Are You A Fan Of Nintendo Switch Online’s Game Pass-Style Missions And Rewards?

We all want to feel this way when we receive an award. (Image: Nintendo Life)

The ever-popular and the absolute joke is that Nintendo’s online offering will be much like what Xbox and PlayStation did a decade ago. Challenging, but often fair. Maybe just maybe, this started to change in the Switch era.

Now let’s be honest and say that Nintendo is still being cautious regarding online technology. We still don’t have voice chat unless you want to use the mobile app for a small number of games. Some will also argue that the subscription service offered with Nintendo Switch Online and its expansion pack doesn’t provide enough value, but… let’s save that for another time, shall we?

In fact, perhaps Nintendo needs to defend some of the improvements we’ve seen with this Switch generation a bit. First, the Gold Points system is firmly an underpriced one in which every online purchase—and physical retail cartridges if you register them manually—gets you discounts. It’s easy to forget that they are cumulative, and in a relatively short time, you can get a cheeky $5 off your purchase; it’s a pretty generous loyalty scheme.

Nintendo Switch Online vouchers are also worth mentioning, especially if there are some retail games you’d like to receive as a download rather than in a nice little box. With so much entertainment vying for our money and that Nintendo games are rarely on sale, this is an excellent way to get Nintendo games (and some games from partners like Square Enix) at a lower price. In the UK, a set of two vouchers costs £84, so that’s two games for £49.99 / £59.99 at £42 at a time.

This is all a step up from previous generations, and as we highlighted earlier, Nintendo sees the positives of online and subscription services for its business. The latest addition this week is NSO missions and rewards, which you can find in the app on the service’s HOME screen to earn Platinum Points.

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It’s excellent, thanks to a relatively recent resurgence of My Nintendo. My Nintendo lost its purpose for some not so long ago, as it was heavily focused on mobile games and virtual goods. However, now the physical rewards are back, and we’re back to the old school Nintendo days of paying to ship for poster sets and shell casings, except we now use our platinum points to redeem them. However, if you don’t pay the company’s mobile games or frequent the My Nintendo hub, there aren’t many ways to earn this currency.

It’s very similar to how Microsoft Rewards and Game Pass quests work, especially on consoles… Compared to the depth of Microsoft’s options, this Nintendo Rewards system is fundamental, but it Starts.

That is changing with these missions, which give more of us a chance to earn platinum points with relatively little effort. The first set of tasks includes three for the week and one for the month. If you have the NSO, you can beat them all in a matter of minutes just by playing the game and at some point playing Super Mario Bros. in the NES app. It was a little buggy at first – it took a day for this Mario Bros. scribe’s mission. “jumped out” – but it works. Of course, if you don’t want to get physical rewards from My Nintendo, there are also NSO badges to pick up, although the lack of a Wedding Bowser in Super Mario’s range is a grave. Grave supervision.

Steam may have influenced this to some degree, and it’s very similar to how Microsoft Rewards and Game Pass quests work, especially on consoles. Xbox offers to invite you to try different games, earn achievements, complete specific tasks on Microsoft services, and more to earn points. You then use those points for vouchers, months of Game Pass, and more. Compared to the depth of options, this Nintendo Rewards system is fundamental, but it Starts.

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Initiatives like these are ultimately designed to add value to our subscriptions and keep us engaged. In this sense, it is a beginning, but nothing more. The slow turnover of the missions and how easy they are to complete means it’s something to be done and then forgotten within 5 minutes. However, the idea is sound, and it will be interesting to check at the beginning of each week which missions have been published. There are many opportunities to make it much more interesting. These are some of our initial thoughts, but what about you? Let us know what you think of NSO’s missions and rewards in the polls and comments below.

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