Austin Posted November 27, 2017 Share Posted November 27, 2017 Not a lot is talked about this but there still seems to be the perception that digital downloads on the Switch cannot be re-downloaded to a different system (not without jumping through hoops via Nintendo customer support anyway). Through parting with my own Switch over the weekend I discovered that you can in fact recover your games on a different system, it's just not clearly communicated to the user. Switch digital purchases use the linking of a Nintendo account with an "activated console" setup to give you access to your goods. Purchases are only good on the most recently "activated" Switch that your Nintendo account resides on. If you "Deactivate" one system, log into another Switch with that same Nintendo account and "Activate" the account/system combo there, that system then becomes the the most recent "active" Switch and your purchases can then be accessed there. There's no direct system-to-system transfer required like with the 3DS and as long as you have deactivated your previous Switch, you can then recover everything on a new Switch. It's probably not mind blowing for some people and I am sure most of you won't be parting with your Switch, but I feel it at least allows for a little peace of mind. One of my biggest issues with digital purchases on the Wii and Wii U was the constant fear that my system would up and die one day, or maybe I'd get to a point where I'd have to part with them for financial reasons and the money put into downloads over the years would go to waste. With the Switch, users don't have to worry about this anymore. It's still not up to where Microsoft or Sony are with their platforms being able to access digital goods on multiple systems at once. However, the recovery process is there, it doesn't require the previous Switch console or any form of contact with Nintendo, so in the end I think it's still a step in the right direction. I am interested if Nintendo plans on improving on this concept as time moves on with the Switch. What are your thoughts? 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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