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How to Create a Nintendo Account

Step by step instructions on creating a Nintendo Account.

Additional Information

  • A Nintendo Account is required to use certain services from Nintendo, such as off-device game purchases and the My Nintendo loyalty program.
  • Users aged 16 or older can create a Nintendo Account.
  • Nintendo Account users aged 18 and older can create and add up to five Nintendo Accounts for children (aged 17 and under) to their Nintendo Account.
  • Users aged 15 and under cannot create a Nintendo Account. They can only be created within an existing parent / guardian’s Nintendo Account.
  • A Nintendo Account can be linked to your Nintendo Network ID, Facebook, Twitter, or Google accounts. (Only users aged 16 and older can link to social media accounts.)

Complete These Steps:

Is the person that will be using the account aged 16 or older?

  1. Go to http://accounts.nintendo.com and click "Sign in / Create account."
  2. Click "Create a Nintendo Account."

What sign in information would you like to use?

  1. Click "Nintendo Network ID."
  2. Enter your Nintendo Network ID and password into the appropriate fields, then click "Sign In."
    • The Nintendo Network ID must belong to a user aged 16 or older.
    • If you cannot remember your NNID or password, use the "Forgot your ID?" or "Forgot your password?" links on the screen to request an e-mail with the information.
  3. Review the Nintendo Account User Agreement and click “Submit” if you agree to the terms and conditions.
    • If you receive a message that you are not eligible to create an account, please .
  4. A verification code will be sent to the e-mail address you provided. When you receive the e-mail, enter the code into the "Verification code" field and click "Verify."
    • Your verification code should arrive within a few minutes, and expires one hour from when it was sent.
    • If it has been over one hour since you requested the verification code but you have not received an e-mail, make sure that you are entering your e-mail address correctly in the account creation screen, and click "resend verification code" to
  5. You're done! You can now use your Nintendo Account to participate in various online services, such as off-device game purchases and the My Nintendo loyalty program.
  1. Click the social media service you would like to sign up with (Facebook, Google, or Twitter).
  2. Enter your log in information if needed. Review the site’s terms and if you agree to them, proceed to create your account.
    • If you do not remember your log in information for the social media service you want to use, please visit that site's Help area for assistance.
  3. Review the Nintendo Account User Agreement and click “Submit” if you agree to the terms and conditions.
    • If you receive a message that you are not eligible to create an account, please .
  4. A verification code will be sent to the e-mail address you provided. When you receive the e-mail, enter the code into the "Verification code" field and click "Verify."
    • Your verification code should arrive within a few minutes, and expires one hour from when it was sent.
    • If it has been over one hour since you requested the verification code but you have not received an e-mail, make sure that you are entering your e-mail address correctly in the account creation screen, and click "resend verification code" to
  5. You're done! You can now use your Nintendo Account to participate in various online services, such as the My Nintendo loyalty program.
  1. If you would like to create a Nintendo Account without using a Nintendo Network ID or social media account, scroll down to the account information fields towards the bottom of the screen.
    • Once you have created a Nintendo Account, you will always have the option to link an NNID or social media service later.
  2. Enter the following information into the fields:
    • Nickname - 10 characters or less
    • E-mail address - Your e-mail address can be tied to one Nintendo Account only.
    • Password - Passwords must be at least 8 characters long and include a combination of characters from 2 of the following categories: letters, numbers, and punctuation.
    • Date of birth
    • Gender (Optional)
    • Country of residence
    • Time zone
  3. Review the Nintendo Account User Agreement and click “Submit” if you agree to the terms and conditions.
    • If you receive a message that you are not eligible to create an account, please .
  4. A verification code will be sent to the e-mail address you provided. When you receive the e-mail, enter the code into the "Verification code" field and click "Verify."
    • Your verification code should arrive within a few minutes, and expires one hour from when it was sent.
    • If it has been over one hour since you requested the verification code but you have not received an e-mail, make sure that you are entering your e-mail address correctly in the account creation screen, and click "resend verification code" to
  5. You're done! You can now use your Nintendo Account to participate in various online services, such as the My Nintendo loyalty program.

  1. Go to http://accounts.nintendo.com and click “Sign in / Create account.”
  2. Click “Create a Nintendo Account.”
  3. Fill in the required information, then click “Submit.”
  4. You will be redirected to a page requesting your parent / guardian’s e-mail address.
  5. Have your parent / guardian enter their e-mail address into the appropriate field and click “Submit.”
  6. An e-mail will be sent to the parent / guardian’s e-mail address that explains how to set up their own Nintendo Account. Once they have created their Nintendo Account, they can create an account for you.