Nintendo Switch: how to set up the console (first use)

As the release of the Nintendo Switch draws ever nearer, Nintendo has begun uploading the usual tutorial videos for it. The first one is called “Nintendo Switch First Time Use”, and shows just how quick and easy it is to set up the console the first time you launch it.

First, you start by selecting the language. You have the choice between 9 different languages:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Japanese

Then, the most concrete sign that the Nintendo Switch is truly region-free: you arrive to a screen that asks you to chose your region. You have the choice between 4 different regions:

  • The Americas
  • Europe
  • Australia/New Zealand
  • Japan

After that, you have to read and accept the End-User Agreement. Once done, you end up at the network settings screen: you can chose between automatic connection to a Wifi network, a wired connection, and a manual setup option. In fact, you can chose to skip that option altogether, but then you will not be able to use any of the internet features.

Then comes the time to chose your timezone, followed by connecting the console to the TV (though you can skip that step). If you do chose to connect the console to the TV, you need to remove the Joy-Cons and then place the console into the dock. You can simply follow the instructions that appear on the screen if you’re not sure what to do, how to do it, and in which order.

Finally, you get to chose your icon and your nicknames, which are both visible to other players when you go online. For the icons, you can chose either one of the avatars provided by Nintendo, or create/transfer your own Mii. You can also chose to set up Parental Controls if you want.

Here’s the first tutorial video for the Nintendo Switch:

The Nintendo Switch launches on March 3rd, worldwide.


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