Bluetooth Audio for the Nintendo Switch

A couple of days ago I finally had a chance to play around with the GENKI Audio adapter for the Nintendo Switch I had ordered before the winter holidays. For those who haven’t heard about that yet, it’s a Bluetooth Audio adapter that you plug into the USB-C port of the Switch and it will allow you to bind two pairs of headphones or other audio output devices to the console.

This small little dongle adds Bluetooth Audio to your Nintendo Switch

This small little dongle adds Bluetooth Audio to your Nintendo Switch

Pairing is straight-forward: I removed one of my devices from the connection manager of my Bose QC35II, hit one of the two pairing buttons at the Genki and a second later I heard the soundtrack of Wargroove. When I stopped playing, I had to explicitly disable the Genki inside Bose Connect again because otherwise it would stay connected. I guess, the other option would have been to remove the adapter from the Switch…

I still don’t get who at Nintendo thought it was not a big deal not to include Bluetooth Audio support but you can at least get around this shortcoming until a new iteration of the console gets released.

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