Toy-Con, the Nintendo Switch Lite console cannot be placed in the Toy-Con for Fishing Rod, Motorbike, Piano or House, so the game experience will differ from that intended.

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Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 02: Robot Kit

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Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03: Vehicle Kit

While additional Joy-Con can be used with the included Toy-Con, the Nintendo Switch Lite console cannot be placed in the screen stand included in Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03: Vehicle Kit.