Nintendo has made a change to the way their currency works as you are now allowed to use Gold Points to purchase items in their eShop for the Switch and 3DS. Before you get too excited and think you’re about to break the bank with everything you’ve saved, it isn’t all that exciting, as one point equals one cent USD. You do get a percentage back if you use them, equaling 1% on physical releases and 5% on digital releases ($60 digital game = 300 coins/$3.00), but it’s still pennies on the dollar any way you swing it. While it’s a lovely concept and it will give people a chance to clear out any coins they’ve been stashing, we can’t foresee people using this on a frequent basis. We have some of the finer details about how the system will work below.
- Gold Points expire after 12 months on the last day of the month in which they were earned.
- Purchases made on Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, or Wii U, or on Nintendo.com (where available), will automatically earn Gold Points based on 5% of the total paid amount (excluding any points or discounts used).
- When purchasing retail package versions of Nintendo Switch software, points will be awarded when the software is registered via the HOME Menu on Nintendo Switch.
- Purchases of Nintendo 3DS or Wii U DLC do not qualify to earn Gold Points. Additionally, subscriptions, passes, in-game items, or virtual currency do not qualify to earn Gold Points.
- When redeeming a download code, Gold Points will be issued automatically.
- Gold Points for physical Nintendo Switch software can only be claimed within one year of the game’s original release date for countries in the North American and Australian regions, and within two years for the European region.
- Gold Points can be used toward eligible digital game and DLC purchases for the Nintendo Switch system, excluding passes, automatic renewals, in-game items, and virtual currency.