What can I do on the console? Check out some tips for those who bought or want to buy the Nintendo Switch.
It may be that even before buying a Nintendo Switch you already know the hybrid cable-to-tail console. But here are some tips for getting you up-to-date on the features, care, game store and getting the most out of Nintendo’s platform.
The Nintendo Switch was launched in 2017, succeeding the Nintendo Wii U (2012). It was the fastest selling console in US history, with 4.8 million units sold in 10 months.
In 2019, Nintendo introduced Switch Lite, a smaller version without the removable Joy-Cons and the new Nintendo Switch. Both 2019 models have had a processor upgrade to be more energy efficient only.
Considering the long life of consoles that are in the market, it can be said that these two will last a long time, especially considering the sales record they had.
If you are considering buying the Nintendo Switch, check out our tips:
1. The game catalog for Nintendo Switch
One of the first things we do when turning on the Nintendo Switch is to create a Nintendo account to register the console and start using from a gamer profile. At this point it is worth thinking about creating an account in a country other than Brazil.
For three reasons:
- Games: Not all titles available for Nintendo Switch are in the Brazilian catalog (Fortnite is one of them);
- eShop: Exploring Nintendo’s game store on the console is not yet possible. Thus, the searches should be done only on the site, generating a code to be inserted in the Switch and download the game;
- Price: In many cases, international stores offer more attractive prices and promotions.
2. Expand storage with a memory card
The Nintendo Switch comes with 32 GB of internal storage. This is very little if we consider that most games purchased for it will be digital (even more if they are from international stores).
With that, it is worth considering buying a microSD card of at least 64 GB to expand the storage of the video game. I bought a 128 GB and I think I won’t need a new one anytime soon.
Even more so if you consider that you can delete games already played that will not lose progress saved locally or in the cloud.
3. Be careful! It’s tough but not bulletproof
Nintendo’s footprint has always been more familiar and in some cases more childish. This requires the console to be “childproof”.
An example of this is the game cartridges, subjected to a bitter chemical solution in the mouth, to make children expel the game card as soon as they put the material in their mouth.
But as much as the Nintendo Switch is a sturdy console it is good to take some care.
The plastic screen: This material is more drop-resistant than glass (mine has gone to the floor twice and goes well), but it scratches more easily.
I recommend placing a film on the screen as it will be exposed to scratches every time you place and remove it from the dock to load it or play it on your TV.
Joy-Cons: Be sure to push the button to remove the controls before exiting by pulling them out of the console body. This avoids damage to the Joy-Cons fasteners on the switch.
The Nintendo Switch has passed the durability test of youtuber Zack Nelson, known for the JerryRigEverything channel. They are very extreme, but you can get an idea of the strength of the console. V EJA:
If you follow Tecnoblog, you are likely to hear of a future console update. Many of them come more to fix problems and bugs than add functionality. Do this before downloading any games once you buy the Nintendo Switch.
- On the home screen, access settings through the gear icon;nintendo switch settings
- Scroll to System and select System Update (first option).update nintendo switch
5. Dark Theme
Just as there is a tendency in mobile operating systems ( Android and iOS) to adopt night mode on mobile phones, the Nintendo Switch already brings this feature from the beginning. With it, the home and menu screens substitute the white background for the dark gray.
Just go to the settings and look for “Themes” in the left side panel.
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6. Quick Menu
What if you were in a game and needed to change the screen brightness or enable airplane mode, for example? Instead of minimizing, accessing settings and then making adjustments, use the quick menu.
For that just hold the home button. The settings panel will appear on the right side of the screen.
7. Nintendo Switch Online
Just as PS4 is for PlayStation Plus and Xbox One is for Xbox Live Gold, Switch has Nintendo Switch Online. On the service you don’t have free popular games every month, but you can count on:
Online matches with other players. Remembering that not all games require the service;
Cloud saves backup: If something happens to your console or you want to buy another Nintendo Switch, your data will sync up;
Mobile app access: This is a downside, as competitors integrate the feature into the console, rather than having to use a mobile phone to chat with friends;
NES Games: Access to a catalog of over 40 Nintendinho (Nintendo Entertainment System) games. New classic games are added monthly to the catalog and there are indications that Super Nintendo games are also coming to the Switch.
The subscription price is lower than the competitors: R $ 14.80 in the monthly plan; R $ 74.25 if paid annually.
One app that is already present on Nintendo Switch is YouTube. You may not see sense in watching YouTube videos on that screen while you have your phone. But what about when you’re on TV? It’s an easy way to get content to it if you don’t have a Smart TV or Chromecast, for example.
Having YouTube on Nintendo Switch also makes me believe that other media apps like Netflix and Prime Video can get there too. With that I can replace the need to change that older TV just to consume that content in another room of the house.
9. News, Releases
The Nintendo Switch has an area for news of the console and the games you have installed. When you download a new game or app, it automatically starts following that provider’s feed.
The section serves to stay on top of new game releases, promotions, updates and news from the general ecosystem. It’s good to have a look around once in a while.
However, as you have new games, the feed starts to get polluted by titles you no longer care about.
To unfollow any of these channels:
- Access the news section;news on nintendo switch
- Press Y to access the channel list;
- Scroll to the end of a channel feed and select “View all available articles”;
- Then tap the “Following” button to stop following.stop following news channel on nintendo switch
10. Master Sword… I mean the Pro Controller
Using the Switch connected to the TV can be very convenient if you prefer to play on a larger screen and enjoy, for example, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in all its splendor.
The only nuisance is that the Joy-Cons are not the best example of comfort in control. Even with the support that comes in the box, the buttons and the grip can be annoying over time.
Of course Nintendo already has a solution, sold separately (of course): the Pro Controller. Visually speaking, the joypad looks like a PS4 and Xbox One controller hybrid – just lighter than both and with a great grip (experience), even for small hands ( Vivi’s ).
It is undoubtedly an excellent accessory and is well worth investing in one. Some even say that the Pro Controller is superior to Sony and Microsoft controls. His only problem is the price, costing an average of $400 at retail.