Can I buy games with PayPal on Nintendo Switch?

How to link your Paypal Account to Nintendo Switch

Nintendo eShop had added PayPal as a new payment method in 2017 for Canadian gamers. Nintendo eShop users in Canada and select countries around the world can now pay with PayPal in addition to other payment methods on the Web or on their game console.

This service includes the following:

For Nintendo Switch™: Funding Nintendo eShop accounts and purchasing games and other content.

For the official Nintendo website in select countries around the world: Adding funds to balances when purchasing software for download through Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U.

How to link Paypal to a Nintendo Account or Nintendo Switch?

How to set up your paypal to buy Nintendo games online

To link Paypal to a Nintendo Account or Nintendo Switch you need to be a resident of Canada and 18 years and above of age.

First you can create a PayPal account through www.paypal.com, then link the account through the Nintendo Switch eShop or the online Game Store www.nintendo.com.

Once linked, PayPal can be used for the following types of digital purchases:

  • Nintendo Switch eShop – Add Nintendo eShop funds and purchase Nintendo Switch software.
  • Online Game Store – Purchase software for Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U.

Select “PayPal” as the payment method when adding funds or purchasing software.

On the online gaming store at Nintendo

  • Click “Link a PayPal account.”
  • Log in to your PayPal account or create a new PayPal account.
  • If you need help with this process, or can’t remember your PayPal log in information, visit www.paypal.com for assistance.
  • When prompted, choose the payment method you want to use from the accounts you have on file with Paypal (bank account, credit card, etc). Click “Continue.”
  • Review the PayPal Policies and click “Agree & Continue” to complete the link.
  • You can now use the “PayPal” option in the Nintendo Switch eShop and online Game Store to complete your digital purchase.

On Nintendo Switch eShop

  • Select “Send E-mail,” then select “OK.”
  • If this option does not appear, then you have already linked a PayPal account to your Nintendo Account.
  • A confirmation e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address associated to your Nintendo Account. When the e-mail arrives, click the link provided in the e-mail.
  • The e-mail should arrive within a few minutes.
  • If it has been over one hour since you requested the e-mail, review these guidelines then click “Send E-mail” again to have a new confirmation e-mail sent.
  • Sign in to your Nintendo Account.
  • Click “Link a PayPal account.”
  • Log in to your PayPal account or create a new PayPal account.
  • If you need help with this process, or can’t remember your PayPal log in information, visit www.paypal.com for assistance.
  • When prompted, choose the payment method you want to use from the accounts you have on file with Paypal (bank account, credit card, etc). Click “Continue.”
  • Review the PayPal Policies and click “Agree & Continue” to complete the link.
  • You can now use the “PayPal” option in the Nintendo Switch eShop and online Game Store to complete your digital purchase.
Paypal and Nintendo games

How to delink your PayPal account?

Your linked PayPal account information can be deleted on the Nintendo Switch eShop or through your profile settings on http://accounts.nintendo.com. Deleting the information in one place will also delete it from the other.

  • Visit http://accounts.nintendo.com and sign in to your Nintendo Account.
  • Click “Nintendo Account” in the upper-left corner of the screen to access your account settings.
  • Select “Shop Menu.”
  • Part of the e-mail address associated to the PayPal account will appear in the “PayPal” section. Click “Unlink.”
  • If a PayPal account has not been linked to the Nintendo Account, the PayPal area will say “Not set.”
  • Click “Unlink” again to confirm.

For Nintendo e Shop

  • Select “Nintendo eShop” on the HOME Menu to launch the Nintendo eShop.
  • Select the Nintendo Account with the PayPal account that you want to unlink.
  • Select the picture of your icon in the upper-right corner to access your Account Information.
  • Part of the e-mail address associated to the PayPal account will appear in the “PayPal” section. Click “Unlink.”
  • Click “Unlink” again to confirm.

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