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These Are Your Club Nintendo Elite Rewards

Posted by James Newton

Have you been doing your surveys?

North American Gold and Platinum Club Nintendo members, here are your hard-earned rewards for this year.

Gold members get a 2012 Nintendo desk calendar, while Platinum members can claim 25 limited edition pin badges presented in six puzzle boxes that, when rearranged, create images of Mario, a mushroom and Goomba.

Qualifying members can claim their rewards before the 31st July, with Nintendo sending them out before the end of December.

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Nintendo Reveals Exclusive Gifts for Elite Club Nintendo Members

Some of the world’s most dedicated Nintendo fans now have the opportunity to receive special gifts from Nintendo of America. Starting today, members of the Club Nintendo™ customer loyalty program who reached Gold or Platinum status in the most recent program year (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011) can visit and log into their accounts to claim an exclusive gift free of charge.

Platinum-level Club Nintendo members are eligible to receive an eye-popping set of 25 commemorative pins that pay tribute to the Mario™ franchise. Featuring classic characters and power-ups from the Mushroom Kingdom, the pins come packaged in unique puzzle-like boxes that can be arranged to form an image of Mario, a Goomba or a Mushroom. Gold-level members, meanwhile, are eligible to receive a special 2012 desk calendar illustrated with colorful artwork from a variety of beloved Nintendo franchises and games.

Club Nintendo offers special promotions and awards Coins to consumers who register and provide feedback about eligible Nintendo products. Coins can then be redeemed for exclusive Nintendo merchandise. Members who earn 300 Coins within each program year are awarded Gold status. Members who earn 600 Coins within each program year are awarded Platinum status. For more information about how to join Club Nintendo and earn rewards, visit

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User Comments (102)



Corbs said:

Ordered my Nintendo pins yesterday. For all the money it costs to reach Platinum status, they should be giving away free games.



Adam said:

THIS is what I spent an hour filling out surveys complaining about the lack of Mother 3 for?



Kreegs07 said:

Not a bad year to not reach elite. I was worried it was going to be something really sweet like that figurine last year. I will be happy with my calendar this year.



AVahne said:

Pretty boring prize, but at least its something. But still, WHY NO ZELDA RELATED GIFT?!?!?
I wanted an ocarina, instead tehy give us pins. Prizes are getting more boring each year. Sigh, at least its free.........................................................................



wwww said:

I'm kinda curious as to what they mean by puzzle boxes, but I guess I'm ok with a calendar.



ArmoredGoomba said:

@Koto They gave away a Zelda soundtrack for registering Ocarina 3D and will give out a different soundtrack for Skyward Sword

I really like this pin set. Nice packaging, cool designs. 3rd year of platinum for me.



DarkLloyd said:

ugh decisions decisons how will this get into the apartment is it the mailpersons job to bring it up to the designated apartment door?



Ecto-1 said:

Not bad, but I would have liked to have seen a Zelda 25th Anniversary prize. Still these pins will have a place in my display case, next to (or just behind as my case is getting a bit cramped) my Mario hat, Mario Statue and the cool box the statue came in.



Ron_DelVillano said:

I'm actually really excited about these pins. The Mario hat and statue were cool, but this is something that I could actually use!



komicturtle said:

I was hoping for something Zelda-related. Mario is getting all the attention while his Nintendo buddies are well... in the back seat



TKOWL said:

For the first time, I'm happy I'm getting the calendars this year. I can get pins like this on Ebay for about $2 right now.



XCWarrior said:

Wow picked a good year not to hit Platinum. Jeez NOA. Just keep beating down your core fans...



DrKarl said:

I am very pleased with the pins. They look quite classy.

@19. I took a gander at the bootleg crap currently on Ebay. What is available is not even in the same league. Get real!



KaiserGX said:

But you can sell these pins for a lot more on Ebay.
@Corbs I hope you actually used all that money to buy your games and not for Platinum status.



