5 x Switch Games (digital) - Lego City, Lego Worlds, Rocket League, Violett & The Sparkle 2 £32.82 @ Nintendo
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5 x Switch Games (digital) - Lego City, Lego Worlds, Rocket League, Violett & The Sparkle 2 £32.82 @ Nintendo

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Found 26th MarEdited by:"celticninja"
There have been a few deals where you can buy the lego games from the US or Canadian Nintendo Stores, here is how I did it to maximise using the credit.

I bought my credit from here:

pcgamesupply.com

I bought 3 x $20 CAD cards at £10.94 each to give me $60CAD total.

When setting up your Nintendo account for the Canada region select 'Alberta' as your province, this is the province with the lowest tax rate (5%).

Then I purchased Lego Worlds, Lego City Undercover, Rocket League, Violett and The Sparkle 2. I used my nintendo reward points gained from the earlier purchases of Lego games to make up the difference in price on the later games.

In the end I had $0.91 CAD and 89 reward points remaining. I messed up a little and didn't buy them in the order listed above, if I had done then I possibly could have bought something different to Violett & Sparkle and used up my remaining credit more completely but I am pretty happy ( and so are the kids) with 5 new games for approx £30.

Edit: added from one of my comments below because it may be useful for everyone:

Violett - nintendolife.com/rev…ett - A beautiful puzzle game
The sparkle 2 Evo - nintendolife.com/rev…evo


These 2 games were $3.29 and $1.24 respectively so with the left over credit you would have $5.42 and some reward points (approx 89, I say approx because the purchase of these 2 games probably generated some points too). Games in this price range can be found here:

nintendo.com/en_…rue


and possibly some from this link:


nintendo.com/en_…rue
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Use my address, it is tax free. (That's university of Alberta and you don't pay tax since it is a University. Been using it to make Xbox digital purchases from Canada).

116 St. and 85 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2R3, Canada

Edit: Seems not to be practical for Switch since you only enter the state not the full address for purchase. Apologise.
Edited by: "mixmixi" 26th Mar
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Use my address, it is tax free. (That's university of Alberta and you don't pay tax since it is a University. Been using it to make Xbox digital purchases from Canada).

116 St. and 85 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2R3, Canada

Edit: Seems not to be practical for Switch since you only enter the state not the full address for purchase. Apologise.
Edited by: "mixmixi" 26th Mar
So if you don’t have reward points as well it will cost more than the price above?
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RobMotoring3 m ago

So if you don’t have reward points as well it will cost more than the p …So if you don’t have reward points as well it will cost more than the price above?


All the rewards points that I used were generated from the purchases made in the post, so no extra reward points are needed before you start.
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mixmixi37 m ago

Use my address, it is tax free. (That's university of Alberta and you …Use my address, it is tax free. (That's university of Alberta and you don't pay tax since it is a University. Been using it to make Xbox digital purchases from Canada).116 St. and 85 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2R3, Canada


aarrggghh! wish I had this info earlier, still hopefully it can help others who want to do this, savings on tax should be around $3 so with the leftover credit and remaining reward points you could probably get another game, taking you to 6 games for the same price.

edit: seems like this is not possible, when you sign up it just asks for your province not a street address
Edited by: "celticninja" 26th Mar
mixmixi9 m ago

Use my address, it is tax free. (That's university of Alberta and you …Use my address, it is tax free. (That's university of Alberta and you don't pay tax since it is a University. Been using it to make Xbox digital purchases from Canada).116 St. and 85 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2R3, Canada


Unfortunately Nintendo accounts don't work on specific addresses Mixi, you just put in a country and then a state, so Alberta is the best it gets with 5% additional digital tax. Damn Feds! Making me pay tax on stuff.
NickBoyland1 m ago

Unfortunately Nintendo accounts don't work on specific addresses Mixi, you …Unfortunately Nintendo accounts don't work on specific addresses Mixi, you just put in a country and then a state, so Alberta is the best it gets with 5% additional digital tax. Damn Feds! Making me pay tax on stuff.


Ah! I see. That sucks then! I never had a Switch/DS/Wii etc so had no clue. Thanks for clarifying. Yet, if you guys are using Xbox one to buy from Canada, that's one good address to use to dodge tax.
mixmixi20 m ago

Use my address, it is tax free. (That's university of Alberta and you …Use my address, it is tax free. (That's university of Alberta and you don't pay tax since it is a University. Been using it to make Xbox digital purchases from Canada).116 St. and 85 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2R3, CanadaEdit: Seems not to be practical for Switch since you only enter the state not the full address for purchase. Apologise.


