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You can literally spend hundreds of hours playing the best Nintendo Switch games since there are so many to choose from. If you’re already playing all of the time, why not let other people see what you’re up to? If nothing else, it’s fun having other people see your reactions when you’re chased by a giant monster or you just barely beat a boss. All you need is a capture card, some screen capture software, and a decent computer or laptop. Here’s how to stream your games on Twitch using your Nintendo Switch.

Products used in this guide

How to stream Switch on Twitch

Note: You cannot stream from a Nintendo Switch Lite by using this method.

The equipment you need to stream on Twitch

Several devices, equipment, and software are needed to stream your gameplay successfully. While not everything on this list is vital, some of the equipment will definitely make things easier for you.


  • Computer or Laptop – It needs to be powerful enough that it won’t freeze or run too slowly while you’re streaming. Additionally, this computer must have a USB 3.0 port to be compatible with the capture card.
  • Microphone – This can be either a quality headset or a standalone mic. You just want to make sure that any voice recordings you do while playing come through clearly for your audience to hear.
  • Capture Card – Since the Nintendo Switch doesn’t support internal streaming, you’ll need to purchase a capture card. I personally recommend the Elgato HD60 S, which is a phenominal choice that works with several different gaming platforms.
  • HDMI cable – You’ll need to supply one of these cables and run it to your monitor or TV.
  • Nintendo Switch Dock – You’re going to be hooking cables into this device.
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  • Webcam – If you intend to film yourself while you play, then it’s best to have a camera that can support HD.
  • Lighting – To look your best while streaming, you might want to pick up some lighting devices. Otherwise, it could be hard for viewers to see your face.

How to set up the capture card

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While Elgato has its own software that you can use for streaming, I find that OBS Studio is better to use. Plus, it’s free! Here’s how to download and set up OBS Studio.

  1. Download OBS Studio. Your computer might start acting strangely after downloading the software. If that’s the case, make sure to restart your computer, and that should hopefully fix the issue.
  2. If you don’t already have a Twitch account, create one now.
  3. Open OBS Studio after the program has finished downloading on your computer.
  4. The auto-configuration wizard will pop up. Select Yes.
  5. The Usage information window will appear. Make sure that Optimize for streaming, recording is secondary is selected, and then click Next.

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  6. If possible, you’ll want to stream with the settings we have here. If that’s not going to work, then adjust the resolution and FPS accordingly. Select Next when done.
  7. Choose the streaming service you want to use. The software automatically defaults to Twitch, but you can also select several other options.

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  8. Click on Connect Account.
  9. A login window will appear. Enter your information and then click Log In.

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  10. A 6-digit code will get sent to the email that’s connected to your Twitch account. Check your email and then enter the code.
  11. Select Submit.

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  12. Another window will pop up. Select Authorize.
  13. If these settings work for you, select Next.

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  14. Wait for OBS Studio to finish configuring your settings.
  15. Now select Apply Settings.

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  16. Now we’re ready to set everything up. You’ll see a window on the screen that’s labeled Sources. Right-click within this window.
  17. Select Add > Video Capture Device.

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  18. If you like, go ahead and name the device.
  19. Select OK.

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  20. Now we need to adjust some settings. First, change the Device tab to Elgato Game Capture HD.
  21. Next click on Resolution/FPS Type and change the setting to Custom.

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  22. Now select 1920×1080 from the Resolution dropdown menu.
  23. Next, click on Configure Video.

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  24. Change Input device to Nintendo Switch.
  25. Change Profile to HD 1080.

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  26. Make sure that the “with Analog Audio” section is unchecked. This allows you to hear your game’s sound through your speakers or headset.

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  27. Next, we want to make sure that the images captured from your Switch are displayed to their best advantage. Right-click on the device you recently added to the Sources window.

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  28. Select Transform > Edit Transform.

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  29. Enter the same information found here into your own software.
  • Position (box one): 960.000
  • Position (box two): 536.000
  • Rotation: 0.00
  • Size (box one): 2133.0000
  • Size (box two): 1232.0000
  • Positional Alignment: Center
  • Alignment in Bounding Box: Center
  • Bounding Box Type: No Bounds
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How to stream your Switch gameplay

You must have completed all of the steps in the previous two sections to start streaming.

  1. Turn on your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Make sure your mic or headset is connected and ready to go.

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  3. Make sure your webcam is positioned in such a way that you are displayed well on screen.
  4. Open OBS Studio.

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  5. If you want to make it easier for players to find your videos, you’ll want to enter information into the Stream Information tab within OBS Studios. For instance, I titled my stream as “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” added the Category as Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and then added two tags: Animal and Simulator.
  6. When you’re all ready to go, click on the Start Streaming button.

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  7. If anyone chats with you from Twitch, you can read their comments in the Stream Chat window.

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How to stream Switch on Twitch

There you have it. Now you know how to stream your games from Nintendo Switch onto Twitch or other similar streaming services. Let others see your near-fatal escapes, your awesome finds, or just show off your love for your favorite games for others to enjoy. I hope you’re able to have a blast while sharing your games with others.

Our top equipment picks

Capture card

Elgato HD60 S

Game streaming device

Connect this device to your Nintendo Switch, Xbox, or PlayStation to stream your favorite video games to Twitch or YouTube.

Streaming software

OBS Studio

The software you need

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This free software allows you to record and manage your streaming content. It works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Island getaway

Animal Crossing: New Horizions.

Perfect tropical retreat

Spend your days collecting shells, fishing, and catching bugs. If you earn enough money, you can repay your house loan and build the perfect little village.

Other helpful items to enhance your streaming experience

If you want to stream yourself playing Nintendo Switch games, there are a few other helpful devices that you should consider getting.

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