Nintendo Switch: list of games with English (+ other languages) option in Japan (retail + eShop)

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One of the best things about the Nintendo Switch is that it’s completely region-free. And that applies to the Nintendo eShop (as explained in this post), though obviously, you need a Nintendo Account set to Japan. This is pretty great news for players who understand Japanese, and want to “import” games by buying them directly from the Nintendo eShop (though it’s definitely not the least expensive method!).

But it’s also good news for players who want to download Nintendo Switch games from the Nintendo eShop in English, as some of the games DO offer an English-language option. And that’s why we created this post: to list all the games with an English (+ other languages) option that are currently available on the Nintendo eShop in Japan. We will try to keep it updated as long as possible, so keep coming back for new additions!

This page also tells you which Nintendo Switch games are only available at retail in Japan, so that you can import it if it’s digital-only in your region. Looking for demos instead? Click here!

Here’s how you can create a Nintendo Account to download games from another region:

  • go to the Nintendo Account website, and create yourself a Nintendo Account
  • during the creation process, make sure to select the country of the region you want to access the Nintendo eShop of (for example: Japan for the Japanese Nintendo eShop)
  • on your Nintendo Switch, create a new user
  • link your new Nintendo Account to that new user
  • launch the Nintendo eShop, and choose that new user

EN = English, ES = Spanish, FR = French, DE = German, IT = Italian, NL = Dutch, RU = Russian, ZH: Chinese, KO = Korean, PT = Portuguese

Latest releases (this week):

  • The King of Fighters ’99 (Hamster): 823 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: May 25th) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT]
  • Mr. Shifty (tinyBuild Games): 1 480 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: already available) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT, PT]
  • Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers (Capcom): 4 990 Yen [out on May 26th] [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: May 26th, retail + eShop) [ZH]

Coming soon

  • GoNNER (Raw Fury): Price TBC [out on June 1st?] [web eShop page] (Europe: June 1st, North America: TBC) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT, NL, PT, RU, KO, ZH]
  • ARMS (Nintendo): 6 458 Yen [out on June 16th] [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: June 13th, retail + eShop) [EN, ES, FR, NL, IT, DE, RU]
  • Fate/EXTELLA (Marvelous): 8 424 Yen [out on July 20th] [web eShop page] (Europe: July 21st, North America: July 25th) [EN, KO, ZH]

Nintendo Switch – Retail titles

  • 1-2-Switch (Nintendo): 5 378 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: March 3rd, retail + eShop) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT, NL, RU] 
  • ARMS (Nintendo): 6 458 Yen [out on June 16th] [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: June 13th) [EN, ES, FR, NL, IT, DE, RU]
  • Disgaea 5 Complete (Nippon Ichi Software): 7 538 Yen [web eShop page] (North America: May 23rd / Europe: May 26th, retail + eShop) [EN]
  • Fate/EXTELLA (Marvelous): 8 424 Yen [out on July 20th] [web eShop page] (Europe: July 21st, North America: July 25th) [EN, KO, ZH]
  • I am Setsuna (Square-Enix): 5 184 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: March 3rd, eShop-only) [EN, FR]
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo): 5 980 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: April 28th, retail + eShop) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT, NL, PT, RU]
  • Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Mojang): price TBC [out on May 12th on the eShop, retail at a later date] [web eShop page] (North America: May 11th, Europe: May 12th – eShop first, retail later) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT, NL, PT, RU]
  • Super Bomberman R (Konami): 5 378 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: March 3rd, retail + eShop) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT, NL, PT, RU, ZH]
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo): 7 538 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: March 3rd, retail + eShop) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT, NL, RU]
  • Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers (Capcom): 4 990 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: May 26th, retail + eShop) [ZH]

Nintendo Switch – Nintendo eShop titles

  • Alpha Mission II (Hamster, ACA NeoGeo): 823 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: April 6th) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT]
  • Battle Sports Mekuru: 1 058 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: TBC) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT, NL, PT, RU, ZH]
  • Blaster Master Zero (Inti Creates): 980 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: March 9th) [EN]
  • Blazing Star (Hamster, ACA NeoGeo): 823 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe: May 2nd?) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT]
  • Dark Witch Music Episode: Rudymical (Flyhigh Works): 800 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: May 11th) [EN, ZH]
  • Fatal Fury (Hamster, ACA NeoGeo): 823 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: April 20th) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT]
  • Garou: Mark of the Wolves (Hamster, ACA NeoGeo): 823 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America May 11th) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT]
  • Kamiko (Flyhigh Works): 500 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: April 27th) [EN, ZH]
  • Metal Slug (Hamster, ACA NeoGeo): 823 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe: March 30th / North America: March 30th?) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT]
  • Metal Slug 3 (Hamster, ACA NeoGeo): 823 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe: March 3rd / North America: March 9th) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT]
  • Mr. Shifty (tinyBuild Games): 1 480 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: already available) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT, PT]
  • NAM-1975 (Hamster, ACA NeoGeo): 823 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: March 9th) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT]
  • Neo Turf Master (Hamster, ACA NeoGeo): 823 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: March 23rd) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT]
  • New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers (Arc System Works): 1 200 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe: March 3rd / North America: March 23rd) [EN, KO, ZH]
  • Othello (Arc System Works): 500 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe: March 3rd / North America: March 23rd) [JA, EN]
  • Over Top (Hamster, ACA NeoGeo): 823 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: April 27th) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT]
  • Samurai Shodown IV (Hamster, ACA NeoGeo): 823 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: April 13th) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT]
  • Shock Troopers (Hamster, ACA NeoGeo): 823 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe: March 3rd / North America: March 9th) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT]
  • Snipperclips (Nintendo): 1 667 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: March 3rd) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT, NL] [demo available]
  • Soldam 2 (City Connection): 1 500 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe, North America: TBC) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT, ZH Simplified, ZH Traditional]
  • The King of Fighters ’94 (Hamster, ACA NeoGeo): 823 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: March 16th) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT]
  • The King of Fighters ’98 (Hamster, ACA NeoGeo): 823 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe: March 3rd / North America: March 9th) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT]
  • The King of Fighters ’99 (Hamster): 823 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: May 25th) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT]
  • Thumper (Drool): Price TBC [web eShop page] (Europe / North America: May 18th) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT, NL, RU, KO, ZH]
  • Tumbleseed (aeiowu): 1 600 yen [web eShop page] (Europe/North America: May 2nd) [EN]
  • Voez (Flyhigh Works): 2 500 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe: March 3rd / North America: March 9th) [EN, KO, ZH]
  • Vroom in the Night Sky (Poisoft): 1 000 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe: March 3rd / North America: March 9th) [EN]
  • Waku-Waku 7 (Hamster, ACA NeoGeo): 823 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe: March 3rd / North America: March 9th) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT]
  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (DotEmu): 2 200 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe, North America: April 18th] [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT, PT]
  • World Heroes Perfect (Hamster, ACA NeoGeo): 823 Yen [web eShop page] (Europe: March 3rd / North America: March 9th) [EN, ES, FR, DE, IT]

A big thanks to Cheesemeister for the help with the initial compiling of the list!


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