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Topic: So...can i freely share digital games with close friends?

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Joakingdom

Hi there!

I bought a Nintendo Switch last week and I have a few questions about the game sharing feature (if any).

1. Can I and my friends share our games? I'm really interested in my friend's Fire Emblem copy and I may naturally offer him my copy of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. That being said, does Nintendo's terms of service allow that (Sharing accounts & digital copies) without risking a ban or something?. I came from PC and lots of platforms don't allow that practice nor sharing my account, games, etc. Is Nintendo more open about sharing games with close friends in an ethical way? (sharing is caring, right?).

2. Does sharing only work with Digital Games?. What if I own a physical copy of Mario Kart?

Thanks!

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Silly_G

You can share your physical games with no problems whatsoever.

Just make sure you redeem the gold coins from your cartridge (if the game is eligible) before doing so. I don't understand why you might think that sharing physical games would result in any undesirable consequences. Share away.

Digitally downloaded games cannot be shared in the same way (and even if it is theoretically possible, it's a little convoluted and I'm not sure if it will work).

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Joakingdom

@Silly_G Thanks for the advice! Just redeemed a 7 day trial and I'm planning to use my next ones in some games I have in mind . Sorry for the confusion, my ban related fear was exclusively on sharing digital games through different accounts, giving out passwords, etc.

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WoomyNNYes

@Joakingdom The Switch system is designed so you cannot share digital games.(to prevent piracy). One digital game per console/user.

Physical cartridges can be shared, but the game only works when inserted into the console. Your friend may have to download patches, or some large games, the cartridge may not have the full game on the cart, so a download will be required.

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SkullDragr

@Joakingdom You could easily have one account for the two of you, each putting that account on your own Switch. There's nothing Nintendo will do to flag or ban you because there's no way they don't know that these aren't your own two systems. I have an OG Switch and a Lite. I have the same account on both because I have the OG Switch at home and the Lite comes with me. The only problem you can run in to is if both of you are trying to play Switch at the same time. It won't allow the same account to play on two different systems at the same time. So you may have to set up times that each are allowed to play so you don't fuss and argue.

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WoomyNNYes

SkullDragr wrote:

..... The only problem you can run in to is if both of you are trying to play Switch at the same time. It won't allow the same account to play on two different systems at the same time. So you may have to set up times that each are allowed to play so you don't fuss and argue.

@SkullDragr Ahhhh. I thought that's what would happen, but I'd never heard anyone confirm it with firsthand knowledge. Good input!

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Silly_G

@SkullDragr : Just to confirm, does the secondary console freeze even when trying to play a downloadable game different to the one being played on the primary console, or only when both are trying to play the same game? I assume that it would freeze either way, but I have not tested it personally.

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SkullDragr

@Silly_G Any downloaded games or games with downloadable content will not be playable by your system once a downloaded game or game with DLC is being played on friend's system. It will say, "Play is being suspended. Downloaded software or Downloadable content may be being played on another console using the same Nintendo Account."

The only way around this is to have the console registered as the "primary" turn off wifi. Nintendo doesn't know this system is playing anything then. The secondary system can then play whatever. The secondary system ALWAYS checks the internet to see if it can be played.

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Also, games that take over the communication methods like Pokemon Sword and Shield get paused every now and then so they can check.

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