You’re not a PlayStation fan, don’t play via Steam? Then you need to be more Nintendo! Want to try new games, buy demos, extra content or game improvements? Then visit the Nintendo eShop. Find out exactly what this digital shop contains and how you can buy new games, demos and content (spoiler: with the Nintendo eShop card) here.
What is the Nintendo eShop?
Nintendo eShop is Nintendo’s official digital game shop, specifically for the following Nintendo consoles: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. You can easily download new games directly from the shop to your device. You can also find additional content there. If you decide to buy a paid game, you will also find many free games and demos in the shop, so there are several ways to pay for your purchase.
One of them is the Nintendo eShop card. This is a prepaid gift card that you can use specifically for the Nintendo eShop. It makes it possible to add your Nintendo eWallet credit. This way you don’t have to have a credit card to buy a new game in the eShop. You can also use your Nintendo eWallet balance upgraded with the eShop card to buy V-Bucks from the Nintendo eWallet.
How does the Nintendo eShop work?
How does the eShop card work? It’s simple: you buy a card in shop or online, at an official point of sale. You choose the value you want between 5 and 50 EUR per card. With this card, you receive a code (if you bought the card online, you will receive this code by e-mail). This code must then be redeemed in the Nintendo eShop.
To do this, start your console, select the account on which you want to redeem the code, go to Save and select Redeem Code. Your credit will then be replenished and you can start shopping in the eShop immediately. To redeem a code, you need an account called a European Nintendo Network ID. These IDs are linked to countries and currencies. In our case, you need a European Nintendo Network ID that is linked to the euro.
So you can redeem EU Nintendo eShop cards in other euro countries, but not outside these countries (e.g. you can’t use the EU eShop card in America). Furthermore, you only need a wireless internet connection to redeem your code. Once you have upgraded your credit, it is valid indefinitely.
Nintendo eShop Card, where can I buy it?
You can buy the Nintendo eShop Card at many different places. First of all, you can buy cards from officially affiliated retailers like ReloadBase. And of course, it might be just as easy to buy gift cards online. There, too, you’ll need to make sure you have an official outlet. After all, you hear enough stories about internet scams where faulty codes are issued. What kind of cards can you buy? There are the following amounts:
- Nintendo eShop card 5 euro
- Nintendo eShop card 10 euro
- Nintendo eShop Card 15 Euro
- Nintendo eShop Card 25 Euro
- Nintendo eShop Card 50 Euro
You can easily check the balance of your code in the Nintendo eShop.
Payment options for Nintendo eShop
As already mentioned, the eShop offers many different things and there are several different payment options. In addition to the Nintendo eShop card, there are a number of other payment options.
First of all, you can pay in the Nintendo eShop with iDeal. This is still the most common payment method. When you make your purchase, the amount is already filled in for you.
You then choose your bank, log in and complete the payment. You can also link your PayPal account to your Nintendo account. You can set up a PayPal account at paypal.com and link it to your Nintendo account in the Nintendo eShop.
Finally, you can pay with your credit card.