Megumi said:

....I thought we were supposed to get this...figurine, thing...but, pins?...sighs
Whatever, not like I got Platinum/Elite/whatever they call it now anyways. >_>



SwerdMurd said:


Pins? Really? It's like Nintendo wants me to drop them like a bad habit or something.... 12 retail titles worth of Wii games registered.....and I get tiny pins. At least the calendar has some utility....what the hell Nintendo? This is definitely the last year I take club Nintendo at all seriously...



Mayhem said:

It's last year's Japanese club rewards I believe... guess they made quite a lot of them...



Ryno said:

Pins? Is this what the kids are into these days? I remember pins were cool in 1987 when I was 6, didn't know they are cool now.



dings said:

For those complaining: Nintendo is the only gaming company giving anything away at all that I know of (could be wrong) and honestly, flipping out over something someone gives you makes you look like a child.

Don't forget there's also all the other rewards you still get to spend your coins on.



Mark_M said:

I just started collecting pins and badges
These are just great, thanks Nintendo!



Supremeist said:

Oh my god, YES! I reached Platinum and Elite this year!
Heck yeah!

I just ordered the pins
I'm really happy.



LordChimpington said:

Seriously why are some of you complaining? It really isn't that bad. I think they look cool and there are a lot of them. I understand they could have given us something bigger and better but all club nintendo prizes are free. Plus they have no shipping or tax. I mean maybe not the greatest prizes but it is a little something extra for filling out the surveys. Plus you already pay for the game it's not like they charge extra because this club nintendo thing. All of this is free so be happy they even do this.



siavm said:

I liked what I got the first year. That punchout bonus game. But this and last years things are crap. I wish they gave us more virtual things like I don't know, a free VC game or two. That would be awesome. Screw that thing to get games that aren't coming here. Lets have "Operation better end of the year gifts like VC games." Now that is something I would support.



Splat said:

I love how people are complaining about people complaining and now I'm complaining about people complaining it's a never ending cycle...



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Cheezy said:

Mehhh....I think it's been a year since I last went on Club Nintendo.



NintyMan said:

I might've prefered a Zelda reward like a big Link figurine or an ocarina since it's the 25th Anniversary and all, but those Mario pins look very cool and it looks like a very big reward, certainly bigger than the other Platinum rewards in the past. I already ordered it and am looking forward to getting it the end of this year.

However, I do feel a little bad for the people with Gold Status since they'll be getting a calender yet again. Maybe Nintendo's trying to push them to reach higher next time? But, for the Platinum, I'll keep those pins as collectables for achieving my first Platinum status in my first year of Club Nintendo.



Radixxs said:

So I forgot to register my games this year. I was kicking myself until I saw that all I was missing was small pins that I would never actually use.



theblackdragon said:

@ryanthehedgehog: first you quit yelling on the internet, then you contact Nintendo, of course. they'll fix it for you; it's not like the gifts have been shipped yet anyway. :3



SunnySnivy said:

I like the pins, but I was really wanting something Zelda related instead. :/ Oh well, it's free. Can't really complain!



edcomics said:

I only made Gold this year, so I get the disappointing calendar. The pins would have at least been something more usable, but can't compare to last year's amazing statuette.



thereefernander said:

Just hit platinum status today so I didn't qualify for this years prize. I would rather take the gamble of something better next year.

Hopefully Zelda related like everyone else is saying?



MeloMan said:

Wow... each year has gotten less and less spectacular. I... really have no interest in pins, but I've never cared for the calender either, but eh... I'll add this to the collection of Nintendo platinum rewards I got the last 2 years.



SteveW said:

Holy cow! I don't want pins! where is my Wii/SNES controller? why can't they bring that to the USA? this is the worst platinum gift ever, wasn't worth the trouble.



Sherlock said:

so after all the cash i spend getting platinum status all i get is a pen lame i wonder what awesome prize japan will get this year they always get the very best from nintendo



MegaAdam said:

Those pins are cool, and the puzzle boxes are especially cool. Definitely not complaining.



yoyogamer said:

Considering the fact that I actually PLAY the games I buy, I consider this to be a nice bonus. I feel sorry for all of the people that bought 13 copies of Wii Fit plus in the hope of getting a Super NES classic controller.



