Huge My Nintendo overhaul happening today

by Oliver BrandtMarch 6, 2018

Remember a little while back when Nintendo told us you’d be able to discount your purchases on the eShop using My Nintendo gold coins? Well, it looks like you’ll be able to do exactly that today.

A post on the official My Nintendo website has revealed that changes to the My Nintendo gold points system will be going live later today. Starting today, you’ll be able to spend your points on discounts on any digital piece of content on the Nintendo Switch, except for in-game purchases, automatic renewals, passes and virtual currency.

The rate at which you earn coins has also been significantly increased, with each digital purchase netting you 5% of the original purchase cost in cents back in coins, and each physical redemption earning you 1% back, based on the price of the game on the eShop. This means that an $80 game bought digitally will earn you a whopping 400 points, which can then be used for a discount of $4 on whatever else you’d like to purchase.

These changes are likely to go live later today when maintenance on the Nintendo online services framework ends. We’ll let you know when that happens.

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  • emwearz
    March 6, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Did anyone lose points today?

  • Dano
    March 6, 2018 at 9:43 am

    This has got to be one of the worst rewards program I’ve ever seen. It’s decent if you purchase all your games digitally, but it’s practically nonexistent if you purchase physically. Club Nintendo was infinitely better than this.

  • Ed
    March 6, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Have you bought games from eShops in different regions? The points are now region locked.

    • Mick
      March 6, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      Could also be that some points just happened to expire today, one year after something was purchased.

      • March 6, 2018 at 2:21 pm

        Gold coins expire on the last day of the month 12 months after they were originally earned. This means that the earliest any coins earned from the Switch will be expiring is March 31st.

    • emwearz
      March 6, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      This is most likely the reason then, yeah I had redeemed a few vouchers while my account was swapped over to the US, must have lost the points for those games. Cheers.

  • Grimey
    March 6, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    I didn’t lose any points, but upon just checking the rewards page to see whats up (@10;15pm), there isn’t even a switch button that i see on the rewards page…
    Or am I just blind?

  • Matt
    March 6, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    They changed the rules today as well. Was always 1 year for the US and two years for most other places (including us). So I didn’t claim Zelda and now I can’t. Any chance of them changing it back?

    • March 7, 2018 at 1:29 am

      It still says 2 years on the Switch itself in the menu, we’re not sure if this is just a bug affecting Zelda or if the tooltip will be changed in a future update. But it definitely should still be two years as far as we know.

      • Matt
        March 7, 2018 at 8:02 am

        Quite annoying if they’ve changed it and not by accident, especially with no notice. On the page you linked it does say 1 year for US and AU, so hopefully that is wrong. Thanks for following up.

        • March 7, 2018 at 6:02 pm

          Oh yep, looks like they’ve actually changed the page since we first reported on it, saying that Aus does indeed only have one year now. It used to say 1 year for US and 2 for “all European regions”, of which we are usually a part. Hopefully they’ll update the tooltip within the system soon then to avoid confusion.

        • Matt
          March 7, 2018 at 8:09 pm

          I held out claiming Zelda (physical) as we had 2 years so was in no rush. Not sure why they’d lump us in with the US all of a sudden.

  • ThePoetPyronius
    March 7, 2018 at 9:54 am

    The annoying thing about this is that because I registered my game cards a month ago (when i heard there would be rewards for gold coins coming), I got between 10-16 gold coins for each title registered. If I had just waited the month and registered them now, I would have got almost 8 times that!

    Seems a little weak, Nintendo.

  • Silly G
    March 7, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    I have around 30 retail Switch games and my gold coin haul (in addition to any gold coins I had prior) has yielded me a grand total of just over $15. Games that were released retroactively at retail (such as Rocket League and Overcooked) do not yield any coins, which is a shame considering how much more they cost than the eShop versions.

    Man, Club Nintendo looks mighty good to me right about now.

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