How to Buy Digital Switch Games from Other Regions
Fans rejoiced when Nintendo announced that the Nintendo Switch would be region-free. Without region locking, you can play any Switch game on your console, no matter what region it’s from. For retail games, this is easy to figure out, but it’s a little trickier for digital games. After all, instead of a universal region-free eShop, you still access your region’s eShop.
Fortunately, there’s a simple process that lets you buy games and redeem codes from other regions’ eShops.
Step 1: Create a New Nintendo Account
Switching your account’s region will wipe out any eShop credit you have on it, so you’ll want to create a separate account for each region you need to access. You’ll need a separate email address to do this. When asked for your region, select the region you wish to buy games from. For example, if you want to buy games exclusive to the Japanese eShop, select Japan. You’ll need to verify your email.
Step 2: Add a New User to Your Switch
Once you’ve created your account, turn on your Switch and go to System Settings. From there, pick “Users” and then “Add User.” Create a new user, and when it prompts you to link it to a Nintendo Account, use the new account you just made.
Step 3: Shop!
And that’s it! The next time you access the eShop, enter as the new user, and you’ll see the eShop for the region you selected. This will allow you to redeem any codes for that region, as well as shop. (Unfortunately, to shop at another region’s eShop, you’ll need to find someone selling eShop credit from that region.)
The best part is that any user on the console can play the games once you’ve downloaded them. Enjoy playing your region-free eShop games!