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New Switch Game Vouchers let you save on Nintendo’s digital games

by Oliver BrandtMay 16, 2019

Nintendo dropped a nice little surprise at the end of this morning’s Super Mario Maker 2 Direct: a new way to save money while buying Nintendo games digitally.

Nintendo has announced the Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers program. Game Vouchers, which are available now on the Switch eShop, cost $134.95 and entitle you to two games from Nintendo’s very wide selection of published Switch games — that includes third party titles published by Nintendo, like Bayonetta 2 and Dragon Quest Builders. Here’s the full list as of publishing:

  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
  • Fitness Boxing
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu
  • Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee
  • The World Ends With You -Final Remix-
  • Super Mario Party
  • Go Vacation
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido
  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Bayonetta 2
  • Dragon Quest Builders
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Fire Emblem Warriors
  • Pokken Tournament DX
  • Splatoon 2
  • ARMS
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • 1-2-Switch
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

As you can see, that’s a lot of games, and most of them are excellent. Astral Chain and Fire Emblem Three Houses will also be included in the program, and presumably so will every single full-priced Nintendo game that will release for the foreseeable future. The best part is that you can buy a voucher now and it’ll last for a year, so you could pick up, say, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate today and grab Astral Chain when it launches in August.

The savings are obviously going to vary a bit here, but no matter what you buy, it’ll always be a saving. If you purchase the two cheapest games on that list, Sushi Striker and Bayonetta 2, individually they’d cost you a total of $139.90. That’s only a saving of $5, but it’s something.

Conversely, if you bought two of the more expensive games, like Fire Emblem Warriors and Pokken Tournament DX, they’d set you back $179.90. With the vouchers, that’s a saving of $45. Plus you get 675 gold points when you buy a voucher, essentially netting you a cashback of almost $7. That’s pretty good value for money.

The Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers program is only available to active members of Nintendo Switch Online, and you can find them on the Switch eShop under the Nintendo Switch Online tab. Alternatively, you can buy them in your browser, by clicking here.

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Oliver Brandt
News Editor, sometimes-reviewer, and Oxford comma advocate. If something's published on Vooks, there's a good chance I looked over it first. I spend way too much on games and use way too many em dashes.
  • James
    May 16, 2019 at 9:02 am

    I was first excited at this announcement, then disappointed by it. The $135 means each game costs about $67.50, and it’s quite easy to find physical copies of those games for cheaper than that (for example, mario maker 2 is only $58 at Amazon). I guess you only save money if you really want digital versions of the game, and don’t want to wait for a sale.

  • David
    May 16, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Are these good value for money compared to picking up physical releases?

    Break even seems to be 67.50 for a game. Mario maker is 58 per the price guidr

    • May 16, 2019 at 6:08 pm

      It depends, dollar for dollar, no it’s not cheaper than physical. But then digital stuff doesn’t go on sale very often so any chance to get games there cheaper is good.

      $58 is good for Mario, but it’s not always going to be that price as well.

  • Micky
    May 16, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Works out cheaper to go physical and you can resell the game.

    I probably would do this for Animal Crossing and FFXIV if it ever comes.

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