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Australia might be getting a web-based eShop soon

by Oliver BrandtAugust 24, 2018

For quite some time, Nintendo fans in North America, Europe, and Japan have been able to buy Nintendo games in their browser and have it download to their console remotely. Sadly, Nintendo fans in Australia and New Zealand have never had access to the service. It looks like that might be changing.

After some sleuthing this morning, Vooks has discovered that not only is there a webshop for Australia, it technically kinda works already. It’s not an easy process right now, however. It requires searching the source of the Nintendo UK website for a game’s specific eShop ID and then copying it over to another URL.

For example, if one wanted to buy the recently released Morphies Law on the Switch, they’d have to first visit this page and search the page’s source for the game’s eShop ID. Then, they’d take that ID code, paste it into a specific URL, and voila, they can now purchase the game right in their browser.

And it works, too. Several members of the Vooks team were able to purchase games using this method, and even have them download to their Switch consoles remotely.

At this stage, it’s currently unclear if this functionality is intentional or just a holdover from another region’s eShop. We’ve been unable to find anything resembling a home page or a search function, and some of us were met with error codes when trying to buy certain titles.

The possibility of Australia getting an eShop is still speculation, but all the signs are there, and it’s looking positive. Everything mostly works, so it’s functionally possible, at the very least.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated if anything changes.

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About The Author
Oliver Brandt
Digital game collector, impulse spender, and news editor. I write reviews and report on cool Nintendo stuff. Also the number one Minecraft guy on the team. Mine Cart Madness is the worst thing to happen to video games.
  • where's_that_cake
    August 25, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Sounds suspiciously like someone from vooks read a conversation we had yesterday on OzBargain

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/398703

    • August 25, 2018 at 6:57 pm

      Not really the case. Somebody linked me to the Hollow Knight store page yesterday morning, and I investigated from there. It does look like you guys followed the same train of thought as I did though 🙂

  • Silly G
    August 26, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I really don’t see the point of this seeing as games are typically released at midnight (give or take to factor in local and/or overseas daylight saving times) and if pre-ordered, they *should* download automatically upon release. I don’t see what sort of convenience this provides to users, but it’s more options for consumers, I guess.

    I just wish we had the option to gift games to other users/accounts like in the Wii days.

  • Nicholas
    August 27, 2018 at 6:45 am

    What do you mean Silly G? This has nothing to do with pre-orders nor when games are released.

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