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Nintendo Tells New Owners “Make The Most Of Your Nintendo Switch”

We know there are a ton of new Nintendo Switch owners out there and Nintendo is reaching out and informing them of some of the features that might not be so noticeable at first glance. We thought we’d pass along the official news as well. Enjoy your new systems!


You can have fun wherever, whenever with your Nintendo Switch system. Here are a few features that can help you get the most fun possible out of your system!

Easy-peasy digital downloads

The Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch is a one-stop shop for entertainment. You can find games that can be purchased digitally and downloaded directly onto your system, like Super Mario Odyssey™ and ARMS™. The Nintendo eShop is also the place to find free game demos for some of the hottest games for Nintendo Switch, including Pokkén Tournament™ DX, Snipperclips™—Cut it out, together!, and Just Dance 2018.

Free rewards program

You can get an annual birthday discount, reward offers, and more with the My Nintendo rewards program. Earn points when you buy digital games for your Nintendo Switch system, then redeem those points for cool My Nintendo rewards like digital content and discounts. A Nintendo Account is required to start using My Nintendo. For help creating a Nintendo Account, click here. For a list of current available rewards, click here.

In-game extras with amiibo

You can tap compatible amiibo™ figures and cards (sold separately) to score all sorts of in-game perks in compatible games like new characters, game modes, outfits, power-ups, or more. In The Legend of Zelda™: Breath of the Wild game, you can tap a Wolf Link amiibo figure to make Wolf Link appear in the game. Or, you can tap a Zelda 30th Anniversary series amiibo figure to get helpful in-game items…or even a treasure chest! It’s easy to tap amiibo figures and cards with the NFC touchpoint that is built into the right Joy-Con™ controller.

Multiplayer fun for friends and family

Gearing up for family game night? You can connect up to eight Joy-Con controllers to one Nintendo Switch system and compatible games, so all four players can play in their preferred play style and get in on the action with games like Mario Kart 8™ Deluxe. The 1-2-Switch™ game gets players off the couch and into a world of wild face-to-face games. Most games in 1-2-Switch have you looking directly at the other player and not at the TV screen! Each game uses different features of the Joy-Con controller, such as motion control, HD Rumble, or the IR Motion Camera. For intense ink-splatting action, you can check out the Splatoon™ 2game’s local and online* multiplayer modes. Want to organize a serious tournament? Up to 10 docked Nintendo Switch systems can connect via wired LAN (additional accessories required; sold separately).

Top Picks and #Nindies

Not sure which game to play next? Turn to the Game Store on to explore our curated lists of games, like the Nintendo Switch top pick games of 2017. The #Nindies Hitslist puts a spotlight on some of the hottest indie games available on Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch news feed

The world of video games moves fast! Luckily, the Nintendo Switch news feed can keep you in the loop. You can keep up to date on the latest game releases, videos, special offers, and more. In-game events like Splatfest (Splatoon 2) and Party Crash (ARMS) are listed on the news feed as well. If you want to check it out, just click on News from the HOME Menu.

*Nintendo Account required. Online services and features. including online gameplay, are free until the paid Nintendo Switch Online Service launches in 2018.

Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Games, system, and some accessories sold separately.


Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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