Buying Nintendo Switch Games from a Foreign Nintendo eShop!

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LocalFound 3rd AprEdited by:"FriendlyFyre"
So, this may be obvious to many of you; but I have only very recently have become aware of this method, in the last couple of hours, and so others may not be aware also.
So please don't just beat on me for being late to the party, just trying to make sure nobody else is missing out on taking advantage of these great deals!

So I'll just go over everything I've learned and if I miss anything, please cover this in the below comments!

The Nintendo eShop has different prices for different regions.
Some places it costs more for the same game than others, this could be for various reasons including but not limited to, different wages for poorer countries.
To view the prices for each game across all regions you can use a site such as (eshop-prices.com).


Once you have found a game in the region you want, you can change your Nintendo account to that region in just a few clicks by going over to (accounts.nintendo.com) clicking on 'Profile' selecting the region you wish to be under and save those changes.
[NOTE / WARNING: SOME eShop stores will not work with this method, Mexico is definitely one of them. Might be worth checking before putting money into Revolut.]


Once you are on the region of your chosing, open the eShop on your Switch and you will be prompted to relog into the device following a change to your account.
Once logged on, navigate to the game you wish to buy, and there you will see it at the lower price point requested.
Then you can just purchase said game at the discount.
Now, if you purchase using paypal be aware there WILL be additional fees displayed here (paypal.com/uk/…ees)

If you wish to get around those fees, one of the most popular methods is by using 'Revolut'
Revolut is an app you can get for your phone which does not charge currency conversion fees just exchanges at the rate in which those currencies are now worth.
To download Revolut go to (Revolut.com/get) on your smart device.

Once all set up with a payment method, purchase the game and then change your region back to where you live (Presumably the UK due to you reading this.) [The UK is listed directly under 'Gabon' in the list]
JOB DONE
Questions I had - "Are my games tied to X eShop OR are they tied to my account?" - My account, you can download them from the eShop using your account, no matter which region and you wont need to re-swap back to redownload

ANOTHER IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE - All 'Gold coins' you earn from your purchases ARE locked to the eShop they were gained at. (i.e. I buy a game from the Italian store, then change to my UK store again, those coins will not show up as existing for use UNLESS used on another purchase in the Italian store)


Thanks to the HUKD members who pointed this out to me, teaching me something I never knew to make great savings, so I'm just sharing incase others don't know either.
Again, if I have missed anything, feel free to comment below, as it may help another user out!
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Wow that was a bloody huge post, but my mind is blown how people always got these deals, I always thought people made multiple accounts for each region, and they paid huge conversion fees!
This just shows how great this is, and how wrong I was!
@FriendlyFyre Thanks for taking the time to create this post. I've moved to misc as it's more info based than a specific deal
niceroundpound2 m ago

@FriendlyFyre Thanks for taking the time to create this post. I've moved …@FriendlyFyre Thanks for taking the time to create this post. I've moved to misc as it's more info based than a specific deal


Ah okay, I am going to post some more specific region deals soon and then link them to this post then
Does this work on Canadian shop?
I can confirm it works on Norwiegan and on Russian
Can anyone explain a bit more about this Revolut card? Do you have to pay for the card or can you just use the virtual option?
crispylimbs4 m ago

Can anyone explain a bit more about this Revolut card? Do you have to pay …Can anyone explain a bit more about this Revolut card? Do you have to pay for the card or can you just use the virtual option?


Physical cards cost you real money, and extra features like 'Disposable Virtual' are 'Premium feature' (A card that becomes unusable after one purchase) but the default Virtual one doesn't cost anything
HOWEVER, you do have to pay a minimum of £10 deposit into your Revolut card
FriendlyFyre16 m ago

Physical cards cost you real money, and extra features like 'Disposable …Physical cards cost you real money, and extra features like 'Disposable Virtual' are 'Premium feature' (A card that becomes unusable after one purchase) but the default Virtual one doesn't cost anythingHOWEVER, you do have to pay a minimum of £10 deposit into your Revolut card


Thank you for explaining and forgive me if I’m not getting it but once I’ve set the Revolut card up and credited it with money how would i go about choosing it as a payment method on the Eshop? I have bought games from foreign eshops recently but used PayPal..
Great post and thanks for all the info. Can you tell me if I switch my main account to US to buy a game will I loose my gold coins I earned from the UK estore? If I'm right, if I have currency currently on my UK account and switch regions I will loose that and I was wondering if it was the same with coins. Thanks again.
Edited by: "marra" 3rd Apr
marra13 h, 37 m ago

Great post and thanks for all the info. Can you tell me if I switch my …Great post and thanks for all the info. Can you tell me if I switch my main account to US to buy a game will I loose my gold coins I earned from the UK estore? If I'm right, if I have currency currently on my UK account and switch regions I will loose that and I was wondering if it was the same with coins. Thanks again.


