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Buying digital: The games you want, when you want them

Find and buy digital games from your PC or mobile device and download them right to your Nintendo system for the ultimate in convenience. Get started now by searching or browsing our selection of games for Wii U consoles and Nintendo 3DS systems!

Why go digital?

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It's convenient

Buy your game here and send it right to your Nintendo system.

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It's simple

Use your Nintendo eShop funds to buy games from Nintendo.com and from eShop on your devices.

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It's smart

Qualify for exclusive, customized discounts and offers with the My Nintendo rewards program.

How do I get started?

Find the game you want by searching or browsing the game store. When you're ready, select the "Buy digital" button.

  1. Sign in Sign in to your Nintendo Account. Be sure your Nintendo Network ID is linked to your Nintendo Account by clicking "Settings," then selecting "Linked accounts." During the purchase, you'll be asked to re-enter your ID info for security reasons.

    Sign In
  2. Purchase You can pay using your Nintendo eShop funds, a credit card, or a Nintendo eShop card.

    Purchase
  3. Download and enjoy Your game will automatically be sent to your Wii U console or Nintendo 3DS system.

    Download and enjoy
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Questions about buying digital?

  • How can I purchase a game on Nintendo.com?

    A Nintendo Account with a linked Nintendo Network ID is required to purchase games through www.nintendo.com. To purchase a game, complete the following steps:

    1. If you haven't already done so, create a Nintendo Network ID on your Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family system.
    2. Visit http://accounts.nintendo.com and create or sign in to your Nintendo Account.
    3. Link your Nintendo Network ID to your Nintendo Account.
    4. Locate your game on www.nintendo.com and follow the on-screen steps to make your purchase.
    5. Your game will be automatically downloaded to the system associated with your Nintendo Network ID.
      • Make sure that your system is connected to the Internet and meets these download requirements.
      • For pre-purchases, the game will be pre-loaded to your system at the time of your order. You'll be able to start playing it after downloading a small update, beginning at 12:00 a.m. ET on the game's release date.

    For additional information about this process, please click here.

  • Is a Nintendo Network ID required to purchase games?

    Yes. You will need a Nintendo Account with a linked Nintendo Network ID to purchase games through www.nintendo.com. The games you buy will be automatically downloaded to the system (Wii U and / or Nintendo 3DS family) that is associated with your Nintendo Network ID.

  • What do I need to download a game?

    You'll need a Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family system (registered for use in the U.S. or Canada), Nintendo Network ID*, Internet connection, and Nintendo eShop access to download the game once you've purchased it.

    For help downloading a game, click here.

    (* You'll need a Nintendo Network ID to download the game, but you won't need one to play the game once it has been downloaded.)

  • Does my purchase qualify for My Nintendo Points?

    Yes. As long as you have signed up for My Nintendo before you purchase the game, your game will qualify for My Nintendo Points. My Nintendo Points are automatically awarded to the Nintendo Account that was used to purchase the game. (Please note that DLC items, passes, and themes do not qualify for My Nintendo Points.)

    To see your My Nintendo points balance:

    1. Visit http://my.nintendo.com
    2. Select "Sign in."
    3. Sign in to your Nintendo Account.

    Once you're signed in, you can review your My Nintendo points balance and history, check out the latest My Nintendo rewards, and view active missions you can complete to earn My Nintendo points.

    For additional help with My Nintendo, please visit our support site.

  • What is the order cancellation policy for digital purchases?

    All sales are final. Please be sure that you meet all of these download requirements for your game before you place your order.

    For additional information, please see the Purchase Terms.

  • How do I redeem a download code?

    Download codes are codes for specific digital games or content for Nintendo Switch™, Wii U™ or the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems.

    You can redeem your code here and send the content directly to your system.

    You may also redeem your code via the Nintendo eShop on your system. For step-by-step instructions, select your system: Nintendo Switch, Wii U or Nintendo 3DS.

Need more storage space?

Both the 8 GB Basic Set and 32 GB Deluxe Set Wii U systems have enough internal storage space to support a limited amount of download activity through the Nintendo eShop for Wii U.

If you wish to download more content, we recommend an external USB storage device with a dedicated power source so that you can expand your storage capabilities for Wii U software.

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