Nintendo SwitchSource: iMore

If you've just purchased a Nintendo Switch and a physical game card to go with it, you may not have even tried visiting the digital game store yet. Nintendo's eShop is where you can buy games, watch videos, and even sample demos of some games. You can do some things in the eShop without an account, but if you want to purchase a digital game, you'll need a Nintendo Account. Here's how to get one.

  1. Select the eShop from the Home screen on your Nintendo Switch.

    Select the eShopSource: iMore

  2. Select your User profile.

    Select your user profileSource: iMore

  3. Select Link a Nintendo Account when asked to sign into your Nintendo Account.

    Select Create AccountSource: iMore

  4. Select Create Account when asked to sign into your Nintendo Account.

    Nintendo create account screenSource: iMore

  5. Select Send account creation instructions via e-mail.

    Select Send account information instructions via e-mailSource: iMore

  6. Enter your email address.
  7. Using a computer or smart device, open the email from Nintendo.
  8. Click the link in the email to create a Nintendo Account.

    1. Select Add an account for myself.

      Select add account for myselfSource: iMore

    2. Enter the relevant account information.
    3. Hit Submit when you're finished.

      Enter relevant account informationSource: iMore

      When you've created your account, you'll be given a five-digit code to enter on your Nintendo Switch.

      Five-digit code from NintendoSource: iMore

  9. Go back to your Switch and enter the five-digit code.

    Enter the five-digit code into SwitchSource: iMore

  10. In the setup screen, scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Continue.

    Select ContinueSource: iMore

  11. Choose whether you want to always enter your password, or skip your password login while using the Switch.

Once you're Nintendo Account is all set up, you can add funds to it, so all you have to do is hit the "Buy" button when you're ready.

VPN Deals: Lifetime license for $16, monthly plans at $1 & more

Nintendo has streamlined their account creation so you can get set up and playing new games quickly and easily. No hassle. There are tons of titles to explore in the eShop, including some great sales. Now that your account is ready, enjoy spending a little time looking around.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about how to create a new Nintendo Account on the Switch? Put them in the comments, and we'll help you out.

Get More Switch

Nintendo Switch

We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.