Nintendo Switch eshopSource: iMore

Every Nintendo Switch game purchase you make, whether in the eShop or a physical game, earns you Gold Points. Those points can be used toward purchases for things like background themes for your 3DS, Prima game guides, and discounts for Wii U purchases. You can also exchange your Gold Points toward purchases made in the Nintendo Switch eShop. Here's everything you need to know about Gold Points and how to use them.

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How to add your Gold Points for game purchases on Nintendo Switch

Every digital game you purchase on the Switch or 3DS eShop rewards you with Gold Points that can be used for purchases in the Switch eShop.

Gold Points from eShop games are super easy to redeem. It's automatic. As soon as you buy a game, the points are added to your My Nintendo Account. Just make sure your Nintendo Network ID is linked to your Nintendo Account before you make any purchases so all of your eshop game purchases from your various consoles will share the Gold Point rewards.

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Physical game cards that you purchase for your Switch require a few additional steps to secure your Gold Points.

  1. Insert the game card into your Switch.
  2. Select the game you want to redeem points for from the Home screen.
  3. Touch Options in the lower right corner of the Home screen, or press the + button on the right Joy-Con controller.
  4. Select My Nintendo Rewards Program from the Options menu.

    Selecting My Nintendo Rewards Program on the Nintendo SwitchSource: iMore

  5. Select Earn Gold Points (Game Card version only).
  6. Select the profile for which you want to receive the points.

    Selecting a profile for Gold points on the Nintendo SwitchSource: iMore

  7. Select Earn Points for this software. 8 Select OK to finish the process.

    Getting Gold Points on the Nintendo SwitchSource: iMore

You now have Gold Points in your My Nintendo loyalty program account.

Gold Points for physical games can only be redeemed within one year of the game's original release date. Make sure to do this process before then.

How to redeem Gold Points for games in the Switch eShop

Once you've added all of your eligible Gold Points to your Nintendo Account, you can redeem them in the eShop at any time toward game purchases.

  1. Launch the Switch eShop from the Home screen.
  2. Select the user profile that has your Gold Points on it.

    Nintendo Switch home menuSource: iMore

  3. Select the game you want to buy.
  4. Select Proceed to Purchase.

    Redeeming gold points Nintendo SwitchSource: iMore

  5. Select Redeem Points.
  6. Enter the number of points you want to use for this purchase. If you want to use them all, skip this step.

    Redeeming gold points Nintendo SwitchSource: iMore

  7. Select Next.

    Redeeming gold points Nintendo SwitchSource: iMore

The Gold Points will be redeemed, and the remaining amount that needs to be paid will appear on the screen. You can then continue with your purchase.

How to check your Gold Points balance

Maybe you've been downloading games willy-nilly all year long and have no idea how many points you have stored up, waiting to be used. You can find out how many Gold Points you have in your eShop account.

  1. Launch the Switch eShop from the Home screen.

    Nintendo Switch home menuSource: iMore

  2. Select the user profile that has your Gold Points on it.

    Who Is Using The EshopSource: iMore

  3. Select your Account in the upper right corner of the screen.

    Nintendo Eshop Account PageSource: iMore

Your Gold Points balance will appear on your account's main page.

You can also find this information by checking your My Nintendo account summary online.

Navigate to My.Nintendo.com from a web browser and log in with your Nintendo Account username and password. Your total Platinum and Gold Points will be displayed on your main page.

Nintendo Gold Points AccountSource: iMore

How to check your Gold Points expiration date

Your Gold Points expire at the end of the month, one year after your game's purchase date. For example, if you purchased Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on March 5, 2017. Those points will expire on March 31, 2018. To see when your points are about to expire, visit your My Nintendo account online.

  1. Navigate to My.Nintendo.com from a web browser and sign in to your account.
  2. Click on the Menu in the upper left corner of the web page.

    My Nintendo Website Menu ButtonSource: iMore / Teena Merlan

  3. Click on Point summary.

    My Nintendo Website Menu Points SummarySource: iMore / Teena Merlan

  4. Click on Points expiration tab. A list of all your points that will expire each month for the rest of the year will be displayed.

    My Nintendo Website Points Summary Expiration TabSource: iMore / Teena Merlan

How to spend your Gold Points on something else

If you're not interested in exchanging Gold Points toward eShop games, you can use your points for other things, like background themes for your 3DS, wallpapers for your phone or computer, and Prima game guides.

  1. Navigate to My.Nintendo.com from a web browser.
  2. Click on the Menu in the upper left corner of the web page.

    My Nintendo Website Menu ButtonSource: iMore / Teena Merlan

  3. Click on Redeem points.

    My Nintendo Website Menu Open Redeem PointsSource: iMore / Teena Merlan

  4. Select the reward you want, then select Quantity if applicable.

    My Nintendo Website Redeem Points Quantity Selected ItemSource: iMore

  5. Click on Redeem.

    My Nintendo Website Redeem Points Selected Item RedeemSource: iMore

Different items are distributed in different ways. Most are accessible across your various devices through your Nintendo Account. Prima Online Access Game Guides require a free Prima account.

Collect even more points!

Now that you know all about collecting Gold Points and how to spend them, I'll let you in on a little tip that could have you rolling in coins in no time. In the past few years, a few first-party Nintendo games had a special promotion: If you pre-order one of these titles, you get extra Gold Points. If you were planning to pick up the game anyway, you might as well pre-order it and reap the benefits and get even more great Nintendo games with all those Gold Points.

Keep an eye out the next time you have an anticipated Nintendo game coming out soon. You can see news of these promotions and many other Gold Points promotions on the My Nintendo website.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about adding and redeeming Gold Points on your Nintendo Switch? Put them in the comments, and I'll help you out.

Updated March 2021: Added new screenshots, removed outdated information, updated jumplist.

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