Things You Didn't Know Your Nintendo Switch Could Do

The Switch's official online NES emulator has already been hacked

One feature of Nintendo Switch Online (or, more specifically, firmware update 6.0.0) that wasn't heavily advertised, however, is the ability to play games across multiple consoles.

Switch players have been enjoying online play since the console made its debut, but the experience has been pretty basic.

It's a fantastic bit of kit straight out the box, but casual users - or those not consistently plugged-in to all things Nintendo - might not be aware of some of the extra stuff their Switches are capable of, from beefing up system security to making games load much faster. The special NES Joy-Cons can now be ordered on the Special Offers page.

On top of that, those with multiple Nintendo Switch consoles will be able to play their downloaded games on any device as long as they're logged in.


The shift to paid online for most retail games, with exceptions like free-to-play titles, and paid voice chat (all previously free).

Your primary Switch is the one you're using when you connect your Nintendo Account to the eShop for the first time.

If you have any further questions, be sure to check out our guide on everything you need to know about Nintendo Switch Online. Nintendo breaks down this interaction in the gallery of images you see above.

If you own a Switch and you haven't already signed up for Online, we recommend you try it out. Online play and cloud save backups are also a must-have.

Related News:

  • Cary Fukunaga confirmed as the new director for Bond 25

    Last month, the production of the next James Bond film was thrown up in the air when Danny Boyle left the role of director . The official James Bond Twitter handle quoted Wilson and Broccoli as saying, "We are delighted to be working with Cary".
    Nigeria suspends national carrier Nigeria Air

    Nigeria suspends national carrier Nigeria Air

    He, however did not give details of the "strategic reasons" for the cancellation of the project. This funding can be in the form of equity or debt.
    Air pressure mix-up causes mass bleeding on Indian flight

    Air pressure mix-up causes mass bleeding on Indian flight

    All guests were deplaned safely and taken to the terminal. "Some of us experienced nose bleeding and headache". This was after a cabin crew had forgotten to switch on a button that regulates the cabin pressure.
  • Former Brexit minister says European Union  exit talks will need a 'reset'

    Former Brexit minister says European Union exit talks will need a 'reset'

    The UK is resolutely opposed to creating a new border in the Irish Sea, separating Northern Ireland from mainland Britain. He said the European Union is not proposing "a border, neither on land or at sea".
    Syria's Assad offers condolences to Russia's Putin for Il-20 plane crash

    Syria's Assad offers condolences to Russia's Putin for Il-20 plane crash

    The plane downed by Syria's Russian-made S-200 air defence had a crew of 15, who were all killed, Moscow said. Syrian forces mistook the Russian Il-20 for Israeli aircraft, killing all 15 people aboard on Monday.
    Cristiano Ronaldo left the field in tears after questionable red card

    Cristiano Ronaldo left the field in tears after questionable red card

    Parejo stepped up but Wojciech Szczesny saved his spot-kick to sum up the Spanish side's frustrating evening. The Juventus player protested the decision before leaving the pitch in tears.
  • Amazon wants 3000 Amazon Go stores by 2021

    Amazon wants 3000 Amazon Go stores by 2021

    The report of new Amazon Go stores follows the opening of two new Amazon Go locations, in Seattle and Chicago, earlier this month. What's more, Amazon has grown its advertising business 242 percent since 2017, eMarketer said.
    PM Imran Khan returns after visit to Saudi Arabia, UAE

    PM Imran Khan returns after visit to Saudi Arabia, UAE

    In the letter, Imran Khan has said that all sticky issues including Kashmir can be resolved through dialogue. Pakistan's FM tweeted that awaited India's "formal response".

