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Nintendo Goes Download-Only With The 2014 Club Nintendo Elite Rewards

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Platinum choices include retail downloads

It's that time once again for the Elite Gifts on Club Nintendo in North America, in which the most loyal gamers in the region get to choose from various rewards after spending a lot of money in the preceding year. Typically these offerings include goodies such as poster sets, CD soundtracks and calendars, yet Nintendo has switched it up — for better or worse — by making this year's range exclusively download games. There are no physical items at all.

Below are the choices that Platinum and Gold members will have, with all codes redeemable on the Wii U or 3DS eShop.


Platinum + Gold

There you have it, the elite gifts / rewards for 2014. Let us know what you think in the poll and comments below!

Which Club Nintendo Elite Reward will you pick up? (585 votes)

Game & Wario


NES Remix




Dr. Luigi


Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D


Fluidity: Spin Cycle


Dillon's Rolling Western


Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move


Ice Climber


Kid Icarus


Super Mario Bros.


Zelda II: The Adventure of Link


Donkey Kong 3


Wario Land 2




Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins


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What do you think of the Club Nintendo Elite Rewards being download-only? (778 votes)

I'm pleased, I like choosing from all those games


I'm not sure what I think yet


I'm disappointed, I prefer having other options


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User Comments (869)



Sylverstone said:

I'm not entirely disappointed, but I really hope that they consider physical prizes again.

Was crossing me fingers for the Super Mario 3D World soundtrack or something like that, but I'll be fine with a free retail game.



Prof_Clayton said:

It is entirely possible to achieve Gold or even Plat with just a Wii and a DS. Why should Nintendo screw people like that over, who own neither supported system here? :/
On top, they are treating the competitive melee community far batter than us. It's pretty upsetting, they are playing literally one old game and they get special treatment.
I will get the highest priced reward available, and not hold my breath for next year.



Dankykong said:

I'd prefer a mixture of game downloads and physical items to pick from, but I can't say I'm too bummed out. NES Remix here I come. I'm more curious why they chose to do it this way, if the influx of members from either the 2013 holidays or something or even the MK8 bundle, maybe it's not as effective to send out real world things at this moment? I'm more annoyed that we're gonna have to have a year or more with people whining and complaining about how yet another thing is so awful about the world and Nintendo. As if there isn't enough doom and gloom over pointless crap for Nintendo, this can be added on top.



AlexOlney said:

I'm always disappointed with what the European Club Nintendo has to offer. I'd be much more inclined to use it more if they offered this sort of stuff to us.



Axed84 said:

Wow, that's disappointing. As a Platinum Member for the past 6 years (or so) I buy A LOT of games. I either have most of these already, or wasn't interested in the ones I don't have.



Warruz said:

I like how full games are included in this, the problem is I have the ones I want already. So I guess I am going to go with Mini's on the move as its the only one I am interested in somewhat and don't have.

I would of much preferred the traditional swag related items.



River3636 said:

Well I was hoping for a shirt or a cool accessory. I haven't picked up nes remix. I have gold and platinum. So I hope I can get it because I own every game on there except remix and minis on the move. I'm not sure if I have DK returns on 3ds it's a remake right?



russellohh said:

A larger selection would be nice. My wife and I hit gold and platinum last year, and on the first of this year as well- mostly because we already own all odd those games except two of the platinum ones, and there's a reason we don't own them. Ah well I'll give one a try, and give the other code to a friend.



SteveSnowmn said:

Slap in the face to people that bought 90% of these games already to get to platinum status in the first place. So disappointed. If you're going to do all digital rewards, at least give us something exclusive like the Doc Louis Punch Out fight.



Prof_Clayton said:

@DankyKong While it isn't a terrible reward, to get platinum that is the equivalent of spending $600, which comes out as maybe $300-$500 with extra coins depending on how savvy you are. You'd think for their biggest fans, they'd offer something besides games, or even a larger selection. I myself own most of these games and essentially have to pick something I don't really want. With a unique physical reward, I'm pretty much guaranteed not to own that, at least.



Warruz said:

@Prof_Clayton Well then, I think Il sell my code and put it for Donkey Kong 3DS. Then use the money to take advantage of the Buy one get one deal for Best Buys next week.



MoonKnight7 said:

After 3 years of losses, I'm surprised this didn't happen sooner, however, I like the rest of you, find this disappointing. I would have loved a soundtrack from Mario 3D World or Mario Kart 8.



Stu13 said:

Hadn't picked up NES Remix yet, so I went with that. Would have rather had a cool figurine or something similar, though.



Crimzonlogic said:

There are a couple of games I'd actually want, but they are Wii U games and my Wii U has no space left to download stuff. A physical reward would have been better for me.
I guess I can get Donkey Kong Country again, but I sold that game before because I didn't really get into it. Side scrolling platformers tend to not be my cup of tea...Anyone want to trade something for a DKCR3D code?
Too bad Shovel Knight on 3DS is not a reward. I really want that game. I can't buy it because I kinda lost my job...No money.
And to think, last year's reward of the Majora's Mask soundtrack was really awesome. I want more stuff like that.



ShockeyRuuka said:

Eh...I have no opinions on this since this is my first time getting Elite Status.
I don't mind games this. I picked up Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.

Been meaning to get that game anyways for awhile now. I can always get NES Remix some other time.



Ralek85 said:

Isn't Donkey Kong a full price game though? If they had a wider selection of games which are of about equal value ... that would have been nice. I mean I'd love to get DK for free, that would have been great, but I already got it ... Same for Minis.
Still I think it's good they went with digital games, next time a more balanced and wider selection please!



Peach64 said:

I wish the European store did this. All my points go on Wii shop cards and it feels like such a waste. I have no interest in cleaning cloths and notepads. Hugely jealous of seeing the cheap/free VC games in North America.



Tsurii said:

@AlexOlney shhh! You can't say that, the plastic swag we get in Europe is so much better than getting free games, dude /s

Well..I think I can somewhat understand, why you guys from the US are disappointed. I'd prefer something like an OST over a game, too, BUT those OSTs (and there're only 3 atm) are pretty much the only good thing in the european club nintendo catalogue. And I DID see the rewards for both. (talked about that with a friend not too long ago)



Crimzonlogic said:

On second thought, DKCR3D takes up 17,693 blocks! I don't have that much space left on my 3DS. Man, big bummer. Now what? The ones I want are all too big.



audiobrainiac said:

I mean I will admit. Club Nintendo merch would've been cool. A hat. A t-shirt? Wrist band? A trophy? A badge? Something? Something that shows off our loyalty. Things that would make non-club Nintendo members curious.



Caligvla said:

I literally have every game offered!! What is my choices now? If they did this at least twice a year it wouldn't be so bad but I waited a whole year to get some sweet rare Nintendo swag only to get nothing because I already own the games!! Thanks Nintendo!!



Th3PlaidHatter said:

Amazed. I remember up until yesterday when everyone wanted Earthbound but it was said that wasn't likely because it was a "blip" for Nintendo. the Internets are always disappointed with their free things.

As for me, I've got to try to decide which I'm getting, there are 4 there that I want and don't have; Game and Wario, NES Remix, Earthbound and Dr. Luigi.



nesvc said:

This is a kick in the pants. I won't be worried about getting platinum next year.



ikki5 said:

wow.... I have almost ALL of those already.... Like what the hell? What are they thinking. If people got to platnium status then they spent $600 on stuff so would they expect a lot of platnium status people to already have most of these?



Hrudy19 said:

This years rewards are pretty weak, I mean they had the figure set a couple of years ago which was cool and they have gone downhill ever since. The Luigis mansion figure was great but I didn't get one, now that I have a ton of coins to use and Platinum status, there is nothing worth getting. Seems a bit unfair to spend the money to reach that status and are basically rewarded with a $10 credit. Give us something unique or useful, how about putting the extended wii u battery on the site, people would actually have a use for that.



ShanaUnite said:

Seriously Donkey Kong country Returns 3d is one of the options? Seems kind of out of place considering the rest is Virtual console.
Edit: My bad. It isnt all virtual console.



iphys said:

I don't object to the rewards being digital, but I do object to them not being exclusive. Their biggest supporters will have already bought all these games. The elite rewards are supposed to be "special" but there's nothing particularly special about these rewards. This is only good news for people that do the bare minimum to reach platinum and have a good selection of games to choose from that they haven't already bought.



MikeLove said:

I have three platinum reward Nintendo posters still in an unopened box in my basement since last year.

I will gladly take a free game download over some corny doll or poster I would never put up in my house.



Pink_Floyd said:

I have achieved Platinum status since club Nintendo started. In the beginning the rewords where grate now they are offering games that I have or ones that don't interest me. You would think the big N would offer something unique to loyal customers.



5ony said:

I'm leaning towards Game & Wario.

My family tends to keep the Wii U in the living room, so it'd be nice to have another Nintendo Land-esque game for everyone to participate in.
Not to mention, with the Deluxe Digital Promotion, this'll net me five bucks. Maybe I'll finally get Shantae...



BranBran said:

Must say I'm pretty disappointed. Anybody can get these games if they have the money but the physical rewards are something you can't get in stores, only from Club Nintendo! Don't get me wrong its cool i'm getting a free game but i want exclusive Nintendo stuff. I'm sure by this time next year all club nintendo rewards will be Digital games which is a shame BTW i got Game & Wario!



Jazzer94 said:

I hope the EU Club Nintendo will adopt a reward system like this nothing wrong with free rewards.



ikki5 said:

@Jazzer94 EU's club Nintendo is far superior to NOA's, I'd gladly trade systems as there is actually decent stuff on yours.



Remisio said:

I would have much preferred Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger.

But, Oh well, Game and Wario it is!



vitalemrecords said:

@Hrudy19 I have to second this - and what about people like me that compulsively buy the games they want? I already have all of the games here that I want. That is how I got platinum status (and hit platinum status AGAIN on July 7th). So I guess I will have to choose Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D - even though I already own it on the Wii (sans 3D). They should have thrown in Wii Sports Club (like 1 sport) - to promote the online features or something. I dunno. Why not like a $10 credit for Gold and a $20 credit for platinum so I can choose the game I want? Really there are like 2 or 3 games left on the eShop that I want. It seems that they didn't think of their best customers when they did this one.



tabris95 said:

This is the first year I decided to participate and go platinum member hoping for some unique Nintendo merchandise and all I get is some meh download games? Never again Nintendo



dquarius said:

This year sucks since im gold most of the games I want are not only not the preferred platform want to I play it in, but I have on my gbc. Whatever i'll just get wario land 2 and do a giveaway next time I stream on twitch.



MagusDiablo said:

My only complaint is that I'm not able to redeem all of the rewards, like two years ago. I would really love to redeem everything and make my DDP account fatter and fatter. But this is the good sad, not the bad sad.



Vladex said:

This is a bit disappointing. I was looking forward to getting something great after finally hitting Platinum status, and instead the reward is just a few games, most of which are Virtual Console titles I could pick up for less than $5, if I didn't already own them. Honestly, if they're going to force us to choose digital rewards, than I'd have been happier with eShop credit; then I could buy whatever I wanted.



Th3PlaidHatter said:

@Prof_Clayton It seems to make good business sense to me that they are using the club to push people to new hardware. They haven't made money in years, it is about time that they start using their resources to start doing so.



Ralizah said:

I actually really like this! I hope this becomes the trend for their CN rewards.



Spoony_Tech said:

This is pretty much what I wanted. Wow look at all the hate in here! O.O

Anything else they would've offered me would've been junk anyways. Either the kids play with it for a few days or it gets broke of which I don't really care. Physical stuff in the end is boring and I don't have the space for it so GREAT job Nintendo. You read my mind!



Jazzer94 said:

@ikki5 3 OSTs and a Game and Watch all of which are very expensive starwise I wouldn't call superior the rest of the rewards are tosh.



Spoony_Tech said:

Not to mention I don't have to wait half a year to receive this gift. It was quite ridiculous we had to wait that long.



TreesenHauser said:

VERY disappointed. I'm let down that there are no physical options. Even the Majora's Mask CD from last year, at least it was something.

Oh well, I think I'll cut my losses and get Game and Wario. Never got around to that, heard it's pretty fun and if I can get it as a reward why not. (By the way, there's no reason to get Dillon's Rolling Western as a reward. I paid like $2 for that a while back unless it was just a sale at the time)



FernandoMachado said:

Chances are most Platinum members have the majority of the games listed as Platinum rewards! Thankfully I haven't got Game & Wario yet so I'm grabbing that!



Ralizah said:

@Spoony_Tech Evidently. I mean, I really liked the Nintendo playing cards I got from them, but this way I'm immediately rewarded with a GAME rather than having to wait half a year for a poster or a CD or something.



Froggievilleus said:

Most of the games I already have. About the only thing I would get is DKC since I don't have it and it's still expensive. The rest are cheap downloads. I've been a Club Nintendo member since day one and I loved getting exclusive merchandise but this is a bit disappointing.



Spoony_Tech said:

Oh and those looking to dl DKCR 3d, just a fair warning that the dl size is one of the biggest on the 3ds. Make sure you have the room.

Best game on that list imo!



Gerbwmu said:

I really like the game download options. Really better for me then any more junk laying around the house but they do need a larger selection. Guess I'll choose between Game & Wario or Dr. Luigi.



ikki5 said:

@Jazzer94 Those sound tracks was better than all these combined, plus the key chains, and the Wii Points cards.... these are worth far more than what these platinum rewards especially when you already own pretty much everything and those things plus the game and watch you mention. There is tons of great stuff on the EU club Nintendo which is FAR better than having a club Nintendo that is cheaper but nothing on it anyway. Face it. EU Club Nintendo > NOA Club Nintendo.

Don't expect a lot from Game and Wario. I got about 10 hours out of that game. Very little content. The best minigame on there is the one when you are trying to play the video game in bed without your mom finding out.



SirQuincealot said:

Alot of people saying they cant cpmplain, what about the people who have these games? They get literally nothing, honestly,



UnseatingKDawg said:

I have nearly all the games here. Aside from that, I'm disappointed because when I save up my coins, I'm usually getting something good that I can't buy anywhere else. Nintendo seems to be getting lazier and lazier lately...



TICGS said:

I do not know what all the hate is for in this comment section because personally despite the fact I managed to earn Platinum the only of these games I own are NES Remix and Dillon's Rolling Western. I am getting Donkey Kong though just because I spend most of my money on Wii U games because I prefer home console and this will give me something to play on my 3DS. Now the only game that I want for my 3DS is Fire Emblem Awakening must find by end of year.



Drac_Mazoku said:

What do you do when you LITTERALY have all those games already? You just give the code to someone else? Talk about a great reward . You hit the goal, but someone else get to profit from you.

At least, they could have mode some exclusive mini-game only available through gold or platinum reward...that way, it would have been sure that no one would have the game.



TruenoGT said:

Mixed feelings. I may get more enjoyment over the long haul with a game, but the magic of getting an relatively exclusive item is lost. Feel bad for gamers who already have all the games (or least the ones they want)... Hope the physical items return someday. Still dreaming of something along the lines of the infamous SNES Classic Controller Japan had years ago.



Jazzer94 said:

@ikki5 Wii point cards are over priced so are the keychains I'd rather just be able to buy VC games with my stars instead and the other added perks.



sinalefa said:

So it hasnt occurred to anyone yet? They are not giving physical rewards because of ebay resellers. That is my theory at least.

I agree that they could have used exclusive stuff. No bragging rights this way! I will claim Earthbound then.



Naoiko said:

They should have just given out eshop credits if they were forced to go digital with this.



TreesenHauser said:

Decided on Game and Wario and it's downloading now. Will I get credit towards the Deluxe Digital Promotion for this? And not to be "this guy," but if anyone already has these games and chooses Dr. Luigi or DKC Returns 3D, I'll gladly use your code. (I know there's no real "reward" in that, but just thought I'd say it.)



Jimmy_G_Buckets said:

I'm on the side of favoring these options. Physical rewards lose their appeal to me. Games are infinite. I assume the Wiiu games will go towards the DDP. So it looks like NES Remix for me.



HopeNForever said:

I've been suspecting that Nintendo of America were phasing out physical rewards on Club Nintendo especially with the huge reductions in the overall physical rewards as of late, but I didn't expect it to be THAT bad!



Smooty said:

well i'm gold... so i can only download these games..
problem is i alredy have those!
Uh... does anyone want to trade an Earthbound code for whatever you want from the gold list? if anyone wants to, i'd be really grateful really been looking into playing earthbound



blackknight77 said:

I will miss the calendars they were always nice looking with great artwork. This is probably a quick and easy way to do rewards though



Discipledoctor said:

I haven't touched the pins, cards, or MM soundtrack. I'll get a lot of time out of DKC. So I can live with this one!



Discipledoctor said:

I haven't touched the pins, cards, or MM soundtrack. I'll get a lot of time out of DKC. So I can live with this one!



Smooty said:

@Drac_Mazoku I think you can just give it away? im gold and i alredy have all the gold games, do you want to trade an earrhbound code for any gold code? D:



A1234 said:

this is awful! i have every single game. they don't even offer a calendar?



NintendoHistory said:

I am extremely disappointed. Considering I already have most of these games and how much money I spent to earn this, I'm very upset at Nintendo for this. Maybe this is a sign that they are in some kind of emergency due to the Wii U failure...



Toaster05 said:

I'm quite envious of these offerings. As a UK resident it's great to have physical items available, however beyond soundtrack cd's (which most people seem to put on eBay and sell on to others) there is very little of interest and on the odd occasion that something decent does show up you have to have twitch like reactions to get hold of them as everyone and their brother is hoarding points anticipating.

So, being realistic the chances of me not owning a game on offer is better than wanting a Link notepad or a Yoshi binder.



mystman12 said:

Welp, this disappointing. I mean, this is really, realllly disappointing. BUT! Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is game I haven't played yet, and while I would have bought it physical at some point, this seems like a good opportunity to pick it up. Besides, the only other game I'm interested in is Game & Wario, but I don't want to get any Wii U games since my brother owns the Wii U. (And when he moves out, so doeas the Wii U) I just, really wanted some sort of nice physical reward. Maybe we'll still be able to get Tropical Freeze soundtrack as a normal reward. Seriously Nintendo, you know how much people love the soundtrack, why haven't you given us one yet?!?! Oh, and Ice Climbers. LOL!!!!



_Ampersand_ said:

Does someone want to trade a Donkey Kong Country Returns code for one of the Gold rewards and one of the current monthly rewards?



vitalemrecords said:

@Th3PlaidHatter Free? They have touted the Rewards Program as a way to get cool Nintendo Merch - and I have spent HOURS doing their surveys. Free? Are you kidding me? They pulled a bait and switch. They gave us peanuts when in the past we got a pizza. That's why people are mad. I already have all of the games I want in this list. So I have to choose between Minis on the Move (yawn) and Game and Wario? Or should I get DKCR3D even though I don't have the space on my 3DS and I already own it on Wii.



CaviarMeths said:

"Thank you for buying all those games and getting Platinum! Now here's some choices of games to download that you either already have or don't want."



Grumblevolcano said:

Wow and I thought European Club Nintendo was getting worse by rarely updating the stars catalogue selection. At least the European Club Nintendo can net you the Super Mario 3D World soundtrack for 3000 stars, this NA selection is horrifically bad.



Jarod said:

wow this is actually awful its like i did all those surveys for nothing i already have any games on that list i would want I cant believe they'd do something like this



bbliksteen8 said:

UGH! I AM SO DISAPPOINTED... because I deliberately held my coins back and didn't achieve Platinum status! The last two years I hit platinum and took the Gold level games anyway (LoZ:MM & LoZ:LA). I would have chosen Game & Wario or NES Remix or Dillion's. Instead I'll probably get Zelda 2 (or maybe Mario Land 2). But I love this. I have little interest in merch.



ricklongo said:

Hmmmmm. Mother is one of my favorite series, and I've been meaning to get EarthBound for a while; the only reason I haven't gotten it yet is because I already finished it more times than I can count. On the other hand, I've been increasingly curious about NES Remix.

I'll try and solve this conundrum until I get home tonight.



Pokefanmum82 said:

I'm debating between any of the Wii U games. I have most of the 3DS games. I don't know if I will get Dr Luigi or Game & Watch Wario.



Rob_mc_1 said:

There is one problem with giving away games. The way we get to gold or elite is by buying games. Most people acquired the coins by getting the games they want. By giving away games they are either giving away games that people have already acquired or are giving away games that we didn't buy in favor of other games.

The physical items give us an unique item, The Mario cap or the statue that they gave away the first couple years were prime examples of items people would not normally have.



Link506 said:

I like it, but I really feel like I have no say here since I never do anything with my club nintendo account.



FlaygletheBagel said:

Not gonna lie, I like the idea of download-only, but the game selection is awful. IMO if you spend 600 dollars on Nintendo stuff in a year, you should be offered a bigger selection than this. This is basically Nintendo flipping their middle finger to their biggest supporters.

Guess I'll pick up Game and Wario since it's one of the few I haven't actually played.



Giygas_95 said:

I'm thinking either NES Remix or Fluidity: Spin Cycle. Which one do you guys think? Is Fluidity good?



NextChannelGame said:

I wish they choose better games! I didn't go for Platinum status this year because I forgot... The last two years I hit platinum and got great games that time, but this year I didn't buy anything.

Almost all the gold games there I already have since 2011 from the Ambassador Event, I don't have Wario Land 2 (Is that any good?) but I never played EarthBound, NES Remix & Game & Wario. I don't mind a trade for a game since I'm Gold status & already have almost all of them.



Rob_mc_1 said:

Now that I'm thinking about it this would have been a good time to give away an amiibo statue as a physical reward. It usually takes months to prep the physical rewards anyway. they would have been out by time they shipped them.



RichardsShadow said:

@sinalefa They are selling the codes on ebay already. Same with the codes from Mario Kart.

