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What Is the Difference Between a Nintendo Account and Nintendo Network ID?

Nintendo Accounts and Nintendo Network IDs are used for different purposes.

Nintendo Account

  • A Nintendo Account is used for Nintendo Switch online services (including the Nintendo Switch eShop), smart device applications (like Miitomo), off-device software purchases, and the My Nintendo rewards programme.
  • A Nintendo Account is created off-device (through http://accounts.nintendo.com).
  • For additional information about Nintendo Accounts, click here.

Nintendo Network ID

  • A Nintendo Network ID (NNID) is created and used on a Wii U and/or Nintendo 3DS family system.
  • NNIDs are used for online features (such as online multiplayer or interactions) and for purchasing downloadable software through Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

Additionally, a Nintendo Network ID can be linked to a Nintendo Account to share Nintendo eShop funds across the different systems.