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How to make the most out of your eShop gold coins

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Today I want to talk about Nintendo's fabulous cashback program that was overhauled in March 2018. Since the beginning of March, gamers with a linked My Nintendo account automatically receive 5% virtual currency for virtually every purchase made in the Switch eShop. Said virtual currency can be freely applied to virtually any item available in the Switch eShop. Nintendo says that exceptions exist for both earning and spending gold coins, but I haven't come across any yet; they probably only reserved themselves the right to have exceptions.

Nintendo advertises their cashback program with the statement that people who earn lots of gold coins can even get games for free. Sounds amazing, right? While it's true that it can be done that way, it's not the smartest way to go about spending your virtual currency. The crucial thing to know is at which point the 5% cashback triggers, that way you can optimize the process. For every 20 cent (EUR or USD) you spend, you receive 1 gold coin (=1 cent). However, you receive cashback as soon as your spending enters the next threshold. This means the amount you pay in real currency should be X.01, X.21, X.41, X.61 or X.81 (X can be any full EUR or USD), because those five values sit at the very bottom of a new threshold. If you pay 0.81 in real currency, you'll receive 5 gold coins, so the 81st cent you pay in this example constitutes a 100% cashback.

Elaborate example

You are looking at a 1.99 game and have exactly 100 gold coins in your virtual wallet. You decide to spend all of your gold coins, so you spend 0.99 in real currency and 1.00 in virtual currency. You receive a cashback of 5 gold coins for spending 0.99 in real money.

Same 1.99 game, same 100 gold coins. However, this time you spend only 98 of your gold coins, so you spend 1.01 in real currency and 0.98 in virtual currency. You receive a cashback of 6 gold coins, so your virtual wallet now contains 8 gold coins instead of only 5.

Obviously, you still need to account for the additional 2 cents of real money you spent, so it's only right to substract that from the amount you have in the virtual wallet. 8-2=6, so an optimized process of gold coin spending nets you 1 cent.

If you buy dozens or hundreds of digital games/DLC items over the course of Switch's lifetime, it will amount to something. It's not much, but it's a process that takes no real effort, so why not do it?

"Wait, gold coins expire?"

Yes, after 12 months. But Nintendo's system is automated and uses your oldest gold coins at any given time, so if you keep spending gold coins on every digital purchase - and you should because of the method outlined above - you'll never run the risk of having them expire. Just make sure to hold on to a minimum of 19 gold coins, that way you can always exploit Nintendo.



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The fact they expire is the bad part.
Platinum coins for the 3DS expire in just 6 months, though you get them for free and almost no game can be gotten with a discounted price.
Anyway, Switch doesn't even have a brazilian online store (like the 3DS do),so heh...



This really is the best customer appreciation plan of any company. I have moved to all digital due to this plan.

Thanks for the detailed examples, I will keep this in mind going forward.



Yeah, I'll probably those who'll expire soon for a month of Nintendo Online instead of wasting them on nothing.



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Mar1217 said:
Yeah, I'll probably those who'll expire soon for a month of Nintendo Online instead of wasting them on nothing.

How do you manage to have some that expire soon?



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

A Biased Review Reloaded / Open Your Eyes / Switch Gamers Club

In the time it took me to read that post... I could have earned more money than I would ever save if I had the Switch as my primary console until the death of my seventh generation of grandchildren.

Rol, you are the master of lifehacks, you have literally hacked away a portion of my life which will never be returned to me.



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I’d be wayyy too lazy to think of this, and just spend the extra cent.



superchunk said:
This really is the best customer appreciation plan of any company. I have moved to all digital due to this plan.

Thanks for the detailed examples, I will keep this in mind going forward.

I have moved to mostly digital also before this program. but I love it. It actually sold a couple of my friends on a switch  when I told them about the program as they like me are mainly get games digital