When I switched back to the UK I still had all my coins that I had earned through UK eShop purchases....so you should be keeping those.
I *PRESUME* you keep your UK Balance/currency also when you switch back to the UK, but I have never tested that; so don't quote me on it
EDIT: unfortunately, no... If you do transfer eshop you do lose your wallet balance
Even when you transfer back its gone
But the coins do still stay on the eshop you earned them via
Edited by: "FriendlyFyre" 4th Apr
crispylimbs13 m ago

Thank you for explaining and forgive me if I’m not getting it but once I …Thank you for explaining and forgive me if I’m not getting it but once I’ve set the Revolut card up and credited it with money how would i go about choosing it as a payment method on the Eshop? I have bought games from foreign eshops recently but used PayPal..


Go onto the app, select the tab that says 'Cards' make sure you have created a Revolut card
When on the eshop, go to pay for an item and input the details for the card held on the Revolut app into the eShop 'Credit card' payment method
Guessing Monzo would also be a viable alternative since it just uses the MasterCard exchange rate? Anyone tried the Japan store? (I'm also guessing the games are still English?)
FriendlyFyre51 m ago

Go onto the app, select the tab that says 'Cards' make sure you have …Go onto the app, select the tab that says 'Cards' make sure you have created a Revolut cardWhen on the eshop, go to pay for an item and input the details for the card held on the Revolut app into the eShop 'Credit card' payment method


I'm confused by how this works. My revolut card has the same account details as my debit card as that' what it wanted when I created the virtual card. How do I make the e shop take the payment from the revolut card and not my debit card?

Edit: Think I figured out where I went wrong, I created an account and not a virtual card (although I have since now managed to set up a virtual card I think). Quite a costly error too, as I accidentally ended up transferring 50 quid to it to the account. I think I've managed to transfer the money back to my bank, but how do I send the money to the virtual card?
Edited by: "StolenDiagram" 3rd Apr
StolenDiagram37 m ago

I'm confused by how this works. My revolut card has the same account …I'm confused by how this works. My revolut card has the same account details as my debit card as that' what it wanted when I created the virtual card. How do I make the e shop take the payment from the revolut card and not my debit card?Edit: Think I figured out where I went wrong, I created an account and not a virtual card (although I have since now managed to set up a virtual card I think). Quite a costly error too, as I accidentally ended up transferring 50 quid to it to the account. I think I've managed to transfer the money back to my bank, but how do I send the money to the virtual card?

Top-up your virtual card from your debit card
@FriendlyFyre you can also purchase games on the website as well as on the console
Great post. Just bought Super Bomberman R from Russia eshop!
StolenDiagram1 h, 3 m ago

I'm confused by how this works. My revolut card has the same account …I'm confused by how this works. My revolut card has the same account details as my debit card as that' what it wanted when I created the virtual card. How do I make the e shop take the payment from the revolut card and not my debit card?Edit: Think I figured out where I went wrong, I created an account and not a virtual card (although I have since now managed to set up a virtual card I think). Quite a costly error too, as I accidentally ended up transferring 50 quid to it to the account. I think I've managed to transfer the money back to my bank, but how do I send the money to the virtual card?



Did you have to upload your passport/driving license pic to verify your account? It says my virtual card needs activating.
crispylimbs9 h, 29 m ago

Did you have to upload your passport/driving license pic to verify your …Did you have to upload your passport/driving license pic to verify your account? It says my virtual card needs activating.

