Nintendo Switch

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?

October 19, 2017

Nintendo just updated its Switch operating system to version 4.0. One of the biggest additions is the ability to record video gameplay. You can also now transfer user and save data to a different Switch and preorder digital games, which will pre-download onto your Switch so you're ready to play the moment they launch.

Here's everything that's changed in version 4.0.

  • Video Capture enabled in some games
  • 12 new Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild profile icons
  • Transfer user and save data to another Switch
  • Pre-purchase enabled in Nintendo eShop
  • News Channel Feed updated, removing a subscription removes content from the feed
  • Match software versions with local Switch consoles
  • Stop hiding TKIP Wi-Fi networks from listings
  • System Stability Improvements

Sept. 5, 2017

Nintendo just pushed out an update to the Switch OS. Version 3.0.2 is now available to download. Here are the system update notes:

Improvements Included in Version 3.0.2

  • Nintendo Switch Online
  • Added online play in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru. This is currently available for free until the paid online service launches in 2018.
  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience

How to update your Nintendo Switch

July 20, 2017

The Nintendo Switch Online app is now available to download on iOS and Android devices. It currently only supports Splatoon 2's online features, including voice chat. It is free to download and free to use until 2018, at which time it will cost $20 per year to use all of the included features.

Nintendo's chat app is now available for download

Everything you need to go with your Nintendo Switch

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

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 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

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

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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.


Nintendo Switch

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.

Updated September 2017: Nintendo Switch OS 3.0.2 is now live.

Nintendo Switch