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The Nintendo Switch is an eighth-generation home console system released worldwide on March 3rd, 2017. It is the successor to the Wii U and is currently the newest home console from Nintendo.
The main selling point of the Switch is its versatility, advertised as a console that can be moved easily between TV mode, tabletop mode, and handheld mode. The controllers, known as the Joy-Con, come in a pair and can also be played in various different ways, including being split for multiplayer use, or attached to the Switch itself in handheld mode. It also has a news channel on the console for news and posts related to Nintendo Switch games.
In addition to the standard Nintendo Switch, there are also the following variants:
- Nintendo Switch Lite - Released in September of 2019, this version plays strictly as a handheld device and cannot connect to a TV screen. It also replaces detachable Joy-Con with buttons on the console itself, and replaces the arrow buttons with a + Directional Pad.
- Nintendo Switch (OLED model) - Released in October of 2021, this version features a wider 7-inch OLED display, 64GB of internal storage, a wide adjustable stand for tabletop mode, and enhanced audio. It also comes bundled with a new dock, featuring a built-in wired LAN port.
The Nintendo Switch, like the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS before it, is compatible with amiibo. To activate an amiibo figurine in a given game, the player must first be prompted by the game itself, then place the amiibo base-down onto the joystick of the Joy-Con (R). This will have various effects, based on the amiibo used, and the game being played.
An example would be the bronze Kirby statue in Super Kirby Clash, which gives Fragments when an amiibo is scanned in.
Since the launch of the Nintendo Switch, users have been able to make profiles with avatars representing various video game characters. On March 12th/13th, 2018, the Nintendo Switch updated to version 5.0.0, which added a number of Kirby series characters as avatars to choose from. These include the following:
Nintendo Switch Online
An update on February 28th, 2022 added a Missions & Rewards section where players can earn Platinum Points from weekly tasks or redeem them for icon elements, each divided into "Characters", "Backgrounds", and "Frames". A "Character" element must be used in order to create an icon. "Character" elements cost 10 Platinum Points, while "Background" and "Frame" elements cost 5 Platinum Points. Each month features one game with their own icon elements, as well as a Animal Crossing: New Horizons section that feature villagers whose birthday is the current month.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
From April 7th, 2022 to May 5th, 2022, 80 icon elements pertaining to Kirby and the Forgotten Land were available to the service as a "special reward", with the icons being changed every Thursday.
NES: Nintendo Switch Online
February 13, 2019
SNES: Nintendo Switch Online
September 4, 2019
December 12, 2019
July 21st, 2022
Nintendo 64: Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack
May 20, 2022
Other games featuring Kirby characters