It’s that time of year again!
That time of year when Nintendo rewards their most faithful fan with gold and platinum rewards from Club Nintendo.
For the few out there who may not know what Club Nintendo is, it s a loyalty service, which started in 2008 with Wii and DS purchases, now to include Wii U and 3DS purchases, meant to reward those who spend the most money each year. For each purchase you make, you get a code in the box to redeem for coins to collect, which can be spent on various things such as posters, playing cards, t-shirts, or shoe laces. You get coins for registering a new system, coins for buying and registering retail games, coins for buying games via eShop on a system that has been per-registered (retail and smaller games alike), and coins for filling out mini surveys at the time of purchase and a bit down the line after you’ve had a chance to play the game to get your thoughts on it.
From the 12 month period between July 1st and June 30th each year, if you earn 300 coins, you get Gold Status and if you earn 600 coins, you get Platinum Status. Each level granting the choice of additional exclusive gifts to pick from. Previous years has been a vinyl statue of Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Toad, Peach, and Bowser that was packed in a question mark block. This statue still sits on my desk. Other previous gifts included a sound track to Majora’s Mask, a Mario Hat, Mario themed playing cards, and starting last year, eShop download codes.
So, knowing this day was coming to being able to choose my 2014 Platinum Status reward, I was thinking of all of the items that Nintendo could do for their way of saying, “Thanks for being so loyal!”
Click on after the jump to see what the 2014 rewards are.
Are there any new figurines? No.
Are there any new posters? No.
Is there a Super Mario 3D World Soundtrack? No.
What do we get? Download codes. Nothing but download codes.
Really, Nintendo? Your most loyal fans, which buy most of what you release, are being rewarded with a selection of games that most Platinum Status holders already own, because you know, we buy games! All of the games listed are either games that I already own, or actively chose to avoid for one reason or another. There is not a single game here that I would want to choose from. Not that I won’t. I still will pick one just to get my reward, but it will likely go unplayed installed on my Wii U, or at one sit through it to get a few levels in.
The games available to choose from are:
For Platinum Status-only Members:
- Game & Wario on Wii U
- NES Remix on Wii U
- EarthBound (SNES Virtual Console) on Wii U
- Dr. Luigi on Wii U
- Donkey Kong Country Returns on Nintendo 3DS
- Fluidity Spin Cycle on Nintendo 3DS
- Dillon’s Rolling Western on Nintendo 3DS
- Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move on Nintendo 3DS
For Gold and Platinum Status Members:
- Ice Climbers (NES Virtual Console) on Wii U
- Kid Icarus (NES Virtual Console) on Wii U
- Super Mario Bros. (NES Virtual Console) on Wii U
- Zelda II – The Adventure of Link (NES Virtual Console) on Wii U
- Donkey Kong 3 (NES Virtual Console) on Nintendo 3DS
- Wario Land 2 (GBC Virtual Console) on Nintendo 3DS
- Metroid (NES Virtual Console) on Nintendo 3DS
- Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (GB Virtual console) on Nintendo 3DS
Club Nintendo members can redeem for one game code based on their status up until 11:49 PM PDT on August 15th, 2014.
Which game will you choose? What are your thoughts on the above selection? Let us know in the comments below.