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Club Nintendo rewards are all digital this year

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Oh boy. Club Nintendo is somewhat famous for offering digital rewards to its members who manage to obtain platinum or gold status over the course of the year. Many people are extremely serious about these rewards and have their rewards from each year in collections, waiting to be added to from subsequent years. Only this year, it looks like Nintendo has decided to go the all digital route.

Admittedly the rewards have been toned down year over year. When Club Nintendo first started, platinum members were often rewarded with elaborate statues featuring their favorite Nintendo characters, or copies of Mario’s iconic hat. Last year was no different with members being offered the choice between soundtracks or posters. This year, the choice is between Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games. Most of them are virtual console games, but there are some retail releases.

The disappointing thing about this reveal is that most of these games in the gold bracket are frequently on offer from the usual monthly four game swap for Club Nintendo that happens at the beginning of the month, so the Gold rewards really don’t feel any different than purchasing a game with coins you’ve managed to accrue.

How do you feel about the change?

Club Nintendo Platinum Rewards

  • Game and Wario – Wii U
  • NES Remix – Wii U
  • Earthbound – Wii U
  • Dr. Luigi – Wii U
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – 3DS
  • Fluidity: Spin Cycle – 3DS
  • Dillon’s Rolling Western – 3DS
  • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move – 3DS

Club Nintendo Platinum & Gold Rewards

  • Ice Climber – Wii U
  • Kid Icarus – Wii U
  • Super Mario Bros. – Wii U
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link – Wii U
  • Donkey Kong 3 – 3DS
  • Wario Land 2 – 3DS
  • Metroid – 3DS
  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins – 3DS

Which game will you be picking from the selection? Are you pleased with the switch, or were you hoping for physical rewards? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Bob Charlie

    This is crap. I am a Platinum member, I only have a Wii U, and I already have all the games they are giving out.

    • greengecko007

      This is exactly why I prefer the physical Nintendo merchandise. If you’re a Platinum member, it’s quite likely you bought these very games.

      • Denvy

        The Majora’s Mask OST was a great option last year.

    • ActivesiN

      I picked up Game & Wario just b/c its the most expensive one to get the digital points and get my $5 credit to put towards an actual game I want

      • Jeff Jackson

        Same

    • ShortyStock

      You can always donate a download code. ;)

  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    I actually really like this. Instead of waiting six months for something that’s going to sit on my shelf, I can have a game to play right now. Downloading DKC as we speak!

    Though, I will say, the offerings for gold members is very VERY weak.

    • Bob Charlie

      I thought one of the perks about being a Gold/Platinum member was getting unique content that others couldn’t get. I love my posters from last year, I can’t find those anywhere.

      • Christopher Acuna

        RIGHT!

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        eh, true. I say we should get the choice between physical rewards or games we may want

        • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

          A little balance would be welcome.. Some games and a few unique physical awards. I also like my posters and such.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            I have pretty much all the posters and nowhere else to put them

    • Squid

      The Goldies deserve Earthbound and Dillon at the very least.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        I’d agree

  • Marc

    I wanted to get donkey kong country returns… but you know.. not with a 600$ platinum club fee. Platinum rewards used to show that you were dedicated to Nintendo. Oh well, at least I was lucky enough to snag the best two rewards Club Nintendo had to offer; The Mario hat and the collector’s figurine of the Mario crew.

    RIP Club Nintendo.

    • clownshoes1982

      if you spent $600 specifically on elite membership then you’re insane. You spent $600 on Nintendo games, and now they are offering you the game for free as a reward. I have the Mario crew reward that you’re talking about, and it sits in a box in the closet. If you want cool physical stuff than elite membership is not what you should be shooting towards. Instead you should save your coins until they offer something that you want, then buy it. The best stuff that I have gotten on clubnintendo is the Game and Watch and gold nunchuck… both were bought with coins. Now instead of complaining about a rewards service, which is unmatched by other gaming companies, try to enjoy your FREE Donkey Kong Country Returns, and good luck (that game is way hard).

    • ShortyStock

      I REALLY wish they could’ve given me DKCTF, but instead I get Game & Wario…

  • Gabe Hoffman

    I saw the comments on Nintendolife and its just plain ridiculous. People are going like the games suck, I already have all those games, why are there no physical rewards? Gimme a break I mean think about it most physical rewards are likely to become dust magnets and get rarely used. I mean soundtracks and posters are nice but few things can beat the offer of free games. There are several noteworthy games on offer and if you already have the game just give the code to someone else. The platinum only selections aren’t even VC at all. How can you go wrong with Earthbound for free? NES Remix is very tempting along with DKCR3D. This sense of self entitlement really irritates me. People think just because they are platinum or gold they need to have something special. People are so damn ungrateful at times you should be happy with what you get.

    • Denvy

      Not so much “entitlement” as it is wanting something that you really can’t get elsewhere. You’re pretty much screwed if you’re a loyal 3DS and Wii U owner. At the very least they could have offered up some digital VC niceties that have previously been unavailable and still aren’t to the average Joe. After all, Club Nintendo in its existence is trying to get you to buy more stuff from them.

