Who doesn’t like gift cards, right? Receiving a gift card is very exciting, but before you’re able to use it, you have to know how you can redeem it.

Today, we’re going to provide you with detailed instructions on how you can redeem your Nintendo Switch eShop gift card. We’ll walk you through the step-by-step process to make it easier for you to use your Nintendo eShop card.

Now, let’s get into it!

What Is a Nintendo Gift Card?

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A Nintendo gift card will allow you to get access to numerous games that are available for purchase at the Nintendo eShop. Digital Nintendo eShop cards can be redeemed on the majority of Nintendo systems, including the Nintendo Switch, Wii U, and the Nintendo 3DS family, via the Nintendo eShop. The Nintendo gift card is an excellent method of purchasing games and other digital content for your Nintendo systems.

Nintendo eShop gift cards are used to buy games and downloadable content (DLC) for your Nintendo devices. Physical Nintendo eShop gift cards are available in four denominations: $10, $20, $35, and $50. Digital Nintendo eShop gift cards can be redeemed online immediately without the use of a credit card.

Now that you know what a Nintendo card is, we’ll talk about how you can redeem it via Nintendo Switch/Nintendo Switch Lite, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS.

How to Redeem a Nintendo Switch eShop Gift Card on:

Before you can redeem your gift card, you must first create a Nintendo account. Once you have your Nintendo account, you can now redeem your gift card.

Nintendo Switch/Nintendo Switch Lite

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If you have a physical gift card, follow the steps below to redeem your Nintendo eShop card:

  1. If you already have your Nintendo eShop digital card, flip it over and you’ll find a scratch-off section on the lower bottom of the gift card.
  2. Use a coin or card to scratch it off until the gift card code is revealed. (Make sure to scratch the card carefully to prevent damage)
  3. After the code is revealed, go to your Nintendo Switch and select the Nintendo eShop icon at the bottom of the home menu.
  4. From there, you’ll have to select the profile that will receive the gift card code. (Make sure that your profile is connected to a Nintendo eShop account)
  5. Then click “Confirm” and wait for the eShop to load.
  6. Once it loads, select the “Enter Code” tab.
  7. There, click on the “Enter Code” tab and enter the Nintendo eShop gift card code.
  8. After entering the code, a verification screen will appear that will show you your amount of funds.
  9. Click on “Add” and another confirmation that your funds have been added to your eWallet.

From there, you can now purchase Nintendo Switch games and DLCs for your Nintendo.

Nintendo Wii U

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If you want to use your Wii U to redeem your Nintendo eShop cards, follow the steps below:

  1. Before anything else, make sure that your Wii U has an internet connection and has the latest system update.
  2. From your home menu, click on the “Nintendo eShop icon.”
  3. Next, select “Balance” on the left side of the screen.
  4. Click on the “Nintendo eShop Card” button.
  5. There, encode your activation code from your digital card on the “Enter Activation Code” tab.
  6. Then select “OK” to redeem your gift card.

Nintendo 3DS

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To redeem your Nintendo eShop gift card on the Nintendo 3DS, follow the steps below:

  1. Before anything else, make sure that your Nintendo 3DS has an internet connection and has the latest system update.
  2. From your home menu, click on the “Nintendo eShop icon.”
  3. Next, scroll to the left and select “Add Funds.”
  4. After clicking “Add Funds,” select the “Redeem a Nintendo eShop Card” button.
  5. There, you can now enter your activation code from your digital card into the “Enter the Activation Code” box.
  6. Lastly, select “OK” to finalize everything.

How to Redeem a Download Code from the Nintendo Switch eShop

If you’re unsure how to redeem your download code from a digital card, we’ll walk you through how you can get it.

The download code is a 16-digit code that should be printed on the receipt the retailer or shop provides you. If there’s no physical receipt, make sure to check your e-mail if you provided an e-mail address to the shop when you purchased the code. Ensure that they send you your copy of the download code to be able to redeem your Nintendo eShop Card.

Once you have your download code, follow the steps below to redeem the code:

  1. Connect your Nintendo Switch system to the internet.
  2. Check that your Nintendo Switch system has the most recent system update.
  3. Select the “Nintendo eShop” icon from the Nintendo Switch Home Menu.
  4. Select “Enter Code” and enter your 16-character code.
  5. Once you’ve entered the download code, press the “OK” button to confirm.

How Do You Purchase a Game Using Your Nintendo Switch Gift Cards on the Nintendo Website?

Now that you know how to redeem your gift cards, you might be asking, “How can I buy a game from the Nintendo Digital Store using my gift card?” We’ll walk you through the process of buying a game using your gift cards.

Before anything else, if you want to purchase Nintendo games through Nintendo’s website while using a gift card, you’ll have to purchase the digital version of the game. When you choose the physical version of the game, you’ll be directed to Amazon or any other online game shop.

Let’s get started!

  1. First, you must go to the Nintendo Game Store website and log into your account. Enter your user name and password to make the process of buying your game easier.
  2. After logging in, you can select any game that you want to purchase.
  3. Once you have selected the game you want to purchase, select “Buy Digital.
  4. Next, you’ll be brought to the payment section. Make sure that you select “Nintendo eShop Card” to use your gift card.
  5. Press “Please enter your code” and enter your gift card code. (Remember, if you bought your gift card on Amazon or any other online/retail shop, you should receive your download code through email. But if you have the physical gift card, scratch off the scratch section to reveal the code.)
  6. Then, select “Add Funds.”
  7. If your gift card balance isn’t enough to cover the whole cost of the game, you’ll need to pay the rest of the cost through a different payment option. You can use either your Paypal or credit card to continue.
  8. Next, select “Purchase.”
  9. Congratulations! You’ve purchased your game! You will see your game on Switch’s main screen!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do Nintendo Gift Cards Work?

Nintendo eShop cards can be redeemed on any Nintendo Switch family system.

Nintendo eShop cards can be redeemed on any Nintendo Switch family system Carefully scratch the bar on the back of the gift card to reveal your code, and then type it on the Nintendo eShop to add virtual money to the wallet of your Nintendo Account.

This adds funds to your account’s wallet, which you can use to download games or other DLC.

Where Can You Purchase Nintendo eShop Gift Cards?

Nintendo eShop gift cards are available via Amazon, Target, Walmart, GameStop, and a number of gaming hobby stores, retailers, and online shops. When buying Nintendo eShop gift cards from retailers or other online shops, make sure that they’re legit to avoid getting scammed.

Can You Use an Xbox Gift Card or PlayStation Gift Card on a Nintendo Switch?

Xbox and PlayStation gift cards will only work on their respective consoles. So, you can’t use an Xbox or PlayStation gift card on a Nintendo console. This is the same for Nintendo devices. Nintendo eShop gift cards are only available for Nintendo devices. So, you can’t use them on your Xbox or any other gaming device.

Final Thoughts

That’s a wrap! We hope this article helped you redeem your gift cards! Happy gaming!

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Roel Mahalin
Roel Mahalin

Roel Mahalin is the founder of Techzumo. His hobby is playing video games. He’s always on the lookout for new deals to share with his readers, so he can make sure they don’t miss out on anything good! He decided to use his experience and what he has learned to provide individuals informative content about these new technologies.