From its oddly draconian Virtual Console to its daisy-chained voice chat, Nintendo’s walled- garden approach to online profiles tends to raise a few eyebrows. But, if you know how to navigate the Big N’s online space, you can make it work for you, and even save a little money in the process.

Nintendo Platinum Points and Nintendo Gold Points are two digital currencies that tie into a user’s My Nintendo account. When you first sign up for an account, you’ll get a brief message about how Gold Points can get you slight discounts on new digital games — for example, 300 points will get you $3 off your next purchase. Useful, but not terribly exciting.

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