Dodger said:

I got the calendar last year, I think I might actually go for the pin collection this year. It's free, I suppose. I still wish they would just give out a coupon for either 500 nintendo points for $5 worth of Eshop cash to premium members. They made around $600 off of them, $5 to each can't be that bad. Seems easy to me, but maybe I'm missing something.



Token_Girl said:

Sometimes I think I should just stick with gold. At least the calendar is useful.

It's a free prize, so I can't really complain, but CN has been declining. From the SNES classic controller/Gold Wii Wheel in Japan, to Mario Hat or Doc Louis's Punch Out our first year, to a large mario statue to...pins...not really even pins, buttons. I could make these with an inkjet printer and a button making kit from any craft store. At least the packaging is creative.

NOA is making too much money, I think. Why put any effort into nice prizes to reward multiple game buying fans and printing small disk runs of Xenoblade, when you can just have the factories keep turning out copies of Wii Sports Resort, Mario Kart, and NSMB Wii nonstop and sell millions even years after release?



Colors said:

Yeah, you all seem unhappy about the pins, so: burns everyone's pins and now they get nothing Happy now?



zeeroid said:

Haha, I've been sitting on so many surveys and codes over the last 8 months or so that I've already hit Platinum status for the 2011-2012 year. Woohoo \o/

Also, I was a little bummed about the pin set, since I was expecting some Zelda thing, but they're actually not too bad, upon closer inspection. It's the same thing Japan got last year, pretty much. Maybe they'll get a Zelda reward this year, and if we're lucky NoA will give us that next year in the same fashion.



bahooney said:

Kinda glad I spent all those coins on the Game & Watch replica, at least that way I'm not entirely disappointed!

Still, that statue last year was so rad, I thought something at least as rad as that would be this year, so I didn't want to miss it. And.... pins.



Syrup said:

I'm glad that I reached Platinum Status this year. The pins look awesome (but of course I'm not going to use them, since I want them to stay in mint condition.).

And for people that say that these pins suck and that they're worth $2 bucks on ebay, there going from $40-$60 bucks right now.



HawkeyeWii said:

Just ordered mine. I just got the DS reversible bag in the mail and it is sweet, so I can't wait for the pins.



Yosher said:

Y'know, I think people do have a right to be mad/sad about them giving such crappy gift items. Because, no matter which way you turn it, these gift items are a way for Nintendo to lure people into buying their games, and people do shell out a good amount of money for their products (especially Nintendo's own, mostly Mario, which hardly ever drop in price), and then to find out the gift item they've been buying so many Nintendo products to be able to get Platinum status, well I'd be pretty pissed off too.



Squiggle55 said:

@Yosher certainly people have the right to feel disappointed if they bought a lot of videogames just for a platinum reward, but only with themselves. As many people have said you should not be buying games you don't like just to get a free trinket. Just like you shouldn't go buy Hanna Montana's Cooking Frenzy for the PS3 just to get more trophies. But that's besides the point because this reward is actually pretty cool, and they're sending it to me for free for doing absolutely nothing that I wouldn't have done anyway.



SMW said:

I have always only went for gold and missed out on some cool stuff, so this year I went for platinum.

The one year I decide to go platinum, they give out pins. Oh well, I was sick of getting calendars every year, so its a nice change.



zeeroid said:

Alright guys, let me offer you this: you just amassed 600 coins to get this platinum reward. You know what from the catalogue you can afford now, with those 600 coins? It costs 550.

Yeah-- it's the MESSENGER BAG. What you can stick on a messenger bag? BUTTON PINS. Did I just blow your mind? Because just think about sticking 25 pins on that messenger bag and it instantly becomes amazing.



akacesfan said:

I got platinum, but I still ordered the calendar because those pins didn't interest me.



Iggy said:

Thats good I only reached 300 coins and stopped at gold status because the pins dont interest me. I really like my platium reward last year tho its chillin on my shelf right now.



