6.2 inch capacitive touch screen
Game card (sold separately)
For connecting commercially available headphones, microphones or headsets.
Game card slot
By adjusting the stand, the console can be propped up independently on flat surfaces such as floors and tables.
microSD card slot
Supports microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC memory cards. Game data that cannot fit on the console's system memory can be stored on these.
Please note: an update via an internet connection is required to use microSDXC memory cards.
Use this groove to attach Joy-Con.
USB Type-C connector (base)
Connect devices such as an AC adapter or Nintendo Switch dock here.
Nintendo Switch console
USB ports (side)
Connect accessories like the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller (sold separately) or the Joy-Con charging grip (sold separately).
TV output LED
Turns on when image is being output to the TV.
Insert the Nintendo Switch console to connect.
AC adapter port
Works with USB 2.0. USB 3.0 support is planned in the future.
Back cover (shown open)
By closing the back cover, you can hide the connecting part of the various cables for a simpler presentation.
Nintendo Switch dock
Can be pressed down and used as a button.
Directional buttons (Up/Down/Left/Right Buttons)
Takes a screenshot or video during play.
Used to attach the Joy-Con to the console or Joy-Con strap accessory, etc.
Can be pressed down and used as a button. Can also be used as an NFC touchpoint to read and write amiibo data.
Suspends software and opens the HOME Menu. Lights up when a notification is received.
Used to detach the Joy-Con from the console.
IR Motion Camera (on bottom-facing side)
Indicates the player number for each Joy-Con.
Pairs the controller to the console and can also be used to reset the wireless connection.
The particular button changes depending on whether the strap is attached to the left or right Joy-Con.
+ mark/− mark
You can use any Joy-Con strap with either the left or right Joy-Con. Please use the + and − marks for reference when attaching.
The groove for attaching and removing a Joy-Con.
Locking the strap close to your wrist helps ensure you don't lose your grip on the Joy-Con during play.
Displays the controller number assigned to the Joy-Con.
Press it until you feel a click to lock, ensuring the strap doesn't separate from the Joy-Con. Pull on it to release the lock, allowing you to remove the Joy-Con.
Displays the controller number assigned to the Joy-Con.
Grooves for attaching and removing the Joy-Con.
Change the way you play with different play modes
Nintendo Switch can be played while connected to the TV as a home console, but actually there are three different play modes you can choose from, depending on the situation.
Place the Nintendo Switch console into the Nintendo Switch dock, hook up the HDMI cable to your TV, and you’re ready to play games on the TV.
Prop up the stand attached to the back of the Nintendo Switch console to play games on its built-in screen. This mode is useful when you’re on the go without a TV, and two people can even play together by taking control of a Joy-Con each.
Attach the Joy-Con to the Nintendo Switch console and play it on the go. Play wherever you like, however you want, using the 6.2 inch screen.
From the HOME Menu, you can start games and select game settings. In addition to managing friends and user accounts, you can also change your system settings here.
The latest news about games will be delivered to your Nintendo Switch.
You can purchase digital versions of games and downloadable content by accessing Nintendo eShop. You can also get more information about games by viewing commercials and promotional videos here.
Here you can view screenshots you’ve captured during gameplay. You can freely add text to the images and effortlessly post them to social networks.
Capture screenshots and videos in an instant
By pressing the Capture Button on Joy-Con (L), you can capture screenshots during gameplay instantly.* By holding down the Capture Button, you can also capture up to 30 seconds of video in selected games.**
*Some games may have sections where it is not possible to capture screenshots or videos.
**Video capture and video sharing is available for consoles with system menu version 4.0.0 or higher. Find out more.
An internet connection and a Nintendo Account are required to use the News, Nintendo eShop and social network screenshot posting services.
Link your consoles together
By connecting with other Nintendo Switch consoles, you can enjoy local multiplayer.
Connect via the internet
Go online* and play with far-off friends and users all over the world via Wi-Fi. With a LAN adapter, you can connect to the internet via a wired connection when playing in TV mode.
By tapping an amiibo (sold separately) to the NFC touchpoint on Joy-Con (R), you can read or write data to the amiibo.Find out more about amiibo
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