Nintendo Switch owners have a new way to pay for games on the eShop. With PayPal now offered as a payment option, players can purchase content from any region—as long as they make separate accounts.
As PayPal supports regions across the globe and the Switch is a region-free console, players were hoping this meant, for example, U.S. residents could buy Japan-specific content instantly from the eShop. Thankfully, it is possible, but it takes new PayPal and Nintendo Network ID accounts. From Nintendo’s official statement: “The country setting of a user’s Nintendo Account must match the country setting of their PayPal account.” PayPal also requires certain areas to have a credit or debit card from that region, so there are still some untouchable locations for outsiders.
Strangely, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS content can also be purchased using the new option, but only through Nintendo’s website. It’s unclear why PayPal isn’t an option directly from eShop for the other two Nintendo platforms, but for now, players will just have to resort to buying from the website to then download onto their systems.
PayPal on the Switch’s store is currently available in 34 regions, including Japan, the U.S., France, Germany, Russia, Spain, and the U.K. A full list of compatible areas can be found in PayPal’s official announcement.