Since the launch of your last console, Nintendo has changed the account system to adapt to the times. The company launched what is known as “Nintendo Account“to create an ecosystem in which users can interact with each other, in addition to unifying all the services and products that have been launched on the market through a unique and valid identifier for each and every one of them.
In this way, anyone who plays any current video game of the Japanese company or who even uses any of the apps that have been launched on mobile phones, can connect with their user profile through this method. Is something quite more convenient than the old Nintendo Network ID and with which, in addition, it seeks to lay the foundations for future proposals. In fact, their own officials have stated that they intend to facilitate discounts for movies or even those attractions that they are preparing in theme parks in Japan and the United States.
For all this, and for a few other reasons, any current player has shown interest in knowing how to create a Nintendo Network ID account, in addition to doing it in the Nintendo Account system. The truth is that it is something that does not require too much time, nor much knowledge of computers or video consoles, but it never hurts to review so as not to leave room for doubts when it comes to getting down to work with it.
Register a new Nintendo Network account
In this small guide we are going to explain it with total clarity and without overlooking any detail. And not only that. We will also explain other features that these Nintendo accounts allow and other quite interesting tasks for those users who have already been playing with the consoles of the Japanese company for some time.
The Nintendo Network account system is the method by which the Japanese company allows to keep track of its users and by which they can connect with the current consoles of this company in the market (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo Switch).
Thanks to these accounts, you can have access to the digital store available to users, the Nintendo eShop, in addition to enjoying online gambling and promotions and offers such as those offered My Nintendo. We are going to explain below the steps you must take to register a new Nintendo Network account. It is something easy, without too many complications, but mandatory.
1 – Enter the Nintendo account registration portal
Open your trusted web browser and, in the address bar at the top, enter the URL indicated below: https://accounts.nintendo.com/register. This is neither more nor less than the page where to begin the registration process. Once typed, hit the Enter key and proceed.
2 – Registration begins
Before you start entering data of any kind, it is important to note that Nintendo provides the option to link accounts on social networks to connect directly. You can use your Facebook, Twitter or even Google account for this or, if you want, use a Nintendo Network ID that you have for it. These four options appear at the top of the window that appears when you enter the address from the previous step.
In case you do not want to use any of that, you must continue with the form that is just under these four buttons. This is the option that we are going to follow in this tutorial.
3 – Fill in the form with your data
There are several fields to fill in this registration form. You must start entering a nickname with a maximum of 10 characters (unique, to identify you), in addition to an email account to link, a password with a minimum of 8 characters (along with your confirmation), a date of birth, gender, country, and time zone.
4 – Do you want to receive emails?
Before moving on, Nintendo will ask you if you want to keep up with game news, free trials, or offers of all kinds. In addition, it also reports the possibility of receiving bonuses in the point system My Nintendo, access exclusive raffles or special discounts.
If you agree and want to enjoy these benefits, leave the box marked “Receive emails and exclusive benefits”. Otherwise, mark the one that is accompanied by the text “Not receive emails”. After this, click on the green button where the phrase “Confirm and create account”.
5 – Account confirmation
Now, you should look at the inbox of the email account entered in the registration form. In it there will be an email from Nintendo with a code needed to confirm your identity and avoid any possible impersonation. Copy this password and enter it in the field enabled for it in the account creation process (if you have not received it, you can click on the option “Resend the code”).
*Note: If you are a minor, and you filled in the form with your real data (recommended), in this step Nintendo will ask you to enter an email account of your father, mother or legal guardian to be able to validate the account, once your user has done this It will be created with all of the law. When confirming the account you are sent to another screen where the adult must enter their Nintendo account, or in the case of not having one, click on “Create a new account“.
6 – Nintendo Network account created!
After doing all of the above, your Nintendo Account has already been created. Now you can access it to modify any data on your profile that you consider necessary or even link to social networks or any Nintendo Network ID (the latter, recommended if you have had a console with this ID before).
*Note: On the other hand, in any of the company’s current systems, especially in Nintendo switchYou just have to create a user and connect with this account that you just created so that both can be synchronized.
FAQ: Questions about new Nintendo accounts
The Nintendo Account system is relatively young. Before this, what was used were the Nintendo Network ID; but, since March 2017, the company has been renewing and making the leap to this other, much more versatile and compatible with social networks option.
It is this youth that makes doubts quite frequent as to what can be done with this proposal or what advantages it entails. To clarify everything, we have selected the frequently asked questions about new Nintendo accounts and we have solved them. Here are the answers to these questions.
What is a Nintendo Account ID and what is it really for?
The account identifier of Nintendo can refer to two different aspects. For one thing, it may be the old Nintendo Network ID and, on the other hand, it can be the username of the new account system. Therefore, we are going to separate both to proceed and clarify:
- Nintendo Network ID: the accounting system used in Wii U and Nintendo 3DS until recently. The identifier, in this case, refers to the username of these old accounts, an identifier with a format established by a limit of between 6 and 16 characters. It is an alphanumeric sequence entered by the person in question to identify himself to the rest and identify his profile in online games or even Miiverse, the old social network that the company launched for gamers.
- Nintendo Account: for the case of Nintendo accounts, the identifier is exactly the same, only applied to this new scope. In this case, the name has a maximum margin of 10 characters, but it once again exercises the same function as the old one, only that it is the predominant option due to the obsolescence of the NNID.
To link the old Nintendo Network ID to your new Nintendo Account, you can do it at the same time you created the latter. To see it exactly, we recommend you take a look at point two of the new account registration tutorial to see how to do it.
Otherwise, if what you want is link it to an account already created, first you must enter your user panel. To do this, go to the Nintendo Account website: https://accounts.nintendo.com and log in by entering the email address of this user and the corresponding password. Once inside the panel, go to the section “Link accounts”And click on“Change”.
Now, what you should do is click on “Nintendo Network ID”. The web will redirect you to a form in which to enter that identity and your password. Do it, click on “Log in”And you will have already been able to link your old NNID to your current Nintendo Account.
As we had previously indicated, This option is the most recommended if you have had previous consoles and used this system. And it is the only way to keep your purchase history to be able to re-download games or software that already belongs to you without having to pay for it again.
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