In recent weeks, I’ve had to access the Nintendo Switch eShop of four regions in order to use review code provided by publishers. Thankfully, accessing the Nintendo Switch eShop in other countries is much easier on the Nintendo Switch than other platforms.
It’s worth having multiple eShops on your Nintendo Switch due to the fact that we’ve already seen digital titles releasing in Europe, Japan and America before Australia. For instance, The Binding of Isaac, World of Goo and Little Inferno released in these other regions before actually coming to Australia.
CREATING A NEW NINTENDO ACCOUNT
For each region, you’ll need to create a new Nintendo Account. Head to accounts.nintendo.com and choose to sign up for a new account. You’ll need to enter your date of birth, choose a nickname, email address and passport.
An important thing to note is that you’ll need an email address that you have access to each seperate account you want to create.
You’ll also need to select your country of residence which is the second important thing. As we noted earlier, there’s probably four different eShops worth having:
VERIFY YOUR NINTENDO ACCOUNT
You’ll need to head to your email address to verify your Nintendo Account. You’ll find a four digit code which you’ll need to enter into the Nintendo Accounts website in order to be able to use this account on your Nintendo Switch.
SIGN IN ON YOUR NINTENDO SWITCH
The easiest way to sign in with a brand new account is to head to Settings (the cog) on your Nintendo Switch home screen. Head down to Users > Add User.
You can then enter a nickname for your Nintendo Switch user account (I used the regions’ name in order to remember) and you’ll then be presented with the opportunity to ‘Sign in and Link’ your Nintendo Account.
This is when you enter in your Nintendo Account details that you’ve just created.
USE NEW ACCOUNT TO ACCESS ESHOP
You’ll now use this different user account in order to access the eShop from these different regions. As I said earlier, I have four user accounts which are all pointing to different regions.
It’s worth nothing that you’ll also get brand new information in your news section from other regions. I’m not sure if there’s a way to turn this off, but it’s not that much of a big deal.