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Nintendo Switch: how to share a game and its pros and cons

Nintendo Switch has a little-known feature that allows users to install a single copy of a game on different devices at the same time. Here’s how you can share a game.

Nintendo Switch Game Sharing

Game sharing allows users to use a digital copy of a game on different consoles, the same way you would share a physical copy of a video game.

Game sharing is very useful for those who own multiple consoles and want to share it with family or friends, and they don’t want to pay for the same video game repeatedly.

All digital purchases on the Nintendo Switch are connected to a Nintendo Account. To share games between two consoles, you’ll need a single Nintendo Account on both, according to How Geeks.

When sharing games, each device must be registered as a primary and secondary console. The main console will have full online and offline access to all titles connected to the eShop account.

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Meanwhile, the account registered on the secondary console needs internet access to play. Also, the two Switches cannot play the same game at the same time with the same Nintendo Account.

To share a game, you need to start your Nintendo Switch with the games installed. From the home screen, access the eShop by clicking the Store button and choose the account containing the games you want to share.

Next, tap the player icon and scroll down the page. You will see an option labeled Main Console.

Tap Unregister, which will turn the Nintendo Switch into a secondary device. You can change this setting later.

On the second Nintendo Switch, log in to the same account by going to System Settings and clicking Add User.

The device will be registered as the primary console. After that, re-download the title you want to save from the eShop.

If you want to swap the primary and secondary accounts, just deregister the Nintendo Switch with the primary account. This will modify the permissions, depending on iPlus.

The pros and cons of game sharing

The best part of the process is that you can save money. This is true for first-party Nintendo titles, which cost $60 each and are some of the most popular on the platform. Digital games often sell for less due to eShop sales, according to Digital trends.

However, there are a few downsides to Nintendo Switch game sharing. First off, secondary consoles need the internet for this to work. This is because Switch performs an online verification process when the software is launched to ensure that the game belongs.

Also, both consoles cannot play the same game at the same time when logged into a single account. However, this does not apply to a second Switch account.

If you create another account on the secondary console and select it each time you play, both devices can run the same game at the same time. However, to play online multiplayer together, you will need a second Nintendo Switch Online membership.

The final downside is that this process does not work for local multiplayer gaming. Indeed, playing locally involves disabling the Internet modem of the Nintendo Switch. Either you play online or you play together on the same console.

Nintendo Switch also allows users to leave reviews on the site so you can review games.

Moreover, you can watch and stream games on Nintendo Switch by connecting it to Netflix.

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Written by Sophie Webster

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