How to access Pokemon Unite beta and play early on Nintendo Switch

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Pokemon Unite may still be weeks away, but players managed to get their hands on it early on. How? ‘Or’ What? Well, with the launch of the Japanese Closed Beta, players around the world have found a workaround to begin their quest in the MOBA title.

Pokemon Unite is the company’s take on a 5v5 MOBA. By teaming up with Tencent, the free game will be available on Nintendo Switch in July and on mobile devices in the near future.

With a full roster of Pokémon already confirmed for the game, it’s easy to see why so many players want to jump in early and test out their “favorite mons.” Fortunately, there is a way to access Pokemon Unite early on, thanks to a Japanese “stress test” event. Here’s how.

The Pokémon Company

Pokemon Unite will launch in July, but you can play early with this trick.

How to play the Pokemon Unite beta ahead of time

If you don’t have one, you’ll need to create a Japanese Nintendo Account to access Pokemon Unite sooner. As the test is only open in Japan, you will have to “prove” that it is your region by having a dedicated account.

It’s also only available on the Switch.

  1. Create a new account on my.nintendo.com
  2. Fill in all the details, but most importantly, select Japan under Country / Region.
  3. After confirming your email, open your Nintendo Switch and go to Settings> User> Add User.
  4. Choose to “Link to Nintendo Account” and enter your new account details.
  5. Go to the eShop and choose the new account. Please note that the store will be in Japanese, but that shouldn’t be a problem.
  6. Search for Pokemon Unite, download as usual, and start playing.

Pokémon Unite Battle
The Pokémon Company

Pokemon Unite is coming to Nintendo Switch and mobile, but the beta is only live for the first.

How long is the Pokemon Unite beta active?

The Japanese beta “stress test” is open from June 24 to June 26 ⁠— on Japan time zone too ⁠— so you don’t have long to play.

There could be future testing before it launches in July, but that’s unlikely. So if you want to make your way through Pokemon Unite, try to solve the meta, and get a taste of the gameplay, you’ll have to be quick before it disappears from the store.


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