PayPal has been on the Xbox One and PS4 stores since day one, but so far, Nintendo users haven’t had this option. Now that has changed, though, as Nintendo says that Switch owners can pay for games with PayPal directly on the console’s eShop or at its web store. Great news.
Wii U and 3DS owners can’t use PayPal directly from their consoles, but can use the payment service to buy games from Nintendo’s online store.
PayPal first arrived to Switch owners in Japan naturally, but has now rolled out around the world, including North America and Europe. The payment system truly makes the Switch a region-free system. This is also likely preparation for the $4 per month ($20 per year) launch of the paid multiplayer system coming in 2018. Wii U and 3DS owners still don’t have a PayPal option in their eShops, but can use PayPal to buy digital games on Nintendo’s website, which is better than nothing.
This is good for PayPal too since it has been pushing its services, recently getting on Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Skype via a “Send Money” feature. Rumors are that Amazon may launch a competing service. This should make things easier for most Switch users.