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Soapbox features allow our individual writers to express their own opinions on hot topics, opinions that may not necessarily be the voice of the site. In today's article, the Dom editor discusses the option to spend virtual gold coins in the eShop and how this addition to the My Nintendo program only serves to show how scarce it is, and how big things were before …


Once upon a time, Nintendo used to use one of those reward schemes that were as bizarre as they were inclusive. Club Nintendo was his name, and it was a configuration mostly linked to physical purchases, with points earned when acquiring a new system or retail game, but at least there were tangibles. reachable rewards at the end of that rainbow path. It was not perfect, but these little gifts it meant something (especially during the darkest days of Wii U, where Nintendo was pushed forcibly in the background, while Sony and Microsoft tried to outdo each other with specifications and exclusives).

Of course not need I saved for months to be able to pay some Hanafuda cards, but they were the kind of item I could not get anywhere else at that time, so it was worth the effort. And I really loved all the fragments of tattoos that came through the publication (some are still in my office until today, being the Nintendo fan I've always known it was).

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In today's Nintendo thematic world, systems to reward and thank loyal customers like me are very very different. The successor of Club Nintendo, My Nintendo, has been in effect for two years since 2018 and shows no signs of improvement. If something is getting worst, and it's an aspect of Nintendo's infrastructure that is actively working against the change that the firm is making towards a future focused on digital.

When launched in 2016, My Nintendo self-managed as a new evolution to adapt to a new and ever-changing era. No more chance to spend your hard earned gold points on The legend of Zelda: Majora & # 39; s Mask 3D Messenger bag or a set of Nintendogs Greetings cards. In its place it was, well, not much. Now earn coupons for discounts or insignificant issues for your smartphone. It was boring, serious and the antithesis of Club Nintendo's extravagant approach to rewards.

With platinum coins much easier to earn through Nintendo's mobile offerings, such as Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Y Super Mario Run – The new system felt more comfortable on your smartphone, but it has never been planted correctly on the consoles. So Nintendo is trying something a little more practical. Enter the recent news that these coins can now be used to buy additional games in virtual stores. Huzzah! A step forward. A practical use for coins that rewards constant purchases, right? Err, not quite.

Look, I understand that most of the reward schemes are geared towards a serious investment in exchange for a discount or reward, but the new Nintendo offer is not rewarding, mainly due to how complicated and complicated it is to use and make the most of it. And this comes from someone who lives in the UK and has had to live for a long time with the terrible point scheme that GAME (the UK's leading video game retailer) has been using for years.

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The goal of this new update is to allow Nintendo fans to accumulate a reserve of gold coins, then exchange them for a "free" game or as a discount of some kind. The current program indicates that you will earn 5 percent in coins for each purchase you make in eShop and 1 percent in physical purchases. So, to begin with, that puts retail consumers who want to own a game in physical form, and are willing to pay above the odds for a cart, and still receive a smaller percentage of coins.

However, this is part of a shift towards the digital, as annoying as it is, favoring the digital over the physical is a sacrifice that is not surprising in 2018. But what does is surprising is the time it takes to earn any kind of discount worth using. Even at 5 percent, you would have to spend thousands of pounds, dollars or euros to pay for a full-price game. So you would have to accumulate many of these and build them long term, right? I'm sorry, that's not possible. The coins only last one year before expiring. Therefore, you would have to invest in an unholy amount of digital securities within a period of 12 months so that the discount is worth considering. Oh, and it only applies to select Titles, so not everything will make you earn coins. In short, it is a hot disaster.

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And I'm not the only one who adheres to the unfair and unbalanced that is the new system. From other media to the dark depths of social networks, the feeling towards this update does not look very good. Considering that the virtual store has not yet received any kind of tangible update since its launch last March, and that we will have to wait until September for the proper implementation of the Nintendo Switch Online infrastructure, it is clear that Big N has a lot of learning. when it comes to covering the aforementioned digital future.

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As we have mentioned, we know that a 1 percent / 5 percent reward scheme is neither new nor exploitative in the grand scheme of things: we have all experienced the bite of point cards that rarely accumulate anything worth using , but if Nintendo wants it The system that must be adopted, then it must eliminate the restrictive conditions that hold it back, and it would not hurt to make those percentages increase a bit, to a large extent.


So that's the Dom version of the My Nintendo program. We know that our previously published article in My Nintendo saw some words of choice addressed to Nintendo, so let us know how you would prefer the system to work. An adequate review or some slight tweaks here and there?