Get ready for Nintendo Switch Online – important information regarding Nintendo Accounts


14/09/2018

To prepare for the launch of the upcoming Nintendo Switch Online paid membership service, a Nintendo Switch system update* is planned. As part of this update, there are some changes to Nintendo Accounts that may require action on your behalf, particularly if you plan to purchase a Family Membership.


After installing the system update planned for September 19th, 2018, it will no longer be possible to unlink your Nintendo Account from your Nintendo Switch user. Prior to this change, it is important to confirm that your Nintendo Account or your child’s Nintendo Account is linked to the correct user.

To learn more about Nintendo Account for your child, please click here.

By ensuring that your Nintendo Account is linked to the correct user, you will be able to appropriately manage your save data, Nintendo Switch Online membership, and Nintendo eShop content.

How to check

  1. You can review under each user’s My Page > User Settings > Link Nintendo Account. Part of the Nintendo Account holder’s email and nickname will display.
  2. If you are not sure if the user is linked to the correct Nintendo Account, check the following:
    • On the Nintendo Account website, sign in and select the Shop menu option on the left. Compare your current balance and total My Nintendo Gold Points with those on the Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo Switch system.
    • If you are still not sure, compare the digital software on your Nintendo Switch with your Purchase History on the Shop menu or check to see if you have received purchase confirmation emails.

Unlinking your Nintendo Account

You will be able to unlink prior to September 19th, 2018. For instructions, click here.


Transferring child accounts

A child account can be managed by only one Nintendo Account, the family group admin. However, you can transfer a child account to another admin in order to reorganise your family groups. Find out more here.


To learn more about the upcoming Nintendo Switch Online paid membership service, please visit the official Nintendo Switch Online website. For pricing information and Membership Options, including Family Memberships, please visit the Membership Options page.

*Broadband internet connection required to download system updates. The registration and linkage of Nintendo Account and acceptance of the Nintendo Account Agreement required. The Nintendo Account Privacy Policy applies.