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Learn more about the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite systems to see which one (or two) works for you.

Nintendo Switch

$299.99MSRP*


Nintendo Switch Lite

$199.99MSRP*


    • Play Modes

    • TV mode

      Tabletop mode

      Handheld mode

      Tabletop mode

      Handheld mode

    • Handheld mode only

    • Compatible Games

    • All Nintendo Switch Games

    • Nintendo Switch games that support Handheld mode See details below ▾

    • Joy-Con Controllers

    • Comes with a set of Joy-Con controllers.

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

    • Joy-Con controllers not included

      System does not include HD Rumble or IR Motion Camera.

    • Nintendo Switch Dock

    • Includes a Nintendo Switch dock and HDMI cable. Docking the system allows video output to a TV.

    • Not compatible with Nintendo Switch dock. Does not support output to a TV. Therefore, it does not come with a dock, HDMI cable or kickstand.

    • Dimensions

    • 4” high, 9.4” long, .55” deep (with Joy-Con attached)

    • 3.6” high, 8.2” long, .55” deep

    • Weight

    • Approximately .88 lbs

      with controllers attached

    • Approximately .61 lbs

    • Screen

    • 6.2" touch screen

    • 5.5" touch screen

    • Battery Life

    • Model number: HAC-001

      (product serial number starts with “XAW”)
      Approx. 2.5 to 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.

      Model number: HAC-001(-01)

      (product serial number begins with “XKW”)
      Approximately 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.

    • Model number: HDH-001

      Approximately 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.

Game Compatibility

Nintendo Switch Lite can play the games in the Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode.

For games that do not support handheld mode, players can wirelessly connect compatible controllers (sold separately) to Nintendo Switch Lite. If using separate Joy-Con controllers, users will need to have a device to recharge them, 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.

Just look for the “handheld mode” icon:  

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