Nintendo Switch: Which Model is Best for Your Budget?


The Nintendo Switch is one of the most popular game consoles of all time, and for good reason. The hybrid console is stocked full of great games, from Animal Crossing to the 3D Mario All-Stars collection.

If you’re considering buying a Nintendo Switch, you’re probably wondering which of the systems’ two models is best for you.

Well, fear not, we’ve got you covered. Today, we’ll break down which Switch system is right for which type of gamer. Let’s take a closer look.

Nintendo Switch Lite

The Switch Lite is the smaller, handheld-only variant of the system. This version can’t connect to the TV, even if you have a dock from a standard Switch. It’s also notably lighter and sleeker than the “big” Switch, making it ideal for those who want to carry it in a bag or for younger gamers.

The smaller screen has a higher pixel density, making the image sharp and crisp, even at a smaller size.

The Switch Lite is markedly more affordable than the standard Switch. The Lite retails for $200, a full $100 discount from the standard system. This makes it ideal for those who just want to play games in handheld mode and don’t mind missing out on the TV capabilities.

It’s more difficult to play multiplayer games on the handheld-only Switch Lite, as well. As such, it’s better suited for players who aren’t going to have friends over to play co-op games on the couch. This makes it a great “second Switch” for the house, if someone already has a standard Switch in the living room.

Nintendo Switch

The “big” Switch, if you will, is the original version of the system. It’s a hybrid console that comes with a dock as well as Joy Con controllers that hook onto the sides of the system.

The Joy Cons can be removed from the system to function as either one controller or two, for multiplayer. The dock allows the small tablet system to send its video feed a TV.

This seamless hybrid setup is the Switch’s biggest selling point. It’s a handheld system when you want to play on the go, or just let someone else use the TV. It can be a normal, TV-connected system when you want to play multiplayer games, or enjoy games on the big screen. The flexibility is the system’s strength.

The “big” Switch retails for $300 and is ideal for power users and those who want to play multiplayer games in the living room.