转机的游戏券很快就会过期,但我希望他们能回来
Switch's Game Vouchers Are Expiring Soon, But I Wish They'd Come Back

Switch's Game Vouchers Are Expiring Soon, But I Wish They'd Come Back

转机的游戏券很快就会过期,但我希望他们能回来

这似乎是一辈子前的事,但去年夏天,任天堂为任天堂网站(Nintendo Switch Online)的会员提供了一个不错的、全公文包的代金券计划。订阅者可以以100美元的价格购买两张代金券,并从Switch Eshop上赎回任天堂出版的精选游戏的代金券,从其通常的总价中节省多达20美元— —考虑到任天堂很少降低其版本价格,尤其是数字版本的版本价格,这在很大程度上是个变化,即便在其他零售商的实体版本上也很少出售。

当然,如果你只买了一套票券,那么这个程序就有点洗刷了,因为你节省的费用相当于Switch Online订票的成本(而且你往往可以在亚马逊或其他零售商那里找到一些符合条件的票券的实物副本,价格甚至更高)。不过,如果你已经是一个订阅者,那是个诱人的好处,尤其是如果你更愿意用数字方式购买游戏的话。此外,并不要求你立即使用这两种凭证,所以你可以把它们存起来,用于即将发行的产权证和任天堂最新发行的版本,费用实际上是10美元。

不幸的是,凭单方案寿命短。你可以购买票券的最后一天是2019年7月31日,也就是晋升开始两个多月后。你买的任何票券也只能在购买之日起一年内有效,这意味着如果你在去年7月抢购了一些票券,一直挂在他们身上,因为和我一样,你只剩下几天时间在票券到期前赎回。

这让人感到羞耻,因为Switch凭单项目— —尽管可能很简短— —是个很大的好处,任天堂应该更经常地提供这种激励,吸引更多用户。虽然任天堂Switch Online比PlayStation Plus或Xbox Live Gold便宜得多,但与索尼(HNA)和微软(Microsoft)的产品相比,它仍然相对较少。可以说,这项服务最吸引人的是能够在SNES和NES的Switch上玩经典游戏,这些游戏偶尔出现。像代金券计划这样的福利的确是值得的,它提高了服务的价值,并帮助它与竞争对手区分开来。

这也是一个令人惊讶的慷慨方案。考虑到任天堂通常多么不情愿出售自己的游戏,能够保存Switch最大的游戏,包括新发行的《动物十字路口:新视野》(Animal Crossing : New Horizons)和刚刚推出的《马里奥:起源之王》(Paper Mario : The Origami King)等,这本书很棒,我确信,我不是唯一一个在任天堂系统的任何意外游戏上囤积了多种票券的人。

令人失望的是, 7月31日,代金券计划将正式结束,我希望任天堂能再次将其搁置。尽管我们可能不知道Switch今年在Pokemon Sword和Shield的Crown Tundra扩张以及Braely 违约,未能履行合约 II之外还有什么其他事情要做,这两个公司都没有确定的发行日期,但任天堂还没有宣布2020年的任何其他游戏,因为Switch Online的成员可以为新的名字(比如传言甚多的马里奥大师)不可避免地抵达时储备更多的票券,这将是件好事。好吧,至少我们终于可以在这个制度上扮演金刚国家的角色了。

It seems like a lifetime ago now, but last summer, Nintendo offered a nice--and all-too-brief--game voucher program for Nintendo Switch Online members. Subscribers could purchase a pair of vouchers for $100 USD and redeem those for select Nintendo-published games from the Switch Eshop, saving up to $20 off of their regular combined price--a nice chunk of change considering how rarely Nintendo drops the price of its titles, particularly digital versions, which seldom go on sale even when their physical counterparts are discounted at other retailers.

Of course, if you only purchased one set of vouchers, then the program was a bit of a wash as your savings would amount to the cost of a Switch Online subscription (and you could often find physical copies of some of the eligible titles at an even steeper discount on Amazon or at another retailer). If you were already a subscriber, however, it was a tempting perk, especially if you preferred to buy games digitally. Moreover, you weren't required to use both vouchers immediately, so you could save them for upcoming titles and snag Nintendo's newest releases effectively for $10 off.

Unfortunately, the voucher program was short-lived. The last day you could purchase vouchers was July 31, 2019--a little over two months after the promotion began. Any vouchers you bought would also only be valid for one year from the date of purchase, which means if you snapped some up last July and have been hanging on to them since, as I have, then you only have a few days left to redeem them before they expire.

And that's a shame because the Switch voucher program, brief as it may have been, was a great perk and the kind of incentive Nintendo should offer more frequently to attract additional subscribers. Although Nintendo Switch Online is significantly cheaper than PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold, it's still comparatively meager next to Sony and Microsoft's offerings. Arguably the service's biggest draw is being able to play classic SNES and NES games on Switch, and those arrive sporadically. Benefits like the voucher program were genuinely worthwhile, bolstering the value of the service and helping set it apart from its rivals.

It was a surprisingly generous program, as well. Considering how reluctant Nintendo typically is to put its games on sale, being able to save on Switch's biggest titles, including new releases like Animal Crossing: New Horizons and the just-launched Paper Mario: The Origami King, was wonderful, and I'm sure I wasn't the only one who stocked up on multiple vouchers to use on whatever surprise games Nintendo had on the way for the system.

It's disappointing that, come July 31, the voucher program will officially be over, and I hope Nintendo dusts it off again down the line. Although we may not know what else lies ahead for Switch this year--outside of Pokemon Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra expansion and Bravely Default II, neither of which have firm release dates, Nintendo hasn't yet announced any other games for 2020--it would be nice as a Switch Online members to be able to stock up on more vouchers for when new titles (like the heavily rumored Mario remasters) inevitably do arrive. Ah well, at least we can finally play Donkey Kong Country on the system.

