I've got a balance in my Nintendo eShop that I want to use to buy a game for a friend. I've been searching for a way to do it when I found this Reddit post from 2015 that pointed to this Nintendo Support page. The support page appears to no longer exist.

Is there some way to purchase Nintendo eShop games and gift them to a different user?

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    Ummm... Present*?
    – Ben
    Commented May 26, 2016 at 4:16
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    @Ben darn auto-correct
    – Batophobia
    Commented May 26, 2016 at 4:18

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There is no such option possible. The best thing you can do is to buy an online code and give this key to your friend.

Another option is to borrow the 3DS, put money on the account, buy the game, let it wrapped on the homescreen and give back the present.

There is however no way to transfer the funds from your account to his/her account:

Can I Transfer Unused Funds to Another System?

No. All Nintendo eShop transactions are applied only to a single system and are non-refundable.


  • Important note: if you are logged in to the eShop it will automatically link the purchase to your account. At least, when I purchased a 3DS game from my laptop using my eShop balance, I never received a code, only a receipt of purchase as the download immediately began on my 3DS.
    – Batophobia
    Commented May 28, 2016 at 21:15

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