Which Region Is The Cheapest Switch eShop?

Which Region Is The Cheapest Switch eShop? ...

The Nintendo Switch's region-free eShop is one of the best things about the system. It also means that you may purchase or download games from any region and play them with no issue on your console. Games that are region-specific, or prices and sales in one region but not another, may also be available.

Maybe you've seen pricing in several currencies, including dollars, euros, and pounds, and realized that the prices seem to be nowhere near the same. It depends on the game and publisher, of course, and some of them are more or less the same across countries. Others, however, may be quite different.

The Switch eShops in the various regions do have different prices, therefore, as well as different sales, different tax levels, and even different ways of buying the game that can lower or raise the price. Here, we give you a breakdown of how much each region charges for games, as well as some of the other differences between them.

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Regional Pricing Comparison for the Nintendo Switch eShop

Here are a few general tips and warnings before we jump in.

  • Use eshop-prices.com to compare prices!
    • It's an absolute lifesaver. We used it to make this article!
  • Sales take place at different times
    • There are plenty of occasions where, for example, the US will have a festive sale for a holiday that doesn't exist in other countries. You can shop around to find out when these will be, and which regions they are taking place in, but it's hard work to keep up with all the sales!
  • Tax varies
    • In countries like the US and Canada, tax is added on at the point of purchase often adding another few dollars to the price that was advertised. Different states and provinces have different tax levels we'll go into more detail about this later on.
  • Your card won't be accepted everywhere
    • Your card will have been issued in a particular country, and other countries may not let you have it on file if it wasn't issued in that region. You can use eShop credit, though we've got a guide further down.
  • You sometimes need an address in that region
    • Especially if you're trying to use a credit card!
  • Your Gold Points will be tied to that account
    • Gold Points are earned each time you buy a digital game, and can be used to get discounts on your next purchase. If you split your purchases across two or more eShops, those Gold Points will be split up as well.
  • You will lose access to the games from that eShop if you delete or remove your account
    • In order to redownload purchased games, you'll need access to the regional account and eShop where you made that purchase, otherwise they will be inaccessible
  • Buying from other regions may affect which languages the game is available in so you may not be able to get the game in English. Make sure to check at the bottom of the game page!
  • It's an absolute lifesaver. We used it to make this article!
  • There are plenty of occasions where, for example, the US will have a festive sale for a holiday that doesn't exist in other countries. You can shop around to find out when these will be, and which regions they are taking place in, but it's hard work to keep up with all the sales!
  • In countries like the US and Canada, tax is added on at the point of purchase often adding another few dollars to the price that was advertised. Different states and provinces have different tax levels we'll go into more detail about this later on.
  • Your card will have been issued in a particular country, and other countries may not let you have it on file if it wasn't issued in that region. You can use eShop credit, though we've got a guide further down.
  • Especially if you're trying to use a credit card!
  • Gold Points are earned each time you buy a digital game, and can be used to get discounts on your next purchase. If you split your purchases across two or more eShops, those Gold Points will be split up as well.
  • In order to redownload purchased games, you'll need access to the regional account and eShop where you made that purchase, otherwise they will be inaccessible
  • It's an absolute lifesaver. We used it to make this article!
  • There are plenty of occasions where, for example, the US will have a festive sale for a holiday that doesn't exist in other countries. You can shop around to find out when these will be, and which regions they are taking place in, but it's hard work to keep up with all the sales!
  • In countries like the US and Canada, tax is added on at the point of purchase often adding another few dollars to the price that was advertised. Different states and provinces have different tax levels we'll go into more detail about this later on.
  • Your card will have been issued in a particular country, and other countries may not let you have it on file if it wasn't issued in that region. You can use eShop credit, though we've got a guide further down.
  • Especially if you're trying to use a credit card!
  • Gold Points are earned each time you buy a digital game, and can be used to get discounts on your next purchase. If you split your purchases across two or more eShops, those Gold Points will be split up as well.
  • In order to redownload purchased games, you'll need access to the regional account and eShop where you made that purchase, otherwise they will be inaccessible

Let's take a look at the regions themselves, after all the caveats are cleared.

As examples, we've chosen a popular Nintendo game (Breath of the Wild) and a popular, cheaper indie game (Stardew Valley) that's quite illuminating: Japan is quite inexpensive for first-party games, but South Africa and Mexico are ahead in terms of independent games by a long way.

This table demonstrates that the prices are fairly unpredictable. It's much better to check games on a case-by-case basis, to see which games are cheaper and where they're on sale.

Note 1: The Germany price is applicable to most of Europe (excluding Switzerland, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Czech Republic).

Note 2: You may click on the "USD Equivalent" headings to sort the rows from low to high.

RegionPrice for Breath of the WildUSD EquivalentPrice for Stardew ValleyUSD Equivalent
UK59.99$69.1010.99$12.66
Germany69.99$69.2513.99$13.84
Japan7,678$53.791,480$10.37
USA$59.99$59.99$14.99$14.99
Canada$83.99$63.94$17.84$13.59
Australia$89.95$60.72$16.99$11.46
South AfricaR1,329.00$76.86R159.00$9.20
Mexico$1,399.00$69.57$149.99$7.45

Game Vouchers are a great way to save money on larger games, usually first-party Nintendo games, or from series like Xenoblade, Bayonetta, Kirby, and Metroid. You'll need a Nintendo Switch Online membership to purchase them.

Despite the fact that not every area has them, here's a list of where you can get them, and how much they cost (and again, Germany represents most of Europe, except Switzerland, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Czech Republic):

RegionGame Voucher x 2USD Equivalent
UK84.00$97.00
Germany99.00$98.25
Japan9,980$69.95
Australia$134.95$91.17
South AfricaR1,859.00$107.70

From Japan to South Africa, there's a good range of prices here. The UK and Europe are very expensive, but will still save you a lot if you want to buy two 60/70 games.

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Spain
  • Finland
  • France
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Latvia
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • UK

At the time of purchase, you'll pay different taxes depending on which region or zipcode you live in the United States and Canada. Here are some examples:

State/ProvinceCountrySales Tax (on digital games)
New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward IslandCanada15%
OntarioCanada13%
Alberta, British Colombia, Manitoba, Quebec, SaskatchewanCanada5%
Arkansas, ColoradoUSA0% (digital game sales are tax exempt)
Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, OregonUSA0%
All other statesUSA4-10%

Your credit or debit card will most likely not work in another country, either because the registered address is in another country, or because the card itself was issued in another country, but you may still purchase games with eShop credit. Just make sure you buy it in the correct currency!

The whole article on buying eShop credit can be found here. Many times discounts are on offer for 10% off, so make sure to check regularly and stock up!

  • Where To Buy Nintendo Switch eShop Credit, Gift Cards And Online Membership
  • Where To Buy Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop Credit
  • How To Buy Nintendo Switch Games From Any Region eShop - Create A Japanese, North American, European And Australian Nintendo Account