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What is the Purpose of Linking a Nintendo Account to Nintendo Switch?

Each individual player on a Nintendo Switch console can create their own user account (up to 8 per console) to manage personal settings and save data.

Linking a Nintendo Account to a user account also provides access to the following online features:

  • Accessing online game modes (online multiplayer, global rankings, etc.)
  • Using any applications that require internet access (including Nintendo eShop)
  • Making digital purchases of software, DLC and passes via Nintendo eShop
  • Using the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls application to manage Parental Controls through your smart device
  • Exchanging friend codes with other players
  • Posting screenshots and videos to social network services
  • Earning My Nintendo points for your digital purchases as well as for registering your Nintendo Switch game cards on the console

For help linking your Nintendo Account, click here.