Get started with Nintendo Switch

Whether you’re doing some gift shopping, interested in treating yourself, or simply want a refresher, here are some tips to help you get started in a snap with the Nintendo Switch™ and Nintendo Switch – OLED Model systems.

Choose your system

Nintendo Switch is designed to fit your life, transforming from home console to portable system in a snap. 

What comes in the box includes everything you need to pop in a game and play: a console, a dock, one left and one right Joy-Con™ controller, two Joy-Con wrist strap accessories, the Joy-Con grip accessory, the Nintendo Switch AC adapter, and an HDMI cable.

Nintendo Switch – OLED Model

This new system features a vibrant 7-inch OLED screen, a wide adjustable stand, a dock with a wired LAN port (LAN cable sold separately), 64 GB of internal storage, and enhanced audio in Handheld and Tabletop modes.

A portion of the internal storage is reserved for use by the system. Players can easily expand storage space using microSDXC cards up to 2TB (sold separately).

Nintendo Switch™ – OLED Model White set

Nintendo Switch™ – OLED Model Neon Blue/Neon Red set

Nintendo Switch

Dock your system to enjoy HD gaming on your TV, pick it up and play as a handheld, or flip the stand to share the screen.

Nintendo Switch™ - Animal Crossing™: New Horizons Edition

Nintendo Switch™ with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con™

Nintendo Switch™ with Gray Joy‑Con™

Pick up enough controllers

Please make sure everyone can get in on the fun with enough controllers to go around!

The system includes two Joy-Con controllers—one left, one right. That’s plenty for one person to play any game, and for two players in games that support a single Joy-Con per person. Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers are one-per-person accessories.

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Joy-Con™ (L)/(R) - Gray

Joy-Con™ (L)/(R) - Neon Pink/Neon Green

Joy-Con™ (L)/(R) - Neon Red/Neon Blue

Joy-Con™ (L)/(R) - Neon Purple/Neon Orange

HORI Split Pad Pro - Black

512GB SanDisk Memory Card for Nintendo Switch™

Let the fun begin

Start your Nintendo Switch adventures off right with one of these games.

Animal Crossing™: New Horizons

Mario Kart™ 8 Deluxe

The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword HD

Metroid™ Dread

Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate

Pokémon™ Brilliant Diamond

Pokémon™ Shining Pearl

Big Brain Academy™: Brain vs. Brain

Just Dance® 2022


Need more storage space?

With digital purchases, you can download your favorite games and start playing right away. It's easy to expand your system’s storage space using microSDHC or microSDXC cards up to 2TB.

512GB SanDisk Memory Card for Nintendo Switch™

256GB SanDisk Memory Card for Nintendo Switch™

128GB SanDisk Memory Card for Nintendo Switch™

64GB SanDisk Memory Card for Nintendo Switch™

Explore the online service

If you wish to play online with friends in games like Animal Crossing™: New Horizons, Mario Kart™ 8 Deluxe, or Minecraft, you may want to get a Nintendo Switch Online* membership (or try it out with the 7-day Individual Membership free trial). 

In addition to online play, members can access a library of classic Nintendo Entertainment System™ and Super Nintendo Entertainment System™ games, Save Data Cloud for compatible games, the Tetris® 99 and PAC-MAN™ 99 games, exclusive special offers, and the smartphone app.

Learn more

12-month Family Membership - Nintendo Switch Online

12-month Individual Membership - Nintendo Switch Online

3-month Individual Membership - Nintendo Switch Online

Next steps

Create a Nintendo Account

You’ll get to create your free Nintendo Account when you first start up your Nintendo Switch system. This’ll give you access to great features like the Nintendo Switch eShop and the My Nintendo loyalty program. If you’re not big on waiting, you can also set one up right now.

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.

Persistent internet, compatible smart device, and Nintendo Account 18+ required to use app. Data charges may apply.

Have peace of mind with Save Data Cloud

Nintendo Switch Online members can back up compatible game save data to the cloud* automatically when you have an internet connection. No complicated settings or updates required.

Increase your system’s security

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

Shop by style

Great for families

Lighthearted fun

Serious play

Shopping guides

Not sure where to start? Check out these quick-and-easy shopping guides to help you make the most of your gift giving.

Additional games, systems and/or accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Games, systems, and some accessories sold separately.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual price may vary.

*Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. Free trial automatically converts to 1-month auto-renewing membership unless automatic renewal is turned off by the end of the free trial. Credit card/PayPal account required for 18+. Free trial cannot be redeemed by a Nintendo Account with an active Individual Membership or Family Membership. Persistent Internet, compatible smartphone and Nintendo Account age 13+ required to access some online features on the app, including voice chat. Data charges may apply. Online features, Save Data Cloud and Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app features available in compatible games. Not available in all countries. The Nintendo Account User Agreement, including the Purchase and Subscription terms, apply.

**Save Data Cloud backup compatibility varies per game. Some titles are not compatible.