On my Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the T&T store is selling Fortune Cookies for 2 Play Coins. I went to my home screen, and realized that I had 1 Play Coin. How do I obtain more Play Coins?


You obtain Play Coins by walking around with your 3DS in Sleep mode. If your 3DS is turned completely off, it will not count.

For every 100 steps you take, you earn one coin. You can only earn 10 coins per day, even if you take more than 1,000 steps. You may only hold a maximum of 300 coins at once.

An easy way to earn them if you're not going out for the day is just stick it in your pocket as you walk around your house. You'd be surprised how many steps you take in a day just doing daily things inside.

Alternatively, you can rhythmically shake it and that apparently works, but it's usually a better idea to just do some walking.

  • Must my DS be in sleep/street pass mode and not turned off? – Shadow Z. Dec 27 '13 at 17:14
  • Correct, if it's turned completely off, it won't count. I'll note that. – FAE Dec 27 '13 at 17:15
  • Will I still collect play coins if a game is open? – Shadow Z. Dec 27 '13 at 17:54
  • Yes, you will. The 3DS doesn't even have to be on its Home screen, the game can be running in Sleep mode and you'll still get coins. – FAE Dec 27 '13 at 17:59
  • @ShadowZorgon it depends on the game, some of the older type games from the e-shop, such as the nes or snes games, won't allow you to collect coins if they are running. Me and my bro have lost many tens of coins this way. – Cyberson Dec 31 '13 at 15:21

Play Coins are a feature on the Nintendo 3DS. The player can obtain them by walking; players earn 1 coin for every 100 steps taken and can earn 10 coins daily, for a maximum of 300 in their bank at any given time. You can also get Play Coins by shaking your 3DS. Plus, if you change the date, you can get more than 10 Play Coins a day. The player can then use them to purchase applications and special content for his/her Nintendo 3DS.


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