How Do You Buy Games on Nintendo Switch With Gift Card?

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By Valerie Becker

Are you looking to buy games on Nintendo Switch but don’t want to use your credit card? Well, you’re in luck.

Nintendo Switch allows you to purchase games using gift cards. In this article, we will walk you through the steps of how to buy games on Nintendo Switch with a gift card.

Step 1: Get a Nintendo eShop Gift Card

The first step is to get a Nintendo eShop gift card. You can purchase these cards from various retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and Target. You can also purchase them directly from the Nintendo website.

Step 2: Check the Available Balance

Once you have your gift card, check the available balance by scratching off the silver strip on the back of the gift card. This will reveal a code that you can redeem on your Nintendo Switch.

Step 3: Redeem the Code

To redeem the code, open your Nintendo eShop by selecting it from your home screen. Once in the eShop, select the “Enter Code” option located at the bottom of the left-hand menu.

Option A: Using Your Joy-Con Controllers

If you prefer to use your Joy-Con controllers, select “Enter Code” and follow the on-screen instructions to input your code using your Joy-Con controllers.

Option B: Using Your Touch Screen

Alternatively, if you prefer to use your touch screen, select “Enter Code” and tap on each digit of your code using the touch screen keyboard.

Step 4: Browse and Purchase Games

After redeeming your gift card, browse through all of the available games in the Nintendo eShop. When you find a game that you want to purchase with your gift card balance, select it and choose “Proceed to Purchase.”

Step 5: Complete Your Purchase

The last step is to complete your purchase. If you have enough funds on your gift card, the game will be purchased and downloaded directly to your Nintendo Switch. If you do not have enough funds on your gift card, you will need to add a credit card or PayPal account to cover the remaining balance.

  • Make sure to keep track of your gift card balance so that you don’t accidentally overspend.
  • You can also use a Nintendo eShop gift card to purchase downloadable content, such as in-game items, expansions, and season passes.


Using a Nintendo eShop gift card is an easy and convenient way to purchase games on your Nintendo Switch without having to use a credit card. Simply follow the steps above to redeem your code and start browsing for new games today!