Best Answer: Surprisingly, yes, you can use a Pro Controller with the Nintendo Switch Lite. While the Nintendo Switch Lite is solely dedicated to handheld mode, you can still use the same controller accessories for it, including the Pro Controller and separate pairs of Joy-Cons.
- Game on the go: Nintendo Switch Lite ($200 at Amazon)
- Game like a Pro: Nintendo Switch Pro Controller ($60 at Amazon)
- Game with friends: Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons ($80 at Amazon)
Not bound to the built-in controllers on the Nintendo Switch Lite?
The Nintendo Switch Lite was built and optimized for handheld mode only, which is why the controllers are built-in and can’t be removed like the Joy-Cons. The built-in controllers also don’t support HD Rumble or have the IR Motion Cameras needed for motion controls. So you won’t be able to play games that use motion controls, such as Mario Party, Mario Kart, Fitness Boxing, etc.
But all is not lost! The Switch Lite still has the same functionality as the regular Nintendo Switch when it comes to wireless controllers. You can connect to any wireless controller with the Switch Lite, including separate Joy-Cons or Pro Controllers, which is a requirement if you want to experience the HD Rumble or motion controls.
Does the Switch Lite come with separate Joy-Cons or Pro Controllers?
Unfortunately, no. The Pro Controller and Joy-Cons are sold separately. We understand that this can be frustrating. However, we think it’s worth it if you still prefer handheld gaming mostly but have a soft spot for games that require motion controls.
Does the Switch Lite only play handheld games?
The Switch Lite is designed for games that support handheld mode. However, if a game doesn’t support handheld mode, it’s still possible to play it with the Switch Lite. You will need to connect a compatible controller, such as Joy-Cons or the Pro Controller, to play these titles.
It’s easy to tell when a game supports handheld mode. All you need to do is look for the “handheld mode” icon (it looks like a Nintendo Switch with attached Joy-Cons) on product packaging or Nintendo eShop listings. We also have a guide to some of the best handheld mode games for Switch Lite.
Game on the go
Nintendo Switch Lite
Light and portable
The Nintendo Switch Lite is a great, budget-friendly Switch console. It has built-in controllers with a D-pad, is more lightweight, and has longer battery life. It does take away some major Switch features, though, and you can only play games in handheld mode.
Game like a pro
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
The best controller
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is a pro gaming controller for the Switch. It connects wirelessly, charges via USB-C, is comfortable to play with, and has excellent battery life.
Joy for everyone
Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons
Everyone join the fun
The Joy-Cons are a staple of any Nintendo Switch console. The Joy-Cons can be used standalone or in a grip and let you play games with multiple friends at once.