Why limit your gaming to one region? Discover how to purchase and enjoy exclusive Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop games in this comprehensive guide.

How to Access and Buy Games on the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop

If you thought the sheer volume of indie games pouring into the Nintendo Switch eShop every week was overwhelming, prepare to be astounded by the wealth of games available on the Japanese eShop that your Switch can access. Take, for example, an exclusive Japanese Switch eShop game: Suika Game, or Watermelon Game, which has recently achieved internet fame thanks to its popularity among streamers and VTubers. The game was originally only popular among Japanese influencers; however, its appeal has now reached across the waters and is catching on in the western world.

Now, you might be wondering how to get your hands on Suika Game, or any other Japanese eShop exclusive games for that matter. Well, we've got you covered. Our guide outlines where to purchase Japanese eShop credit and how to access these exclusive games.

One of the standout features of the Nintendo Switch eShop is the possibility of creating multiple accounts to access games from different eShop regions. The advantage for you? You don't only get access to region-exclusive games. You also get access to certain games before they are released to the rest of the world via the Japanese Switch eShop.

The challenging part is gaining credit linked to your Japanese Nintendo Account. That's where this guide comes into play. With a bit of help, you'll be navigating your way through early-release and Japanese exclusive games on your Western Switch in no time.

Before we jump into buying Japanese Switch eShop credit, you need to create a Japanese region Nintendo Account. This gives you access to the country's eShop. If you've set that up, read on to find out where to purchase Japanese Switch eShop credit.

Your newly created Japanese account will allow you to easily purchase Japanese eShop credit for your Switch from listed retailers in a variety of denominations. You'll receive the code directly and won't have to anxiously wait for a physical card delivery!

Our top choice for getting your Japanese eShop credit is Playasia, a retailer that caters specifically towards an Asian customer base. Playasia displays all its product pages in English and allows customers to purchase items in their local currencies. This digital credit is just as easy to order as physical Japanese games, and you can pick up your preferred amount of credit.

Of course, Playasia isn't your only option. You could also opt for the Japanese version of Amazon. However, you'll have to navigate through some Japanese text on this site. Translation options are available, and it looks similar to Western Amazon stores, so regular Amazon shoppers can navigate it easily.

Remember, if you need to buy European or US credit, you can check out our guide to buying eShop credit for those regions. Let us know which eShop games you think are worth your virtual cash, and if you're looking for more, be sure to check out our other Switch buying guides.

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