Nintendo Switch Lite deals are selling out quickly this week, so prospective deals hunters will have to act with haste if they don’t want to miss out. There’s still a few left, namely at GameStop in the US and Nintendo in the US, but Amazon as well as the other big retailers have already sold out, so definitely hurry.
The cheap Nintendo Switch Lite is the most cost-effective way to play through Nintendo’s current library, though it does cut out some docked features you might want to check out. That said, it’s easy to see why the slimline console has made such an impression since release in September.
The cheaper handheld console is perfectly designed for smaller hands, and for those who want to enjoy the latest offerings from Nintendo for far less. Speaking of spending less cash, we’re tracking down the very best bundle deals on the cheap Nintendo Switch Lite console to save you the hassle this winter.
While you won’t be able to make as much use of multiplayer titles included in these Nintendo Switch light price deals, we’re also rounding up the best prices on extra Joy-Con controllers and wireless gamepads so that everyone can get into the game. So, sit back and let us take you through all the best Nintendo Switch Lite bundles now available.
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The best Nintendo Switch Lite prices
We’ve compiled a list of the latest and cheapest Nintendo Switch Lite deals below. Most of the prices at this early stage are for the console on its own. We don’t expect to see many bundles with discounted games until after the initial release. The comparison charts below will find you the cheapest Nintendo Switch Lite prices for each color available.
Nintendo Switch Lite bundles – USA
Nintendo Switch Lite | $199.99 at GameStopNintendo Switch Lite bundle deals are now available in the US, with GameStop offering inventory of both the gray and turquoise models for delivery right now. That’s a fantastic deal considering the recent price increases and you can even save an extra 10% on KontrolFreek accessories as well.
Gray Model | Turquoise ModelVIEW DEAL
- Newegg – recently price hiked, but previously strong stock levels
- B&H Photo – offering standard pricing right up until stock ran out, but backorders are on their way
- Adorama – stock temporarily unavailable at time of writing
- Kohl’s – one Nintendo Switch Lite bundle is currently available
Nintendo Switch Lite bundles – UK
Nintendo Switch Lite | £199 at NintendoYou can still pick up a Switch Lite for recommended retail price at the Nintendo official store this week, although only the grey colours are still in stock. Everything else has sold out, so definitely act quickly if you want to snag one.
Nintendo Switch Lite | Extra game | £239.99 at ArgosGrab a Nintendo Switch game for £40 when you pick up the Switch Lite console at Argos right now. You’re choosing from Super Mario Maker 2, Luigi’s Mansion 3, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team, and Super Mario Party here, so if there’s a game in this bundle not covered by others, Argos is your best bet.
When to find good Nintendo Switch Lite sales
Nintendo Switch Lite sales will pick up around key gifting periods of the year. That means you’ll see the console on sale far more often around November and December, with stock potentially running dry into January. However, there are other periods of the year in which you’ll find some great Nintendo Switch Lite sales.
With big new game releases, Nintendo will typically bundle their latest game with Nintendo Switch Lite consoles to try and shift a few extra units. That means you’ll be on the lookout for Switch Lite sales around key Nintendo dates – the next one being Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ release on March 20th.
There’s a new Switch on the way, and it’s a whole lot smaller. Today Nintendo revealed the Switch Lite, designed as a less expensive alternative to the original tablet / console hybrid. It comes in at $199 — $100 less than the base unit — and for that price you get a streamlined version of the Switch, but also a few caveats. The Switch Lite is designed explicitly as a handheld: you can’t connect it to your TV, and the Joy-Con controllers are built right in. “The two systems will complement each other and co-exist in the marketplace,” Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser tells The Verge.
Nintendo Switch Lite hands-on: a budget handheld with a premium feel
There are a number of improvements with the Switch Lite. It’s significantly lighter, for one thing; I played with one for around 20 minutes, and the difference was noticeable, particularly when you pick up an original Switch afterwards. The Switch Lite also feels more sturdy since the Joy-Con controllers are now part of the device. The controller layout is largely identical on the Lite, though the new Switch has a proper d-pad, replacing the not-so-precise directional buttons on the original.
“THE TWO SYSTEMS WILL COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER.”
Nintendo says the Lite features “slightly” improved battery life — the company wouldn’t get any more specific than that — due to a more power-efficient chip layout, as well as the lack of additional batteries in the built-in controllers. The Switch Lite also does away with the device’s controversial kickstand.
It’s also just a really nice piece of hardware. The Lite comes in multiple colors at launch — yellow, grey, and turquoise — as well as a special light grey Pokémon Sword and Shield edition, and they all have a pleasant matte texture that feels great to hold. And while the screen is slightly smaller, it didn’t bother me much during intense battles in Breath of the Wild. (Despite the change in size, the resolution for the Switch Lite’s display remains the same 720p as the original Switch, though it no longer has a brightness sensor, so you can only adjust the screen brightness manually.)
The new device has a 5.5-inch touch display, compared to 6.2-inch for its predecessor. If you take a single Joy-Con off of an original Switch, you’ll have a good idea of the size of the new version. There are some other nice touches as well, like bezels and an air vent that match the color of the hardware, so they blend in better. Overall it’s a solid device, and exactly what you’d expect from this kind of refresh.
THE NEW DESIGN COMES WITH SOME TRADEOFFS
The smaller iteration of the Switch has been rumored for some time, along with reports that a more powerful version of the console was on the way. According to Nintendo’s Bowser, the decision to focus on a portable-only option was based on watching how people used the Switch. “It’s more about how we’ve observed them playing,” he says of the console’s audience. “We have the ability to track how people play games and play our titles, so I would say that it’s really an option that offers more choices to people.”
Nintendo says the Switch Lite isn’t going to replace the 3DS
But that new design does come with some tradeoffs. The most notable is the inability to connect to a television; that flexibility has been a large part of the Switch’s appeal. Similarly, the built-in controls and their lack of detachable controllers, HD rumble, and IR sensors creates some small compatibility issues. If you want to use motion controls to catch monsters in Pokémon Let’s Go, or play a game like 1-2 Switch that requires them, you’ll need to purchase an additional pair of Joy-Con separately. Currently, all Switch game packages specify when titles are playable in portable mode, and Nintendo says similar labels will be applied to the digital eShop. If you attempt to purchase a game that’s incompatible with the Switch Lite from the eShop, the company says you’ll receive a warning.
Aside from the new design and those few changes, the Switch Lite and the original Switch are largely identical. Nintendo says there’s no performance difference between the two models, and you can still use the same accessories with the Lite, including Joy-Con controllers, the Switch Pro Controller, and the Poké Ball Plus. The Switch Lite still supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC, and has built-in gyro controls.
Since its debut in March 2017, Nintendo has sold just shy of 35 million Switch units worldwide. Bowser says the timing of the redesigned Switch Lite is meant to capitalize on that initial success, and it should be bolstered by upcoming holiday games like Pokémon Sword and Shield and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.
“We believe the timing is right when we have momentum,” Bowser explains. “This is the perfect opportunity for us to offer more choices, and to bring more consumers into Nintendo Switch in the third year. When you tie that with the software that we just announced at E3, we’ve got a perfect opportunity as we head into the holiday.”
The Nintendo Switch Lite is launching on September 20th — the same day as Link’s Awakening — for $199.99. The Pokémon version will be out on November 8th at the same price.