Tips for setting up and using your new Nintendo Switch

WITH great deals on new consoles, many people will be picking up a Nintendo Switch for the holiday season.

This year has been a strong one for Nintendo with a huge number of fantastic games coming out for the platform.

Nintendo Switch OLED is the latest model.

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Nintendo Switch OLED is the latest model.

If you’re not sure what you need to set up your new console, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Here are the top tips and tricks for setting up your Nintendo Switch so you can enjoy it over the holidays.

Nintendo Switch: How to connect it to your TV

The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid console, which means you can use it both on your TV and on the go.

If you have a Switch Lite, please note that it cannot be connected to your TV and is a handheld only console.

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For those who have the original Switch or Switch OLED, you don’t actually connect the console to the TV.

You should find a dock in the box alongside a power cable that goes into the wall and an HDMI cable that goes into the TV.

Plug these in and your Switch is ready to connect to the TV. Just pop the switch into the dock’s top slot and you’re good to go.

You can remove the joycon controllers from the sides of the console while it is docked. You don’t need a second set to play.

For a more comfortable experience while gaming on your TV, you can connect the joycon controllers to the included joycon grip.

Nintendo Switch: How to Load and Save Games

First, the Nintendo Switch has limited internal storage, but you can expand it by purchasing a microSD card.

This is important if you mainly play digital games and we recommend getting at least a 128GB card.

To install it, all you have to do is unfold and plug in the microSD panel on the bottom of the console.

Next you need one Nintendo Account. Unlike Xbox or PlayStation, you’ll need to set this up on your computer as you can’t do it through the console.

After that, turn on your Switch for the first time and you will be prompted to create a profile.

You can then link your account to your profile by connecting to the internet; Click on the image on the top left, go to “Profile” and then to “Link a Nintendo Account”.

You can have up to eight accounts on a Switch that can be used for different family members.

You can then purchase games from Nintendo eShop and download them from your library to your console ready to play.

Nintendo Switch Online is not required for this. You only need this to play online games.

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Accounts from different regions can also be linked to the same console, meaning you can play games that are exclusive to different countries or that appear first in certain regions.

Games without global release times are often released in New Zealand before other countries and can be played almost a day earlier than on the US West Coast.

However, it can be a little cumbersome to top up these accounts as you need a prepaid Nintendo Card from that country to buy games.

Nintendo Switch: How to play online with friends

Many Nintendo games like Splatoon 3, Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe have exclusive online features that require a subscription.

There are two subscription levels, and only the basic level is required to play online with friends.

You can sign up for a seven-day trial of Nintendo Switch Online right from your console.

It automatically signs you up for monthly renewal, but you can turn this off on the same page you sign up.

It’s a lot cheaper to buy a yearly subscription online than that monthly renewal if you expect to use it all year long.

With the basic subscription to Nintendo Switch Online, you can also play a catalog of classic NES and Super Nintendo games.

The more expensive Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack also gives you access to Nintendo 64 and Sega Mega Drive games, as well as additional courses for Mario Kart.

However, if you only want to play online, the expansion pack is not required.

Nintendo Switch: How to extend your battery life

One of the main problems with the Nintendo Switch is that the battery doesn’t last long in handheld mode.

There are a few simple ways you can extend this if you’re away from a charging port for an extended period of time.

The first is to put your Switch into Airplane mode, which is possible by holding down the Home button.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are one of the biggest drains on a console’s battery life and this can add hours of gaming time.

However, Airplane mode does not allow you to download games or play online with friends.

Secondly, you can decrease the brightness of the screen in the same menu. This is the second largest drain on the battery, so reduce it as low as possible while the game is still viewable.

Finally, disable vibration whenever possible in the in-game menus to further extend your playtime.

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Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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