I wouldn't mind this if it wasn't for the poor physical rewards all year long.. and the choices of games being older. I feel if they had newer titles (Like the recent GBA virtual console titles), or perhaps one physical reward for those who want it, it would have been a bit better.



delt75 said:

I'm too am disappointed that there wasn't any psychical gifts. But I am glad to get a free game that I normally wouldn't buy. So I picked up DK Country Returns 3D. I haven't played the DK Country games since the SNES days. I guess it's a good thing there are Mario Kart Happy Meal toys out now.



Rei7 said:

Compared to last year's elite status gift, this year was definitely better for me. Game & Wario for free, well that saved a few of my money there.



SetupDisk said:

Well that sucks, I have all of those games besides ice climbers wii U, DK3 and fluidity on 3DS. So it's a selection of the suck to choose from.



SetupDisk said:

Oh wait I don't have DK 3D, that would be my best option even though I have played most of it on wii.



Shepdawg1 said:

While it's unfortunate that there aren't any physical rewards, I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. Now, to decide which one...



Th3PlaidHatter said:

@vitalemrecords Very weird definition of payment. I have always paid for games and received free items through the Club. I've never paid for a Club giift.

In any case, I encourage you to not waste your time filling out surveys or registering items that you buy since you don't get anything for free.



SetupDisk said:

A better platinum would have been continuing the 10% past this year for Wii U owners.



vitalemrecords said:

So wait, with my digital promotion I can get Game and Wario - then when the $3 bumps back into my account - I can pick up one of those game boy games - then do all of the surveys and have a chunk taken out of the next game I download. Not a bad plan - but its too bad I don't WANT any of those games. I already bought most of the games I want. Why not just an eShop credit so I can choose?



JCnator said:

Nintendo of America has just proven that they really dropped the ball on Club Nintendo's Gold/Platinum rewards for multiple reasons. What were they thinking?!

  • The lack of physical rewards
  • All of the offered games were released before the end of 2013
  • The lineup isn't exactly the best
  • Huge disparity in terms of value between rewards

All ranting aside, I think Game & Wario would be the wisest choice out of the bunch for me.



vitalemrecords said:

@Th3PlaidHatter Is it THAT weird of an idea of payment? Have you never heard of a "Paid Survey?" Those exist - in fact there are thousands of paid surveys conducted every year. This wasn't one of those, but they aren't weird.



BertoFlyingFox said:

It isnt really the download-only rewards that disappoint's the choices. I got quite a few of those through club.nintendo already and quite a few of the other options dont come across as a "platinum reward".

Would've been nice if this reward came along with a bonus discount for certain eShop games like Tomodachi Life or Yoshi's New Island. Maybe an interesting way of releasing the first gamecube game on WiiU VC....i dont know. Luckily I havent picked up Earthbound or DKCR3D, so it'll be between those for me.



Th3PlaidHatter said:

@vitalemrecords But we are talking about the club, not the world in general, right? I'll take your download code since it offends you. Get Earthbound for me, I got my free Game And Wario already.



Tsusasi said:

Here's the problem as I see it, and as it affects me: If you are platinum, chances are you already have a LOT, if not all of the titles they are offering. I mean, sure… first world problems to be sure. But there isn't really anything that I want.

Game & Wario
Fluidity: Spin Cycle

Between the Ambassador Program and purchases, these are the only two games I don't have. And Fluidity: Spin Cycle as a Platinum reward?

Also, this whole program just lost it's vibe. Platinum used to be something to get excited about and Nintendo's rewards made you feel kinda special. Like the company was really happy to reward your loyalty. This feels phoned in, lazy and completely sterile.



ejamer said:

There were only 2 games that I don't already own and have any interest in at all... and 1 of those games (DKCR) I already own on a different platform.

Yes, the selection is "good", but the more games you own the less helpful that is. Yes, a free game is "good", but especially for people like me who aren't keen on digital downloads this is a huge disappointment.

Oh well. I guess hoping for one of Nintendo's wonderfully orchestrated game soundtracks really was too much.



bezerker99 said:

This is awesome, since I prefer games over merchandise.

And,........don't we get Club Nintendo points from whatever game we decide to download here??? DKCR3D should give me enough points to get download Paper Mario for free!!!



Hrudy19 said:

I mean the least they could do if you are going all digital is to give us anything available on the E shop
And even then would giving us 2 games kill them? I agree it's supposed to be unique nintendo type items that not just anyone can obtain. Now I have a ton of coins I won't be able to spend and they will eventually expire
Doesn't seem like a nice way to treat those that support them the most



ChemyNoSurfea said:

DKCR3D is 17kblocks whaaat?! Still getting it, tho, had to delete attack of the Friday monsters and code of princess



NameDifferent said:

Some of the comments are just unbelievable, you guys act like you are entitled to get special things and can't appreciate what Nintendo offers! Whenever Nintendo offers, you ask for more or be disappointed. THEY DONT HAVE TO DO THIS. They could be like another company where you can buy their game or system and thats it. But the arrogance here just pisses me off to another level, yea I get that some "rewards" are better then others but none of you take in to consideration that it's FREE. Just because you buy their games doesn't make you a fan. Hell the ones who complain about this or how they think Nintendo is just being lazy, YOU ARENT FANS. It's free stuff and somehow people complain. In the off-chance that you do have all of these games, give one to a friend or someone who doesn't, you don't always have to be greedy. But I can't stop you.



vitalemrecords said:

@Th3PlaidHatter Yes, they chose the game for strategic reasons. Their strategy was ill-planned. As game developers, they should have been able to look at it from a Sims perspective and see that their bread and butter (customers like Me) would already have all of these games. Maybe they should have said Gold gets these choices, but Platinum gets to choose anything. Since the Platinum members have more games that they want, let them choose more freely. I'm already platinum again for this year mind you, and I'm not sure what I have to look forward to for next year.



sevex said:

Kinda disappointing. It's cool to get something "for free", but the time it takes to do all those surveys isn't really worth getting something I could pay $15 for.



Jellitoe said:

This truly sucks, this is the no cost option. They are basically saying with this, we do not want to spend money on you.



vitalemrecords said:

@sevex I don't mind the price points of the items - I just wanted more choices. I buy tons of games - and I want to be able to be rewarded with something I WANT rather than like - "Meh, ok, I'll get that one."



XCWarrior said:

It's free stuff, so can't complain too much.

But maybe just keep is simple Nintendo. Gold status means you can download any 1 VC title of your choice.

Platinum status you get any eshop title you want, with maybe the only restriction being games that cost $40+.

B/c lets face it, too many Club Nintendo users buy 1st party only and own most of these games.

I think I'll get Dr. Luigi since it's one of the higher priced games and it has online. Need to let Nintendo know I want online in my games!

(I also think this is due to another bad financial year for Nintendo, saves them money.)



Grumblevolcano said:

@XCWarrior I honestly think if that approach was taken, most platinum members would choose Fire Emblem Awakening as their free game due to that Smash Bros. trailer on Monday.



Wolfgabe said:

The self entitlement and hate in these comments are ridiculous. Seriously are people ever satisfied? They offer up something new and you all complain because its not physical. Not everybody has those games on offer How could you be mad at them offering Earthbound for free to those who don't have it? You really need to stop being so ungrateful and appreciate what you have



TheWPCTraveler said:

And...this is why I save my eShop credit for DLC or a non-VC digital-only game.

As someone who finds the Club Nintendo thing as a bit of a nice bonus, I must say that I'm quite happy and sad with the rewards this year.

Happy because I never spend cash on VC games (and now have the option to at least get one), and I live in the Philippines, which details any option for a physical shipment.

Sad because, can't they just give me $20 in eShoo credit? Come on, EO4 is on sale, and I don't have any credit...



Emaan said:

Nothing cool about the rewards this year, oh well.

To be quite honest though, Club Nintendo should really just be an afterthought. If you like Nintendo's games, I would assume you'd be buying the ones that appeal to you regardless of coins and trying to reach platinum status in their rewards program. Could the rewards have been way better this year? Definitely. However, it's important to remember that you buy the games first and foremost for enjoying the games themselves, not for some potential cool little collectable that could await you at the end of the year.



TrueWiiMaster said:

I'm not sure what to make of these rewards. I love that I'll be getting Game & Wario for free, but in the end it's just a game. These rewards are great, but they have nothing to do with achieving Elite Status. Unlike past rewards like statues, pins, posters, and CD's, anyone can go out and buy these games. Honestly, I was kinda hoping for a 3D World soundtrack, or maybe a CD of the Zelda symphony.

That said, this is still awesome. Nintendo's giving free games, including retail games. There's not really anything to complain about there, especially when you compare it to what competitors give (pretty much nothing). The rewards could have been better, but they're still good and they're still free.

I wonder if Game & Wario will count towards the Deluxe program like Wind Waker did. Assuming it does, that'll be a free game plus $3 eshop credit.



Coldpancakes said:

I am so terribly mad that Nintendo decided to give me a free game of up to 50 dollars value instead of waiting a half a year to send me a piece of plastic or paper! I have no use for video games, if I liked video games I would have bought video games and reached platinum status! Wait...

Bummer they picked Donkey Kong Country Returns for 3DS. It's a huge download and something I'd prefer to get a physical copy of. Woulda loved Star Fox 3D. Ah well. Love the digital download rewards though. I could pick most of these games and I wouldn't have any of them.



millarrp said:

I wish there would have been some physical rewards but oh well. Even though I have it already I'm leaning towards Game and Wario so my girlfriend can play without needing to borrow my 3DS.



mike_intv said:

Last year, my son talked me into a calendar for him ... which he never used and had no idea how neat it was.

I am sure I will find something to download. After all, this is a FREE gift — which is not something the others do. Personally, I would like some physical gift choice as well. But in the end, this is not something that Nintendo has to do and i get something for FREE.



Ralizah said:

Got a Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D code for my nephew. He loves the game, but due to it being a download on my machine, can't play it very often. So this is perfect.



darthllama said:

I was actually expecting something like this. Kind of disappointed as I like tangible items, and always see Japan get the cool swag. I have a lot of the games listed, so settled for Dr. Luigi as the best of what remains. Would of been nice if they let Platinum members choose 2 games (one for Platinum level and one from Silver). That would of at least made it more satisfying. Still its a free game so can't complain too much.

As a poster previous mentioned, this sucks for anyone with only a Wii/DS system still as they get nothing. Well I guess they could sell of the code for some return at the very least.

To the question above, the redemption of a Wii U title does count toward the digital deluxe promotion. So there is that at least.



KoiTenchi said:

I'm really glad now that I was waiting on Earthbound! I've really, really been wanting to play it, but I figured both that I didn't have time in my backlog and that, if I waited long enough, it would go on sale.

Now I'm getting it as a free reward!

I can see why other people are annoyed though if there's really not much you don't already have.



Gold said:

NES Remix for me, but not even a calander this year? I feel that CN is going to be gone soon. They are only putting games up there.



Coldpancakes said:

@TrueWiiMaster "They have nothing to do with reaching Platinum status."

Wait what? What does that even mean? Why does Nintendo have to make you feel special? Why wouldn't you want everything offered to the entire community anyway?



bizcuthammer said:

I actually like this. I'm getting Game & Wario, which will be my second free retail game this year after the MK8 promotion. Thought about DKCR3D, but i already own the origjnal on Wii, and the file size is ridiculously huge, so no thanks.



astros75 said:

Game & Wario for me. If I had to choose between last years Zelda soundtrack or this years Game and Wario...



Sonic1994CD said:

Wow more games that everyone owns! Thank you Club Nintendo! It took you two darn weeks to put up rewards and all you can give us is this! There's only 6 rewards on Club Nintendo you can get right now and they all suck ( Not including Gold/Platinum rewards). Nintendo fans lets unite and start a riot! Give us better rewards! I'm sick of this crap!



fmfsony said:

Really bad selection.
I either own or not interested.
This is incredibly disappointing.
Maybe sell code? what a pain, horrible decision from Nintendo.
If they're going all digital why not a broader selection instead of this?
What a waste!



Darknyht said:

Game & Wario for me because there is no way I would buy it, but a $29.99 dollar game that will probably also give me 300 points towards a $5 eShop credit plus Club Nintendo points is an easy pick. Besides, this might be the first Wario game I enjoy and if not it will be a few hours of entertainment at no cost (I would have purchased the games either way).



hypercoyote said:

If this is the direction they're planning on going, I will likely stop messing with Club Nintendo. I appreciate all the rewards in the past, most of them were excellent, but I'm disappointed to see them cutting out physical rewards completely. Digital items are worthless in my eyes as they really have no collective value since they can be duplicated an endless number of times (should Nintendo decide to release them for sale) and these items cannot be sold without selling the system they're installed on. I'm with others, I will likely end up just selling the download code.



Torchwood said:

This is somewhat curious, although not entirely surprising given the downward decline in quality of rewards over the past years. Honestly, it makes sense that as there are more Club Nintendo users it becomes harder to come up with rewards that are economically feasible to produce and distribute to everyone, which is why physical rewards have been in such a limited quantity as of late.
That said, I'm getting Game of Wario but would have been very disappointed if I owned all of these games. Seriously, I'm going to be more wary about buying games in the future if there's the chance they might show up on Club Nintendo for free.



dkxcalibur said:

I understand that Club Nintendo is free to join and receiving any prize at all throughout the year is a bonus, but I'm extremely disappointed with Club Nintendo in general. I have two accounts (don't ask, it's Nintendo), with one being platinum and the other gold. I got two posters for a game I'm not into, and a pouch????? I was looking forward to the Platinum/gold rewards because in years past the prizes have been good. I was wrong. While I'm not 100% disappointed with the DL only prizes (I'll find something I don't own on the list) I really feel like they could have included a more balanced line-up or just gave eshop credit. Why not eshop credit!!!!!! In fact I wouldn't mind if they got rid of Club Nintendo and the Digital Promo and just rewarded everyone with eshop credit that they could use on whatever game they choose. It would be like the Digital Promo only you wouldn't have to only DL games on the Wii U.



FritzFrapp said:

This is always the problem if you offer a selection of games to download – the risk that your customers won't be happy with the selection offered, or even that some already have all the games you're offering. It's at that point that it becomes not a reward, but a bit of a slap in the face for loyalty.

If there are no physical items available – implausible as that sounds – then a possible solution might be if they also offered the choice of a certain amount of eShop credit as an alternative.



rjejr said:

Interesting reading all the "I have yhese games already, thats how I got my status" comments. Reminds me of all the PS+ people who pay $50 to rent games they already bought.

Nintendo fans wanted digital games, now we have digital games. You know ehat they say about being careful what you wish for.

As for me, thanks to @Sony for reminding me I can get DDP credit, so Im getting Game n Wario. The demo at Gamestop was only ok, but I like the free money. Thats my reward.

Oh, I have 2 cool decks of cards, a set of pins and 2 calendars, so yes I would have preferred physical swag. They REALLY need at least 1 Wii and 1 DS game though, those people are COMPLETELY SCREWED, and thats just downright rude.

Maybe if we all hold off for a few days Nintendo will change its mind. At least offer $10 eShop for Plat, $5 for Gold for those who already own all of these, or simply dont want them.



Spoony_Tech said:

Look, I get all the hate but Nintendo doesn't owe us anything. We should be grateful for what we get because last I checked Europe gets NOTHING! Club Nintendo has a nice list of physical items you can spend your regular coins on and if your platinum then more then likely you can get any one item you want anyways so what's the big deal.



dkxcalibur said:

My plans for the future is to not register any of my products with Nintendo unless I see something that blows my mind or in case they do a promo like they did with Mario Kart 8 or 3DS/Pokemon. The only redeeming matter with the "Club" is that they ran both those great promos! They were really great promos! I took advantage of both and I'm very thankful Nintendo ran both.



JJtheTexan said:

The biggest problem for me, as a Platinum member and heavy buyer, is that I already own ALL of those games except three, and those three are titles I was never interested in to begin with. I guess I'll take Game & Wario because it's there, but geez I already had to settle for the somewhat similar Wii Play U as my freebie with Mario Kart 8 since I already owned all three of the other free choices. :/



ZenTurtle said:

Me too! Americans say it is so much better than the NA club Nintendo, but the European club Nintendo is only filled with crappy toys, in my opinion...



TrueWiiMaster said:

That's kind of the point of clubs and rewards. People who aren't in the club don't get club-exclusive items. People who don't "earn" the rewards don't get the rewards. If anyone can just go out and get them it makes the club somewhat pointless.

Also, none of these games have "up to 50 dollars value". Game & Wario and DK3D are both $30.



allav866 said:

I was hoping for some posters, like for SM3D World, DKC: Tropical Freeze, and Kirby: Triple Deluxe. Plus, I have a good number of these already.



msinclair said:

I agree with the other Europeans - we've been waiting for years to get some kind of download game as a reward. I've contacted Nintendo of Europe before to ask if they have any plans for updating; they were quick and polite in their response, but ultimately the answer was no. Perhaps could reach out and try to put a bit more pressure on them? I think a reputable website's comments would hold a bit more ground than a single disgruntled customer.



dkxcalibur said:

@JJthe Texan
Same here! More mini game fun for me! Like others pointed out, at least it will count towards the DDP credit for me. I don't have a few other games but with the credit I'll receive from Wario, I can almost afford to DL the others with my credit. The only other game I might get would be DKCR 3D. I have the original but it would kind of be cool to have it on my 3DS too.



Retro_on_theGo said:

Wow, this is just awful. LOL I knew I wouldn't miss out on anything by missing even gold this year. It wouldn't be so bad but you know, Ice Climbers and Donkey Kong effing 3? REALLY?
It would have been fine if the selection was a little better. But come on Nintendo.



SkywardLink98 said:

This kind of screws me over. Me and 3 siblings are all on the one club nintendo account, and don't own a Wii U. It's not fair for just one of us to get the download game, but we can't get the VC title on the Wii for all of us to share.



Nintendo_Ninja said:

Soundtracks and posters are lame. I'll get Game and Wario or Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. Extremely satisfied.



rjejr said:

@Spoony_Tech - "but Nintendo doesn't owe us anything."

It's not about owe, its about expectations. You wake up 5 years Christmas morning getting presents, then one year you wake up and your parents tell you your some religion that doesn't celebrate Christmas. I personally spend a lot of time filling about registrations and surveys - we have a Wii U and three 3DS so thats a o tof games per year, so Nitneod kind of pulled the rug out from under us. Would have been better if they had physiacl this yar w/ an email explaining/stating Nintneod wold be doing only digital in the future.

Thats a pretty limited list to wake up to. Both my boys were NOT amused.



simonhwsn said:

Why do you want physical rewards? to sell on ebay? loyalty my ass! "I already own all of those games, i bought them so I could reach platinum status" yeah sure, I'm platinum and besides dillon's I have none. BUT if you really own all of those I'm open to receive your codes, make someone else happy, that's a cool reward XD



chiefeagle02 said:

I think this is the first year I'm bummed for not hitting Platinum (last time I got it was when they gave out Doc Louis Punch-Out. Got Gold every year since then) because Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D has been on my wishlist for a while. Oh well, I'm getting either Wario Land 2 or Donkey Kong 3 as I have the other prizes in one form or another.

I don't know how I feel about digital-only prizes. Usually I would send my physical prize to my nephew as an early birthday present (a Nintendo calendar or something), so it feels strange getting something this year (my nephew has all but abandoned his 3DS for his Android tablet with Minecraft, otherwise I'd send him a code for Super Mario Land 2).



SirQuincealot said:

@mike_intv games with gold and ps plus, both for the Price of one Wii u Game Will give You full service for a year and 2-4 games a month, same Price on Nintendo? Will get ypu ome maybe 2 games but You Will still Be short 500 coins..
Watch the insults please — TBD



allav866 said:

I should try to be a bit more positive... Well, at least you don't have to wait until December for delivery... and there's a decent (and much bigger) selection, and I may either pick up Game & Wario for myself, or give my girlfriend DKC: Returns.



BertoFlyingFox said:

Must be a select group of "PS+ people". I could never buy all the games PS+ gave me for my subscription. Even now with a lot of them being old and pre-owned, it would cost me a lot of cash. The constant discounts and flash sales have been stellar too.

That's exactly the problem. A rewards program is only worth the rewards put out, especially for its "elite status" members. Most reward programs (this includes the by Nintendo) would give you a coupon so you could spend it however you please in their store.

I'm reading comments about buying the amazingly sub-par Game&Wario for the DDP coupon....but they arent realizing how round-about that sounds. "Hmm, I'll just settle for this meh-game and get points for Nintendo's much better rewards program that'll give me a coupon for anything on the eShop".



SetupDisk said:

To all the people saying why complain are you actually platinum reward members? This is a good idea but the selection is terrible. Most of them are good games but most are already going to be owned by platinum members anyway.

Hell they could have did something cool for high selling games on both systems. An exclusive cart for Mario Kart and outfits for Mario golf.



TonLoco said:

Game and Wario or DKCR3D? I tend to play my 3ds more but the file size is huge. The DDP points for Wario would be a nice plus but the single player aspect seems limited. Tough decision. I'm sure I will regret not choosing the other game when I decide but hey it's a nice bonus for buying games and filling out a few surveys once in a while.



2Sang said:

@setupdisk I'm platinum and complaining. Once again, nintendo has completely lost me as far as hype and customer satisfaction goes. Too bad, I was on a spend all my money on nintendo games and accessories craze. Just spend around $500 since e3, but now I won't be getting anything until smash.



Starwolf_UK said:

You can sell or give away digital codes easier than you can sell on physical goods. Plus no waiting until November.

Would have been nice to see the traditional calender on offer and Doc Louis Punch-Out though.

@ikki5 If we use 1 coin=5 stars as a conversion factor the Wii points you want so badly work out at 800 coins for 1000 while you regularly get games worth about that for less than 300 coins.

