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Does Nintendo Switch Sports work on the Lite?

Some gamers are wondering if Nintendo Switch Sports will even work on the Lite so we attempt to answer this burning question.
Does Nintendo Switch Sports work on the Lite?
Fans of the Nintendo Sports franchise will finally be able to enjoy the latest iteration on 29th April 2022 with the release of Nintendo Switch Sports. However, not every fan might be able to enjoy the game to its fullest, or at all. We are, of course, talking about the possibility of playing Nintendo Switch Sports title on the Switch Lite.

The game makes excellent use of the motion controls and the detachable Joy-Cons of the Nintendo Switch, perfect for TV mode or Tabletop mode. What is unclear, however, is how and if those with a Switch Lite can still play Nintendo Switch Sports.

Will Nintendo Switch Sports work on the Lite?

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We can't help but wonder how or even if Nintendo Switch Sports will work on the Lite console. (Picture: Nintendo)

Some games, such as 1-2-Switch and Super Mario Party use the motion controls and detachable Joy-Con controllers to great effect, something which the standard Switch Lite does not have.

From an earlier beta test, we also know that during this test, in the official rules, Nintendo stated that: "Nintendo Switch Sports Online Play Test is not compatible with Nintendo Switch Lite."

According to early reports, even with Joy-Cons, those on the Nintendo Switch Lite simply couldn't get into any games while testing Nintendo Switch Sports.

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It looks like Nintendo Switch Sports does not support handheld mode. (Picture: Nintendo)

Furthermore, the Nintendo eShop page for the game does not list Handheld as a supported play mode. The only two modes on this page are Tabletop and TV mode. This leads many to believe Nintendo Switch Sports simply won't work properly on the Switch Lite. 

At the time of writing, the full version of Nintendo Switch Sports has not been tested on the Lite, and there's no official, full confirmation that the game will even work. Therefore, we urge gamers who only own a Switch Lite to hang on until the release day of 29th April 2022 to find out if Nintendo Switch Sports will work on the Lite.

Nintendo Switch Sports lite does it work play handheld mode supported motion controls joy-cons
Golf is coming to Nintendo Switch Sports in a future update later this year. (Picture: Nintendo)

We will endeavour to update our readers if there's any way to play the upcoming title on the Lite once it releases.

Check out the Nintendo Switch Sports gameplay trailer below, showcasing how the motion controls really put you right in the middle of the action. How would this even work on the Switch Lite? From what we can gather, the best experience would definitely not be on the Switch Lite.

 

 

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Featured image courtesy of Nintendo.