Grab Your Nintendo Account ID While It Lasts

Grab Your Nintendo Account ID While It Lasts

Nintendo is switching up aspects of their online accounts in preparation for the Switch’s launch on March 3. Users can now claim a Nintendo User ID – another handle that will link them to their systems.

As Polygon reports, this is different from the Network ID, which was used on the Wii U and 3DS. Claiming your desired name is easy – simply log in to your account, and select the option under the “User ID” section.

Duplicate IDs aren’t allowed, but you can change it at any time – all you need is another unique string of characters. As is expected, IDs named after Nintendo characters are either unavailable, or have already been claimed by fast fans.

Nintendo Life speculates that this handle will be used in place of your account name when playing online.

Have you set up your User ID yet? Was your name claimed? Let us know in the comments below!



 

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Comments Comments (18)

 
Posted by Bunnny
On Tuesday 21 Feb 2017 10:13 AM
4
Seems it has to be lower case.

But yay got mine
 
 
 
Posted by guido
On Tuesday 21 Feb 2017 10:32 AM
2
I hit the button next to User ID and it sends me to a change password page? Is this correct? I have a "nickname" chosen already and have it linked to my Nintendo Network ID but don't have anything next to User ID?!
 
 
 
Posted by Xaphriel
On Tuesday 21 Feb 2017 10:38 AM
3
21 February 2017, 10:32 AM Reply to guido
I hit the button next to User ID and it sends me to a change password page? Is this correct? I have a "nickname" chosen already and have it linked to my Nintendo Network ID but don't have anything next to User ID?!
Go down the page a bit and hit Edit beside User ID, you can set it there.

Love that I still can't move my time zone away from Ireland. Let me change regions, Nintendo, the bank freezes my account every time I buy something online! :P
 
 
 
Posted by guido
On Tuesday 21 Feb 2017 10:44 AM
3
21 February 2017, 10:38 AM Reply to Xaphriel
Go down the page a bit and hit Edit beside User ID, you can set it there.

Love that I still can't move my time zone away from Ireland. Let me change regions, Nintendo, the bank freezes my account every time I buy something online! :P
Cheers, I just needed to back myself and carry on/set a new password! :-D
 
 
 
Posted by drunk_monk
On Tuesday 21 Feb 2017 11:03 AM
2
21 February 2017, 10:44 AM Reply to guido
Cheers, I just needed to back myself and carry on/set a new password! :-D
Thanks Guido.

I was thrown by it asking to reset my password too.
 
 
 
Posted by woollywol
On Tuesday 21 Feb 2017 11:18 AM
3
It didn't ask me to reset my password - I'm still in shock, for the first time ever I've had no glitch or hiccup with my Nintendo account sign in. It went through, just like that.
 
 
 
Posted by Tin-Automaton
On Tuesday 21 Feb 2017 11:28 AM
2
21 February 2017, 11:18 AM Reply to woollywol
It didn't ask me to reset my password - I'm still in shock, for the first time ever I've had no glitch or hiccup with my Nintendo account sign in. It went through, just like that.
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was
 
 
 
Posted by guido
On Tuesday 21 Feb 2017 11:30 AM
2
21 February 2017, 11:18 AM Reply to woollywol
It didn't ask me to reset my password - I'm still in shock, for the first time ever I've had no glitch or hiccup with my Nintendo account sign in. It went through, just like that.
Just checking that you scrolled down and clicked the button next to User ID because in the first step of signing in you choose a "nickname" but then you still need to choose a User ID which I didn't realise immediately
 
 
 
Posted by FreddlePopGameS
On Tuesday 21 Feb 2017 11:33 AM
1
I got mine sussed.
I always get excited about new hardware and the release of this is soooo close now. Bring on next Friday!
I've tried to get leave but it appears at my work (government), that there must be a lot of Nintendo fans because the amount of requested leave on March 3rd is off the charts. Mine got declined just due to the amount of people seeking the same day off.
 
 
 
Posted by drunk_monk
On Tuesday 21 Feb 2017 12:14 PM
2
OH and thanks NZG for the heads up.
 
 
 
Posted by jmduknz
On Tuesday 21 Feb 2017 12:21 PM
2
thanks for the heads up. name locked in.
 
 
 
Posted by Jonathan-OverWorld
On Tuesday 21 Feb 2017 2:30 PM
2
linknz confirmed! :P
 
 
 
Posted by MadCant
On Tuesday 21 Feb 2017 5:25 PM
1
Sweeet! Thanks for the heads up NZG!
 
 
 
Posted by twisterjamz
On Tuesday 21 Feb 2017 6:22 PM
2
Thanks for the heads up NZG, just got twisterjamz locked down, now I'm ready for when I eventually buy a switch later this year so I can play Zelda Breath Of The Wild
 
 
 
Posted by ptys
On Tuesday 21 Feb 2017 7:15 PM
1
Thanks done although it looks like you can change after the fact.
 
 
 
Posted by piratemonkey
On Wednesday 22 Feb 2017 7:43 AM
2
This is great! And all i've done is enter my name... Thrillhouse!
 
 
 
Posted by Rapidity
On Thursday 23 Feb 2017 1:09 AM
1
Awesome, thanks NZG, I don't like having to use numbers in place of letters so I'm glad I got in quick.
 
 
 
Posted by kniteowl
On Saturday 25 Feb 2017 8:38 PM
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Did this 3 days ago after I checked my news feed from destructoid. Was already a day late but still managed to be the only kniteowl. Glad everyone so far has still managed to get their preferred ID.