Nintendo Switch Online Unveils New Animal Crossing and Mario Kart Freebies

Over the past few weeks, Nintendo Switch Online subscribers have had the opportunity to capture custom icons that would not otherwise be available. With the month of May over us, Nintendo has pulled back the curtain for new icons based on Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Technically, subscribers need to use Platinum points to get these icons, but each one costs only 10 points, while backgrounds and frames only cost 5 points. Nintendo tends to make Platinum points incredibly easy to grab, and these icons are a really fun way for gamers to go with something else!

Nintendo unveiled these new icons in a few tweets tonight, which can be found embedded below.

Everything new Animal Crossing: New Horizons Icons are available through June 6 and show residents who have birthdays in the month of May. Icons based on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be handled a bit differently as each week will feature a new set of racers and backgrounds based on the game, while a set of special frameworks will be available all month long. The current batch of icons features racers like Mario, Luigi, Wario, Cat Peach and more. There are still icons based on Kirby and the Forgotten Landbut readers should note that they will only be available for a few more days!

Nintendo Switch Online subscribers who need Platinum Points have a few easy ways to do that. During the month of May you can achieve fast 50 points by playing Kirby Super Star on the Super NES app (which is included as part of your subscription). Splatoon 2 owners can also grab an additional 100 Platinum points by playing the game through May 9th. Of course, those who prefer physical rewards over digital can always use their Platinum points in My Nintendo Store instead. The store currently has rewards based on several different games, including Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Pokemon Legends: Arceusand Kirby and the Forgotten Land.

Have you checked out some of these free icons from Nintendo Switch Online? What do you think of these new opportunities? Tell us in the comments or share your thoughts directly on Twitter at @Marcdachamp to talk about everything in terms of gaming!