The Nintendo Switch is one of the most popular consoles out there. Despite the fact that so many people have the device, many still don’t know that it also has some secret features. WANT editor Jeroen Kraak helps you get started.
The Nintendo Switch is a wonderful device. As such, our editors all have the console by their televisions. We even made a podcast about it as you can listen to below. You would think we know everything about the game console, but even for us the device still holds secrets. Especially for you, we dive deeper into it.
5 secret features for your Nintendo Switch
Wondering what all you can do with your Nintendo Switch? Below we give you five simple tricks.
#1 Find your lost Joy-Con
My colleague Mark already covered this point in the Freakin’ Nerds podcast. In fact, it is possible with your Nintendo Switch to locate your Joy-Cons if you have lost them. To do this, go to Controllers and then Find controllers. You will then see all of your Joy-Cons.
Highlight the Joy-Con you lost. Then press the L or R button. The one you lost will vibrate and so you will hear where it is.
#2 Save battery on your Nintendo Switch
One of the biggest annoyances of the Nintendo Switch is its short battery life. The original version lasts 2.5 to 6.5 hours and those of the latest models as long as 4.5 to 9 hours. Often you don’t reach that maximum battery life. Still, there are ways to get more out of it.
Grab your popcorn ahead of time. (Image: Unsplash)
In fact, you can easily adjust how long it takes for the Nintendo Switch to go into sleep mode. To do so, go to System Settings>Sleep Mode. Next, select Auto-Sleep. Here you set how long it takes for the screen to turn off.
In that menu it is also possible to turn your screen less bright, which also saves battery.
#3 Adjust the buttons on the Joy-Con
Although we almost all use the default button mapping of the Nintendo Switch, it is also possible to customize it to your liking. To do so, you need to go to System Settings>Controllers and Sensors>Change button mapping.
So in that menu you can arrange the buttons exactly as you like. You might like it better to reverse A and B, for example.
Nintendo Switch (Image: Nintendo )
#4 Change eShop
Nintendo has a total of five different eShops: Europe, North and South America, Australia, Japan and the combination Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea. You may find that the offerings and prices differ. In that case, it is definitely useful to take a look at the other digital stores.
You can do that very simply on your Nintendo Switch. All you need to do for this is to change your console’s region. To do this, go to System Settings>Region. There, select which region you want and then reboot the game console. After that, you can browse around the eShop of that region.
#5 Multiple save files on your Nintendo Switch
One of the most annoying features on the Nintendo Switch is that you only have one save file per game. Irritating if you want to restart a game, for example, but don’t want to lose your save.
Still, this is possible, only you have to do a trick for this. For this you simply create a new user. You then switch between accounts if you still prefer to start your other save game. This applies to almost all games, but not to Animal Crossing. Here you can have a maximum of one island per Nintendo Switch.