Starting from today and running until 26th January, Nintendo Switch Online users in Japan are being granted access to the entirety of Fire Emblem Warriors for free. The game will then be locked after that date (unless you buy the full thing), but if you've got plenty of time over the next few days you could certainly see what it's all about for the low cost of nothing.
Even if you don't live in Japan, though, there is a workaround you can use to get your hands on the game. You'll need to have an active subscription to Nintendo Switch Online either way, but assuming you have that covered, here's how to play Fire Emblem Warriors for free regardless of your account's region.
Step 1 - Get A Japanese Account
First thing's first, you're going to need a Japanese Switch account to access that region's eShop and download the free version of the game. We have a full, detailed guide on doing this right here if you need step-by-step instructions, but for anyone familiar with setting up a Nintendo account, you essentially just need to head to the official website and sign up with a new, unused email address, making sure to select 'Japan' as your region and following the on-screen instructions.
Make sure to get this account up and running on your Nintendo Switch console - simply go to Settings > User > Add User and log in using the details of your new account.
Step 2 - Download Fire Emblem Warriors' Free Version
If you followed Step 1 correctly, clicking on the eShop icon on your Switch should now give you the option to load up the store using your new Japanese account. Do this, and move down one tab on the left-hand side of the eShop (the option below 'New'). On this page, you should spot an image of Fire Emblem Warriors with a 40% off sticker attached.
Click on this, and then select the red button which is already highlighted when the page loads up. This will bring up a download page for the free version - click the orange and white box at the bottom-right of your screen to download the software.
Step 3 - Temporarily Alter Your Regular Nintendo Switch Account
So, you made a Japanese account and have the free software downloaded onto your Switch. Good stuff, but unless your Japanese account is subscribed to Switch Online, you still won't be able to play the game. Yet.
The free software checks for two things when you try to play it: whether you're a Switch Online subscriber, and whether or not your account is Japanese. Now, you can choose to buy another Switch Online subscription for that Japanese account and use that, but the best - and free - way to do this, is to temporarily change the region of your main account which already has a subscription.
The video below from The Famicast explains exactly how to do this from around the one minute mark (the video actually covers a similar promotion Nintendo held for Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, but all of the same little tricks still apply). Depending on your subscription renewal settings, you might have one or two more hurdles to jump over, but if you follow each step carefully you'll get it sorted in no time. Note that doing this will wipe any funds in your eShop balance, so make sure you don't have any money sitting around in your account.
And there we have it, hopefully you'll now have access to Fire Emblem Warriors for free until 26th January. It's not exactly a quick process, but it's worth if it means you don't have to pay a single penny, right?
Let us know if this helps you and if you have any questions, fire away in the comments below.
Unless you have an shop balance, than changing your region will also make you lose said balance....
Have fun trying to figure out what you're supposed to do in the game, unless the Japanese version has optional English settings.
I'll just play my physical version thanks all the same.
Sounds like far too much effort for a week's trial!
I think you underestimate how lazy i am. Hard Pass!!!
I've been unable to change the region of any of my Nintendo accounts for some time now. The 'Country/ region of residence' option is greyed out and can't be selected. I used to be able to change it at will and buy from various regions Eshop's but not anymore, so it seems the opportunity to play Fire Emblem Warriors for free is not there, for me at least.
It's really simple to do. I actually did this a couple of days ago. The problem is that I don't know Japanese. Maybe I should just buy Japanese games and make up the story as I play the game, kind of like Mystery Theater 3000.
I mean it sounds cool but just a little too much of a hassle to play a widely accessible (I think) switch game. I could also just play the 3 DS version I got on clearance yesterday, yeah it won't look quite as nice but it's the same game anyway.
Yeah, haven't tried this trial (have the UK version already) but the JP eShop doesn't list English support for FE Warriors...
There is an English voices DLC though.
A couple of months back they changed the website.
I had the same issue and it turned out to be the NNIDs.
The site used to unlink your NNID automatically upon changing the country, but now if you have an NNID linked, you need to unlink it yourself before it lets you change the country.
oh i misread the title and thought u can play free warriors even without a Switch
@bluesun Cheers for that.
I did this but with the US eShop to take advantage of a Target bug the other week where they were selling Yoshi Crafted World codes for $1.
It literally takes 2 minutes max
Not interested enough in the game to go through that. I'd have downloaded it if European accounts got the benefit, and as with Mario Tennis Aces last year may have ended up buying it as a result. As it stands, ignorance is bliss. Not sure why they're not doing this promo in other regions. Sales of the game can surely only benefit from such an offer.
It's free = Es gratis = 0 monies
...Or I could just play Hyrule Warriors instead. lol
I tried to do as they said, but I had no luck in making it
@Joeynator3000 Not exactly the same experience. For one thing, the characters actually talk instead of just grunt, gasp, cry, and moan. I don't understand why Nintendo goes that route anyway. Do they just not want multiple voice actors for different languages?
@DrDaisy ....Yeah I don't care for voice acting...
@Joeynator3000 Hyrule Warriors doesn't have voice acting and it probably should.
@First_Amendment It has voices, but with the possible exception of a fairy, they don't say any actual words. Then there are the Mario games, where the characters sometimes say words but almost never any actual sentences. I wish Nintendo had just hired Lou Albano for the video games and stuck with the campy Brooklyn accent.
Thanks for this.
Enjoyed the tennis aces taster a few months back in England. Hope Nintendo do a few more over here
I just don't understand why this isn't done for all regions, though in this case I already have the game physically when I picked it up on sale at some point. It's still in my backlog lol.
I'm too lazy to do all this haha
I'm good on anything Fire Emblem for a minute. The Warriors games are good though just too much work.
Even already having a Japanese account, being fluent in Japanese, and it being free, imma pass. Not my kinda game at all.
You have to play the game in this specific 10 day time period and jump through these hoops. It just became work. I'm out.
@SuperGhirahim64 Im going to try unlinking my NNID manually as someone advised above. Hopefully that will work.
If you need to change you regular NSO account's country to Japan anyway, why on earth do you need to create a separate Japanese account first??? YOU CAN JUST DOWNLOAD THE TRIAL GAME USING YOUR REGULAR ACCOUNT SET TO JAPAN
Already pwned FE Warriors to the fullest over a year ago so I don't need to play it but, to anyone out there who hasn't played it, I highly recommend the game. A fantastic Musou game whether you like Fire Emblem or not. The graphics aren't too shabby either.
Why would Nintendo allow access to this game specifically? Specially after being available for a couple of years? Could they be preparing something?
Hopefully no stupid Byleth DLC D:
or you can just hack your Switch and pirate the game.
@OorWullie the same thing happened to me. Do you know why? Or if it is temporary?
@anibalherrerab I have managed to get my account back to normal. You need to go to your Nintendo Account, click on User Info, then Linked Accounts and Unlink NNID. Then you're good to go. The linked NNID has no purpose anymore as that's what was used for Wii U and 3DS.
@OorWullie Thanks a lot! It worked 😄
Tap here to load 34 comments
Leave A Comment
Hold on there, you need to login to post a comment...