Nintendo Switch Vs Switch Lite: Which Version Should You Get?

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The Nintendo Switch comes with everything you need to start enjoying your favourite Nintendo games, except for the games themselves. However, there are now two versions of the highly popular console: the original, and the Nintendo Switch Lite. Here are he chief differences.

The biggest difference between the two is that the original Switch can be played on your TV or in handheld mode, while the Lite can only be in handheld mode.

Both versions come in a variety of different colours, and there are also limited edition versions themed around specific games, like "Let's Go! Pikachu" and "Super Mario Odyssey." The limited edition consoles usually come with their game bundled in.

Each Switch system also comes with 32 GB of storage to start, which you can expand with microSD cards. Local multiplayer can be done for free, but you'll need to pay a monthly fee to play online.

Nintendo Switch: What's Included

The basic Nintendo Switch bundle comes with the console itself, which just consists of a giant screen. By attaching the included Joy-Con controllers to either side, you can play the Switch as a handheld console.

Nintendo switchYou can play the Switch by itself, or hooked into the dock.

The package also comes with the Switch dock - when you hook this dock up to a TV and place your Switch into it, you can play your switch on that TV. The dock also charges the Switch while it's connected to power.

The Switch technically comes with two Joy-Con controllers, a left and right controller, but they can only be used separately for a few games; most of the time, you'll use these controllers together, either connected to the console itself during handheld gaming, or connected to the included Joy-Con grip when your TV is the screen. They can also be used without the grip to take advantage of their motion control capabilities.

Nintendo switch joy consThe Joy-Con controllers can be used in a variety of ways.

The package also includes the two cords necessary for using the Switch, which are an HDMI cable to connect it to a TV, and an AC to USB-C charging cable for power. There are also two wrist straps that can be affixed to the Joy-Con controllers, which makes them slightly bigger, and also makes pressing the shoulder buttons easier.

Nintendo Switch Lite: What's Included

The Nintendo Switch Lite only comes with what you need to start playing.

Nintendo Switch LiteThe Switch Lite has its Joy-Con controllers as a part of the console.

Obviously, it comes with the Switch Lite itself, which is just a screen with two Joy-Con controllers hardwired in. You can't remove the Joy-Cons, but you can still connect other controllers to the system for local multiplayer games.

It also comes with the charging cable, an AC to USB-C cord.


Which one should you buy?

If you want to play Nintendo games on a large screen TV or like the idea of having detachable controllers, buy the original model. If you're keen to save a few bucks and don't mind sticking to portable gaming, get the Switch Lite. You can purchase both models from Amazon Australia for $499 and $299, respectively.


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