As for the CDs Mario 3D World is 600 and the Mario Galaxy ones go up to about 1000 coins. Let's not even get into the buyable platinum prizes (spend 1400 coins for something that was given away for earning 600, thanks...still did it as the Mario statue is great and there was nothing else I wanted).

As for our platinum prize it was great. Here it is, in the backets:
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Thats right there is nothing there. Remember for earning a platinum prize you also have 600 coins to spend so personally I would be more irate at how that part of the club nintendo system seems to have gone on vacation as that is meant to be the real prize, the platinum is just a bonus.



SirQuincealot said:

@Shepdawg1 a gift horse implies There Is something to look into, This Is like someone giving You a second identical tractor, but the first one waant even That good, plus There only one Person to drive them, plus theres no space for it, and it costs a poopoodoodoocacapoopledoople load for insurance, at least with a gift horse worse case it dies, but This tractor Will Just sit There for years rusting away and destroying yout feilds
Please watch the profanity — TBD



LegatoSkyheart said:

Not only is Kid Icarus part of this Month's Game Rewards, but it's part of the Gold/Platinum Rewards section too.

Yeah good job on delivering this year Ninty.



Nintendzoey said:

I would just be happy if Disney Magical World was finally released in Australia (a game people in NA have had for months now). Whilst people are complaining about not getting good free things from Nintendo... I am starting to get really depressed myself actually.



2Sang said:

Anyone who defends this is definitely a drone. I mean, You spend hundreds of dollars reaching platinum hoping for special posters or a figure, but you end up getting a CHEAP download game. They're so terrible, they didn't even give a full retail download of $50 or $60.



KodyDawg said:

I was a bit excited when I noticed Game & Wario and DKCR3D in the pic, but then Isaw the other options. While I'm Platinum, this really sucks for Gold members. All that work for a freakin' VC game worth nothing over $6. And the Platinum ones make no sense. I mean, you get to choose between $8 games, $15 games, and $40 games. WHAT?! Oh well, at least I can finally pick up NES Remix. Or Game & Wario. I haven't decided yet...



chucknorrmis said:

I'd go for the highest retail priced game, but I'm not risking any more space on the incredibly limited stock space in my wii u (I never planned to buy any external hard drives because they cost a pretty penny) with all that said, I guess i'm forced to go with DKCR cuz my 16g SD....

The only good thing I can say about this reward is at least there is something I kind of wanted but didn't get yet...



ElliotVA said:

Since the Platinum rewards SUCKED the past few years, I wasn't as concerned with getting all the coins I earned and let quite a few surveys slip by and expire because I thought there really is no point in being Platinum anymore. If I had completed every pre-play, product registration, and post-play survey, I would be Platinum. But since I didn't I was less than 100 coins from it and just stayed Gold. And now I see the rewards, I am really pissed.



KodyDawg said:

On the other hand, we should at least try to be grateful. Nintendo never had to do this whole program for us, and yet they did. It may have gone downhill quite a bit lately, but who doesn't want a free game, right?



2Sang said:

Nintendo: Oh thank you platinum members who supported us in our time of need, thanks to your great loyalty, you get a $10 download only game code that you probably own anyways.
Nintendrones: Thank you so much we love everything you do ninty



hypercoyote said:

Here's a cost listing of the games:

Platinum Level Rewards

Game & Wario (Wii U - $29.99)
NES Remix (Wii U - $14.99)
Earthbound (Wii U - $9.99)
Dr. Luigi (Wii U - $14.99)
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS - $29.99)
Fluidity: Spin Cycle (3DS - $10.99)
Dillon's Rolling Western (3DS - $9.99)
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (3DS - $9.99)

Gold Level Rewards

Ice Climber (Wii U - $4.99)
Kid Icarus (Wii U - $4.99)
Super Mario Bros. (Wii U - $4.99)
Zelda II - The Adventure of Link (Wii U - $4.99)
Donkey Kong 3 (3DS - $4.99)
Wario Land 2 (3DS - $4.99)
Metroid (3DS - $4.99)
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (3DS - $3.99)



gage_wolf said:

Complainers! These are free gifts... Personally I'll take games over more little statues or posters or whatever other junk they wanna get rid of.



BossBattles said:

Sad sign of the times...everything going digital is ultimately not a "good" thing for the consumer.
I will cherish the physical rewards I have collected over the last many years....

RIP Club Nintendo



ejamer said:

I get what people are saying about entitlement and appreciating what's offered. I do appreciate getting a free game (NES Remix in my case).

But this is still a disappointing year of rewards. Nothing exclusive, nothing physical, and a selection of games that many Platinum members probably already own. It's awesome of Nintendo to give prizes away, but this is the least appealing year for me since Club Nintendo starting giving away prizes.

That said, given their current financial situation (not awesome) and the fact that coins are easier to get than ever before (so probably more people able to claim rewards) I understand why the prizes are what they are.

Oh well. Life goes on.



OneBagTravel said:

Picked up NES Remix because it's the only game on the list that I KNEW I was going to eventually purchase. Already have the 2nd one and love it.

This is my first year being in the rewards program so I'm not sure how I feel about the download-only rewards.



SetupDisk said:

Hell I was at platinum well before Christmas and a lot of times I never even bother doing the coin surveys. I don't expect anything that spectacular but give me something unique.

This is past a slap in the face territory and closer to a urination on a grave.
Hell send out a luigi hat or something. I love having those figures and other unique things around my PC and console areas.

This is crap.



Nintendzoey said:

Whilst in Australia we get nothing at all. What are you people in NA complaining about? I would be happy with anything they offered at all. Seriously, anything.



MikeLove said:

My previous rewards were a calendar that was never used and is still in a drawer, and three posters I didn't want (because I wanted a game soundtrack CD even less) that have never been taken out of the box.

A free download of Game & Wario, plus the $5 download credit I will get back makes this the best reward yet.



Haxonberik said:

Well what I want the most from there is Earthbound, but I can easily pick it up for $10 so maybe I'll go for the most expensive Game & Wario, unless I can find somewhere where it's already $20 or less.



River3636 said:

Game and wario is only 29.99 so that digital promotion would put me over but that game is not my cup of tea.



ColeRabbit said:

The Nintendo Reps that visited the store I used to work at would give out better things than this, honestly. They'd come once a month and give us anything from lanyards to patches or bumper stickers, sometimes posters. It's great that you're offering so many digital options, but I was really hoping for something special. Even if it was an exclusive digital download, like Doc Louis' Punch Out, that'd be better than this.



Shotgunryugan said:

I'm a Elite this time(Was Gold last time), disappointed with the overall selection, I only have a 3DS , so was rather limited, and just like last time, I had the majority of those games already.

I got Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, was meaning to get this game actually, didn't know if I wanted to suffer motion controls on the Wii or less framerate on the 3DS, but I guess now I didn't have a choice

ALSO JESUS CHRIST THAT DOWNLOAD SIZE, what is the game made out of titanium? I'm glad I upgraded my SD card to 16 GB awhile ago, this is definitely the biggest retail game I've downloaded, I think it's bigger than Shin Megami Tensei 4.



NintyMan said:

Wow, this is quite disappointing. The past few Platinum rewards were mediocre enough, but this takes the cake. It would even be better off having more posters. I'm shocked that there's not even a calendar! I would have gladly taken that for the first time. Oh well, all I can say is I kept my expectations in check and kept wishful hopes like a Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze soundtrack in the "wishful thinking" category.

Between these downloadable games, it's between NES Remix and Dillon's Rolling Western for me.



sketchturner said:

I don't mind downloadable rewards, but the lack of exclusivity bothers me. Anyone can get these games, not just platinum Club Nintendo members. Doc Louis Punch-Out is a good example. Not to mention that by nature of the program Nintendo is offering these games to the people MOST likely to already own them. Good grief Charlie Brown...



Darkness3131 said:

Sigh. My hopes weren't super high, but I didn't predict this. I own all of these that I'm interested in already; that's how you get the status. Sigh, eenie meenie miney moe...



H_Hunter said:

FINALLY.. digital downloads! Something that is actually useful!
Thank you so much Nintendo!
Posters & Figures are gay...



ValiantPixel said:

I was initially very angry at this, but now I'm content with their decision. This gives me more time to collect the Platinum rewards from years prior! They had to cap it off at some point, and this upcoming year is my chance to take advantage. I'll be picking up NES Remix because I want Game & Wario and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D in retail boxes.



StooBush said:

@ElliotVA I did the same thing! Never bothered registering Super Mario 3D Land because I figured the elite games would be the same for Gold and Plat and I'd be wasting coins. I feel ya, brother. Plat next year!



SavoirFaire said:

Zelda 2 and NES remix for me. I think I would be disappointed if I didn't need any of the award games, but I do so I'm not!

I was hoping for a deck of cards as a reward. Maybe next year we'll get some exclusive amiibos!



DragonbornRito said:

I'm kinda both ways here. I've always been happy with my Club Nintendo Elite Rewards (MM Soundtrack, Giant Mario Bros. Figurine, Deluxe Mario Pin Set, etc.). But they've all eventually ended up doing the same thing. Sitting on a shelf in my house to look at once in a blue moon.

I will most certainly be able to enjoy my reward this year: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. I never got to finish the Wii version, and this will let me take it on the go. I just finished Tropical Freeze, and I've been hankering to play some more DKCR. I think it would've been nicer had they gave some games that were on par with the MK8 promo, but I'm happy with what I got.



orravan85 said:

Agreed. I am five years platinum in a row. I own all of these except Donkey Kong returns 3D....which I own the Wii version. Great game and had great reviews...but.. Eh.. Rather let down. Most of the time I like sending the cool exclusive prizes to my brother as his birthday is around the time I receive the physical ones in the mail.



feeyo23 said:

@Prof_Clayton I agree with you on Wii, but 3DS is over 3 years old at this point, so I'm fine with them no longer offering rewards for original DS.



StooBush said:

If any disenchanted Plat folks just want a Gold prize and want to trade, I'm game! Let me know



TingLz said:

@Prof_Clayton At the same time, that money spent was for a product, not coins on Club Nintendo. You spent $500 and got games, so ANYTHING is technically a bonus on top of that.



freaksloan said:

I am happy with it. Why complain about something that is free? I don't get crap from Microsoft or Sony.

Kids want Game & Wario and I want NES Remix. I think I should get to choose since they picked Pikmin 3 for the free game for buying MK8.



HandheldGuru97 said:

Ummmmm well this is a surprise, not even a calendar!??!?!??!?? Odd...still I am glad I hit Platinum there 3 games up there that I want and have yet to get on my old U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NES Remix, Doc Luigi, and of course Earthbound. I'll head over to my DDP page and see how many points I need to hit another $5 eShop card. Probably NES Remix, still glad we're getting something!



Yorumi said:

That is a huge disappointment. Last year I get some beautiful posters I have framed an on my wall. A bunch of $5 games any of which I want I already have. I know it's difficult to complain about free stuff but at least offer some exclusive rewards so people who have them all already have something to get.



Geonjaha said:

There should be an option for "We're in Europe, so we don't get any of this good stuff".



World said:

I think this is proof that people will just complain no matter what. I don't know; I think it's a nice bonus. But I guess I just buy games and register them, not to get a particular amount of points. I feel bad for the people who were hoping for a collectible.

Although I have Platinum status, I own none of these games. It'll be my chance to try something I probably would not have given a chance otherwise.



Darknyht said:

I understand people who own all the available games being upset, but try to remember that Nintendo, like most other game publishers, didn't have to offer anything extra for your game purchase.

Nintendo has been good to me this past year, in the past year I've collected: Wii Fit U for purchasing a Fit Meter, Pikmin 3 for buying Mario Kart 8, $35 in eShop credit through Digital Deluxe, Multiple games sold at $0.99 the past year, and multiple games for coins through Club Nintendo. Not bad when the next best company was when Microsoft used to offer games through Bing Game rewards and Xbox Points for Bing Credits (Amazon Credit now).



2Sang said:

@World that's part of the incentive to buying extra games. For me, there's games I will and won't buy regardless, but there's some I end up buying because of the promised platinum prize. If I wasn't already platinum this year, I wouldn't bother and probably won't bother going for it ever again.



River3636 said:

DK returns is the only logical choice it's clearly the best game for the buck but that download is enormous



MikeLove said:


If you really want a Club Nintendo collectible so badly (assuming they bring them back next year) why not just go on eBay afterwards and spend $30-40 on buying the one you want, rather than spending $500 on games to "earn" it?



Xaessya said:

I really like these
I hope they do more of downloadable only games so we can have a wide range of choices like this.



World said:

@2Sang Really? I could see saving up for one of the physical rewards that are there, but I guess I hadn't considered saving up for the status rewards! Perhaps because every year I forget that this is coming.



Yorumi said:

@World it's not so much that people buy stuff just to get a reward, it's just compared to past years it kind of feels like they just emptied out the clearance bin. Most of the games are 30 year old nes games, and anyone with a decent wii VC library might have even bought these years ago.

In years past they've had unique rewards you couldn't get and some quality items. This year it's like "eh here's a bunch of, mostly ancient, games most people probably already have if they really wanted them anyway."



AtlanteanMan said:

While the lack of ay physical rewards may be disappointing for some, there are several likely reasons for the switch that make sense when you think about it. First, having users choose from digital items already on their store is HUGELY more practical from a cost/benefit standpoint for Nintendo over, say, creating molds for and manufacturing physical miniatures, curios, or other items. Also, it's a subtle way for Nintendo to gage interest in particular genres or franchises for possible future releases, either digitally or at retail.

Of course this isn't the only thing Nintendo has changed recently in the interest of being cost-conscious; their recent switch during E3 from expensive stage presentations to all-digital events was another measure done to save money. Why? Perhaps its at least partially due to the Wii U's sales not meeting expectations early on, and they're attempting to recoup what they can for their investors; business decisions, in the end, are ALWAYS about money.

At any rate, I'm very glad they picked Earthbound as one of the offerings. I definitely plan to snap it up once the program opens.



Mega719 said:

Why are there always just Nintendo games when it comes to promotions?Yes I know a Nintendo deal would call for Nintendo games but they really should include 3rd parties. Obviously people buy Nintendo games the first week it goes on sale



TwilightV said:

Not disappointed that it's download games only, i'm disappointed that it's all games I already own.



World said:

@Yorumi I see your point. I don't really like collectibles all that much (maybe plushies?) and I do think it's cool that there are retail games there, but I can understand being disappointed if you were waiting for the one-of-a-kind statue and got...Fluidity.



bluecat said:

I joined Club Nintendo to get cool swag I couldn't get anywhere else. Now many of these games are great, but I already have the ones I want and have no interest in the others. :/



Jcdbengals said:

You peeps are lucky...donkey kong returns 3d is an amazing game and still around 25 bucks used on amazon and ebay. Best deal by far. I am going earthbound or nes remix, or possibly minis on the move for 3ds...i prefer download only on portable if forced, and im PRAYING nintendo does a mother collection, sells the crap out of it, and does a mother 4 for wii U. Cha ching!



Nardar said:

At least with download codes you get a free game, extra coins and if you go Wii U, you get points toward $5 gift card if you have a Deluxe. I am going with Earthbound.



Detective_TeeJay said:

This is great! I'll download Minis on the Move. I wasn't going to buy it but since it's free why not right? I enjoyed the previous DS iteration. (Not the DSi one though, yuck)



Yorumi said:

@World well it's not even one specific. Last year I got the poster yet, it wasn't that I was sitting there all year saying "oh I gotta get platinum to get a pikmin poster." I didn't specifically go for it, I just saw the posters and thought they'd look really good on the wall framed. A zelda symphony cd would get a lot of use.

The problem like I said is most people already have any of these they want, specially since they're $5 games. Most of the games have been available for years. I know they don't have to give us anything but these are their highest paying customers and it just has this feeling of emptying out a bin of ancient games that everyone already has. I don't have every game on the list, and don't want the ones I don't have, but there are some people who literally can't get anything on the list because they already have it all. At a bare minimum they should have done a timed exclusive release.



Haljalikakick64 said:

I literally spent an two hours grinding the day before the cutoff to be a Platinum member, and I am really bummed out. I loved the Majora's Mask Spundtrack last year, and I feel like the choices are worse than the free game with Mario Kart 8. Very upset. I'll probably take DKCR3D and give it to my friend as an incentive to buy a 3DS because I already own it and only go for physical retail games.



Mr_Video said:

It's a bummer for anyone who bought all of these games already, they're essentially being duped out of a proper reward. But for me, considering this is my Club Nintendo year, I'm pretty satisfied.The lack of a game ost is disappointing, but I was going to buy EarthBound soon so it being a Club Nintendo reward is perfect timing!
I hope next year will have a bit more variety to it though.



World said:

@Yorumi Yeah, I get what you're saying now. You store up the points in the hopes of cool surprises. Makes total sense.

And I don't have any of these games, but I'm not sure I particularly want them either. I like the quirky ones that fly under the radar a little. That's how I build up my points. So in that way, yeah, I guess I understand a bit that part too.



paburrows said:

Funny this is I got most of my points from downloads so there's really only 2 or 3 or these that I don't have. Is Earthbound good?



C-Threep said:

I'm debating between NES Remix and Game and Wario. Pleased with the game downloads as opposed to posters and buttons.



Yorumi said:

@paburrows I'm mixed on earthbound. It's not bad by any means, but the story is kind of weak and disjointed, and parts of the game feel kind of tedious. I think it's overrated in the sense that people make much more out of it than it really is but that by no means makes it a terrible game(I know people tend to use overrated to attack a game and that's not my intention).

If you got nothing else you're dying to play I'd get it, and it is considered an snes classic. I'm mostly just in the middle, didn't hate it didn't love it, got some entertainment out of it so I can't complain about buying it.



SethNintendo said:

Can't complain about a free service. If you already have all the games then sell your download code to someone or better yet give it to a friend.



NodtheThird said:

The value, price disparity in the titles is shocking, really the only choice if you want to get maximum value for your reward is G&W or DKCR. I kinda wish they had just given eshop credit. Then I could have spent it on a game of my choosing.



Coldpancakes said:

@TrueWiiMaster "That's kind of the point of clubs and rewards. People who aren't in the club don't get club-exclusive items. People who don't "earn" the rewards don't get the rewards. If anyone can just go out and get them it makes the club somewhat pointless."

That is in no way shape or for the point of this. Nintendo doesn't have to make you feel special by giving you something "exclusive." And anyway, they ARE giving you something exclusive: a free copy of two games, along with any other rewards you have already received by accumulating coins over the year. If you have a Wii U, you can also almost be at another 5 dollar credit, along with any other credits you've accumulated buying digital games this year.

"Also, none of these games have "up to 50 dollars value". Game & Wario and DK3D are both $30."

Remember, you also get a Gold and you also get any DDP credit for Wii U. So they're only about 3.75 times as valuable as the most valuable past physical rewards? Also remember, you receive coins on these too, which then you can use for more free games.

Is it just that you can't get something 'no one else has?' You shouldn't have to depend on Nintendo to make you feel unique, and more importantly you should feel -good- that everyone else can enjoy the same range of products as you. Why is it a 'good' thing you can have something other people can't?

Bottom line is, there is more value here for the customer and less direct cost for Nintendo (perhaps more sales opportunity cost though).



ikki5 said:

@Starwolf_UK @Jazzer94

just so you know, Over priced is better than nothing at all which is essentially what the NOA Club Nintendo has ((even though the coins/stars are extra so over priced technically should exist however when there is no point to even having them because nothing is available to you that matters, that is where the problem should be). The best thing we have is a poster set and maybe those pouches. Other than that. it's a joke, NOA has the worst Club Nintendo selection out of the regions that have access to club Nintendo. At least you guys have stuff that is worth spending points on and have the entire downloadable library available to you on the Wii and DSi and not a bunch of free games you don't want or you would already own through getting the platinum.



paburrows said:

Well I love RPG Tactics games, but am only sort of into regular RPGs, I don't have Donkey Kong Country on the 3DS but do have the Wii version so I'm wondering if I should get that or not. I also have never played a Game & Wario.



Yorumi said:

@paburrows it's definitely a traditional rpg, and I've also never played Game & Wario so I'll leave that up to you. It's far less serious than say final fantasy, but ultimately still a very traditional rpg.



Kirby-life said:

I was really hoping there would be another soundtrack of a Nintendo game. You can't really get those anywhere else.



Nestalgic said:

Getting DKR3D and trading my physical copy in at BestBuy for a $10 GC. Then using that on Sunday during their B1G1 promo to get Kirby and Mario Golf for what becomes $27 including tax. That's not a bad elite gift



HeroMaru said:

Anyone willing to trade me that code for donkey kong country return 3ds ill trade you my gold rewards xD. I would get in myself but I failed to reach plat . either way message me



salxicha said:

Got Donkey Kong Returns 3DS but I'd would prefer if we had some WiiU retail games there.

With this promo plus the one with Mario Kart I've saved about US $ 79.
Thats awesome!



HeroMaru said:

@salxicha nice. I had a feeling this year they would have something I want. I was just praying it wasn't acnl for I already have that



dumedum said:

Would have been nice if they offered Pikmin or Wonderful 101. I guess I'll go with Wario.



noctowl said:

I spent the money, punched in codes, took surveys...for this? If I wanted any of those games id already have them. I hope all the codes on eBay shows Nintendo what a terrible idea this was.

@Th3PlaidHatter except it's not free. If you got platnium status without paying anything id love to know the secret.



unrandomsam said:

@ikki5 The US one has free downloads that would otherwise have to be paid for. That is far better than the garbage the EU one has. (The exception being the SNES classic controller which would have been good but needed to buy 28 games to get it and I was too slow think I was about 4 off when it went out of stock).



lerobadey said:

I only achieved Gold status this year. I would like some advice on what to get, thank you very much.



AdmiralThrawn said:

Compare this to PSN or XBL where give away free AAA, and critically acclaimed games every other week as well as price cuts.

Where Nintendo fans shell out hundreds upon hundreds of dollars only to get the cheapest of the eShop.

