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Club Nintendo Gets Major Overhaul, Pay for Games with Coins

Posted by James Newton

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Update: Club Nintendo now lets you buy download games with coins.

Original story:

Fed up of those Club Nintendo coins going to waste? A major update is on the way that will let you turn them into games.

You'll be able to use your coins to purchase download games for the Wii or 3DS using either system's download voucher redeem ability. For example, Fluidity is 150 coins, whereas 3D Classics: Xevious is just 100.

The site is down for maintenance at the moment but when it returns you can expect a whole world of coin-related japery.

Thanks to the users who sent this in!

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User Comments (130)



blackknight77 said:

Nice I have Xevious and SMK already. I did not care for Fluidity but I like the idea of using coins for some games.



zeeroid said:

Here's a list of the new goodies, which I posted earlier in the forum:

  • Super Mario Kart (100 coins)
  • Fluidity (150 coins)
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again (150 coins)
  • 3D Classics: Xevious (100 coins)
  • Boo Notebook (250 coins)
  • Princess Peach Notebook (250 coins)
  • [one other notebook, don't remember the design] (250 coins)
  • Blue Pen case (400 coins)
  • Red Pen case (400 coins)
  • Zelda 25th Anniversary Poster 3-set (400 coins)


sc100 said:

This is good news. Although it seems like you'll only be able to buy select games. It would be better if you could buy any game with them. Either way, these coins are now more valuable.



yamipuff said:

I'm going to say it's safe to this this offer currently is only for US? Typical it wouldn't go through to the UK/European areas for decades or even at all... :/



motang said:

This is very unexpected and awesome! Though it say the site is down for maintenance for me.



linkdeku7 said:

To think I was about to spend 550 of my coins on the new shirt they added to the rewards recently. Oh sweet, sweet Nintendo, I.. I... I need to hug you.



warioswoods said:


Same here, about 1000 just sitting there unused. But it's too bad I already have most of the digital items listed above (comment #4) :-/ Hopefully they'll expand it.



NintyMan said:

I also saw somewhere that now 3rd party games can be registered on Club Nintendo, so there's even more ways to get coins.

Great news all around.



Xkhaoz said:

Cool, but I'll wait till they have a larger list of games available till I drop the coins. (But as Is see it, 150 coins = around $8 )



Squiggle55 said:

THis news is really fantastic. This is exactly what I wanted to do with my coins. Amazing.



Mowzle said:

@7. yamipuff
My sentiments exactly!
WHEN are we going to be able to use our stars to buy tokens to use in the eShop.
We used to be able to do that for the DSi Shop.



Yrreiht said:

Woohoo! finally something worth it on club nintendo xD
The rewards they offered before were not really... appealing...



BalrogtheMaster said:

Guys I just checked GoNintendo - Apparently these games are gonna be here until January 10th. After that, they exchange them with new ones!



MagicEmperor said:

Well, it's about time! I haven't redeemed as many Club Nintendo rewards as I would like, because most of the stuff they got don't grab me. At least offering games is a step in the right direction.



shinesprite said:

Suddenly, Grill-Off With Ultra-hand doesn't seem like such a good deal.
Good thing I didn't get it.



Megumi said:

Ugh I got tired of Club Nin-...wait...what?...coins? WiiWare?...3DSWare?....YES! xD



Capt_N said:

Sweet! Thought, if the list rotates, it's intended to keep ppl watching the Club store. It also encourages ppl to register.



Wilford111 said:

@ 22: Grill-Off With Ultra-Hand is actually a pretty good game.
Too bad I can't play multiplayer, as no one else wants to play it :/
Maybe because it's too challenging or too hard to get into?



Dodger said:

My friend is going to be so annoyed that he bought Xevious when he could of gotten it along with games he was going to get anyways. Maybe I'll get it for "free" just to bug him.

Anyways, this is awesome. I'll have a chance to try some games that I wasn't going to get anyways.



Azikira said:

@Capt_N: I hope the games change up every now and then! It'd give me a reason to cash in those coins instead of hording them. That makes me feel like Wario. o3o



AbuJaffer said:

This is amazing; MUST BUY GAMES NOW! This is probably why Nintendo finally added that Download Code feature; the manager asks the team:

"How do we let specific customers download a game we don't want them to pay for?"

"Wait, what if we just give them a unique code they can enter into the eShop and they get a game for it."

"GENIUS! If only the rest of the online team were as innovative as you! PROMOTION!"

Second guy secretly thinking to himself "Should've listened to all those fan requests earlier... I should listen to the rest of their requests as well... eh, who has time for work when the Desert Temple awaits! Back to Skyward!"



