Nintendo has two fashions of the Nintendo Swap obtainable on the market proper now: the Nintendo Swap and Nintendo Swap Lite. Each techniques play Swap video games, however there are some key variations between the 2 consoles — particularly value and performance — it is best to find out about if you happen to’re out there to purchase your first Nintendo Swap.

The largest factor to contemplate is how you may play video games on Nintendo Swap vs. Nintendo Swap Lite, and the choice to purchase which system will possible come right down to price vs. flexibility.

Which Swap works with my TV?

The Nintendo Swap earned its title due to the varied methods it may be performed: attached a TV or monitor with the included dock, sitting on a tabletop and performed with wi-fi controllers, or in handheld mode, form of like a basic Sport Boy.

The Swap Lite, however, is purely a handheld gadget. It will probably’t be hooked as much as a TV, and the Pleasure-Con controllers — which might be popped out of a regular Nintendo Swap and performed with wirelessly — are built-in and completely connected to the Swap Lite.

TL;DR: If you wish to play Swap video games on a TV, or have a number of folks play collectively, get a regular Nintendo Swap. In the event you simply need to play handheld, get a Swap Lite.

What’s the distinction in value?

The usual, extra feature-rich Nintendo Swap is costlier. It prices $299.99.

In the event you’re searching for one thing cheaper, the Swap Lite prices $100 much less at $199.99.

The Nintendo Swap (left) with crimson and blue Pleasure-Cons; a Swap Lite (proper) in yellow
Photograph: Michael McWhertor/Polygon

What video games play on Swap vs. Swap Lite?

As you would possibly count on, all Swap video games are suitable with the usual Nintendo Swap. However the Swap Lite is barely extra restricted; it solely performs Swap video games that help handheld mode. What this implies is that some video games that require separating the Pleasure-Cons from the Swap with a purpose to play them don’t play properly (or in any respect) with the Swap Lite. This consists of titles like Ring Match Journey, Nintendo Labo video games, and launch sport 1-2-Swap.

In the event you’re seeking to play the most well-liked Nintendo video games like Mario Kart Eight Deluxe, Tremendous Mario Odyssey, Pokémon Sword and Defend, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you may’t go improper with both system.

What’s the distinction in dimension and display dimension?

The Nintendo Swap is bigger and heavier than the Nintendo Swap Lite (yeah, I assume the title just about implies that). With a pair Pleasure-Con controllers connected to a Swap, the system weighs 0.88 lbs, in comparison with the Swap Lite, which weighs 0.61 lbs.

The Nintendo Swap additionally has a barely bigger contact display, measuring 6.2 inches diagonally. A Swap Lite display is 5.5 inches.

There’s a distinction in battery life, too. The Nintendo Swap that Nintendo at present sells incorporates a batter that lasts between 4.5 to 9 hours, relying on which sport you’re enjoying. The Swap Lite battery has a barely shorter battery life, between three to seven hours relying on the sport.

(Barely complicating this concern is that the Nintendo Swap that Nintendo at present sells is totally different from the unique launch mannequin, which has the worst battery life. Don’t fear about it an excessive amount of; if you happen to’re shopping for a brand new Nintendo Swap from a retailer, you’re most likely going to get the one with the brand new and improved battery life.)

a hand holding up a turquoise Nintendo Switch Lite showing Super Mario Maker 2

A Nintendo Swap Lite in turquoise, enjoying Tremendous Mario Maker 2
Photograph: Michael McWhertor/Polygon

What colours can be found?

In the event you’re shopping for a Nintendo Swap, you may select from quite a lot of Pleasure-Con colours. The usual fashions are available a modest grey or in “neon” crimson and blue. Nintendo sells many different colours of Pleasure-Con controllers, together with pink, inexperienced, purple, orange, yellow, and blue. These additional Pleasure-Con are bought individually, and sometimes price $79.99 for a pair.

The Swap Lite is out there in 4 colours: yellow, turquoise, grey, and coral. All of them look good and are extra understated than the intense colours of the Swap Pleasure-Cons.

Further studying

In the event you’re searching for a deeper dive into the Nintendo Swap, you may learn Polygon’s full evaluation of the unique system and our evaluation of the Swap Lite. You can too learn up on our favourite Swap video games if you happen to’re searching for suggestions. Or, if you happen to’re seeking to see how a Swap compares to different consoles, just like the PlayStation Four and Xbox One, we’ve received you coated there too.

Full {hardware} specs

For a full breakdown of the Nintendo Swap vs. Swap Lite {hardware} specs, try the desk under.

Nintendo Swap vs. Swap Lite

Specs Nintendo Swap Nintendo Swap Lite
Specs Nintendo Swap Nintendo Swap Lite
Dimension Approx. 4″ excessive, 9.4″ lengthy, .55″ deep (with Pleasure-Cons connected) Approx. 3.6″ excessive, 8.2″ lengthy, and .55″ deep
Weight Approx. .88 lbs (with Pleasure-Cons connected) Approx. .61 lbs
Display screen Multi-touch capacitive contact display
6.2″ LCD Display screen
1280 x 720 decision
Capacitive contact display
5.5″ LCD
1280×720 decision
Storage 32 GB (expandable utilizing microSDHC or microSDXC playing cards as much as 2 TB) 32 GB (expandable utilizing microSDHC or microSDXC playing cards as much as 2 TB)
Networking Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
Bluetooth 4.1
Helps wired LAN adapter in TV mode
Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
Bluetooth 4.1
Video output As much as 1080p through HDMI in TV mode
As much as 720p through built-in display in tabletop mode and handheld mode
Audio output Appropriate with 5.1ch Linear PCM output
Output through HDMI connector in TV mode
Constructed-in audio system
3.5mm audio jack
Constructed-in audio system
3.5mm audio jack
Inner battery Lithium-ion battery 4310 mAh Lithium ion battery 3570 mAh
Battery life Approx. 4.5-9 hours (Mannequin quantity HAC-001-01) Approx. 3-7 hours (Mannequin quantity HDH-001)

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