Nintendo Switch UI Details, Wireless LAN Support, Battery Replacement

The Nintendo Switch will be hitting the shelves worldwide on March 3rd. Details about the console have been fairly few and far between ever since the official reveal. However, bits of information have surfaced here and there, mostly via the UK website. Here’s the new info that we have on LAN support, battery replacement and UI details for the Switch.

Nintendo Switch UI Details, Wireless LAN Support, Battery Replacement
Nintendo Switch UI Details, Wireless LAN Support, Battery Replacement

The few details that we know about the Switch’s UI concern the main menu. If you take a look at the picture above, you’ll see three colorized icons. They’re pretty standard fare, but here’s what they are and what they do.

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  • News
    Pretty self-explanatory. You’ll be able to check out the latest news concerning your console by tapping on the little red icon.
  • Nintendo eShop
    You can access the shop by tapping on the orange shopping bag icon. Hre, you’ll be able to buy digital versions of games and the DLCs. You can also get info about games by watching commercials and other promo materials. Gee, thanks for being blunt there, Nintendo.
  • Album
    Tap on the blue icon, and you’ll be able to access the gallery of screenshots that you took. You can then add text to them and post them to your social networks. To take a screenshot, all you have to do is press the little square button on the left Joy-con.

Next up, the LAN support. Since the Switch is just a gift that keeps on giving, it seems that it won’t have an Ethernet port. Instead, you’ll apparently have to buy a LAN adapter for wired Internet when playing on the TV. Alternatively, just connect the Switch to Wi-Fi. Note that you’ll have to pay a monthly subscription in order to play online. You can take a look at our Nintendo Switch Paid Online Service article for more info.

Finally, there’s the news about the battery replacement. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to replace it by yourself. Instead, you’ll have to contact Nintendo Customer Service, and they’ll replace it instead. Considering that Apple and Samsung do the same for their tablets, I guess there’s not a lot to complain about here.

For more information on the console’s hardware, you can check out our Nintendo Switch Hardware Specifications article.

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