Switch Lite Joy-Cons Pro ControllerSource: iMore

Best Answer: Yes, you can use a Pro Controller with the Nintendo Switch Lite. While the Nintendo Switch Lite is solely dedicated to handheld mode, you can still use the same controller accessories for it, including the Pro Controller and separate pairs of Joy-Cons.

Not bound to the built-in controllers on the Nintendo Switch Lite?

Nintendo Switch Lite with Pro ControllerSource: iMore

The Nintendo Switch Lite was built and optimized for handheld mode only, which is why the controllers are built-in and can't be removed like the Joy-Cons. The built-in controllers also don't support HD Rumble or have the IR Motion Cameras needed for motion controls. So you won't be able to play games that use motion controls, such as games like Ring Fit Adventure or Fitness Boxing 2.

But all is not lost! The Switch Lite still has the same functionality as the regular Nintendo Switch when it comes to wireless controllers. You can connect any pair of Joy-cons or any Nintendo Switch wireless controller to the Switch Lite. It's the only way to experience the HD Rumble or motion controls while playing the Switch Lite.

Does the Switch Lite come with separate Joy-Cons or Pro Controllers?

Nintendo Switch Lite Super Mario PartySource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

Unfortunately, no. The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and Joy-Cons are sold separately. We understand that this can be frustrating. However, we think it's worth it if you still prefer handheld gaming mostly but have a soft spot for games that require motion controls.

Does the Switch Lite only play handheld games?

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch LiteSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

The Switch Lite is designed for games that support handheld mode. However, if a game doesn't support handheld mode, it's still possible to play it with the Switch Lite. To play these titles, you will need to connect a compatible controller, such as Joy-Cons or the Pro Controller.

It's easy to tell when a game supports handheld mode. All you need to do is look for the "handheld mode" icon (it looks like a Nintendo Switch with attached Joy-Cons) on product packaging or Nintendo eShop listings. We also have a guide to some of the best handheld mode games for Switch Lite.

Game on the go

Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite (32GB)

Light and portable

The Nintendo Switch Lite is a great, budget-friendly Switch console. It has built-in controllers with a D-pad, is more lightweight, and has longer battery life. It does take away some major Switch features, though, and you can only play games in handheld mode.

Game like a pro

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

(Wireless) Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

The best controller

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is a pro gaming controller for the Switch. It connects wirelessly, charges via USB-C, is comfortable to play with, and has excellent battery life.

Joy for everyone

Nintendo Switch Gray Joy-Cons

Joy-Con (L/R) Wireless Controllers for Nintendo Switch

Everyone join the fun

The Joy-Cons are a staple of any Nintendo Switch console. The Joy-Cons can be used standalone or in a grip and let you play games with multiple friends at once.

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