Since the launch of My Nintendo in 2016, Nintendo fans have benefitted from a range of rewards, including in-app items, exclusive discounts and more. But lately it's been a bit tricky to find anything useful to spend the points on, and many folks have just left them to expire in desperation, like this humble scribe.

Nintendo have heard your cries however and an update to the service is coming soon which will reward Nintendo Switch players in a new way.

Starting in early March, you’ll be able to spend any Gold Points which you’ve accumulated in My Nintendo when purchasing Switch software. You can pay for the remaining balance with Nintendo eShop funds, or any other payment method available in Nintendo eShop.

Once earned, Gold Points remain valid until the last day of the month in the following calendar year. For example, any Gold Points you earned in March 2017 will remain valid until the end of March 2018.

This is certainly a welcome development, we are sure you will agree. Let us know your thoughts with a comment below.