Gaming Consoles & PCs 83 83 people found this article helpful What Are Nintendo 3DS Play Coins and How Do You Use Them? Play Coins bring Nintendo rewards into the real world by Nadia Oxford Writer Nadia Oxford is a former Lifewire writer with 10+ years' experience. Her articles have appeared in Pocket Games Magazine, Play Magazine, Game Pro, IGN and others. our editorial process Twitter Nadia Oxford Updated on March 11, 2020 Nintendo Consoles & PCs Xbox Buyer's Guide Tweet Share Email 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 track your steps. 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 cannot 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. Play Coins you earned while walking can also be spent in StreetPass. For example, they can be used to purchase unlocks in StreetPass mini-games. 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 (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. More from Lifewire How to Perform a Nintendo 3DS System Transfer How to Get More StreetPasses on Your Nintendo 3DS 3DS Hacks: How to Mod a Nintendo 3DS Nintendo 3DS vs. 2DS Are the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL Backward Compatible? Is the Nintendo 3DS Region Free or Locked? Download Now and Later on the 3DS What You Should Know About the 3DS Ambassador Program Can the Nintendo 3DS Play DS Games? How to Redeem Nintendo 3DS Codes How to Transfer Data From a Nintendo 3DS SD Card How to Get Lots of Bells in Animal Crossing: New Leaf Does the Nintendo 3DS or 2DS Have a Built-In Alarm Clock? Club Nintendo Replaced by My Nintendo and Nintendo Account What Should I Do If My Nintendo 3DS System Update Failed? Is the Nintendo 3DS XL Region Free or Locked?