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

Each individual player on Nintendo Switch can create their own user account (up to 8 per system), 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.

* Some online services will also require a paid subscription.