Nintendo Switch Lite
The Switch Lite is all about portable gaming, and it shows. It's lighter, more nimble and easier to play just about anywhere. It's the ideal option if you never plan to game on your TV. And for existing Switch owners, it's a compelling secondary system.
- Light and comfortable to hold
- Directional pad!
- Solid battery life
- $100 less than the Switch
- No TV output support
- Small text is tough to see
- Critic Reviews (13)
- User Reviews (2)
- 85AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE13 ReviewsWired80Review: Nintendo Switch LiteBeing tethered to a home console is not an experience I particularly enjoy, but there are millions of Switch users who disagree. With its two Switch models, Nintendo now caters to both TV-inclined and TV-averse players without alienating anyone who might be in the middle of those two categories.Tom's Guide80A practically perfect portable consoleThe $199 Switch Lite is an excellent dedicated handheld with a fantastic game library, though it may be a bit too small for bigger hands.Ars Technica90Nintendo Switch Lite is the best portable system Nintendo has ever madeThe Switch Lite is by far the best portable system Nintendo has ever made. Buy it unless you can't imagine losing the ability to play on your TV (in which case, still buy the original Switch).GameSpot80The Prettier PortableThe smaller Switch makes a strong case for itself, but missing features also highlight the brilliance of the original design.The Guardian80A no-frills handheld with plenty of funHaving two Nintendo Switches is definitely an indulgence, anyway. The Lite is more appealing as a replacement, if you can live without detachable Joy-Cons and TV output, or as a cheaper way to introduce your kids to the many joys of the Switch.Polygon90A Small Console, A Big ChangeThe Switch Lite gives Nintendo a dedicated portable on top of its hybrid portable/console without requiring another line of games to be developed or purchased. It has never been easier, or less expensive, to keep up with everything the company is doing.Kotaku90Nintendo Switch Lite: The Kotaku ReviewIt's the sort of gaming hardware I wouldn't feel bad just tossing in a bag unprotected. It's console gaming in the palm of your hand, and you can pull it out during a rooftop party without feeling obligated to share.IGN80The Switch Lite is a wonderful alternate take on an already awesome systemIt's beautifully put together in a way that makes the original look and feel downright clunky, and is even $100 cheaper to boot – but that nicer form and hefty discount come at the loss of the Switch's signature flexibility, removing a number of helpful but inessential features and the ability to play on a TV, which in turn makes a small handful of games effectively unplayable.TechRadar90Time to lighten up?The Nintendo Switch Lite is a great, compact device for those who aren't a fan of (or simply never use) the original Switch's docked mode. The design is more comfortable for portable gaming than the Switch, while boasting the same performance.The Verge80A Triumphant Return To Dedicated HandheldsThe Switch Lite is for people who are sitting on the proverbial fence: someone who liked the idea of Nintendo's tablet but couldn’t quite stomach a $300 price tag and who didn't really want to play games on a TV anyway.The Inquirer90The Switch that doesn't switchNintendo's proud tradition of creating simple, powerful handheld consoles continues with this focused take on the Switch's versatility. If you want a handheld that delivers the gamut of 2019's gaming potential, there is nothing close to the Switch Lite.Destructoid90The list of excuses to not get a Switch is dwindlingWe can speculate on how Nintendo could reveal the Switch Pro at E3 next year (or the New Switch Lite), and how it'll blow every iteration so far out of the water, but if you really dig the idea of gaming on the go or just exclusively play on handhelds, the Switch Lite is one of the best portable options in years.Nintendo Life90Half A Switch, But That's More Than Enough For SomeSure, it's going to be attractive to the average Nintendo fan purely because it's new hardware that looks (and feels) great, but the Switch Lite is all about expanding Nintendo's audience – and that means skewing younger and picking up all those kids that have finally grown bored of their 3DS and 2DS consoles and are eyeing the Switch's amazing library with envious eyes.
- 75AVERAGE USER SCORE2 ReviewsEmill70February 20, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I consistently told myself that I would never buy a Nintendo product because their subpar gaming hardware hasn't interested me since the gamecube nor their distinctive franchise only titles (and tbh I have a natural playstation bias). Being the huge fan of handheld gaming that I am, Nintendo's Switch never struck a cord so I championed the playstation vita well after its premature death. I had held my friend's heavy obnoxiously clunky Gen 1 switch and couldn't understand the non-portability aspect of such a huge device that would never fit in a pair of parachute pants, much less chinos. Then Nintendo debuted the Switch lite and well it was love at first sight. Now one could, in theory, pocket their on-the-go gaming device without having to heave around an extra duffel bag or extra large suitcase. Nintendo had beckoned the call of handheld gaming enthusiasts such as myself, however niche the portability factor passion was. Perhaps even more important was the price point with somewhat sharper resolution and extended battery life than the Gen-1. Speaking of, that friend with the Gen-1 ended up trading hers for a new Switch lite. In her view; a complete upgrade.strictlystyles80February 20, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Switch lite is probably the best handheld the world has ever seen, Unfortunately, Nintendo's terrible handling of both downloadable content and saves make this a tough choice for those with multiple devices. I wanted the new coral Switch lite but after hearing animal crossing is local save only, ill be keeping that on my main switch and just not buying this at all.