The eShop is just like you'd expect-Switch owners will use it to discover new AAA game releases, indie titles, and, eventually, the Virtual Console games that will make the leap from old consoles to the new device.
You will need an additional Switch profile and a Nintendo account set to the desired region. Since the Switch is region-free, unrestrained by the pesky digital rights management, users who own a North American Switch console can import Japanese games and vice versa.
Even though pre-orders sold out nearly as soon as they went on sale last month, Best Buy, Target, Walmart and GameStop will be selling limited quantities of Nintendo's first new console since the Wii U.
But one seldom-discussed area in which the Nintendo Switch excels is in getting kids not to eat the goddamn cartridges. But how easy is it to buy a game from its Japanese eShop?
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That said, Eurogamer reported earlier today it had an issue purchasing games from the eShop outside the European Union region.
But I couldn't buy a game from either the Australia or Japan stores using a United Kingdom card.
Will you be licking your Switch carts? Some imports only support Japanese subtitles and text, which can certainly complicate games that require substantial reading. They also stated that Target will sell the console without Pre-Orders at the Launch Day that is March 3rd, 2017. So while it's annoying you have to do it at all, at least you won't have to wait to download a multi-gigabyte file. If history serves, Nintendo consoles can stay off store shelves for months - even the Wii U was pretty hard to find for a while.
Unlike the PS4 and Xbox One, retail Switch games will be released on game cartridges rather than discs - a seemingly innocuous detail that has nonetheless resulted in one of the stranger stories of the Switch launch.