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Osk6r

Sup so it’s my first post and I don’t know anything about this so sorry if this is the wrong topic.

I’m in Italy now for a vacation buying my first Switch, and having a question - Does Game language depends on the country where you get it from or the language you choose when you setup your Switch?

I really don’t want my Game in Italian but all of it is so much cheaper here (-150 euros for Switch in gamestop).

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Check the main language for Switch games behind the box. (For Europe version)
If it said English (EN) for Softwares, go for it.

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Woomy_NNYes

@Osk6r
I'm not clear what country you're from, but these directions should still work. Buying your switch on vacation in a foreign country doesn't matter since the Switch is region free. If you're buying a Switch cartridge in Italy, I think it's likely everything sold there has English supported. I think the language of your game will depend on the System Settings on your Switch.

Buying digital games from eShop:
eShop currency/language are determined by the region you select when you set up your Nintendo account ON NIntendo's website. You can't access the Switch eShop until you've set this up. Pick the region(country) of the currency you use. For example, if you're from the UK and your currency is pounds, select UK. You can always go back onto Nintendo's site and change your region if you want to access another region's eShop, but that region's eShop will only accept the currency of that region.

Regarding system settings on your Switch console System settings: You can pick the console's language here for the language of your console menus. And this will be the language your game boots up with by default. Now, there is a region setting here in System settings, but this setting has NO impact on your eShop & eShop currency.

Switch cartridges are region free & can be played on all Switch consoles around the world. Not all have English support. I think all EU released cartidges that you'd buy in Italy would have English, though. I looked at a few of my cartridge cases(bought in USA), and they do not list the languages supported. One case had english & spanish details. Others had english only. I'm not sure what you'll see on game cases in Italy.

Hopefully this gets you going. If you're going to research this more, use "region" as a search term. You'll get more results.

Edited on by Woomy_NNYes

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SwitchForce

Look for it on both a EU or NA amazon site if it list your spoken language as text then your good to go otherwise if nothing then it's that Region Language. You can also can PlayAsia and if they have aka english option then it will list "Multi-language" on it. That is the only way beyond asking the retailer whom your buying from which Language it supports.

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@Woomy_NNYes problem here is there are some collectible Japanese games that I collect.

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I'm not quite sure if we're talking about finding games with English, or you're problem is buying Japanese games.

If you've collected some Japanese games in the past, then I'd imagine you're aware some Japanese games never get english language translations. So, that part isn't new. As far as buying cartridges goes, I don't know if every country sells the same Switch cartridge(w/ different cases), or if Nintendo makes language specific cartridges. I would think Nintendo puts all the languages they support on one cartridge for retail.

Otherwise, the Switch console is "region free". In the USA, you no longer need to buy an imported Japanese console just to play exclusive Japanese games. Exclusive Japanese games can be played on your North American Switch (and every switch sold in all the other countries).

If your problem is accessing & buying on the Japanese eShop? You just need to change your region on your Nintendo account on Nintendo's website to get the Japanese eShop. Some people make a second switch profile just for accessing another region's eShop. Our magnificent almighty Alex Olney, made a Nintendo Life youtube video in the past couple months on how to purchase games on the Japanese eShop - you can go online and buy a prepaid credit card of Japanese currency. I've been on the Japanese eShop, but I didn't buy a game. I've only downloaded a demo from the Japanese eShop.

Edited on by Woomy_NNYes

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@Osk6r The Switch is totally region free and can play any Switch game from any region. BUT and this is a big BUT, not every regional release supports all languages. The only way you can be 100% sure if said release supports the language you want, is to have an eshop account from that region and check the listed languages. There are lists online, but they are just compiled by fans and not always 100% accurate.

But if the game supports the languages it will play whatever language your Switch is set to. If your Switch is in English and the game supports English, then it will play in English.

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