Nintendo Switch Lite Super Smash Bros UltimateSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

Best answer: Absolutely. The Nintendo Switch Lite is fully compatible with Nintendo Switch Online and the games and services that work with it.

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.

Portable gaming

Nintendo Switch Lite

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.

How does it work with Nintendo Online?

Two people playing Nintendo Switch LiteSource: 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.

Get connected

12-month Nintendo Switch Online membership

12-Month Nintendo Online Membership

Play with players around the world

Nintendo Online access allows you to play with players around the globe, enjoy a library of NES games, and use cloud save storage.

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