Welcome to the family!

Congratulations on getting your new system! We hope you have a blast.

Here are a few pointers we thought might come in handy as you get to know your next way to play.

Set yourself up for fun

Tailor your system to your liking with these features and settings.

Build your Wish List

If you find something cool on Nintendo eShop or Nintendo.com but aren’t yet ready to buy, you can add games to your Wish List to save them for another day. (And get an email reminder if those games go on sale. You never know!)

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Set up parental controls

Little ones playing? Nintendo Switch has parental controls that let you set rules for using the system. While some parental controls are available on the system itself, a free app* for smart devices gives you even more options.

Learn more

Increase your system's security

You can possibly prevent unauthorized access to your Nintendo Account when you set up the 2-Step Verification security feature.

See how

Moving data between systems

If you’re moving to a different Nintendo Switch system, you’ll want to make sure to pack your user and save data. Please note that moving save data for the Animal Crossing™: New Horizons game takes a few additional steps.

Learn how

Let the games begin

There’s something for everyone in the vast library of Nintendo Switch games. Jump right in with these popular games and accessories.

Must-have accessories

Make the most of game time with the extras that suit your play style. 

How to play together

Share the smiles with friends and loved ones in games with multiplayer** modes. Check out the ways your system can connect you with others for a good time.

On the same system

You can pass one of the two Joy-Con controllers included with your Nintendo Switch system to a pal and play together in games that support a single Joy-Con per person. If you have more players, you can pair up to eight wireless controllers to a system.**

Joy-Con controllers not included with Nintendo Switch Lite.

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Connecting nearby systems

Depending on the game, you can use a wireless connection to link nearby Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite systems for multiplayer games. Steps and compatibility vary per game, so please check your game to learn more about its Local Wireless capabilities.

Online from anywhere

Most games, like Animal Crossing™: New Horizons and Mario Kart™ 8 Deluxe, require a Nintendo Switch Online membership*** to play online with friends. You can get a free seven-day trial when you sign up on Nintendo eShop on your device.

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Build your Friend List

Add your friends so you can play online together! You can share Friend Codes directly or find friends via connected Facebook or Twitter accounts. To get started, select your user icon (My Page) on the HOME Menu, and then select Add Friend.

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Get the latest news

News on Nintendo Switch brings you a variety of information, including updates on the latest games, sales info, limited-time events, and more. You can also follow channels dedicated to games you like and get news blasts straight from the creators.

Explore the online service

Power up your play time with a Nintendo Switch Online membership***! Individual and Family Memberships available. You can get a free seven-day trial of an Individual Membership when you sign up on Nintendo eShop on your device.

Make your games even better

Enhance your games with features like online play, cloud saves, and more. Individual and Family Memberships are available.

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Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack

Level up your membership plan with expanded benefits, including Nintendo 64™ games.

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Earn rewards today

My Nintendo makes playing games and interacting with Nintendo even more fun. You can earn points and redeem them to get rewards like in-game content and discounts on digital games.

Anyone with a Nintendo Account is automatically enrolled in the My Nintendo awards program!

Check it out

Rest with Sleep Mode

You can put your system to sleep and wake it later to continue playing. Press the POWER Button once on top of the system to put it to sleep or wake it up. You can also hold down the HOME Button and select Sleep Mode to snooze your system. (Just make sure you’re not playing online with other people before your system catches some z’s—you might disconnect and mess up the match!)