      • Gabe Hoffman

        Look on the other side at least you are getting something you can actually use rather than something that will likely become a dust magnet. Self entitlement is the belief that Nintendo owes you something special because your platinum or gold. As I have said before if you already have the game just give the code to someone else

        • Denvy

          That IS the point of the special club Nintendo put together, is it not? If not then what’s the purpose of Gold/Platinum vs regular status? I can’t actually use the games because I have them. They are very common games. You know what I got last year that hasn’t gathered dust? The Majora’s Mask OST. That’s a way to reward customers who join their rewards club. Something exclusive. Doesn’t have to be physical, but make it something that everyone can’t get.

    • 00048560

      How is it a sense of entitlement? We are talking about an established reward program here, not people expecting rewards. Most people would much rather have a unique reward worth $5.00 than a $15.00 title that they can get at any time.

      Nintendo has been doing this reward program for a while, so some complaints are expected. Lots of people look forward to this every year and will even buy an extra title just to get platinum and enjoy the surprise.

      • Gabe Hoffman

        Wouldn’t you rather get something you can actually use rather than an object that will likely just sit on your shelf and become a dust catcher the problem with physical rewards is that they often suffer from supply constraints. By having something digital that ensures there is enough for everyone

        • 00048560

          I understand that, but I would rather get something unique. Bottom line, this is a change that people have reason to dislike. They already give codes. It is not unique or special, so this new yearly reward is bleeding into what they do all year round. With this new system, there is no real incentive to care about this program to the extent that a lot of Nintendo fans do.

          • Gabe Hoffman

            That’s what I meant by self entitlement. People think I’m Platinum so they owe me something special or unique. Bottom line Nintendo owes you nothing

          • 00048560

            I don’t think you know what self entitlement means. Most people here are disappointed with this change, that’s it. People will lose interest in the program. I don’t think I deserve anything extra from Nintendo, but I do think I’m going to be a lot less excited about collecting points.

          • Gabe Hoffman

            Where did it say they would be going all digital from here on out

          • 00048560

            “Club Nintendo rewards are all digital this year”.

            For their yearly rewards, which is what the article is talking about. I don’t get terribly excited about their year round rewards, myself. It is a personal preference and goal I hold, so don’t overanalyze it.

          • AM Real

            Ummm…Since NINTENDO created “Club Nintendo” and rewarded players with a special end of the year gift for being a loyal member…doesn’t that mean that NINTENDO thinks that because you’ve attained platinum status you deserve something special or unique??
            Nintendo set the precedence so how can you get mad at people for expecting something better???

      • AM Real

        You hit the nail on the head. I don’t understand how people can’t understand this viewpoint.

    • Thomas Vienna

      No one likes to be disappointed. Some people bought extra stuff in order to get platinum status this year, only to find out that they end up getting in return what they just bought. It’s not just a reward for buying their games, it’s also for all of those pointless surveys we waste time doing. I was happy to get Game ‘n’ Wario, but for the people who already bought or don’t want that game or other games, I can see why they are angry.

    • Keith

      Agreed my friend

  • Lusunup

    Obviously going for Game and Wario….. it’s worth $40.

    • Denvy

      40 retail mind you. Doesn’t mean the game is actually worth that…

  • JB

    I like physical swag better, but hey, beggars can’t be choosy. I also like the idea of all digital if this is the route they are going but I would reckon most everyone has these games. I think they should just give us an eshop credit so we can get whatever we want, say 30 for platinum and 20 for gold.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      they should’ve given out better games, or maybe discounts on smash or something as options.

      • JB

        This is true, though I think I still would’ve preferred an eShop credit, That way, I could buy whatever I wanted. “Better games” could be pretty subjective. I think most people who are a part of Club Nintendo probably are already folks who buys all the good Nintendo games. So even if they gave OoT 3D or something like that, someone would’ve complained that they already have it (though they could just sell the code and profit that way) An eShop credit would essentially be your discount for Smash or whatever else you wanted though I don’t know how financially sound that would be vs. just handing out digital games that aren’t selling as well anymore.

    • Tray

      I wouldn’t call making enough purchases to get 600 coins being a “beggar.” Yes, they don’t have to give us anything and it is nice that they do.But honestly, I purchased more Nintendo games that I otherwise would have in order to obtain an exclusive reward. And now I will purchase fewer Nintendo games and more games for other systems. I’ll still buy Nintendo. But getting one very cheap game that I could easily purchase myself at any time is not worth the effort to get platinum every year. Mathematically, there is no incentive now to become platinum if you were not already one anyway — no incentive to buy extra games so that you can download a cheap digital game…

      • JB

        I wasn’t saying beggars can’t be choosy as a knock to anyone, just as a personal “oh, well” moment for me, as I said I liked the physical swag better, but there’s not much I can do about it. I bought all the games that I bought on Nintendo systems because I wanted them, the coins and prizes on Club Nintendo was just an added bonus, so my mileage varies a bit differently than yours. As a matter of fact, If I would be more appreciative of a Club Nintendo system where all the coins I accumulate will roll into the next year concerning elite status. That’s a point of contention for me because I buy a lot and it’s all digital, so when I reach 600, then I’m forced to take the surveys for my coins or I risk the forfeiture of them because I didn’t want to take the survey.

        I also mentioned the fact that most everyone will have these games, which is an indication that I’m aware of the fact that these rewards are pretty lackluster. Heck, the only games I don’t have on that list is Wario and DK. So I feel your pain, man.

