The Benefits of a Nintendo Network ID

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With last weekend’s big Switch reveal, Nintendo is once again the name on everyone’s lips. So now seems like the perfect time to explore the benefits of the Nintendo Network ID.

Whether your family owns a Wii U, one or more 3DS (or new 3DS) systems, or plans to pick up a Switch in a few short weeks, an NNID is a necessary part of Nintendo’s entertainment ecosystem. Used to identify the device’s primary user and establish ownership of downloaded content, it’s important and, thankfully, easy to create an ID.

It’s worth noting, however, that, while allowances have been made to enable children to have their own NNIDs, consent of a parent or guardian is required for those under 13 years of age.

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While free demos and digital discounts are certainly enticing perks of the Nintendo Network ID, the thing that I like most is that, by linking it to your Nintendo Account (the new replacement for the old Club Nintendo loyalty program), you can earn My Nintendo points for purchasing games, accessing the Miiverse community, and even playing mobile titles like Miitomo and Super Mario Run. These points can then be cashed in for things like exclusive 3DS themes and in-app content.

Speaking of Nintendo’s mobile offerings, earlier this week, in a special Fire Emblem Direct presentation, a number of exciting new Fire Emblem games were revealed for the 3DS, Nintendo Switch, and even Fire Emblem Heroes for iOS and Android. Now through the end of January, fans of the series can vote daily for their favorite FE characters in the Fire Emblem Heroes: Choose Your Legends event. Fan-favorite characters will make special appearances in the game itself, and runners-up will be distributed as monthly mobile wallpaper images.

Oh, and you can score a cool 200 Platinum My Nintendo points for participating in the voting process.

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