Got bored of the game you’re playing on Nintendo Switch? That’s not an issue – there are more than 3000 other games to play on the handheld console. But first, a reminder. If you want to change the game you’re playing, only Game Cards made for Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite will work. Even though the game cartridge might look almost identical, the console does not support cartridges made for other Nintendo handhelds. If you acknowledge that fact, there’s nothing left but to demonstrate how to switch games on Nintendo Switch. Let’s start.
Why are Game Cards still used for Nintendo Switch?
The majority of games are purchased digitally from the Nintendo Online Store, more precisely, Nintendo Switch eShop. But there’s convenience in using Game Cards. For one, users don’t have to download the game when they want to play it. Moreover, they don’t have to fill the handheld console’s internal storage or SD cards with offline games they play occasionally. Finally, the user data and the game save data are still stored in the cloud, so there’s no compromise. Having said that, here’s how switching Game Cards on Nintendo Switch works.
1. Close the current game (if active)
If you’re playing a game, abruptly going to the next step will lead to losing your game progress. So, do this to suspend an active game on Nintendo Switch:
- While in the game, press the HOME button.
- The HOME menu will appear at the bottom of the screen.
- The game will become highlighted. It will also have a Playing icon above its icon/name.
- Press the X button on the Joy-Con. When asked whether you’re sure, select Close.
2. Switch games on Nintendo Switch by removing the old Game Card
Follow these steps to remove a Game Card from Nintendo Switch:
- Find the Game Card slot. It is located in the upper right corner of your Nintendo Switch console.
- Open the slot cover with your fingernail.
- Press the top of the Game Card inside gently until you hear and feel a click.
- Release pressure, and the card will partially eject from the slot.
- Take the Game Card out with two fingers.
- Don’t close the cover yet.
3. Switch games on Nintendo Switch by inserting the Game Card
Now’s the time to insert a Game Card into the Nintendo Switch:
- These two things help you insert the Game Card correctly:
- There’s a small arrow printed on the bottom of the Game Card. It needs to point toward the game slot.
- The red label printed on the top of the Game Card must be on the same side as the Nintendo Switch screen.
- Gently slide the Game Card in until you feel and hear a click.
- Tip. This should be smooth. Any difficulties while inserting signify you’ve got the direction wrong.
- Check the Nintendo Switch HOME menu. The game’s name and title image will pop up on-screen as the first choice from the left.
- Close the Game Card slot cover.