Nintendo Account Linking

Nintendo Account and Nintendo Network ID Link Service Ends Next March

Nintendo announced that the service that allows users to link Nintendo Network IDs, used on the 3DS and Wii U, with Nintendo Accounts will stop functioning in March 2024. This service allows users to consolidate the balance of the 3DS and Wii U eShop accounts to be usable on the Switch’s eShop. This service also makes it so Nintendo eShop purchases are linked to the email used in the Nintendo Account. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

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As Nintendo will stop 3DS and Wii U eShop service on March 27, 2023, any unused balance on a 3DS or Wii U console will no longer be usable on either one. However, by linking a Nintendo Network ID with the Nintendo Account required to access the Switch’s internet features, the remaining balance on a 3DS or Wii U console can be transferred to the Switch.

This feature will no longer be possible on March 2024, as Nintendo will halt the service. The official Nintendo support website offered instructions on how to link a Nintendo Network ID with a Nintendo Account so that the funds can carry over to the Nintendo Switch eShop.

As a reminder, the 3DS and Wii U eShops will close down on March 27, 2023. Users won’t be able to make purchases on the online stores, but already purchased games are still accessible to download.


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