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    Tom Nook Point System Guide by gotta_play

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    Hello, and welcome to my guide on the Tom Nook Point System. The purpose of 
    this guide is to clear up any questions you might have about how the TNPS
    works. This is my first guide, and I could use some feedback so feel free to
    email me at pokegenius (at) gmail.com. Hopefully this guide is useful for you!
    
    Special thanks goes to: 
    Mr_Bondi, for suggesting I write this guide
    swimmehdude, MadAlice206, and Rasheed Wallace 30 for helping me test things out
    pein7 for teaching me a bit about writing FAQs
    i_am_the_batman for all her love and support
    everyone who bumped my original topic
    Nintendo, for making this great series (now how about a real sequel?)
    
    
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    || TABLE OF CONTENTS ||
    
    1. Version History
    2. Legal Stuff
    3. Overview
    4. Earning Points
    5. Using Points
    6. Question and Answer
    7. Misc.
    
    
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    | Version History |
    
    1.0 - the first one! Converted the post into a FAQ.
    created on 12/04/2008
    1.1 - fixed a few errors, made some very minor changes to the layout
    12/06/2008
    
    
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    | Legal Stuff |
    
    All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their
    respective trademark and copyright holders.
    With that out of the way, as long as you ask for my permission I will most
    likely allow you to use the guide, unaltered, as long as I am credited for it.
    This guide is copyright Gotta Play, 2008.
    
    
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    | Overview |
    
    
    ~ What is the Tom Nook Point System?
    
    Put simply, it's a program that rewards you for shopping at any of Nook's
    stores. The main thing you're going to use the TNPS for is acquiring the
    Nintendo-themed TNPS items.
    
    ~ The PTM
    
    Or, point-tracking machine. This is the green and gray machine inside Nook's
    stores. Use this to check your member ranking, current rank and total points,
    and exchange your points for items.
    
    ~ How does it work?
    
    Any time you buy something at Nook's store, or order something from his
    catalog, you will recieve 1 point for every 100 bells you spend.
    You also recieve points for using the machine inside Nook's store and
    selecting "visitor points."
    
    ~ Earning points has two benefits: 
    1)increasing your member ranking, which gives you a discount and one of a kind
    models for your home
    and 2) to swap for exclusive prizes.
    
    The machine uses two ways to measure your points: rank points and total points.
    Rank points is the sum of all the nook points you have ever earned, this number
    will never go down and is used to determine your member ranking.
    Total points is the amount of points you actually have to spend, and this of
    course will go down when you swap for a prize.
    
    Now this is important, the maximum amount of points you can have in either
    category is 50,000! The machine will stop tracking rank points at 50,000, and
    if you get 50,000 total points you will not be able to earn anymore until you
    spend some.
    
    
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    | Earning Points |
    
    The absolute best way to earn points is to wait until a 5x point special day.
    There will be an announcement on the town bulletin board beforehand, letting
    you know the date that it is happening. It seems that the 5x point specials
    happen once each month, on a random day. When you do have a 5x point special,
    you can order lots of expensive items from your catalog to rack up points
    quickly. The white katana and the moon are popular items, costing 36k and 32k
    respectively. The downside to this is that you will end up with lots of white
    katanas or moons that you have no use for. The upside is that you will have
    tons of Nook points. I was able to max out my points in about 15 minutes doing
    this. Remember to watch your total points because anything you buy after 50,000
    points is a waste of bells.
    
    ~ Visitor points
    
    You get visitor points from the machine in Nook's store. You have to actually
    go to the machine and choose "visitor points," or you will not get any at all.
    If you get visitor points from your own Nook's, you will only get 3 points. If
    you get them in someone else's Nook's, you will get 5 points. Now, you can only
    get visitor points once each day, so don't get visitor points in your own
    Nook's if you know you will have access to someone else's.
    
    ~ Member rankings and discounts
    
    There are four member rankings, earned by acquiring the following number of
    rank points:
    
    300 points - Bronze - You will recieve a Nook's Cranny model in the mail.
    5,000 points - Silver - You will recieve a Nook n' Go model in the mail, and
    you now have a 5% discount at Nook's
    10,000 points - Gold - You will recieve a Nookway model in the mail, and you
    now have a 10% discount at Nook's
    20,000 points - Platinum - You will recieve a Nookington's model the mail, and
    you now have a 20% discount at Nook's
    
    There is no benefit to going past 20,000, other than having a lot of points.
    
    
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    | Using Points |
    
    AKA, the good part. Exchanging your point for "presents." You can only get
    these items by spending Nook points, and you will be the envy of all your
    friends. Take that, friends. You can only exchange points for one present each
    day, which will arrive by mail at the next opporunity. You can exchange your
    points for presents at the machine in Nook's, and you will only be able to see
    the items that you have enough points for.
    
    To clear up some confusion: You can order as many of any of the items as you
    want! There is no "one per person" rule, there is no "pick this or that"
    stipulation. You can order a hundred of each item if you want, but only one
    per day. Here is the list of items and their prices:
    
    
    *spoilers*
    
    Banana (from the Mario Kart series)........................500 points
    Triple Shells (from the Mario Kart series).................800 points
    Yoshi's Egg (from Yoshi's Island)........................1,000 points
    Bad Bro 'Stache (Wario's mustache - wearable)............2,500 points
    Toad Hat (the mushroom part of Toad's head - wearable)...3,000 points
    Peach's Parasol (an equippable umbrella).................4,000 points
    Hero's Clothes (Link's outfit - shirt)...................5,000 points
    Varia Suit (Samus's outfit - shirt)......................5,000 points
    Wario Hat (take a guess).................................5,000 points
    Hero's Cap (Link's hat and hair).........................6,000 points
    Majora's Mask (wearable helmet)..........................6,000 points
    Samus Mask (wearble helmet)..............................6,000 points
    Midna's Mask (<3 Midna)..................................6,500 points
    Kart (from the mario Kart series).......................10,000 points
    
    To clarify, every present is a wearable/equippable item except the banana,
    triple shells, Yoshi's egg, and Kart.
    
    *end spoilers*
    
    
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    | Question and Answer |
    
    Here's where I answer your questions! Some of these questions have been
    slightly edited to correct spelling errors and what have you.
    
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    Q: If you have a 5% discount and you buy a white katana, will the points you
    receive be based on the original price or the price with the discount?
    
    A: You still recieve 1 point for every 100 bells you spend, so you do not get
    a point bonus from having a discount.
    
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    Q: Can you get points even if you buy the same item multiple times?
    
    A: Yes, the only time you don't get points is when you are already maxed at
    50,000.
    
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    Q: If you go straight to 20,000 points the first time you get points
    (in theory), will you get all four models at once or will you get just the
    Nookington's model?
    
    A: Don't worry, you will get all four models in the mail, as long as you meet
    the point requirement.
    
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    Q: Does paying off your mortgage give you Nook points?
    
    A: No, because you are not spending the bells at Nook's, you are depositing
    them at the ABD.
    
    If you have a question that you want to see answered here, email me at:
    pokegenius (at) gmail.com
    and I will try to answer as quickly as possible.
    
    
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    | Misc. |
    
    If you have any information I could use in this guide, or you see a mistake,
    email me and I will credit you for your contribution. Also feel free to shoot
    me an email if you want to swap friend codes! Thanks for reading!