Missions, rewards, and customisable icons all added to Nintendo Switch Online

A frog wearing Mario's hat is shown next to many characters from Animal Crossing

Somewhat out of the blue, Nintendo unveiled a fresh way to earn My Nintendo platinum points today, as well as a new way to spend them. Nintendo Switch players who are subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online can now access the Nintendo Switch Online app to find missions and rewards.

These new missions are timed for each month, and, currently, the rewards seem to be time-sensitive as well. These missions include tasks such as playing software that supports online play, using the Nintendo Switch Online app, and even playing NES software through the Nintendo Switch Online NES app. This month, the mission is to play Super Mario Bros – as if we need any more excuses to dive back into that one! So what do you get from these new Nintendo Switch Online missions?

The rewards are new characters, frames, and snazzy backgrounds for your player icon, and the current swathe of unlockables are based on Super Mario Odyssey and Animal Crossing, Altogether, this looks like a fun way to revitalise both the My Nintendo service and Nintendo Switch Online, and, though this may be wishful thinking, we’d love to see this implemented into games as some sort of achievement system. Either way, it’s a surprising step forward for the Nintendo Switch Online service, and we look forward to seeing what future content this brings.

If you haven’t already joined, check out the reveal trailer below to see what comes with the recently released Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, which will also include the upcoming Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Pass DLC.

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For even more great games to play on your Nintendo Switch console, check out our guide to the best Switch games for all the gaming goodness you could wish for.