Link Your Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo Account Today
If you have a Nintendo 3DS or Wii U console, you need to link your Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo Account by March 2024 to merge your 3DS and Wii U eShop funds. Importantly, Nintendo has clarified that you'll have until March 2024 to merge 3DS and Wii U eShop funds with your Nintendo Account.
The process is as simple as linking your Nintendo Network ID, used by the 3DS and Wii U, with your Nintendo Account used on your Switch. It's important to note that the Nintendo Network ID is different from the Nintendo Account. Once you have your Nintendo Network ID linked to your Nintendo Account, you can add funds to your Nintendo Account and use them to purchase games on the Switch.
If you don't see that option, that means you have not linked your Nintendo Network ID and your Nintendo account. Merging your funds will allow you to access your eShop funds on the Switch, letting you buy digital games without having to add any new funds.
The eShop closure will affect both 3DS and Wii U users, furthering the decline of Nintendo’s previous console generations. This means that players will no longer be able to buy games from the 3DS or Wii U eShop. After linking, they can add funds to their Nintendo account and use them to buy games on the Switch.
The only way to add funds is if your Nintendo Network ID is linked to a Wii U or 3DS with your account on Switch. You can also use your credit card or your PayPal account to add funds. As of now, the only way to use PayPal on the Nintendo Network ID is through the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Once you’ve linked your Nintendo Network ID to your Nintendo Account, you can add funds from your PayPal account.
My Nintendo offers rewards for linking your Nintendo Network ID to your Nintendo Account. By linking your Nintendo Network ID, you can earn points which can be used to purchase digital games or other rewards. For example, completing the main story of Breath of the Wild, completing the memories and obviously the divine beasts all net you pretty good rewards/sweet, sweet My Nintendo points.
I was just signing into Wii U eShop to get my 30 Platinum coins for registering my Nintendo Network ID, and it was a pleasant surprise when I found out about the rewards for linking my Nintendo Network ID to my Nintendo Account. It's a great way to make sure your funds are accessible no matter what console you're using.
In conclusion, if you have a Nintendo 3DS or Wii U console, make sure to link your Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo Account by March 2024 to merge your 3DS and Wii U eShop funds. The process is simple, and you can access your funds on the Switch and earn rewards with My Nintendo.