Comparing the Nintendo Switch Lite: DOES SIZE MATTER????


By Dinh Duong, Staff Writer

Introduced July 10th earlier this year, the Nintendo Switch Lite is the highly anticipated “sequel” to the original Nintendo Switch. An even more portable system than the first, the handheld-only version, officially released September 20th, is filled with great reasons to purchase. On the other hand, the original Switch is still a great gaming system. Most of their functions are similar with slight differences in aspects like screen size and Joy-Con controllers. If you’re struggling to decide which Switch to purchase, here are some key features to keep in mind.

  1. Screen 

The Switch Lite’s screen size is 5.5 inches compared to the Switch’s screen size of 6.2 inches. Technically, because the Switch Lite’s display is smaller, it’ll offer higher resolution, but the Switch’s screen is already great quality, so the difference is slight. Another aspect to consider is the Nintendo Switch dock. The dock or HDMI cable allows you to connect the gaming system into the TV for a bigger screen. The Switch Lite does not support this.

   2. Joy-Con Controllers

The Switch Lite does not come with Joy-Con controllers. The gaming system is not meant for multiplayer use and therefore doesn’t support games that require the detachable controllers. This is a problem if you want to play one of the scarce two-player games, but other than that, the Switch Lite can support all the games the Switch can play. An additional feature that the Switch Lite lacks is the HD rumble.

   3. Cost

Priced at $199, the Switch Lite has a $100 difference from the Switch. Take that into account when comparing the other specs listed. 

   4. Battery Life

One of the greatest pros of the Switch Lite is its extra battery life. Compared to the previous model with 2.5 to 6.5 hours, it has an extended battery life of 3 to 7 hours. However, keep in mind you can still plug your Switch into a portable battery if you’re on the go.


If you’re looking for on the go single player use for a great price, go for the Switch Lite. If you’re looking for multiplayer use and/or a bigger screen, consider the Switch.


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