Top-up from a debit card (may need to do it 2 times - I did) to verify yourself. Can send it back after if want
I tried to switch my account to Canada and got a 'you will lose your wallet balance if you switch location' warning...can anyone confirm that? I just bought a cheap £50 eshop card...Sigh
benfresh761 h, 16 m ago

I tried to switch my account to Canada and got a 'you will lose your …I tried to switch my account to Canada and got a 'you will lose your wallet balance if you switch location' warning...can anyone confirm that? I just bought a cheap £50 eshop card...Sigh


Yeah I looked into that.. You would lose it, yes... Unfortunately
Coins are fine as when you transfer back you would still keep those, but your wallet is lost permanently unfortunately (from what I've found)
jco832 h, 50 m ago

Top-up from a debit card (may need to do it 2 times - I did) to verify …Top-up from a debit card (may need to do it 2 times - I did) to verify yourself. Can send it back after if want


It’s not giving me an option to top up again. It says I’ve topped up £15 but the money hasn’t been debited from my account yet and it’s still asking me to activate. Is it safe to upload a personal document? I’m definitely not sending a passport photo! @FriendlyFyre
crispylimbs59 m ago

It’s not giving me an option to top up again. It says I’ve topped up £15 bu …It’s not giving me an option to top up again. It says I’ve topped up £15 but the money hasn’t been debited from my account yet and it’s still asking me to activate. Is it safe to upload a personal document? I’m definitely not sending a passport photo! @FriendlyFyre


I know after a while of using it, it asked me to send a picture of my driving licence and a selfie? But it's all activated for me now :')
ty bepis
crispylimbs5 h, 30 m ago

It’s not giving me an option to top up again. It says I’ve topped up £15 bu …It’s not giving me an option to top up again. It says I’ve topped up £15 but the money hasn’t been debited from my account yet and it’s still asking me to activate. Is it safe to upload a personal document? I’m definitely not sending a passport photo! @FriendlyFyre

When I was first setting mine up, I got the same as you where it was asking me to upload id, so I went on support chat and they told me to top up from my debit card and I might need to do that twice. I did and then I was verified If you're still having issue just go to the support chat in the app
jco8354 m ago

When I was first setting mine up, I got the same as you where it was …When I was first setting mine up, I got the same as you where it was asking me to upload id, so I went on support chat and they told me to top up from my debit card and I might need to do that twice. I did and then I was verified If you're still having issue just go to the support chat in the app


Managed to get my card verified but then hit another road block! I ‘purchased’ The Mummy:Demastered and the money was debited from my Revolut card but the download didn’t start and now it shows I still have to buy the game!! Waiting for a response from Revolut. Owlboy worked fine and I got an actual email receipt for that so there must have been a glitch on the other purchase..?
crispylimbs5 m ago

Managed to get my card verified but then hit another road block! I …Managed to get my card verified but then hit another road block! I ‘purchased’ The Mummy:Demastered and the money was debited from my Revolut card but the download didn’t start and now it shows I still have to buy the game!! Waiting for a response from Revolut. Owlboy worked fine and I got an actual email receipt for that so there must have been a glitch on the other purchase..?

You sure you completed the purchase ? I've heard similar where people have thought they completed but turned out they didn't press the final button. You're buying from the console itself I presume
jco833 m ago

You sure you completed the purchase ? I've heard similar where people …You sure you completed the purchase ? I've heard similar where people have thought they completed but turned out they didn't press the final button. You're buying from the console itself I presume


Yes buying on the Norwegian eshop on the console itself. The money was taken instantly but something went wrong and the game never downloaded. I can’t ‘redownload’ either so I’ve contacted Revolut before I purchase again...
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FriendlyFyre23 h, 38 m ago

unfortunately, no... If you do transfer eshop you do lose your wallet …unfortunately, no... If you do transfer eshop you do lose your wallet balance. Even when you transfer back its gone


Damn, I got like £25 on my account ready to be used on good deals (particularly waiting for games like Doom to get lower, probably around sub £20 so I have some left over for another game. Rocket League is like £12 atm but I clocked the hell out of the game and Platinumed it on PS4) and was hoping to be able to use that on foreign eshops (with the credit possibly being converted to the foreign currency. Oh well...
FriendlyFyre3rd Apr

Go onto the app, select the tab that says 'Cards' make sure you have …Go onto the app, select the tab that says 'Cards' make sure you have created a Revolut cardWhen on the eshop, go to pay for an item and input the details for the card held on the Revolut app into the eShop 'Credit card' payment method


Question! When I go to Cards, my virtual card has no details; everything is starred out. For info, I’ve topped up £20 and verified my ID.
silvercondor42 m ago

Question! When I go to Cards, my virtual card has no details; everything …Question! When I go to Cards, my virtual card has no details; everything is starred out. For info, I’ve topped up £20 and verified my ID.


