Update: The Point to Currency exchange rate has been confirmed to be 1 Gold Point = 1 JPY / £0.01.
Original Article: To quote the wise words of Ant-Man‘s Hope van Dyne: “It’s about damn time“.
After months of the MyNintendo point expiry emails provoking the same sense of urgency as a Nigerian prince wishing to bequeath you his estate, Nintendo made the announcement this morning that the Gold Points we’ve been collecting from purchasing Nintendo Switch software titles will soon finally be able to be redeemed on software for the console we actually bought the game for, instead of Nintendo 3DS themes or discounts on Wii U Virtual Console titles.
Starting at an unspecified time in early March, players will be able to use accumulated Gold Points against the purchase of Nintendo Switch software from the eShop or Nintendo’s website. It’s currently unknown what the Point-Currency exchange rate will be, but Nintendo have confirmed that any remaining balances on potential purchases can be topped off through traditional payment methods – so even if you don’t have enough points for a full purchase, you can essentially use them as a discount.
In addition to this announcement, the earning rates will be adjusted. Purchases on the eShop will award you Points equal to 5% of a game’s value, while redeeming coins for a physical copy will earn you 1% of the game’s eShop price.
My Nintendo Gold Points remain active until a year after redemption, expiring at the end of the same month the following year. So for example, if you redeemed Gold Points for a launch day purchase of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, those points should expire at the end of March 2018.
Are you looking forward to finally spending your Gold Points? How many do you have stockpiled so far?