My Nintendo is the reward site that took the place of Club Nintendo awhile back. Longtime members of that club will recall that games sold at retail used to come with codes that would have to be input into the reward site to earn points. Nintendo has greatly simplified the experience on the Switch, but it might not be immediately clear how to claim your points.
Before you’re able to register your Game Card, you’ll need to have setup a Nintendo Account and a My Nintendo Account on the web. Once that’s been taken care of, and your Switch is linked to your Nintendo Account, you’ll be able to reap the rewards. Simply put your retail Game Card into your Nintendo Switch. On the HOME Menu, highlight the game and press the + or – button. This will open the Options screen for that game. Simply scroll down and select “My Nintendo Rewards Program” and “Earn Points (Game Card version only)” and it will add the points to your account. Note that this is not necessary to do with digital games because the points are automatically added for you.
It’s great to see Nintendo giving points for registering physical games. However, it should be noted that you get way more Gold Points for buying the same game digitally. For example, if you bought The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at a store you get 12 Gold Points. Buying the same game on the eShop gets you 60 Gold Points! Granted, so far the rewards for Gold Points have left much to be desired, so this difference in rewards isn’t going to sway my purchases. In fact, I usually get discounts on the physical copies, which I’ll gladly take over a chance to get a discount on a future game.
[Source: My Nintendo]