Log out then log back in again 🏽 same thing happened to me
hass1232 h, 29 m ago

Damn, I got like £25 on my account ready to be used on good deals …Damn, I got like £25 on my account ready to be used on good deals (particularly waiting for games like Doom to get lower, probably around sub £20 so I have some left over for another game. Rocket League is like £12 atm but I clocked the hell out of the game and Platinumed it on PS4) and was hoping to be able to use that on foreign eshops (with the credit possibly being converted to the foreign currency. Oh well...


This can be avoided by creating different user accounts with their own unique Nintendo ID that way you avoid having to ‘switch’ regions and risk losing your gold coins OR eshop balance 👌🏽 just make sure you use a different email account for each user 🏽
Edited by: "crispylimbs" 5th Apr
crispylimbs4 h, 40 m ago

Log out then log back in again 🏽 same thing happened to me


Perfect!
This deserves heat. It really is a good and easy way to save money.. a few members had already told me how to do it... but its a great little thing...

just avoided losing credit... I believe when you swap back to a store - Russia for example - your gold points are still there...
crispylimbs18 h, 33 m ago

Yes buying on the Norwegian eshop on the console itself. The money was …Yes buying on the Norwegian eshop on the console itself. The money was taken instantly but something went wrong and the game never downloaded. I can’t ‘redownload’ either so I’ve contacted Revolut before I purchase again...

Let us know how it turns out
jco834 h, 32 m ago

Let us know how it turns out


It's a Nintendo thing..
If you make a purchase using a card, Nintendo take payment even before you press the agree button.
If you end up not agreeing and accepting the terms, Nintendo issue a standard refund back to you (usually 3 days to re-credit into the account)
FriendlyFyre3 h, 38 m ago

It's a Nintendo thing.. If you make a purchase using a card, Nintendo take …It's a Nintendo thing.. If you make a purchase using a card, Nintendo take payment even before you press the agree button.If you end up not agreeing and accepting the terms, Nintendo issue a standard refund back to you (usually 3 days to re-credit into the account)

@crispylimbs
FriendlyFyre15 h, 50 m ago

It's a Nintendo thing.. If you make a purchase using a card, Nintendo take …It's a Nintendo thing.. If you make a purchase using a card, Nintendo take payment even before you press the agree button.If you end up not agreeing and accepting the terms, Nintendo issue a standard refund back to you (usually 3 days to re-credit into the account)


This is exactly what happened, as I clicked ‘purchase’ I instantly received a notification on my Revolut app that the money had been debited but I must have failed to complete the process so the game didn’t download. I bought it again after topping up my card AGAIN but am pleased to say I’ve now been refunded. I bought both Owlboy & The Mummy Demastered via the Norwegian eshop 🏽 Thanks for your help OP!
crispylimbs26 m ago

This is exactly what happened, as I clicked ‘purchase’ I instantly rec …This is exactly what happened, as I clicked ‘purchase’ I instantly received a notification on my Revolut app that the money had been debited but I must have failed to complete the process so the game didn’t download. I bought it again after topping up my card AGAIN but am pleased to say I’ve now been refunded. I bought both Owlboy & The Mummy Demastered via the Norwegian eshop 🏽 Thanks for your help OP!


No problem
Enjoy those games... Theyre both great!
I just made a successful purchase from Mexico store using my main account, changing to Mexico, unlinking UK PayPal and linking Mexico PayPal instead.

I tried to add my Revolut card to my new Mexico PayPal, and failed, several times earlier today but managed to link my card by using the PayPal app on my phone rather than the PayPal website.

No need for a separate Mexico Nintendo amount.
Edited by: "Wayno1979" 12th Oct
When using revolut to purchase games on the eshop do i have to top up exact amount or will it take funds from the debit card i used to top up?
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