Heh. I'm in BC myself. Nanaimo. I still use this app as my family are still at home in Scotland, but there's nothing better for deal alerts for PSN and eshop. Redflagdeals sucks. There's a great account called Ibabinz on twitter who tweets Canadian game deals too. Really useful
Heat, word of warning if you going to buy from us store don't make the mistake I did and have credit left even if it's one cent you can't switch back too UK account till you have no credit, so going to be hard to find something for 10.02, 20.02 etc but on plus side us is usual cheaper than here and with state being Alaska I pay no tax.
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Robert.Taylor943 m ago

Heat, word of warning if you going to buy from us store don't make the …Heat, word of warning if you going to buy from us store don't make the mistake I did and have credit left even if it's one cent you can't switch back too UK account till you have no credit, so going to be hard to find something for 10.02, 20.02 etc but on plus side us is usual cheaper than here and with state being Alaska I pay no tax.


I think you can just email nintendo support to ask them to remove the remaining credit to allow you to switch back to the UK store, I haven't tried to (no need as yet) but it seems to be the solution based on a number of online posts. Free money for nintendo so I guess they are not going to mind too much.
Edited by: "celticninja" 26th Mar
slain10 m ago

Heh. I'm in BC myself. Nanaimo. I still use this app as my family are …Heh. I'm in BC myself. Nanaimo. I still use this app as my family are still at home in Scotland, but there's nothing better for deal alerts for PSN and eshop. Redflagdeals sucks. There's a great account called Ibabinz on twitter who tweets Canadian game deals too. Really useful


Nice. You've got videogamesplus.ca over there too. I was meaning to order some stuff from there for ages but thanks to other expenses it has been postponed up until now. Some good gaming deals over there, have a look!
Great been wondering what the best way to structure these purchases would be. Heat!
What’s violett and the sparkle? How much cash is left after the three big games and is it enough to buy a 4 decent one? (Haven’t heard of the last two but would like to try to pick all these up)
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bobac11 m ago

What’s violett and the sparkle? How much cash is left after the three big g …What’s violett and the sparkle? How much cash is left after the three big games and is it enough to buy a 4 decent one? (Haven’t heard of the last two but would like to try to pick all these up)


Violett - nintendolife.com/rev…ett - A beautiful puzzle game
The sparkle 2 Evo - nintendolife.com/rev…evo


These 2 games were $3.29 and $1.24 respectively so with the left over credit you would have $5.42 and some reward points (approx 89, i say approx because the purchase of these 2 games probably generated some points too). Games in this price range can be found here:

nintendo.com/en_…rue


and possibly some from this link:


nintendo.com/en_…rue
I only ever played one lego game, Indiana Jones. It wasn't much to write home about so I've neve bothered with one since. Can't see em bring worth anything to adults
celticninja8 m ago

Violett - http://www.nintendolife.com/reviews/switch-eshop/violett - A …Violett - http://www.nintendolife.com/reviews/switch-eshop/violett - A beautiful puzzle gameThe sparkle 2 Evo - http://www.nintendolife.com/reviews/switch-eshop/sparkle_2_evo These 2 games were $3.29 and $1.24 respectively so with the left over credit you would have $5.42 and some reward points (approx 89, i say approx because the purchase of these 2 games probably generated some points too). Games in this price range can be found here:https://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/games/game-guide?pv=true#filter/switch|-|-|-|4.99|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|featured|des|-|-and possibly some from this link:https://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/games/game-guide?pv=true#filter/switch|-|-|-|9.99|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|price|asc|-|-


Thanks. Violett does look nice graphic wise. Might just give it a shot - cheers
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skratchgonzo4 m ago

I only ever played one lego game, Indiana Jones. It wasn't much to write …I only ever played one lego game, Indiana Jones. It wasn't much to write home about so I've neve bothered with one since. Can't see em bring worth anything to adults


My first lego game was Marvel Superheroes on Xbox One, I loved it, since then I have played LOTR, The Hobbit, Avengers, Marvel Superheroes 2, Star Wars trilogy, Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones (possibly some I have forgotten too). They are great games if you have kids that you like playing computer games with. Indiana Jones was one of the early ones, the new Marvel Superheroes ones are much better in terms of mechanics and gameplay so don't let Indy be your benchmark. They are also pretty cheap and easy to pick up second hand and for xbox many of them are backwards compatible so they work out as very cheap xbox one games, think I got the Star Wars trilogy for less than £2 and that was hours and hours of gameplay.
Robert.Taylor941 h, 58 m ago

Heat, word of warning if you going to buy from us store don't make the …Heat, word of warning if you going to buy from us store don't make the mistake I did and have credit left even if it's one cent you can't switch back too UK account till you have no credit, so going to be hard to find something for 10.02, 20.02 etc but on plus side us is usual cheaper than here and with state being Alaska I pay no tax.


