Do More Gaming What Are Nintendo 3DS Play Coins and How Do You Use Them? Share Pin Email Print Nintendo Gaming Nintendo Xbox PlayStation PC Mobile Minecraft Classic Games by Nadia Oxford Nadia Oxford is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire and a writer/gamer who has been writing about video games and media for more than 10 years. Updated August 19, 2019 69 69 people found this article helpful Play Coins are a digital currency that you earn when you physically walk with your Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL in Sleep Mode. Play Coins are used to purchase apps and special items in some games. How to Collect Play Coins The 3DS devices feature a pedometer that can keep track of the steps you take. For every 100 steps you take, you earn one Play Coin. You can earn up to 10 Play Coins a day through walking, and you can bank up to 300 Play Coins at any one time. Play Coins will accumulate when your 3DS/XL is in Sleep Mode, regardless of whether the system is parked on the main menu or in a game. However, you can’t collect Play Coins or Mii characters (in StreetPass) if your system is turned off, so remember to have it in Sleep Mode if you're out and about. Spending Play Coins StreetPass Mii Plaza: When you carry your Nintendo 3DS with you, not only are you able to earn Play Coins, but you can also acquire new features and collect other Mii characters whenever your device is within range of other 3DS devices. These can help you with some games you play. Play Coins you earned while walking can also be spent in StreetPass. They can be used to purchase unlocks in the mini-games in StreetPass, for example. Play Coins can buy puzzle pieces in the Puzzle Swap mini-game that’s included with the Nintendo 3DS/XL hardware. This is particularly useful for those who live in sparsely populated areas where there are not as many chances of crossing paths with other 3DS owners who have their devices with them. Or, you just may not have much luck running into 3DS owners even in populated areas. AR Games Shop: Nintendo 3DS features several augmented reality, or AR, games such as archery and fishing. There is also a shop associated with these AR games where you can spend your Play Coins. You unlock the shop by completing the six AR games. Retail games also make use of Play Coins for purchases. Game Play Coin Purchases Animal Crossing: New Leaf Buy the fortune cookie item Kid Icarus: Uprising Buy eggs for the Idol Toss game The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Buy hints Lego Star Wars 3 Buy characters Pokemon Rumble World Buy invitations for Mii visitors to your plaza Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy Buy treasure hunt challenges Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Buy weapon sets The Sims 3: Pets Buy karma points Sonic Generations Buy new missions Super Smash Bros. Buy trophies The Nintendo Wiki has a complete list of games that utilize Play Coins. Because your Nintendo 3DS/XL senses motion like walking to award Play Coins, it will register some other types of motion and award Play Coins. For example, shaking your 3DS/XL may also earn you Play Coins. Some players have placed their devices on washers or dryers to earn Play Coins, but this may not work in all cases. Placing your device in a washer or dryer is definitely NOT a way to lazily earn Play Coins. This will only earn you a broken device and permanently prevent you from earning Play Coins. Continue Reading Are the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL Backward Compatible? Is Your 3DS Screen Scratched? Should You Buy the Nintendo New 3DS or the Nintendo 2DS? How to Fix a Nintendo 3DS Update Error and Get Back Into the eShop Get More StreetPasses on Your Nintendo 3DS What Comes in the Nintendo 3DS Box? Is the Nintendo 3DS Region Free or Locked? How Long Does the Nintendo 3DS Battery Usually Last? How to Unfreeze Your Nintendo 3DS With a Hard Reset Learn What Comes Inside the Nintendo 2DS Box Get Your Nintendo Network ID and Connect With Users Should You Buy the Nintendo 3DS? Here's A Closer Look Is the Nintendo 3DS XL Region Free or Locked? Is It Possible to Play Game Boy Advance Games on the 3DS or 3DS XL? The Easiest Way to Redeem Nintendo eShop Codes on a 3DS Are Nintendo 3DS Games Playable on the Wii U?