Remember Nintendo Switch game vouchers? Do you still have one left and happen to be located in North America? Well, you better hurry up and use it then. Although Nintendo ended the promotion within this region on July 31st last year, anyone who did buy them then will soon be unable to redeem anything, as they expire after one year.
We had a look, and there are more than 40 games to choose from if you do have any vouchers left. You can select from titles like Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Astral Chain, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and even the recently released Paper Mario: The Origami King according to Nintendo's website.
Of course, this offer is still available in other regions like the UK and Australia - provided you have a subscription to Nintendo's online service. Two vouchers will set you back £84.00 and are valid for 12 months (365 days) from the time of purchase.
[source reddit.com, via destructoid.com]
I totally forgot these existed and I still have no idea why these need to exist
I bought a pair and used them for Mario Maker 2 and AC, knowing I’d want those two digitally.
I wish I bought more than I did!
@Benhop07 I bought 2 vouchers for 140$ canadian dollars. And got ACNH and MM2, and those would cost around 93$ CAD. Also the voucher give you the 5% gold coin. Basically i paid 132$ for 2 games that should have costed me 180$+
The ten dollar discount per full price game did not compensate me for the full year of no games being released that warranted a 50usd price tag (for me). Ended up getting astral chain, after waiting a full year for something better and seeing it on sale for 45usd weeks before buying it for 50. Played astral chain for 5 minutes and turned it off, as it was bought out of desperation and not of much interest to me. Now I can't even trade it in. Needless to day, I didn't think much of this promotion.
@Moistnado Good point. There are some games that I want digitally for convenience, however, I usually prefer physical for loaning or reselling. Even at ~17% off, digital titles are a tough sell. Sometimes Nintendo will have 30% off major titles in the eShop. This seems more reasonable for digital titles.
I think it's a pretty good promotion that allows those who prefer games digitally to get games at launch for similar prices to what you'd get physically with launch day sales. Pretty stupid that they only ran it for such a limited time in NA.
They need to bring the vouchers back!!!
@Juga you are doomed... If you have at least one more day, you could have a slight thin little hope that they announce a Direct to Thursday and the pre order right after that. But for 4:21am... No way!
@juga but I continuing saying that both options are really good if you like the genders
why do they expire? seems a bit ridiculous do people lose their money if they forget to spend them soon?! Crazy if so
Is this promotion the reason why they won't announce or release anything new? Haha
I'm in North America and I've never heard of these vouchers. Well, I guess I don't need to worry about them expiring.
@Benhop07 Math's not your thing? Taking the UK pricing as an example, a voucher costs £84 for two, so that's £42 each.
Most new Nintendo games, like Animal Crossing, costs £49.99. That's a 16% discount if you use a voucher. And you can use it for preorders giving you a nice discount on day one.
Like anything else, they also award gold points for further discounting, but that's just like any game on the eShop.
Dang I saw the thumbnail and thought they are bringing these back (to NA). These were quite good if you don't mind digital and you "need" to have a specific game close to launch. Now whether there are enough games like those at present, is the tricky bit. For me, I bought a pair and got Dragon Quest Builders 2 and Fire Emblem. Right now, there is only one $60 game in my wishlist - Luigi's Mansion 3.
Had a good time with both. Astral Chain while great didn't quite live up to my hopes, mainly from a narrative side of things (the directors previous game was the phenomenal Nier Automata). I would still recommend it but not over FE:3H or Bayonetta.
I can also see that being discounted well before Fire Emblem does so I would go for that. I just started my second playthrough and am once again loving it.
@Old-Red it's funny because it's true.
one of my vouchers expired so I basically paid 100 euros for mario party.
I prefer Physical releases on all of the major titles, so I purposely didn't bother with these. Nice idea, but I don't get digital versions of the big games. Only physical, when they have one.
@Benhop07 In the UK they are great if you're a digital gamer, in fact they are now the only way to get a discount on first party digital games since Nintendo withdrew codes from retailers like ShopTo.
For £168 I got Animal Crossing, Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros and Super Mario Maker 2, that would be £219.96 if purchased separately, so it was essentially like getting one game free (and lots of points, obviously)
@Moistnado I know what you mean. So far I have bought them once. Used one for Astral Chain and later that year they released Link's Awakening, Luigis Mansion and Pokémon so I was sure that I would buy at least one of them.
When I decided to buy Paper Mario I briefly considered buying it with a coupon but there is no game on the horizon that interests me that is confirmed for release in the next 12 month.
Worst case would be that Metroid, BotW 2 and Bayonetta 3 a get released on holidays 2021 and the coupon expires in summer.
Nintendo Direct for 8/1 confirmed!
I bought a lot of vouchers, but I haven’t had any left for months. I wish they’d do this again.
@countzero you are right. 4 games in a year, none of them really justifying a 60usd price tag, all of which would look at home on 3ds, rather than being a full price switch game. Imagine if you already owned a few of them, because they are commonly much less than 50usd at retail. Fingers crossed for those more ambitious games in 2021, but I wouldn't hold your breath. Metroid and BOTW2 will probably be 2022 or 2023.
I waited until the first Mini Direct this year before finally spending my last voucher, at that point I knew there probably wasn't going to be anything I really wanted before July ended.
So Luigi's Mansion it was, I put buying this game off for a little while and man it was worth the wait, what a fun game!
I should have done this, as I ended up getting at least three- Luigi's Mansion, FE and AC. When the promotion started tho, I was unsure bc I had no idea how they would turn out. Oh well.
Heh, considering how you could get physical copies for cheaper still, the voucher thing was a joke to me.
@poudigne @Jeaz @ukaskew didn't realize how cheap these were! Still probably won't use them since I always get physical games
... Meanwhile in Europe and Japan...
I feel sorry for you NA gamers
As someone in the Eurozone, these vouchers helped a lot as we were being shafted a bit on prices.
Usually the games were 60 in both Euro and USD and the GBP amounts were also cheaper if converted over to Euro in comparison. The vouchers took away some of that sting.
Thanks for the reminder, mine expired today!
I don't see how this is legal.
In my state gift cards can't expire in less than 5 years.
@Benhop07 they are pretty usefull for everlasting game like, Animal crossing, mario maker, smash, splatoon, mario kart, and every other game I go back to once In a while.
@StevenG I'm guessing they got around that by making them redemption vouchers rather than prepaid currency like gift cards.
Stupid promotion by ending it rapidly only in one territory. I notice it was right after that Reggie "retired". Seems indicative of the "you have no power, you're just supposed to be a yes man" image i have that lead to that. It was really cool for what it is, but I'd rather have normal sales.
I got Animal Crossing and saved one because I couldn't decide which game to get. I went with NSMBDX.
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