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Get started with Nintendo Switch

It's easy to get started with Nintendo Switch. Just follow these instructions.
1. Connect the AC adapter

Connect the included AC adapter and turn the console ON

2. Configure the Console

When you start the console for the first time, you will be asked to select certain settings. Attach both Joy-Con controls to the console and follow the on-screen instructions.

3. Play!

There are two types of Nintendo Switch software: a retailer version, which comes with a card that you insert into the console, and a downloadable version that you download and save to the console or a microSD card.

  • Play a retail version

    Open the card slot and insert the card. Make sure the card is facing the right way when inserting it.

    Make sure the game label is facing you, and then insert it into the slot until you hear a click.

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    The program icon for the inserted game will appear in the HOME menu. Select the icon with your cursor and then press the A button to start the program.


  • Close software

    When you press the HOME button, the software is paused and you enter the HOME menu. You can close the paused software by selecting it and pressing the X button.

    If you are playing a game that requires you to save it manually, be sure to save it before closing the software. Data that is not saved will disappear..

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  • This is how you remove the game card

    To remove the card from the console, open the slot cover and push in the card until it slides out, and then remove it.

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  • When you have finished using the console

    You can put the Nintendo Switch console to sleep when you have finished using it. That way, you can wake it up from sleep mode if you want to use it again and start playing right away.

    To put the console to sleep, press the HOME button for at least one second and then select SLEEP MODE..

    The battery will last for a few days if you put the console to sleep when it is fully charged.

  • Wake the console from sleep mode

    Press the HOME button to wake up the console.

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    Other ways to wake up the console / put it sleep

    • Put the console to sleep from the HOME menu
    • Open the sleep menu in the HOME menu.
    • Put the console to sleep / wake the console using the POWER button
    • Press the POWER button to put the console to sleep or wake it from sleep mode.


Nintendo Co., Ltd., headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, has created franchises that have become household names worldwide, including Mario™, Donkey Kong™, The Legend of Zelda™, Metroid™, Pokémon™, Animal Crossing™, Pikmin™ and Splatoon™, through its integrated hardware and software products.

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