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Question about regions and nintendo online subscription

Joel_Avada

New Member
Hello,

I am temporarily living in United States, but my nintendo switch was bought in Europe. When I arrived to the states, I created a second account with USA region, in order to be able to purchase games from the online store using my american debit card. Still, I can access the nintendo eshop from both my European and American accounts, and there is a particular offer on Mario Maker 2 (33% discount) that is only available in the European eshop. However, my subscription to nintendo online was bought with the USA eshop, and I was wondering if I could still play Mario Maker online even if I buy the game from the european eshop and my online subscription is with the american eshop. Not sure if I am explaining myself, hopefully someone who has experienced the same problem can help me out.

So my question is whether I can buy that game from the european eshop (I would pay in euros using my old debit card) and still be able to play online using my nintendo online subscription purchased in the american eshop.

If anyone could clarify this before making the purchase, I would be very grateful.

Many thanks in advance,

Fran
 


Nintendo X

The Legend
Staff member
You didn't need do all that. Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo account(s) are region-free. They're not region-locked. So, whatever account you have, whatever region console is compatible with the other region's cartridge or download... The only thing you'd have to look for is like U.S. cartridge has to work with U.S. DLC. And vice versa (U.S. download has to work with U.S. DLC.) In other words your European games can work on U.S. console and/or vice versa (U.S. games can work European console, etc.)

The new Nintendo accounts work the way you think it does if they are region-free. The only issue with those accounts is the process of buying the games from eshops.
 

Joel_Avada

New Member
You didn't need do all that. Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo account(s) are region-free. They're not region-locked. So, whatever account you have, whatever region console is compatible with the other region's cartridge or download... The only thing you'd have to look for is like U.S. cartridge has to work with U.S. DLC. And vice versa (U.S. download has to work with U.S. DLC.) In other words your European games can work on U.S. console and/or vice versa (U.S. games can work European console, etc.)

The new Nintendo accounts work the way you think it does if they are region-free. The only issue with those accounts is the process of buying the games from eshops.

Thanks for your answer, but I am not sure I understand. You mean I can effectively play mario maker 2 online with my usa-purchased nintendo online subscription? even if I buy the game from the european store?
I never buy a physical cardtridge, always buy it directly from the nintendo eshop.

Thanks again,
 

Nintendo X

The Legend
Staff member
Thanks for your answer, but I am not sure I understand. You mean I can effectively play mario maker 2 online with my usa-purchased nintendo online subscription? even if I buy the game from the european store?
I never buy a physical cardtridge, always buy it directly from the nintendo eshop.

Thanks again,
Yep. So, if you buy a game on European eshop, it works with your Switch, wherever you bought it.

Most consoles are region-locked - meaning that to play the game, you actually need the console it was intended for. If you bought a U.S. PS4 game, you need the U.S. PS4 system. If you bought a European PS4 game, and insert it into your U.S. PS4 system, it will show an error. That's region-lock.
 
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