Nintendo's new Switch gaming console will allow for remote parental controls via a smartphone app

Nintendo's new Switch gaming console will allow for remote parental controls via a smartphone app
In the gaming world, there's currently a lot of talk for Nintendo's upcoming console - the Nintendo Switch. The Switch's take on offering both a portable and in-home gaming experience on one single device certainly is intriguing, and while the console itself isn't something we've been covering on our site (we aren't ConsoleArena after all), Nintendo recently shared details on a companion app for the console that will be available on iOS and Android when the Switch is finally launched on March 3. 

The app in question is made more for parents trying to monitor their children's gaming consumption more than anything else, and while that might sound a bit boring in theory, the features that the app has to offer are actually very well thought-out. Parents using the app will be able to set limits for their child in regards to how long they can play on the Switch for or how late in the day they'll be able to use it. These limits will pop up as reminders by default, but if you want to take things a step further, you can choose to have the Switch stop working entirely at a certain point during the day or after it's been in use for so many minutes or hours. Additionally, if there are certain days you don't want your kids playing on the Switch, you can implement these sort of parameters as well.


All of the above features will be present throughout the entire system, but Nintendo has announced that there will be even more restrictions that you can tamper with on a per-game basis. The most notable of these is the ability to prevent games of a certain age rating to be rendered unplayable, in addition to being able to block things like online chat services entirely. What's worth noting is the fact that these restrictions and limits take place on a system-wide basis, rather than a per-user one. So, while you can set the Switch to shut down at 9:00 PM in order to get your kids to bed on time, you'll need to reenable functionality via the app if you'd like to start playing on it after that time.

The app (called Nintendo Switch Parental Controls) will be launching for both Android and iOS once the Switch makes its way to the market. It'll be offered as a free download for both platforms, and if you plan on getting Nintendo's upcoming console and have kiddos, this looks like a great tool to make use of to ensure that you child's playtime is as healthy as possible.

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9 Comments

1. airoid

Posts: 128; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

Already pre-ordered I'm Nintendo fanboy haha

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I hate you... I'm poor. lol, I'll see if I can get it day one without a preorder. I did it once with the Wii back in 2006. I cannot wait for Breath of the Wild.

2. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

This is exactly what I wanted, a gaming tablet that didn't suck. I used to hate tablets for being only oversized smartphones until I got the surface pro that is way beyond other tablets and this just is another example of a tablet concept driven in a good direction.

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Nintendo Switch looks promising... I'll jump on the Nintendo Switch bandwagon if it indeed delivers. Gaming is my hubby, after all.

4. mikehunta727 unregistered

Nintendo making the same errors again with Switch, way underpowered hardware, etc. Also using voice online will require a subscription , quote from Reggie "instead of having some sort of bulky gamer headset, you’ll be able to do it right off your smartphone, put in your earbuds that you use for your standard mobile device. We think that’s a pretty sweet solution. That’s part of the overall opportunity that we see in a subscription service." Nintendo literally stuck in the past with this, having to have a subscription to use voice chat that isn't native on the console it self

5. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

Although you can use online chat in sony and microsoft systems without the paid subscription there's no point at all since you need to pay in order to play online, so it's basically the same. And you just can't expect PS4 power in a portable device, gaming on the go it's the selling point of the switch, I haven't supported nintendo in a long time but I think it's time to give them a chance, most gamers already have a home console or a gaming PC so a good portable console was needed more, Sony screwed the vita and the 3DS with the crappy 240p display is outdated so the switch its perfect for me.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Underpowered hardware? Find a more powerful dedicated mobile gaming device. Breath of the Wild looks jaw dropping and I get to play that anywhere I go... that's a major win.

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Nintendo offers something you can't get in any other system. I WANT Nintendo to be DIFFERENT. Why do I want a Nintendo system that does what Microsoft or Sony does??? I got my Xbox One & I got my PS4. Everyone knows that if it's a game that comes out multi-platform that you buy it on the PS4 because the game will look best there... If you want Gears of War 4 or Forza Horizon 3 you get the Xbox One. If you want Uncharted 4 or Horizon: Zero Dawn you get a PS4. Now if you want Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you need a Nintendo Switch. F all this talk about under-powered... Nintendo EVERY generation has the highest most critically acclaimed games... & they make them on "under-powered" systems. Look in 2017 power is finally overrated. I look for epicness, game-play, story, & replay ability... Nintendo always delivers & the games look fabulous. What more can you ask for??? With the Switch, Nintendo just showed you guys what the new systems from Sony & Microsoft will look like in the future. Nintendo sets the trend and inevitably the industry follows the blazed trail Nintendo set forth. Respect why you play games... Respect Nintendo!!!

9. BlueVisionist

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 07, 2016

Im so poor gonna start raising enough money for this

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