Questions tagged [nintendo-switch]

The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid home and portable console by Nintendo. Use this tag for questions about Nintendo Switch hardware and software or game features unique to the Nintendo Switch.

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How does a Joy-Con know what color it is?

When signing in to a Nintendo Switch using Joy Cons, the screen will always show the color for them. But, how does it know? In terms of parts, all Joy-Cons seem just about interchangeable? More ...
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Taking a Switch on vacation from EU to USA. What region eshop will I be able to access?

If I take an EU Switch (with EU account) to the USA for the holidays, will I be able to access the EU eshop? If I do switch to the USA eshop, will those games still be available for download after I ...
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Nintendo Switch for a transatlantic traveller - what factors to consider?

As a family, we are expecting to spend the next few years traveling between the UK and the US, spending extended periods in each country. My son has a birthday coming up and a Nintendo Switch seems ...
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New Switch vs Old Switch - What's the real difference?

I wonder what's the real difference between the old and new Switches. I read that the new Switch has up to 100% better battery life: New switch has 4.5-9 hours battery life, old Switch has 2.5-6.5 ...
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Can you play Nintendo Switch classic games without paying for the yearly subscription?

The only way I could find out how to get classic Super Nintendo games to work on the Nintendo Switch is to sign up for Switch Online. However, I want to keep playing those games without paying for ...
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What is the name of this Nintendo Switch accessory?

This accessory is included with every Nintendo Switch that ships. But we never know what to call it. Usually in our household we'll be like "can you pass me the grip thingy that the controllers ...
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What does a little square under the wifi symbol mean?

My Switch wifi seems to disconnect as soon as it is not needed, and I just realised there's that little square under my wifi symbol. What does it mean?
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Can Nintendo Switch games be installed from cartridge?

For obvious reasons, games downloaded from the eShop are installed on the Nintendo Switch. Even better, games purchased as physical media don't have to be installed to be played. However, rather than ...
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What are the pros and cons of digital vs physical games for the Nintendo Switch?

There are currently two options for getting new games: Buy a physical copy Buy a digital one It seems that the pricing is the the same, so to me it seems that the digital one is better; you don't ...
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What is the highest supported micro SD capacity for the Nintendo Switch?

When the PS4 was updated to support an external Hard Drive Playstation listed This is compatible with HDDs up to 8TB in size. I just got my Nintendo Switch and am looking to buy a Micro SD for it ...
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Can I use the same save file for different copies of a Switch game?

A friend lent me his copy of Mario + Rabbids to play on my own Switch. I ended up enjoying it a lot and I want to buy my own copy, but I don't want to lose my progress. If I buy a separate physical ...
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Is it possible to protect saved games on Nintendo Switch from being played by other users?

Is it possible to protect saved games of a particular user from being played by other users, while still allowing them to play all the games they normally can? It doesn't have to be secure*, so a ...
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Does the Nintendo Switch work properly with some 16:10 monitors?

I have connected the Nintendo Switch to a 16:10 monitor (EIZO FlexScan SX2262W). The monitor's native resolution is 1920 by 1200, but I have tested that it also accepts 1080p input. In the resolution ...
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Why is my Nintendo Switch Charging So Slowly?

Just a few days ago, I had a problem with my Nintendo Switch. I checked the battery percentage, and it was at 11%, so I decided to start charging it. I checked a little while later, and it was at 3%, ...
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Breath of the Wild DLC : Account based or Console based?

Me and my SO have been playing Breath of the Wild each on our accounts, on the same Nintendo Switch. If one of us buys the DLC, is it accessible by both accounts on the console or only to the account ...
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How is a game I haven’t purchased on my home screen?

My kids just got very excited by the appearance of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the home screen of the Switch, thinking I’d bought it for them while they were at school. I’m not that cool of a dad, ...
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Is the Nintendo Switch region locked?

Many Nintendo devices often come with regional locking, which means if you purchase a device in one country, you won't be able to play games from another (generally). Is the Nintendo Switch also ...
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Why are the analog sticks on my Nintendo Switch controllers all starting to drift?

About 2 weeks ago I noticed that the left analog stick on my Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons started "drifting", that is, without touching the stick (when it was centered) it would register as off-center ...
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Is the Wii U Pro Controller compatible with the Nintendo Switch?

Can the Wii U Pro Controller be connected to the Nintendo Switch console to use the controller in games or applications?
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Can I continue my save on a new switch with a new game copy

So my dad has a switch which I managed to briefly use to play breath of the wild. However, recently he's decided to never let the switch out of sight so I'm thinking of saving up for my own console ...
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Can you only have 12 games on the switch?

On the Switch Home screen, there are only 12 boxes in the game menu. Does this mean that only 12 games can be installed on a Switch?
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Are there any user friendly ways to access screenshots taken on the Switch?

I have an SD card on my console and have it set to store screenshots on the card. But it doesn't seem like there's a way to view or otherwise extract those screenshots without having to pull out the ...
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How prevalent is the dock scratching the Nintendo Switch's screen?

I don't own a Switch yet, but I'm planning for one. One common complaint I hear is that the dock is built in such a way that the screen (rather, it's bezel) is easily scratched when taking the Switch ...
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Do Nintendo Switch cartridge games get the same updates as digital versions?

If I buy a Nintendo Switch game on a cartridge and updates are released (like Witcher 3 for example), will I still get them or am I stuck with whatever version came on the cartridge?
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If I buy and download a game through second Nintendo account do I own it on my main account too?

Now I know this may sound like a really dumb question but the reason I want to know is because I want to be able to buy Doom 3 on Nintendo switch but I can't because I am 17 and it requires you to be ...
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How can I refund a game purchased on the Nintendo Switch eShop?

