It's been a busy day for Nintendo, as it rolled out both My Nintendo and Miitomo across various countries in the West. We sense that it's the former that excites people the most, as it replaces the much loved and long lost Club Nintendo loyalty programme.
We've published quite a lot of information throughout the day, but the purpose of this guide is to provide details on key early steps to get the most out of the service, including a few lesser known tricks to boost your currency.
First Things First
The first step is very simple, head to my.nintendo.com, which will be your new home for My Nintendo goodness. Naturally the first thing you'll need to do is log in with your Nintendo Account. If you haven't already got one of those you should start with our Nintendo Account guide, then come back! We recommend that you link your Nintendo Network ID to the Nintendo Account, as that will also bring your Mii across to My Nintendo. Now, let's move on.
Once you're logged in you'll realise very quickly how slick the site is, and it begins with a tutorial that's fairly self-explanatory.
It instantly rewards you with 100 Platinum Points for using My Nintendo, but you're not done yet. It'll then take you to the rewards area and essentially force you to drop 50 of those points on a virtual Point Box. This is designed to show you how the website works.
As you can see in the following image, this is something to celebrate.
Now, there are some easy wins that boosted our initial total of Platinum Points, primarily linking our Twitter and Facebook profiles to the My Nintendo account (as detailed in our Nintendo Account Guide linked above). To get your points for these sorts of activities, however, you need to go down to the Rewards area that it's already shown you and click 'Collect Points' where applicable.
Time to Make Bank
Now, of course, we get down to the serious business of earning rewards. To see the rewards it's as simple as clicking 'View Rewards' on the right near the top of the screen. As we've outlined in this article, there are a mix of Platinum and Gold options to check out, with some minor differences between regions. Initially we're going to focus on Platinum Points.
As you can see below, Platinum Points cover regular and one-off activities. You can see this for yourself by scrolling to the bottom of the main My Nintendo page and clicking 'View Missions' - this is also the area where you can manually claim any points that haven't been automatically assigned.
There are some easy wins here, beyond the aforementioned linking of social media accounts. For starters you should open the eShop and Miiverse, even if only briefly, on your 3DS or Wii U - My Nintendo is very quick to pick this up, refresh the page after doing these weekly activities and you can claim your points.
As you can also see, a lot of these Platinum Points can only be earned in Miitomo, the free app. If you just want big wins without committing to using Miitomo on a daily basis then download the app and go through basic initial setup. The key is to connect the app to Facebook and Twitter (100 points each) and to link the app to your Nintendo Account (another 100 points). This should only take 5-10 minutes of your time, with the app guiding you all the way.
If you have a friend or family member with a smartphone, you can grab another 100 coins as a one off by friending them 'in person' using the app. You go to 'Add Friends' in Miitomo and choose the in-person option, and when completed more points are automatically provided.
Now, Miitomo as an app shows you a My Nintendo Platinum Points total that only reflects the 'missions' undertaken in the app. Don't worry about this, your Miitomo Points are still just normal Platinum Points and apply to that grand total in your overall account.
Beyond that it's all about daily activities for small boosts - they're self explanatory in the image above, and this writer advises giving it a try; Miitomo is surprisingly fun.
Gold Points for Big Spenders
Some rewards can only be claimed with Gold Points, and these are earned by spending money in the Wii U or 3DS eShop; this also applies to eShop purchases via Nintendo's website. You do not get coins for buying DLC or 3DS HOME Themes.
Downloads have to hit a certain value to be applicable, as outlined below. Purchases via Nintendo websites clearly indicate before completion how many Gold Points they're worth.
- $5 to $9.99 / £4.50 to £8.99 = 10 Gold Points
- $10 to $19.99 / £9 to £17.99 = 20 Gold Points
- $20 to $29.99 / £18 to £24.99 = 30 Gold Points
- $30 to $39.99 / £25 to £29.99 = 40 Gold Points
- $40 to $49.99 / £30 to £34.99 = 50 Gold Points
- $50 to $59.99 / £35 to £39.99 = 60 Gold Points
- $60 to $69.99 / £40 to £49.99 = 70 Gold Points
- $70 or more / £50 or more = 80 Gold Points
As the eShop purchases one item at a time, we're not sure it's even possible to get an 80 coin haul in one go at present, but in any case the equation is simple. If you don't buy many games on the eShop, these points and rewards will do little for you.
