Developing games for Nintendo Switch™

Create, launch, and operate your game with a comprehensive game development platform for Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch is a trademark of Nintendo.

Your platform for Nintendo Switch development

Bring your game to Switch with Unity
Bring your game to Nintendo Switch

Learn more about tools and services for Nintendo Switch game development.

Universal Render Pipeline (URP)
Discover powerful creation tools

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Unity for games

How to develop Nintendo Switch games with Unity

Here’s how you can bring your game to Nintendo Switch:

  • Make your game 
  • Apply for the closed console platform
  • Get the platform support add-on 
  • Test on platform hardware and optimize
  • Implement platform-specific features
  • Build to the platform’s package format
  • Go through the platform’s testing process
  • Create art assets for the platform’s store 
  • Release
Unity for games

Learn about successful Nintendo Switch games that were created with Unity.

Subnautica: Below Zero

Creating the undersea world of Subnautica

How does an indie studio bring a successful franchise to a new platform without compromising gameplay or tying up engineers for months? Unknown Worlds achieved this by partnering with the Accelerate Solutions team to bring Subnautica and Subnautica: Below Zero to Nintendo Switch.

Read the case study

Publishing DARQ on multiple platforms

Wlad Marhulets, creator of the award-winning game DARQ, is a multitalented solo developer who brought his first title to most major platforms. Learn about his experience publishing on multiple platforms, including PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PlayStation® 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch.

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Ready to get started?

From workflow and integration to training and support, Unity can help you bring your game to Nintendo Switch.

Frequently asked questions

How much does a Unity Pro license cost?

Please see our store for all product and purchasing information.

Where can I read the release notes for Unity?

You can access the release notes for Unity here.

How do I access the development kits for Nintendo Switch?

Before gaining access to the development kits, you need to apply for developer status and get approval from Nintendo. Register to become a Nintendo developer.

How do I start creating for Nintendo Switch?

You’ll need an active Unity Pro subscription (or a Preferred Platform license key provided by the respective platform holder) to access these specific build modules via developer platform forums.

Can I build and deploy to closed platforms (like Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, or Xbox) with Unity Pro?

Yes, you can build and deploy to closed platforms such as Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation, Google Stadia, and Microsoft Xbox with an active Unity Pro subscription (or with a Preferred Platform license key provided by the respective platform holder).

You will also require approval from each platform holder to develop for their platforms. Check out Nintendo’s registration page for more information.

I’d like to bring my game to Nintendo Switch, but I’m not sure how to get started.

Feel free to reach out to us to discuss how Accelerate Solutions can help you.

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