Nintendo Switch Online Nes ControllersSource: iMore

Some folks are just a little reticent to store their credit card information on their Nintendo Switch. Perhaps it's because you have a child who regularly uses the Switch, or maybe you would rather keep your credit card information separate for safety reasons. There might be other reasons you're looking to get Nintendo Switch Online or the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack. Here's a quick guide on how to get these subscriptions without putting your credit card info on Switch.

Grab a Nintendo Switch Online membership code or eShop gift card

To get a subscription without giving your Switch your credit card info, you need to go to Amazon or Best Buy and then purchase a one-year subscription to Nintendo Switch Online.

Switch Online NES LibrarySource: Nintendo

  • Nintendo Switch Online (12 Months): You can find Nintendo Switch Online membership codes selling on Amazon and Best Buy. They sell as follows:
    • Individual Membership - $20
    • Family Membership - $35

Unfortunately, you cannot purchase Expansion Pack plans from Amazon or Best Buy at this time. Instead, you'll need to purchase the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack from Nintendo's website, or you can purchase a Nintendo eShop gift card from Best Buy or Amazon and then redeem it for the Expansion Pack on your Switch. You can also use this to upgrade your basic Nintendo Switch Online plan to the Expansion Pack. The amount you'll need on the gift card will depend on what plan you need:

N64 controller With Switch OledSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

  • Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack (12 Months): There aren't specific codes for the Expansion Pack, so you'll need to purchase a Nintendo eShop gift card in the proper amount so you can buy your desired plan. If you already have the basic membership, you can upgrade it to the Expansion Pack. Memberships are as follows:
    • Individual Membership - $50
    • Upgrading from NSO Individual Membership - $30
    • Family Membership - $80
    • Upgrading from NSO Family Membership - $50

Once you have the membership or gift card code, all you have to do is redeem it on your Switch.

How to redeem a Nintendo Switch Online membership code

Here's how to redeem that Nintendo Switch Online membership code. If you're looking to redeem the Expansion Pack, skip to the next section.

  1. From your home screen, select Nintendo eShop.
  2. Select the account on which you want to put the membership code.

    Nintendo Eshop Main MenuChoose Account Nintendo EshopSource: iMore

  3. Now scroll down on the left to Nintendo Switch Online and enter the code you were given earlier.

  4. Select Check/Change Membership.

    Choose Account Nintendo Eshop Nintendo Switch Online MembershipChoose Account Nintendo Eshop Check Change MembershipSource: iMore

  5. Scroll down until you see Redeem Code and select Enter.

  6. Enter the code you got from Amazon or Best Buy.

    Choose Account Nintendo Eshop Enter Nintendo Switch Online CodeChoose Account Nintendo Eshop Nintendo Switch Online Membership Enter CodeSource: iMore

Now you'll have access to the basic Nintendo Switch Online membership. Enjoy NES and SNES titles and access to online play.

How to purchase Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack using a gift card

Since you're using the Nintendo eShop gift card rather than a Nintendo Switch Online code, you'll need to add the funds to your Nintendo account first before you're able to purchase the subscription. Here's what to do.

Step 1: Redeem the Nintendo eShop Gift Card

  1. From your home screen, select Nintendo eShop.
  2. Select the account on which you want to put the membership code.

    Nintendo Eshop Main MenuChoose Account Nintendo EshopSource: iMore

  3. Scroll down to Enter Code.

  4. Enter the eShop Gift Card code.

    Choose Account Nintendo Eshop Nintendo CodeChoose Account Nintendo Eshop Nintendo Switch Online Membership Enter CodeSource: iMore

Now you have the funds available to purchase the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership. Move on to the next section to see how it's done.

Step 2: Purchase the Expansion Pack

Now that we've got the digital money on your account, let's pay for that Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack.

  1. From your home screen, select Nintendo eShop.
  2. Select the account on which you want to put the membership code.

    Nintendo Eshop Main MenuChoose Account Nintendo EshopSource: iMore

  3. Now scroll down on the left to Nintendo Switch Online and enter the code you were given earlier.

  4. Select Check/Change Membership.

    Choose Account Nintendo Eshop Nintendo Switch Online MembershipChoose Account Nintendo Eshop Check Change MembershipSource: iMore

  5. Choose whether you want an Individual or Family membership.

  6. Select Proceed to Purchase.

    Nintendo Switch Online Individual Or Family MembershipSwitch proceed to purchaseSource: iMore

  7. If you entered your eShop gift card correctly, you should see your Available Funds to purchase your subscription.

    If you entered your eShop gift card correctly, you should see that you have $35 in **Available Funds** to purchase your subscription. Source: iMore

You can use any remaining virtual dollars on digital versions of the best Nintendo Switch games. Just follow the steps to redeem your Nintendo eShop gift card, and start shopping!

Nintendo Switch Online vs. Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack

There are technically two Nintendo Switch Online options for you to purchase. Here's how they differ from each other.

Nintendo Switch Online is the basic service that gives you access to online aspects of popular Nintendo Switch games, like the ability to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with other players around the world. It also lets you play a list of select NES and SNES games.

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack Is the basic service along with access to N64 and Sega games. Additionally, players with this subscription can play the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Paradise DLC for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Keep your credit card off your Switch

That's the workaround for keeping your credit card off your Nintendo Switch while still being able to purchase the Nintendo Switch Online and Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack plans. Have fun enjoying your new retro games and online content.

For Individuals

Switch Online 12 month gift card

Nintendo Switch Online 12-Month Individual Membership

No card, no problem

Picking up a subscription card through Amazon is the easiest and most effective way to keep your card off of your Nintendo Switch. If that is your goal, this is probably the best way to do it.

For Families

Nintendo Switch Online family membership

Nintendo Switch Online 12-Month Family Membership

Everyone gets access

Get your whole family situated with this 12-month family membership for the basic Nintendo Switch Online service.

For the Expansion Pack - Individual

50 Nintendo Eshop Gift Card

$50 Nintendo eShop Gift Card

N64 and Sega games for one

Get the basic Nintendo Switch Online package along with the N64 and Sega Genesis games in the Expansion Pack. The membership costs $50 for the individual plan.

For the Expansion Pack - Families

99 Nintendo Eshop Gift Card

$99 Nintendo eShop Gift Card

For the fam!

With this gift card, you can purchase the Expansion Pack for everyone in your home. Unfortunately, Nintendo doesn't offer an $80 gift card, so you'll have $19 extra to use for digital Nintendo games.

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