  • therealruben1

    I think maybe nintendo finds it easier to just give out digital games than spending money on physical rewards

    • Denvy

      No doubt. But they could still offer up exclusive downloads.

  • palomino blue

    Officially bummed. I was looking forward to the idea of obtaining something that you can’t normally buy. Would have been cool to see some sort of Amiibo reward.

    • Bob Charlie

      ! Great idea.

    • Yen

      Maybe they will after they’re officially released?

    • AM Real

      That would be dope…I think the skylanders developers give out exclusives at big trade shows…hopefully Nintendo makes some specifically for CN

    • [000]

      What really disappoints ME, is that I had 470 coins, and the Gold is all just cheap NES games that I already have. At the very least, there should have been N64 titles!

      • Denvy

        I would agree. Make some special downloads that aren’t available to everyone.

        • TheBoldman67

          And not that “Grill Off with Ultra Hand!” Bullshit.

          • Denvy

            Exactly, something similar to the ambassador program route.

          • Kevin James McAllister

            Or like the special Punch Out thing they did a few years back.

      • 00EpicGamer00

        You could always spend your coins on Paper Mario (unless you already have it). Just saying, it’s a really great game. Me playing this game after such a long time has got my nostalgia meters overflown, lol.

      • JCdude

        NES Remix and Game and Wario are two games I’ve always been interested in on the Wii U…too bad I didn’t reach Platinum in time :/. On the bright side, Gold has Super Mario Brothers, so I did manage to pick that one up. The rest weren’t too special.

    • rp17

      I didn’t think I would ever say this, but I think I would prefer the calendar they usually give out…

      • Curtis Hofer

        Me too

      • Hub Sauvageau

        this is honnestly ridiculous prices as if you buy games… there are many chances that you have them all… this is what happened to me so I have to give my code to my nephew… so thanks for buying games… now ask your friends to do the same by giving them free dowloadable codes…. stupid…

    • Jack5221

      Same here. Oh well, looks like Im just going to hoard my coins until next year. Other than the “Link between Worlds” posters, nothing else is really a must have item from the shop.

    • bistricky

      Yeah …. an exclusive amiibo would have been an incredible item. Even if it didn’t have the ability to work with games … but limited edition (instant collector’s item).
      Oh well.

    • Ken Seymour

      I agree, I was hoping for something unique, not something anyone can get. Just out of curiosity, are these rewards the same for all territories, because if Japan gets better stuff I will be officially pissed off.

      • Hub Sauvageau

        japan got a cool plus yoshi as a reward this week just as we have this crap…. nintendo is laughing in their costumers face….

  • greengecko007

    I can’t say I’m excited for these at all. As a platinum member, I was really hoping we would get something like the soundtrack for Super Mario 3D World. NES games and downloadable versions of the some of the worst selling 1st party games on the Wii U or 3DS don’t exactly strike me as rewards.

    • Christopher Acuna

      Oh man SM3DW soundtrack would have been awesome!

    • bistricky

      Yeah, a soundtrack would have been very cool. And inexpensive to produce and ship for Nintendo.

  • Murilo Correia

    Great! for me at least.. haha

  • Denvy

    So lackluster to say the least.

  • Zorlac79

    Help me out. Should I go for NES Remix or Dr. Luigi? I saw Game and Wario got terrible reviews, or should I add it to the equation?
    I am terribly indecisive, maybe you guys can help.

    I love my retro as I grew up with it, so NES Remix makes sense. I also enjoyed Dr. Mario back then too, but wasn’t my top favorite.

    Ugh. . ., choices, choices.

    • Ducked

      I’ve heard very good things from NES Remix, so I’d probably go with that over Dr. luigi.

    • greengecko007

      I went with Game and Wario because of the MSRP. If anything, it’s going to put me at enough points to collect another code for $5 eShop credit through the deluxe digital promotion. Something to consider if that applies to you.

      • Zorlac79

        Great point!

      • megamanultra

        Has anyone done that yet to confirm? That would be my choice it if is the case, as I have almost everything else offered.

        • greengecko007

          The way it works is that rather than downloading the game directly, Nintendo gives you a code to purchase the game. Because of this, it is considered a purchase, and counts towards both Club Nintendo and the deluxe digital promotion.

          This was shown recently with the free games available from the Mario Kart 8 promotion.

      • gerb1977

        I downloaded it this morning and haven’t seen anything on my DDP yet. I’ve never gotten credit for any of the other things I’ve downloaded from Club Nintendo so I’m not sure if this will count like the free MK8 game.

        • Denvy

          When I got my free game for buying MK8 it took over 24 hours to appear in my DDP account.

        • greengecko007

          This is normal. From the official deluxe digital promotion website;

          “Information will be displayed within 24 hours after downloading at the Nintendo eShop.”

    • gerb1977

      NES Remix is a great bit of nostalgia…..If you grew up with an NES you will probably love it for short bursts of childhood.

  • Ducked

    I’m very happy with these rewards. Too bad they are having high traffic right now.

    • Gabe Hoffman

      If they having high traffic then I guess SOME people are happy

      • Ducked

        Well free stuff is free stuff

        • Marioman21

          Yay glad I got mine first thing this morning before traffic picked up. DKCR3D for me.

