New Nintendo Rewards System Will Include Switch & 5% off Purchases

Nintendo Faithful Shall Receive Better Returns

Say what you want about Nintendo games, just about every other facet of the company merits complaint—whether it’s online connectability, the rewards system, or the Wii U. Today, however, the gaming giant announced an overhaul of its Nintendo rewards program. Members will be rewarded a solid 5% worth of their purchases.

The official update from Nintendo reads as follows:

“My Nintendo members already earn Gold Points by buying qualifying games. Soon they’ll be able to redeem Gold Points for eligible digital games and content for the Nintendo Switch system, too. Buy a qualifying digital game for Nintendo Switch, Wii U, or Nintendo 3DS family systems or a physical game for the Nintendo Switch system. Earn Gold Points worth 5% of the amount you pay, not including any points or discounts used. You can then redeem those points on your next eligible digital purchase (including games and DLC) for the Nintendo Switch system from Nintendo eShop or”

With a bit more elaboration, here’s how new Nintendo rewards will function. Eligible games will offer gamers a 5% return on purchases. This is not a discount because that 5% comes in the form of digital currency, Gold Coins (or Gold Points). Thus, if you were to purchase a $60 game, 5% of that would you would earn 300 Gold Coins. The established real-world value of one coin is, apparently, one cent. Which means a single retail purchase will earn you $3.00 back each time. While this seems to be the direction of speculation, Nintendo hasn’t definitively set the value of a single Gold Coin.

Furthermore, Nintendo clarified how long Gold Coins shall remain valid in your account  “Once earned, Gold Points remain valid until the last day of the month in the following calendar year. For example, any Gold Points you earned in March 2017 will remain valid until the end of March 2018.”

Stick around for updates on whether this new 5% system for My Nintendo is exactly as it seems. Gold Coin rewards will qualify for Nintendo Switch, Wii U, and 3DS purchases.

Happy gaming.