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The cheapest Nintendo Switch Lite deals in May 2022

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The number and quality of Nintendo Switch Lite deals have completely stalled in 2022. Retailers that have the handheld console in stock only offer it at or around the regular price of $199 / £199, while any bundles are limited to just a selection of the best Nintendo Switch games at full price. Considering the handheld-only version of the Switch console is already a budget option it's not a huge surprise, but you can check below for all the latest prices.

As explained above, in the few places where you can actually find the Nintendo Switch Lite this month, you should expect to pay full price for the handheld. Some places may have a small discount, but these seem to change on a daily basis and the reductions are barely more than a few dollars or pounds.

If you really want to buy today, take a careful look below to see what's available right now. If you would prefer a console with the ability to play games on a TV, you're better off checking out the available Nintendo Switch bundles for a wider variety of options. There are some much better value deals there in both the US and UK. Plus, there's now a solid amount of Nintendo Switch OLED stock available to buy.

Once you've picked up a console, remember to check out our guides to the best Nintendo Switch game deals that are available right now on all the top titles. For those after a new year fitness kick, we've also got the best Ring Fit Adventure deals, as well as any Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit deals should you wish to try out the fascinating augmented-reality racer.

The best Nintendo Switch Lite deals

You'll find all the best Nintendo Switch Lite deals from around the web just below. These are listed with the cheapest first, but you can also search for the best price for a specific color, too.

The Nintendo Switch Lite usually costs $199 / £199 but it has been available at a discounted price a number of times in the past. This is a lot rarer since the end of last year, though. In any case, if you see a reduction of more than $10 / £10 for just the handheld by itself then you know you're getting a good deal.

The best Nintendo Switch Lite bundles

Of course, one of the best ways to save cash on your new console is by picking up a Nintendo Switch Lite bundle. The chart below offers up the best prices on Nintendo Switch Lite bundles from across the web, so you can save on a handheld with discounts on games and peripherals on top.

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When to find good Nintendo Switch Lite bundles

The best Nintendo Switch Lite bundles usually crop up around the key gifting periods of the year. That means you often see the console on sale around November and December, with stock running dry into January. However, there are other periods of the year in which you'll find some decent Nintendo Switch Lite deals. 

Nintendo will typically bundle their latest game with a Nintendo Switch Lite console to try and shift a few extra units – especially around the major releases. Be on the lookout for Nintendo Switch Lite bundle deals around these key dates in the future then. Ones to keep in mind right now are Kirby and the Forgotten Land, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 and Splatoon 3.

What is the Nintendo Switch Lite price?

The Nintendo Switch Lite is priced at $199.99 in the US and £199.99 in the UK. In Australia, the Switch Lite costs $329.99. So make sure you're not paying any more than these prices unless you're getting some additional extras like games or accessories.

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What colors does the Nintendo Switch Lite come in?

Most stores stock the Nintendo Switch Lite in coral, yellow, gray, turquoise or blue. We've shown the prices for each of these versions above. These are the main colors but a couple of special editions have also been released in the past with unique designs. These include two Pokémon-themed releases: the Zacian & Zamazenta Edition and the Dialga & Palkia Edition.

How is the Nintendo Switch Lite different?

The Nintendo Switch Lite cannot be used to play games on your TV. It does not come with a dock and you can't plug an HDMI cable into it from your TV. There are no plans to release a separate dock to make it compatible with TVs and you can not use the dock that comes with an original Nintendo Switch either.

The screen on the Switch light measures 5.5-inches across compared to 6.2-inches on the full-sized Nintendo Switch - both display a 720p resolution.

A small number of Nintendo Switch games are not fully playable in handheld mode so they won't work properly with a Switch Lite either unless you use an additional controller like the Pro controller or a pair of Joy-Cons (all sold separately). So anything that needs to be played in docked or tabletop mode is going to be a bit of a pain. We're mainly talking about titles like Mario Party, 1-2 Switch, Fitness Boxing, Just Dance and Nintendo Labo.

Until you pick up some Joy-Cons you'll also have zero access to any sort of optional motion controls either which is a shame for using weapons like bows and swords in games like Zelda or Skyrim. Once you buy those additional Joy-Con controllers, you're very close to the price of a regular Nintendo Switch which comes with a pair anyways. There are no rumble vibration features in the Lite either. So far, we haven't seen any Nintendo Switch Lite bundles offering these controllers in with the price but if we hear of any you can bet they'll be right here.

Why is the Nintendo Switch Lite cheaper?

The Nintendo Switch Lite features a smaller screen than the regular Nintendo Switch and does not feature removable controllers. The biggest difference though is that you can not play it on a TV as there's no way to 'dock it'. So while you're making a saving, it might be worth opting for the full-size version instead if you want to play games on the TV too. 

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Should I buy a regular Nintendo Switch or a Lite? 

The Nintendo Switch Lite would arguably be a great purchase for families that already own a regular Nintendo Switch and multiple people regularly want to play at once (but perhaps a different game). And if some of them generally play in handheld mode away from the TV most of the time already then even better. You can also use your regular Switch controllers to reclaim the motion controls on games too.

If you don't own a Switch already, the lower price point is very tempting, but we think you'd be missing out on some of the Switch's best features by removing motion controls from games. And once you've paid for a set of controllers too you've basically paid the price of a regular Switch.

Not being able to play games on your TV is really going to hurt when you fire up gorgeous classics like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, The Witcher 3 or Super Mario Odyssey. These are titles that are much more enjoyable on the big screen at home.

If you travel a lot though and are going to spend most of your Switch gaming time on a commute or in the back of a car, then the Switch Lite might be a solid pick for you or the family. Looking for something to play on Ninty's super popular console? Be sure to check out our roundup of the best Nintendo Switch games.

James Pickard is a Deals Editor at TechRadar. After many years of scouring the net for the cheapest games and tech for his own personal use, he decided to make it his job to share those bargains with you. James also has over five years of experience covering some of the biggest sales events of the year at Eurogamer and VG247, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime Day. When not deals hunting, James can be found on the PS5, watching a classic film noir or cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.