They don't last very long. Gold coins expire 12 months after you acquire them, and Platinum coins only last 6 months.
So if you purchased a Switch at launch along with Zelda, those points are gone.
However, you don't have to redeem physical game purchases right away. You can hold off until you are ready to spend them, and then claim your game card points all at once.
The downside is that physical games are only worth 1 point per dollar, and digital is 5 points per dollar.
What I'm curious about is how they track which games have been claimed. I rented ARMS after it came out and was able to claim it, as well as a copy of Mario & Rabbids a few months later. It's likely that no one had claimed those games yet, but I'm curious if there is something unique about each game card that allows them to be tracked independently.
Can my copy of Zelda be claimed by multiple different Switch consoles?
Each game card has its own code of letters and numbers that is unique. It's the same as in the old days when such a code was printed on a booklet that came with each physical copy. Now the code is digital and stored on the game card itself, that's the only difference.
Each copy of any game can only be registered once.
Yeah my points start to expire on 31St March. 😒 it's stupid that they expire imo.
Anyway it equates to just under £15 and I was looking at two games.
Fear Effect Sedna (but I've read that this game is quite bad) or Detention. I'm not a massive fan of 2.5D games although I did play Max & The Curse of The Brotherhood and also Oxenfree and enjoyed them both.
Only a portion of your gold coins is going to expire this month, unless you bought all of your Switch games in March 2017. That's unlikely to be the case though.
There are two methods to check how many coins expire at which date:
1. On the My Nintendo website, there's a comprehensive list for the next six months in the submenu "Your Points". You can access this menu by clicking on the arrow that is displayed right next to your platinum and gold coins in the top right corner of the page.
2. If you have activated e-mail notifications for My Nintendo, you will receive an e-mail each month. In it, you get a notice how many of your coins will expire at the end of the given month.
You don't have to spend all of your 1,481 gold coins this month. You can also consider DLC for games that you've bought, if you haven't already bought the DLC for all of them.
EDIT: In case anyone wonders, Nintendo's system automatically uses the gold coins that are the closest to the expiration date.Last edited by RolStoppable - on 07 March 2018