With the Nintendo Switch officially announced and revealed now, but further info waiting until January, we thought we would see what we could gleam about the system from its reveal trailer.

Today’s nugget of info: how Nintendo ensure the Switch is inserted correctly into the dock.

Firstly, let’s look at the Switch inside of its dock. As you can see, it is designed to sit flush with no overhang on either side.

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Still, there’s more to this puzzle than just placing it in. The Switch features at least two ports on the base of the handheld. which we believe will be connected when inserting the screen into the dock.

Port Q

We are currently in discussions with various sources as to whether the red and green highlighted ports are proprietary or standardised, but what we are confident in is that, when inserted, the switch will connect to the dock by the red port.

Ports sketch

Regarding the blue highlighted ports, we believe these are holes for stabilisation. We believe these are deeper than the red port, allowing for Nintendo to ensure the system is being placed in the correct position, and the correct angle, when plugging into the dock. We believe this is to avoid damaging either of the connectors for the highlighted ports.

So, how is Nintendo ensuring you find those blue stabilisation pins correctly and easily? Well, the answer is in the reveal trailer for the system.

dock guide


That’s right, it takes a bit of squinting, but there are raised areas inside the dock and grooves on the back of the Switch. It’s looking a lot like these as a pair will help guide the Switch down onto the blue highlighted stabilisation pins, and in turn the red port too..

In short, there’s a bunch of bumps and groove in place all to make sure you don’t screw up plugging the Switch in correctly, straight down, avoiding damage to any of the other connectors.

We have heard reports from a single source regarding what the red port is, but are seeking clarification from a second source before filling folk in on what we believe it to be. What we do know, however, is that Nintendo want to make absolutely sure you connect the handheld to the dock correctly. They don’t want you plugging it in at a funny angle.

Laura’s gaming journey began in the 90′s when she was given a SNES by her older brother with Mario paint. From that day video games were all she thought about day or night, be it playing them, designing them, discussing them or writing about them.