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You might have a Nintendo Account. You might have a Nintendo Network ID (NNID). If you've just started using the Nintendo Switch or you need to transfer data from another Nintendo console, you might find that you don't have both accounts linked together. There are a few reasons why connecting your Nintendo Account to your NNID could benefit your gaming experience, like being able to combine your eShop funds across devices. Here's how to link your NNID with your Nintendo Account.

What's the difference between a Nintendo Network ID and a Nintendo Account?

The short answer is that an NNID is used to make purchases on the Wii U and 3DS, while a Nintendo Account is used to make purchases on the Switch. To expand on that a little more, if you have a Wii U or a 3DS, you probably created an NNID to use the eShop or to access multiplayer functions and other system-wide interactions.

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You'll want to merge the accounts when you get a Switch so you can use any money left over from your NNID account to purchase great Switch games.

Another advantage of combining your accounts are for the My Nintendo rewards. You earn points for completing achievements in games connected to your Nintendo Account. Those points can be redeemed for rewards that can be used across all your Nintendo devices.

If you have an NNID and want to link it to your Nintendo Account, you can do so by visiting Nintendo's website from a web browser.

You'll need the username and password for both your Nintendo Account and your NNID, so be sure to have them handy.

  1. Navigate to accounts.nintendo.com from a web browser.
  2. Enter the email address and password associated with your Nintendo Account.

    <Link Nintendo Network ID to Nintendo Account by logging in to your Nintendo AccountSource: iMore

  3. Select User info from the menu on the left side.
  4. Scroll down and select Edit next to Linked accounts.

    Link Nintendo Network ID to Nintendo Account by selecting User Info on the left side of the screenLink Nintendo Network ID to Nintendo Account by selecting Edit next to Linked accountsSource: iMore

  5. Tick the box next to Nintendo Network ID.
  6. Enter the User name and password associated with your NNID if prompted.

    Link Nintendo Network ID to Nintendo Account by ticking the box under NNIDLink Nintendo Network ID to Nintendo Account by signing inSource: iMore

Now, you can head over to the eShop on your Switch and merge your funds, so you can buy games across all your Nintendo devices (well, three of them, at least) using the same account.

I can't imagine any reason you'd want to unlink your two accounts once you've linked them, but that is an option.

Note: If you unlink your NNID account from your Nintendo Account, all funds will transfer to your Nintendo Account. You can re-merge your funds again if you re-link your accounts in the future.

  1. Navigate to accounts.nintendo.com from a web browser.
  2. Enter the email address and password associated with your Nintendo Account.

    Unlink Nintendo Network ID to Nintendo Account by logging in to your Nintendo AccountSource: iMore

  3. Select User info from the menu on the left side.
  4. Scroll down and select Edit next to Linked accounts.

    Unlink Nintendo Network ID to Nintendo Account by selecting User Info on the left side of the screenUnlink Nintendo Network ID to Nintendo Account by selecting Edit next to Linked accountsSource: iMore

  5. Untick the box next to the linked Nintendo Network ID.

    Unlink Nintendo Network ID to Nintendo Account by unticking the box under NNIDSource: iMore

Now you know how to link or unlink your Nintendo ID with your Nintendo Account. This will help with transferring any data from one console to another like when bringing data from your Nintendo 3DS to your Nintendo Switch.

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