Want to play demos for games like Monster Hunter Double XX or Dragon Quest Heroes I & II but can’t get a hold of them because they are only available in Japan? This post will show you how you can download these game demos using a Japanese Nintendo eShop account.
Not all Nintendo games offer demos for players to test their games. Most of the time they release it immediately to the public without a demo. Whenever there are new games, we quickly conclude that Japan gets to have it first, right?
WRONG. There are lots of non-Japanese game developers out there that release demos for other regions. For example, a Kirby Star Allies demo is only available in Europe! See? Not all games are exclusive only for Japanese gamers. We are lucky to have demos from non-Japanese companies, too.
Why do developers release demos for their games?
Demos give players a chance to experience the game before finally releasing it to the public. Some demos are available even after the game is released. This allows the consumer to help them decide whether they want to buy the full version of the game or not. Demos offer some limited play times while some give the players unlimited chances to try the game over and over again.
An example of a game demo that has limited play times is Pokken Tournament DX. Once you use all the remaining chances, you’ll have to either buy the game or uninstall it.
Disgaea 5 Complete‘s demo let’s you play up to the first storyline of the game. Since Disgaea uses maps for each stage, you can play the game as many times as you want. You can even get the character’s levels up to the max level if you want!
Now that we know what demos are for, here is a step by step guide on how to get them.
Step 1. Creating a new Nintendo Eshop account
Before you create a new Nintendo eShop account, you need to create a new email address first. For this guide, we’ll use a Gmail account. You can easily sign up for an email address using Gmail and set it as your email address for the Japanese Nintendo account.
- On your Nintendo Switch home screen, go to System Settings > Users > Add User.
- Choose an icon and set a nickname for your new account.
Step 2. Linking to a Nintendo account
Now, you need to link your new user on to a Nintendo Account.
- After creating your user, select the “Sign In and Link” button to proceed.
- Next, select “Sign in using an external account” then select “Sign in via Google”.
- On your PC or mobile phone, log in to your Gmail account and then Nintendo will ask for access to your email account. Select “Allow”.
- As this is a new email address, Nintendo will detect that this account is not linked on any Nintendo account. Select “OK”.
- On the next page, select “Send e-mail” to get an email from Nintendo.
- Once you receive the email, open it and click the link found on the bottom. This will take you to the Nintendo Account Creation page online.
- Select “An account for myself”.
- On the next page, type the necessary details for the new Nintendo Account. On the “Country/Region of residence”, select “Japan”. Don’t forget to check the boxes on the bottom before clicking “Submit”.
Now, copy the confirmation code on the screen and type it on the your Nintendo Switch.
And you’re all set!
3. Downloading a demo
Now that your Japanese Nintendo account has been created, you can walk straight to the Nintendo eShop page on your Nintendo Switch!
- On the Nintendo Switch Home screen, select the Nintendo eShop icon and then choose the profile you created earlier.
- Ignore the popup on the screen and select “OK”. After that, select the orange button.
- Re-enter your Nintendo account password.
Congratulations! Your have accessed the Japanese Nintendo eShop.
- On the top menu, select where the magnifying glass is located, and the screen changes.
- Select the orange text below the search input. This will load another page and will show you the available games with demos on the screen.
Let’s try and download Dragon Quest Heroes I & II!
- You can either use the search input box or just scroll down the page and find the game.
- The top button lets you purchase the game. We’re just going to try the demo so select the bottom button.
And there you go! Wait for the game download to finish and enjoy playing the game!
If only I have time to study and speak Japanese, I would’ve bought these games directly and not go to the hassle of creating a Nintendo account for the Japanese eShop. But what can we do by then? Well, we just have to wait for Nintendo or the game developers to localize these games.
Here’s a list of games you can download on the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop. Some are free while others are just demos:
Free to Play:
- Pac-Man Vs. Free Multiplayer Version (Bandai-Namco)
- Platinum Train- Nihon Juudan Tetsudou no Tabi (JContents)
- NicoNico (Dwango)
- TorqueL -Physics Modified Edition (PLAYISM)
- ARMS: Global Testpunch (Nintendo)
- Blaster Master Zero (Inti Creates)
- Crypt of the NecroDancer: Nintendo Switch Edition (Spike-Chunsoft)
- Dark Witch Music Episode: Rudymical (Flyhigh Works)
- Disgaea 5 Complete (NIS America)
- Dragon Quest Builders (Square-Enix)
- Dragon Quest Heroes I & II for Nintendo Switch (Square-Enix)
- forma.8 (Mixed Bag Games)
- Heroes of the Monkey Tavern (Monkey Stories)
- Implosion (Flyhigh Works)
- Inversus Deluxe (Hypersect)
- Lost Sphear (Square-Enix)
- Mighty Gunvolt Burst (Inti Creates)
- Monster Hunter XX (Capcom)
- Nine Parchments (Frozenbyte)
- Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (FDG Entertainment)
- Order Land (Poisoft)
- Pic-a-Pix Deluxe (Lightwood Games)
- Piczle Lines DX (Rainy Frog)
- Plantera DX (Ratalaika Games)
- Pokkén Tournament DX (Nintendo)
- Project Octopath Traveleler (Square-Enix)
- Puyo Puyo Tetris (SEGA)
- Snipperclips: Cut it out, together! (Nintendo)
- Sonic Forces (SEGA)
- Spelunker Party! (Square-Enix)
- Star Ghost (Rainy Frog)
- Sumikko Gurashi: Sumikko Park e Youkoso (Nippon Columbia)
- Super Beat Sports (Harmonix)
- VOEZ (Flyhigh Works)
Anything missing from the list? Let us know!
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