Hooray Region Free-dom!
When the Nintendo Switch was announced, one of the most sought-after requests was the ability for the console to be region-free. Meaning, that regardless of where a game was made, and for what country specifically it was created, that it would be able to work on systems from other countries.
With games like Dragon Quest Heroes I & II being released in Japan only and the recent demo of Monster Hunter XX coming out in Japan this August 10th, having a Japanese account would allow you to have access to those games.
Here is how to create a Nintendo Account for Japan (or any other region):
First go to the My Nintendo Website and select ‘Create Account’:
Select your Date of Birth (select a date that will make you 13 years or older):
To create an account, you will have to select from one of your social media accounts or create your very own Nintendo Account:
When selecting a Social Media Account or deciding to fill out the information on your own, make sure that you select Japan for ‘Country/region of residence’. Time zone should automatically populate with Asia/Tokyo:
Once you select ‘I agree’, the ‘Submit’ button will become available. Press it to have a verification code sent to the email address you entered:
The verification code will be sent to the email associated with the Nintendo account you just created:
Enter the code and confirmation
It will then change to the welcome page of MyNintendo. You can exit out of here and grab your Nintendo Switch to create a new account to associate it with your Japanese MyNintendo.
Head over to System Settings:
Go down to ‘Users’ and select ‘Add User’:
This will follow the same process that you did when you entered your primary account or created other account for different people in your household:
As soon as you create the new user, the system will ask you to link it to a Nintendo Account. Select ‘Sign In and Link’:
Once you enter your email associated to the new Nintendo Account and the password, you will sign in and be taken to the Nintendo Switch Online welcome page with the text in Japanese. Just scroll all the way down until you see ‘OK’ on the screen and press it. You will then be taken back to the System Settings and the Users:
Exit to the main menu and select the Nintendo eShop icon. Once the system loads it will give you a disclaimer stating that the text will not be able to be displayed to the language set on your system and instead will display at the local language.
Once it loads hit the mark to checkmark it and select to continue, enter your password and it will load to the Japanese eShop.
To test it out, look for games that have a demo available, like PuyoPuyo Tetris, Dragon Quest Heroes I & II, or if it is after the 10th, Monster Hunter XX.
When you select one of those games, on the right-hand side, you will see there are three different groups of text that can be selected (Usually two of them will be in a box and the lower one in text). Select the middle one to download the demo of the game.
Once selected, you should see the game loading on the main menu after exiting out the eShop. Remember that you should not be entering any type of card information in order to do this.
If you would like more details on how to create your account, Gaijin Hunter has recorded a great video on his YouTube channel detailing all the steps to take in order to create it. Also, make sure to follow his Twitter account for additional news, updates and tips.
Hopefully this will allow everyone to enjoy games that usually wouldn’t be available outside of Japan. Leave comments if you have any questions or suggestions for this article.
Source: Gaijin Hunter YouTube