Nintendo eShop purchases will be linked to your Nintendo Account on Nintendo Switch

The latest Nintendo Switch leak has confirmed a big change to how Nintendo will handle digital purchases on the Switch.

The Nintendo Switch will use the same Nintendo Account system you use today with the Wii U and 3DS, but with one major – and welcome – change.

Last night, someone posted system and UI videos of their Switch unit, which they received early. One of the many new aspects of the console was the initial setup screen.

This particular screen showed a very interesting message, as captured by Wario64 (via Nintendo Everything).

The information at the bottom confirms that purchases made on your eShop account are linked to this account. If you have reset the console, you will be able to re-download the content you have purchased. This makes it clear that unlike the Wii U and 3DS, your content won’t be bound to the console itself.


This also applies to DLC, depending on the screen, but some “discontinued software” may not be available.

This is great news for Nintendo fans who struggle with existing limitations, especially in cases where the hardware itself is stolen or lost. Now, at least we know that the Nintendo Switch will act like you’d expect a modern device to do – even if it’s just that feature.

The Nintendo Switch will be launched from March 3 worldwide.

Timothy C. Mayo