Just got a Nintendo Switch? Take a look at a few of its features!


The holiday hubbub has all but cleared, and if you're the proud owner of a shiny new Nintendo Switch, you might've already had a few Mario Kart 8 Deluxe races, solved some papery puzzles in Snipperclips, 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, and purchase downloadable titles on Nintendo Switch, though?

Hold up! How do I set it up?!

If you don't know where to begin, our first-time use video is a good starting point!

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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 ARMS, Splatoon 2 and Overcooked: Special Edition, or top sports titles such as EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18 and NBA 2K18, could be right up your street.

If you prefer single-player experiences, there's no shortage of those either, with the likes of Super Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, L.A. Noire and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® offering hours of fun.

That's just the start – visit our Nintendo Switch Games section to see even more!

All good! What was that about news and downloadable games?

On the HOME Menu, you'll spot some interesting-looking icons. Let's look at what awaits behind two of them! 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 or demos directly on your console*!

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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 even add it to your watch list and come back later.

You can also see Nintendo Switch games on offer right here on this website!

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!

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After a system update**, 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***.

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!

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Can I transfer save data from one Nintendo Switch to another?

Yes! With the latest system update, it’s also now possible to transfer your save data and user account to another Nintendo Switch! If you’ve been sharing a system 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.

*Broadband internet connection required. The registration and linkage of Nintendo Account and acceptance of the Nintendo Account Agreement and Privacy Policy are required.

**Broadband internet connection required. The registration and linkage of Nintendo Account and acceptance of the Nintendo Account Agreement and Privacy Policy are required. Video capture and video sharing is available for consoles with system menu version 4.0.0 or higher.

***In order to post captured gameplay videos to social media, a Nintendo Account must be linked to the Nintendo Switch User.