The Nintendo Switch has updated in Japan with the option to use Paypal in the on-system eShop. Before, especially on the Wii U and 3DS, adding funds was the only way to make a purchase from the console. Paypal could be used on Nintendo’s website, however, and now that function has been added to the company’s latest gaming machine. This update originally went live in Japan, but it wasn’t long before the company rolled it out worldwide. Switch owners now have carte blanche to buy games using their eShop funds or Paypal currency.
This is good news for two main reasons. First and most obvious, it means players will be able to grab the games they want even if their Nintendo account funds are lacking. Second, it will allow them to purchase the Japanese versions of games. The Nintendo Switch is not region-locked, so users can simply create a Japanese eShop account and use it to make their purchases. For the time being the most useful thing about this Paypal option is the ability to grab game demos that haven’t reached your side of the world yet. But give it time, this is likely going to become a very big deal the moment a localized version of a game is released.
Nintendo has been updating the Switch console with fair regularity, not to mention its games. Breath of the Wild recently got its own news channel, ARMS is set to receive another DLC character, and Splatoon 2 sees a new stage and weapon inkoming (deliberate). The Switch is only going to get bigger and better from here as more options and content are added to its functionality. Stay tuned for future system updates, including Youtube, streaming, the ability to wash clothes and dishes, pick up groceries, and the ever-present devouring small children app.
Matt Eschbach is a PC, Mac and Android indie game developer and fiction writer. His works have won multiple monetary awards from various contests. Graduating college in 2012 with a major in Game Design, Matt spends his time making stuff up and then building it. His favorite hobby… is sleeping.