It reeks of Nintendo trying to save money.



ikki5 said:

lol, we have to spend a bunch of coins to get "free downloads".. How is that different than you points cards. You guys get Free points cards that have access to the entire Downloadable library on the Wii.



Spartacus3765 said:

Free things are great, but if we stack the elite rewards against each other over the years, this one is a huge failure in comparison. If they want people to have the incentive to register software (buy software) in order to get cool exclusive rewards for loyalty, then they seriously dropped the ball here.
I wasn't able to achieve platinum last year sadly - really wish it was this year that that had happened. Cuz my choices are Earthbound or NES Remix...DKCR would have been the obvious choice, if I didn't just get it a few months ago. >__>



Furealz said:

People need to realize that not all companies do this....and it just costs a bit of time to write reviews to get. I got a $15 Dr.Luigi and I feel it's worth it, I have my Majora's Mask Soundtrack in a drawer only used once! Anyways, I'll also get $5 for Mega Man 5 on GameBoy! Yay Deluxe Digital! Whoever thinks this is a ripoff is self-entitled. If I had Dr.Luigi, instead of opting for a VC game, I'd rather give one away to another Wii U owner. Leagues better than the 2012 Plastic Cards..... -_- I think this might be the best reward since Pin Set IMO.



Dauntless said:

This sucks because there is nothing special about a digital game that could have been bought with a couple of dollars. And those that already have all the games being offered get screwed. Sadly I will not be looking forward to next years prizes with the direction Nintendo is headed.



thesilverbrick said:

@Furealz The problem is that Platinum members already have most of these games. I already own every single one and so there is literally no reward for the hundreds of dollars I spent and hours I logged doing surveys. It's completely unfair and lazy.



sevex said:

The poll needs an option for "nothing". I don't think I'll bother redeeming my reward.



Furealz said:

@lerobadey If you haven't got Wario Land 2 get that ASAP. It has HOURS of playtime because you can revisit levels for treasure. Not to mention multiple endings and a secret mini-game for 100%. If you are a completionist, by all means look no further. My second recommendation is Super Mario Land 2.



Furealz said:

@thesilverbrick I wish there was a way to AT LEAST get eShop credit, Man that is unfair. Unless you know someone who you can your code to as a gift I got nothing. If I did have Dr.Luigi I would gladly get my cousin Game and Wario.



Nin98 said:

Is anyone getting a error that shows warrio? I'm unable to redeem my gift.



Cooligan said:

I'm really quite disappointed with the changes. They should've has physical items to choose from.



Number1lenny said:

The rewards distinguished Nintendo from other other game companies. This set of rewards is disappointing but expected with their losses. I just wish there was a higher price point of games or platinum members can get two downloads.



Furealz said:

@Chocochips21 Earthbound if RPG fan, NES Remix if you LOVE Mini-game compilations. I like my mini-games so I would choose that over Earthbound. It's too overhyped, a great game but doesn't hold up well. I never finished Earthbound, you need to have patience.



mr_nihilism said:

Why hello, Dr. Luigi !

I'm actually pleasantly suprised with the selection of games available as I was expecting something along the lines of another deck of N. cards that will collect dust somewhere.



lerobadey said:

@Furealz I've been wanting to try the Wario Land series. I was not sure if it was worth it. Considering what you said, I'm gonna give it a try. Thank you



lerobadey said:

@Furealz I've been wanting to try the Wario Land series. I was not sure if it was worth it. Considering what you said, I'm gonna give it a try. Thank you



Number1lenny said:

Another thought is that these games are more entry level or as if they are meant for a monthly subscriber. When really the people who have access have a wide range of games already and might already have these. I will enjoy whichever I decide to get I am sure, just wish I had a better list to choose from.



russellohh said:

@Prof_Clayton The 3DS is over three years old. If someone is still using just the DS, which came out a full decade ago, and never upgraded, then they can't really be shocked that they aren't getting special gifts. I'm not holding out for an NES or SNES coupon, either. Shirts would be nice, for the DS owners, but... yeah. It's a ten year old system. Anyone who hasn't bought a new system since Tony Blair and Bush were in office isn't really the Club Nintendo market.



Th3PlaidHatter said:

@noctowl Sure, here goes: the secret is that I bought games.. As a bonus, I got coins. Didn't pay for a single coin. The club rewards are a bonus on top of the games that I pay for.

Hopefully all of these terrible comments don't cause Nintendo to discontinue the program, otherwise the games that are bought will no longer come with free coins that earn Club members free gifts.



AVahne said:

I predicted stickers.....this is even worse. Mostly just VC games, which I never even cared to have as rewards in the first place and retail games that most people already either have or don't care about. At least give us a GOOD Wii U retail game as a reward, or some fancy 3D stickers or something.
Club Nintendo is shutting down soon folks.

Guess I'll get Donkey Kong for 3DS,since it's a slightly less stupider reward than every other choice.



maceng said:

I'd preferred a statue or something to put atop my desk, but I've been waiting for an excuse for getting NES Remix.

I remember that a couple the rewards were so underwhelming that I forgot to select one (always Platinum for the last 6 years).

I think Nintendo is trying to cut the costs by forfeiting shipping.



Janj said:

Kind of disappointed. The last time I was a CN Elite there were two prizes, one gold and one platinum, and I got platinum. Now I'm finally back into Nintendo (didn't have a 3DS, came back when I got a Wii U and ended up with a 3DS later) and the only prizes are downloadables. At least DKCR3D is a retail title.

And Club Nintendo is going down every once in a while, luckily I already got my code. The last time I was an Elite, they had this problem too. Haven't they figured this out already?



Vyse said:

Wow, this is incredibly disappointing. At least offer a downloadable soundtrack! I really hope they go back to physical rewards, but they probably will not.



Imagamerboi said:

I know I am crazy but I would've loved to see the Platinum have a choice to have the download code to the E3 demo of Super Smash Bros for Wii U or 3ds for unlimited tries! But that's not gonna happen...



Mr_Mojo_Risin said:

I already have most of these freaking games, and the rest I don't want. : /
The only one I MIGHT get is DKCR3D. Seriously, those are some bad choices, Nintendo. smh

@AVahne what is your avatar from? Looks vaguely familiar.



maceng said:

Both are very good games according to reviews. Earthbound is discounted and costs way less than NES Remix, so if you are planning on getting both down the road, I suggest to go for NES Remix.



Chocochips21 said:

@Furealz thanks for your help! I think I will go with NES Remix.. I just hope they don't make an NES remix 1 + 2, like they did in Japan, because I like to collect retail games!



Chocochips21 said:

@Furealz thanks for your help! I think I will go with NES Remix.. I just hope they don't make an NES remix 1 + 2, like they did in Japan, because I like to collect retail games!



TwilightOniAngel said:

Well this is terrible i just hit platinum this year.And i have all these games already except earthbound which i was going to buy right now.Well time to get it for free then, maybe next year it will be better maybe.



Yorumi said:

@Imagamerboi that would have been cool. Another idea i just had with smash launching in the winter and physical rewards usually taking that long to show up it would have been really cool if they allowed us to select an amiibo figure. Could have the delivery arrive just ahead of smash U launch to drum up hype.



Hy8ogen said:

I was hoping for an unique physical item...oh well. It's free so what the heck.



Vyse said:

So the game I would like to get is DKCR3D, but I need to get a bigger SD card now. Thanks, Nintendo.



Hy8ogen said:


I'm a platinum member. Am I allowed to choose 1 game from each section or am I only allowed to choose 1 game? This is my first year as a plat member (thanks alot Wii U <.<).



Vyse said:

@Th3PlaidHatter I know, just didn't want to get a bigger one. However, I would have needed to get one anyway. Thankfully, you can get SD Cards for very little, not like the PS Vita, and their overpriced memory cards.



ACK said:

I am furious about this choice of games. Not one a worthwhile option, meaning I probably won't even use my two platinum accounts in the family. First I own most of these, but even considering that, this is a terrible collection to choose from. I will say no more, because I can clearly see I have wasted too much of my year on Club Nintendo as it is.



Hy8ogen said:

@ACK Dude chill out. These are free stuff. We didn't even have to pay for a membership fee! Why U so upset? If you have dem games already, can I have Warior Land 2 from you plz?

@Imagamerboi AWWW THAT SUCKS! Oh and Thanks



River3636 said:

While all of you are complaining I'm waiting for that enormous download for DK Returns. I haven't picked up Tropical Freeze yet. So playing through this is gonna be a bonus. I also am sure there is a whole bunch of other levels on the 3ds version . So quit your crying and get over yourselves and get crack n on a game you would have never of purchased. It is Free! Of course I still have over 1700 coins I can't really use. So this help eases my pain.



ACK said:

I also want to say I adore the physical rewards. They are special items, like mementos from a year of excellent Nintendo gaming. I could maybe live with digital stewards, but Nintendo needs to come with something better than this.

The worst part is that these games are practically guaranteed to be the ones in offer throughout the year for coins...
Of which I have more than I can even use because the only time there is a worthwhile reward, it's gone by the time I log on.



GhotiH said:


You could get a download code for a game now, and redeem it once you have the system.

And SSB4 isn't doing much for the competitive crowd. Final Destination stages screws us over hardcore (since he's making every stage as gimmicky as possible now that he thinks FD stages will fix the issues competitive players have with gimmicky stages, but it really doesn't because we nee different basic layouts), and the game engine has some flaws (from my own experience, moves seem to have a lot of ending lag on them, they attempted to balance the game in some horrible ways like making Marth, a really balanced character, way too slow and weak). I'm a competitive player, but Sakurai's attempts at making the game better for us have been awful when put into practice, so I'm not happy.



FriedSquid said:

Boo. I didn't meet Platinum last year, so now that I got it again this is the trend they'll be setting? And I can only grab one game!? What a fierce disappointment.



ColdingLight said:

I waited an entire year and they're offering the same crap they usually offer nearly every month.... Fantastic. Like how many times are they going to re-release Metroid??? Jesus...



ACK said:

@Hy8ogen Time is more valuable to me than money. Even year I get suckered in to wasting a day pushing our accounts over platinum. Past years have yielded worthwhile results, with unique memorabilia unavailable elsewhere. Still, dealing with Club Nintendo is like pulling teeth so after all the trouble and actual honestly filled out surveys, this is like a slap in the face considering what has been offered in the past.

This... Is a crappy list of games. There is no way around that. Like I said, these are likely to be available for coins throughout the year. So congrats to us, we get to pick a lame free game that maybe saves us 300 coins down the road. The Majora's Mask OST? Likely would've been offered for over 1000 coins. We haven't even had the SM3DWorld OST made available to us. THAT would've been a solid reward.



roccochacon said:

i have 4 platinum accounts and i almost have every single game on that list i am disappointed



Starwolf_UK said:

@ikki5 I will try again. You are crying about the fact you can't spend 800 coins for $10 of games on two dead systems (one of which is pointless in Europe due to NOE deciding they should run in crappy 50Hz). The fact that earning 600 coins you get one of 2 $30 games for free on mordern systems is nothing to scoff at and you then have 600 coins to spend. Sure the physical goods are in dire need of a restock but you have over 2 years for that to happen.

Grass is always bloody greener, isn't it.

@roccochacon Have you not thought that is it because of people like you that the gifts in general are so bad? 4 accounts to platinum, I don't believe you can do that legitimately. Prove me wrong



Jt23738 said:

@Axed84 Could I get a game from the yearly rewards if you aren't interested ? I didn't even get to gold this year



Yorumi said:

@Hy8ogen while it's true this stuff is free, ACK's response does kind of highlight how nintendo can squander a lot of good will. When it comes to platinum we're talking about people who spent around $400 on games for a nintendo system. Those are some pretty spenders and loyal fans, and nintendo has decided that at least some number of them arn't getting any reward at all.

Given that a lot of these games have been offered as monthly rewards for coins, and platinum members have a lot of coins chances are even greater that they already have the games. Imagamerboi's suggestion is actually quite an amazing one the more I think about it. A demo of smash for platinum members wouldn't cost them any more than this, and the free press they'd get out of it for the rest of the year leading up to the launch of the game would priceless. Players would be praising them, it'd be streaming on twitch, sites like this would be writing articles about etc. Instead you have a general feeling of disappointment.

Granted I know that suggestion is entirely in the realm of fantasy land but it's just not a good idea to create a level of disappointment.



Tasuki said:

What a freakin joke. I got gold and I either already have those games or dont have any interest in them. Any way I can trade them for a game of equal value that I do want to Nintendo?



Spartacus3765 said:

At this rate, you may be right. Poor offerings (seemingly getting worse and worse) ---> negative response ---> pull the plug. And it's not to say that what Nintendo's plan from the beginning wasn't great with this program, but it's only obvious that it's slowing down. Just look at the offerings - they used to have upwards of 10 physical rewards, now there's only 5. Looks like I missed my opportunity to get the hanafuda cards...



Zobocop said:

Extremely disappointing. Why the hell would they make the rewards something that's most likely already owned by an individual who spent money to reach platinum? This year is a complete bust.



ikki5 said:


Wii mode? last time i checked, you could use the Wii shop on the Wii U in Wii mode to use your Nintendo points cards. yeah those systems are dead but you can still get the games on the Wii VC. yeah they would be 50 hz for you guys... so you have me on that one. But if you had read my other posts, you'd see the fact that having the ability to get one of two $30 games is useless to me. I own them both. In fact, I used both of them to help get me to platinum Status so that "great deal" s no longer a great deal anymore for the simple reason, redundancy downloads doesn't get me more or better. it gives me the same so my net gain over all is 0. This is the big problem with this way of handling the rewards over all. The bigger games, i am willing to bet that 75-80% of people that got to platinum, they already have them, so that would leave you with a bunch of $5 eshop games which in turn, a lot of people would already have them such as myself. This reward system for this year pretty much makes it so you can get that game you cared less about or possibly never cared about at all. Look at the replies in this thread. it is so easy to tell who is from NA and who is not. The people from the EU, just reply saying how much of horrible people we are because we wanted something else other than something the majority of us already own. The NA people are upset with a few ok with it because their don't have one of the larger titles so this actually benefits them while the majority either get nothing, or something they never cared for because they had no interest in it to begin with.



ACK said:

Reading these comments, I want to make it clear this service is far from "free". First the games cost considerable money. But, more importantly, the surveys have significant value to Nintendo. Long before CN, companies existed that would pay out rewards (like gift cards, gaming consoles, devices, etc.) simply for filling out a litany of marketing surveys for various corporations. Those surveys cost time and effort and Nintendo is the one profiting from the info we provide.

Nobody is entitled simply because they expect an acceptable reward as payment for our service to Nintendo.



ZBomber said:

This is incredibly disappointing. I had been checking back every day hoping for a soundtrack or some kind of cool exclusive .I'm not big on digital games in the first place as I prefer to buy physical ones. I think the least they could do is allow a platinum member to chose one from the platinum section and one from the gold... this is the first time I got Platinum and I really worked toward it after seeing all the great rewards in the past, and I'm already at gold status for the year. Just incredibly disappointed...



ZesuBen said:

This is terrible... I've made Platinum every year, and the rewards have always been great, but this? ... This is just "Thanks, here's a gift card" except you don't get to decide what you want to spend the gift card on.

I am very, very sad...



TingLz said:

@Yorumi Again, they spent their money on products that they received. They did not spend money on coins for Club Nintendo. Nintendo should NOT feel obligated to give them more complimentary things. This whole entitlement BS is getting rather irritating



TingLz said:

@Imagamerboi Heavy traffic I assume. It went under "maintenance" several times today. I suggest waiting until tomorrow to prevent glitches




I wish the Pokemon TCG game was one of the Platinum rewards. ( I live in the US, so the game isn't here yet)



yoshi5852 said:


its the 5th platinum awards and i have all of them and these are by far the worst

Like we spend 600$ and we get rewarded with games we already have.....
Would have rather got a gold calender...
Very dissapointed :/



Yorumi said:

@Unca_Lz it's not entitlement. NIntendo years ago told it's loyal customers they'd offer rewards for buying their products and providing feedback. They've since established that said rewards are various items that can't be gotten anywhere else and the members don't have. Furthermore the surveys themselves are time and many places will actually pay you real money for filling out surveys.

This year nintendo said "meh many of you don't get your promised reward" and people are likewise upset. It's not entitlement to say you promised us these rewards and now you're coming dangerously close to weaseling out on that promise.



Spartacus3765 said:

@Unca_Lz and @ACK
I think most people's complaints stems from what's been offered in the past compared to this year. At least that's my disappointment anyways. We usually have an expectation of something slightly cool, but these rewards are pretty lame in comparison. Not the end of the world by any means, but it's just surprising.



Setrodox said:

I'm partially disappointed. While something more exclusive and special would be nice, I also like game downloads. But this game list to doesn't quite hold the same value as last year's Majora's CD or other rewards. I doesn't feel like anything special at all.



J-Manix98 said:

This is really pissing me off. I don't want some stupid freaking download!! I want a flippin' TANGIBLE item!

Thanks a lot Nintendo. $600 for a game download that I don't even want.



Aozz said:

it was a hard choice for me, i couldn't decide if i wanted DR Luigi or DKC3D so i chooses DKC3D, because i was planning get it before DKCF for WII U



Spartacus3765 said:

List of platinum rewards:
2009 - Mario Hat
2010 - Super Mario Characters Figurine
2011 - Mario and Friends badge set
2012 - Platinum Mario Playing Cards OR Limited Edition Platinum Poster Set
2013 - Three-Poster Set OR The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Original Soundtrack
2014 - this



Stuffgamer1 said:

My reward for spending a lot of money on Nintendo products is...a free download of a bunch of games I already own. WAY TO GO, MORONS! After all the previous years' rewards, this could only be a bigger letdown if they said "sorry, your Elite status gets you NOTHING this year." I thought the point of a customer loyalty program was to make people HAPPY they're spending so much money on you...

@Spartacus3765: Don't forget Doc Louis' Punch-Out!! the first year...that's what I took instead of the hat. Sure, it was a downloadable game...but it wasn't available any other way!



AdmiralThrawn said:

This is utter horse feces. This goes to show the garbage quality that Nintendo is showing in their games. It all stems from Splatoon, Project Guard, and that other piece of trash IP that Miyamoto showed us. Frankly, I don't want him touching my Star Fox anymore. Down with Club Nintendo and down with Miyamoto.



TrueWiiMaster said:

Actually, that's exactly the point of this. Just look on Club Nintendo. They say you should join for special rewards and exclusive benefits. Getting a free game is nice, but it's not a "special reward" if you can pick it up in any game store.

No, you only get one game. Platinum users can choose from the Platinum and Gold games, but they still only get one game. The DDP gives you $3 if you get Game & Wario, $1.50 or less for every other game.

"So they're only about 3.75 times as valuable as the most valuable past physical rewards?"
Actually, the most valuable reward, the SNES Wii remote, which didn't come to America, sells for well over $50 on ebay. Other rewards sell for $20-50. That value comes from the exclusivity you seem so against.

This isn't an exclusive club. Anyone can get in and earn Platinum status if they want to. The Platinum reward is supposed to be a reward for those that actually do, almost like a trophy, albeit without any competition. If the trophy you get can be bought in any store, it's not much of a trophy.

"Bottom line is, there is more value here for the customer"
That depends entirely on the customer. If someone already owns DK3D, and doesn't have a Wii U, the value is $10 at most. If someone only has a Wii U, but already has Game & Wario, the value is $15 at most. Perhaps the strangest thing about these rewards is how they punish customers for their purchases. The more games you bought, the fewer options you have.



AVahne said:

Aye...the hanafuda cards are quite nice. They're not as nice as Nintendo's Presidential deck, but are a really nice medium-grade quality. Unfortunately for me, I broke the case, but the cards are still in nice condition.
But....yeah, Club Nintendo is gone.



Auracle said:

I'm very happy with the rewards. I've been wanting Game & Wario for a long time now, but it never panned out. Now, I get it for free!

Also, are people seriously complaining that they spent $600 for their 'reward'? I seriously doubt anyone bought all of those games just to reach Platinum status. Ya bought the games to play, didn't ya? You were going to get them anyways, right? Don't pretend like you just lost a $600 investment when you've still got a cabinet full of games.



Shane904 said:

Club Nintendo Platinum Rewards Ranking in my opinion:

2010 - Super Mario Characters Figurine
2011 - Mario Badge Set
2013 - Three Poster Set OR Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Soundtrack
2009 - Mario Hat or Doc's Punch Out
2012 - Mario Playing Cards or Poster Set
2014 - ...this



Bolt_Strike said:

I'm glad I didn't get Platinum this year, aside from Earthbound and NES Remix, all of the choices here are crap.



Yorumi said:

@True_Hero no one is saying they lost $600 they're saying they spend $600 on nintendo products, and filled out surveys(something you can get paid real money for) and to people with a lot of games(perhaps someone who spent $600+ on games in a year) they potentially have no reward at all.

They're dangerously close to having broken a promise of a reward so it shouldn't be hard to see how people would feel pretty upset about it. Specially since historically the rewards have been shown to be exclusive items you can't get other places.



SteveW said:

So glad I didn't bother this year. I own the good games they are offering and none of this is worth taking the time to register my codes.



maceng said:

Maybe Nintendo heard the majority of us. The rewards section went down for maintenance!!



J-Manix98 said:

If we keep getting rewards like this... I don't think I'm even going to TRY to get Platinum next year! Why waste so much money on Platinum status when I am just going to choose one of the Gold status prizes?



Spartacus3765 said:

I'm gonna put it out there and assume the people in here mocking those who are upset are people who haven't had received platinum in the past. lol



Jaguar11891 said:

I'm a bit disappointed since I have a majority of those games to get Platinum and I loved getting the cool Nintendo stuff in the mail in December, but luckily DKCR 3D is the only game that I don't have on the list and I was about to go an get it sometime soon.



