How to Change Region on Your Nintendo Switch

You can change regions on your Nintendo Switch to expand your gaming experience. Here’s how.

Changing regions on your Nintendo Switch allows you to play cartridges from other regions and purchase region-locked games from Nintendo eShop.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to change the system region on your Nintendo Switch and how to buy games in another region from the eShop.

Why should I change regions on my Nintendo Switch?

You can choose one of the following regions on your Switch.

  • Japan.
  • Americas.
  • Europe.
  • Australia/New Zealand.
  • Hong Kong/Taiwan/South Korea.

Changing regions on your Nintendo Switch is a different process depending on what you want to do. If you want to play a game purchased in another country (for example, if you purchased Breath of the Wild in Japan), you will need to change the region through the settings menu. This is the only way to play games purchased in another region.

If you want to browse the eShop in another region to play region-locked games or access regional discounts to save money on Switch games, you’ll need to create another Nintendo Account and link it to a new profile. on your Switch. You cannot switch between eShop regions within the same user account.


How to play Switch cartridges from other regions

These steps will show you how to change your region to play cartridges from another region on your Switch. You will need to restart your console after changing regions. If you want to browse the eShop in another region, skip to the next section.

  1. Open the Home menu on your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Open the System Parameters menu at the bottom right of your screen.
  3. Scroll down and select the System menu.
  4. Scroll through the options on the right side of your screen and select Region.
  5. Select a region.
  6. Accept the End User License Agreement by selecting Accept.
  7. Click Restart.

You will need to follow these steps each time you want to play a cartridge from another region.

How to browse the Nintendo eShop from another region

There are two steps in this section. First, you will need to create a new Nintendo Account from the Nintendo website. Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to add a new user to your Switch.

We’ve included the basic steps for this below, but for a detailed walkthrough follow our guide on adding a new profile to your Nintendo Switch.

  1. Open the HOME menu on your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Open the System Parameters menu at the bottom right of your screen.
  3. Scroll down and select the User menu.
  4. Select Add user from the options on the right side of your screen.
  5. Select Create a new user.
  6. Select a user icon and create a name.
  7. Select Login and link to connect your new Nintendo Account to this user.

When you open the eShop on your Switch, you’ll be prompted to choose one of your user accounts. If you’re only using this account to buy games, we recommend naming the account after this region, so you don’t know which account is tied to which region.

Access Nintendo Switch games from all regions

You can now access and play Switch games from other regions. While you can access most games from most regions, there are a few that are only available in each.


However, the Switch has limited storage, so if you download too many games, you might need to expand it.

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