By now you'll have already discovered the View Rewards button, and will have a good idea of the goodies you're targeting. Clicking on each reward will also show how long it's going to be available, with a number of them due to expire in the Summer, and some later in the year. Those time limits mean you should plan a little and target those due to disappear first, so be sure to browse the items carefully. Below is the list for this writer in the UK, but there are subtle differences depending on country. It's worth noting that the 'Just For You' discounts are in no way personalised at this stage (in this case pushing games already owned and in some cases downloaded), which is disappointing.
- Mario Suit – 250 Platinum Points
- 1 game ticket – 85 Platinum Points
- 5 game tickets – 420 Platinum Points – can be redeemed 2 times until 4/1
- 10 game tickets – 250 Platinum Points – can be redeemed 1 time
Discounts - Marked 'Just for You', so may vary per user
- 20% off Mario Kart 7 (3DS) – 700 Platinum Points
- 20% off Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U) - 600 Platinum Points
- 20% off Pullblox World (Wii U) - 150 Platinum Points
- 20% off The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) - 300 Platinum Points
- 40% off Splatoon (Wii U) - 100 Gold Points
- 40% off The Wonderful 101 (Wii U) - 120 Gold Points
- 50% off Metroid: Other M (Wii U) - 60 Gold Points
- 40% off Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) - 110 Gold Points
- 40% off Tomodachi Life (3DS) - 100 Gold Points
- 50% off Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move - 30 Gold Points
- My Nintendo Picross – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (3DS) – 1,000 Platinum Points
- Super Mario 64 (Wii U) – 90 Gold Points
- New Super Luigi U (Wii U) – 90 Gold Points
- Pikmin 3 DLC: Battle Enemies! Stages 7-10 (Wii U) – 20 Gold Points
- WarioWare: Touched! (3DS) – 1,000 Platinum Points
- Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (3DS) – 35 Gold Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 7/1
- Metroid: Fusion (Wii U) – 60 Gold Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 8/1
- Super Punch-Out!! (Wii U) – 70 Gold Points – can be redeemed 1 time until 8/1
- My Nintendo Theme 1: Mario – 200 Platinum Points
- My Nintendo Theme 2: Donkey Kong – 200 Platinum Points
As we've said, Gold Points require a lot of money spent, but if you've fully tackled the 'Missions' as outlined in our 'Time to Make Bank' section, you should be pretty close to even the most expensive Platinum Reward - My Nintendo Picross – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Having cleared all possible missions on day one this writer is on 945 points, meaning that less than a week of Miitomo use (to get daily rewards) should finish the job. If you plan and try to show enthusiasm for Miitomo, the prizes are up for grabs.
Actually picking up a reward is simple, as you simply click onto its page and, if happy, redeem the item. Such is the nature of the Nintendo Account that you'll receive codes immediately or, in the case of apps or in-game items, they'll automatically download to your system. It depends on the reward type, but it's a surprisingly painless process.
One thing to bear in mind, however - Points earned expire after six months, so don't hang around.
For PAL Gamers, Time to Pick Up Flipnote Studio 3D
As promised, PAL gamers can finally grab Flipnote Studio 3D, and assuming you're fully set up as highlighted above it's a very easy process.
Go to the My Nintendo Home Screen, and underneath your Mii you'll see a simple notification line dated 31/03/3026, with a hyperlink to 'Exclusive Flipnote Studio 3D download (3DS)' - click on the link and you'll come to the following page.
Click on either of the 'Flipnote Studio 3D game page' links and you'll find yourself here.
From here click on 'Free download' and then acknowledge the following final confirmation screen. You'll likely need to login to your Nintendo Network ID, too, so have the credentials handy.
The app will automatically download to your 3DS when in sleep mode.
Two More Little Tricks
Early on you'll see a Platinum Coin in the animated area with your Mii at the top of the screen, click on it for a reward.
Also, if you scroll right down to the bottom of the My Nintendo home page you'll see a Mario brick on the right side. Click on this, then scroll right back to the top again - your Mii should be holding a parcel. Click on the Mii multiple times and you'll eventually get a small number of Platinum Points for your trouble.
That's It, Enjoy My Nintendo!
We hope this guide's been helpful. If we've missed anything or you have any further queries hit us up in the comments and we'll try to update with further information.