Does Nintendo Switch Lite support Nintendo Switch Online?

Nintendo Switch Lite Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Nintendo Switch Lite Super Smash Bros Ultimate (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

Does Nintendo Switch Lite support Nintendo Switch Online?

Best answer: Absolutely. The Nintendo Switch Lite is fully compatible with Nintendo Switch Online and the games and services that work with it.Handheld Mini: Nintendo Switch Lite (opens in new tab) ($200 at Best Buy)Play online: 12-Month Nintendo Online Membership (opens in new tab) ($20 at Best Buy)

What is the Nintendo Switch Lite, anyway?

The Nintendo Switch Lite is a special version of Nintendo's hottest gaming machine that has built-in controllers and reduces the device's size. It costs $100 less than the original Switch, plays many of the same games, and has slightly longer battery life. However, it wasn't designed to be used on a TV.

It's the perfect option for people who prefer to play Switch games on a dedicated handheld device. It comes in a few fun colors, and its super compact size makes it easy to take with you just about anywhere.

How does it work with Nintendo Online?

Two people playing Nintendo Switch Lite

Two people playing Nintendo Switch Lite (Image credit: Nintendo)

While there are a lot of differences between the original Nintendo Switch and the new Nintendo Switch Lite, the way that Nintendo Switch Online works is fortunately not one of them. As long as you've created a free Nintendo account, you'll be able to get access to a Nintendo Online subscription and experience everything it has to offer on the Nintendo Switch Lite, just like you can with the standard Switch.

Nintendo Online gives you the ability to play multiplayer games like Mario Kart 8 or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online with friends and other players around the world. It also gives you access to an extensive library of classic NES and SNES titles that you can play for a retro gaming experience. Also, Nintendo Online gives you access to storing saves on cloud storage.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.