A few minutes ago, I accidentally purchased a game on the Nintendo Switch eShop. I have not launched the game, so it still has 0 hours played. How can I refund a digital game purchased on the ...
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Switch to Switch - Transfer user with Breath of the Wild DLC Saves to new Switch?

I have an existing Switch console with 2 users saved data on it. On the original console user 1 has purchased the Breath of the Wild DLC. The second user has used the Breath of the Wild DLC and has ...
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Can 4 Joy cons connect to the same Switch?

When connecting controllers to the switch, it shows 4 slots for controllers. Is it possible for: All of them to be a sideways joy cons One of them to be a joy con pair and two of them to be sideways ...
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When are digital copies of Switch games made available to play?

When an upcoming game has a release date set, it is my understanding that you will be able to play that game (the digital copy) at midnight the night before; as soon as it actually becomes date of the ...
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Why are some play times glowing green?

If you add friends on the switch, you can see their playtimes for the games that they have. I have noticed that some of the playtimes show up as green rather than grey. It is not because I own the ...
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Does playing with a different user active on the Switch create a different file?

In Smash Ultimate (just like all other Smash games) you have only one save file, so you can't just load another if somebody else wants to play without messing with their progression. I've tried ...
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Help me understand Friends on Nintendo Switch

I am the parent of a child with a Nintendo Switch. I would like someone to help me understand more about the Friends system on the Switch. When you are friends with someone, what does that mean you ...
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Nintendo Switch left Joy-Con disconnects frequently. Fix?

When playing Zelda: Breath of the Wilds on the Nintendo Switch, when I play with the Switch docked and the Joy-Cons physically disconnected, the left Joy-Con frequently "lags" or becomes disconnected ...
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Can a Mii be transferred to the Switch from another Nintendo console?

Miis are not as prominent on the Switch as in other Nintendo consoles, but they can still be created and also transferred to Amiibos. Is it possible to transfer a Mii from a Wii, Wii U or 3DS to the ...
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How do I set up Minecraft Cross Play in Same House / Same Wifi? [duplicate]

I have been trying to set up Minecraft so that my kids can play it on our home wifi across multiple devices. I am so confused.. too many versions of Minecraft I own: Minecraft Java Edition (Windows ...
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How do I fix my Switch's poor internet connectivity on a university network?

When I play Pokken DX on my home university network, it takes a long time (>10 minutes) to be matched with another player, and I frequently experience error code 2618-0513 ("NAT Traversal Process has ...
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Any way to recharge the JoyCons while in the JoyCon Grip?

My SO has been playing Breath of the Wild all day, but now the Joycons are low in battery. She wants to still play on the TV, but as of now, the only way to charge the Joycons seems to be when they ...
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Can two players play Mortal Kombat 11 using single pair of joycon?

A lot of games for Nintendo Switch are supporting hotseat for two players using a single joycon each. Now that Mortal Kombat 11 is released on Nintendo Switch, I wonder if game supports hotseat in ...
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Why isn't my Wii U GameCube controller adapter and Gamecube controller working with my Switch?

As has been widely reported, with update 4.0 of the Switch OS, Gamecube controllers can now be used to play games on the Switch when connected to the Switch dock with a Nintendo first-party Wii U ...
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How do I turn off my nintendo switch controller, without turning off my console itself?

I'm using a pro controller and I enjoy watching YouTube to fall asleep to. However, I always wake up to dead batteries due to the controller staying active all night. Is there any way I can keep my ...
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Does the Nintendo Switch Online Family Group allow sharing of eShop games between accounts on different devices?

This is not a duplicate of Can you share digital games on Nintendo Switch like how it is for PS4 and Xbox One?, as that question was asked before much information was available about Nintendo Switch ...
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Can I use Bluetooth headphones with a Switch?

I know I can plug in a 3.5 mm headphone plug into the Switch, but is there a way to sync Bluetooth headphones instead?
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Posting Smash Ultimate replay videos directly to YouTube

Is it possible to upload Smash Ultimate replay videos directly to YouTube? The default Switch workflow seems to involve saving replay videos to an SD Card and using a computer to manually upload the ...
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How do I check if a Nintendo Switch game card supports multiple languages?

According to the FAQ on Nintendo website, the Nintendo Switch console and its games are not region locked. However, will a game card bought in a region contain languages of other regions? For example,...
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Does online multiplayer require a Nintendo online subscription?

Does the online multiplayer for Overcooked 2 require a Nintendo Online subscription? I wasn't able to figure this out using the store description of the game, or on the game's website.
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What's the difference between Puyo Puyo Tetris and Puyo Puyo Tetris S?

When I was looking for Puyo Puyo Tetris on Amazon, I saw a game called "Puyo Puyo Tetris S" ("ぷよぷよテトリスS"). It was a Japanese import. I couldn't find much information about it online other than the ...
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Does the Nintendo Switch charge the JoyCons in Handheld mode while undocked and unplugged?

I've been searching for this answer, but I keep getting conflicting information. When the Switch is unplugged, does it charge the Joycon controllers? So far the answers I've found are: They don't ...
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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller acts as a mouse instead of a gamepad on PC?

I have switched from playing Fortnite on my Switch to PC. I have to use my controller wired because my PC doesn't support BlueTooth. However, I've got a problem: when I use my controller, my PC ...
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Nintendo Switch Games: Third-party services sharing definitions

My young child has a game which has established a sharing relationship with his "supervised" account. I got an email from Nintendo confirming this and went into the account to see what it says. From ...
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If I purchase DLC from Nintendo, can the child accounts linked to my account access it on the same device?

I bought my children a switch for Xmas, along with Pokémon Sword. I would like to purchase the DLC that is coming out this year, and wanted to know if they can access it from their accounts. At the ...
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