Best answer: Yes, anyone who owns the Nintendo Switch Lite can play local co-op games with a friend who has a standard Nintendo Switch console as long as the game being played supports handheld mode and doesn't require motion controls.

What is the Nintendo Switch Lite?

It's a smaller version of the Nintendo Switch that can play most of the same games as the larger Switch. It releases on September 20, 2019.

The Switch Lite only weighs .61 lbs with a 5.5-inch screen compared to the larger console's .88 lbs and a 6.2-inch display. It comes in a few different colors including a Pokémon-themed option. Since it is a smaller unit, it only costs $200, a good chunk less than the standard Switch's $300 price.

Multiplayer abilities and limitations

As mentioned previously, those who own a Nintendo Switch Lite will be able to play local co-op games with users sporting either the original Switch or another Switch Lite, as long as the game being played is compatible with the Switch Lite. Some of the popular multiplayer titles you'll be able to play are Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and more. The reason Switch Lite games need to be playable in handheld mode is because the mini Switch doesn't have removable Joy-Cons, HD rumble, or motion controls.

Now, if you're playing a game on your Switch Lite that requires motion controls or removable controllers, you'll still be able to play as long as you've purchased compatible wireless controllers, like the original Joy-Cons, and have them linked with your handheld system. We've done the work and compiled a list of the Switch games that might prove problematic on the Switch Lite due to the use of motion controls, HD rumble, or detachable Joy-Cons. Whenever you play those games, you'll need to have an external controller handy.

Switch Lite owners can also play against others online as long as they have a Nintendo Switch Online membership. Once again, the ability to play a game will depend on whether or not the specific software supports handheld mode or if the owner also has a compatible wireless controller.

Switch mini

Nintendo Switch Lite

Smaller, less expensive, just as much fun

Nintendo Switch Lite works solely in handheld mode, but it uses the same cartridges as the standard Nintendo Switch, so any of your games that offer handheld mode will be compatible, and it can link with Nintendo Switch to play local co-op games.

The OG

Nintendo Switch

The original Nintendo Switch

You can play this versatile console in handheld mode, propped up in Tabletop mode, or in TV mode when connected to the Dock. There are currently hundreds of compatible games and plenty of accessories to make the most out of the system.

Extra controllers

Nintendo Joy-Cons Gray

Wireless controllers for the Switch Lite

You can find these Joy-Cons coming in several different colors. They feature HD rumble, and IR motion camera, and NFC support. They even come with wrist tethers to prevent them from slipping out of your hands. Use them with tons of Switch games to get the most out of your gaming experience.

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