Nintendo Network ID Vs Nintendo Account Difference Explained

Wondering what is Nintendo Network ID and how it is different from Nintendo account? Here’s everything you need to know.

Not many Nintendo users know about the difference between a Nintendo Network ID and an account. If you are unaware of these, it’s likely that you might miss out on some useful services provided by Nintendo. Each has its own use and if you have a variety of Nintendo products, these are some things that you need to know.

While NNIDs and accounts could be used for similar features before March 27, 2023, there are changes now that won’t let you get those features. However, your NNID can be linked to the account to enable features like transferring unused funds balance to Nintendo Switch.

What is the Difference Between a Nintendo Network ID and an Account?

Nintendo Network ID Vs Nintendo Account Difference Explained
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The basic difference between the two is that the Nintendo Account is used for Nintendo Switch online services, smart device applications, off-device software purchases, and the My Nintendo loyalty service. However, the Nintendo Network ID is created and used on a Wii U and/or Nintendo 3DS family system, and used for online features such as online multiplayer or interactions.

Earlier, players could use the NNIDs to purchase downloadable software through the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. However, you can no longer do that and the only online feature with them is the multiplayer option.

The Nintendo Account on the other hand can be created only via the website but is far more useful for you if you use Nintendo Switch or any other new gen console. There are a bunch of useful features that the account provides for Switch users and the Online Game Store and loyalty program are probably the most important ones.

That’s all we have from this guide. Hopefully, this clears any doubt you have on a Nintendo Network ID and an account. If you found this guide useful, do check out our Game Guides section for more while you are here at Gamer Tweak.