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

Instructions for purchasing or pre-ordering software through Nintendo's website.

Additional Information:

  • Nintendo Switch software can be found here.
  • Nintendo 3DS software can be found here.
  • Wii U software can be found here.
  • A Nintendo Account is required to purchase software through the official Nintendo website.
  • For Wii U and Nintendo 3DS software purchases, you will need to link your Nintendo Network ID (NNID) to your Nintendo Account before you can complete your purchase.
  • Some Nintendo Switch software can be pre-ordered before release. The payment method you select when pre-ordering will be charged starting from seven days before the release date, and the software will be downloaded to your console at that time. You'll be able to start playing it after downloading a small update on the release date for the software.
  • All software is also for sale on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch, Wii U or Nintendo 3DS.

Complete These Steps:

Are you shopping for Nintendo Switch software, Nintendo 3DS software, or Wii U software?

  1. If you haven't already done so, make sure that you have completed all of the following required steps:
    • Make sure that your console is connected to the internet and meets these download requirements.
    • Visit http://accounts.nintendo.com and create a Nintendo Account.
    • Use your Nintendo Account to access Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo Switch console.
  2. Visit this page and search for the software you want to purchase.
  3. Select the software title in the search results to display additional information about it.
  4. Select Proceed to Purchase or Pre-order now! depending on the release date for the product.
    • Software without either option is not available for purchase through the website.

Which option is available?

  1. Enter your Nintendo Account sign-in information when prompted.
  2. If you have My Nintendo Gold Points, you may choose to use them for a discount.
    • Select Change if you want to adjust the amount of Gold Points to use. (One Gold Point = €0.01)
    • If no additional funds are needed, select Confirm Before Purchase to continue to the purchase screen.
  3. The remaining amount of the purchase will be deducted from your existing Nintendo eShop funds. Add additional funds if needed.
    • To add funds with a credit card, select Credit Card and enter the number, security code and expiry date for the card into the appropriate fields.
    • To add funds with a Nintendo eShop Card, select Prepaid Code and enter the 16-character download code from the back of the prepaid card.
    • To add funds with a PayPal account, link your PayPal account to your Nintendo Account, then select PayPal.
  4. Select Purchase to complete your order.
  5. Your software will automatically be downloaded to the primary console for your Nintendo Account. Once the download is complete, select the software icon on the HOME Menu to begin playing.
    • For pre-orders that are due to be released within the next seven days, the software will be downloaded to your console at the time of your order. You'll be able to start playing it after downloading a small update on the release date for the software.
    • If you don't see the software on your console, follow our troubleshooting steps.
  1. Enter your Nintendo Account sign-in information when prompted.
  2. Select Change if you would like to use any My Nintendo Gold Points you may have at the time payment is processed towards the purchase.
  3. Select the payment method you wish to use. Payment will be processed starting from seven days before the release date for the software. If payment cannot be processed (for example, there are not enough funds or your credit card has expired), the pre-order will be cancelled.
  4. When pre-ordering software from a select list, you can redeem a Nintendo Switch Game Voucher.
    • Note: A voucher cannot be used for a pre-order if it expires before the release date for the software.
  5. Select Pre-Order and Purchase to complete your pre-order.
  6. Your payment will be processed starting from seven days before the release date for the software. If payment is successful, the software will automatically be downloaded to the Nintendo Switch console set as the primary console for your Nintendo Account. You'll be able to start playing it after downloading a small update that will become available when the software is released.
  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.
    • Create a Nintendo Network ID (NNID) on your Nintendo 3DSsystem.
    • Use your NNID to access Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo 3DS system.
    • Link your Nintendo Network ID to your Nintendo Account.
  2. Visit this page and search for the software you want to purchase.
  3. Select the software title in the search results to display additional information about the software.
  4. Select Proceed to Purchase.
    • Software without this option is not available for purchase through the website.
  5. Enter your Nintendo Account sign-in information when prompted.
  6. The amount of the purchase will be deducted from your existing Nintendo eShop funds. Add additional funds if needed.
    • To add funds with a credit card, select Credit Card and enter the number, security code and expiry date for the card into the appropriate fields.
    • To add funds with a Nintendo eShop Card, select Prepaid Code and enter the 16-character download code from the back of the prepaid card.
    • To add funds with a PayPal account, link your PayPal account to your Nintendo Account, then select PayPal.
  7. Select Purchase to complete your order.
  8. Your software will automatically be downloaded to the system linked to your Nintendo Network ID. Once the download is complete, select the software icon on the HOME Menu to begin playing.
  1. If you haven't already done so, make sure that you have completed all of the following required steps:
    • Make sure that your console is connected to the internet and meets these download requirements.
    • Visit http://accounts.nintendo.com and create a Nintendo Account.
    • Create a Nintendo Network ID (NNID) on your Wii U console.
    • Use your NNID to access Nintendo eShop on your Wii U console.
    • Link your Nintendo Network ID to your Nintendo Account.
  2. Visit this page and search for the software you want to purchase.
  3. Select the software title in the search results to display additional information about the software.
  4. Select Proceed to Purchase.
    • Software without this option is not available for purchase through the website.
  5. Enter your Nintendo Account sign-in information when prompted.
  6. The amount of the purchase will be deducted from your existing Nintendo eShop funds. Add additional funds if needed.
    • To add funds with a credit card, select Credit Card and enter the number, security code and expiry date for the card into the appropriate fields.
    • To add funds with a Nintendo eShop Card, select Prepaid Code and enter the 16-character download code from the back of the prepaid card.
    • To add funds with a PayPal account, link your PayPal account to your Nintendo Account, then select PayPal.
  7. Select Purchase to complete your order.
  8. Your software will automatically be downloaded to the console linked to your Nintendo Network ID. Once the download is complete, select the software icon on the HOME Menu to begin playing.

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