- Using your Nintendo Switch, go to the Settings area
- Select System > Select Region
- Set your region to The Americas
- Open Nintendo eShop
- When asked to enter a region, set United States
- Go to Location Settings and click Change
- Set a ZIP code from the US (e.g. 10026)
If you’re a US resident who’s currently traveling to a new country where Nintendo eShop is unavailable, the steps above should do the trick.
And you will be able to pay for new games using a PayPal account or a credit card, as long as it’s issued in the United States. Otherwise, you can only pay with prepaid cards.
However, if this solution didn’t fix the issue, proceed to the next step.
- Sign up for a premium VPN subscription plan (we recommend PIA)
- Download and install PIA on a Windows PC
- Launch PIA and connect to a US server
- Share your VPN connection
- Connect your Nintendo to the VPN
- Try to access Nintendo eShop now
A VPN tool diverts your network traffic to another server, making it look like you’re connecting from somewhere else.
If Nintendo eShop takes your IP address into account, then you can make it seem like you’re connecting from the United States by simply connecting to a VPN US server.
We recommend Private Internet Access because we believe it’s the best VPN, overall. You can use it to not only unblock online gaming shops but also other types of restricted content.
PIA also provides an excellent solution for reducing ping while gaming. And you can set it up on all popular operating systems and devices, including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux, and even routers.
Since Nintendo doesn’t have native support for VPN, you can install the PIA client on Windows or Mac to share the VPN connection. Otherwise, you can set it up at the router level.
More PIA features:
- Protect up to 10 devices at once
- 24/7 live chat support
- 30-day money-back guarantee (no free trial)
- Pay with a credit card, PayPal, or crypto
Private Internet Access
Force Nintendo eShop to identify your new location by connecting to a US server provided by this reliable VPN service.
If the problem persists and you can’t access Nintendo eShop in your region, try creating a new Nintendo account and setting a US location (you can use the ZIP code we provided in the first solution).
You can also try formatting your Nintendo device in case it remembers your old information and you can’t clear its cache.
To sum up, if you can’t access Nintendo eShop because it’s not available to your region, you can change the device country on your Nintendo to a US location.
If the error persists, use a reliable VPN service like Private Internet Access (buy here) to mask your IP address and make it look like you’re actually connecting from the US.
You can also create a new Nintendo account using a US region and format your gaming console in case it remembers your old information.
Did these solutions work for you? Let us know in the comment section below.
This post was written by Elena Constantinescu and was first posted to WindowsReport