  • kenny

    Anyone disappointed in the Nintendo rewards can get 5 dollars off the children’s bacon book ‘I Want To Be Bacon When I Grow Up.’ Must have paypal though. Go to this link and email the word disappointed: http://iwanttobebacon.com

  • Vitamin E

    This is pretty good stuff, guys. They never supplied enough of the good physical rewards for everyone. Besides, there’s no way that a great deal of people actually have ALL of these games. I refuse to believe that anyone has ever knowingly bought Donkey Kong 3.

    • Denvy

      I refuse to believe anyone would knowing download Donkey Kong 3 as their reward as well.

      • Vitamin E

        You just know that there’s going to be a Pat Buchanan moment with the Donkey Kong games. Some kid is going to be like, “Oh boy, I can’t wait to download Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D! I loved the Wii game and can’t wait to see the cool 3D effects!” And then they check the wrong box and wind up with Donkey Kong 3.

    • megamanultra

      Well, I’ll be the exception to your expectations, as I did buy Donkey Kong 3 on the Wii U. I played it years ago in the arcades, and after getting the original and Jr, I figured it was best to get the 3rd.

      • Vitamin E

        Wow. Color me impressed. The first two games have their fans, but you don’t hear so much from the DK3 fans. :)

        • megamanultra

          Yea, there are a few of us out there. I still play it from time to time. It’s not the greatest game of all time, but back in the day it was a unique way to play Galaxian style shooters. It’s all in how you perceive the gameplay.

  • Christopher Acuna

    Ummm…I may not have all of these but the ones I don’t have…I just plain don’t want. Would rather have some cool collectibles…this makes me a sad panda.

    • Denvy

      You don’t want Ice Climbers?!?!

      • Christopher Acuna

        Already got it. Lol

  • ActivesiN

    I don’t feel very platinum…..

    • Curtis Hofer

      me neither

  • CaesarGood

    good this doesnt look like anything that I want

  • Real Varu

    I hate so much the Gold Rewards, just NES games for Wii U, at least give SNES or GBA games :(

  • AM Real

    Damn…I was actually looking forward to that stupid calendar this year…oh well, a free game is a free game…

  • Taemon

    and still nothing for Europe…

    • AM Real

      Don’t you guys have a star catalogue or whatever? If not it must annoy you to see all this complaining over free stuff lol

      • Taemon

        yes we do but it gets updated so rarely that my stars (points) are decaying. I would love to see some downloadable games every month or more regular updates

        • AM Real

          Do you guys at least have a year end platinum/gold star status prize?

          • Taemon

            no we don’t have anything like that

          • AM Real

            BUMMER…I guess I’ll sit quietly and be thankful that North America actually has a loyalty system lol

      • C4

        Wii & DS eShop cards .__.

        • AM Real

          Oh boy…lol I’m assuming that’s not a typo and you actually mean last generation eshop cards and if that’s the case you Europeans have a lot more to complain about :p

  • gerb1977

    I don’t mind the digital rewards. I have no use for the physical merchandise. I do wish they would have a larger selection though or maybe even an eShop Voucher for any of the members who have a majority of the games already. Picking up Game & Wario as my reward. Should be a lot of free fun for me and the kids

  • http://www.captincomics.webs.com CaptinnDaGameMaster!

    Sounds cool but THATS JUST LAZY, NINTENDO.

    Oh well, might as well get Earthbound and NES Remix. *sigh*

    • Jeff Jackson

      You can only get one

      • http://www.captincomics.webs.com CaptinnDaGameMaster!

        Oh yeah.

  • Mr Ninty

    you’re all a bunch of babys.

    its fucking free stuff you get for the things you once bought. if you all ready have it or dont like the games then just walk away and dont complain.

    • AM Real

      I know your intentions with your post comes from a good place (be grateful for free stuff) but ppl who achieve platinum or gold status kinda deserve some cool exclusive swag that ppl who haven’t supported Nintendo can’t get…and that’s not my opinion but NINTENDO’s opinion (they did create the club Nintendo system after all) Now a free game is a free game but unfortunately for the ppl who ironically bought those games to achieve platinum or gold status, they are now left without a prize to be redeemed and their loyalty gets overlooked.

      • clownshoes1982

        how is loyalty overlooked? What other company even offers something like this? Also, the prizes that randomly show up to be bought with coins are better than any previous platinum award. I have had platinum member ship 3 times in the past, and all the prizes were crap, but with coins I got a Game and Watch, and a gold nunchuck for the Wii. Stop complaining because they are offering free games, you paid the $600 for Nintendo games, not for elite membership.

        • AM Real

          the amount of butt hurt in your post is palpable lol…where to begin?
          Loyalty is being overlooked because the people who took the time to buy Nintendo games and consoles, sign up for a Club Nintendo Account and fill out two surveys for each game they bought may not be able to redeem a gift that Nintendo themselves said you deserve because you bought enough of their products, I.e you already have all the games on promotion.
          I’m pretty sure you get free games a month (every month) if you are a Playstation+ member…also you get bonuses in-game if you sign up for UPlay.
          I doubt you were a platinum member when they gave away that bad ass Mario & friends statue that came in the cool question mark box…I’ve also heard ppl rave about the Mario Hat that platinum members got one year (I was gold that year).
          The only worth while think that I’ve gotten with coins was my deck of Hanafuda cards…everything else is pretty lame (posters, greeting cards, patches).

