Nintendo eShop purchases will finally be linked to Nintendo Accounts

Nintendo Account holders will finally be able to redownload purchases from the Nintendo eShop, according to the fine print seen in a recent Nintendo Switch unboxing video. It’s a big step in the right direction for Nintendo, which has long tied digital purchases to the consoles themselves.

FloKO’s Nintendo Switch unboxing video, uploaded by an owner of the new console who somehow received his system weeks early, reveals the major eShop improvement. It is seen around the three-minute mark of unboxing, which is embedded at the top. Hidden in the fine print of the Nintendo Switch boot screen is the Nintendo Account detail, so the average viewer may have missed it.

In case it’s hard to read, here it is:

“Your Nintendo Account contains your Nintendo eShop purchase history and your current balance. Reconnecting your Nintendo Account after initializing the console will allow you to re-download any software or downloadable content purchased with that account. (Software that has been discontinued may not be available for re-download in some cases.)”

We’ve reached out to Nintendo to confirm this apparent new Nintendo Accounts feature. If so, however, this will ultimately bring the company up to speed with the majority of digital retailers. One of the most criticized aspects of Nintendo’s online practices is that the company lacked a unified account system, which made it difficult for users to manage their digital libraries or make purchases between consoles. . That seemed set to change with the launch of the Nintendo Account system last spring, though Nintendo has yet to implement a way to redownload old purchases on its current consoles.

The Switch will be available at retail on March 3, although several units are already floating around. Another, shorter video was uploaded yesterday showing the system’s user interface. The owner of this console followed up with a tour of the Switch’s user profile creation process, see below.

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Timothy C. Mayo