The best Nintendo Switch Lite price in May 2023

A product shot of the Nintendo Switch Lite on a colourful orange background
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Finding the best Nintendo Switch Lite price can be tricky when there's such a wide array of retailers out there. The Switch Lite is the most travel-friendly and compact model in the Switch line. It doesn't feature detachable Joy-cons, so it cannot be played in TV mode. This makes it perfect for solo gamers, as well as those looking for a more affordable option when buying a console as the Nintendo Switch Lite generally retails for around $199/£199, making it around $100/£100 cheaper than the larger Switch consoles. 

Our below guide compiles all the best prices on the compact console, with our live widgets pulling in the very best Nintendo Switch Lite deals available wherever you're based. If you keep on scrolling, you'll also find breakdowns of our favourite features of the Switch Lite below and why we think they're a great investment. 

Want to know why we love this console so much? Check out our detailed Nintendo Switch Lite review. We also have definitive guides to the best Nintendo Switch Lite games and best Nintendo Switch accessories if you're looking to further step up your gaming set up. For now, let's check out the best Nintendo Switch Lite deals. 

The best Nintendo Switch Lite deals

Product shots of various coloured Nintendo Switches on a colourful background

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Nintendo Switch Lite

The best affordable Nintendo Switch.

Release year: 2019 | Dimensions: 91.1mm x 208mm x 13.9 | Weight: 275g | Resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels | Screen: 5.5-inch LCD touchscreen | Storage: 32GB, expandable with microSD cards

Portable playing
Great colour variation
Comfortable design
Only handheld games

The Nintendo Switch Lite was released in September 2019 as a more affordable and portable alternative to the bigger Nintendo Switch. The pocket-sized console was designed for gaming on the go, so you don't need a TV or monitor to use it nor can you does it feature detachable Joy-Cons, and that's a big reason why it's roughly $100/£100 cheaper than the Nintendo Switch.

The Lite comes in a range of fun colours, including turquoise, yellow, coral or grey. You can also find some special editions when stock is available, like the blue Switch Lite or the Pokemon Dialga & Palkia Edition. It's rare we see huge savings on Nintendo consoles outside of big retail sale events like Black Friday and Amazon Prime, so keep an eye on the below widgets to see the current best Nintendo Switch Lite deals.

Is the Nintendo Switch or the Nintendo Switch Lite better?

There's a few factors to consider when choosing which Nintendo Switch model to go for. The major difference between the normal Switch and the Lite  (outside of the sizing) is that the Lite can only be played in handheld mode. The original Nintendo Switch has three modes thanks to the detachable Joy-Con controllers and can be played in handheld, tabletop or TV mode. The Switch Lite is designed to be portable and compact, and therefore is one solid unit. The controllers cannot be removed and it cannot be placed in a dock to be played on the TV. However, the Lite comes in a wider variation of funky colours and the smaller design means that it's easier to carry around in your bag, making it perfect for solo gaming on the go. 

Can you play all Switch games on the Nintendo Switch Lite?

Due to the Switch Lite being one solid unit where you cannot detach the Joy-Cons, there are a select number of games you cannot play as they require the motion technology that separate Joy-Cons offer. The Just Dance series, Nintendo Switch Sports, Super Mario Party, and 1-2-Switch are just a few of the movement based games that are not fully supported on the Switch Lite. That's why it's important to always double check before buying a game that it is playable on your specific console, but luckily most games released by Nintendo nowadays have handheld support to make sure you're not missing out!

Is the Nintendo Switch Lite worth buying?

The Nintendo Switch Lite is a fantastic option for those looking for solo gaming and playing on the go. Whilst the Switch Lite may not have detachable Joy-Cons, the online services mean you can still play multiplayer games with friends and family so you're not missing out. 

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Beren Neale
Deals Editor

Beren has worked on creative tech magazines and websites at Future Publishing for 13 years. He started this journey as Staff Writer on the digital art magazine ImagineFX, and in 2012 found himself bridging the magazine/website divide as Commissioning Editor on the newly launched Creative Bloq. Since then he took the editor role on ImagineFX, was Launch Editor of the fine art magazine Paint & Draw, moved to Canon Pro Europe website as Deputy Editor, and then edited the graphic design magazine Computer Arts. In 2020 he moved back to Creative Bloq, the biggest global art and design website, and as Deals Editor has applied his expertise in creative tech to help digital creatives get the best deals on the kit that they need and love. Outside of work, Beren likes nothing better than to climb himself a bit of rock.  

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