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How to Link PayPal to a Nintendo Account

Instructions on linking an existing PayPal account to a Nintendo Account.

Additional Information:

  • This option is currently available to customers who are 18 years or older from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.
  • You can create a PayPal account through www.paypal.com, then link the account through the Nintendo Switch eShop or the Nintendo website.
  • Once linked, PayPal can be used for the following types of digital purchases:
    • Nintendo Switch eShop – Add Nintendo eShop funds and purchase Nintendo Switch software.
    • Nintendo website – Purchase software for Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U.

Complete These Steps:

  1. Select “PayPal” as the payment method when adding funds or purchasing software.
    • This option is only available to Nintendo Account owners in the available countries mentioned above, aged 18 years or older.
    • When purchasing a game, this option will only appear if you do not currently have sufficient funds to complete the purchase.

Are you purchasing content through the Nintendo Switch eShop or through the Online Game Store?


  1. Select “Send E-mail,” then select “OK.”
    • If this option does not appear, then you have already linked a PayPal account to your Nintendo Account.
  2. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address associated to your Nintendo Account. When the e-mail arrives, click the link provided in the e-mail.
    • The e-mail should arrive within a few minutes.
    • If it has been over one hour since you requested the e-mail, review these guidelines then click “Send E-mail” again to have a new confirmation e-mail sent.
  3. Sign in to your Nintendo Account.
  4. Click “Link a PayPal account.”
  5. Log in to your PayPal account or create a new PayPal account.
    • If you need help with this process, or can’t remember your PayPal log in information, please visit www.paypal.com for assistance.
  6. Review the PayPal Policies and click “Agree & Continue” to complete the link.
  7. You can now use the “PayPal” option in the Nintendo Switch eShop and online Game Store to complete your digital purchase.
  1. Click “Link a PayPal account.”
  2. Log in to your PayPal account or create a new PayPal account.
    • If you need help with this process, or can’t remember your PayPal log in information, please visit www.paypal.com for assistance.
  3. Review the PayPal Policies and click “Agree & Continue” to complete the link.
  4. You can now use the “PayPal” option in the Nintendo Switch eShop and Nintendo website to complete your digital purchase.