    Cristiano Ronaldo's red for Juventus against Valencia was harsh

    Parejo stepped up but Wojciech Szczesny saved his spot-kick to sum up the Spanish side's frustrating evening. Joao Cancelo hit the crossbar and was then fouled by Daniel Parejo as he tried to get on the rebound.
  • Gender war politics grip Senate over Kavanaugh accusation

    Gender war politics grip Senate over Kavanaugh accusation

    Mr Kavanaugh flatly denied the accusation and was, according to the White House, ready to testify "tomorrow" in his defence. Ford's lawyers said on Tuesday she would not appear before the Senate until after the FBI investigates the allegations.
    Google, T-Mobile team up to help 911 operators

    Google, T-Mobile team up to help 911 operators

    Android phones throughout the United States will now have better, more accurate emergency service tracking when placing 911 calls. While T-Mobile already had a way of doing this, ELS will help deliver higher accuracy in a shorter time.
    Justice Department Clears Cigna's Acquisition of Express Scripts

    Justice Department Clears Cigna's Acquisition of Express Scripts

    The Justice Department's approval of the Cigna-Express Scripts deal did not come as a shock. Cigna and Express Scripts said the deal will close by year-end 2018.


Most liked

Suspect arrested in stabbing death of DC jogger
According to family members, the newly-engaged Martinez grew up in Palm Beach County and moved up to Washington D.C. for college. The suspect was last seen wearing a mustard-colored shirt, dark-colored trousers and sandals with white socks.

OnePlus 6T and Type-C Bullets Headphones Teased by Amazon India
The next official announcement, which concerns the "6T's" loss of a headphone jack , may modulate it somewhat, however. That next device surely must to be the OnePlus 6T and a launch could, therefore, come in the next few months.

Two shark attacks within 24 hours at Whitsundays in Australia
A person has been attacked by a shark at Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays - the second attack in 24 hours. It's understood she was bleeding heavily from a leg injury when she was pulled from the water.

Trump to Spain: Build a wall to keep out asylum seekers
According to Josep Borrell, the president wants the European Union member country to emulating his infamous Mexico border policy. Since January of this year, 35,000 migrants arrived in Spain, the highest number received by any European Union country.

Trump's Space Force could cost almost $13B in first 5 years
More broadly, it would be "responsible for the preparation of forces necessary for the effective prosecution of war". Air Force had 401 squadrons in 1987, at the peak of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Ted Cruz says Democratic opponent will ban Texas barbecue
The demonstration was in response to another attempted Cruz zinger last week. "Larry Sabato, director of the U.Va. Cruz has been laying the attack ads on O'Rourke over the past few weeks as O'Rourke has crept up in the polls.

Google: We Turned Battery Saver On For You, Sorry
As you can see from the renders, the Pixel 3 has a notch-less display whereas the Pixel 3 XL has a big, ugly notch up top. Adding to those rumours, new renders just leaked online and they show both the front and the back of the device.

Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak arrested over alleged abuse of power
The new government reopened investigations stifled under Najib's rule and barred him and his wife from leaving the country. The former prime minister is already facing seven charges of criminal breach of trust , corruption and money laundering .

Jack Ma warns that trade war will drag on for decades
When commenting about his coming retirement, he said it's not a "sudden decision" and he has been prepared for it for more than 10 years.

Galaxy A7 (2018) is Samsung\'s first triple-rear-cam phone
The Galaxy A7 also has another 24-megapixel camera on the front of the handset with an adjustable LED flash. The A7 will be available this fall in Europe and Asia in four colors: blue, black, gold and pink.

Machines to do more tasks than humans by 2025
Within four years, machines will displace 75 million jobs globally while creating 133 million new ones, the think tank claims. Machines will perform the remaining 52%. "Without proactive approaches, businesses and workers may lose out", she said.

OnePlus announces plans to break into the television market next year
It's a little early in the cycle to be talking about specs, but for a TV to be competitive, it really needs to be a 4K HDR panel. Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is still days away from its official release, however, it seems like a seller on ...

Here’s Rob Gronkowski’s Simple Advice For New Patriot Josh Gordon
He's a former All-Pro wide receiver who was once among the best at his position. For the Patriots, taking the chance on Gordon makes a lot of sense for them.

Coca-Cannabis? Coke analyzing cannabis in wellness drinks
Coke says it's following the debate over the ingredient cannabidiol or CBD oil. It says it hasn't made any decisions about using it in coke products.

Woman accused of making false pregnancy claim, rape allegation sued by Drake
When her alleged fake pregnancy plan didn't work, she went to NY police and claimed Drake raped her during their one-night stand. Again, Lace allegedly demanded a payment of millions of dollars from Drake to keep quiet about all of her claims against him.