          I’m obviously not complaining that we’re getting “free” (we still have to fill out surveys that give Nintendo valuable user feedback) crap and if you read any of my posts on here you’ll realize that…as long as you have any sort of reading comprehension lol.

          • clownshoes1982

            Playstation Plus is a paid service, and does not reward you for loyalty at all, and I don’t know much about UPlay. I actually do have the Mario figuring in the question mark block box, and it is pretty nice. Also, if those cards are the only nice thing that you’ve gotten with the coins then you’ve been missing out (especially if you’ve gathered enough to be a plat member for multiple years). What I meant by that is that Nintendo offers random promotions that are only available for limited times on there if you check it often. As I stated, some of the best were an actual Game & Watch replica and a gold nunchuck to go with my Skyward Sword controller. Other things that I’ve gotten from club Nintendo include a giant AR Card that allows you to make your Mii lifesize on the 3DS camera, and the Ocarina of Time soundtrack. I know that there are other things that I’ve missed also, like a DS Game and Watch collection that was only available on Club Nintendo. I know it’s all subjective, but I like all of the things that I’ve gotten with the coins more than any elite prize, you just have to pay attention to the promos.

    • Lunatic

      It’s not FREE. A $60 Nintendo game gets you something like 50 coins. That means you need TWELVE Wii U games to get the Platinum rewards, $720 all crammed into one year. And that’s if you can actually FIND 12 first-party Nintendo games that are worth buying over the past year (during a veritable Nintendo dryspell). It’s even more games if you go 3DS. I spent extra money on things like Mario Party 3DS (when it went on sale for $20ish) just to get Platinum status. And what’s my reward? An $8 SNES game from 15+ years ago. Did you catch that? I bought a crappy game just to get the status, and my reward was something that I can buy now for less than half the price of the game I bought.

      The point of getting the status in previous years was that you were rewarded with EXCLUSIVE physical gifts that nobody else could get, like official Mario hats and special controllers. Now it is practically pointless, since the rewards are just things you can buy normally for a fraction of the cost of the games you had to buy to get them.

      And don’t insult people (“babys”) if you can’t spell the insults right, you fucking retard.

  • bistricky

    Hello Nintendo:

    How are you? Been buying all your games and saving them up for a cool PHYSICAL PLATINUM REWARDS.

    What’s that? No more physical rewards? All digital?

    That sucks Nintendo ….. you’re 32 GB storage space is too small …. could you send me an external hard drive …..

    No? Okay …… then add some physical rewards like you did in the past.

    Cheers :D

    • Rich Garriques

      why should nintendo send you a hdd , your a crying as baby. nintendo doesnt owe you shitt .

      • bistricky

        It’s a joke.

      • Denvy

        You do realize that digital rewards take up HDD space, don’t you? With the limited 32GB a lot of people may not have enough space to download a full retail game and be forced to shell out 100 bucks to accommodate. Settle down. OP was right, a joke with points.

      • Lunatic

        “your a crying as baby”
        And a colossal dumbass.

      • AM Real
        • bistricky

          Excellent …. thanks for posting that link. Cheers :D

          • AM Real

            Gotta educate the ignorant lol

  • 00048560

    I already have all of the games they are offering. Don’t they realize that many platinum level members probably would have those titles? Sheesh, poor planning. Not well thought out at all.

    • AM Real

      So what are you gonna do?

      Legit asking, not being an ass lol

      • 00048560

        I will let my nephew pick a game and give him the download code. I’m not upset about getting a couple of cool aunt points =^-*=!

        • bistricky

          You are definitely a cool aunt …. cheers :D

          • 00048560

            Thanks :D

    • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

      Refuse to claim any of them. And you can fill out a form on Nintendo’s site and express your dissatisfaction with it. Alot of people are doing that.

      • Michael Ocampo

        Can I have your code please? Since you’re not gonna use it and all…

        • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

          Nope. I decided to get Game&Wario even though I will never play it, it gave me enough points to get $5 credit on the E-Shop lol.

          • TheRealTruthTeller

            did your points arrived the moment you put the Game & Wario code on the wii u? mine takes a shitload of time, almost an entire day, for the points to arrive

          • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

            No, DDP updates every 24 hours.

          • TheRealTruthTeller

            didnt knew that!, thnx for the heads up :D

          • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

            No probs.

          • Ickyptang

            Can you post a link to the form you mentioned in your post? I’ve earned Platinum status since they started it in North America, and have always looked forward to exclusive rewards… kinda bummed about these options, though I will still choose one. I hope they don’t start taking away physical rewards one can “buy” with coins – I love the Hanafuda cards and Game & Watch replica I’ve gotten.

          • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths
  • Real Varu

    Well i don’t have any of the Gold Rewards games (except Super Mario Bros), what game do you recommend between Ice Climbers, Kid Icarus and Zelda II?

    • Denvy

      Don’t bother with Ice Climbers. Zelda II is probably what I would choose if I didn’t have either that or Kid Icarus, but I love both games.

      • Real Varu

        Thanks! I think I will choose Kid Icarus

    • megamanultra

      All three of them are good, IMO. Just depends on what you like.

