Earn Platinum Points by playing the NES or using Online to spend on Mario and Animal Crossing collectibles.
Nintendo has implemented a system of goals and rewards for all users of Nintendo Switch Online, the paid subscription service that allows users to play Switch titles online as well as other classic console games featured in service, seemingly out of nowhere and without notice.
The system encourages users to use the service to earn Platinum Points, which can be used to purchase icons, backgrounds and frames for their Nintendo Switch profiles.
Missions and rewards will be updated regularly. Super Mario Odyssey is the featured game this month and will remain so until April 5th. Players can purchase icons of the game’s characters, sets set in the platform’s adventure environments, and frames using Platinum Points.
Backgrounds, frames and character icons will be available for purchase in a permanent area dedicated to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Residents whose birthdays are in that month’s calendar are indicated by icons.
Missions will change regularly. There are currently four, each with a distinct number of Platinum Points awarded:
- Use apps designed to work with online games.
- Using cloud data backup
- Play NES games (which change monthly); this month’s game is Super Mario Bros..
- Use the Nintendo Switch Online app.
Platinum Points earned by completing goals on the My Nintendo website and playing the company’s mobile games will, of course, be used to redeem these items in the future.
This addition comes on top of the Nintendo Switch Online bundle, which has been criticized since the Switch’s launch for poor server performance, little added content, and pricing. Nintendo, with the addition of retro console games, exclusive additional content and added content such as missions and rewards, already justifies the price of a service that has yet to evolve.
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