Nintendo Switch Will Link Digital Purchases To Your Account - Report
This sounds good.
In what sounds like very good news, Eurogamer reports today that the Nintendo Switch will tie digital purchases to an account, not a specific piece of hardware. For the Wii U, games are linked to your console, so if you want to re-download on a new system, you're (probably) out of luck.
In a recently posted Nintendo Switch unboxing video, a line of text can be seen that explains games can be re-downloaded using the same account. Here is the message, as noticed first by Twitter use @BjoernTheSmexy:
Would you take a look at this: Purchases from the eShop are tied to your Nintendo Account. pic.twitter.com/SyC1BIZm0V— Bjoern the Switchy (@BjoernTheSmexy) February 17, 2017
The passage reads: "Your Nintendo Account contains your Nintendo eShop purchase history and current balance. By re-linking your Nintendo Account after initializing the console, it will be possible to redownload any software or DLC purchased using that account. (Software that has been discontinued may not be available to redownload in some cases.)"
We have followed up with Nintendo in an attempt to get more details.
The Nintendo Switch launches on March 3, which is just a few weeks away, so it won't be long before we know a lot more specifics about the console.
For more on the Nintendo Switch, you can watch us play the minigame collection, 1-2 Switch.