For Parents

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Friends and families can play games together on Nintendo Switch, Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

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Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch

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Lesson 1: Share the Joy

Using the Joy-Con controllers with compatible multiplayer games opens up all kinds of new ways to play. Imagine handing one controller to a friend and having a milking contest or a wild-west duel in 1-2-Switch. Certain games will also work with multiple Joy-Con linked to one system—so several people can play at once.

Lesson 1: Share the Joy

Using the Joy-Con controllers with compatible multiplayer games opens up all kinds of new ways to play. Imagine handing one controller to a friend and having a milking contest or a wild-west duel in 1-2-Switch. Certain games will also work with multiple Joy-Con linked to one system—so several people can play at once.

 
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Lesson 2: Flip the stand

Use the stand to share your screen when you’re out and about. That way, you can jump into a game like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and have a blast wherever you happen to be. It’s a great way to keep the family entertained while you’re traveling.

Lesson 2: Flip the stand

Use the stand to share your screen when you’re out and about. That way, you can jump into a game like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and have a blast wherever you happen to be. It’s a great way to keep the family entertained while you’re traveling.

 
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Lesson 3: Set up a gaming party

Your Nintendo Switch can link up with other Nintendo Switch consoles using local wireless—so kids can invite their friends to bring their consoles over for a multiplayer party!

And if you want to play with family or friends far away, you can hop online. Parents can use the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app to set guidelines for online features at any time.

Lesson 3: Set up a gaming party

Your Nintendo Switch can link up with other Nintendo Switch consoles using local wireless—so kids can invite their friends to bring their consoles over for a multiplayer party!

And if you want to play with family or friends far away, you can hop online. Parents can use the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app to set guidelines for online features at any time.

 

Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer modes; sold separately. Multiplayer features vary by game; see individual games for details.

Nintendo Account and Internet connection required to use the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app. Data charges may apply.

Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer modes; sold separately. Multiplayer features vary by game; see individual games for details.

Nintendo Account and Internet connection required to use the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app. Data charges may apply.

 

Nintendo 3DS family of systems

Nintendo 3DS family of systems

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Lesson 1: Local Wireless

The Nintendo 3DS family of systems can communicate over local wireless connection (no internet needed!). Use this feature with certain games and applications to play multiplayer games or share certain game data between users who are within range of each other's systems.

Lesson 1: Local Wireless

The Nintendo 3DS family of systems can communicate over local wireless connection (no internet needed!). Use this feature with certain games and applications to play multiplayer games or share certain game data between users who are within range of each other's systems.

 
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Lesson 2: Internet Access

You can connect online to play compatible games with other users. Internet access also lets you purchase and download games and apps from the Nintendo eShop.

Learn how to restrict internet access >

Lesson 2: Internet Access

You can connect online to play compatible games with other users. Internet access also lets you purchase and download games and apps from the Nintendo eShop.

Learn how to restrict internet access >

 

 Wii U

Wii U

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Lesson 1: Get Moving

Play, dance, and exercise as a family with an energetic selection of games. Clear enough space in front of your TV so that everyone can get in the action without bumping into each other.

Lesson 1: Get Moving

Play, dance, and exercise as a family with an energetic selection of games. Clear enough space in front of your TV so that everyone can get in the action without bumping into each other. 

 
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Lesson 2: Controller Options

Be sure to have enough controllers for everyone to play! A Wii U GamePad controller is included with the Wii U console, and you can purchase separately a variety of additional controllers, including the Wii Remote Plus and the Wii U Pro Controller.

Lesson 2: Controller Options

Be sure to have enough controllers for everyone to play! A Wii U GamePad controller is included with the Wii U console, and you can purchase separately a variety of additional controllers, including the Wii Remote Plus and the Wii U Pro Controller.

 
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Lesson 3: Manage Data

Manage and keep track of game save data and details for up to 12 users on one Wii U console. Everyone in your family can play as a different user. You can also set unique Parental Controls for each user.

Lesson 3: Manage Data

Manage and keep track of game save data and details for up to 12 users on one Wii U console. Everyone in your family can play as a different user. You can also set unique Parental Controls for each user.

 
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Bonus Lesson: Games for the Whole Family

 Why should kids have all the fun? Get your play on with an extensive selection of games that will entertain and amuse kids and parents alike.

Games for Kids > 

Bonus Lesson: Games for the Whole Family

Why should kids have all the fun? Get your play on with an extensive selection of games that will entertain and amuse kids and parents alike.

Games for Kids > 

 

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