My Nintendo is a service that allows members to earn My Nintendo Platinum and Gold points, which can be redeemed for rewards. For Nintendo 3DS and Wii U users, these rewards included discounts on games, free Virtual Console titles, and HOME Menu themes. However, other members like Nintendo Switch players could also earn physical rewards like pins and posters.
With the discontinuation of the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop services, Nintendo appears to be implementing features that encourage Nintendo Switch players to use both the My Nintendo service and Nintendo Switch Online.
Part of this initiative comes through the new implementation of missions and rewards in the Nintendo Switch Online tab of the HOME menu. Some missions include using the Nintendo Switch Online HOME menu tab, saving save data, playing specific games from the NES and SNES catalogs, and playing games that support online play. This can earn the player My Nintendo Platinum Points, which can be used to redeem new profile picture icons, frames, and backgrounds.
So far, only profile pictures related to Super Mario Odyssey and Animal Crossing: New Horizons are available. According to the app, Super Mario Odyssey icons are only available for one week. Animal Crossing icons feature villagers born in March and will be available for the rest of the month. There’s no indication whether the icon sets will repeat, so it’s best to grab what you want while you can. At the time of writing, profile picture items from different games cannot be mixed and matched, meaning you cannot use a Super Mario Odyssey background with an Animal Crossing character. It is also mandatory to purchase at least one character before purchasing background or frame items.
It’s also important to note that these new avatars are only available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. Regular My Nintendo members cannot access it, even if they have My Nintendo Platinum Points.
Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack
Lots of retro goodness under one roof.
The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack not only provides online connectivity, but also access to cloud saves, Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis titles. Subscribers get special offers for retro-themed controllers, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons players can access the Happy Home Paradise DLC for free if they subscribe.