My Nintendo Gold Points: How to earn Gold Points on Nintendo Switch physical games
One of the best things about Nintendo eShop is that you can use My Nintendo Gold Points to get a great discount on digital purchases, but something that a lot of people are not Be aware that while Gold Points are earned automatically on downloads, they must be claimed manually on physical games.
Although this process is not automatic, it is fortunately quite easy to do. Just follow the steps below and you’ll be earning Gold Points in no time.
Insert your game card
You will need to have the game inserted into the Switch’s game card slot to complete this process – if you try to claim the Gold Points without the game loaded, you will receive a message asking you to insert the game card. game and try again.
Press “+” (or “Start”, if you prefer) to open the software menu for the game in question. From this menu, you can manually update the game and tinker with its save data, as well as other things. However, in this case we are interested in the ‘My Nintendo Rewards Program’ option, at the very bottom.
Select “My Nintendo Rewards Program”
Select this option and you will notice that “Earn Gold Points (game card version only)” is highlighted. Select this to continue. If you have more than one user account registered on your Switch, you will be asked which user account the points will be applied to.
Claim Gold Points
You will see how many gold points are up for grabs before claiming them. They vary from game to game; for example, Ring shaped adventure gives you 70 points, while Yes Origin is only worth 18 points. This is because the amount is based on a percentage of the original retail price.
Can I claim gold points on used games?
Unfortunately not. If the game you are using is used or owned by someone else who has already claimed Gold Points, you will not be able to earn Gold Points on your account.
Can I claim Gold Points on multiple copies of the same game?
Yes, you can claim multiple physical copies of the same game on the same Nintendo Account. You can also buy digital and physical versions of the same game on the same Nintendo Account. However, digital titles only qualify for My Nintendo Gold points once per Nintendo Account.
My Nintendo Gold Points – Error Codes
Error code: 2016-0415
If the game in question is not available in a particular region, you will get the following error message:
If you have another North American, European, or Japanese account on your Switch, try using that account to claim Gold Points. It doesn’t always work, as we found out, but it’s worth a try.
Error code: 2016-0403
Likewise, if the game’s Gold Points period has elapsed, you will get this error message:
Error code: 2016-0402
Finally, you might run into instances where the game is not yet eligible for Gold Points, even though it has been on sale for some time (the physical version of Planet of freedom gave us this error message on all regional accounts we tried):
Spend your points
Once you have claimed your Gold Points, you can spend them on the eShop. Remember, 100 points equals £ 1 / $ 1. When you make a purchase, you will be asked if you would like to use your Gold Points balance to reduce the cost.
Things to remember
There are some things to remember when talking about Gold Points (information taken from Nintendo official website):
- For purchases from Nintendo eShop or the official Nintendo website (if applicable), you automatically earn Gold Points equal to 5% of the total amount paid.
- By redeeming a download code, you automatically earn Gold Points equal to 5% of the unreduced Nintendo eShop price of that content at the time of redemption. Only commercially distributed download codes are eligible for points.
- For the purchase of a Nintendo Switch Game Card, you earn Gold Points worth 1% of the unreduced Nintendo eShop price of that game. To receive the points, you must register the Game Card in the HOME menu on your Nintendo Switch console within two years (for Europe and South Africa) or one year (for all other countries) from the game’s official release date. country. You can confirm a game’s release date by visiting its details page on Nintendo eShop.
- On Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Gold Points are only earned if your Nintendo Network ID is linked to your Nintendo Account at the time of purchase.
- Certain content may be exempt from earning or spending Gold Points.
- The number of points you can earn for a purchase can be confirmed on the product information page on Nintendo eShop.
- Gold points are valid for 12 months from the date they are earned and always expire at the end of a month.