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How to Start a Game

Instructions on how to start a game in the Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online library.

Additional Information:

  • An active Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to use this service.
  • Internet access may be required periodically to validate membership status.

Complete These Steps:

  1. Access Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online.
  2. From the menu on the left, select whether you want to use one player, two players, or play online, then select how you want to hold the controller(s). For example,
    • For single-player modes, you can play in handheld mode, or play in tabletop mode or TV mode with the Joy-Con controllers held horizontally.
    • For two-player modes, you can play in tabletop mode or TV mode with the left and right Joy-Con controllers held horizontally as individual controllers.
  3. Select a game from the library and press "A", then use the on-screen instructions to set your game preferences and to start the game.