My Nintendo, the successor to Club Nintendo, launches in March for 16 countries, including the U.S., Canada, and England. Platinum and Gold points make a return, but work much differently this time around. The two varieties are separate from each other and are used for different rewards. Gold points are earned by making eShop purchases and can be redeemed for discounts when buying content from the eShop. It’s a buy-more-save-more kind of thing.
Platinum points are obtained by using smartphone apps and logging into My Nintendo. These are used to nab digital and original goods, similar to how points originally worked with Club Nintendo. Also, platinum points are only accumulated through apps — Wii U and 3DS games will earn players nothing.
So to summarize, in order to take advantage of this rewards program, fans must opt for digital content and not physical, and must play mobile games rather than console and handheld. With the NX coming, more options and ways to earn points may become available. Perhaps this is just Nintendo slowly phasing out its older systems and migrating to the next generation. Gamers will just have to wait and see how it all unfolds.