Switch eShop Purchases Now Tied To User, Not Hardware

As part of an early leak of the Switch in the hands of YouTube user FloKO’  (via ), it was revealed that eShop purchases will be tied to Nintendo Account users rather than to the hardware. The discovery can be seen below, where a Switch disclaimer notes the following:

Your Nintendo Account contains your Nintendo eShop purchase history and current balance. By re-linking your Nintendo Account after initializing the console, it will be possible to redownload any software or DLC purchased using that account. (Software that has been discontinued may not be available to redownload in some cases.)


The Switch has been confirmed to be region-free. Multiple Switch accounts can be used on a single console, while a single Switch account can also be used on multiple Switches. Ergo, if you have digital purchases tied to your account, it will be okay to re-download them on a separate Switch.

In all past Nintendo hardware, from the Wii to the Wii U, digital purchases were tied to the hardware you were using. In the case of a lost, stolen, or defunct system, only Nintendo itself could restore purchases to an affected user. Serial Codes were a necessity in the process to reclaim lost software (excepting those game’s save files, which would be lost forever). The Switch marks a major change for Nintendo in regards to digital licenses and their users.

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