  • gerb1977

    If you don’t want them…….get the Game and Wario DL code and sell it for $20

  • Eduardo

    Got DKCR3D which I was thinking about getting for a while! Was in doubt between it and NES Remix, but as the latter is half its price I decided on the retail 3DS game!

  • Adrian Brown

    I’m OK with it. I understand the value of an exclusive figurine, but whe are getting some awesome games for free. Game and Wario, Earthbound, NES Remix… don’t think about their price value, but the fun factor these games offer. Also, remember that when you exchange a game code for Wii U you get the deluxe points back as well.

    • 00EpicGamer00

      In my opinion, Game and Wario isn’t really fun. It’s very easy and quick to beat. I know it’s a mini game game. But the “games” in Game and Wario aren’t really fun or interesting to me. I think even Mario Party 9’s “campaign” mode is longer and more interesting.

      • Adrian Brown

        Quick question: do you like the WarioWare series?

        • 00EpicGamer00

          Yeah, I tried WarioWare Smooth Moves, and it was fun.

          • Adrian Brown

            I see, maybe you expected G&W to be like it. Try the DS version, it’s awesome

          • 00EpicGamer00

            Yeah, when I was about to play Game and Wario for the first time, I thought it’d be like Smooth Moves. I thought there’d be tons minigames, I thought the “campaign” would be really long. But when I beat Game and Wario in a couple of hours, I was a little shocked and disappointed. I’m not saying it’s the worst game ever made, but….It could of been so much better.

            Is this the DS game you’re talking about: http://www.gamefly.com/Rent-WarioWare-DIY/141760/
            If so, I can indeed rent it but not keep it…..such a shame too. After reading the description it sounds really neat. I might try it.

          • Adrian Brown

            No, that’s a game to create your own minigames (which is cool too), this is the one I’m talking about:
            http://www.gamefly.com/Rent-Wario-Ware-Touched!/113095/#axzz37fHIc6Ca

  • 00EpicGamer00

    Is anyone else’s Club Nintendo site closed down for maintenance?
    https://club.nintendo.com/

    • Yuuki

      Totally,hope their planning on doing something good to it,like announcing more rewards.

      • 00EpicGamer00

        Do you know if you can choose more than one? I’d like Donkey Kong Country, but the NES remix looks nice too…..

        • Yuuki

          Only one…so better pick the one you like the most!

  • Yuuki

    This is like waking up on Christmas after a year of waiting,only find your parents gave you a bunch of games you spent your entire life trying to avoid. Though Earthbound is pretty good now that I’ve played it.

  • Sdudyoy

    Well, what’s the fun in that? that’s kinda disappointing.

  • Ace

    I agree with the article. For gold members, it’s the same shit they re-release every month in Club Nintendo. Like seriously, how many times are they going to re-release Metroid??? Can we get something new please?

  • Kenshin0011

    This is extremely disappointing and truly a slap in the face. At least offer posters or something physical, is it not surprising that Platinum members, the ones who are Platinum BECAUSE they buy a ton of Nintendo stuff, already have those games?

  • clownshoes1982

    as a 3 time platinum member, I’m actually happy about this selection. The last time I was a platinum member, the gift was so lame that I didn’t claim it, nor did I push to be a platinum member last year. Everyone is acting like children over this, and claiming that they spent $600 for the platinum prize, which is not the case, you spent $600 on Nintendo games, Club Nintendo is just something cool on the side to get stuff. If you want to get something physical, then you can hold onto your coins, like me, until there is something rare that is worth buying (I, myself have gotten the Game and Watch Ball game, and a gold nunchuck for the Wii… both of which are cooler than any platinum gift in the past). Now, I’m out of here to claim my copy of Game and Wario to collect more coins from the surveys.

    • Denvy

      That’s cool. Maybe you can pick up Urban Champion with next years elite status.

      • clownshoes1982

        maybe Nintendo could stop offering prizes at all, and be like other companies.

        • Denvy

          So even you would be disappointed with that.

          • clownshoes1982

            as long as they continue putting out games that I want to purchase, I’m fine. As for club Nintendo, it’s like a perk to buying Nintendo’s games. I don’t know anyone that has ran out and bought a game specifically for Club Nintendo coins. I don’t feel like Nintendo owes me anything, but I do appreciate the free awards, and I can’t wait to try out Game and Wario. Quit being entitled, Nintendo doesn’t have to offer you anything.

          • Denvy

            I’ll bet there are plenty who are willing to purchase a game new for said coins than save a few bucks buying used though. I’m not entitled regardless of how many times you like to throw the word around. It’s a customer loyalty program. If they don’t “owe” me anything, just eliminate the rewards and I’ll just do surveys. Just for fun I guess. If they aren’t going to drum up something special for those they are consciously deciding to hold on a pedestal, apart from the “less loyal” ie, fewer than 300 coins there’s absolutely no point in continuing to have an Elite Status.

          • clownshoes1982

            what was this great gift last year? a CD? I didn’t complain about it, but I know that I’d prefer to have a free Wii U game. You act like Nintendo sends you gold bars every year, when in reality, the elite award has never been anything great. Also, anyone that would pass up on Nintendo games because of club Nintendo is going to miss out on the times where they offer limited stuff that you purchase with coins (and yes, that stuff is usually nicer than the elite awards).

