Nintendo Switch - Understanding regions.

What is console region and what does it affect?

The console region is the region you choose during the initial set up of the Nintendo Switch console.

There is no Singapore on the list unfortunately, so we recommend choosing The Americas instead.

Console region is mostly used for in-game data. For example, certain games may have the temperature listed as Fahrenheit (°F) when set to US or Celsius (°C) when set to Australia. Changing the console region may also affect the language choices available for the games.

 

What is Nintendo account region and what does it affect?

For first-time users, you will be asked to create a new user. After creating the user, you'll be prompted to "Link Nintendo Account". You will then need to set up your Nintendo Account online.

When prompted to key in your country/region of residence, we suggest choosing United States. Do not choose Singapore here, otherwise you won't be able to access the eShop as there is no eShop in Singapore. Time zone here doesn't really matter.

 

Are Nintendo Switch consoles region locked?

No. Consoles are not region locked (except for China consoles). So consoles of any region (except China) can play games of any regions.

 

Can I play games in one region with a Nintendo account of another region?

Yes. Games are not region locked (except for China consoles). DLCs & save games however are region locked.

 

Can I play games in one region online with a Nintendo Switch Online of another region?

Yes. If you purchase a physical copy of the game, then whatever region your Nintendo Switch Online membership is tied to, you can still play the game online.
However, if you purchase a digital copy of the game, let's say AUS region, then your Nintendo Switch Online membership must be tied to AUS region in order to play the game online.

 

Can I redeem DLC codes in one region with a Nintendo account of another region?

This depends on the game as some DLCs are region free and some are not. But it is highly recommended to change the Nintendo account’s region to match with the region of the game to redeem the DLC. Alternatively, you can also create a new Nintendo account that corresponds to the game’s region to redeem the DLC as well.

 

Can I access Nintendo Switch Online in one region with a Nintendo account of another region?

No. Nintendo Switch Online subscription is account locked.
 

Can I resume my save game in one region with a game from another region?

No. Similar to DLCs, save games are also region locked. You can only resume your save game using the game from the same region. 

 

Can I play online multiplayer in one region with a friend that has the same game from another region?

Yes. Online multiplayer is not region locked. However, certain special events may be region locked. For example Splatoon 2’s Splatfests.


How do I change my Nintendo online account’s region?

Head to https://accounts.nintendo.com/ProfileEditCountry/region of residence → change to desired region → Save Changes.
You cannot change the account’s region if:

  • The account is a children’s account. 
  • The account still contains funds. You will not be able to change the country until you have spent the funds and your remaining Nintendo Account balance is $0.