You will soon be able to use Nintendo Points to buy digital games

Starting in March 2018, players will be able to spend Nintendo Points to save money on eShop purchases.

Nintendo announced that its virtual reward currency, which is earned by registering physical and digital games, will be valid as eShop credit in the coming months.

However, this will only apply to Gold Points, Platinum will remain as something used to acquire in-game items. Credits for Super Mario Run and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp are also exempt.

A single gold point will be worth one pence when translated to currency on the eShop, so you’ll need a fair few to outright purchase something.

Points can be renewed on Switch, Wii U and 3DS so long as your Nintendo account is linked to the console.

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To make things easier, Nintendo has released a handy guide which details how many reward points you earn with each individual purchase:

Downloads: 5%

  • Nintendo Switch games and DLC on Nintendo eShop: 5% of the total paid amount
  • Nintendo 3DS games and Wii U games on Nintendo eShop: 5% of the total paid amount
  • Download codes: 5% of the undiscounted Nintendo eShop price of the same content

Game Cards: 1%

  • Nintendo Switch game: 1% of the undiscounted Nintendo eShop price of that game

For example, purchasing a £40 title will earn you 200 points, so you can technically save £2 on your next eShop buy. We imagine it’ll all add up over time.

Gold Points are available for 12 months once renewed, so they won’t last forever, but likely long enough for you to spend them.

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