The Nintendo Account / My Nintendo service has 'Just for You' deals on a regular basis, though rather than being catered to users (such as adjusting depending on what games they own) they've typically been fixed promotions. Another feature touted as part of the service has been deals and promotions to come on player's Birthdays, which is a nice touch for those looking for a downloadable gift.
Nintendo of Europe has posted an article somewhat solidifying the 'Just for You' Birthday deal, highlighting 10 retail download games (five on Wii U, five on 3DS) that will be available at a 30% discount on user's birthdays. Blurb is below:
From October 2016, all owners of a Nintendo Account who have chosen to receive promotional emails from Nintendo and have linked their Nintendo Account to their Nintendo Network ID can receive a birthday offer from Nintendo!
With this birthday offer, you can get a discount of 30% on one of a selection of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games from Nintendo eShop! If you're eligible for the birthday offer, you'll receive an email from us at the start of your birthday month, allowing you to use it right away!
The following are the October games, though Nintendo says they'll be updated regularly.
- Super Mario Maker
- Yoshi's Woolly World
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
- Xenoblade Chronicles X
- Monster Hunter Generations
- Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon
- Bravely Second: End Layer
- Tomodachi Life
- The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
A rather strong batch, it must be said, though naturally a lot of particularly keen fans may already own most of those games. That's the case for this writer, though 30% off Bravely Second: End Layer could be tempting.
What do you think of this line-up and promotion from Nintendo of Europe?
I have all the Wii U games listed. I don't have any of the 3DS games listed. Bravely Second is the only one I would want.
They are trying hard to make it as unattractive as it gets.
30% off of 50 euro games, is still way too expensive.
I got my email (10 days after my burthday) and none of the offers are appealing to me. I don't like digitally buying games when I can get them physically and 30% off means nothing when they're generally cheaper elsewhere anyway
There is propably NX games also included before my next birthday.
Shame that my birthday is in March; I'll probably just miss out on the NX deals. Also, any word if the current deals are also in NA?
Not even 50% off would tempt me for another Bravely Default game, Thomas. You're better off watching paint dry.
I'm in the U.S. and I got the email a week after my birthday this month. Looks like EU got the better games. The ones on my list are:
New Super Mario Bros Wii U
Super Mario Maker
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Mario Kart 7
New Super Mario Bros 2
Kirby Triple Deluxe
Super Smash Bros 3DS
Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
Puzzle & Dragons Z + SMB
Wish we had Twilight Princess HD as an option 😭
Yeah Nintendo, instead freely letting us choose which game we want, you think it's better to have a preset list of games everyone already has. How clever!
Go away MyNintendo, nobody likes you. You are a mere shadow of what was once the great Club Nintendo. Shoo, vile rewards program, into the darkness with you!
Can't you get the same thing with Miitomo coins?
My birthday is in November so we will see if America has the same thing by then...
I think this will all be much more relevant in the NX era!
Personally, I own all the Wii U and 3ds 1st party games that I will want, aside from Pokémon Sun and any surprises that may be forthcoming.
My birthday is in March, Breath of the Wild might be released in March.....
It's sweet though.
I'm glad the birthday present is back...I'd have missed my birthday email from Nintendo. Bless them 😊
So after the discount the games will cost almost the same as buying retail, and this is supposed to be a nice deal...
I can't believe people buying digital when in most cases is more expensive than physical copies
Stupid is as stupid does.
These things always seem to start a month or two after my birthday
I had a hard time choosing from these for my birthday, so I asked UKVGDeals on Twitter for advice. Eventually lead to the decision that Super Mario Maker was the best one. A few of them had better prices than retail versions but SMM is the best one.
If they were offering Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, then I would've totally went for that if it was a good price. I really want that game :/
Sending an email with coupons to kids and teens who just received some birthday money is a smart idea for Nintendo.
But a real gift, like a birthday special 3ds theme would be a nice attention for the consumer. I mean, you know... a gift.
That Bravely Second. My birthday is in April. Nintendo, please understand.
Man, wish this was NA's list, I'd be all over Yoshi or Twilight Princess in a heartbeat.
But instead we got a Wii U launch title and some 3DS games that are just as old...every single one I own or have played. Every time I get excited for MyNintendo it just doesn't work out.
I got this mail last week.
Nintendo is usually adding games people already own, so its boring. Thats why My Nintendo isn't good. People get deals on games they own mostly,
Is this some kind of joke? I feel insulted.
It just gets worse and worse.
