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With physical My Nintendo rewards popping up like daisies every week, I've had a ton of reader requests explaining what Platinum Points are and how to earn them fast.
Good news! This is this guide. It'll walk you through the process, from starting a My Nintendo account to some of the more advanced ways to earn digital bread.
Create an account, then grab all the easy missions first
To recap, "Platinum" is basically a fictional currency that lets you earn small rewards in mobile titles (don't do this, it's wasteful) or digital rewards, like 3DS themes and game discounts for non-Switch systems. As you can clearly see, this last usage is deprecated and has been putting My Nintendo into a dormant state for quite some time. But with the recent arrival of physical rewards, the service has a second wind.
This step is therefore the simplest. Create a My Nintendo account, then link your own Nintendo Account. Head over to the “missions” section: this is your dashboard, where you'll start taking notes on what to do to earn Platinum Points.
Make a few quick changes to get easy points. Link your Nintendo Account, enable promotional emails (and save them for recurring points), and link various social accounts (Facebook/Google/Twitter) for more points. If you are not comfortable with this prospect, associate fake accounts. Also, don't forget to visit the Mario 35 site and click for easier points.
Cold Stone code is strange, but an option. You can get 100 points if you order a Mario-themed menu item, and the best way to do it without incident is online. Create a Cold Stone account, then pre-order an item for pickup. Make sure the "My Nintendo" promotion is activated. Some people report that it works online for all menu items as long as the code is applied (even the cheapest menu items possible, like sides), but do so at your own risk. My wife ordered a Mario shake online, and we were able to do a curbside pickup: the point code was emailed to me a few hours later. Enter it here.
Another source of recurring points is the "Monthly Nintendo Newsletter". Note that sometimes you will need to find a digital code in the actual email, which can be redeemed for points on this page. Emails may appear sporadically or not at all, so keep an eye out for them.
When you actually use points, you are “buying” a digital code. You use this code to make the item free: then pay the shipping cost (about $5). Take advantage of this opportunity to stack items, as a single purchase incurs only one fixed shipping charge. In other words, you can accumulate points through this guide and spend them all at once.
Know the weekly resets
Every Monday, My Nintendo will allow you to click on your avatar on the homepage to quickly earn 30 Platinum Points. You can also get 30 more by logging into the eShop on Wii U or 3DS.
My Nintendo resets are Mondays at 12 p.m.. Only Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp resets on Sunday mornings.
Dig for hidden platinum
Sometimes you will have the opportunity to find hidden platinum points. One of the easiest ways to identify them is to use the “balloon” mini-game on the home screen: where your avatar will float. Normally balloons are harmless, but sometimes a Platinum Point coin will be stuck inside. Pop them all to earn them. You can also find secret coins through the fishing animation: just click on your avatar to potentially pull one out.
Alternatively, there are "hidden Miis" in certain parts of the site. The mission page sometimes hides them, along with the "news" page, or individual articles in that landing. Or, at the very top right, the small drop-down menu that appears by clicking on your avatar.
Don't get too addicted to these, but if you fiddle around on the internet, chasing them is an option.
Get Navigator Points
This is the easiest way to get quick points, just be aware that none of them are repeatable. All you have to do is follow the guides below and click on certain parts of the site and you'll be fine.
Here are all the current browser quests and solutions:
Spam Fire Emblem Heroes for a treasure trove of points
Fire Emblem Heroes is by far the easiest way to earn a huge amount of points quickly, and the easiest way to "bank" them. That's what I mean.
Since there are 5400 potential points, you can unlock 1000 right now to use for a reward and then “cash in” the rest. Remember that Platinum Points expire in six months, so if you don't want anything right now, just "save" the Fire Emblem Heroes campaign rewards until later. When a new reward arrives, spam more missions, get the points and rack up the rest.
You can find a complete guide to earning Heroes Points here.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is next
Pocket Camp is your next step because it's free, although it takes a lot more effort than spamming Fire Emblem.
For this one, you'll need to do a bit of work. Pocket Camp Points are earned at a rate of 180 per week, with a weekly reset on Sunday morning. I figured it out where I can earn all 180 every Monday with minimal effort.
Follow our full guide here for more information.
Super Mario Run is your last resort, because purchasing costs money
So this one is at the very bottom of the guide because it costs $10 at the farm. Weekly races will earn you 120 platinum per week (seven daily rewards of 10, with a weekly bonus of 50).
If you decide to get Super Mario Run, 300 platinum just to complete the game, as well as 300 more platinum for adding 10 friends. You will also get 100 point to save the game.
Follow our full guide here on how to play the buddy system and find sites that allow you to instantly add all 10 within hours.