“Initialize Console” Screen Reconfirms Purchases Are Tied To Nintendo Account on Switch

The video of the Switch UI and OS unboxing posted earlier shows the “Initialize Console” screen, which has this text on it.

“Any Nintendo Accounts linked to this console will not be deleted, but they will be unlinked.

“Your Nintendo Account contains your Nintendo eShop purchase history and current balance. By re-linking your Nintendo Account after initializing the console, it will be possible to redownload any software or DLC purchased using that account. (Software that has been discontinued may not be available for redownload in some cases.)”



This confirms what Reggie had said earlier, eShop purchases on the Switch are tied to your Nintendo Account and that account can be unlinked and relinked and purchased games can be redownloaded. This is what people have wanted. If the account can be unlinked from the system it’s not unreasonable to think it can be linked to a different system without any problems. Now we just need another Direct or an eShop/system OS overview video to go into detail on all of this.

The screenshot is from this Wario64 tweet, BTW.

There is also a maintenance mode that will let you initialize the console without losing your save data or user information. This looks like a mode that could also be used to recover from a failed system update maybe? That would definitely be a useful feature as things CAN go wrong with any type of system update, on any platform.

This screenshot was also taken by Wario64.

He’s been playing video games his entire life, and has gotten progressively worse at them as he’s gotten older and more decrepit. He’s been running this place (into the ground) since 2013. He’s old. Keeps writing about Nintendo despite mountains of evidence proving he should never write anything. Very old. Lifelong Nintendo fan, doesn’t care what you think about that. Did I mention how old he is? Because he’s very old.