Nintendo looks to be changing their policy around digital purchases on their upcoming console, the Switch. If you buy a game from the eShop, it will be tied to your account, rather than the system itself.
"Your Nintendo Account contains your Nintendo eShop purchase history and current balance,” reads a disclaimer, noticed by an eagle-eyed Twitter user during an unboxing video. “By re-linking your Nintendo Account after initializing the console, it will be possible to redownload any software or DLC purchased using that account. (Software that has been discontinued may not be available to redownload in some cases.)"
Currently, purchases on the eShop are tied to your Wii U or 3DS. If you want to claim the game on another system, you’re required to call Nintendo Customer Support and provide serial numbers. This will apparently be a thing of the past on the Switch.
The Nintendo Switch is set to release on March 3. Myself and Angus each had some hands-on time with the system – you can read our impressions here and here. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set to launch alongside the system.