SethNintendo said:


I'm mocking them and I reached plat last year. I have a 3 poster set still sitting inside the cardboard tube it came in. I'm waiting to frame them and put them in the new house I'm about to move into. The gold reward is a lot better than some stupid little calendar that I don't even use (most of the gold rewards in past were small calendars). I'd rather have something to play than something to stare at.



Yorumi said:

@JellySplat you shouldn't really be spending the money for a platinum reward in the first place. People put them up on ebay and even if they were $100 there it would be cheaper. You should buy the games cause you want the game, plat status comes if you just wanted that many games to begin with, shouldn't go out of your way for it.



dch75 said:

Wow I either have the game already due to club nintendo points or i don't want or need it. What a waste. So glad I did not waste time entering codes this time around.



SuperMikey said:

Can anyone help me out, please? I don't know what to get... Dillon's Rolling Western, Earthbound, or a retail game to sell...
REMEMBER EVERYBODY, they're bonuses for buying the games you were gonna buy anyways! If you're buying it for Club N, well then you're not exactly doing it the best way in my opinion...



J-Manix98 said:

The funny thing is, I don't actually TRY to get Plat status.
I just buy a lot of games, and I'm a very loyal Nintendo customer.
It just FEELS like I wasted money on games when I'm rewarded so poorly.

I typically buy the physical version of games anyway, because they are far more versatile. They aren't just STUCK on your system.
Also, I have a ton of family members who also play/buy nintendo games, and give me their CN reward points.



eaglebob345 said:

I only see two upsides to this, which are they can distribute awards sooner and it costs them nothing. I would rather have collectible physical rewards or AT LEAST some full retail games that are desirable. Heck, they could have given the option to get one of the soon to come games (Bayonetta 2, Captain Toad, Hyrule Warriors, etc.) for us, since we spent quite a bit of coin on their games this past year.



Webby-sama said:

I have a confession to make...


Oh gosh this is so hard....

I buy video games for the super secret pin code inside so I can be part of the super secret cool kids clubs.

Why is the bonus free thing I get after getting normal free things not good enough.

Why Nintendo.

Why do you hate me!!!



justinluey said:

I like this decision, if there will still be physical rewards available throughout the year. If this is a sign that all physical rewards are being phased out, I will be very disappointed.



Spoony_Tech said:

@Tsusasi I can appreciate you like that stuff but to me Its just junk to collect. I have all of this you mentioned and the statue got Yoshi's head broke off rather quickly, the cards are somewhere in the house and they don't function well to actually use them and the buttons got the most use from my kids wearing them a lot with the box thrown away as well why, because I don't really care for it. It's all clutter in my house and is junk to me

At the very least they should've offered this reward with on physical one as well or at least any one item off the list of available items to use coins on.

@Tasuki You are stuck I'm afraid with that gold reward with no way out. Doubt you could even sell it if you wanted to. Best you can do is gift it to someone that really.wants one of those games!



Thrillhaus said:

I'm in two minds about this.

1) I was really excited that this was my first year of being Platinum, and I had seen things that friends had received from previous years - and when I read this I kind of sighed. I don't know if it's a money cutting thing or something, and if I JUST had Gold it would've felt like a slap in the face (oh, boy.. here's a 5 dollar VC game) but eh.

2) I HAVE been wanting DKC Returns and.. it's the best value on the whole darn thing. But come on.. at LEAST two choices for what is being offered.



Hy8ogen said:

@maceng I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you. It's not like they have a plan B if their club nintendo members gets riled up.



aang4526 said:

I know this is probably a pipe dream but would someone be willing to trade a gold status game for Earthbound? I've been wanting to play it for a while. I already have most of the gold status games on my 3DS so I don't really want to download them again on my Wii u.



Undead_terror said:

I'm use to having physical rewards for platinum, but I will get Donkey Kong CR3D because I don't have it, it should also give me some CN coins as well!



Spartacus3765 said:

The popular opinion here is simply that these rewards pale in comparison to past iterations. To me, the Club Nintendo rewards are 'bonuses' for buying Nintendo products, registering them, taking surveys, etc. That's all. At least how I view them. I just feel they used to have better bonuses. lol



yoshi5852 said:

Maybe this is all happening cause iwata took over nintendo of america.... think about it good awards with reggie bad awards with iwata cause iwata is a greedy little devil cause this is costing them nothing....



ryanator008 said:

Honestly, I'd prefer an actual game to some poster I don't have space for, or a hat that I'd never wear.



J-Manix98 said:

sigh Whatever. Which game should I download? It's between NES Remix and Game & Wario.

I'll begrudgingly accept your reward Nintendo...



juanduran1 said:

Since I only made it to gold status (I was so close to getting platinum though) I guess I'll get Wario Land II since i own all those other games avaliable on the gold section.

I personally think that the way that rewards are presented is way off balance. Would you choose a 30 dollar retail game or a 5 dollar game? I was also hoping for a physical reward or two as an alternative.



ShadJV said:

Pretty disappointed, I could have bought any of these if I really wanted them. And the price range is ridiculous, should've at least been all retail choices for platinum. Well, now I guess I should decide between Game & Wario or DKCR3D... Ugh idk which to pick...

Also, do we get this codes right away?



Omarsonic9 said:

Not disappointed, but probably because I don't know how I can get those physical awards since I do not live in the US.



justlink said:

Message me on Miiverse, and give me the code for Kid Icarus(WiiU) after i give you the Earthbound code. I'm Justlink. I can't access club nintendo right now, but i'll message u the code when i can. Write ur miiverse name here so noone takes the code telling me they are u.



ChuJelly said:

The one, single year I didn't make Platinum, and they give entire games? And I would've made it to if I hadn't forgotten the window was closing... meh. Oh well, at least I got gold so I can get something, woo. I know some are rightfully disappointed probably, but I would've loved to have Platinum and get DKCR 3D. A 30/40 dollar game is sort of a bit better than posters or playing cards like the last two years in my opinion.



Webby-sama said:

Icing on the cake? That free copy of Donkey Kong Returns 3D gave me the 40 coins I was shy of Platinum for 2015. Can't wait to do this again next year.



Hy8ogen said:

@Spartacus3765 And your opinion is absolutely fine. They have better bonuses in the past and I'm disappointed that this years pales in comparison. I understand that, I really do. People have expectations, and people get disappointed.

However I am more than thrilled! This is my first year as a Plat and I'm getting DK 3DS! That is a whopping 30 dollar game reward for just BUYING video games! Yeah I don't get the limited physical items my friends got previously, but a 30 dollar game is still pretty awesome!

What I don't get is the people that is getting so riled up and upset over this. People, this is a rewards program, and IT IS FREE. Stop feeling so entitled to everything. Honestly.



darklinkinfinite said:

I'm incredibly disappointed with the rewards this year. I'm not a fan of digital rewards in the first place and now they've made the entire year-end reward selection digital? I'm sorry Nintendo but this in no way encourages me to reach Platinum again next year and I've reached Platinum each year since the system started.

It wouldn't be so bad if the digital rewards were at least special in some way. I was perfectly happy with Doc Louis' Punch-Out but I don't have much interest in this selection of games that I could get at any time for a lot less effort and loyalty than it took to reach Platinum status.

Heck, Club Nintendo in general has been circling the drain for quite a while with its dwindling selection of rewards and incredibly limited availability of new items. Those Epic Yarn patches have been there for four years and I can't see many people caring to get greeting cards.

I'm sorry but this is a big fail. If anything, I'll get Game & Wario and sell the code on ebay to buy a retail copy (even if there will be a difference to cover).



salxicha said:

@Coldpancakes I also would like to reinforce your statment saying that only this year (got my 3DS in Nov and WiiU on May) Nintendo gave more than Microsoft ever did with my Live Gold signature + VIP account (30k points in achievments) since 2009.

Do I feel like been part of something that adds value to the customer?



J-Manix98 said:

I begrudgingly accepted Game & Wario.
But I probably won't even play it.
Not a huge fan of party games.



Spartacus3765 said:

And if I didn't already have DKCR 3D, I'd be getting that, too. I may do what someone else on here said, which was to trade in my physical copy of DKCR 3D at Best Buy to get the $10 GC, get the reward through Club Nintendo and download DKCR 3D, and add the $10 GC towards the deal next week.



J-Manix98 said:

At least give us a full priced decent retail game! All the games fro this selection are the $30- Downloadable games.



Hy8ogen said:

@AdmiralThrawn You sir are a complete joke. Both PSN and XBL requires a subscription fee while Nintendo club does not require a single cent. Furthermore, once you terminate your PS+ and XBL subscription, your so called Free games goes away as well. Comparing Club Nintendo with PS+/XBL is plain stupidity.

Secondly, calling Splatoon and Miyamoto horse feces? Splatoon is critically acclaimed all over the internet as the next big thing and even Shuhei Yoshida himself even complimented Nintendo for making that game. If you want to troll, at least try harder.

Oh and don't bother to reply as I will completely ignore you. I don't usually reply to trolls, but your previous post kind of struck a nerve.

@Spartacus3765 Sounds like a solid plan! I'm currently torn between DK and G&W...hmmmmm



Igmx said:

I can't get physical rewards anyway. So it's pretty great for me that DKCR 3D is a reward!



KillerGBH said:

well game & wario and donkey country returns is both good game . i didnt expect such good reward , i got a 10$ game last year with my platinum reward and i played it once ROFL . already finished DK returns on Wii but i guess i need it on my 3ds to try the new world xD



Spartacus3765 said:

Haven't played G&W, but I can tell you that DK is worth it. Based on the review comparison (or unless G&W is more your thing), I'd highly recommend DK.



Hy8ogen said:

@Spartacus3765 I already have DK Tropical Freeze for my Wii U. That's why I'm hesitating whether the 3DS DK will give me the same experience as my Wii U's DK. HMMMM!



Hy8ogen said:

@Spartacus3765 I already have DK Tropical Freeze for my Wii U. That's why I'm hesitating whether the 3DS DK will give me the same experience as my Wii U's DK. HMMMM!



ChuJelly said:

Anyone else feel the gold rewards are especially lacking though? Gold status is just half of Platinum status and is still "elite", yet Gold gets only 5 or 6 dollar virtual console games (all for NES or no-color GB...) that you could get any time from monthly game reward offerings, while Platinum gets 15-30 dollar recent games... I mean, the least they could've done was give GBA or SNES Virtual console rewards or something. I guess I have only myself to blame for forgetting about the cut off, though... at least I can use my coins to hopefully even better rewards this year



ikki5 said:

@ChuJelly The rewards in general are lacking. Both Status and non status rewards are horrible. They are the worst out of all the regions. They probably chose these for the status rewards simply because, everyone who wants them, owns them. They can still make money on the GBA games so why give them away?

Also, the fact that Earthbound is on here tells me that NA won't be getting the earthbound discount that Europe got.



Webby-sama said:

Alls I'm sayin' is if there's a gold member out there who's just going to pass it up, how about pass it on. Wouldn't mind a hook up of Metroid or Donkey Kong 3.



piojito_O said:

I'm normally with the physical rewards crowd; only reason I'm not fuming this time is because I've been wanting to try NES-Remix & was hesitant about that price tag.
*EDIT: some peeps seem to have taken the MarioKart promotions for granted.

Having said that,
It was an incredibly stupid move - when you consider that people who strive
to reach platinum are likely to already own these games... maybe if there was an option for the physical game.. or a larger selection.
Pure eshop credit if even a little.

I'd hate to sound ungrateful but ...ehh =/

Are any of you still able to roam through club.Ninty or is it being a jerk to me?
I keep getting logged out, or when I do reach the confirmation page -
''Down for maintenance'' :L



Webby-sama said:

@piojito_O They'd never do straight eShop credit. That lets people buy non-Nintendo made games on their dime.

Also CN is gonna be hit and miss for at least today due to all the elite traffic.



1337man1233 said:

i only got gold but i already have all those games first person to message me get their choice



ChuJelly said:

@Ikki5 That seems to be the usual for Club Nintendo NA compared to Japanese CN, but still, the rewards don't look too terrible to me. Getting Game and Wario or DKCR 3D, normally 30/40 dollar games, seems not bad and it's not like Nintendo is obligated to do this entire rewards website anyways. They're the only company that does. I can understand why you'd dislike it in comparison though. I'm glad to get a game at all, but man is that gap between Gold and Platinum cruel...



aang4526 said:

@justlink I have been refreshing the club Nintendo page for a while now and it still shows a "currently unavailable" screen. I'll keep trying but it may take a while due to all the traffic. Sorry about that.



MeloMan said:

NOW they have game rewards facepalm and this is the one year I don't make platinum... AND platinum has games I'd want



KingCreezy said:

Did I seriously read that some think they should be paid for taking Club Nintendo surveys?! Wow! I think Im a little disappointed at the options but certainly nothing to be raging over. For the people that own the games already, I think thats a very legitimate problem/concern.
Also in my mind this does qualify as being exclusive. We are the only ones that get this for free. We dont have to spend coins or real dollars. Its restricted to elite members only.



Jt23738 said:

If any platinum member here dosen't want a game , could you send a code my way ? I didn't get gold this year



Ibrahim77X said:

@MeloMan I'm with you man. I can't be disappointed about these being download-only because I'm too busy kicking myself. I was 10 COINS AWAY FROM PLATINUM on June 29. I considered taking a "Do you plan on buying this?" survey so I could make Platinum, but I decided to wait for my next post=play survey. I thought the Gold and Platinum thing started all over on July 1, but I was wrong, and the next day I my mistake. And the worst part is the one year I don't make Platinum is the one year they have games only and they're GOOD GAMES. The Gold game are so LAME.



DreamOn said:

I'm platinum but I'm gonna grab SML2. Always wanted that game.

Also any gold people want to trade for a platinum game let me know!



Yorumi said:

@KingCreezy I don't believe anyone said you should be paid for them, just that many places actually pay for doing surveys. In many free mmos with a cash shop you can do surveys for about anything, it's actually possible to make hundreds of dollars worth of shop credit doing them in the right game.

The point is when everyone is saying "omg it's free" eh kind of. They want to make it out like nintendo just out of the pure kindness of their hearts offered these items for absolutely nothing. It's mostly contingent on spending time on their site performing an activity you can get paid for elsewhere. So it's not exactly free, and it's not like people are complaining about a free gift, it's that they're dangerously close to weaseling out on a promise.



RinCartwright said:

I didn't get Platinum this year. Everything in the Gold section is either something I already have or something I don't really want. I'll shoot for Platinum next time, let us not forget about that awesome Majora's Mask soundtrack from yesteryear!



ChuJelly said:

@WiiULoveSquid I meant that I haven't redeemed the Gold reward for any game yet I can redeem for the SML2 code, sure! I can send you the code through email or whatever way you want.



unrandomsam said:

@TrueWiiMaster The Super Famicom (Or SNES) classic controller is pretty expensive but it is not as expensive as e.g the Club Nintendo Wavebird or the Golden Nunchuck



KillerGBH said:

@Hero-of-WiiU well nes remix worth 15$ , game & wario 30$ and finally donkey kong country 35$ . i played all of them and i recommend u donkey kong country specially if u never finish it



lerobadey said:

It's ok to be disappointed considering the physical rewards and if you already have the games. But really, it's one of the ways Nintendo rewards you for buying theit games. You can argue it's not free, although it actually is. You bought games and you're getting more for it. DDP is another way. The Mario Kart promotion is another way. Nowadays I believe they are trying to give you more things (maybe because the actual circumstances). Well, not gonna say anything anymore or I'll be killed



mike_intv said:

@SirQuincealot First of all, I do not appreciate being called names.

Second of all, while both PS-Plus and XBLA Gold offer free games — you have to pay $50 annually for those services. I do not know how it works since I do not have those systems. But to the best of my knowledge, they do NOT give free games just for buying throughout the year. Nintendo operates a customer loyalty program, which the others do not. They are providing benefits to paid customers.

Third, I said I would like to see a physical gift option too. Please read the full post.



SuperMikey said:

If you haven't played DK returns yet, I'd probably get that one but Game & Wario could be great with more than 3 people. I haven't tried returns 3D, but I've heard that the framerate is better on Wii and I also haven't tried NES Remix to give an opinion...



SethNintendo said:


I've gotten over $80 worth of games from Club Nintendo coins. Also, it only takes about 1 min to do the survey after registering the game. Unless you are writing them a book report for the questions they ask you then it shouldn't take more than a min or two. I usually just put I bought the game because I knew it would be fun, etc.. A short sentence for any question asking for a response or sometimes I don't even put anything at all. The main thing I put for VC surveys is cross buy (game should be able to be played on 3DS and Wii U).



BrianTheLion35 said:

I'm so bummed out I was looking forward to a real life reward all year -_- atleast I don't have any of these games which should i pick game and wario or DKC 3D? One more question is DKC3D just a port for the 3DS?



Hero-of-WiiU said:

Thank you Nintendo, very nice of the company to do these things. I got free Pokemon X because of them.



Yorumi said:

@lerobadey giving more options is fine, but the group most likely to already have these games is the very group they're offering them to. Even if they offered one more option of say $10 eshop credit you'd probably eliminate 90% of the unhappiness.

@SethNintendo If you're tying to give them real feedback it takes a bit longer, but I'm not really acting like they're asking us to do a full time job or anything. I'm just pointing out that the people acting like there's absolutely nothing involved at all in getting a platinum reward are a bit misguided.

While we can argue all day about whether people should expect a reward, nintendo themselves created the expectation and this year managed is pretty poorly. It is kind of interesting to watch on the one hand you have their fairly genious moves at e3 and on the other you have a pretty boneheaded move here. It's not the end of world, and people shouldn't be acting like it is, but you have to admit they've done something fairly wrong when this many people are upset.



Olmectron said:

This is bad... I didn't get Platinum status this year. I would be willing to buy one of those codes to someone who did. Specially Game & Wario or DKCR3D.



Beau_Skunk said:

Eh, I guess "Metroid," sense I don't have a WiiU, only have gold status, and already have SML2 & Wario Land 2.
Don't know why they'd think anyone would want DK3 though... It was nowhere near as good as DK & DK Jr.



SonataAndante said:

Hoo boy, I hope someone is ready to read a wall of text about this. I've been a member of Club Nintendo since before it was even named Club Nintendo. Back in the day there wasn't much real benefit to registering items besides warranty extensions if I recall right. On the odd occasion a reward would pop up with some specific requirements attached. For instance, I got The Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition disc through this.

When Club Nintendo rolled around to NA, I was pretty excited. Physical goodies for registering my stuff? Neat! I've reached Platinum every year and I've been fine with everything given out so far. People were pretty grumpy with the pin set offered 3 years ago and the cards/posters 2 years ago, but I thought they were neat enough. Physical Nintendo collectibles tend to be pretty uncommon outside of cheap, mundane things like candy dispensers and kids clothing. Personally, I really like physical goodies. I have a shelf at home bursting with odds and ends I've acquired over the years, and the Club Nintendo Plat rewards are always nice additions.

I also buy quite a lot of games throughout the year. It's my prime hobby and twenty years later it still brings me a lot of joy. When Club Nintendo started offering 4 eShop games as coin rewards each month I was thrilled. Many months the selection brings nothing I desire, but occasionally I pick up something. I think it's a great idea. Extending it to the Gold and Plat rewards, however, leaves me disappointed. To echo so many other people here, I already own every game there that I have any interest in. I'll probably grab Game & Wario due to sheer monetary value. I'd be happier with G&W if I had enough people I could sit down and enjoy it with, but sadly I'm a solo player 98% of the time (which also left Nintendoland feeling a bit flat to me).

This is kind of a hard thing to talk about though. Looking at it objectively, this is still very nice of Nintendo. The Club rewards aren't owed to us really, it's just something they've been doing to reward fans for 6 years now, and it's pretty cool of them (even if the some of the coin rewards have been kind of lame). A selection of free game downloads given to fans is great too, so I can't say this is bad at all. Everyone feels differently though due to different situations.

Perhaps people that are new to CN are happy with this as they don't own many of those games. Good for them, and I hope they get something they can enjoy! Others like myself though, should be allowed to be disappointed. Having already bought the vast bulk of the games on offer (if not all of them) makes the reward feel pretty empty. Are we owed some sweet physical piece of swag? Nope. Does it feel pretty lame that after 5 years of physical goodies we get a pretty bum selection of game downloads instead? Yeah, it does. I'm not mad about this, I'm not going to act entitled, and I'm not going to send Nintendo a cranky email about it. My reaction to the Plat rewards every year is always "Hey, that's neat! " This year all I can muster is "Oh... ok. "



justlink said:

Well, Olmectron wants a plat and he hasnt got a gift, so i want to help him too, but the thing is, the second plat i have has to go to a friend, so i want to help someone while still giving him a club nintendo gift



russellohh said:

@Th3PlaidHatter What new hardware? The 3DS is pushing 50 million units, vs 4 million for the Vita. The Wii U could do better, sure, but most of those games are 3DS games. Is there anyone left that doesn't own one ?



Jt23738 said:

Could someone email me a code for Fluidity ? @ , i didn't even get gold this year :/



russellohh said:

@SonataAndante I've had Club Nintendo since the dark ages as well, and I'm fine with this. The unique cases, cards, towels, etc, still exist for coin purchases. The calendar, pin, and card or two I got in previous years are all collecting dust somewhere. But Earthbound? Donkey Kong? Those are games I will enjoy for another decade. The end of year prizes are nice, but its the monthly free games that I care about. I remember paying about $60 for Smash 64. Getting it as a freebie for filling out surveys or registering my 2DS, 3DS, wife's 3DS, and our friends 2DS is just fantastic.



ikki5 said:

@ChuJelly Yeah, those games are great if you don't have them but most people that got Platinum probably have them. That's the problem. Someone like me who has the games, the rewards are useless.



