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FAQ Guide to Commonly Asked Nintendo Switch Questions

Published 05/22/2022, 4:30 AM EDT

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PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo have dominated the console industries for years. Furthermore, several users are shifting to Nintendo Switch to enjoy the old classic games such as Animal Crossing and Super Mario. Not to mention Nintendo’s recent membership plan, Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, grants users access to various N64 and Sega Genesis games.

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Indeed, Nintendo has become widely popular with the release of the Nintendo Switch. Moreover, Nintendo Switch lifetime units sold so far are put at 106.21 million, which surpasses those of the PS5 (18.66 million) and the Xbox Series X|S (13.66 million). Since the console has become widely recognized, many users face comment issues with the Switch console.

Here are some of the most asked Nintendo Switch questions in the community.


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How to connect Nintendo Switch to TV

In order to connect your Switch console to your TV, you will first need an HDMI cable. Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the bottom terminal of the dock labeled “HDMI OUT”. Later, connect the other end to an HDMI port on your television or monitor.

If you are still not able to connect the console to your device, make sure to Power off the TV and disconnect all cables from the dock. After that, reset the AC adapter by disconnecting it from both ends for at least 30 seconds.


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When was Nintendo founded?

Nintendo Co., Ltd. is a Japanese multinational video game company headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. It was founded on September 23, 1889. The founder Fusajiro Yamauchi began the company by selling hand-painted playing cards, which eventually became the most popular brand in Japan.

How to charge Nintendo Switch controllers

To charge your Nintendo Switch controllers, you just have to dock them to the sides of the console itself. You should have received a charger with your console. Furthermore, you can either keep this in your dock or just use it as a traditional phone charger cable. Until your console has power, it will start charging the controllers the second.

In order to verify that your controllers are still connected and charging, go to the HOME Menu and select “Controllers.” The screen will indicate if the Joy-Con are charging.

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When did Nintendo come out?

The Nintendo console, or Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), was released as the Famicom in Japan on July 15, 1983. Back in 1985, the NES’s price was $149.99 and came complete with Super Mario Bros, Duck Hunt, a light gun accessory for Duck Hunt, and an extra controller.

How to factory reset Nintendo Switch

In order to format the Nintendo Switch system and delete all settings, follow all the mentioned instructions as listed below.

  • First, select System Settings on the HOME Menu.
  • Later, go to System, and select it.
  • Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the menu, and select Formatting Options.
  • Select Initialize Console to delete all data in the system’s memory.
  • Later click Next and select Initialize to complete the process.

Who owns Nintendo?

Nintendo is a Japan-based video game company, and it continues to hold its own and has refused any attempt to be purchased by other developers. Shuntaro Furukawa is the sixth and current president of the video game company Nintendo.

Interestingly, back in 1999, Microsoft attempted to purchase Nintendo (only a couple of years before Xbox would hit the market).

How to delete a game on Nintendo Switch

  • Go to System Setting from the HOME Menu
  • Scroll down and select Data Management, then Delete Save Data.
  • Select the game you desire to delete data and click Delete Software.
  • Select Delete when asked to confirm that you want to delete the game.

What is the difference between Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite?

FeaturesNintendo SwitchNintendo Switch Lite
Play ModesTV mode, Tabletop mode, Handheld modeHandheld mode only
Compatible GamesAll Nintendo Switch gamesNintendo Switch games that support Handheld mode
Joy-Con ControllersComes with a set of Joy-Con controllers.Joy-Con controllers not included.
Dimensions4” high, 9.4” long, and  .55” deep (with Joy-Con attached)3.6” high, 8.2” long, and .55” deep
WeightApprox. .88 lbs

(with Joy-Con controllers)

Approx. .61 lbs
Nintendo Switch DockIncludes a Nintendo Switch dock and HDMI cable.Not compatible with the Nintendo Switch dock
Screen6.2″ LCD touch screen5.5″ LCD touch screen
Storage32 GB32 GB
Battery LifeModel number: HAC-001(-01)

Approx. 4.5 – 9 hours

Model number: HDH-001

Approx. 3 – 7 hours

What games can you play on Nintendo Switch?

Nintendo is famous for many popular games and fans also love to get their hands on several Nintendo exclusive titles. These are the most popular games you can experience on your Nintendo Switch console:

  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
  • Bayonetta 2
  • Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
  • Moonlighter
  • Hollow Knight
  • Minecraft
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Stardew Valley
  • Splatoon 2
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

How to download games on Nintendo Switch

  • Link a Nintendo Account to your Nintendo Switch console
  • Later, access the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch console and select your Nintendo Account.
  • Purchase the game of your liking from the Nintendo eShop.
  • Lastly, download and start playing the games you have purchased.

How to play multiplayer on Minecraft on the Nintendo switch

Minecraft on the Nintendo Switch console is a multiplayer game by default. Interestingly, a total of 8 players when online, 4 players when offline in split-screen, and 8 players when on local network play can play together.


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There are 2 network modes that can be chosen from the Main Menu, Online Network, and Local Network. Local Network help players join nearby consoles when there is no internet connection available. They can join your game by attaching controllers and pressing + on the controller at any point during the game. Up to 4 players can use the split-screen together.

A Nintendo Switch Online membership will be required to access the following online multiplayer features in Minecraft.


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Mehul Rolta is an eSports author at EssentiallySports since November 2020. He believes that gaming has the potential to bring a smile to a person's face. Instead of keeping his passion for gaming all to himself, he decided to share his thoughts and opinion with others.
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