Like game consoles like Sony and Xbox, the Nintendo Switch eShop also consists of several regions. Each region, especially in the Japanese region, has different content or games that you can’t find in other regions. So if you want to buy a game that is only available on the Japanese eShop but your account is in the Americas region, you must change the account region.
Fortunately, changing the Nintendo Switch account region is not difficult. Just follow the steps below.
Previously, please turn off Auto-Renewal first
Before starting to change your account region, if you have an active Nintendo Switch Online Membership, make sure you turn off the Auto-Renewal subscription. The method is quite easy and you can do it on the console:
- Open the Nintendo eShop on your account (don’t forget to log in)
- Press your account icon in the top right corner
- Select Nintendo Switch Online at the bottom of the menu
- Select Turn Off Automatic Renewal
- When the dialog box appears, select Turn Off then OK
Keep in mind that doing this process will not turn off your Nintendo Switch Online Membership subscription at that time. This process only prevents your account from repurchasing the Nintendo Switch Online Membership when the duration is up. This means that if the duration is up you have to buy it back manually.
After changing the account region, you can also reactivate the Auto-Renewal feature.
Change Account Region
There is one more thing that you must check before changing the account region, namely the balance you have at that time. When changing regions, the balance that you were holding at that time will be lost. Therefore, make sure you empty your account balance by buying games. If your balance is not enough, you might be able to use your Nintendo Points to get a discount.
After clearing the balance, follow these simple steps on your console:
- Open Settings
- Select System at the bottom of the menu
- Select Region
- Change your account region as desired
- Confirm the dialog box that appears, then restart your Nintendo Switch according to the instructions in the dialog box that appears.
Note that changing the region will only change the contents of the eShop. You can still play the games you have, both digital and physical. If you want to change the account region back, you can repeat the steps above. But for convenience, we recommend creating a second account with a different region.