A friend of mine wants to crowd source the cost of a family membership. We are not in the same household, and I can't find anything in the TOS that restricts members to an actual household. Is there any specific documentation of Nintendo ALLOWING friends to make a family group?

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I once asked to Nintendo about that, and they replied:

ご連絡いただいた件でございますが 「ファミリープラン」に加入(購入)したニンテンドーアカウントの「ファミリー」全員が「Nintendo Switch Online」のサービスをご利用いただけます。



・異なるNintendo Switch本体に登録されているニンテンドーアカウント




Let's translate vital part...

It is possible to be a member of the same "family" in any of the following cases:

・ A Nintendo Account of a person who does not live in the same household.

・ Nintendo accounts registered on different Nintendo Switch consoles.

*It is not possible to belong to more than one family.

This is possible because due to the nature of the service, we are unable to determine whether or not a person is actually a member of their family. However, in the event of any problems, etc., we will not be able to take any action to resolve the issue.

This means that they doesn't allow or disallow it, just saying it's possible. So, I've decided to take advantage of it, and ever since I'm "family" with friends, for 3 years straight, with zero problem.

  • It is not possible to belong to more than one family. Well, yes. I would think.
    – Timmy Jim
    Commented Nov 27, 2023 at 5:20
  • Technically I'm member of two family, thanks to Nintendo... :p
    – Skye-AT
    Commented Nov 27, 2023 at 7:07
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    @TimmyJim In the real world, many people do, and this technical limitation causes problems for them. (At least Nintendo's being reasonable about it, unlike some Netflixes I could name.)
    – wizzwizz4
    Commented Nov 27, 2023 at 12:26
  • So do I, thanks Nintendo
    – pinckerman
    Commented Nov 27, 2023 at 16:00

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