Everyone loves the Nintendo Switch. In three short years, the console has risen to the top of wish lists around the world. Having already sold over 52 million units, the console eclipsed the Xbox One’s 49 million sales, as reported in 2019, despite Microsoft’s three-year head start. But even though it’s the hottest console in the country, you might not be getting all you can from your Switch.
The console’s digital sales platform, the eShop, offers different content in each country, particularly in Japan. There is an exclusive demo for the next one Persona 5 jamming, a Hero of the Dragon Quest port, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, to name a few.
Japan is currently the only country where these titles are available on Switch. Want to get in on the action? It only takes five minutes and 10 easy steps!
How to access the Japanese Nintendo eShop
- Go to the Nintendo Account Creation website.
- Fill in most of the information requested. When you reach the “Country” option, select Japan as the place of origin. Also, if you don’t have an email to resell, use a temporary email generator like this. Alternatively, if you’re on Gmail, just add, use the + symbol to create an alias for your regular email account ([email protected]). Nintendo will send a verification email to the address provided, which is required to access the account, so make sure you can receive this email.
- Once your account is established, return to your Nintendo Switch. Access your system settings, as indicated by the gear icon in the main menu.
- Once there, go to the “users” tab and create a new user. I would recommend labeling this with something to denote the country. Perhaps using your original username with a “JP” suffix to remind you that this is a Japanese account.
- Once your new user profile is created, your Switch will prompt you to link a Nintendo Online account. Say yes and enter the login information you created in step 1.
- You have passed the big parts! Your Nintendo Switch now believes you’re a Japanese citizen, hanging out at your favorite Shinjuku cafe! Go back to your main menu and select the Nintendo eShop icon which looks like an orange purse.
- Once you click on it, you’ll be faced with a few menus – just click on each box, then hit the corresponding button.
- Your last task will be to re-enter the password and email address you created in step 1.
- You are now in the eShop! You can download any game in Japanese. On your left there will be three sections: “New” “Coming Soon” and “Redeem Code”.
- When you click on a game, the option to purchase or download a demo is on the right side of the page. The top option will be to buy and the bottom will allow you to download the demo.
It was technically only 10 steps, but you might need a little time to indulge in a Mario-style triumphal fist pump! If you decide to spend money on region-locked games, you won’t be able to use non-Japanese credit cards. Fortunately, there is a fairly simple workaround, but not instantaneous.
How to add money to your Japanese Nintendo eShop account
Sorry Yankee, your US money is prohibited in the Japanese eShop. You will need to purchase a Japanese eShop card if you want to purchase anything from the store. (We suggest you purchase one from PlayAsia, which has low import costs, providing a code at a fairly reasonable exchange rate.)
Once you have the code, head to the lowest Japanese eShop option on the right side of the store menu to redeem your new currency! You may be able to buy the last one Character Title?