Brazil accepts prepaid gift cards for Nintendo eShop Switch. sport

Brazil accepts prepaid gift cards for Nintendo eShop Switch.  sport

Without much fanfare, Nintendo began accepting prepaid cards to add balance to the Nintendo Switch user’s account. The novelty inaugurates a third way to pay for a game, with the other two being issued by the store in its web version by credit card or bank slip.

Gift Card with R $ 100 for eShop (Image: Promotions / Nintendo)

Gradually, one step at a time, Nintendo is returning to Brazil. The most recent move by the Japanese company is the arrival of prepaid cards, which are to be used within the eShop. The idea is basically the same as that already used by other services, such as cards for Spotify, Office 365, Netflix, Xbox Live, PSN and Blizzard.

In the case of Nintendo, cards found in Brazilian retail offer a value of R $ 100 and R $ 250. Any amount is added to the user’s account and can be used to purchase a specific game, which gives a discount to the value of a game. It costs more (the rest must be paid by credit card) or even subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online.

At the time of publication of this article, it is not possible to use the gift card balance for purchases made in the open eShop on PC in the browser. On the other hand, only this way of selling the game makes it possible to pay the title with a bank slip.

Nintendo has already sold prepaid cards in Brazil

Until these cards arrived with closing prices, Nintendo focused on other gift cards already purchased for specific purchases only. They can go up to and including games (up to cents, for example, charged for R $ 250.79 Mario Party), Or even for a Nintendo Switch online subscription for a period of one, three or 12 months.

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The player then takes the code present on the card, as well as being digitally sold and distributed by an official store on the B2W network to an official partner, for redemption within the console itself – where the download has already begun.

In addition to prepaid gift cards with prices or a game for a Nintendo Network subscription, the Brazilian player was able to purchase the game directly from eShop via the Nintendo Switch screen in December last year.

It sounds confusing and it really is. There are two types of official Nintendo stores to sell and distribute your game, the eShop. The first one was effective for Brazilians by the end of 2020, opening only one window to cash in on a game code – purchased only by gift card. The second is complete, with code allowing access to almost any title without the need for a prepaid card.

According to Nintendo, the entire Ishop is only available in the United States, Canada, Brazil and Mexico when only countries in the US are considered. Those who have an account registered in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru can only use the field to cash in a game purchased with a gift card.

With information: Switch brasil.

About the author: Will Smith

Will covers public and private tech markets from New York. He was previously a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University, and prior to that was a reporter at the Los Angeles Business Journal. He has received a Journalist of the Year award from the L.A. Press Club and an investigative reporting award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

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