The best Nintendo Switch Lite games in February 2024

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If you're looking for a definitive guide to the best Nintendo Switch Lite games, you've come to the right place. The Switch Lite is a brilliant little console as its compact size means it's easy to carry and is cheaper than the larger consoles, and surprisingly, there are very few games that aren't playable on the Lite...

The following guide contains the very best Nintendo Switch Lite games picked out by our gaming experts. We've featured some older favourite franchises like Zelda, plus games like Celeste, that feels great to play on a handheld console.

Looking to buy the console itself? Check out our guides to both the best Nintendo Switch Lite deals and the best Nintendo Switch deals to help you find the best prices on the popular consoles. We also have a list of the best Nintendo Switch accessories if you're wanting to further upgrade your Nintendo set up.

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Are there any games I can't play on the Switch Lite?

Not many, but some. These are usually games that require you to detach joy-cons (which can't be done on the Lite) or require motion controls. A few examples include 1-2 Switch, Switch Sports, Super Mario Party, Just Dance, Ring Fit Adventure, Fitness Boxing, and other movement-involved games. 

Does the Switch Lite have motion controls?

Yes. But not swinging-movement ones. For example, if you're playing Mario Kart Deluxe 8 on your Switch Lite then you'll be able to rotate your console as you would a steering wheel – this is because the Switch Lite contains a gyroscope and accelerometer. 

However, if you wanted to play virtual tennis or another type of game that involves detaching the joycons or any sort of swing movements then this would not be possible with the Switch Lite. 

Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.

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