Saturday February 18, 2017

Nintendo Switch eShop Will Finally Link Purchases to Accounts, Not Consoles

Does anyone remember if Nintendo ever gave a good reason for linking purchases to hardware? I guess that’s all moot now, since the company has made the radical decision to couple everything to your purchasing account for the Switch. Amazeballs!

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With the advent of the Switch, Nintendo is finally altering its system for digital purchases making it so software will be tied to one's account rather than console. Under the current system, all games are only linked to one's specific piece of hardware. So if your Wii U or 3DS is lost, broken or stolen, you'll have to actually phone Nintendo and beg them to let you reclaim any games on a replacement platform - and even then you'll need to provide serial numbers for Nintendo to issue a transfer. But that's all set to change with the Switch.