In my opinion, Nintendo didn’t expect it at all: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nook mileage coupons, those tickets that can be used to visit mysterious desert islands, have become virtual currency. In Animal Crossing trading communities, coupons (or NMT, acronym for Nook Miles Ticket) take on a surprisingly central role, to the point that someone even buys them for real money.

These NMTs, in case you need a ripassino, can be purchased in-game with Nook Miles: points earned by completing certain specific activities such as planting flowers, fishing, or cutting down trees. Once you’ve hit the major title milestones, you can continue earning miles with a few challenges. Nook miles can be used to purchase a limited selection of items and recipes, in addition to coupons for visiting mysterious islands. What’s odd, though, is that these islands aren’t particularly profitable in terms of loot, so how come tickets are bought?

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Ah… if only they grew on trees.

There are several explanations for the curious phenomenon, but the main one is probably related to the inhabitants. On Twitter, Reddit, and other social media, in fact, Animal Crossing players have started to focus their interest on specific locals like Cat Raymond or pop star Audie, and everyone wants them as guests on their island. In slang, they call them “dreamers”, in the sense that they are dream inhabitants, so much so that some sites have started to rank them in order of popularity. And surprisingly also in the price.

NMTs, in short, are actually tickets to a lottery where the prize is these new people who are on the deserted islands. This explains why they consume a lot in search of their favorite among over 400 possible characters. Or, if you don’t feel like it, you can just buy the premises. Do you understand where we are going to save?

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Finally got Raymond after 255+ NMT! : ‘) from r / AnimalCrossing

On Discord, you quickly understand how the economy turns out: Less interesting locals are worth between 20 and 40 NMT, while community favorites even exceed 800. Raymond, in particular, has become something of a status symbol for Animal Crossing fans, and some have even set up auctions with a lot of options ?? Buy It Now ?? to a fixed number of NMTs.

While it is true that the heart of this curious economy is in buying inhabitants, coupons have quickly acquired the fundamental role of money on sites like Nookazon. I also discovered at my expense that there are some who want to open their own island for the turnip trade … A few days ago, desperate by the excess of unsold turnips that I had brought with me, I am went to the Turnip Exchange to find out who bought them at a good price. Someone opens their island for free, that’s true, but most ask for an entry ticket ranging from 2 to 20 NMT. The same goes for Discord, where even someone had brought the 30 NMT beauty ticket for a visit.

They behave almost like banks: they charge you a commission so you can trade bells and turnips.

NMTs are also used for another form of negotiation, tactile negotiation. It works like this: the seller places a rare item on the ground, the buyer collects it, then returns it. The simple fact of having touched it opens the possibility of ordering and buying it using the normal means offered by the game. J? I got it? Here you don’t even pay for the item, only for the possibility of purchasing it later.

But why did gamers rely on the NMT, and not one of the currencies already in the game? In the case of bells, for example, the problem is that when 99.999 is reached, the wallet is full and the rest are turned into physical objects (blocks of 99,000 bells) which clog up inventory. NMTs are also items and are grouped by tens, but their perceived value is so much higher that ninety-nine thousand bells are worth less than ten coupons. Then there is inflation: the bells can be cultivated easily with the effect of the German hyperinflation of 1919.

On the other hand, it must be said that it is not easy to identify the exact value of an NMT, since the prices of the inhabitants also seem subject to the whims of the sellers, causing a constant fluctuation of the exchange rate. A discussion a few days ago on The Bell Tree forum rated an NMT with 200,000 bells, but someone is also buying them for 250,000. On Nookazon, coupons are worth between 100 and 200,000 bells. In short, the gap is immense.

Apart from that, the NMT question is also interesting because it shows one of the founding pillars of economic systems: that of trust. Now that everyone knows that Nook Miles coupons are valuable, they reinforce the perception of soundness with every transaction. Of course, even this curious market is subject to the risks of reality, such as the production of money by fraudulent methods or expensive old inflation (which could start due to the continuous influx of new players, and therefore new ones. producers of NMT), but see you soon.

But wait, is it possible that there isn’t someone bringing us real money? Yes of course. Now that NMTs are in value, dozens of auctions have popped up on eBay and there doesn’t appear to be a shortage of buyers. The impression at this point is that it has become easier to get the desired inhabitants with an amiibo, but now the role of the NMT has transcended its origins and serves only that (and Raymond’s amiibo n ‘ is not there).

It is fascinating to see how the Animal Crossing community independently developed a microtransaction system, with premium currency that allows you to buy the character you want with one click. Of course, even before New Horizons there were trading communities, but something like the NMT phenomenon had never been seen. If we put aside the fact that there are those who buy them by paying real money, it all seems completely harmless. Of course, now that we know that cute (and pure) Nintendo pets have a price on their heads, and it will be difficult to look at them with the same boyish eyes that those who have looked at them before.

Source: Reddit