It seems like a lifetime ago now, but last summer, Nintendo offered a nice--and all-too-brief--game voucher program for Nintendo Switch Online members. Subscribers could purchase a pair of vouchers for $100 USD and redeem those for select Nintendo-published games from the Switch Eshop, saving up to $20 off of their regular combined price--a nice chunk of change considering how rarely Nintendo drops the price of its titles, particularly digital versions, which seldom go on sale even when their physical counterparts are discounted at other retailers.

这似乎是一辈子前的事,但去年夏天,任天堂为任天堂网站(Nintendo Switch Online)的会员提供了一个不错的、全公文包的代金券计划。订阅者可以以100美元的价格购买两张代金券,并从Switch Eshop上赎回任天堂出版的精选游戏的代金券,从其通常的总价中节省多达20美元— —考虑到任天堂很少降低其版本价格,尤其是数字版本的版本价格,这在很大程度上是个变化,即便在其他零售商的实体版本上也很少出售。

Of course, if you only purchased one set of vouchers, then the program was a bit of a wash as your savings would amount to the cost of a Switch Online subscription (and you could often find physical copies of some of the eligible titles at an even steeper discount on Amazon or at another retailer). If you were already a subscriber, however, it was a tempting perk, especially if you preferred to buy games digitally. Moreover, you weren't required to use both vouchers immediately, so you could save them for upcoming titles and snag Nintendo's newest releases effectively for $10 off.

当然,如果你只买了一套票券,那么这个程序就有点洗刷了,因为你节省的费用相当于Switch Online订票的成本(而且你往往可以在亚马逊或其他零售商那里找到一些符合条件的票券的实物副本,价格甚至更高)。不过,如果你已经是一个订阅者,那是个诱人的好处,尤其是如果你更愿意用数字方式购买游戏的话。此外,并不要求你立即使用这两种凭证,所以你可以把它们存起来,用于即将发行的产权证和任天堂最新发行的版本,费用实际上是10美元。

Unfortunately, the voucher program was short-lived. The last day you could purchase vouchers was July 31, 2019--a little over two months after the promotion began. Any vouchers you bought would also only be valid for one year from the date of purchase, which means if you snapped some up last July and have been hanging on to them since, as I have, then you only have a few days left to redeem them before they expire.

不幸的是,凭单方案寿命短。你可以购买票券的最后一天是2019年7月31日,也就是晋升开始两个多月后。你买的任何票券也只能在购买之日起一年内有效,这意味着如果你在去年7月抢购了一些票券,一直挂在他们身上,因为和我一样,你只剩下几天时间在票券到期前赎回。

And that's a shame because the Switch voucher program, brief as it may have been, was a great perk and the kind of incentive Nintendo should offer more frequently to attract additional subscribers. Although Nintendo Switch Online is significantly cheaper than PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold, it's still comparatively meager next to Sony and Microsoft's offerings. Arguably the service's biggest draw is being able to play classic SNES and NES games on Switch, and those arrive sporadically. Benefits like the voucher program were genuinely worthwhile, bolstering the value of the service and helping set it apart from its rivals.

这让人感到羞耻,因为Switch凭单项目— —尽管可能很简短— —是个很大的好处,任天堂应该更经常地提供这种激励,吸引更多用户。虽然任天堂Switch Online比PlayStation Plus或Xbox Live Gold便宜得多,但与索尼(HNA)和微软(Microsoft)的产品相比,它仍然相对较少。可以说,这项服务最吸引人的是能够在SNES和NES的Switch上玩经典游戏,这些游戏偶尔出现。像代金券计划这样的福利的确是值得的,它提高了服务的价值,并帮助它与竞争对手区分开来。

It was a surprisingly generous program, as well. Considering how reluctant Nintendo typically is to put its games on sale, being able to save on Switch's biggest titles, including new releases like Animal Crossing: New Horizons and the just-launched Paper Mario: The Origami King, was wonderful, and I'm sure I wasn't the only one who stocked up on multiple vouchers to use on whatever surprise games Nintendo had on the way for the system.

这也是一个令人惊讶的慷慨方案。考虑到任天堂通常多么不情愿出售自己的游戏,能够保存Switch最大的游戏,包括新发行的《动物十字路口:新视野》(Animal Crossing : New Horizons)和刚刚推出的《马里奥:起源之王》(Paper Mario : The Origami King)等,这本书很棒,我确信,我不是唯一一个在任天堂系统的任何意外游戏上囤积了多种票券的人。

It's disappointing that, come July 31, the voucher program will officially be over, and I hope Nintendo dusts it off again down the line. Although we may not know what else lies ahead for Switch this year--outside of Pokemon Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra expansion and Bravely Default II, neither of which have firm release dates, Nintendo hasn't yet announced any other games for 2020--it would be nice as a Switch Online members to be able to stock up on more vouchers for when new titles (like the heavily rumored Mario remasters) inevitably do arrive. Ah well, at least we can finally play Donkey Kong Country on the system.

令人失望的是, 7月31日,代金券计划将正式结束,我希望任天堂能再次将其搁置。尽管我们可能不知道Switch今年在Pokemon Sword和Shield的Crown Tundra扩张以及Braely 违约,未能履行合约 II之外还有什么其他事情要做,这两个公司都没有确定的发行日期,但任天堂还没有宣布2020年的任何其他游戏,因为Switch Online的成员可以为新的名字(比如传言甚多的马里奥大师)不可避免地抵达时储备更多的票券,这将是件好事。好吧,至少我们终于可以在这个制度上扮演金刚国家的角色了。