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What differences in gameplay are there (if any) between the two versions? I am undecided on which one I would want, so any help would be appreciated!
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I can’t imagine there will be much differences, quality will be a little lower handheld compared to docked probably if your TV Has high resolution. I personally really like having the option to play TV/Handheld, but I don’t believe there’s many (if any) differences between handheld normal switch and switch lite. If you think you want to play on TV, then normal switch is for you! Also, if a bundle interests you, I think it’s very possible ACNH gets a switch bundle announced when we get closer to release date but that’s just my guess. Cannot guarantee that
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nintendo also quietly released an updated model of the original switch with improved battery life (said to be about 40-80% better depending on the game you're playing). it's even better than the switch lite's battery, which was said to last about half an hour longer than the first model of switch. you can tell the new model apart from the old model by the colour of the box

any bundles released in the future will be this model, including any AC bundles that may be announced

also, if it wasn't obvious from josh's reply/if you didn't know, the switch lite can not be hooked up to the tv and the joycons don't detach. this makes some games more difficult to play (ex: mario odyssey with it's heavy focus on motion controls) or impossible to play (ex: 1 2 switch where the game is based on the gimmic of the joycons, or ring fit adventure, where you need the detached joycons to do the exercises)

basically the only advantage the lite has is that it's $100 cheaper
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"this makes some games more difficult to play (ex: mario odyssey with it's heavy focus on motion controls)"
Oh, really? I'm also trying to decide between the Switch and the Switch Lite, and SMO is one of the games that I'll want to play, so I'll have to take that into consideration.
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PennyGwin
 
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For what it's worth, Super Mario Odyssey is perfectly playable without the motion-controls - the game even offers an option to turn them off, specifically for handheld-mode.
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yes what PennyGwin said, it's entirely possible, but the game is WAY easier if you have the joycons separated. I much prefer playing in handheld, but reluctantly played that game in docked mode just because the motion controls were so much better.
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PennyGwin
 
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Heh, curious. I had no issues with deactivating the motion-controls and just using handheld-mode for Super Mario Odyssey, myself, back when I had a standard-model Switch. Everyone's mileage will vary, of course!

Also, to avoid confusion for everyone else here, the Switch Lite does have motion controls itself (they're used excellently in Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! & Let's Go, Eevee!, just as on the standard Switch in handheld-mode), but Super Mario Odyssey has a different implementation for when the Joy-Cons are detached from a standard Switch.

Anyway, more on-topic, I doubt that any of this will make any difference to Animal Crossing: New Horizons - the biggest, and most likely only, difference will be the Switch Lite not having TV-output and the lack of single-console multi-player unless you pair some Joy-Cons and crowd around the smaller screen. I would also guess, going by how the Switch Lite's sales skew more towards a female demographic, and going by how previous Nintendo handheld revisions that had an Animal Crossing title available skewed the same, that any Animal Crossing-themed Switch hardware is likely to be a Switch Lite.
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"Anyway, more on-topic, I doubt that any of this will make any difference to Animal Crossing: New Horizons - the biggest, and most likely only, difference will be the Switch Lite not having TV-output and the lack of single-console multi-player unless you pair some Joy-Cons and crowd around the smaller screen."
I still don't quite get the point of the Switch Lite. Weren't all of those things the main selling points of the Switch? How does the Switch Lite still carry the name "Switch" when it cannot, in fact, switch?

Nintendo always used to have pairs of home consoles and handhelds, and they always really seemed like they were made to complement each other. The Wii U and the 3DS, the Wii and the DS and so on. The Switch really has no need for any complementary handheld, since it can be used as a handheld itself.
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AdLibertatem really the only point is the cheaper price, making it accessible to more people. nintendo's handhelds have always sold better than their home consoles, so there is definitely a market out there for a cheaper dedicated handheld option.

it's less similar to wii/DS or wiiU/3DS, and more similar to 3DS/2DS. cut out the main gimmick in order to lower the price so more people can afford it.
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PennyGwin
 
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AdLibertatem, Chiyoko - The Switch Lite is also WAY smaller and lighter than the standard Switch (photographs really do not show this, and make the two look far more similar than they actually are). But yeah, exactly, the Switch Lite is basically the 2DS' successor - and a better option for folks who found that they didn't use the Switch's TV-output anyway.
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707penguin
 
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Is it possible to play the Switch Lite while it's recharging like you can with the NDS and N3DS?
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PennyGwin
 
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It is possible, though I've only done so a little bit. It may slow the charging down a little bit, though, which is also the case with playing a docked standard Switch while it's charging.
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707penguin
 
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That's not a problem. My N3DS is always plugged in, so it doesn't really matter how fast it charges as long as I can play it while it does.

Thanks for the info!
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