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Nintendo Switch Software Play Mode, Accessory, and Features Compatibility FAQ

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In this article, you'll learn about the different types of game play modes that are compatible with each console in the Nintendo Switch family, as well as information on compatible accessories and supported features.

Note: Learn more about Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite to see which works for you.

Play Modes

Which play modes are compatible with my console?


Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch Lite

Notes

Handheld Mode

Yes

Yes


Tabletop Mode

Yes

Yes

The Nintendo Switch Lite system does not have a stand, but it can be played in tabletop mode using the Nintendo Switch adjustable charging stand (sold separately), or a licensed accessory.

For games that support tabletop mode, players can wirelessly connect compatible controllers (sold separately), such as Joy-Con controllers or the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, to a Nintendo Switch Lite system.

TV Mode

Yes

No


How do I know which play modes are compatible with specific software?

Nintendo Switch Lite can play any game that supports handheld mode, which are the vast majority of Nintendo Switch titles. A game’s supported play modes can be found on the software packaging, on the official Nintendo website game detail pages, and in Nintendo eShop game listings.

Accessories

Which accessories are compatible with my console?


Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch Lite

Notes

Joy-Con controllers

Yes

Yes

The Joy-Con controllers can be used as wireless controllers on a Nintendo Switch Lite system, or connected as wired controllers using a licensed accessory.

A Nintendo Switch console or Joy-Con charging grip (sold separately) is required to charge Joy-Con controllers.

Pro Controller

Yes

Yes

The Pro Controller can be used as a wireless controller for both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, or connected as a wired controller using a licensed accessory.

Dock

Yes

No

Nintendo Switch Lite does not support TV mode.

HDMI cable

Yes

No

Nintendo Switch Lite does not support TV mode.

AC Adapter

Yes

Yes


microSD Card

Yes

Yes


USB LAN Adapter

Yes

Yes

This accessory can be connected to a Nintendo Switch Lite system using a licensed accessory.

Poké Ball Plus

Yes

Yes

This accessory can be paired and used only as a wireless controller on consoles in the Nintendo Switch family.

Nintendo Entertainment System Controllers

Yes

Yes

For Nintendo Switch Lite, the NES Controllers can be paired and used only as wireless controllers.

A Nintendo Switch console is required to charge the NES Controllers.

Super Nintendo Entertainment System Controller

Yes

Yes

This accessory can be paired and used as a wireless controller on a Nintendo Switch Lite system, or connected as a wired controller using a licensed accessory.

GameCube Controller

Yes

Yes

This accessory can be connected to a Nintendo Switch Lite system using a licensed accessory.

GameCube Controller Adapter

Yes

Yes

This accessory can be connected to a Nintendo Switch Lite system using a licensed accessory.

How do I know which accessories are compatible with specific software?

All compatible accessories for a game can be found in its Nintendo eShop game listing and on the official Nintendo website.

Features

Which features are available on my console?


Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch Lite

Notes

HD Rumble

Yes

No

This feature is unavailable on Nintendo Switch Lite, but it may be used with the system by pairing a supported, wireless controller.

Motion Controls

Yes

Yes


Near-Field Communication

Yes

Yes


IR Motion Camera

Yes

No

This feature is unavailable on Nintendo Switch Lite, but it may be used with the system by pairing a supported, wireless controller.

Wired Internet Communication

Yes

No

This feature is available on Nintendo Switch Lite through the use of a licensed accessory.

Wireless Internet Communication

Yes

Yes