Nintendo Switch is once again one of the hottest gifts of the holiday season. With this massive influx of sales, however, the hardware maker predicts that some new Switch owners might not be able to create the Nintendo Account required to connect to the internet and use the Nintendo eShop. In this guide, we’ll describe what you can do if you’re having trouble creating an account. These four tips are not guaranteed to solve all of your problems, but they are worth considering nonetheless.
Why can’t I create an account on Nintendo Switch?
In one Tweeter Posted by Nintendo’s Japanese Support Account on December 19, the hardware maker posted a short post regarding potential account creation issues over the holiday weekend. The ad, translated into English via Google Translate, reads as follows:
“This weekend, access will be concentrated on the #NintendoAccount server, and it is expected that [a] The Nintendo Account will not be created immediately.
In other words, given that so many new Switch owners will be trying to create Nintendo Accounts at the same time over Christmas and a few days after, the account creation process might be delayed. With that in mind, we’ve got four tips for you to consider that might get you started playing as quickly as possible.
4. Check your own internet connection
Even though Nintendo itself believes that there may be issues with creating an account over the holiday weekend, there is still a possibility that the issue is with your personal internet connection or the Switch’s connection to your network. Before you get too crazy, it can help to follow these basic tips.
- Check another working device, such as a smartphone, to confirm that you still see the little wifi “pie” icon which means your wireless connection is active. If you don’t see it, unplug your wireless router, wait about 30 seconds, and plug the router back in. After about 10 minutes, your internet connection should work as expected.
- Check the Internet settings on your Nintendo Switch by going to the System Settings menu, which is marked with a sun icon on the right side of your home screen. Go to the Internet section and select “Internet Settings”. You should see your network at the top of the connections listed with a blue check mark next to it. If you don’t see a check mark, select the name of your network to connect to it.
- Also in the Internet menu it can be useful to select the option “test connection”. If you see “success” next to “Internet connection”, the problems are probably on Nintendo’s side.
3. Play cartridge games without a Nintendo Account
Although a Nintendo Account is required to access any of Switch’s online services such as the eShop, it should still be possible to play any cartridge games you have purchased, whether or not you have finished. the account creation process. In this case, maybe start with one of these first.
2. Create your Nintendo Account before Christmas Day
It is possible that if you are reading this it is too late, but the aforementioned source tweet suggests “if you are planning to use the Nintendo Switch family for the first time, we recommend that you create [an account] in advance.”
To do this, go to the official Nintendo website account registration site. To speed up the process a bit, you can sign in using an existing account for Google, Twitter, Facebook, or even an Apple ID. If neither of these methods works for you, just fill in the nickname, email address, password, and other required details on the bottom half of the page.
It’s possible that while creating an account from the Switch itself won’t work, this website works best if you access it from a device with a fast and reliable internet connection.
1. Download all digital games in advance
Provided that you were able to use the link above to create a Nintendo Account in advance, you would also be responsible for opening the Switch itself, logging in with the account you created earlier, and downloading the desired digital games from the eShop.
To access the eShop, simply select the small basket icon on the device’s home screen. On your first purchase, you may be asked to enter a credit card or payment information if you haven’t done so as part of the initial account creation process.