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How to play for two with the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch is one of the most popular consoles for those who love video games. This small device allows you to play both on TV and in portable mode and for this reason, it presents itself as an ideal pastime both at home and while traveling. In addition, Nintendo Switch also has another advantage: it allows two players to compete against each other. When configured correctly, Nintendo Switch Joy-Con allows two people to play video games without having to purchase a second set of controllers. So here’s how you can set up the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons for two players.

Playing for two with the Nintendo Switch

The Joy-Con of the Nintendo Switch is what makes the console unique as they allow it to transform from a small handheld to an entertainment system in seconds. In their wireless mode, you can quickly switch Joy-Con controllers from single-player controllers to controllers for two-player matches. This way, you and a friend can enjoy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and other Nintendo Switch games without investing any more money.

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How to set up Joy-Con for two players

Here are the instructions for setting up your Joy-Con so you can play with the Nintendo Switch as a couple. Turn on the Nintendo Switch by pressing the power button along the top edge of the console. Do not open any games or apps on the home screen, but use the Joy-Con to select the Controller icon located at the bottom of the display. (It’s usually the third circular button from the right, just to the left of the General Settings icon that has a gear.) Enter the controller menu – from here you can change everything about your Joy-Con. Now point touch or select the item Edit grip/order.

At this point, you need to unlock the left Joy-Con from the console by pressing the black button on the back and then push the controller up to completely detach it from the system. Do the same with the right Joy-Con: press the button on the back of the controller and push it up out of the slot. On the left Joy-Con, press the SL and SR buttons at the top of the Joy-Con and wait for it to appear in the controller list, then do the same thing with the right Joy-Con controller. Now press Button A to confirm your new controller configuration.

new controller configuration

The Nintendo Switch console comes with two Joy-Con straps, so you can now attach them to the controllers so players are easier to grip. Joy-Con straps have a “+” and a “-” engraved on the top depending on whether they are to be used with the right or left Joy-Con. Match these symbols to the ones written on the Joy-Con controller, then snap the strap into the rail and slide it to the end – you’ll hear a click as soon as it’s in place.

Now you are ready: hand the second Joy-Con controller to your partner and open your favorite game, select the two-player mode from the settings and enjoy the game. You can return to this screen at any time to change the controller configuration in single-player mode.

In this section you will also find information about the remaining battery charge of the console and controllers, we recommend that you check the battery charge of each controller before starting to play with someone else.

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How to add the second player during an ongoing game

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If you are already playing a video game that supports the second player option then you can add a second person at any time. Here’s how you need to do it:

  1. While playing the game, press the + (Menu) button.
  2. Select the “Two Player” option and then press the A Button.
  3. Decide on the roles to be assigned to each player and assign controllers accordingly
  4. Once you have set up the controllers for each player, ask Player 1 to press the button indicated on the screen to continue.

Best video games for two to play on the Nintendo Switch

There are several video games on the Nintendo Switch that allow two players to compete or play together. You can purchase these games from Nintendo eShop or in a shop. Of course, you can use the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con for two players if the game you are playing supports it, so before buying one check its features on the back of the case or in the information section on the product purchase page.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

“Brothers” is the story set in a fairytale world of two brothers who have to help their sick father. Created by Swedish director Josef Fares, “Brothers” is a cooperative rather than competitive game so it’s perfect if two brothers or two friends want to play it together. The goal is to find the Water of Life to heal the father, only along the way do you have to face terrifying bosses, take on dangerous missions and solve many puzzles.

Luigi Mansion 3

Do you want to play in two with the Nintendo Switch? Luigi Mansion 3 is the most suitable video game for you. Luigi organizes with Mario and other companions a holiday at the Hotel Miramonti, but no one imagines that the hotel is haunted by ghosts who kidnap part of the group. Luigi then sets out on a mission to save Mario and his friends from the clutches of King Boo and other villains by facing thrilling adventures. Luigi together with his old friend, Professor Strambic, will be equipped with new weapons and will have to cross the different floors of the hotel solving puzzles and challenging specters and ghosts.

Big Brain Academy

Video games can also be useful for testing your knowledge and learning new concepts. Thanks to Big Brain Academy you can challenge friends and family to decide who has the most trained mind. There are levels for different players (children, beginners, intermediate, advanced, elite, and super-elite) that allow you to organize challenges that are always fun and between players of different ages! The tests present belong to five different categories: Intuition, Memory, Analysis, Algebra, and Perception.

Mario Strikers: Battle League Football

Sports games are always fun experiences for 2 players, but few are as great as Mario Strikers: Battle League Football. The strike is a five-on-five sport similar to football where the best defense is offense! You can customize your team however you like by assigning your players equipment that changes their appearance, as well as characteristics such as speed, strength, and accuracy of passing. In this game, teamwork is everything! Up to four players per team (eight in total) can compete on the same Nintendo Switch console.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Initially released for the Nintendo Wii U in 2014, Mario Kart 8 has quickly become one of the most popular video games. Its updated version boasts not only all the favorite characters from the Wii U 8 version but also new personalities such as the boy and girl, Inkling from Splatoon, King Boo, Tartosso, and Bowser Junior. In addition, the circuits available have also increased and now there are 48 tracks to have fun on. In addition, the battle mode has been expanded and includes the balloon battle and the Bob-omb in the carpet. Mario Kart 8 allows you to play where and when you want up to a maximum of 8 players. You can enjoy it locally or online in TV mode with a maximum resolution of 1080px.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

Ready for a new adventure? With Super Mario 3D World you will have to work hard to save the Fairy Kingdom. In this mission, you will not be alone but accompanied by Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad who will have unique abilities. Thus, each player can choose the character that best suits their style of play! In all, there are eight main worlds plus a few extras. In this enhanced version of Super Mario 3D World, you can play co-op with up to three friends or you can jump into online multiplayer.

Nintendo Sport

With Nintendo Sport, you will have various sports at your disposal that will transform your living room into a real sports center. There are six activities in total: tennis, football, badminton, volleyball, bowling, and chanbara. Move the Joy-Con to throw the bowling ball, or to hit the tennis ball: thanks to the motion sensors you will feel like you are really on the court. You can play together with friends and family locally or online. In addition to customizing your character with various accessories, you can have fun playing in the Pro League by pretending to be a real champion.


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