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Games Using Cloud Streaming Technology - FAQ

For questions about a specific game, please reach out to the respective publisher.

How is a Cloud Version of a game different from a downloadable game on Nintendo eShop?

A Cloud Version of a game uses streaming technology to play the game from a server. The Cloud Version requires stable connection to high-speed internet to play.

Because the game is streamed from a server, the full software is not downloaded to your Nintendo Switch console. A small download is required to launch the game. After a brief trial of the game, you can choose to purchase an Access Pass through the game launcher in order to continue playing.

Is a Nintendo Account required to play games using cloud streaming technology?

Yes, in order to purchase the Access Pass for a game using cloud streaming technology, a Nintendo Account is required. Please note that games using cloud streaming technology can only be played using the Nintendo Account that was used to make the purchase.

Do I need a Nintendo Switch Online membership to play games using cloud streaming technology?

A Nintendo Switch Online membership is not required to stream games. However, as with software available as packaged games or as digital downloads, a Nintendo Switch Online membership may be required to utilise a streamed game’s online features. Please check the details of the game on the Nintendo website or Nintendo eShop.

Do I need to be connected to the internet to play games using cloud streaming technology?

Yes, a stable and permanent internet connection is required. If your internet connection becomes unstable, the service will disconnect after a few minutes.

How do I know if my internet speed is sufficient to play games using cloud streaming technology?

Before you can purchase the game’s Access Pass, you will be able to briefly try the game at no charge to test your streaming connection. If the game doesn’t meet a publisher’s determined minimum requirements for a quality experience, a purchase of the game will not be allowed. Likewise, you will be able to determine if you find the experience satisfactory before making a purchase.

How can I improve my connection speed?

Do games using cloud streaming technology support the Nintendo Switch Online Save Data Cloud Backup?

Please check the details of the game on the Nintendo website or Nintendo eShop.

Can I restrict the start-up of this software using Nintendo Switch Parental Controls?

Yes. Nintendo Switch Parental Controls can be used to restrict access to any software on the Nintendo Switch console.