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Can you buy a game for someone else on switch

Postby Mazuzil В» 14.04.2019

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Did you know that you can purchase a Switch game on the Nintendo eShop and share it with other people? Or that you could both play this shared game together at the same time? Well you can, as long as you have a good internet connection and are willing to put your profile on someone else's Switch. If you're unfamiliar with the process, the basic idea is that you buy a digital copy and are then able to give other users the ability to access it.

People have used it to give their friends access to certain DLC or multiplayer games for years. And you only need to buy one copy of the game.

The first thing you need, obviously, are two Nintendo Switch systems. One of them must be your "home system. You'll also need to log your account onto the second Switch, the one a friend or family member will be playing on. The second requirement is internet access for both systems.

Finally, you must have bought the game you intend to share via the Nintendo eShop using your account, the one on your home system. Game sharing only works with digital copies. You can't exactly break a cartridge in half and split it.

You should now have your home Switch, complete with internet connection and the eShop-purchased game downloaded, and your friend's Switch with your account logged in. On your friend's Switch, go to the eShop. Search for the game you want to share, and you should be able to "re-download" it. That's two Switches playing a game for the price of one. One technical note: Since the game is tied to your account, you can download this purchase on any Switch your account is logged in to.

Of course, that also means that any Switch that isn't your home Switch can only play the game using your account. Your home Switch, however, will boot the game up for any user. This little bit of information is essential to the next part. To do this, you just need to be specific with user accounts. This is where the whole "home system" thing comes into play.

They were even able to trade and battle each other despite both playing the same copy of the game. To copy this feat, you need to let your friend play using your account. That's right, they need to log in on your account to remotely access the game.

You, with your home system, can play with any account you want. So use your friend's account, or just make a second account. Alternatively, you can make your friend's account the home system if you're going to frequently share with them.

To do that, you'll need to open the eShop, go to the "Account Information" menu, and disable the primary console setting on your Switch. Then go into your friend's Switch on your account, go to the same eShop Account Information menu, and enable primary console on theirs. Then they can play your game on their Switch with their profile, and you will use the re-download function to play on your account.

The only restriction is that you can't play multiplayer with local wireless. But that's a small price to pay to share the Nintendo fun with friends. But usually he asks people to call him "Serg" because he wants to sound cool like the guy from System of a Down.

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Postby Tygot В» 14.04.2019

They'll now be able to download any game you've purchased without wwitch to pay. Your home Switch, however, will boot the game up for any user. Or you can each load up article source different games from the main game-owning account. The issue, of course, is authentication.

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Postby Kazragal В» 14.04.2019

But usually he asks people to call him "Serg" because he wants to sound cool here the guy from System of a Down. No problem — you can share the game with fot easily. Sometimes we include links to online retail stores.

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Postby Shalabar В» 14.04.2019

You can also migrate which system is primary at any time as long as you have both devices. Fair gift games find the "Deregister" button at the very bottom of your account menu. Never miss a thing. Playing on a secondary Switch will also require you stay online.

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