Nintendo Switch eShop Purchases Will Be Tied to a User Account
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Nintendo Switch eShop Purchases Will Be Tied to a User Account

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A classic switch up.

Things you buy on the Nintendo Switch eShop will reportedly be associated with a user account, rather than a specific piece of hardware.

On current Nintendo systems, if you buy a digital game for a console, it stays there and it can't be recovered if you want to download it on another system. According to NintendoLife, a statement in the Switch UI suggests this will no longer be the case when the Switch launches.

A NeoGAF user who received one of the new consoles early has apparently found a statement saying: "Your Nintendo account contains your Nintendo eShop purchase history and current balance. By re-linking your Nintendo Account after initializing the console, it will be possible to redownload any software or DLC purchased using that account. (Software that has been discontinued may not be available for redownload in some cases.)"

So, it seems Nintendo has taken measures to catch up with the likes of Xbox, PlayStation, and Steam, allowing you to download your purchases anywhere as long as you have your login details.

As we head ever closer to the March 3 release date of the Nintendo switch, rumors and leaks continue to hot up. This week we've seen possible leaks of hardware specifications, and of the operating system and menus.

IGN went hands-on with the Nintendo Switch†last month, and we said "it's hard not to be impressed."

Matt Porter is a freelance writer based in London. Make sure to visit what he thinks is the best website in the world, but is actually just his Twitter page.