Best answer: Your hardware accessories — such as the Nintendo Pro controller and any additional Joy-Con controllers — will still work with the Nintendo Switch Lite. However, your cases and screen protectors probably not compatible due to the change in shape and size.

Nintendo Switch Lite: Everything you need to know

Some won't work...

Because the Switch Lite is a complete redesign, none of the existing Nintendo Switch compatible cases or travel cases will fit correctly. The Switch Lite is 0.5 inches shorter and over 1 inch narrower than the original Switch. Any carry case designed for the original will simply be too big for Switch Lite and using one may lead to damage.

The Switch Lite also sees a reduction in screen size — 5.5 inches, down from 6.2 — so any screen protectors currently on the market won't fit the new handheld either, as well as any hard cases you use to protect your current switch. I use a soft rubber shell on my Switch to keep it safe from the occasional drop, but this won't be able to be transferred to the new Switch Lite. I'm afraid you will have to buy all the latest cosmetic accessories for your new toy.

And some will!

Nintendo made it clear that hardware accessories will still work with the Nintendo Switch. In fact, in the launch trailer, Nintendo explains that you will need to use a separate set of Joy-Cons if you want to play certain games that require motion control, like Mario Party 8. This does mean that if you have an original Nintendo Switch, you can take the Joy-Cons from it and take them with you to use on the Switch Lite if you want to.

The Pro Controller — probably the best way to play games like Smash Bros. Ultimate — will also work with the Switch Lite. This is an essential addition as a lot of the more serious gamers like to use a full controller, even when mobile. It also means you can use the motion controls on the Pro controller as well.

This also means that any third-party controllers you may want to use will also work, which is especially helpful when the Pro Controller can be pretty pricey.

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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.

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