Nintendo hasn't exactly been the most Internet-savvy of games companies, but it is getting there. With the introduction of the Nintendo 3DS in 2011, the console manufacturer finally caught up with Sony and Microsoft by launching the Nintendo eShop, an online store for purchasing digital games and game content. While the eShop isn't quite as fully-featured as either the PlayStation Store or Microsoft Store, it provides a clean, simple interface for browsing and buying games on all current Nintendo consoles.
What does the Nintendo eShop sell?
The Nintendo eShop is technically three different storefronts: a Nintendo 3DS game store, a Nintendo Wii U store, and a Nintendo Switch store. Each is largely independent of the others, with its own catalogue of games specific to each console. However, you still log in with the same Nintendo Network ID on all three storefronts and your funds balance, payment information and other personal details are shared between each of them.
All three versions of the Nintendo eShop sell similar digital content for their respective systems. Full games are the main draw, with the majority of new releases on 3DS, Wii U and Switch available for digital download. Some games are exclusive to the eShop, too, and cannot be purchased at physical retail stores. The eShop also features downloadable content for games, along with a variety of free content like game demos, trailers and media applications such as Netflix and YouTube.
How do digital downloads work on the Nintendo eShop?
Nintendo being Nintendo, its approach to digital downloads on the eShop is significantly lacking when compared to that of Microsoft and Sony. Unlike its digital storefronts, the Nintendo eShop ties all purchases to the system they were made on, meaning you can't download and play a purchased 3DS game on multiple 3DS systems even if you log into all of them with the same Nintendo Network ID. This also means that if your console breaks, you'll lose all the digital games you bought for it, so bear that in mind before dropping hundreds of dollars on downloadable Switch games.
What currency does the Nintendo eShop use?
So long as you're accessing them from within Australia, both the Nintendo eShop and the Nintendo AU website list all prices in AUD.
What is the Nintendo eShop refund policy?
The Nintendo eShop does not support refunds for any purchases.
Nintendo eShop FAQ
- How to watch Fremantle Dockers vs Richmond Tigers AFL live and match preview
- NRL revised round 20 draw: Your teams new broadcast schedule
- How to watch Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers NRL live and match preview
- How to watch Newcastle Knights vs Canberra Raiders NRL live and match preview
- Qantas Points Auction: What are the best deals?
More guides on Finder
Finder Daily Deals: The 7 best deals in Australia today
Today's best online deals include: 75% off deluxe massage chairs, 45% off mini wildlife cameras, 64% off BBQ Grill Charcoal Smokers.
Nintendo Switch OLED: Australian price, specs and release date
Nintendo has finally revealed its new Switch model – but it's not all that the rumours said it would be.
Amazon Prime Day Australia 2021: All the best deals from Day 2
Here are all the best deals from Amazon Prime Day Australia's second day - including the return of dirt-cheap Nintendo Switch consoles.
Amazon Prime Day 2021: Best Nintendo Switch & Game Deals
Nintendo's beloved handheld gaming console is back on sale this Prime Day - read on for the best deals on consoles, games and accessories.
Nintendo Switch Pro: Everything we know so far
The Nintendo Switch Pro is rumoured to be on its way, but we may not see it until 2022.
Best Amazon Australia Mid-Year 2021 Sales: Up to 75% off
See Amazon's top offers, including 75% off beauty products and 15% off Nintendo Switch consoles.
eBay Plus Weekend sneak-peek: Don’t miss these deals
eBay has revealed its Plus Weekend deals ahead of the sale – here are all the best offers.
How to buy Super Mario 3D All-Stars (before it disappears forever)
Today is your last chance to buy Super Mario 3D All-Stars for the Switch before Nintendo delists it forever. Here are the best places to buy.
60 best game deals: 80% off Switch, PlayStation and Xbox
Score big game discounts on Nintendo, PlayStation, PC and Xbox this weekend with up to 80% off the RRP! Here are all the best deals in one place.
10 best retro games (and where to buy them)
Retro games players and collectors love classic games; here are the best game picks for the most popular retro systems.
Ask an Expert