Just got a Nintendo Switch? Take a look at a few of its features!
If you're the proud owner of a shiny new Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite, you might've already had a few Mario Kart 8 Deluxe races, squared off in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, started a new life on a deserted island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, or even embarked on an open-air adventure with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Did you know that you can browse news articles about games, capture screenshots and videos, play games online* and purchase downloadable titles on Nintendo Switch, though?
Need to know something else? Check out our Nintendo Switch Support section for all sorts of useful information!
Hold up! How do I set up my Nintendo Switch?!
If you don't know where to begin, our first-time use video is a good starting point!
What can I play on Nintendo Switch?
There are loads of games available on Nintendo Switch right now! If you like to play with friends and family, multiplayer titles like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, 51 Worldwide Games, Just Dance 2021 and Fortnite, or top sports titles such as Rocket League, NBA 2K21 and FIFA 21 Nintendo Switch™ Legacy Edition could be right up your street.
If you prefer single-player experiences, there's no shortage of those either, with the likes of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Pikmin 3 Deluxe, Paper Mario: The Origami King and Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition offering hours of fun.
If self-improvement's more your thing, get a workout for your body or brain in Ring Fit Adventure, Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise and Dr Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch. Feeling a bit creative? Build your own stages in Super Mario Maker 2, your own worlds in Minecraft, or your own racetracks with Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit!
That's just the start – visit our Nintendo Switch Games section to see even more! You can also try some of these and many other games for free: check out what's available on the list of Nintendo Switch demos.
What's Nintendo Switch Online?
Nintendo Switch Online is a service that gives you access to all sorts of benefits, like co-operative and competitive online* gaming, Save Data Cloud backup** for compatible games, a growing library of NES and SNES games, and more.
You can get an Individual Membership or a Family Membership to cover up to eight accounts, and there are also bundles available that include Nintendo Switch Online Individual Memberships and top games such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. If you want to try before you subscribe, there's a free seven-day trial!***
You can also use the Nintendo Switch Online application directly from the HOME Menu of your Nintendo Switch console to sign up to Nintendo Switch Online or check your membership, learn about exclusive offers and compatible games, and more.
All good! What was that about news and downloadable games?
On the HOME Menu, you'll spot some interesting-looking icons. The Nintendo Switch Online application mentioned above is the first one, so let's look at what awaits behind the next two! In the News section, you can get all kinds of updates on new and upcoming games, while Nintendo eShop is the place to go if you want to purchase download games, downloadable content or demos directly on your console****!
You can check Nintendo eShop's "Current Offers" section to see currently discounted titles. If you spot an interesting game but you're not quite ready to make a purchase, you can add it to your Wish List and come back later.
And what do you mean, "capture screenshots and videos"?
You don’t have to keep the experience all to yourself – whenever you see something cool in-game, just hit the Capture Button! You can even add text to screenshots and post them on social networks* to share the fun with your friends!
When something cool happens while you’re playing compatible games, just press and hold the Capture Button until you hear a “beep” to save the previous 30 seconds of play*****! Once your clip is captured, you can trim it down to include the best bits, or even save individual screenshots from the footage, and then share to social networks******.
You can also send screenshots and video clips from your Nintendo Switch directly to your smart device, allowing you to share them even further! Just select 'Send to Smart Device' from the Posting and Editing menu, then follow the on-screen instructions.
What do the other icons on the HOME Menu do?
You can activate sleep mode, adjust the controller order, or change your settings. Within the system settings menu, you'll find the option to create your own Mii character, too!
Can I transfer save data from one Nintendo Switch to another?
Yes, it’s possible to transfer your save data and user account to another Nintendo Switch****! If you’ve been sharing a console but now you’re after one for yourself, you can bring all your data with you and keep on playing right from where you left off.
You can learn more about your nifty new console at our official Nintendo Switch website.
**Please note: not compatible with all software.
***Please note: one free trial period available per Nintendo Account. During the free trial, you can use the online play, voice chat via the smartphone app, Save Data Cloud and Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online services. It’s not possible to purchase Nintendo Entertainment System Controllers or Super Nintendo Entertainment System Controllers during the trial period. If automatic renewal is set, once your free 7-day trial is over, your membership will be renewed via the automatic purchase of an individual 1-month (30 day) membership. If you do not wish to purchase a membership, you can terminate automatic renewal during the free trial and will not be charged.
******In order to post captured gameplay videos to social media, a Nintendo Account must be linked to the Nintendo Switch User.