SonataAndante said:

@russellohh Yeah, I totally won't deny the monthly games are a great idea. Bought a fair few of those with my coins over the last year or two (I forget how long they've been offering games). Their rotation isn't the best sometimes (Kirby's Adventure for two months in a row is a recent example) but I don't complain, I just wait another month to see what pops up. As for the physical rewards, different strokes for different folks yeah? I like them, but they just collect dust for other people like yourself.

I gotta say though, the coin rewards section (outside of the games) is getting pretty desolate of late. It's a tad worrying.



justlink said:

btw, if someone doesnt want their prize, i always take it and give it to my friends. They don't have club nintendo accounts



Olmectron said:

@justlink I could via Miiverse as Ololmectron, or mail. Thank you! Although, I'm not able to use my Wii U right now, so cannot see private messages...



SuperMikey said:

Downloading Dillon's Rolling Western! Thanks, Nintendo! I'll see if platinum can be achieved this year as well!



Hy8ogen said:

@NTELLIGENTMAN Are you sure? The most recent news I've heard back in May is that you cannot play the free Xbone games after you cancel the Gold subscription though. You get to keep the games, but you can't play it. Did microsoft change their policy again?



b5234 said:

What a lazy thing to do. This is a massive insult to long time Nintendo supporters such as myself. I have noticed a huge drop in the quality of prizes the last few years, but this takes the cake. The cool thing about club Nintendo was that you could get EXCLUSIVE prizes not found anywhere else. This sucks.



ChuJelly said:

@Olmectron If you need to find a code that you've already redeemed, you can log into your Club Nintendo account on the website, click Account & Coins at the top right, and click "Order Inquiries". From there, you should see Paper Mario on the list with "View Game Code". Good luck



DreamOn said:

@ChuJelly Great, I received it Club Nintendo is throwing me a maintenance error. I will keep refreshing till I get my order through so hold tight, I'll fire it to your email once it's working. Apologies for the delay on my end



JustinH said:

I'm pretty furious about this. It also doesn't make sense — I got to platinum by buying a bunch of games. What makes you think I don't already own all of these that I want?



Artie said:

@SonataAndante I am in this guy's boat...I own all but 2 of these and wasn't going to get them anyways. No interest. I have however been a Platinum member for 5 years running and this is the first year I have been disappointed I spent so much time filling out surveys. I won't be bothering anymore.



edcomics said:

Just adding myself as someone who already owns most of the games being offered for free. Why not just give out eShop credit? That makes a lot more sense.



One-Winged-Pit said:

I will get Donkey Kong, assuming when Club Nintendo is fixed that they do not take it off. I have never played one of those games before, but I planned on getting this.



Olmectron said:

@justlink Thanks. How do I post the code on Miiverse without anyone else being able to look at it? I'm using the Web Version. Cannot use my Wii U right now...



SonataAndante said:

@ikki5 The European Club Nintendo is an odd ball. They simultaneously get the crap end of the stick and get some really good stuff. I'm not familiar with how many stars they get per game so I don't know how relatively expensive their rewards are compared to NA's. I'm a real sucker for OSTs so I'd kill to have the opportunity to buy those with coins, even if they were expensive. Those Pikmin keyrings are adorable too. I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 1300 coins and nothing to spend them on presently. Like the picture I posted earlier shows, there really isn't anything to spend them on right now.

Like I said, Europe's odd. They get screwed a fair bit compared to NA, but I'm also envious of their stars catalogue. I'm not European though, so I can't speak for how they feel.



Webby-sama said:

Seriously though, anyone who isn't happy, there's a few games I'd be pretty stoked to have passed on. Maybe you can get a good feeling out of hooking someone else up if you're not going to be satisfied with any of the options.



Olmectron said:

@justlink Well, my mail is Don't know if it's possible to send private message through Miiverse on the Web Version.



Artie said:

To the guy earlier who posted that Club Nintendo should be an afterthought to the games you buy, I agree with you. Joining it should be an afterthought, it was for me anyways (I can't wait to play Super Mario Galaxy! What is this? A code? Cool!). However, it becomes more than an afterthought when you have been doing it for years knowing that some UNIQUE reward will be your payment for contributing to Nintendo's market research surveys. It becomes part of your life that like any other part of life is capable of letting you down.

Here's the process you get into and it's time consuming. Get game, register game with clubnintendo, fill out survey, get points, fill out 2nd survey one week later, get more points, maybe get platinum status, get something unique for helping Nintendo by filling out surveys, repeat next year.

It's not entitlement, it's genuine disappointment from dashed expectations based on multiple years of precedent. drops mike



Daruncic said:

Maybe add the retail prices for the games listed. Only 2 of them are around the $30 mark, a few at the $15 mark, and the rest... ugh...



kikenovic said:

The gold rewards stink big time. NES games I already have for, well, NES. Super Mario Bros? they gotta be (censored) kidding. That's how Nintendo rewards loyalty. Then, thanks for nothing.



Spartacus3765 said:

@SonataAndante per post 503
Same with everything you said. I've only missed platinum last year (only because I forgot to register some stuff, ugh). I completely forgot that the Zelda discs were a part of the program. That was truly epic.



NodesforNoids said:

EVERYONE agreed Nintendo needed to drop the Wii for the Wii U to succeed. EVERYONE. And yet, here we are complaining about a lack of support for the Wii. Nintendo gamers, officially the most spoiled, self-righteous in the industry.
15$ soundtrack vs 40$ game.
Injustice! Time to complain! NES Remix? I already have these things! FOUL! FOUL!
Pardon my Catholic, but christ. How many people on here buy 1-2 games a year or don't own a 3DS or Wii U? I'm thinking the number is pretty high.
And you want to be rewarded for buying the first Pokemon Black on DS or SM Galaxy on Wii when you know full well you got the game for 10$. Yeah, let's reward YOU.
Same people that refused to buy a Wii U and MK8 because you didn't like the free retail games they offered. Entitled. That's Nintendo gamers.
I hope Nintendo gets out of the industry the day Zelda U comes out. To spare them from such useless 'fans'.
I see now why PS / XBox fans have such hatred towards Nintendo and its fanbase.



Tiredman said:

@Jazzer94 They aren't free. I spent full price on many games I would normally wait until they were cheaper, just for the club nintendo points.



ChuJelly said:

@edcomics eShop credit actually wouldn't make any sense, given that it would allow the users to potentially purchase third party games on Nintendo's dollar. Which Nintendo would no doubt have to pay for out of pocket, and with probably a few thousand people getting Platinum rewards that wouldn't be good. Sorry for yours and others bad luck, it's hard to help. You might be able to sell a code possibly or redeem one for more coins if not.

@WiiULoveSquid Got it while I was typing this!! Seems I'll have to get another SD card to download this... um. Hmm. Guess I should've checked the size before requesting... I'll have to figure something out I guess. Thanks so much still though!!

@Olmectron You're welcome!



sleepinglion said:

Physical rewards are officially dead.
Anyone else notice they've massively slimmed down their catalog offerings of late and failed to restock previous ones?
A Mario Kart 8 DLC code for an exclusive vehicle would have been a nice gesture... but that takes effort. Still, if digital is the way they wanna go, make it special for your diehards, Nintendo.



Dpishere said:

It's actually pretty cool that us gold elite get some games as well! Gonna pick up Super Mario Land 2!



Tiredman said:

Already own every game I care about on the list, so these rewards are utterly worthless to me. I go out of my way to buy games new to be guaranteed club nintendo working codes, and this is the thanks I get, a regression to digital games only, which I do not support, digital that is. If I had known this was going to happen last year, I wouldn't of gone out of my way to buy new.



DBPirate said:

Well I just got downloaded Game & Wario as my reward for being platinum and it's fun so far, including the minigame Fruit.



ChuJelly said:

Actually, I don't think my 3DS even COULD have enough space to download it. It takes 2 gigabytes/16k blocks... wow. Guess I will have to buy another card. Dang.
Fair warning to those getting Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D! Make sure you got a big SD card or the six-20 dollars to buy a bigger one...



ChuJelly said:

@WiiULoveSquid Yeah, it's massive. Guess the 3D/models must be really in-depth I will probably get an SD card from Walmart or something. Probably can find one cheap.



SonataAndante said:

Alright so uh, this is a bit off topic, but since it's Club Nintendo related I figured I'd post it here. I was glancing through my to-do list and found something quite odd.
I'm sorry, what? I completely forget if they even gave out post play surveys for older DS games back at the start of Club Nintendo, but holy crap I registered Partners in Time like 5 or 6 years ago. Excuse me? Anyone else got anything odd like this pop up?
Edit: Pffffffft 2008. Untitled



WanderingPB said:

While i understand it wouldve been nice to have more options…its still FREE games…im happy and now i finally get a chance to try Game & Wario



Shadowkiller97 said:

For me the issue is that Club Nintendo is becoming less of a loyalty program and more of a reward for new customers. As many of the others have stated, to reach Platinum status, you have to buy Nintendo games. And the reward is those same games that you already purchased. If you look through the comments, the Gold members really want some of those Platinum choices... and the Platinum people have no need for them because they already bought the games that helped them get to Platinum in the first place.

Club Nintendo has given out some cool stuff this year, but again it was for newer customers as opposed to loyal ones. The MK8 promotion was awesome, but it fell flat for me because I already owned all four of the Nintendo games. I tend to buy Nintendo games day one because they don't normally drop in price until years down the road. Even the Pokémon promotion really only applied to new customers. You had to have purchased a 3DS in that time frame. Having already bought a 3DS and all the games in the promotion list previously did not help at all.

I thought one of the goals that Iwata mentioned in an ND or at one of those Quarterly meetings was trying to create loyalty incentives for people who buy tons of Nintendo games. This seems to be working in the exact opposite way. The more games you have bought, the less you have to choose from for a reward...

I, too, think that having a $10 eShop credit option for Platinum would have gone a long way. To people who claim that it would not work because people could use the credit on 3rd party games, I will point out that eShop credit from DPP can be used on anything. And who is to say it would be used on a 3rd party game?! We are talking about loyal-Platinum Nintendo fans. Most likely it would be used on a discount for a full retail Nintendo game.

I am disappointed, but I guess I will have to accept that Club Nintendo is no longer a loyalty based reward program but more of an incentive to get new customers to buy Nintendo products.



SonataAndante said:

@Spartacus3765 I'm a smidge lazy with my post play surveys, heh. I tend to do them in batches when some of them get close to being due. Right now there's nothing due until August at the earliest.



Jt23738 said:

@edcomics mind giving me a game , no gold this year , i'd get you paper mario 64 or kid icarus 3d classics ? This offer goes out to anyone who could give me donkey kong or fluidity



Jazzer94 said:

@Tiredman Which was your choice the rewards are free and I have no idea why you are trying to converse with me on the matter.



ecco6t9 said:

Personally I would of been happy if it would of been Donkey Kong Original Edition and Super Mario Bros 25th Edition. Two special edition variants that I have never played.

A great reward would also be a bonus GBA download like Metroid Zero or Game & Watch Gallery 4. Something that is not perfect but something that no one else has.



DuggyFresh said:

I was actually shocked at how awesome the selection of games was this time around. Last year there wasn't much variety. Honestly, it's free stuff. I don't think anyone should be complaining. I'm grateful they are rewarding customers with some of their latest releases.



Tritonus said:

To all the people whining: Just be thankful that you actually have Club Nintendo AT ALL in your country. Here in Scandinavia, we get nothing. Ever.



rjejr said:

@BertoFlyingFox - "Must be a select group of "PS+ people"."

It's a different set of people every month for the past 3 years, whoever already purchased the games for that month complains the longest and loudest.



KryptoKrunch said:

I'm obviously in the minority but I'd much rather have a free copy of Earthbound than a poster or soundtrack. shrugs NES Remix, Dr Luigi and DK Country 3D are also cool. Hopefully next year they go all digital again.



ToyfareMark said:

The last time I got a physical platnium Club Nintendo reward. It was 3 Zelda posters... And I didn't get them for like 6 months.



Garuu-Popka said:

"Here you go our loyal customers, the platinum rewards list! Game & Wario, earthbound, and other games you probably bought since the Wii u released, just to reach platinum! Arent you glad you guys bought our games for full price to show your loyalty?" so who else had a bit of hope for at least a SMB 3D world soundtrack?

Not to mention, these games are inexpensive to begin with.
Man this is exactly llke chuck e cheese; earn a thousand tickets for a jump rope.
"h-hey its fun so be thankful!" says the Nintendo fanboy defense squad.

Something tells me the Luigi statue was a factor of them removing many of their physical rewards and platinum's poor rewards.
Should have made that statue only for the Platinum's Nintendo, would really have saved you money.

Come on Nintendo, this is not a good way to reward PLATINUM status users. That's a kick in the pants.



Tiredman said:

@Jazzer94 The reason is I am responding to a post you made. I don't believe these games are free. Nintendo is giving a reward to people who buy their games new, for full price. I have had this discussion before, and when somebody uses the phrase "free" for this, I usually say it isn't. You can choose whether or not to continue this discussion with me, because I feel pretty confident in my stance on the issue, or can just ignore me, but I just felt like putting my opinion out there too. And since your post was the first one that caught my eye, I responded to you.



Garuu-Popka said:

@smirg how to counter the nintendo fanboy squad: show them that spending money on full priced games to show their loyalty to their beloved company is deserving of a loyalty system with good rewards.



Webby-sama said:

I love how not being an entitled child is automatically "Nintendrone! Nintendo Defense Force! Nintendo Fanboy!" Maybe not everyone looks for every reason to be upset.

Side note: Totally a Nintendo Fanboy for life.



delt75 said:

17k blocks for DKC3D!? I don't think i have that many if i delete everything. how hard is it to upgrade sd cards?



Yorumi said:

@Webby-sama I love how not being satisfied with a selection of games most people already bought is automatically entitled whiny child.



Garuu-Popka said:

apperantly people think that its very easy to get games. It is if you get an allowance and dont have to worry about life. stating your complaints and frustrations over this doesnt make you entitled. its ok to complain about this like its ok to complain about nintendo's mistakes.



Kirby_Girl said:

I'm disappointed with these prizes as well. Two years ago I got a gorgeous Mario pin set with different images on the side of the boxes and it felt sentimental. I don't even mind digital downloads if there was going to be a nice big selection but this is definitely underwhelming.
Also all the comments about how Nintendo DOESN'T have to do this is kind of bullpoopeypoopiepoodlepoo. ALL companies offer return programs or point programs. WHY? Because it makes them A LOT MORE MONEY. Believe it not people spend more when they think the value and deal is greater. I worked booking hotels and they would cater so much to returning members as part of the program because of HOW much money it makes them. Many companies now have loyalty programs. Not because they entirely give a damn from the bottom of their hearts but because such programs actually benefit them financially. If you think you could save some money later you're more likely to be coaxed to spend more money now. Even if you're on the fence financially about spending your dough, this could be the aspect that convinces you to do so because of the incentive (where you might no otherwise). Also the fact that certain companies will PAY you to do surveys, some folks make a partial living out of that. It's still your time, and effort, and your cash they're interested in. It's at least worth a NICER selection of games. I hate to seem ungrateful and I'm fine with Nintendo trying to save money and offer digital downloads but the selection could have at least been nicer. Especially if your platinum.



Discipledoctor said:

Man, not even the same-sex marriage debates got 600 replies, let alone within 12 hours.

Club Nintendo is srs business.



Yorumi said:

@Garuu-Popka " It is if you get an allowance and dont have to worry about life."

Or you have a full time job and proper budget. Not everyone who's older than a child is destitute. For some it's hard for some it's not it all depends on the person. It was way harder for me to get games when I was 10 than now when I'm 30.



Jazzer94 said:

@Tiredman "The reason is I am responding to a post you made. I don't believe these games are free. Nintendo is giving a reward to people who buy their games new, for full price. I have had this discussion before, and when somebody uses the phrase "free" for this, I usually say it isn't. You can choose whether or not to continue this discussion with me, because I feel pretty confident in my stance on the issue, or can just ignore me, but I just felt like putting my opinion out there too. And since your post was the first one that caught my eye, I responded to you."

@ogo79 wrote:

thats no way to act when yer being rewarded people, show some class!

@Ryno wrote:


Sums up nicely how I feel on the matter no one forces you to buy the games or aim for platinum/gold status and Nintendo are not obligated to even run such a reward scheme offering customers extra items at no additional cost (aka free) so if you are not happy don't but the games straight away even though you don't have to do that anyway to achieve platinum/gold in the first place.



Shadowkiller97 said:

@Koopa_Bro I think that's the point. For people who did not hit Gold or Platinum... the rewards are great! But for people who did, it is disappointing because they are more likely to already own the games because the bought more games to hit Gold/Platinum in the first place.



Shadowkiller97 said:

@Jazzer94 I think you are misrepresenting the issue. No one is saying that Nintendo is obligated to give customers something awesome. People are merely disappointed in the selection this year based on other rewards Club Nintendo has had in the past. I don't think that is unreasonable or "entitled." If this was the first year for Platinum rewards, not nearly as many people would be disappointed.



Tiredman said:

@Jazzer94 Nintendo isn't obligated, I agree. But they created a certain expectation in club nintendo members, and this year, they failed on that expectation greatly. Now people will be less likely to buy new for working club nintendo codes, and people are more likely to not buy as many full price nintendo games because they don't have anything to look forward to for gold or platinum status. That is how it is now with me. I will no longer bother to go out of my way to earn platinum, if I get it, I get it, if not, oh well.



Memeboy3 said:

@2Sang Love how you spend as many comments as you can to bash Nintendo and the ''Drones''

But In the end, What are you getting out of this?



Garuu-Popka said:

kids are coming from day camp, you can tell from the time of day and quality of the recent posts being made



KiwiPanda said:

Had I known retail games would've been up for grabs, I probably would have gone through the effort of entering my codes... granted, they aren't full-retail price, but still.

That said, I understand the frustration the majority of the people here wanting some memorabilia as prize-wise the club is better known for items over simple download codes.



Memeboy3 said:

As a person who is even lucky to get a Video Game these days, The rewards really did pay off the months of saving up my codes.

I'll definitely try to get Game & Wario.

Good on Nintendo for this year!



TwilightOniAngel said:

@Garuu-Popka Well then have fun reading comments taking about this the whole day, and wasting your time.Have fun old sport and don't complain about this if you're are going to stay and comment on it.



BoobooMama said:

I'm a bit disappointed, but then again I've been meaning to pick up Earthbound. Good thing I waited



furydeath said:

IF I HAD a wiiooo I might not think of this too bad but when you can't even play 50% of the choices ....ya well 68.75% since out of the 8 I can only pick I have some already.



Memeboy3 said:

I wonder if half of the people complaining about Club Nintendo's Elite rewards will even know what Club Nintendo is after a couple of days....



TingLz said:

@Garuu-Popka ...for 650 coins?

@Yorumi: Actually it is entitlement. Promise or not, this is not a service you are paying for. This is a service that Nintendo is providing solely for the purpose of giving extras to its fans. Again, no extra payment is being made (normally). Will you stop buying Nintendo products because the extras that have nothing to do with them are bad?



Jazzer94 said:

@Shadowkiller97 The person I was even though I don't want to converse with was suggesting the rewards are not free I'm saying they are that is it.

@Tiredman Good for you but its still a free reward so if it is no longer worth it to you then just don't aim for it anymore.

Now I'm going to take some advice from @midnafanboy and stop commenting on this because it is a waste of my time quite frankly.



Jake_homs said:

@Garuu-Popka That reward would have been awesome! I too am disappointed at these choices. Don't get me wrong, a free gift is a free gift, but it feels like a let-down from the past offerings. Not to mention, I have most of these, which is how I got to be Platinum this year! Seems silly to have these be the only options. I guess there's always next year...



Garuu-Popka said:

this is why we have to let nintendo know we arent happy with the choices this year. do you guys want to be like Australia? (joke, but srsly at least we arent like their fanclub)



_Ampersand_ said:

Does anyone want to trade a Donkey Kong Returns 3D code for one of the Gold rewards and one of the monthly rewards (e.g., Paper Mario)? I'm sorry that I can't offer more than that.



TingLz said:

@Garuu-Popka: It's also a matter of why they should care in the first place. Unless something like this lowers sales significantly, I doubt they would care



Swiket said:

Nintendo could've announced that the prizes this year were cardboard boxes and people would still defend them and claim that we're all entitled for expecting anything more. Actually, the cardboard boxes would be more useful to me, unlike another copy of Super Mario Bros 1.

Edit: I'm being facetious of course, but I honestly don't understand the "entitled" argument. You don't just buy a game and immediately get rewarded for it... anyone who reached Elite Status is a dedicated customer who is supporting Nintendo by buying their games new and filling out surveys (assuming they don't just spam the text fields) and helping Nintendo's marketing division. If you're going to offer a loyalty program, at least make the rewards enticing.



Garuu-Popka said:

sadly nintendo was the only gaming company i would pay full price for their games because i knew they would reward their customers. I loved the majora's mask cd so much i framed it lol.



Doge said:

Wow, this is pretty great! but you know, physical stuff like statues and stuff are better and more valuable



Ralek85 said:

Actually I think calling these games free is a bit of a white-wash. You have to buy games, to be entitled to take part in their surveys. You have to spent time and be willing to give away information and preferences, to get those coins.
Anyone who ever worked in polling or a closely related field knows what this really is: incentive
It's not easy to get people to bother to take the time to fill out a survey. Actually is pretty darn hard, most people can't be bothered. If you ask 4 people and 1 is willing to go through with it just out of the kindness of his heart, you are doing a decent, average job ....
The argument should be, if this is a good, maybe a fair incentive offered by Nintendo, but this stuff is certainly not for free. Let's not create extra standards for Nintendo, let's just hold them to standards for everyone else. Otherwise we have no standards and everything ends up being arbitrary. Just my 2cents.



pinkeurocket said:

Worst selection ever. I'm EXTREMELY disappointed, it's my first year getting platinum and this is what we get? It's LAZY on Nintendo's part.



darklinkinfinite said:

If they had released the NES Remix 1 + 2 physical disc as a Club Nintendo exclusive, I would've totally been all over that and praised them for a great reward. But offering up a bunch of games that I could whenever I want (if I didn't already have them) isn't much incentive to participate in their rewards program.

