Nintendo Switch game downloads cannot be shared across multiple systems

Nintendo has made a big step forward with Switch, abandoning the outdated system from Nintendo ID related to the console, in favor of a new account linked to the person’s system. Finally, users will not have to worry about losing all their digital purchases if their console breaks, gets stolen or sold.


With the arrival of Nintendo Switch, any purchase made on the eShop will be tied to their account and not to the console, as in the past. In case of problems so you do not lose your purchases and all content can be re-downloaded, albeit with some limitations, as emerged during a Q&A with Shinya Takahashi.

However, the new accounts system does not allow the same freedom to those of PlayStation and Xbox. For example, you can not go to a friend’s house, log in to their account and re-download their games.

Takahashi was a guest at the Nintendo World Store in New York and on this occasion responded to a specific question on the subject, reported by ARS Technica:

Question: “If I want to take my system with me… if I were to buy a digital game, could I buy it once, or would I have to buy it multiple times so they can use those games?”

Answer: “Currently we don’t have a system like that in place for Nintendo Switch, but we haven’t made any final decisions about how we would approach that going forward in the future, so unfortunately I can’t provide any concrete answer for you right now.”

In other words, the own Nintendo Account may be tied to a single console at a time and will therefore not be possible to use the same content on two different Switch systems.