The latest firmware update (6.00) for the Nintendo Switch added in a digital sharing option that we didn't quite expect from Nintendo. The company has set up a new system where you can make a specific Switch console a primary console, and then tie other consoles into it using the primary console's account, so that other Switch units can access and play any digital content you download to the primary. In short, if you download Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on a primary console, any consoles you tie into it are free to play the game as well as long as the content was originally downloaded from the company's eShop.
We have the finer details for you from the company below of how the entire system works, as it sort of works like the PS4 version. But keep in mind, Nintendo probably has safeguards in place to prevent too many consoles from being tied to a primary or detect chain-sharing. So those of you looking to hook up 40 of your closest friends, beware of what you choose to do.
- You can have one primary console at a time for your Nintendo Account.
- The first Nintendo Switch console you use to connect to Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch will become your primary console.
- While using the primary console, any user account on the console can play the downloadable content you have purchased.
- While using the primary console, you do not need to have an active Internet connection while playing downloadable software.
- An Internet connection is still required to use online features or games which require a subscription service.
- You can change which Nintendo Switch console is your primary console but you must first deactivate the current primary console.
- A Nintendo Account can be linked to Nintendo Switch consoles that are not designated as the primary console, however, some functionality differs from when a Nintendo Account is used on a primary console.
- While using a non-primary console, you can still use the Nintendo Account to access the Nintendo eShop, purchase and download software, and under certain conditions, play your downloadable software.
- While using a non-primary console, you must have an active Internet connection to play downloadable content.
- If you lose your Internet connection while playing downloadable content on a non-primary console, your game will pause after a certain amount of time; however, once you connect online again, you will be able to resume from the point you left off.
- While using a non-primary console, downloadable content can only be started by the user that purchased the content.
- When using downloadable software on a non-primary console, your game will pause if your Nintendo Account is used to access downloadable software on any other Nintendo Switch console.