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Nintendo Accounts on Nintendo Switch (FAQ)

What can I do with a Nintendo Account on Nintendo Switch?

A Nintendo Account is an account that provides access to certain features on Nintendo Switch, including access to the Nintendo eShop, the Nintendo Switch Online membership service, and the My Nintendo rewards program.

How many Nintendo Accounts can I have on one Nintendo Switch console?

Up to 8 Nintendo Accounts can be linked to a Nintendo Switch console at a time.

Can I link my Nintendo Account to more than one Nintendo Switch console?

You can link your Nintendo Account to multiple consoles. You can play digital games you've purchased on any Nintendo Switch console.

Please note that you can register one primary console per Nintendo Account. Once you've registered a primary console, your digital purchases can be played by anyone that uses the primary console. Other players will not be able to access your digital games on a non-primary console.

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Can I play my games on more than one system?

You can play digital games that you've purchased with your Nintendo Account on any Nintendo Switch console.

Please note that you can register one primary console per Nintendo Account. Once you've registered a primary console, your digital purchases can be played by anyone that uses the primary console. Other players will not be able to access your digital games on a non-primary console.

Once you've set your primary console, you can change the primary console whenever you'd like through your Nintendo eShop settings.

Physical games can be played on any system you like. Save data for physical and digital titles can be transferred between systems using Save Cloud Data backup (available to Nintendo Switch Online members) or the on-device transfer process.

Can other people play my games on Nintendo Switch?

All user accounts on your primary Nintendo Switch console can play games you’ve purchased with your Nintendo Account.

What is transferred when I change the primary Nintendo Switch console?

Your game licenses and Nintendo eShop balance will be available on the new console when you change the primary console for your Nintendo Account.

You can play digital games that you've purchased with your Nintendo Account on any Nintendo Switch console. Once you've registered a primary console, your digital purchases can also be played by anyone that uses the primary console. Other players will not be able to access your digital games on a non-primary console.

Save data is not automatically transferred when you change your primary console. Save data for most physical and digital titles can be transferred between systems using Save Cloud Data backup (available to Nintendo Switch Online members) or the on-device transfer process.