The Nintendo switch is a powerful game console that packs a surprising amount of technology into a tiny package if tiny packages do it for you that is whether you were an early adopter or you recently went out and picked up a switch there’s a good chance you haven’t taken advantage of all the unique features Nintendo is packed into this machine.
Let’s take a look at 10 Nintendo switch tips and tricks;
Using Keyboard in Nintendo Switch:
Probably didn’t know use a USB keyboard sure you can use a game controller to dive words names email addresses and passwords into a game console you can.
If the job is typing text on a screen the game controller is just about the furthest thing from a perfect tool as you can get. Wouldn’t it be great if you could use a real physical keyboard to type words on your switch? just plug a standard USB keyboard into your switch and any time a text field with a keyboard appears on-screen you can type on the physical keyboard and the text will appear on the screen voila it’s like a computer but it plays Nintendo games.
This is useful whenever you need to enter long complicated passwords or type your address and credit card information into the eShop it’s great for adding text to any screenshots you take before posting them to social media and once an MMO hits the switch it’ll become even more useful as it’ll let teams chat and strategize without having to peck each keyi ndividually with the joy con that’s my own personal hell right there so if you enter a lot of text into your switch think about getting a USB keyboard to make your life easier
Browse the Internet through Facebook:
let’s say you’re playing Super Mario and you’re struggling to find the last moon in a level or maybe you’re stuck on a puzzle and breath of the while then it’s driving you crazy when you need a little hint or you just want to check your email it helps if the device in front of you comes with internet browser, unfortunately, the switch doesn’t have an app that lets you surf the web or does it.
The switch comes with a very limited browser that seems to be intended mostly to let players login to public Wi-Fi hotspots you know that ones that make you click a button before letting you on the network.
But if you go into the switches user settings and click to link your Facebook account you can actually navigate to Facebook proper by clicking any link on the page now that you’re in Facebook you can browse around to your Friends content Just press on the left analog stick and one will appear. Unfortunately you can’t use this method to visit any URL of your choice but you can still see what your friends are up to on Facebook and navigate to any pages you find linked from your home page that’s something right so even if you can’t find a guide for the game you’re currently playing on the switch you can still browse Facebook between Mario sessions
Use Joy Cons with Tablet or Computer:
A Nintendo switch is quickly becoming one of the best video game platforms on the market from Mario and Zelda to Arms in splatoon the switch has a sizable library of killer games that could take you years to complete if you wanted to play them all and who has that much time anyways but suppose you breeze through all your switch games or you just want to play the hot new game on your phone or computer.
Thanks to the joy Cons Bluetooth capabilities you don’t need to put down your switch controller to do it all you need to do is tell your PC Mac or Android phone to search for a Bluetooth peripheral then press the sync button on your Joy Cons to have it look for new connections once the two devices find one another you’re good to go the only catch is you have to be playing a compatible game for your Joy Con to work on android games like Minecraft Final Fantasy and the Grand Theft Auto series are compatible.
Most PC games don’t natively recognize joy Cons controllers but you can sidestep this issue by using a program called joy to key it lets you map your joy Cons buttons to mouse and keyboard inputs.
It’s a brave new world out there for gamers so grab a joy con and start playing games on your phone or tablet
See How Much Duration You Played a Game:
When you love a game it’s easy to spend dozens or even hundreds of hours exploring every inch of the digital landscape it contains like Super Mario Odyssey I’ve been playing for days oh wait don’t I have a job but when you play time can slip away and you can lose track of just how much of your life you’ve spent playing the game. Some games have built-in timers to keep track of your playtime but many don’t on another gaming system that might mean there’s no way to see how much time you’ve spent playing any given game but the switches operating system keeps track of your hours regardless of whether the game itself offers that information but that makes you feel good or feel bad about yourself hey that’s up to you to see your play time.
go to your profile and scroll through your play activity there you’ll see how much games you played and how long you’ve spent playing them the only catch is that it won’t show you this information until you’ve had the game for ten days who knows why that is but during that time it just tells you how many days ago you first played the game once you’ve had the game a week and a half though it starts showing you your actual play time
you can even check in on how many hours your friends have played there switch games simply go to your friends list and select one of your friends you’ll see pretty much the same information shown on your profile.
Match TV power State
In the grand scheme of things it’s not a major inconvenience to power on your television or change inputs hey what are we cavemen there are more pressing issues in life than lifting a remote and tapping a button or two or are there even so if your switch could automatically turn on your TV and go to whatever input it’s setup on when you want to play that would be nice wouldn’t.
It as you’ve probably guessed by now your switch can’t in fact control your TV’s power and input that is assuming your TV as a feature called hdmi cec which most modern tvs have the switch feature is actually turned on by default so you don’t even have to do anything to make it happen it’s magic just power up your switch with the TV off and the switch will take things from there now will it go get me groceries you can use the time you save by making yourself a sandwich or grabbing another mountaindew.