You could create a different account for each region. You can still play all games bought on that account on your primary account so it's easier than changing the region (I find it easier anyway). I think this also means the credit will remain on the secondary account (can anyone confirm?).
Thanks op
NickBoyland14 h, 24 m ago

Unfortunately Nintendo accounts don't work on specific addresses Mixi, you …Unfortunately Nintendo accounts don't work on specific addresses Mixi, you just put in a country and then a state, so Alberta is the best it gets with 5% additional digital tax. Damn Feds! Making me pay tax on stuff.


5% is generous since in the UK VAT "A Fancy word for Tax" is 20% on most items

Many people don't realise how much their paying in Tax since it's Included on the Display price
Edited by: "Norseg" 27th Mar
Yup - i'm from the UK and know the familiar sting of HMRC aswell as any man, hence why a lot of us purchase digital games from other countries to avoid Mr Taxman's grubby mits
jamie0151 h, 12 m ago

You could create a different account for each region. You can still play …You could create a different account for each region. You can still play all games bought on that account on your primary account so it's easier than changing the region (I find it easier anyway). I think this also means the credit will remain on the secondary account (can anyone confirm?).


Yea - I would recommend doing this... I have USA, Canada + Japan and my standard UK account on my switch

You need to set up a Nintendo account for each region (with a new email each time) but you can have as many accounts as you want and it saves you losing your region specific eshop credit if you change region on your main account

It take a bit to set up but once you've done it it's super convenient as you can name the profiles on your switch like USA, Canada etc. And when you click on the store icon the console asks you which profile is using the store and it takes you to that region's store with prices in that regions currency. Sometimes the price differences are staggering, I mean literally half the price, so with sales on top, you are saving yourself a decent amount if you buy a lot of digital games.
Norseg47 m ago

5% is generous since in the UK VAT "A Fancy word for Tax" is 20% on most …5% is generous since in the UK VAT "A Fancy word for Tax" is 20% on most itemsMany people don't realise how much their being in Tax since it's Included on the Display price

VAT literally stands for Value Added Tax it's hardly a suprise or hidden in anyway. Further if you have shopped anywhere where tax is not included in the price and is added only at the point of sale you will realise it is a PITA not knowing how much you are actually going to be charged until you get to the till to pay. This practice is common in the states and Canada but fortunately in the UK we show the actually price you have to pay for goods and services. People should be aware that they are paying tax and know how much it is, I dont see VAT inclusive price as hiding the tax it is just a benefit for the consumer if they know exactly what they are paying.
Edited by: "Wassumbo" 27th Mar
I always worry about the legalities of these kind of deals. Can't argue with the price as that is a good deal, but it just feels wrong/fraudulent.

Couldn't Nintendo (or whoever) cancel these purchases in the future? And from what I remember Nintendo at least, have a history of bricking consoles that it feels have broken it's t&cs
davidrobertedwards37 m ago

I always worry about the legalities of these kind of deals. Can't argue …I always worry about the legalities of these kind of deals. Can't argue with the price as that is a good deal, but it just feels wrong/fraudulent. Couldn't Nintendo (or whoever) cancel these purchases in the future? And from what I remember Nintendo at least, have a history of bricking consoles that it feels have broken it's t&cs

You're thinking of people who play pirated games
celticninja8 h, 41 m ago

My first lego game was Marvel Superheroes on Xbox One, I loved it, since …My first lego game was Marvel Superheroes on Xbox One, I loved it, since then I have played LOTR, The Hobbit, Avengers, Marvel Superheroes 2, Star Wars trilogy, Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones (possibly some I have forgotten too). They are great games if you have kids that you like playing computer games with. Indiana Jones was one of the early ones, the new Marvel Superheroes ones are much better in terms of mechanics and gameplay so don't let Indy be your benchmark. They are also pretty cheap and easy to pick up second hand and for xbox many of them are backwards compatible so they work out as very cheap xbox one games, think I got the Star Wars trilogy for less than £2 and that was hours and hours of gameplay.


Yeah with kids I'm sure it's awesome but they aren't appealing to me. I may pick up the marvel superheroes one for the crack tho
mixmixi10 h, 40 m ago

Use my address, it is tax free. (That's university of Alberta and you …Use my address, it is tax free. (That's university of Alberta and you don't pay tax since it is a University. Been using it to make Xbox digital purchases from Canada).116 St. and 85 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2R3, CanadaEdit: Seems not to be practical for Switch since you only enter the state not the full address for purchase. Apologise.


What A decent bloke you are
jamie0158 h, 48 m ago

You could create a different account for each region. You can still play …You could create a different account for each region. You can still play all games bought on that account on your primary account so it's easier than changing the region (I find it easier anyway). I think this also means the credit will remain on the secondary account (can anyone confirm?).


