Nintendo eShop will accept My Nintendo gold points in March

Gwen Vasquez
February 9, 2018

You could not earn rewards for purchases or activity, nor could you exchange existing points for anything at all.

We've been able to earn gold My Nintendo points since the Nintendo Switch released in March, but Nintendo had always insisted that a way to spend these gold points on Nintendo Switch was on the way.

The change will come into effect in "early March" for United Kingdom and European Switch owners.

Members now receive gold points by purchasing Nintendo games either from eShop and brick-and-mortar retailers.

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Players can earn Gold Points by purchasing Nintendo hardware and software, as well as through playing Nintendo apps on their smart devices. Nintendo says more details are on the way, and once they're announced we'll be sure to present an update as well.

Those Gold coins are about to pay off; literally. You can then cash in those Gold Points the next time you purchase an eligible Switch game or DLC from the Nintendo eShop or Nintendo.com. While this seems to be the direction of speculation, Nintendo hasn't definitively set the value of a single Gold Coin. Purchasing the digital version of a Switch, 3DS or Wii U game nets 5 per cent back in Gold Points, while there's only a 1 per cent return for package Switch purchases.

Also, keep in mind that Gold Points expire 12 months after being issued. The looming deadline behind points earned through 2017 does mean early Switch adopters may need to redeem some of their points soon... but there are only about 500 titles you can choose to put your discount towards.

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