One of the common complaints about making digital purchases from the eShop on the Wii U or the 3DS is that your games are tied to your hardware rather than your Nintendo Account in the cloud. So unlike Steam, PlayStation or Xbox, you cannot recover your purchases if your device gets stolen or damaged.
In many cases you might just want to wipe a 3DS to trade it in for a fancy limited edition, but at present you would need to have both devices in your possession to transfer your purchases from one unit to another before the old one could be wiped.
We've recently seen footage of the Nintendo Switch menus from a NeoGAF user who got his device earlier than expected. In this video many eagle-eyed people spotted the following statement in the Switch user interface:
For those who have trouble reading the screen capture, here's what it says:
Your Nintendo Account contains your Nintendo eShop purchase history and current balance. By re-linking your Nintendo Account after initializing the console, it will be possible to redownload any software or DLC purchased using that account. (Software that has been discontinued may not be available for redownload in some cases.)
For those who plan on downloading the bulk of their games on the Nintendo Switch this will doubtless come as a source of comfort. As always, let us know what you think with a comment below.