Are downloaded Switch games transferable?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

Downloaded Switch games are indeed transferable from one device to another. This is one of the great advantages of the Nintendo Switch console. Unlike physical game cartridges, which are tied to the specific console they are inserted into, digitally downloaded games can be easily transferred between Switch devices.

To transfer a downloaded game from one Switch to another, you will need to follow a few simple steps. First, make sure both consoles are connected to the internet. Then, on the source console, go to the System Settings and select “Users.” From there, choose the user account that purchased the game and select “Nintendo eShop Settings.” In the eShop Settings, you will find an option called “Deactivate” or “Deactivate All Consoles.” Select this option, and it will deactivate the source console as the primary console for your Nintendo account.

Next, on the target console, sign in to the same Nintendo account and go to the eShop. Navigate to the account’s “Redownload” section, where you will find a list of all the games that were previously purchased. Simply select the game you want to transfer and download it onto the new console. It’s as easy as that!

It’s worth noting that only the primary console associated with your Nintendo account can play the downloaded games offline. So, if you plan to play your games on a secondary console, you will need an active internet connection. Additionally, you can only have one primary console linked to your Nintendo account at a time, but you can change the primary console as often as you like.

This flexibility in transferring downloaded games is especially useful for situations like upgrading to a new Switch model or selling your current console. You don’t have to worry about losing access to your favorite games or having to repurchase them. As long as you follow the steps mentioned earlier, you can easily transfer your downloaded games to your new device.

I have personally experienced this when I upgraded from the original Nintendo Switch to the Nintendo Switch Lite. I was able to transfer all my downloaded games to the new console without any hassle. It was a seamless process that ensured I could continue playing my favorite games on the go.

Downloaded Switch games are indeed transferable between devices. With the Nintendo Switch’s easy-to-use system settings and eShop, you can deactivate the source console and redownload your purchased games onto a new device. This flexibility allows players to upgrade their consoles or sell their current one without losing access to their digital game library. It’s a great feature that adds convenience and peace of mind for Switch owners.