SunnySnivy said:

Nice! That explains the eShop update recently.

I'll be more diligent on finishing all my surveys now. Nothing better than free games.



Ren said:

This is a great move, too bad they waited this long to do something like this. Still I'm happy, theres a couple things on there I was wanting.



coolvw93 said:

sweet! now i can actually get something cool with my coins. im probably gonna get super mario kart or xevious and then wait to see if they put any more on.
Then buy more nitendo games and get more coins!



Slapshot said:

Not only is Nintendo getting caboodle's of my cash here lately, with this kinda strategizing they'll be getting a lot more!

Great job Nintendo!



Ras said:

My problem with this is, I'm afraid I'll spend all my points on games and then Club Nintendo will finally offer something really cool that I will then be unable to afford! <-- Gotta have something to complain about!

Also, I think this is the first step in Nintendo's promise that we would soon be able to buy games for our systems away from our systems.



C-Olimar said:

Can someone please remind me of the Nintendo Coins to Stars exchange rate again?



Crunchy_in_milk said:

Finally I have a use for my coins! And the games are so cheap too!
Mario Vs Donkey Kong is a day one exchange for me.

Possibly Super Mario Kart too, still undecided, is it that much different than the GBA's remade SNES courses?



dizzy_boy said:

we have a similar scheme on the european club site where we can trade star points for eshop points, at a cost of 4 club points to 1 eshop points though.
they released that here ages ago, so i`m suprised that a similar scheme took so long to get to the US club site.
do be carefull not to waste your coins, this maybe an indicator that the snes classic controller may turn up on the US club site around summer time next year.
the snes classic controller came up a few months after on the european club site, at a point when i had spent most of my club points on trading them for wii downloads.
it wouldn`t suprise me if nintendo did that knowing that people would use up their points before releasing the snes classic controller. that way they wouldn`t have to make so many snes classic controllers.



Nin-freak said:

Woah, a ten doller game free for buying a $50 dollar one? That's an great deal! Thanks Nintendo 8)



bonesy91 said:

Yes! So glad I didn't spend any coins! Finally Nintendo is starting to get it!

Does Cartwheels all over house



Placlu said:

Grah! Why doesn't Australia get these things! Nintendo really hates us..



Dodger said:

Heck, I could get Super Mario Kart or Xevious just for doing the surveys for the GBA games. Another free game!



grumblegrumble said:

Oh wow!!! I am so excited! I have over 2000 coins and I don't wanna get some stupid Mario stickers or some old Game and Watch games I already own. So I am very excited to hear about this. Bring it on! Yay!



bubby444 said:

thank goodness. when i first became a club nintendo user i wanted to do this and i was disappointed to see that it did not. But now it will so i am happy



Retro_on_theGo said:

Yes! Awesome! You're finally taking online shopping seriously Nintendo! YES! Too bad I have most of these games. Can't wait for some new ones.



TKOWL said:

Holy f*cking crap. Club Nintendo actually got awesome. Cannot wait for it to come back up



Aqueous said:

@Crunchy_in_milk - no problem but be forewarned you need to be one of the best to unlock the snes courses, you much finish each cup with 100 plus coins on each difficultly to unlock all of the different snes courses that go along with that course. To use an example if I got 100 coins n the special cup n 100cc then I would unlock the snes special cup on 100cc but I would still need to go do 50cc and 150cc to get the other engine classes and then I would also have to do the same with every other cup. It's a challenge I pulled off before on my gba but also this is important you can't trade snes ghosts and snes cpus have a much harder difficulty.



chiefeagle02 said:

This past week has been full of great news (Mario Kart 7, the Update, and now this). Kinda of glad that I kept my 3DS now.



pntjr said:

Now I have to choose between the giant AR card or 3D Classics: Xevious.
Great. This is just great.



RevolverLink said:

After I download Mario Kart, I'm going to start hoarding my points in the hopes that more games will become available. Although the Zelda anniversary posters do look pretty sweet.



kitroplious said:

Great to see that Nintendo is putting the option to purchase codes for select games for Club Nintendo.

Although, I wish you could just use real cash for this (via Nintendo online store), instead of CN coins.... quite a hassle without it.



BMS16 said:

I hope that 3DS VC can be redeemed. I also hope that I can get 3D classics Kirby's adventure, Excitebike, Kid Icarus, and Pushmo for 100-250 coins each



BMS16 said:

I have over 12000 coins to spend. I could most of the eshop games for "free"



bonesy91 said:

No new rewards... Site is back up now (I suggest clearing your browser cache if you can't get onto the site)



Tare said:

This is great news! It makes me want to sing!

