Nintendo Switch vs Switch Lite: which should you buy?

A product shot of both consoles to show the Nintendo Switch vs Switch lite
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If you're looking at getting a new console but aren't familiar with the Nintendo range, luckily choosing between the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch Lite is pretty easy. Both are excellent games consoles that (mostly) do the same thing, but there are a few major differences that warrant some research before you buy. Our below guide will go into detail about the major differences between the two in order to help you choose a console best suited for you.

So what's the main difference between the two consoles? The original Nintendo Switch has detachable Joy-Cons, meaning it can be placed into a dock and played in both tabletop and TV mode, where as the Switch Lite is a solid, smaller unit that will only play in hand-held mode. Being a lot smaller than the normal Switch, it's a lot more travel-friendly and is therefore a great starter console for kids or gamers on the go. There are very few games that aren't playable on the Switch Lite too, so you don't need to worry too much about missing out on the best titles! If you're wanting to get the biggest and best Switch console available, there is of course the new Nintendo Switch OLED (we have a detailed breakdown of the original Nintendo Switch VS the Switch OLED If you want to know more about that). We also have reviews of both the Nintendo Switch and the Switch Lite if you want to know our hands-on thoughts about both of these consoles!

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Richard Priday

Richard is a tech journalist and writer. He is Staff Writer at Tom's Guide and has a passion for smartphones, gaming and audio. 

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