These rewards don't say, "Thank you for supporting us, here's something special!". instead it feels like: Untitled



KryptoKrunch said:

So I'm a "drone" or "Nintendo Defense Force member" if I prefer to have Earthbound, over say, a Majora's Mask soundtrack? Haha, whatever.



Mikes said:

...Oh. So those are the rewards. Well, I already have some of those games, seeing as how they helped me reach platinum status in the first place. The rest of them are ones I don't care for or would have gotten already if I wanted 'em. I'll just get one of those large retail games and give it to a friend or something. I wish they had offered something unique instead. Ya'know, something the average consumer can't get.
You know, after about a year's worth of detailed surveys and registrations. Oh well. I wonder what the rewards will be next year.
And wow, look at all of the comments! o_O



2Sang said:


They could have spent less than $4 per platinum member for 3 posters per member. They don't have enough money for that?



Memeboy3 said:

''The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was.'' - WTF Facts.



Ryu_Niiyama said:

For those that are upset about this (or own the games), may I have a dr Luigi code? I'll put it to good use for you. My NNID is ryuniiyama.



2Sang said:

@Memeboy3 671

Just goes to show how much disdain there is for this year's prizes, but to be fair probably 15 are from me



MagicEmperor said:


I can understand why some people are either not bothered or happy about this news, but here's where I'm coming from. I live with my brother, and between him and me we get Nintendo games pretty loyally. Between him and me we have EVERY SINGLE GAME ON THIS LIST.

I have been loyal and forgiving of Nintendo for over 25 years, but this is the first time in recent memory I distinctly feel like I've been hosed by Nintendo, punished for good deeds to the company. I am severely upset and disappointed by this half-donkeyed, lazy, utterly stupid decision. But to be fair, I'm guessing the fact that they're hurting has something to do with this.

Oh, man, first world problems, why are you so petty yet infuriating? Sigh. Eh, at least the Mario Kart 8 deal was great. And at least there are people who haven't gotten all the games on this list and can find good in this. That's better than nothing, I guess...



AlGator said:

Disappointed. I only have a 3DS, and I either own the reward games or have no interest in them.

They're not free - it takes a lot of time to fill out those surveys, and my time is valuable. With platinum being non-exclusive download-only and the steady reduction of physical rewards in general, I'm probably done with CN.



jakysnakydx said:

@Axed84 @AlGator That's where I stand. To get the coins I had to buy the games listed above... I MIGHT get a 3ds download but I have all of the Wii U games. Ultimately, you're rewarding me with how I got here; buy 100 ice cream cones to win an ice cream cone. I'm very disappointed.
For those wondering about 'why' they chose to do this, it really is simple actually. You have to remember that there is no direct cost to selling a game. The game is made and you have infinite copies of it so giving one away digitally which requires nothing doesn't 'cost' anything. Yes, yes, yes, they lose potential gain from selling the game but at the end of the day it's free to them to offer these instead of making some gift and shipping it. The free gifts might have been 'cheesy' to others but I recognize them for the incredible expense they are. This however, having been spoiled, is now lazy to me.
The issue isn't even the laziness though, like I mentioned above it's the fact that it's impractical. I have these already... that's how I BECAME a platinum member.



SphericalCrusher said:

I think it's sad that people complain about this. Sure, if I had the option, I'd pick a physical reward, but free games are always great. Sony and Microsoft do not do this. I chose Game and Wario. It was the only game on the list I did not own BUT I've been meaning to picking it up for a bit. Fun little party and family friendly game for us.



2Sang said:

@AlGator Yeah same here, but I'm going to hold out for something smash bros-related, but if not and it turns to only digital, I'll be done with it too. It's just not worth the time to fill out those surveys for a game that costs $5.



jakysnakydx said:

@MagicEmperor That's true... someone will benefit from this but you and I are the same. They just 'thanked' us for spending hundreds upon hundreds of dollars by giving us a second copy of one of those games... woopy.



Garuu-Popka said:

proabably I'll just take up scalping the cn strips next time when i buy a game.

its better than waiting for a month to only see the same game from a few months ago be on the rewards list yet again.



Cavalier41 said:

I'm not at all disappointed. I think it's great that a game company, specifically a game company that makes great games, gives away games as a reward. Sure, I want a Mario hat, but I'll get a lot more use out of DKCR.



jakysnakydx said:

@2Sang Couple of corrections to that example, (ironic as I just saw you did the same, lol). The posters Nintendo gave way are significantly bigger. 28x22 is just bigger than 4 pieces of computer paper taped together. That and each poster set included 3 full bodied hard high gloss mat. You might have the 100 lb right but the type of paper is far more expensive than matte. Printing the materials is just one thing as then you have the logistics of sorting members and shipping them across the world. I'm not even going to attempt to put a number on it but it's more expensive than $10,000.

All of that was just to be fair, I'm probably on your side as I hate the idea of download games but... let's give them some credit.



2Sang said:


What I'm getting out of this is a $20 download game that I spent nearly $500 and several hours worth of filling out surveys. I could have worked and bought the game myself with money left over than filling out those surveys.



2Sang said:


Ok, fair point, let's double that and round it up to $10 per platinum member, it still is wrong. The internet and even this poll which has a bias towards nintendo is upset of this prize. Just when they had one of the best e3 presentations and perhaps THE best of all time, they lose many fans once again.



Garuu-Popka said:

G&W is good only for the deluxe edition if you dont mind Mario Party Minigames rather than wario ware minigames, and so DKCR is only worth buying if you dont have tropical freeze



jakysnakydx said:

@2Sang There we go. Agreed. It's true isn't it? I don't like being on the whiny side but they seriously crapped on their MOST loyal fans. I'm going to get lynched for this but the people who spend crap loads of money on Nintendo stuff just got pissed on... I totally hear ya.



Garuu-Popka said:

so is there any way of getting NoA's attention? lots of people around /v/ have been sending letters and emails to them, but is there any other way to let them know that we are not happy with the selections?



_Ampersand_ said:

Does anyone want to trade a Donkey Kong Returns 3D code for one of the Gold rewards and one of the monthly rewards?



2Sang said:

@memeboy3 club nintendo certainly lost me provided they don't have any physical items after smash is released. How many people do you know (unless you're not old enough to work) are going to spend several hours to DOWNLOAD a $2 game?



Garuu-Popka said:

this is #wiiwantutounderstand all over again. people just dont want people to have expectations or standards for nintendo, yet others do and want tot change it for the better



TingLz said:

@2Sang: Your points would make sense if this weren't a complimentary service that requires no extra pay. You spent your money on the games themselves, not the coins. For the most part, you already got your money's worth from the games, and these prizes are just bonuses. Nintendo in no shape or form is obligated to "apologize" for these rewards because we did not pay for them.



CaPPa said:

I'd rather there was a straight eShop credit option (say $15) so that you could buy whatever game you wanted. For people who buy a lot of games there might not be many options, the only games that I don't already own are Game & Wario and Dr Luigi.

The switch to digital only rewards and the reduction of gifts on Club Nintendo make me think that Nintendo is beginning to phase out these rewards. Perhaps they'll switch to the accumulative game discount that they talked about before.



TingLz said:

I honestly wouldn't mind discounts and credits. Most rewards programs do it anyway



2Sang said:

@Unca_Lz I totally please understand your point that it costs no extra money (but it certainly makes people encouraged to buy that extra game or 2), but the time it takes just filling out those surveys, even with 1 sentence answers takes more time than the worth of these prizes at minimum wage.



2Sang said:

@CaPPa that would have at least fixed the issue of those who bought all the games already, but wouldn't be too much better for the rest of us.



tux_peng said:

Disappointing... If I wanted one of these games, I would have bought them, I wanted something exclusive...



TingLz said:

It only takes me 2 minutes to fill out a survey. I seriously doubt minimum wage could pay for a prize here, and I actually fail to see why you use money in this kind of argument anyway. Your time is not worth any money to begin with



adeceku said:

Disappointing... If I wanted one of these games, I would have bought them, I wanted something exclusive...(2)



IronMan28 said:

I got my free game today, sorry none of you have self control and can't hold out on some games you apparently don't want that bad anyway.



cheleuitte said:

I loved this year elite platinum status, the only thing is that the page in under maintenance for the amount of users and need to wait until tomorrow to get the code for Game & Wario because it gave me an error when I redeemed it!!



SonataAndante said:

@Wolfgabe You (and several other comments like yours) are overreacting more than the posts you're implying are overreacting. A good many of the comments here are just expressing general disappointment, not being entitled. The disappointment comes from precedence and expectations, not from selfishness. Some people are acting angry and like Nintendo betrayed them, yes, but by far they're not representative of the whole comment thread.



AdmiralThrawn said:

The rewards for this year are is ridiculous. Who thought it was a good idea to give out these cheap games out to the people who reached Platinum status? Honestly, a physical copy of Wario Ware is 15 bucks on Amazon. These rewards are utterly useless and garbage.

Microsoft and Sony offer FREE games every month to people that have a subscription to them. With the subscription only costing 60 bucks. These games are AAA, highly acclaimed, and far superior than the feces Nintendo puts out on Club Nintendo. Honestly, Super Mario Bros. for the NES? Who hasn't played that piece of garbage already?

You want Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D? Fine get it. Just don't forget to drop another 15 bucks on an SD card. NES Remix? Fine, play Urban Champion for the 7th time along with the garbage Wrecking Crew. Dillon's Rolling Western? Fine, I hope you enjoy mediocracy. Fluidity? Fine, I hope you enjoy playing garbage. Earthbound? Wait, everybody already has that game.

Comparing the rewards from Japan to America is like comparing a defective newborn lamb to the genius of Elon Musk. Japan last year got an 8bit Mario Pillow for their Platinum reward. We get Majora's Mask music.... Just go on Youtube and listen to it. This is getting out of hand. I'm leaving here.

Drops Microphone



3Daniel said:

I don't mind the digital approach, I just wish I didn't already own all of them. I guess my only recourse is to stop buying games.



_Ampersand_ said:

I'm sorry for posting this again:
Does anyone want to trade a Donkey Kong Returns 3D code for one of the Gold rewards and one of the monthly rewards? I'm sorry, I can't offer more than that, but I really would like to play that game. If anyone is interested: My email address is .



TingLz said:

@2Sang Ah yes, because microeconomics involves receiving complimentary things by doing the simplest tasks.



bluecat said:

Probably would have been better if they gave platinum members like $20 in credit and gold $5 (based on the MSRP of the games offered) and let us pick out our own prize. :/



River3636 said:

Wow look how many comments and most are negative , chill out you people act like it's the end of the world. I have gotten 80 dollars in credit with digital download. I received Pikmin 3 for purchasing MK8. I got Donkey returns 3d for platinum. Is it what I expected no. Is it a good game. You better believe it is .I never expected these goodies but I have them. I still have 1700 coins I can't spend but oh well life goes on so get one and who ever has not bought a WiiU get one! Stop complaining you all are acting like Xbones



Hints_Whispers said:

We should all report Nintendo to the BBB! I already commented on this article, but I have to leave another comment because the more I think about it the more disappointed I get. I bought a couple extra games to make it to platinum status because I assumed Nintendo would do what they always do and offer some amazing rewards, and now I feel like they kind of cheated us and broke our trust by going the cheap route this year. Oh, and to all of you who say we should just be happy with any reward: these rewards are a lot like the bonus you get at work - they are basically part of your salary, like how you factor the bonus in before you decide which job you're going to take, or in the case of Nintendo, we decide how many games we are going to buy based on the points it will take to reach platinum status.



Nintendzoey said:

I also spent a stack of money on Nintendo items this year (well over $1000), but do I have anything to show for it? No. Why not? Well, because Australians and Europeans do not get anything at all like this. We spend just as much money as people in NA (maybe even more because the prices are so much higher here) but we never get rewarded like the people in NA. Still, even with something to show for it (even if it's not all that great), people in NA will continue to complain and complain and complain... UGH!



bluecat said:

@Hints_Whispers This does not warrant involving the BBB - we did not pay for Club Nintendo, it is a service provided to users for free IN ADDITION to the games we already pay for. Nintendo was under no commitment to provide us with physical prizes, and while I am disappointed like many of the people here, some of those games are $20/$30 so it is not a bad deal for some.



MagicEmperor said:

@2Sang Actually, no. Reggie shouldn't apologize just 'cause one guy had a fanboy moment. lol Besides, I'd immediately feel bad if Reggie apologized.

And, yeah, I know, I did spend money on high quality games. I was just disappointed.



Klinny said:

I already had all of these games I wanted, so I donated my Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D code to Nate Schmold, (the developer of Cosmochoria) since he gives away game codes on his Twitch streams on Fridays sometimes. I think he'll be giving out an Earthbound code too which is awesome ^-^

Here's a link to his Twitch if people wanna check it out:

The stream starts at 1pm PST on Friday ^-^



AlGator said:


Time is absolutely money. If I spend hours filling out surveys, I guarantee I can make more money than the value of the resulting rewards in any number of ways. The time/money equation comes into play every time anybody decides whether to do something myself or hire somebody to do it for them (e.g. look after the lawn, clean the house). In this case, work for a few hours and have enough extra $ to buy every one of those rewards (and probably another 3DS too if you've got a good job), or spend the same time filling in surveys and get one of them?

What made it worthwhile for me were the exclusives, such as the cart cases and last year's soundtrack.



GeminiSaint said:

"Fluidity? Fine, I hope you enjoy playing garbage."
Fluidity Spin Cycle got a 9/10 score on this very site. Surely it can't be too bad with that kind of score?



Grimlock_King said:

I was really looking forward to a physical reward. Like a Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze music cd. That would have been better than 95% of these digital games.



World said:

@GeminiSaint While I agree with your reaction (Fluidity is by no means a bad game!), it was still a pretty hilarious comment.
"So, I'm gonna go fire up the ol' 3DS. Maybe play me some--"
"Fine! Just FINE! I hope you just--well I hope you LOVE GARBAGE"



2Sang said:

@Unca_Lz No. Time is money because of the opportunity cost. The time filling out 50 surveys could have been used for something more valuable.



NavySpheal said:

I smell an unhealthy amount of damage control in these comments. Yeah, we understand it's free. Who doesn't? We're used to having better items, and now we're disappointed. Catch that? Not entitled, disappointed. Nintendo surely wouldn't be doing this for free if it didn't have a benefit for themselves, which is our opinions on games. Time really is money, and that's why we're getting items in return. Some people just don't get it and will continue to defend Club Nintendo's decisions :/



Webby-sama said:

Could use that survey time wasted on better things like browsing game forums and websites and complaining about first world problems~



World said:

In all this, my greatest regret is that I didn't get the Wario error screen like that one commenter I now can't find declared they saw.



2Sang said:

@Weby-sama sound advice from someone on a videogame forum
You use the lowest level of argument. You might as well call those you disagree with a dummy and a doodyhead. At least elaborate and back up your name calling like when I call people nintendrones. At least then there's some reason behind your name calling.



NavySpheal said:

@Unca_Lz I know what you mean. The REAL entitled ones are those who expect Iwata to come massage your feet and feed you cereal. Sure, I wanted a physical item, but I downloaded Earthbound and I'm really enjoying it. I just feel bad for those who own most or all of those games and got screwed over. e-Shop credit would make the ideal gift next year, if they've gotta go digital.

PS: If you wanna see what I mean by entitled, visit IGN and Gamefaqs boards. You'll be surprised.



XFsWorld said:

@nesvc Perhaps if enough people complain about this years awards it may be better next year. Oh what am I saying, it's Nintendo.



2Sang said:

@Unca_Lz what @Navyspheal said. I can't speak for everyone, but all I was asking for was a physical item option. Whatever it was, a shirt, a poster, cards, pins, whatever it is just toss it my way. Even stickers or a postcard would have been fine. There's nothing wrong with digital rewards, there's just always been a standard that all previous awards were not only physical items, but very unique physical items. I like showing off my loyalty to videogames (mostly nintendo) with merch. I can't show that I reached platinum with a download game that is available for $10.



Webby-sama said:


If you say so, buddy. The comments people are making speak for themselves. Go read them and read them again and then maybe stop being a doodyhead and you'll be able to see how incredibly ridiculous some of these reactions are.



GreatPlayer said:

Lucky that I do not have any of those Wii U games. Not sure if I should choose Earthbound, Wario or NES Remix.

I must have spent over US$2000 on my Wii U console since its launch, to get the Elite Status.



2Sang said:

Also, I'm hoping the QoL includes nintendo merch so I can decorate my consoles and rooms with the stuff. It's something so obvious, but so dumb for them not to have done for so long. There's next to no merch for anything other than a few mario products out there, so creating some zelda, metroid, smash, starfox, dk, pikmin, animal crossing, and kirby merch would generate extra money and brand awareness of their smaller franchises.

@Webby-sama there's no way someone can be this silly. You assume that everyone is calling for a revolution, but most of us are just very upset and let down because the previous prizes were very high quality and this is unprecedented.I refuse to comment further (unless my jimmies are very rustled which is rare or you give me great amusement a la @shadow4SSB).



GreatPlayer said:

@Prof_Clayton Well, $600 is probably if you buy only Nintendo games. I spent $55 to buy Sonic Lost World when it launches and it does not award me with any coins.



Webby-sama said:

Now you're just overreacting to my reaction to the overreacting.

It's okay, buddy. It's okay.



CaPPa said:

The EU/AU Stars rewards are usually better than the NA coin rewards though and you seem to get our Platinum rewards as regular gifts. At the moment it's the Mario playing cards that I got last year.



McGruber said:

I WOULD be disappointed if I already had Donkey Kong Country 3D, but I don't. That's a $30 game so in reality it's one of if not the best Platinum reward yet.



TingLz said:

@2Sang Actually Amazon sells plentiful merchandise. There is just very little merchandise in a typical store



jkvasn said:

People mad that there isn't the usual Chuck-E-Cheese prizes instead of actual games which are generally more entertaining. Yeah there's a lot of VC bull, but between DKC3D, Game & Wario, those aren't bad prizes. It's just most of us have those in one form or another. Such is everything else they offer as prizes - the games we've bought or the games we didn't want to buy.



TingLz said:

@2Sang While you don't speak for everyone, I am more irritated at the "fans" who keep saying that they "deserve" better rewards. They spent $500+ on products that they conveniently ignore because they DESERVE free stuff on top of said products. They also claim that Nintendo needs to apologize for these complimentary rewards.

I am irritated because I am a Nintendo fan who also spent thousands of dollars on Nintendo products and enjoy what I paid for. I consider this service a bonus, not a necessity. I do not care if the rewards are good or not because they are a bonus regardless of how you justify otherwise. Nintendo also doesn't have to do this for me, because I only spent my money on their games and they made those games for me. They've done enough for me.



VIIIAxel said:

I personally went with Game and Wario. I missed out on a lot of these games, so I didn't mind the choices. A few bigger games would have been nicer, though.



TySoN_F said:

Hmm. While I can't complain about a free reward. I was really hoping for the SM3DW soundtrack. As that really took my fancy!

However, I'll still gladly take this as well. Just not sure what to get. I love having the physical games but none of the digital only games are worth the Platinum status imo. but I guess it's either between Earthbound or DKR



TingLz said:

Now I would have liked to see a bigger selection or some alternative for those who already have these games. I can at least justify that much



Windy said:

Donkey Kong Country II for me. I wish the selection had been better. But I got a great game for all my loyalty. Thanks Nintensdo



nermal said:

You Might try to sell the game code, or donate it to someone. I would accept with pleasure donkey kong and I would greatly appreciate it.



evilcheese said:

I would like to preface this post by stating that I did not have an account until I read this article.

Like many of you I went to Club Nintendo to check out what the prizes were only to have a double take at what I beheld. My eyes darted from frame to frame searching for the actual rewards. Alas, it was to no avail.

Begrudgingly I closed the window. Now, I have managed to attain some really cool Club Nintendo loot, the Luigi figurine, Kirby coin, gold nunchuk remote, the pins, the character statue... All the sets of Platinum posters...

My point is, this is the most disappointing thing Nintendo has done, beyond the Mario Kart 8 limited edition nonsense.

These games are junk rewards, not because the games are junk. This shows no effort or thought was put into the decision in regard to the fans - the people who if disappointed by cheap attempts start to buy less product, perpetuating a downward trend in sales.

Club Nintendo yearly rewards clearly indicate the reward will be special - What is special aka unique about a handful of games available to anyone with a connection to the internet and an eShop account?

Nintendo will lose more money next year because of this decision than they would have otherwise.

Mainly, Club Nintendo customers typically buy more games in anticipation of these rewards. Disappoint them and many won't bother getting Platinum.

Additionally, those games that are being offered, that's not a sale for Nintendo.

As a side note, Club Nintendo has always offered games as a reward for the yearly cash in, not sure why people are acting like this year Club Nintendo blew their mind.

Lastly, and I can't stress this enough, a Majora's Mask soundtrack is neither awesome or cool. I'm sorry, but are there actual people sitting around listening to LoZ music regularly? Though I do have an unopened copy lol. I do own the original game and have played through it but never thought to myself, 'man, I really need this in a portable format that I may listen to on the go'. But hey, I guess that's just me, maybe I'm the odd one.

I just wanted to state my thoughts in case someone from Nintendo reads this or even cares, which I think takes true honor. Laugh if you might but honor is everything in Japan.



Genesaur said:

Well, I guess. Can't say I'm not disappointed, it being my first time, and all. Dunno if I'l get Donkey Kong or NES Remix. Probably the former, if only because I'll probably never get it by way of buyificating.



Chillama said:

The gold rewards are terrible... I'll be honest here. I want a mario kart or mario 3d world soundtrack!



