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How to Set Nintendo eShop Restrictions

Instructions on managing purchase restrictions for the Nintendo Switch system or the online Game Store.

Additional Information:

  • Nintendo eShop purchase restrictions for Nintendo Switch and the online Game Store can only be set through a parent / guardian’s Nintendo Account in a Nintendo family group. 

  • A parent / guardian can manage purchase restrictions, including automatic subscription renewals, for any Nintendo Accounts that have been added to or created by the parent / guardian’s account. 

  • Parental Controls set through the Nintendo Account do not apply to the Shops on Wii U, Nintendo 3DS family, Wii, or Nintendo DSi family systems. 

Complete These Steps:

  1. Log into your existing parent / guardian Nintendo Account to access your Nintendo Account settings. 

  2. Click “Family group.” 

  3. A list of all supervised accounts in the family group will appear on the screen. Click the Nintendo Account where you want to manage restrictions.

    • If you are not yet supervising the account where you want to place restrictions, you will need to do one of the following:

      • Create a new account for the child (age 12 and under), or 

      • Associate their existing Nintendo Account to yours (age 13 and older) 

      • Set the Nintendo Account as supervised (if it already exists within the family group) 

  4. Click each setting that you want to adjust:

    • Spending / purchases on Nintendo Switch eShop and - Check the box to disable purchases and auto-renewal options on Nintendo Switch AND through the online Game Store

    • Viewing of content on Nintendo Switch eShop - Check “Restrict” to restrict the content that can be seen on the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch. Content will automatically be restricted based on the player’s age. 

  5. Click “Save changes” to confirm the change.