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How to Purchase or Pre-Order Nintendo eShop Games on the Official Nintendo Website

Instructions for buying or pre-ordering a game through Nintendo's website.

Additional Information:

  • Nintendo Switch games can be found here.
  • Nintendo 3DS games can be found here.
  • Wii U games can be found here.

  • A Nintendo Account is required to purchase games through the official Nintendo website.
  • All games are also for sale through the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Wii U or Nintendo 3DS.
  • For pre-orders, the game will be pre-loaded to your system at the time of your order. You'll be able to start playing it after downloading a small update on the game's release date.

Complete These Steps:

  1. If you haven't already done so, make sure that you have completed all of the following required steps:
    • Make sure that your system is connected to the internet and meets these download requirements.
    • Visit http://accounts.nintendo.com and create a Nintendo Account.
    • For Nintendo Switch software purchases:
      • Use your Nintendo Account to access Nintendo eShop on a Nintendo Switch console.
    • For Wii U and Nintendo 3DS software purchases:
      • Create a Nintendo Network ID (NNID) on your Wii U console or Nintendo 3DS family system.
      • Use your NNID to access Nintendo eShop for Wii U or Nintendo 3DS
      • Link your Nintendo Network ID to your Nintendo Account.
    • Visit the official Nintendo website and search for the game you want to purchase.
    • Click the game title in the search results to display additional information about the game.
    • Click "Proceed to purchase".
      • Games without this option are not available for purchase through the website.
  2. Enter your Nintendo Account sign-in information when prompted.
  3. For Nintendo Switch digital purchases, if you have My Nintendo Gold Points you will have the option to redeem them towards the purchase price.
    • Select “Change” if you want to adjust the amount of Gold Points to use.
    • If no additional funds are needed, select “Next” or “Redeem Points” to continue to the purchase screen.
  4. The remaining amount of the purchase will be deducted from your existing Nintendo eShop balance. Add additional funds if needed, and click "Confirm".
  5. The amount of the purchase will be deducted from your existing Nintendo eShop balance. Add additional funds if needed, and click "Confirm".
    • To add funds with a credit card, click "Credit Card" and enter the credit card name, number, CVC number, card type and expiry date info into the appropriate fields.
    • To add funds with a Nintendo eShop Card, click "Nintendo eShop Card" and enter the 16-character code from the back of the prepaid card.
  6. Click "Purchase" to complete your order.
  7. Your game will be automatically downloaded to the system associated with your Nintendo Account (Nintendo Switch) or Nintendo Network ID (Wii U or Nintendo 3DS). Once the download is complete, click the game’s icon on your HOME Menu to begin playing.
    • For pre-orders, the game will be pre-loaded to your system at the time of your order. You'll be able to start playing it after downloading a small update on the game's release date.
    • If you don't see the game on your system, click here.