Image showing a Nintendo Switch system docked in front of a TV, next to two Joy-Con controllers attached to the Joy-Con Grip that comes included with the system.


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™ system.

Set the stage for fun

Nintendo Switch is designed to fit your life, transforming from home console to portable system in a snap. You can dock your system to enjoy HD gaming on your TV, or pick it up and play as a handheld.

The Nintendo Switch system comes with everything you need to pop in a game and play, including the Nintendo Switch 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™ - 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. Pro Controllers are one-per-person accessories.

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Joy-Con™ (L)/(R) - Neon Red/Neon Blue

Joy-Con™ (L)/(R) - Blue/Neon Yellow

Joy-Con™ (L)/(R) - Gray

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

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

Let the games begin

These popular games make for great places to begin your adventures with Nintendo Switch.

Animal Crossing™: New Horizons

Mario Kart™ 8 Deluxe

The Legend of Zelda™: Breath of the Wild

Super Mario Odyssey™

Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate

Pokémon™ Sword

Pokémon™ Shield

Ring Fit Adventure

Just Dance® 2021

Minecraft Dungeons

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit™ Mario Set

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit™ Luigi Set

Need more storage space?

With a digital purchase, 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.

Learn more

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 or Mario Kart™ 8 Deluxe, you will need 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 growing library of classic Nintendo Entertainment System™ and Super Nintendo Entertainment System™ games, Save Data Cloud Backup, the Tetris® 99 and Super Mario Bros.™ 35 games, exclusive special offers, and more.

12-month Family Membership - Nintendo Switch Online

12-month Individual Membership - Nintendo Switch Online

3-month Individual Membership - Nintendo Switch Online

Help keep it safe with a case

Add a layer of security from small knocks, drops, and other life lessons with a system case

Game Traveler Nintendo Switch Deluxe Travel Case

Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing: New Horizons Aloha Edition Carry Case + Screen Protector

Vault Case for Nintendo Switch - Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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.

More gift ideas

Super Mario™

Animal Crossing™


The Legend of Zelda™

LEGO® Super Mario™

Play in style

Nostalgia blasts

Screen-free fun

Next-level accessories

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