After having a rather tumultuous time making My Nintendo Rewards initiatives worth fans’ while, Nintendo will start allowing loyal players to use their Gold Points to pay for digital purchases on the Nintendo Switch eShop.
The surprise announcement for the loyalty program came early this morning out of the official Nintendo website. While Switch users have begged for a good reason to use their rewards points on their hybrid console since its launch, redeemable goods have only been offered — strangely enough — for Nintendo’s mobile, 3DS, and Wii U platforms. Come March, users will be able to convert their Gold Points into actual credit, although the conversion rate for American dollars has not been revealed yet. Reportedly, one Gold Point will result in one cent in Europe.
It is worth noting that Nintendo will also simultaneously be changing the amount of Gold Coins that can be obtained when purchasing both digital and physical games. The new details are as follows:
Nintendo Switch games and DLC on Nintendo eShop: 5% of the total paid amount
Nintendo 3DS games and Wii U games on Nintendo eShop: 5% of the total paid amount
Download codes: 5% of the undiscounted Nintendo eShop price of the same content
Game Cards: 1%
Nintendo Switch game: 1% of the undiscounted Nintendo eShop price of that game
Fans who have been saving up their Gold Points since the hybrid console’s launch last March may want to act quickly once this service launches, however, seeing as how Gold Points are set to expire after a year on the last day of the month that they were originally earned in. For instance, if a person earned Gold Points in March 2017, those points will only exist until the last day of March 2018.