Nintendo account hack FAQ: What happened, who’s at risk, and how you can secure your ID

Since you’re probably playing a whole lot more Switch and 3DS games than usual these days, this hack couldn’t have come at a worse time. Nintendo has announced that more than 150,000 older accounts have been hacked and are warning users to change their accounts. Here’s what you need to know:

What happened?

Hackers were able to obtain access to 160,000 Nintendo Network ID (NNID) login names and passwords.

When did the hack occur?

It’s unclear exactly when the hack happened, but Nintendo says accounts have been compromised since the beginning of April.

How do I know if my account has been hacked?

Nintendo is notifying affected users via email, but only people with an older NNID account are at risk. However, even if you have a newer Nintendo Account for Switch, you may have linked it with your NNID to share eShop funds across the different systems.

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