If you're just starting out with the Switch, Nintendo's hybrid gaming console, or if you've been playing Zelda for weeks, there may be a few things you didn't know you could do with it. We spent much of our play time figuring out how to do everything with the Switch, and here's the ultimate guide.

What's new with Nintendo Switch?

September 18, 2018: Nintendo launches Switch online service.

It's official. As of today, Nintendo has launched the Nintendo Switch Online Service. If you want to play (most) games online you are going to have to subscribe to the service. This evening, Nintendo rolled out the 6.0.0 firmware update and shortly after the online service was launched. It allows Switch players to play online, along with access to a library of classic NES games, and special deals. If you want to know more about Nintendo Switch Online you can read up about it here.

In addition to Switch Online support, the new firmware added the following.

  • Save Data Cloud Backup
  • Uploading album screenshots to social media
  • New Captain Toad user icons
  • Parental controls added to News articles

Everything you need to go with your Nintendo Switch

You can get hours and hours of fun with your Switch right out of the box without needing anything but a game to play, but that doesn't mean there aren't already lots of great games and accessories to make your gaming experience even better. We've sifted through to find the best games and accessories available for the Nintendo Switch so far.

Nintendo is regularly launching digital downloadable games in the eShop, so be sure to bookmark our regularly-updated list of all Switch games you can get.

Every Nintendo Switch game you can get right now (and coming soon)

These are the best accessories you can get for the Nintendo Switch.

If you've decided the Switch is not for you, there are a lot of people out there willing to take it off your hands.

How to set up your Nintendo Switch

If you've just unboxed your Switch and haven't even turned it on, or if you've gotten through the set up but need help adding your Nintendo Account, browse through our set up guides to help you.

How to set up and use Parental Controls on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has made it very easy for parents to keep an eye on what their little ones are up to when playing games and socializing on the Switch. You can set up a child account, protect your Switch with parental controls, and monitor your children's activities.

How to use your Nintendo Switch

Once the initial setup is complete, there are a few additional customizations and special features you should know about. If you want to share a screenshot of that moment you took down that boss, or if you want to turn down your screen brightness to save some battery juice, we've got everything you need to know right here.

Game Guides for Nintendo Switch games

We've been playing our fingers to the bones on some of the most popular games on Nintendo Switch. If you're looking for help with a specific game, check our list of ultimate guides below.

Troubleshooting

No matter what you do right, there's always something that goes wrong. If you've discovered that you're Switch is running hot while in the dock, you've got dead pixels, or you jammed your Joy-Con controller when trying to put on the straps, we've got a troubleshooting guide for you.

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