Deviant_Mugen said:

These pins look pretty awesome. Glad I managed to make it to Platinum before the deadline; that's the hat trick...



SquirrelNuts said:

Ya'lls haters! Ya'll jus' be hatin' on ma Ninteendo! These buttons are stupendous and glorious. I am so excited for my pins that it more than makes up for all the flaming flamers. I will pour my Nintendo love onto this website thereby melting all flamers and haters...go pins!



Nintendanforth said:

Was a little upset when I saw the word "PINS" listed under platinum status in my email... but the more I look at these pics the cooler they look...



RedYoshi999 said:

Wow, you complain that you get something extra for having a high level of games registered? In Australia you get nothing no matter what. We don't even get bonus stars for games off VC/WiiWare/DSiWare and there's no post play surveys to get extra stars. We're run by Europe but we have next to nothing they do and because of that, it's hard for them to put new items up. The most amazing thing that happened recently was that we are actually getting the Ocarina Soundtrack CD. So I wouldn't be complaining when there are worse Club's out there.



saix said:

No Link hat. I was really looking forward to a Link hat to go with Mario's. 50th anniversary hat, is that what Nintendo's waiting for?



Supremeist said:

Well, sadly, I forgot to enter in my street address and the order process didn't go through (as Nintendo on the phone said) and it says I already redeemed. They said expect a call back today but no call. Trying to contact companys by phone and fix a simple problem is a big pain.

I find the pins really cool and look like a nice little collectible for me. They look awesome, and there's quite a few of them.



Bassman_Q said:

Meh the pins aren't bad... but seriously who'd really use 'em?

NoA is just laughing their @$$es off trolling us.



suburban_sensei said:

Not as cool as last years gift, but I don't think the pins are bad. Mainly because I LOVE retro Mario and this could look cool on my shelf. Just ordered mine, but I guess we won't see them for awhile, took a long time for the statue to come last time.



fishman100 said:

Pins are cool, but I think the calendar would be more useful to me. But those are still pretty sweet rewards



SuperLink said:

The pins are nice collectables and will be worth more than your average stack of cash in the future.



gblock said:

Gotta love being able to buy codes on eBay and other sources. Got Platinum Status on both of my accounts for the second year in a row for less than the cost of one game

Will be doing the same this Club Nintendo year too



IronMan28 said:

Eh, the pins are kinda cool. Remember though, that doesn't mean we don't want 3 specific games coming to the US, Nintendo....



Leowns said:

I got Gold Last Year, but this time i didn't got ehiter gold or platinium, im kinda sad cuz those pins look really cool! good for those that will get them



Teh-Ray said:

Wow, I can't believe people still have high expectations? lol

Really, no one to blame but yourselves.

In other news, nice pins! Can't wait to get them. The only disappointing thing is the wait, now!



PSICOffee said:

Damnit. I am sick of mario crap! This is the best they came up with? It's sad to think i've been anticipating the announcement of the rewards for so many months to see pins. It's better than nothing I guess.

I think it wouldn't be so bad if e3 2011 didn't suck for Nintendo, they weren't screwing us over with localizing Japan-only games and the fact that we KNOW they can afford to give better rewards for our loyalty but they refuse because our country is "too big and hard to manage."



SuperLink said:

Just ordered my pins.

I rather would have gotten that Super Fiacom controller that the UK got. That would have been better than pins.

Unfortunately, this was my first year in Club Nintendo, and I kinda tapped out my entire Wii, DS and Gamecube collection to get where I am now...I probably won't be able to get Platinum OR Gold for next year. Sigh...



mud985 said:

if u guys accidently put in the wrong address when u ordered call NoA imediatly with your order number and they MIGHT be able to change it

hope this helped



shinesprite said:

In future, please send out a warning. I forgot to register my gear and thus missed out on the badges.



StarDust4Ever said:

I believe the pins are very nice, a lot of people do collect pins, and they will definitely fetch higher prices on ebay than the other past prizes. I do not plan on selling mine; I will display them proudly because I think they are über cool!

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