Nintendo Switch Online Subscription Purchasable with Gold Points

The online subscription service for the Nintendo Switch will be purchasable with My Nintendo Gold Points. You get said Gold Points by buying games and DLC on the eShop, as well as physical copies. You’ll need 2000 Gold Points to purchase a yearly subscription. One $60 game gets you 300 Points. You do the math if that’s a reasonable trade for your buying habits.

Nintendo Switch Online Subscription Purchasable with Gold Points
Nintendo Switch Online Subscription Purchasable with Gold Points

The Nintendo Switch online subscription is upon us. Aside from some games, such as Fortnite, it will be necessary to play games online, as well as cloud saves, and other “perks”. The price ranges from $4 to $20, depending on how long of a subscription you purchase. Whether or not you purchase it, that’s up to you. However, one important thing to note is that you’ll be able to purchase the online subscription for My Nintendo Gold Points. They can’t be used for auto-renewal, though, but still. So, how exactly does that work?

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The math here is unnecessarily complicated, so bear with us here. You get My Nintendo Points by purchasing “eligible games and downloadable content.” If you buy them through the eShop, you get 5% of your purchase in gold points, while buying a physical copy earns you 1%. Taxes and discounts excluded, naturally. So, if you, say, buy a $59.99 game on the eShop, you’ll get $3 worth of Gold Points, which is 300 Gold Points. Yes, the conversion rate is 100 Gold Points for one dollar. Confused yet? Yeah, me too.

Be that as it may, it’s worth knowing that purchasing the online subscription with these Gold Points. The only trouble is that, if you, for example, want to buy the yearly subscription, you’ll have to grind up 2000 Gold Points. That’s a lot of money you’d have to spend on various games and / or DLC to get up to $20. I guess that’s not impossible, but honestly, I’m not too sure it’s the most valid of strategies, unless you’re already a big spender.

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