Zapkido said:

@NameDifferent It's simply a kick to the balls. We spend over $500 dollars buying their stuff and filling out their surveys and this is what we get for it? The game with the most value is only like $20! Think about it:

Buy MK8:Get a $60 game
Buy $500 Dollars of Nintendo games and fill out a ton of surveys: Get a $20 game.

What?! And that doesn't even bring into consideration the fact that people who have bought these games get NOTHING for their efforts!

Plus, half of these games are not exclusive to members, which defeats the purpose of "Elite" Status.



rockerztonight1 said:

Who wants a free game from the Mario Kart 8 Promotion (US Version)?

I already have NSMBU, Wind Waker HD, and Pikmin 3. I couldn't care less for Wii Party U. I don't want my code to go to waste. I want to give one of those 4 games to someone here on Nintendo Life. Instead of just commenting here begging me for it, email me at

Just mention your Nintendo Life username and give me one sentence why you want one of those 4 games. The one that I like the best will win (P.S - I'm a sucker for sob stories ) Thank you and good luck! I'll email you back if you win, giving you the code to one of those 4 games.

EDIT: and it's over! The winner is Abu Mohamed! It's early in the morning right now, so please give me a couple of hours to go on Club Nintendo and get the Pikmin 3 code for you! I will definitely get you the code by today!



MagicEmperor said:

@Unca_Lz "Now I would have liked to see a bigger selection or some alternative for those who already have these games. I can at least justify that much"

Thank you. And I understand where you're coming from, too. By the way, great avatar. Donald's my favorite cartoon character.



Thejoe66 said:

Well i don't care in the end i just managed to sell Donkey Kong on ebay think ill put it to something i care about like SMT devil summoner soul hackers



Memeboy3 said:

Just from the amount of PS3 games that I can see on the family shelf,
My Father spent WAY more than $500 and I don't see him with a Kratos plushie gift or An Entire Game soundtrack from Sony, Let alone a free Video Game.



Thejoe66 said:

Too all you people saying that Nintendo didn't need to give us these gifts i understand that, but i think the problem is, is that they say thanks for being a Nintendo fan we appreciate it now take some crap. On the rewards page it says "You've achieved Platinum Status, and we’re showing our appreciation with a FREE downloadable game for Elite Status members. Choose one of titles below and enjoy." Well if that's the case then IMO Nintendo doesn't appreciate us that much.



ZachBeacon said:

16 Hours Later

Well I finally cleared enough space on my 32GB SD card to get Donkey Kong on there. I guess I’m not using my 3DS as a MP3 player anymore. Man, that’s a HUGE file.



Thejoe66 said:

@SnipeySnake Well i manged to get 15$ but that price could still go up because of bidding. Its not a lot but its enough to get something I want

@Unca_Lz I'm not a Wii U owner so i wouldn't know about that.



Nintendzoey said:

@CaPPa Yes but we have to spend our stars (coins) to get those items. You have gotten them as free gifts and been able to keep your coins at the same time to get other items.



Bizzyb said:

@noctowl It is rather disappointing. The whole process to redeem points takes a good amount of time, not to mention a lot oof money to be spent....I'm starting to get the idea that Nintendo is trying to save money and headaches.

I remember the Luigi's Mansion prize being "sold out" within a day. Maybe it just wasn't a profitable or worthwhile experience for Nintendo....



Squiggle55 said:

I am torn. I am not overwhelmingly disappointed. But I'm also not as happy as I could be. I think I like getting Game & Wario better than the soundtrack last year, and the pins the year before that. But what I really want is something nice like the statue from the year before. But if they were just going to give us something lame like the last 2 years then I prefer the retail game. But I would also prefer more retail games to choose from. They know full well that people earn these points by buying a lot of games, so they need to provide a lot more retail choices.



seng2kx said:

Wow! Is it just me or did Gold members get shafted by this list? I actually have no problem with them going Download only as it saves them a lot of money and still lets them give Club Nintendo members something for their support but if you're gonna go download only why not give some games away that ppl will actually want and/or most likely won't already own:(.



Klunk23 said:

While I'm a bit disappointed as physical rewards feel a bit more special to me, I can't really complain about a free game. I was planning on getting Dillion's so now I get it for free.



tedko said:

@Unca_Lz @Webby-sama Does no one else appreciate the irony? "TIME IS MONEY! All those surveyed filled out for THIS? now I'm gonna go use my valuable time moaning on gaming forums."

Do people honestly buy games they don't really want just to get to platinum status? do people honestly consider filling out club nintendo surveys like a part time job or something? It takes a couple minutes to complete one of those surveys and it doesn't take all that many surveys to get to platinum.

I've never cared about the physical rewards so I'm fine with a free download. Actually before they ever offered digital downloads on club nintendo (well not counting that ultrahand game) I sent an email to Nintendo customer support suggesting downloads as rewards, and they wrote back saying they would consider it. So maybe you all have me to blame for the current situation! hahaha! (sorry to the people who already own all of these games.)

anyway, so far this year I've already gotten pokemon x and pikmin 3 for free from club nintendo, which I think is fairly generous.



GreatPlayer said:

@seng2kx I agree. At least they can offer discounts on old eshop games as ADDITIONAL rewards. Think about it: 50% off on some of the popular old titles are nice (50% off on Pikmin 3 or Mario 3D)? The sales of old titles will not go up after a few months since its release anyway, and it can satisfy loyal fans.

By the way, Club Nintendo website is again down.



seng2kx said:

@GreatPlayer Thanx. I luv Nintendo. Heck the only systems I currently own are the Wii, Wii U, DS and 3DS. I just wish there were more options for Gold members. At least Platinum members have a decent selection to choose from. I def. like ur idea though for coupons and additional discounts. It's really tough earning these dam coins though. LoL.



jsubbuteo said:

I own most of these games so I chose to download Kid Icarus. Free but I'll probably never finish it. It doesn't do any good to complain, but I am disappointed.



TwilightOniAngel said:

Wow look at all these comments this is getting ridiculous, lets see if we can 900 comments now.Come on guys i know you can do it.



0utburst said:

LOL. The Zelda poll had 400 comments and I was astonished. The highest one I've seen when I joined Nintendo Life.

But this article has a whopping 800+ and counting!



NintyMan said:

If they were really adamant about giving us only digital game rewards, then they should have given us a bunch of eShop store credit so we could pick our own game on Wii U or 3DS. Or if not that, then more retail game choices. If Wii Party U and Pikmin 3 were choices, the Mario Kart free game promotion would allow me to get one game and the other as a Platinum reward. That's not counting more retail 3DS games they could have chosen.

But, as it is, I already have Game & Wario and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. If I didn't have one of those retail games, I would feel a bit better about this change. Getting an eShop game like NES Remix or Dillon's Rolling Western seems odd in that I'm getting a pretty inexpensive game after amassing coins redeemed from a few hundred dollars worth of games. Again, it would've been better just getting a bunch of eShop store credit and/or be provided with more retail options.

Also, I thought this comment section was going to be in the 400s, and not be double that in the 800s. Good grief, this could easily be the highest I've seen in my 3 1/2 years on NL.



Beau_Skunk said:

I'm fine with getting free downloadable game software, but yeah as some said they should've had more options, or at least not limit each VC NES game to ONE console... (What if somebody wants Ice Climbers for 3DS, instead of WiiU, or wants Metroid for WiiU?)
I already had most of the VC games they offered, (either for NES, VC, or Animal Crossing GCN) and as I only have a 3DS, and gold-status, my choices were quite limited to just Metroid, and DK3...
(Went with Metroid, dispite owning it on NES... At least it's nice having a portable version with a save feature now. Saving makes it much less tedious then writing down passwords. Being the USA version, the password feature is still in tact though, even the "Justin Bailey" password still works.)

Already have SML2, and Wario Land 2 for 3DS, but both are great games. (In fact, WL2 is my favorite Wario Land game.)



Chibiwing said:

Are you loving kidding me? I waited a year to see a bunch of stupid downloads? I don't have a wii u (and don't want one) so all of those games are out, and the only 3ds game I would be interested in, I've owned for a year!
Please watch the profanity — TBD



Crimzonlogic said:

I decided to get Donkey Kong Country Returns, even though I don't have enough space to download it quite yet. But now I can't get on the eShop to redeem the code. The eShop is unavailable, apparently. Anyone else having this problem, or is it just me?

I'm thinking I should just sell this code so I can finally buy Shovel Knight. I can't afford to buy games right now, so maybe this is my chance to get it. Shovel Knight would fit on the SD card, too. Are these elite codes tied to our accounts? Are they fine to sell to others?



babyguess said:

I am very disappointed with this change. Most likely the elite rewards will be all digital games moving forward. Make sure to voice your concern when filling out those surveys and ask for physical Elite rewards.



Zapkido said:

@Memeboy3 Yes, I realize that we are lucky to have rewards at all, but when you do all this extra work filling out surveys, this is what we get? A $20 game? It's just frustrating.

I'm personally sort of satisfied with DKCR3D, but I would've like something worth more than $20 and available to everyone. I see why people are complaining though.



Starwolf_UK said:

@SonataAndante Here is a list of what you get for things in Europe:
Basically 250 stars a game most of the time. The opening up of 3rd parties for 3DS and Wii U helps greately too. It should be noted post play surveys are very rare though (only if you register in first week, appear about a month after release and vanish a month later, no reminders or anything sent out). 3DS eShop and Wii eShop exclusives give out 50 stars when a survey is done (DSi Shop and Wii Shop no longer give anything). Stars earned expire after 24 months (so it is a good idea to hold back slips until they are close to expiring that way you are never forced to spend too many stars at once) with regisration slips for games expire after 3.5 years of release (barring reprint or budget versions which extend them to unknown).

It should be noted Japan is utterly brutal. I think 2 coins = 1 point is the conversion but Japanese games not only expire but fall in value too (as in give way less points 6 months after release). It would be helpful when sites post rewards to break down the relaity of them as that would stem a lot of the grass is greener that tends to happen.



TingLz said:

Well if you are all really this upset, the best thing you can do is contact Nintendo directly. There's no guarantee on what will happen next, but be polite about it anyway



Yurikun said:

Am I the ONLY person who got Platimun done this year and never bought any of these games?
Between all the physical retail games Mario 3D world, Mario Kart 8, LOZ LBW. I guess im just slow to pick up most games. Since the eshop is the last place i look for games outside of the freebies and discounted games.



SonataAndante said:

@Starwolf_UK Interesting, thanks for the info. It seems like with retail games you get a pretty fair amount of stars to go with your CN's higher prices and stars from 3rd party games is pretty nice. What do post play surveys give out if you get them?

NA Gives 50 coins per Wii U game and 30 for 3DS games (not sure if Wii is still 50 and DS still 30 as they used to be. Might have been reduced). 10 coins per post play survey, which appear 1 week after registration and last 4 months. Some games give an extra 10 if you register within the first 2 weeks or so of release and others might have Intend to Buy surveys awhile before launch which tack on another 10 coins when registering. Coins expire after 24 months much like stars do, but I don't know if the pin code slips ever expire. Never really thought about it or looked into it.

I agree with you, it would be nice to have some sort of breakdown on how the local points system works to inform people how relatively difficult it may be to get some of those rewards. Japan's does sound brutal. After looking into enough of it, I think all 3 Clubs have some things worth being envious over and some things where they get screwed over. NA's physical shop is abysmal right now and Europe has a halfway decent one. NA gets a rotation of eShop and VC games to pick from each month and Europe doesn't get squat. Too bad we couldn't combine the best parts of our Clubs yeah?



World said:

@Yurikun You're not! I actually have none of these. The only ones I've even PLAYED are the two Mario VC titles. But I personally build up my points on the quirky Japanese/indie games that miraculously get released on 3DS.



Porpoise said:

Man, I wish I could get Super Mario Bros for the it HAS to be for the Wii U...of course...



Porpoise said:

@Chibiwing "I don't have a wii u (and don't want one)" Same here. I wanted SMB but nooo "this code can ONLY be used with the Wii U." I hate the thing.



rjejr said:

@hypercoyote - Thanks for listing the prices. Probably won't influence too many decisions but I think it's a good thing to have for people on the fence.

Holy cow over 800 comments?!?!

Thanks to NL for posting this. I checked all my email accounts and never got a notification from Nitneod that these were up. W/ an Aug 15th cut off date it's possible I would have gone on vacation and missed this when I got back. And for all the people having a hard time acessing the Club Ntintendo site yesterday, that new Pop-up notification screen explains why. It's actually pretty cool. Nitnedo has really done a much better job w/ its assorted websites this year. MK8 was very cool. Though I still think club Ntinedo needs a very small "join" button and a very large "returning member" button, you only sign up once but I'm there at least once a month.

Well I ordered Game & Wario, so that's that. That Aug 15 deadline may be a month away, but why wait?



nermal said:

Anyone interested in exchanging codes. I offer wii majoras mask, any gold game and any monthly coin catalog game, for dkc returns code.



mullen said:

@SonataAndante But one thing make Japan's club great: you can earn 5 coins for each demo (within 10 days since the demo available), and there are already nearly 200 3DS game demos so far, which mean 1000 Japan coins, or roughly 2000 US coins. There's no problem to become platinum only by demos.
Not to say they have much better selections of rewards.



JoDaEpicGuy said:

Anyone with a platinum account want to trade codes? I'm looking for a NES Remix code and I'll trade you any gold code and one of the four monthly games.



Ryu_Niiyama said:

Nope you are not the only one. I'm missing a few of these as well. I had planned on buying DK since I was going to best buy this weekend. Now I can get it for free! Pretty stoked about that!



Paintfrog said:

I am SO disappointed in these options... I was looking forward to some swag. I don't own a Wii U, so all those games are not an option for me. I suppose the best deal is Donkey Kong 3D, but I'm not really a fan of DK. Hm... no idea what I'll pick.
I'm glad I picked up a 3DS late last year tho. If I didn't have one, I wouldn't be able to get anything!



MasterWario said:

I don't know what's going on here but...
how am I supposed to decide which game to get? -_- That's my problem.



CaPPa said:

I got Game & Wario. It has a $39.99 price on the eShop, which meant that I got 399 points on the dpp.



Dudemario89 said:

The retail version is way better than downloaded version because downloaded version take up a lot of space on your Wii U console.



Steventurous said:

Okay.. I have to say I was a little disappointed that there was no physical prizes this time for Platinum members, But for all the people that say they spent $500 and $ 600 and up... Im pretty sure you didn't buy that amount of games just for the Nintendo code and the prize at the end of the year. You bought the games because you wanted them. Sure, maybe CN could've been a little more creative and added an Exclusive to CN members download but at the end of the day, A free game is a free game.



Genesaur said:

Yich, well, there's a problem. I'm gonna need a bigger SD card. Donkey Kong's a hefty download. Never would have guessed it'd need more space than Animal Crossing.



Invaderz said:

Very disrespectable of Nintendo to offer only a small choice of downloadable games when they should know that many Club members may already have the games, therefore are not getting any reward. On top of that, many of the reward games are either for WiiU or 3DS, but not both. If you don't have a 3DS and the reward game you want is only on the 3DS, but not the WiiU, then the reward is worthless.
You cannot even say these are free games as you had to spend hundreds of dollars of your money buying specific games and hardware and your time to fill out surveys in order to get to Gold or Platinum status. It would be considered more of a deal and a reward when you have something like the PS+ membership for a Playstation and get free games, NEW games, every month for only $50/year. What do you get when you spend only $50 a year for Nintendo? Nothing.



Paintfrog said:

@XFsWorld Yeah, lol. I'll have to try it out. It has been a very long time since I played a DK game anyway. The last one was Jungle Beat with the bongo's for Gamecube.



SethNintendo said:


They are still selling a small number of Wii Minis each month. I was at Frys electronics a week ago and they had a Wii Mini bundled with Mario Kart Wii for $99.



SethNintendo said:


Very few people would have reached gold or platinum status through Wii or DS codes last year (not sure if they would work but I suppose they would or Nintendo could just null coins due to age of games). They would be such a small percentage (less than 1% I assume) that any backlash they get could be resolved with sending them a current small gift from the Club Nintendo prizes. The chances someone got gold or platinum status through Wii and DS games is almost zero. They would probably have to at least own a 3DS or Wii U. Also, Nintendo is keeping the Wii Shop online (Wii Mini doesn't even have online) but their main focus are the 3DS and Wii U eshops.

The people here complaining that they own all the games should just sell their codes or give them to a friend. I probably spent about 2 hours at most doing surveys and getting a 5 dollar game for gold is a lot better than a calendar. So the gold prizes are an improvement but they should have probably kept a choice between physical and digital game prize for platinum. I'm sure Nintendo will make it up to them next year.



SenorMuffin said:

I'm highly mad about this, the whole point of club nintendo elite or gold status was to reward players with rare or unobtainable nintendo related gifts and brand new games, the main reason why people use club nintendo is mainly to get the sweet swag like the luigi statue or the poster sets or if you have that stuff all ready you get the games that you like or you've played at a friends. But this year just got my hopes up and smashed them in to tiny pieces, this whole year i was hoping they would go back some years and bring back the old prizes that people never got like the mario and luigi hats or the bowser vs mario statue etc. but nope, nintendo just gave us a hand full of games that most people have all ready. see if you look at Eu and Jp club nintendo their selection of swag is huge! Jp has mario hats, luigi hats, more posters, new games, and at one point plushies! same with Eu! and i bet you anything Eu and Jp will most likely get better gold and elite status prizes



Mr_3DS said:

Yeah...this is a HUGE letdown...

This is my 2nd year in a row getting Platinum...and it seems like both those years the rewards have been the worst they've ever been...

Rewarding gold and platinum members with 1 download game is like giving someone who just bought 50 fruits a fruit that they either don't like or already have...I know that was a dumb comparison but it works lol...



Mr_3DS said:

Oh, and you wanna know what's a real slap in the face? Buying 1 game (Mario Kart 8) gives you a better reward (One $40 retail game) than spending $400+ on games and systems (a game worth $20 or less.)




rjejr said:

@midnafanboy @SethNintendo @Gamecubii-64DD - Target always has the red Wii Mini in stock for $99, sitting on the shelf right next to the Wii U. Annoyed me for quite awhile until MK8 came out and the Wii U boxes started disappearing, finally. but the red Wii Mini are still there. Though there was only 1 left on Thursday. Funny thing though, Wii mini has no online functionality at all so even if people had one and bought a lot of Wii games and entered the codes online at Club Nintendo, and even if there was a Wii game code as an option, they still couldn't download and play it on the neutered Wii Mini. Wii Mini is the only electronic device to come to market in the last two years w/o Netlfix.

Anyway, I just came to say I DL Game & Wario and it gave me enough points to get another $5 code, to go w/ the $5 code I got from my free copy of WW HD from buying MK8, so I'll take the $5 as my Plat reward and G&W as a freebie bonus. Maybe I'll even play it someday (it's really for my kids.)



NodesforNoids said:

@rjejr, I did the same!
The 399 points for G&W are almost too good to pass up. Even if I'd have more enjoyment from NES Remix, G&W's DDP points gave me one code and put me within 200 of another. Guacamelee and (the still discounted) Armillo gave me another. Cashing all 3 gave me enough for NES Remix 2, so I'm all set for the rest of summer!



NodesforNoids said:

Personally, I think Nintendo should extend the DDP through to the end of 2015. I've got 4 games worth through it so far (Arkham Origins, NES Remix 2, New Super Luigi U and Scribblenauts Unmasked). It would be great to have when the next 18 months' games hit us, that's for sure!



Porpoise said:

@midnafanboy 1. NO it's NOT. Look at the discontinuation dates in Wikipedia,
For the love of God, stop being so ignorant.



russellohh said:

@Invaderz What do you get when you spend $50 on a Nintendo game? A $50 game. Plus, enough points to get half of an N64 or GBC that cost $40-60 new.



russellohh said:

@SirQuincealot Except a $30 game they can sell to a friend for $30. Man, sucks to be them. In previous years they got a $5 poster. Now they get $30. Nintendo has really ruined everything



alex167 said:

Which one is better Nes Remix or Wario Land 2? some people have told NES Remix isn't worth because is not a whole game, it´s like Wario Ware and it's too short



DeltaPeng said:

Yeah...I appreciate that some retail games are included in Platinum, but I don't care much for either. My friend happens to really want DKCR 3D so this works out as a gift, but for my sister and her fiance (Gold level members) they have a fairly so-so selection to choose from. I don't think there's anything Gold-Platinum that my sister would like enjoy (maybe Mario Minis, but that's plat).

That said, my favorite reward is exclusive Nintendo swag or game OST (or, an mp3 download would suffice), though I realize the shipping cost alone can be expensive. If they go the digital route in the future, the selection should be better to appeal to more gamers. Or, could give eshop credit as a reward ($5 Gold, $10 Platinum) which would be equivalent or less value-wise to the provided rewards at less cost to Nintendo (as that's about the price of shipping and ~item) yet provide an option everyone could enjoy



Priceless_Spork said:

Yeah I got elite from downloading wii games. Not wiiu which I couldnt afford when I bought my new wii last year. I did in fact write nintendo and asked for them to honor their reward for me and they said never. I was very polite and explained to them my situation. So I am cancelling my club nintendo account. and never ever buying another nintendo anything ever again. I dont figure it would cost them anything to have me download a 500 pt game for the wii but now it will cost them real future sales and I will tell everyone about the callous letter they sent me. I spend tons on games. Next up for me is a playstation.



blusmrf84 said:

I wasn't pleased with spending all the money to get to platinum status in order to get the cool platinum status prize at the end of the year just to find out your giving me choice of games that I either already have or never wanted to begin with. They said there would be kool stuff but all I see is it getting worse and there isn't even things on there you can get anymore other than games which if I'm going to spend my points it isn't going to be on things I can get at any time. I liked club Nintendo cuz they gave u stuff you couldnt get anywhere else and now they are like everywhere else

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