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Nintendo noob here.

 

Can someone tell me what's the situation with Nintendo, specifically Switch, in our country? Where can I get one, and what about the games? Are they region locked? 

Is it worth the hassle? 

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56 minutes ago, Aloy said:

Nintendo noob here.

 

Can someone tell me what's the situation with Nintendo, specifically Switch, in our country? Where can I get one, and what about the games? Are they region locked? 

Is it worth the hassle? 

 

Well, Nintendo don't give a f**k about India so all consoles you get here are imports hence no warranty. But lot of my friends has a switch and those things rarely break except for the infamous joycon drift. I experienced it but got a pro controller so it's fine. But if handheld mode is what interests you, then you need your joycons.

 

Games can be bought from eshop by switching regions. Switch doesn't have region lock as far as I know but I always buy digital. There are ways to get physical games. I have two switches ,one a launch edition which I am running homebrew on(love emulators) and a newer V2 unit which I use for switch games.

 

Try to get a second hand switch if that's possible in your city. Original switch prices are all over the place for a new one on online shopping sites.

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8 minutes ago, b!T said:

 

Well, Nintendo don't give a f**k about India so all consoles you get here are imports hence no warranty. But lot of my friends has a switch and those things rarely break except for the infamous joycon drift. I experienced it but got a pro controller so it's fine. But if handheld mode is what interests you, then you need your joycons.

 

Games can be bought from eshop by switching regions. Switch doesn't have region lock as far as I know but I always buy digital. There are ways to get physical games. I have two switches ,one a launch edition which I am running homebrew on(love emulators) and a newer V2 unit which I use for switch games.

 

Try to get a second hand switch if that's possible in your city. Original switch prices are all over the place for a new one on online shopping sites.

So eShop india is not even a thing? Is it possible to buy prepaid cards for the other regions(say EU) for buying games?

 

Also, as far as I know a newer more powerful model is on the horizon(rumours?). It's better to wait for it, ain't it?

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1 hour ago, Aloy said:

So eShop india is not even a thing? Is it possible to buy prepaid cards for the other regions(say EU) for buying games?

 

Also, as far as I know a newer more powerful model is on the horizon(rumours?). It's better to wait for it, ain't it?

 

1) All Switches are grey, but they are very sturdy. I'm using the launch model Switch, and it's running perfectly. Had the Joycon damage once, replaced the Joycons (They are available for purchase separately) and things are absolutely fine. No problem with the console itself whatsoever. Also have a Pro Controller, and it's an absolute blast. Of the 3 consoles, I would think it's the best controller. No fancy tech like Dualsense, but the ergonomics (Button Placement) and design, rumble intensity etc. make it a joy to use.

 

2) Have plenty of physical and digital games. All run perfectly. Games are not region locked. DLCs in general are not region locked, except in some 1-2 rare cases (Like Zelda: Breath of the Wild). Just to be on safe side, buy DLCs from region of base game like PS4 (Though in 99% of cases it will not even matter). Physical Games are available quite easily here, both new and 2nd hand. Despite the console not launching here, there is quite a healthy fanbase for Nintendo here.

 

3) If you're buying a Switch, highly advise you to go for a proper one and not a Switch Lite. The Switching is a marvel and graphics, performance and all do improve when the console is docked (connected) to a TV.

 

4) There have been rumors of a "Switch Pro" on the horizon since at least 2018 IMO. Till now, not a single piece of news has surfaced other than rumors. It's frankly immaterial. Switch OG looks great, and it's well worth it. Unlike PS/XBox, the main draw of Switch games is either the sheer fun gameplay, the excellent story or both. Rarely does Nintendo focus on graphics. Get it.

 

5) There is no Eshop India. For digital purchases, you will need to purchase eshop wallet cards/codes from sites like Playasia etc. There are no issues with this method and frankly not much hassle at all. Select an eshop account region you like (I use US Account with a state that has no tax - forgot which), buy eshop codes digitally, redeem and make digital purchases. Some retailers might even be able to give you physical codes.

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3 hours ago, Aloy said:

So eShop india is not even a thing? Is it possible to buy prepaid cards for the other regions(say EU) for buying games?

 

Also, as far as I know a newer more powerful model is on the horizon(rumours?). It's better to wait for it, ain't it?

 

No eshop for india as they don't officially have a presence here. You can get wallet codes and buy from the region you want.

 

The rumours are flying around for a while but nothing concrete so far. No guarantee when or if there will be a switch pro.

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1 hour ago, roun90 said:

 

1) All Switches are grey, but they are very sturdy. I'm using the launch model Switch, and it's running perfectly. Had the Joycon damage once, replaced the Joycons (They are available for purchase separately) and things are absolutely fine. No problem with the console itself whatsoever. Also have a Pro Controller, and it's an absolute blast. Of the 3 consoles, I would think it's the best controller. No fancy tech like Dualsense, but the ergonomics (Button Placement) and design, rumble intensity etc. make it a joy to use.

 

2) Have plenty of physical and digital games. All run perfectly. Games are not region locked. DLCs in general are not region locked, except in some 1-2 rare cases (Like Zelda: Breath of the Wild). Just to be on safe side, buy DLCs from region of base game like PS4 (Though in 99% of cases it will not even matter). Physical Games are available quite easily here, both new and 2nd hand. Despite the console not launching here, there is quite a healthy fanbase for Nintendo here.

 

3) If you're buying a Switch, highly advise you to go for a proper one and not a Switch Lite. The Switching is a marvel and graphics, performance and all do improve when the console is docked (connected) to a TV.

 

4) There have been rumors of a "Switch Pro" on the horizon since at least 2018 IMO. Till now, not a single piece of news has surfaced other than rumors. It's frankly immaterial. Switch OG looks great, and it's well worth it. Unlike PS/XBox, the main draw of Switch games is either the sheer fun gameplay, the excellent story or both. Rarely does Nintendo focus on graphics. Get it.

 

5) There is no Eshop India. For digital purchases, you will need to purchase eshop wallet cards/codes from sites like Playasia etc. There are no issues with this method and frankly not much hassle at all. Select an eshop account region you like (I use US Account with a state that has no tax - forgot which), buy eshop codes digitally, redeem and make digital purchases. Some retailers might even be able to give you physical codes.

Thanks for such a detailed post!

 

14 minutes ago, b!T said:

 

No eshop for india as they don't officially have a presence here. You can get wallet codes and buy from the region you want.

 

The rumours are flying around for a while but nothing concrete so far. No guarantee when or if there will be a switch pro.

Got it. Thanks

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34 minutes ago, R3D_D3ViL said:

So is there any cons to switching regions on a single account (apart from losing Nintendo Gold Coins) compared to having multiple accounts for every region?

 

I think it is a bit of hassle for me to track multiple purchases across different accounts.

 

Nah. Just 2 approaches. 

 

For me, it's easier to just select an account and buy from e-shop (rather than changing regions). 

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5 hours ago, CarbonCore said:

There is eshop in India but it's been under lockdown for 2 years so there's no content on it :lol: You can switch to India in the region setting but its just a blank page.

 

Never knew that :lol:

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So finally snagged a Switch Lite. I purposely didn't buy the bigger switch as I didn't want to hook up another home console to a screen. Lite is intimate and excellent for pick up and play sessions. This serves my purpose.

 

I had played loads of DS games on PC via emulator and the experience was so good that I always wanted to check out Nintendo on a proper console. So now I am planning to check out Nintendo land proper for the next couple of years and play some of the games which i always wanted to play, before jumping onto next gen.

 

So far so good but my fingers tend to get cramped after playing for about 2 hrs and BOTW is challenging just in the beginning area. Nice!

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