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How to Purchase or Download Content in Nintendo Switch eShop

In this article, you'll learn how to purchase and downloading games and content from the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.

Note

  • You can purchase a game with existing funds and/or add funds directly when you buy the game.

  • An Internet connection and Nintendo Account are required to access the Nintendo Switch eShop.

  • Details of your Nintendo eShop transaction will be sent to the e-mail address registered to your Nintendo Account.

  • You may also find our information on purchasing a Nintendo Switch Online membership helpful.

Complete these steps

  1. Select Nintendo eShop on the HOME Menu to launch the Nintendo eShop.

  2. Select the account you want to use. 

  3. Locate the game that you want to purchase and select it to reach the game details page.

    • Any DLC or In-Game Items associated with the game will also be available through the game details page. Select the individual DLC/item from the game details to proceed with purchasing it.

Are there enough funds to complete the purchase?

Yes

  1. Select Confirm Purchase to complete the purchase.

    • The download will begin automatically. You can check the download status on the HOME Menu.

No

If you have My Nintendo Gold Points that you want to use towards the purchase price, select Redeem Points. Enter the number of points you want to use, then Next to apply them. (1 Gold Point = $0.01)

  • The Redeem Points option will not appear if your Gold Point balance is currently 0.

  • If no additional funds are needed after applying Gold Points, you can select Confirm Purchase to complete the purchase. The download will begin automatically.

How do you want to add funds to purchase the game?

Credit Card

  1. Select Credit Card.

    • If you have a credit card stored, you will be prompted to either Use this credit card or Use another credit card. If you are using the stored credit card, you will not need to re-enter the credit card information to complete the purchase.

  2. Select the dollar amount that you want to add (Required amount for purchase, $10, $20, $50, or $100).

    • If you select Required amount, any funds already in your current balance will be automatically applied to the game price, and your credit card will be charged for the remainder.

  3. Enter the credit card number, expiration date, security code, and billing zip/postal code, and select Next.

    • Nintendo Account owners aged 18+ can click the Save box on the credit card entry screen to store credit card information.

    • If a Nintendo eShop exists for your region, credit cards issued from your region will not work in a different region’s eShop. (For example, credit cards issued for the U.S. will only work in the Nintendo eShop for North America.)

  4. Select Confirm, then Add funds and purchase to complete the purchase.

    • The download will begin automatically. You can check the download status on the HOME Menu.

Nintendo eShop Prepaid Funds Card

  1. Select Nintendo eShop Card.

  2. Enter the 16-character prepaid code, then select Send.

    • Any letters and symbols not used with prepaid codes (i.e. O, I, Z, commas, hyphens, etc.) will be disabled from the on-screen keyboard.

  3. Select Confirm, then Add funds and purchase to complete the purchase.

    • The download will begin automatically. You can check the download status on the HOME Menu, and, if you are downloading multiple items at once, you can.

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