The Nintendo eShop is slowly filling with content allowing you to make the most of your Nintendo Switch. However, as has always been the case with videogames, Japan is receiving a number of releases which are not available in western territories. Switch Streamers has therefore prepared this handy guide to help you obtain some videogame titles that might otherwise remain forever out of your reach.
The process of setting up a Japanese (or any international account, for that matter) is relatively simple and can sit alongside your existing accounts. Switch Streamers does in fact have European, North American and Japanese accounts all co-existing on one Nintendo Switch, allowing all three to play content from any region.
Should you wish to make a purchase you may be charged international fees by your bank, but Nintendo eShop credit in foreign currency is easy to obtain from international resellers. In order to obtain an international account simply follow the steps below.
1. Visit accounts.nintendo.com and create a new account using a different e-mail address from your existing account.
2. Set your ‘country/region’ to whichever version of the Nintendo eShop you wish to access.
3. Create a new profile on your Nintendo Switch and link this new Nintendo Account.
4. You will receive an e-mail to the address registered with a four digit activation code. Enter this code during the profile creation process.
5. Log into the new account on your Nintendo Switch and visit the Nintendo eShop – hey presto!
All content purchased through your international profile will be playable on any profile on your Nintendo Switch with the exception of downloadable content (DLC), which remains solely the property of the account which purchased it.
Have you signed-up for a Japanese account on Nintendo Switch? Purchased anything unavailable in western territories? Let us know in the comments below!