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How to shop digital

Get the games you want—when you want them—by shopping digital with Nintendo. The whole family can jump right into fun with digital games, DLC* (downloadable content), and free game demos from Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo Switch system or online at My Nintendo Store.

How to instantly download digital games to your system

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When you purchase a digital game from Nintendo eShop or My Nintendo Store, the game will be sent to your system automatically after purchase—no code required. You can start playing as soon as the game has been loaded onto your system! If you want to add more storage to your system, you can store digital content on an officially licensed microSDXC card (sold separately).

Digital games are only available on one console but can be played by multiple accounts (for example, if you have a family membership for one Nintendo Switch system). Physical games can be shared between consoles. You can learn more about digital game purchases here.


How to earn My Nintendo Reward Points when you buy digital

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With the My Nintendo Rewards Program, the Nintendo Account holder in your family can earn points and redeem them to get rewards. Nintendo Account holders can earn 5% in Gold Points on each eligible digital purchase, which can then be used toward the purchase of their next eligible game or DLC. Please note that the My Nintendo points go to the Nintendo Account from which the game was purchased. Not yet a member? Visit the My Nintendo Rewards Program official site to get started.

You’ll need a free Nintendo Account to use My Nintendo. You can also create Nintendo Accounts for kids so the whole family can participate in the My Nintendo Rewards Program and earn their own My Nintendo points.

Gold Points are awarded based on the amount you pay (excluding tax and any points or discounts used) and have no cash value. A Nintendo Account is required to receive and redeem points. Terms apply.


How to add funds to your account with Nintendo eShop cards

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Nintendo eShop cards are the perfect gift for anyone who loves to play video games, including you and your family. Apply the card to your Nintendo eShop account in seconds, then take your time browsing digital games. When you’re ready to buy, you’ll have funds on hand—no credit card required.

You can buy Nintendo eShop cards in amounts of $10, $20, $35, or $50. Shop online at a participating retailer.


How to try before you buy with free game demos

Key art of Kirby and the Forgotten Land game.

Free demos make it easier to find the game that’s a good fit for your family. You can download demos directly to your system and play right away. Some game demos even let you carry over your progress when you purchase the full version of the game!

To find games with free demos, visit My Nintendo Store or filter your search on Nintendo eShop on your device.


How to enhance your games with digital DLC (downloadable content)

Two images combined of DLC content: on the left, Animal Crossing: New Horizons Happy Home Paradise, on the right, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass.

You can expand on your favorite games with additional digital downloadable content, also known as DLC. For example, the Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise DLC adds an extra layer of creativity to your game as you help create vacation homes for clients on resort islands.

The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass DLC adds hours of fun to family-friendly races with a total of 48 remastered courses. The Splatoon 3 Expansion Pass DLC lets you take a deeper dive into the expansive world of the Splatoon series.

Full version of game required to use DLC. Sold separately.


How to use Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers to score savings

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Nintendo Switch Online members** can buy a pair of Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers*** and redeem each one for a digital game in the voucher catalog.

Eligible titles include Super Mario Bros.™ Wonder, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Pikmin™ 4, and more. Vouchers are redeemable for 12 months from the date of purchase and don’t have to be used at the same time, which means you can save them for birthday gifts or upcoming holidays. Want to learn more about Nintendo Switch Online membership options? Visit the official site for details.

**Any Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. Membership auto-renews after initial term at the then-current price unless canceled. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply.

***Paid Nintendo Switch Online membership required at the time of purchase and redemption of Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers. Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers must be redeemed within 12 months from purchase date, have no cash value, and cannot be transferred, returned, or redeemed for cash. Each Nintendo Switch Game Voucher may be redeemed for one game offered as part of the catalog. To receive promotional value, Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers must be redeemed for two games with a cumulative price that is higher than the purchase price of the Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers. Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers may not be combined with any other sale, discount, or promotional offer unless otherwise specified.