It’s convenient right on the other hand if it bothers you that your switch takes control of your television you can always turn the feature off to do so just go to the system settings scroll down to TV settings and turn off the feature called match TV power state.
Use another Region’s Games and Shop
One cool thing you might not know about the Nintendo switch is that it can’t be contained by anything so flimsy as the countries borders that’s right. The switch is a region free baby! in previous console generations if you bought a game from Japan or Europe for instance it wouldn’t work on a console sold in the US that’s because consoles were region-locked well not anymore that’s not the case this generation on Xbox one ps4 or Nintendo switch so no matter where in the world you buy a switch game it will work on your switch whether you bought it in South Dakota or Sweden the game might be in a different language but you know buyer beware and all that what you don’t know Swedish the region-free thing isn’t limited to physical copies of games either it works for digital games on the eShop as well which means you don’t actually have to travel to Japan or pay huge shipping fees to play games that exclusively come out in Japan all you have to do is create a Japanese shop account buy the game and you’re good to go.
To do that you first have to create a new Nintendo account and tell it that you’re in the Japanese region next grab your switch and created a new user link that user to your new Nintendo account in you’re in business what’s the Japanese word for business now just open up the eShop app as a new user and you’re ready to buy any Japanese game you want
See what’s on sale in the shop
Gaming is an expensive pastime just ask my bank account not only do you need to drop a couple hundred dollars on a shiny new game console or maybe even a new TV but you also need to load it up with games triple-a games usually retail for $60 nowadays but with things like season passes and loot boxes they’ve gotten really good at vacuuming, even more, money out of your wallet after you buy them.
Let’s not even get into the collector’s editions which can cost hundreds of dollars depending on what items are included in the box on the plus side games usually go on sale pretty often if only there were a way to see which games are on sale at any given time well on the switch there is ,just make sure you’re connected to the Internet then open the eShop app on the sidebar to the left you’ll find a whole category devoted to games that are currently on sale it tells you the original asking price plus the current sale price wholly cheap. You can even make a wish list on the eShop to help keep track of the games you want to buy at a later date while you won’t get a notification when your wish list goes on sale like you will on Steam you can still compare the two lists on a regular basis that way you’ll always know when a game you had your eye on goes on sale.
Charge it with a battery pack
There’s nothing more frustrating than getting in the zone while playing your favorite game only to be greeted by a low battery warning
If you’re playing on the go it’s just game over when your switch runs out of juice and on the switch that happens more quickly than on most other devices after all it takes a lot of power to put full console quality games on a handheld
According to Nintendo’s official claims most players can expect a fully charged switch to last between two and a half and six hours depending on things like screen brightness and how demanding your game is with games like The Legend of Zelda breath of the wild you can’t play for more than three hours without having to charge up.
If you found yourself running out of battery on the switch here’s some good news you don’t need to be near a power outlet to charge your console thanks to the switches handy USB C port you can use a standard external battery to pump more juice into your machine if you’d rather not carry an extra gadget around with you.
You might want to consider buying a switch case with a built-in battery pack these devices add weight and thickness to your switch but to let you play much longer than you could otherwise just don’t forget to charge your battery pack before leaving the house
Skip Who is Playing This Game
If multiple people in your house like to play games on the Nintendo switch the user selection screen is a useful feature it lets different users keep separate save files and individual friends lists it’s thanks to the user selection screen that your annoying brother won’t spend all your rupees in Zelda or save over your progress in Skyrim but if you’re the only person in the house who ever uses a switch it’s kind of frustrating to have to select yourself as a user each time.
You hop into a game why the switch asks who’s playing when only one user is registered on the device is anyone’s guess but thankfully there’s a workaround to this issue go to the home screen and click your way into the system settings once there select users and then turn on the Skip selection screen feature now when you open up an app or play a game you’ll get to breeze past the annoying user selection step and start playing right away and you know what that means you get to spend less time fiddling with menus and more time playing the Nintendo switch games that’s basically the
Locate Lost Controllers
Losing a bad habit is a good thing losing a TV remote is just plain annoying but losing a videogame controller is the worst it can render your whole game console useless and thanks to the switches tiny size it’s all too easy to lose those little joy con controllers maybe it fell between the couch jinns are knocked under the coffee table, maybe the dog thought it was a toy and ran off with it
Thankfully the switch 3.0 update includes a feature that helps you find those long-lost controllers it even works with the pro controller or any other switch controller for that matter to use the find a controller feature.
Just go to controllers on the main switch menu and select find controllers you’ll get a prompt asking which controller is lost click it and as long as the controller is in range it’ll start vibrating like crazy it keeps going as long as you press the button and the controller has battery power as it vibrates you can find it by sound.