Nintendo Switch Sports is not really built for Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Sportsout Friday on the Nintendo Switch, bringing the motion-controlled fun back Wii Sports for the modern era, lets players enjoy bowling, football, badminton and more with their Joy-Cons. It is well! But if you’re a Nintendo Switch Lite owner, be aware that the experience is much more limited, thanks to the game’s reliance on motion controls.

Switch Lite owners need an external set of Joy-Cons to play Nintendo Switch Sportssimilar to how previous motion control addictive games like Ring Fit Adventure and 1-2-Switch occupation. (Nintendo Switch Pro controllers are not compatible with Nintendo Switch Sportssays Nintendo on its support site.)

But there are stricter limits for local multiplayer in Nintendo Switch Sports on a Switch Lite, so if, for example, you were planning to play a game of double tennis, it is not possible locally. Nintendo Switch Sports requires TV mode (broadcasts video to a television or screen) for local play with two or more players in games such as tennis, badminton, volleyball and chambara. Some game modes, such as soccer and bowling, have “pass-and-play” options where a set of Joy-Cons will get the job done, but only in certain modes.

Of course, Nintendo Switch Sports supports online gaming, so if local multiplayer is not an issue, Lite owners have the option to contact.

Nintendo notes this kind of limitation in Nintendo Switch Sports‘on its website, noting that the Wii Sports successor only supports TV mode and Tabletop mode, and that “software compatibility and gaming experience may vary on Nintendo Switch Lite.”

Nintendo Switch Lite owners are probably well aware of limitations like these on the handheld-only Switch by now, but for those hoping to get the most out of Nintendo Switch Sportsthe default switch is the better option.