Which Nintendo Switch is right for you?

Decide which Nintendo Switch family console is the best fit for you with this comparison table!

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Nintendo Switch

Fully-featured for home and on-the-go gaming

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Nintendo Switch Lite

Dedicated to handheld play

Play modes

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TV mode

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Tabletop mode

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Handheld mode

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TV mode

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Tabletop mode

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Handheld mode

Compatible software

All Nintendo Switch software.

Nintendo Switch software that supports handheld mode.

Find out more about game compatibility

Controllers

1 Joy-Con Pair included

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HD rumble

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IR Motion Camera

Joy-Con controllers include HD rumble and IR Motion Camera.

Features Integrated controls

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Joy-Con (sold separately) required to play games that use HD rumble and IR Motion Camera.

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Nintendo Switch dock

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Output via HDMI cable in TV mode.

Does not support output to a TV and is not compatible with the Nintendo Switch dock.

Size

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6.2 inch LCD

1280x720 resolution

102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm (with Joy-Con attached)

Please note: 28.4mm at the thickest, from the tips of the analogue sticks to the ZL/ZR Button protrusions.

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5.5 inch LCD

1280x720 resolution

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. 297g

(With Joy-Con controllers attached: 398g)

Approx. 275g

Battery life

Nintendo Switch with improved battery life

(Serial number begins with “XK”. See more)

Approx. 4.5-9 hours

The battery life will depend on the games you play. For instance, the battery will last approximately 5.5 hours for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Nintendo Switch

(Serial number begins with “XA”)

Approx. 2.5-6.5 hours

The battery life will depend on the games you play. For instance, the battery will last approximately 3 hours for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Approx. 3-7 hours

The battery life will depend on the games you play. For instance, the battery will last approximately 4 hours for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

 

Games compatible with Nintendo Switch Lite

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.

More details

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.

More details

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.