I don't have Xenoblade Chronicles X yet, but I would still prefer to buy a physical copy.
i got my birthday email at the beginning of this month in NA....I'm getting Splatoon because my kids really want that game. I'd buy XCX for myself (have two NNID that have my birthday on them) but I'm not sure I will like it enough to download and keep it. Decisions decisions.
Remember when we were excited about My Nintendo? Not that I DON'T dig this, it's just...a nudge, rather than a shove for the service.
So this is Europe only, at the moment? Pretty cool idea if you ask me, what would make it better is if the discount went towards games in your eshop 'wishlist.' Now that'd be swell.
..lol..Just for You, Happy Birthday! From Nintendo..
..now give us your money...
Twilight princess HD for me come birthday time! Not got xenoblade yet either though.
Why not a free virtual console game(7.99 or less) more of a discount (around 50%) or just a shirt?
Nintendo, not all of us want digital copies of your retail games.
Ever thought about mixing up a bit with Digital only titles and VC games to, oh I dunno, give us more variety?
Confused....it was my birthday last month and I got no special deals!
My birthday was last month. I ended up already owning all the 3ds choices except for two, of which I had zero interest in. Lame.
OK people, after reading your thoughts on it I pressume you are not happy, but think: it could be worse! You might not be making profit of this sales but these are there at least!
Don't blame Nintendo. They all want our money but they also make us have a good time, don't they?
The execution here is absolutely terrible, but the idea of giving you big discounts (50% would be more attractive than 30%) on the whole eShop for your birthday, as well as a randomly selected game on your wish list for free (guaranteed if only one game on wish list) would be awesome. I don't think any other service tailors sales to individuals like that, so that's definitely something unique for Nintendo to capitalize on if they truly want to.
I still think it's hilarious that they think 30% is a sweet deal in a world where Steam sales are a thing. But on the other hand, I agree with everyone saying that 50% is a good starting discount to make My Nintendo seem worthwhile. It's good to be at least somewhat competitive, but they don't necessarily have to offer up games for pennies.
On this specific point though, paying for a "gift" is nonsense. I understand why they don't do physical rewards now, but why not just offer some cheap VC or provide like $5 eShop credit? They don't have to offer anything, but an invitation to pay more makes them seem stingy and earns them even LESS goodwill from their core users.
@elstif Actually, it's usually cheaper to buy digital... Anywhere other than on a Nintendo console, that is.
It'll never be good enough.
Someone must be buying with these discounts otherwise they wouldnt be making promotions like this... Whoever it is needs to stop.
Just celebrated my birthday in August and didn't get any birthday deals and I was livid about it. Looking at this list looks like I was angry for nothing. There's nothing here that interests me. Xenoblade Chronicles X is the only Wii U game on the list I don't own as I'm not interested in the series. On 3DS while I only own Tri Force Heroes, the other titles I don't own because I'm not interested in them. That's the problem with MyNintendo. Any games offered with a discount that you'd be interested in playing you've already bought them. Hopefully this changes once the NX is out.
why don't they, try to make them more personal, offer you 30% off a bunch games that you already own and in some case bought from the eshop is kinda of pointless
Nintendo is just greedy as hell.
30% off is better than nothing. It's not like a person can expect them to give their games away.
Edit: After reading some of the comments, it seems some people do expect free games....
I've been waiting for a NA discount on Xenoblade X so if it is included for NA in December for birthdays then I'll definitely get it. May also get Splatoon if I can in a different discount. My brother in law is a bit interested in the game and while I do already have it, it is just on my Japanese Wii U.
@shaneoh I could swear I saw some comments suggesting they want a special themed 3DS for their birthday. You know, one for every one of the 57 million user
Um, yay for Bravely Second? Why though? I had to stop playing Miitomo because I had too many unused points.
I got the NA version of this deal on my birthday last month. Owned everything I would have wanted from it, so I didn't bother cashing it in. Thanks Nintendo, but maybe next year!
If your going to get Bravely Second make sure and play the demo first. It sets up the story for the rest of the game.
Seeing as my birthday is in December, I'm kind of hoping they do a Christmas sale that the discount can be used in conjunction with... that would be the only way any of them would be worthwhile for me to get.
I just had my birthday on Sunday, not sure if this is available in Australia.
@Nik-Davies Mind if I take the code from you?
If it was a 50% discount, I'd actually use it.
Thanks a lot Nintendo, my birthday was two months ago. Couldn't have made that sooner, could you?
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