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How to change your region on the Nintendo Switch

Browse games from other regions in a few short steps.

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There’s a ton of great games to experience on the Nintendo Switch and the console is definitely exceeding expectations. However, even with so many great games on the console, sadly some of them are locked behind certain regional barriers around the globe.

While physical versions of games are not locked to a particular region, games bought from the Nintendo eShop, sadly, are. This means that in order to download games from other regions, you’ll be required to change the region on your Switch console.

How to change your region on the Nintendo Switch

So, if you need to change the region on your Switch, we’ve got you covered. Check out our guide below:

  1. Go to System Settings from the home screen of your console

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  2. Scroll all the way down to System

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  3. Once in System, you’ll go to Region and select the appropriate region

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Important Note: When changing regions, your account balance does not transfer over and you’ll be required to spend the remaining funds before proceeding.

That’s it! You have changed the region on your Nintendo Switch. You can do this at any time, so if you are ever interested in browsing the eShop from another region, have at it!

Have you ever had to change the region on your Nintendo Switch? Why did you need to? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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Senior Editor with a focus on all things tech and gaming. Life Adventurer. You can keep up with me on Twitter: @Josiah_Motley

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