It does, works exactly like your UK account would.
Sorry to sound dumb but I’m a mum and don’t understand all this technology lark (and being of the generation where we didn’t have consoles)
coild someone tell me if these are games in a box like you buy from a shop in town? I bought my son the switch and he has lego and Zelda but the games seem really pricey so I wondered how these were so cheap? 😬
Has anyone found any success with using their credit card and just paying the ‘required amount’ my CC has no foreign transaction fees but when I enter in the details it fails to go through. I notice Blossom Tales is the equivalent of £7 on the Mexico eShop! Might have to just buy an eShop card like OP suggested
MogDigLogie16 m ago

Sorry to sound dumb but I’m a mum and don’t understand all this technology …Sorry to sound dumb but I’m a mum and don’t understand all this technology lark (and being of the generation where we didn’t have consoles)coild someone tell me if these are games in a box like you buy from a shop in town? I bought my son the switch and he has lego and Zelda but the games seem really pricey so I wondered how these were so cheap? 😬


These are digital downloads so no physical game or box. You buy them from the online store (the 'eshop') and the download straight to the internal memory (or memory card if you have added one). The advantage is you can play them any time without needing to carry additional cards around. Downside is you can't sell them on when your done and you can borrow them to friends/family.
Edited by: "Deaa" 27th Mar
Trying to setup Canadian account but the only options for region I get is quebec or not quebec? I'm on desktop. Does this need to be done on the console?
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choose quebec
G4vin1 m ago

Trying to setup Canadian account but the only options for region I get is …Trying to setup Canadian account but the only options for region I get is quebec or not quebec? I'm on desktop. Does this need to be done on the console?


choose quebec, the actual region select for Alberta is done on the Switch
Wassumbo10 h, 36 m ago

VAT literally stands for Value Added Tax it's hardly a suprise or hidden …VAT literally stands for Value Added Tax it's hardly a suprise or hidden in anyway. Further if you have shopped anywhere where tax is not included in the price and is added only at the point of sale you will realise it is a PITA not knowing how much you are actually going to be charged until you get to the till to pay. This practice is common in the states and Canada but fortunately in the UK we show the actually price you have to pay for goods and services. People should be aware that they are paying tax and know how much it is, I dont see VAT inclusive price as hiding the tax it is just a benefit for the consumer if they know exactly what they are paying.


Yes I know VAT stands for Value Added Tax but a lot of people don't know, that's the problem

My main point of the comment was that 5% Tax is better than 20% VAT since he was complaining about paying 5%
Edited by: "Norseg" 27th Mar
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crispylimbs42 m ago

Has anyone found any success with using their credit card and just paying …Has anyone found any success with using their credit card and just paying the ‘required amount’ my CC has no foreign transaction fees but when I enter in the details it fails to go through. I notice Blossom Tales is the equivalent of £7 on the Mexico eShop! Might have to just buy an eShop card like OP suggested


I tried to use a UK debit and credit card and neither was accepted, as part of validation it asks for the debit/credit card postcode, this has to match the card and obviously doesnt match the region so it fails.
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Norseg1 m ago

Yes I know VAT stands for Value Added Tax but a lot of people don't know, …Yes I know VAT stands for Value Added Tax but a lot of people don't know, that's the problem


Saying "a lot of people" is unverifiable and a huge generalisation. I dont know anyone in that camp.
Bought $50 mainly to get Blossoms Tale, and have some credit left over.

Lego city is a real nice price, just unsure if it's a game for me.

Am tempted to buy stardew valley but hoping it'll go on sale sometime soon.

Heard Lego world is pretty bad.
Rocket league is good, but it'll be a game I wouldn't touch either. ><
celticninja27th Mar

I tried to use a UK debit and credit card and neither was accepted, as …I tried to use a UK debit and credit card and neither was accepted, as part of validation it asks for the debit/credit card postcode, this has to match the card and obviously doesnt match the region so it fails.


I ended up transferring funds to my wife’s US PayPal account and paid that way. I got Snake Pass & Blossom Tales for around £8 each! Took a while setting up but will work fine in future now 👌🏽
crispylimbs3 h, 27 m ago

I ended up transferring funds to my wife’s US PayPal account and paid that …I ended up transferring funds to my wife’s US PayPal account and paid that way. I got Snake Pass & Blossom Tales for around £8 each! Took a while setting up but will work fine in future now 👌🏽


Isn't Snake Pass £7.99 on the UK e-shop at the moment?
celticninja4 h, 55 m ago

Saying "a lot of people" is unverifiable and a huge generalisation. I dont …Saying "a lot of people" is unverifiable and a huge generalisation. I dont know anyone in that camp.


If you don't believe it than ask 100 different people in different areas what VAT means,
People may say "oh it's for the government or something" but they probably don't know that it means Value Added Tax
Norseg1 h, 15 m ago

If you don't believe it than ask 100 different people in different areas …If you don't believe it than ask 100 different people in different areas what VAT means, People may say "oh it's for the government or something" but they probably don't know that it means Value Added Tax


Utter garbage - I’ve lived all over the UK for the last 40 years and never met anyone who didn’t know what VAT stood for.
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