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I just opened a 2016 Nintendo game in the most charming way



Kotaku Game Diary Daily thoughts from a Kotaku employee about a game we play.

I was recently reminded that Nintendo's "My Nintendo" reward program has a single reward that I want. I have been wishing for two years, actually. I realized it was time I claimed it and if I had to click on a bunch of websites along the way, that was the way it was.

My goal was to unlock a copy of My Nintendo Picross: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess A 3DS game that would surely claim the title of the longest name of any game I own while I giving me two of my favorite things: Zelda stuff and puzzle Picross stuff.

My problem was that the game, the only one offered exclusively through the My Nintendo reward program, cost 1000 My Nintendo Platinum Points. Like about a week ago, I had only collected 730. That was when I was reminded that both the reward program and the game existed. I checked my balance. Soon I was surfing possible quests to earn points.

First option: I could play more of Nintendo's mobile game, the only games you can play to earn Platinum. Nah.

Alternatives: I could customize every digital platform I have so that they act as watering possibilities for Nintendo's promotional drop feed. Maybe not.

A third, slightly more appealing alternative: I could click around the letters K-O-N-G on the official hype page for Switch port on Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. Safe! It's probably the exact kind of work that the creators of My Nintendo Picross: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess suggested people who perform to experience their games.

Speech KONG got me only 100 points. Not bad. I took the rest of the weekend off.

This morning I resumed the quest for points. I clicked through the marketing website of the Luigi's Mansion 3DS port on the search for four hidden, white Boo ghosts.

Where is Waldo this was not, but I clicked four ghosts and got 100 more points. After that, I found myself in the smooth marketplace for Switch's Super Mario Party game. I was looking for the character Peachette. Hark!

The other Peachette I found gave me 50 points, which finally left me over. I converted my 1005 platinum point to a Zelda puzzle and had five points left.

I really like Picross games and while I'm reluctant to give me even more of a 3DS game log (I have Switch games to play, despair it!) I'll solve a bunch of puzzles in this thing . It was really not that hard to get it, certainly easier than getting enough money at college to buy Turok for N64 back in college. As a bonus, I learned some important things about the many game-friendly options in Super Mario Party and the multiplayer features of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon along the way. Now to find something to buy with these five extra points.


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