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How to get Fortnite on Nintendo Switch

Fortnite was not originally launched on the Nintendo Switch and it took some time before the popularity of the system gained some speed before the game was actually released. Fortnite is currently available on the Switch and like all other gaming platforms, it can be gotten completely free. Here is how to get Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch.


Nintendo do not have an online store that you can interact very well with outside of the Switch console. So in order to get Fortnite on the Switch, you will need to visit the Nintendo eStore on the Switch device. Follow these steps to download and install the game.


  1. Click on the Marketplace icon on the Switch homescreen

  2. Click the search icon on the top left of the screen and search for “fortnite”

  3. Click the first result

  4. On the Fortnite game page, click the “Free Download” button.

  5. Proceed to checkout and the game will begin to download automatically.


Once the game has fully downloaded and installed from the eStore, you will be able to play Fortnite on the Switch


Frequently Asked Questions about Fortnite on the Switch

Is Fortnite Free on the Nintendo Switch?

There are two versions of Fortnitre. The battle royale game mode is free to play on the switch. If you want to play the save the world game mode, then you will need to wait a little longer before this game becomes free to play.


Does Fortnite Support Cross Play On The Nintendo Switch?

Yes, Microsoft joined together with Nintendo very early on to allow for cross platform multiplayer between the xbox and switch. Since then Sony have allowed for this too. Switch gamers can start playing online with ps4, xbox and mobile gamers.

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Can You Get Fortnite On The Switch

Yes you can, Fortnite battle royale is available for free on the Switch. This guide will explain how to download and install the game.


Do you need to have an online subscription to Nintendo to play online?

Yes, you will need to have a paid Nintendo account in order to play online. There is a monthly subscription for the online services that you must continue to play after you download the game.


Can game Items From Xbox Be Used On Switch?

Yes, one of the nice things about the relationship between Nintendo and Microsoft is that the items you purchase on either platform are shared across the versions of fortnite. Epic games accounts should also apply. Any items you get as part of the battle pass will sync across to other platforms.

Can a Keyboard and Mouse Be Used With Fortnite On Xbox?

The Nintendo switch contains USB ports only on the docked station. This prevents a keyboard and mouse being connected through a wired connection. There are also other restrictions that prevent wireless keyboards from working. Due to the advantages of the Nintendo switch being a portable device, keyboard and mouse support is not currently enabled for this system and may not be added.

If you have any further questions about this game and would like to get some answers, head over to the FAQ section of the site and post your question, you may find someone has already answered your question. Click here to go to the Fortnite FAQ section of the site.

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