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Link_ToTheCraft

Perhaps because of my inability to make good decisions I have pre-ordered a Nintendo Switch from GAME in the UK. The only problem is I don't live in the UK. I live in the US. Because I like to waste money I have also pre-ordered a US ac adapter for the Switch. Is there anything I should be concerned about regarding video output or power/voltage issues? I truly don't like waiting for things so if everthing will work properly I will continue with my decision. Any thoughts?

Link_ToTheCraft

Redeyes

I don't think you're going to have any issues.

If I'm not mistaken, you will have to wait until the Switch gets to you from the UK, so you won't be having it at launch.

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Link_ToTheCraft

That's fine. I wouldn't have it at launch anyways. I work all day on March 3rd. I'm just trying to ensure that I get one at all in the month of March. I still can't get a Nintendo Classic .@Redeyes

Link_ToTheCraft

Link_ToTheCraft

Just read this on their website. Why did they send me an email confirmation then? Shouldn't even have let me place the order if that was the case. I would never have known if you hadn't told me. @Ichi

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Silly_G

The Switch costs significantly less in the U.S., you won't have to worry about voltage/compatibility issues either. Americans...

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Link_ToTheCraft

@sillygostly And yet I physically can not obtain an American copy of the Switch. I don't have time to sit in front of my computer all hours of the day waiting for best buy or walmart to bring a small number back in stock. I ended up ordering from Amazon.es. If the console comes back in stock on a US based website I will change my pre-order. I really shouldn't even have to go through this much trouble to buy something.

Link_ToTheCraft

LzWinky

Yeah, I mean you paid more for a package that may not be mailed to you...

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Link_ToTheCraft

The earliest I will be able to enter a store to buy the Switch on release day is 6pm. If the Nintendo Classic is any indication of how scarce the Switch will be then I doubt I will even be able to buy the console till late April if I don't secure the pre-order. Also, I don't care about the price; The thing is only 300 bucks for crying out loud. Adding an extra $40 for international shipping doesn't really change much does it...

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Silly_G

Credit cards are not an issue. Your bank will automatically convert your overseas purchases to your local currency (and this usually incurs a small conversion fee). I've bought stuff overseas with no issues whatsoever, though it would probably be best to stick with the most commonly used types of cards (e.g. Visa/MasterCard), as "rich people" cards, such as American Express and the like may incur significantly higher surcharges.

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OorWullie

@Link_ToTheCraft That's going to work out real pricey for you.Other than £279 converting to around $348,you're going to have at least $40 shipping fee then custom fees on top which could be anything between $50 to $100.I live in Thailand and have stuff sent over from the UK,I don't mind paying the postage but it's the custom fees that are the stinger.I ended up paying about £100 extra with shipping and fees for a Wii U to be sent over.One thing that is in your favour though is the weak pound,pre-Brexit £279 was around $420.

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@Ichi I use my Thai card on my UK Wii U and during the Wii years I used my Dutch card,it's not a problem. Only difference is you get charged a foreign transaction fee,my bank is £1.50 per transaction.

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ProjectX1991

@Link_ToTheCraft Have you tried Amazon.co.uk to ship to the US? They might be an easier and better bet?

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OorWullie

@Ichi I didn't know that.From a quick search it appears it's only in the US that this is a problem as it asks you to enter the Zip code.You can use an international card in Canada,Australia,Europe and Asia though.Maybe now that the console's region free it won't be an issue anymore.

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skywake

@Ichi
You select the region for each account on the Switch when you connect them. There are region specific eShops but you choose which region it is. It's not tied to the hardware at all. Except for the AC adapters which will be different for each region....

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GoronBrudda

OorWullie wrote:

@Ichi I didn't know that.From a quick search it appears it's only in the US that this is a problem as it asks you to enter the Zip code.You can use an international card in Canada,Australia,Europe and Asia though. Maybe now that the console's region free it won't be an issue anymore.

To be honest, this is a non issue anyway. Don't forget, that what region you bought your console isn't what region your eShop will be in. Aside from the fact that the consoles and games are region free now, the region of your eShop wil be based on what country you set during the setup process when it asks you to enter your "regional settings" when first setting up your Nintendo Account ID. Of course, you cannot transfer from one region to another via the same account once the account as been created, so whatever you set those regional settings to when you first set that up will be what your account will continue to permanently use for its entire lifespan. But what it does mean is that no matter where you buy your console, this won't affect your regional settings. The regional settings you set yourself when you first set up your Nintendo Account ID (NintendoNetworkID on WiiU/3DS or MyNintendo on Switch). So whatever credit card you use, simply make sure that the account you have set up is the country that matches the one your credit card expects. If it is one that is accepted in the country your Nintendo Account ID was set up as, the credit card purchase will work perfectly as it should, and you won't even have zip-code issues registering your card, because the zip-code/postcode formats will match.

Hope this helps.

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Link_ToTheCraft

Total price with shipping and customs was $360 from UK. Total price from Spain was $330. @OorWullie

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skywake

@Ichi
When you create your account you set the region that account is locked to. You do that when you first turn on the console. That's how it knows which regional eShop to present you with. An eShop that will have your local currency, language and so on. But if you go overseas and buy a game? That'll work on your console. If you buy a console from overseas? You can link it to your account and set it to your country.

It's not that complicated a concept. I'm pretty sure the same is true for tablets, phones and laptops.

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