This was a triumph...
I'm making a note here, huge success...
It's hard to overstate my satisfaction...



sketchturner said:

Why not just make it so we can buy Wii points with our Coins? Then we could get whatever games we want. This is a step in the right direction but...



link_hn said:

fake news pals... at least for now since the page is back online and no new addups... i even saw a screenshot of the page at but for what it seems its all fake... hope its comes true someday...



WolfRamHeart said:

The site has been down all day and it is finally up again but no new rewards. I hope that I didn't miss out on those games. I really want Xevious.



Portista said:

Um, the site isn't down, and the new games aren't shown anywhere. 100th comment btw



Geonjaha said:

Nintendo - have I told you I love you recently?
Well I would be saying so as long as you do this for Europe...
Yes Europe has the option to trade for points for the DSi and Wii, but nothing for the 3DS...



JeanLuc_Vaycard said:

lol wow everyone was duped on this one. April fools came a little early, unless they are planning on releasing these at another time. As of now, no new games. Just the same crappy paper prizes NA has come to love for the last few years.



nick_gc said:

Good idea that makes sense though I don't fully understand why they don't just let you convert coins to eShop money.

The EU Club Nintendo just recently had the Game & Watch replica and DS game added (which I bought). Hopefully we'll get eShop vouchers soon.



misswliu81 said:

i was thinking this is a great idea but if they included all the virtual console games, as well as put more games on the V.C every month and people can buy them with coins, nintendo would make even more profit from this.



coolvw93 said:

its up but no games or rewards on club nintendo.......... oh well. but it would be awsome if they did this sometime in the future...



TrueWiiMaster said:

I don't understand why so many people keep complaining, and what's more, attacking Nintendo. As far as I know this was never officially announced, so even if it weren't true, Nintendo's not to blame. Personally I think it is true and will be up within a week, based on Nintendo Week specifically mentioning new rewards coming by next Thursday. You guys really need to chill. NOA is finally doing something good with Club Nintendo, and I plan on supporting the move by getting at least 2 or 3 of the games when they're available. Here's hoping we get more games, plus the SNES remote, in the future.



cecesigue said:

I don't understand why so many people keep complaining!! SIGHT. nobody in the wolrd get this things for the prices you guys get...50 dlls for a game? 170 dlls for the 3ds? if a had a nintendo club membership they were out of stock of everything! but no! i dont have the right to get all the nintendo club rewards, coz i pay doble and get nothing in return.
that only tells how much money americans can spend this days... not much.



RevolverLink said:

Club Nintendo now has a little update on its news sidebar.

"12-09-11 New rewards and games available for Coins coming soon. Please stay tuned!"

EDIT: Although that message does keep disappearing and reappearing on me.



link_hn said:

lol, this is like an old fashion piñata, it keeps bumping up high then down low, hope those candies are worth my heart beat...



coolvw93 said:

so its possibly true, cool. im hoping so, cant wait to see whats new! i saw that they said "New rewards and games available for Coins coming soon. Please stay tuned!" hopefully this a good sign!



shredmeister said:

Wow! I'm up to almost 1500 coins by now and have been a bit lackadaisical lately with the surveys, only because of the slim pickings from the reward menu. If there's going to be some cooler items in there, I have some more surveys to do. I have all the 3D Classic games so far, except Xevious, so that's a nice little bonus...I hope to see Kid Icarus on that list, that would be just too sweet, though, wouldn't it?



JimLad said:

I hope this comes to EU so I can get Fluidity (Hydroventure...barf)
Right now it costs us about 400stars/coins to get 100 Nintendo points, which will get you... nothing. :/



Geonjaha said:

@123 Exactly. You have to give 800 stars for 200 points, and that will only get you the cheapest stuff.



Urbanhispanic said:

Well it's about time. Instead of letting those coins going to waste, gamers can actually used their leftover balance to get stuff like this instead of only the rewards on their web site.



vherub said:

I enjoyed fluidity immensely, except the high difficulty of the ending.
This is great that the coins can be used for games now.



Henmii said:

Hopefully it also comes to Europe soon, but there it will be stars that you can redeem for games (We Europeans don't have coins).

I hope it comes pretty soon since the e-shop cards are still not available over here!



winter123 said:

I only spent coins last June because i needed to or they were gone. Now I can get things I actually want. And you know how game and watch ds games are something crazy like 1200 coins? I thought downloadable games (brand new games whereas game and watch is like twenty years old) would be like 4000 each. so this is great news.



alLabouTandroiD said:

This is a great way to advertise games in the eShop. I mean when you're there you might be shown some other games along with the one you're getting ... At least i hope they can motivate people to also download games that they can't get with Coins.
Getting eShop credit instead of games would be great for us informed people though.

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