Nintendo Switch: Tips for a new user


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  • Tuesday, 14 Mar 2017

Switch it up: Read these tips and tricks to better utilise your Nintendo Switch.

If you're one of the lucky people who could afford getting Nintendo's new gaming console, the Switch, you're probably already up and running and playing one of the launch titles like 1-2-Switch or The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild on it.

However, chances are you've hardly glanced at the instruction manual and just started charging up the device and then playing games on the console.

Nevertheless, before you go any further, we've gathered together a few tips that you might find really useful and might also prevent damaging the console.

You need to press the button on the back of the Joy-Con while making sure the little Lock lever is disengaged before sliding out the wrist strap connector.— TAN KIT HOONG/The Star

1. The little Nintendo wrist straps have a secondary lock.

Bundled together with the Switch are a couple of wrist straps that are intended for use when you detach the left and right Joy-Cons (as Nintendo calls the Switch controllers).

The idea is that you are supposed to slide these wrist straps onto the left and right Joy-Con controllers, aligning the negative marking with the same negative button on the top edge of the left controller and the positive marking with the positive button on the right controller.

However, while they're easy to slide on to the Joy-Cons, you might find that it's actually a lot more difficult to slide them out when you want to take them off

Not many people bother to read the instructions, but the little wrist straps are a little more complicated to take off – while you still need to hold down the lock button below the shoulder buttons, you also need to unlock the little white Lock lever at the bottom to be able to slide the wrist strap attachment off the controller.

We've provided photos here to illustrate where you need to push.

Look under the kickstand on the back of the Nintendo Switch for the microSD card slot.— TAN KIT HOONG/The Star

2. The microSD card slot is underneath the kickstand.

The Nintendo Switch only has 32GB of storage space built in, so if you want to expand storage, the device actually has a microSD card slot that accepts cards up to 2TB in size.

If you're looking for the slot, just pop up the built-in kickstand – the slot is located just under it.

You're advised to save your game and turn off the Switch by holding down the power button for four seconds and choosing Turn Off device before popping out the microSD card – if you don't, the console will tell you that it's shutting down when you pop out the card.

The NFC chip on the Nintendo Switch is located on the top of the joystick on the right Joy-Con.— TAN KIT HOONG/The Star

3. The NFC sensor is in the right joystick.

Like the WiiU and the latest 3DS models, the Nintendo Switch supports the company's rather cool Amiibo NFC technology that allows you to transfer information to and from the Amiibo plastic figurines the company sells.

However, it may not be too obvious where you need to tap your Amiibo to transfer information to the Switch.

The NFC antenna on the Switch is actually located inside the right joystick so if you want to register an Amiibo with the Switch, just tap the base of the Amiibo on the top of the right joystick.

Unlock all the 1-2-Switch games by playing at least four of the initial set you're presented with.—Nintendo

4. Unlock all 1-2-Switch games.

When we first got the Switch and tried out the bundled 1-2-Switch game, we were puzzled to find out that there were only a few games available instead of the 28 party games that were promised.

Don't worry they're actually there – Nintendo forces you to play at least four of the initial games first, after which all 28 games will be unlocked.

5. Press and hold the Home button for a quick menu.

The Home button on the right controller of the Switch allows you to suspend the game and quickly bring you back to the Home menu.

However, did you know that pressing and holding the Home button for more than two seconds will also bring up a convenient quick menu that allows you to put the Switch into Sleep mode and also gives you the option to adjust the brightness of the screen or to toggle the auto brightness on and off.

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