          • Denvy

            The point is, it’s exclusive. That’s what fans enjoy. Having something like the Majora’s Mask OST is pretty special. I can tell you are not familiar with years past Platinum rewards, so I can forgive some of the ignorance here.

          • clownshoes1982

            I skipped it last year, and in 2012, I didn’t claim it, 2010 and 2011 I did get my rewards (the Mario figurine and Mario pin set). I prefer the exclusive content in their random limited items that they offer for coins. With that I have gotten plenty of things that I feel are better than any elite bonus. I have gotten the Game and Watch, gold nunchuck, giant AR card, and even the OoT soundtrack CD.

  • Will.F. Martinez

    Disappointed at this moment. If it was Gamecube games then that would’ve different. Most of the games on the list above I already own.

  • Mcgroovin

    Well at least I don’t have to buy Donkey Kong Country anymore
    They should’ve released an exclusive smash 4 demo at least…

    • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

      Even if it was only for the 3DS version lol. But then it probably would have one of those stupid 10 trials only.

      • 00EpicGamer00

        Actually, there’s a way to getting around that. I’ve never tried it, but I think this could work. Okay so, of course play it as long as you’d like, then when you get tired of playing DON’T turn off your 3DS or exit out of the “demo.” Just leave the game and 3DS on, just make sure your 3DS is on the charger so it doesn’t lose power and shutdown.

        • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

          Well no duh, but if you want to play something else in between you screwed.

        • Mcgroovin

          Lol I did that with the metal gear solid 3d demo which is probably the best demo on the eshop

  • Thomas Vienna

    It’s cheaper to make digital stuff, I guess. It’s exclusivity that I want, though. What if Nintendo made exclusive digital content for Club Nintendo members?

    • chocodino

      “Grill off! with ultra hand” is an exclusive wii shop game for club nintendo members [80 coins]

      • Thomas Vienna

        I mean something that’s cooler and worth more than 80 coins, and hasn’t been on Club Nintendo since I’ve joined 3 years ago.

  • chocodino

    I have none of the platinum rewards, and I prefer digital games over all those other things they offer, I will go for NES Remix

  • Gabe Hoffman

    Also think about it perhaps Nintendo is using this as a test bed for a service that similar to PS Plus

  • iamserious

    This is awesome!

  • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

    Maybe one of the digital awards could be an eShop reward in the term of
    money credit on the account for those that have the games or are not
    interested in them.

    With a FREE reward system there is always a risk that the awards may not
    appeal to you. Just have to keep in mind that while they may not
    appeal to you they probably appeal to others that use the system which
    is quite apparent by some saying they prefer the physical “collectable”
    awards which is something that was constantly complained about on the
    internet.

    • clownshoes1982

      the internet has NEVER been satisfied with platinum awards. I think that this is the best free offer yet.

      • AM Real

        Um…I thought the statue was pretty fly…even the box it came in was cool….they should do more stuff like that IMO.

        • clownshoes1982

          yeah, the box was cool. It was nice to get for a free item, but right now it’s just sitting in my closet. I’m not complaining about any of the rewards, since it’s more than other companies do.

  • Epicstuf

    Well, that’s good, I won’t have to get out of my house.

  • Stephen Dorn

    SOO CLOSE… oh well, Ice Climbers it is.

  • Decker Shado

    Hm.. I personally prefer having options. While having full retail level games to download for Platinum is a good thing, the selection is very restrictive.

    Also, the complete absence of a physical reward option isn’t so great, quite especially for people whom perhaps already own all of the offered games. (which considering how few there are, is quite possible.)

    But.. looks like I’ll finally be getting Game and Wario. If there were some other titles in the mix, that might have been different.. but I’ll be happy to pay for NES Remix and I think I’ll get more use out of Game and Wario than Dr. Luigi. Still feel kinda meh about the selection though, despite not having several of the games offered.

  • Justin Thomas McGowan

    I am literally heart broken… every year since Club Nintendo opened I’ve looked forward to my awesome platinum gift all year long. I even have the club Nintendo logo tattooed in plain sight because i love Nintendo so much… this feels like a bad dream that I’m not going to wake up from. :'(

  • Gabe Hoffman

    Like what Bob Wilkerson just said this a Free Rewards program so you can’t expect them to always have rewards that appeal to you

  • Gabe Hoffman

    I saw this on IGN its even worse. I saw people that seriously expected a special Amiibo of all things

    • Nate

      That actually would’ve been an awesome idea.

    • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

      We should have gotten a Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Soundtrack.

  • Jackson five

    I’ll either get nes remix or dkcr..not too sure just yet

  • Fred

    What a bunch of whiners! Playing video games is my favorite hobby. Nintendo is offering me a free game. Man I’m pissed.
    Even if you have all the games use the code as a birthday gift or pick DKC 3D and sell it on ebay you’ll probably only get $15 or so, but that’s straight up cash.

    • Lunatic

      The games I bought solely to get Platinum status cost more than the games that they are offering me as a reward. That is why I’m pissed.

      • Fred

        Isn’t Nintendo the only video game company that has a rewards program. If you complain about the only one in existence they’ll be more likely to cancel it altogether. You get free stuff and you get to give input that hopefully impacts future games in a positive way.

        • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

          No, Sony gives you a free game ever 2-4 weeks if your PS+. Xbox has their free gold game a month. 1 free game a month which includes FULL GAMES like Halo 3 and Gears Of War. Nintendo is giving us 1 free game for a whole damn year.

          • Fred

            That doesn’t compare. Yes if Nintendo offered a subscription service is be interested, but those you’re taking about Sony and Microsoft don’t give those games free those are part of the subscription service. If you quit paying for the service you lose the games

          • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

            Irrelevant. On Xbox you paid $60 for 1 year of XBL which is 12 free games. On Wii U you paid HOW MUCH to get to Platinum status? hundreds of dollars and then you get 1 game not 12. Same with Sony $50 for a year instead of hundreds for enough coins to get to Platinum.

          • bistricky

            Right you are …. and add to that, all the survey’s which we have to complete to get credit for the points, in the first place. That survey data is helpful for Nintendo, for their future projects.

          • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

            Mhm.

          • Fred

            I didn’t say their services aren’t good deals. I said you’re comparing apples to oranges

        • Lunatic

          Why should I care if they cancel it if everything they offer me can be purchased normally for less time, effort and money than it would take to get the points to get it for “free” on there anyway?

          Oh, and like Nintendo is going to CANCEL a program they’ve been doing for the past decade because some people complain about how they screwed it up. If anything they’ll listen to feedback and fix it.

  • steveb944

    I guess I’ll be going for Earthbound. I was considering it before. If not some Mario or Zelda game for my Wii U.

  • link2nintendo

    I still haven’t got my Majora’s Mask soundtrack…

    But on topic, if they were going to go all digital, they should have atleast offered some better games/more retail releases.

    • Denvy

      Seriously? I got mine around Christmas.

      • link2nintendo

        yep. It said that the package had been sent but I never received it.

  • Joshua Landi

    This is so lame. Spend hundreds of dollars on Nintendo products and they reward you with a game you could easily buy for the price of one game or less. I was hoping for swag.

  • TheBoldman67

    Dang, Game & Wario or Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. Damn this is hard. Annnnnnnndddd maintenance. Now I guess I can just wait a week to decide.

    • Marioman21

      I got lucky and managed to grab my reward early this morning before Club Nintendo crashed due to too many people trying to get their rewards. I got Donkey Kong it’s great.

      • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

        Lucky? There is no limited amount of these codes lol.

        • Marioman21

          The site went down for a while. Was just saying I got lucky because I got my code before the site went down for a while.

  • Random12multi

    The first time I ever get Platinum and these are the rewards :/ Was looking for something Physical

  • Earthworm Jim

    This is the first year that I’ve used Club Nintendo, and I’ve got just under 2000 coins. I’ve been waiting and hoping for a cool statue or other reward that I could put in my sons(6 years old) room for him to show off to everyone! This is slightly disappointing..

    • CaptRodgers

      Not trying to be rude, but you shoul’ve waited until they reset to add new points. That’s what I did and I’ve already hit gold.

      • Earthworm Jim

        I have no fear of struggling to reach Platinum again. I’m pulling in coins from both mine and my sister’s purchases… She says she doesn’t have any reason to register… Apparently, she was right.

        I’m going to grab Mario and Luigi for the 3DS for me and my son to enjoy. It’s hard to pass up Dr. Luigi, though!

    • DoctorWily

      Earthworm Jim, PLEASE come back to Nintendo in a console game for the Wii U! You could be the star of an amazing 3D FPS in the same vein as Metroid Prime but I’d settle for a classic 2D platformer too!

  • BIG Franky

    If they were to go “all digital,” I’d prefer an eShop credit…. a higher amount for Platinum and then a lesser amount for Gold… that way we can select what we want…. given that I literally have every game available except Game & Wario, I guess I will have to go with that…. which is fine, I’m sure its a fun title for the kids and I to play and I would never spend a dime of my own money on it, so its all good.

  • Alex

    hmm i can’t decide what to pick…either Game & Wario or Donkey Kong 3D
    i’m not a fan of either of them

    • pacheco90

      DK 3D is a great and very challenging platformer, and is the most expensive from the games in that list. I haven´t played Game and wario though, but I read is nothing special.

      • Decker Shado

        I’m in a situation though, where if I do get DK3D, it’ll be on only one of my household’s 3 3DSs… so.. if I get Game & Wario for our one Wii U, it’ll be a lot easier for everyone to be able to enjoy it. Er.. should enjoy be in quotation marks?

        • 00EpicGamer00

          Like with every game, it depends on each persons individual tastes. But, in my opinion Game and Wario isn’t really anything special. It only has 16 minigames. 12 of those minigames being single player only (with the exception of two of them) the other 4 minigames requires 4 people. So…I only had access to the 12. The minigames themselves aren’t anything special either. I guess the only good thing about them is they actually use the Wii U gamepad in creative ways. But the games get boring pretty quickly.

          If you want a good “party-like game” then I’d recommend Mario Party 9 (I’m one of the few that actually like this game, I’m not a big fan of the cars but the game itself is fun to me). And/or Wii Party U. Even Nintendoland, In my opinion is more fun than Game and Wario. But, it’s all up to you. If I were you, I’d look up reviews and gameplay videos, heck even let’s play might be helpful.

        • pacheco90

          Umm, then you should watch some gameplay from Game&Wario and reviews too see if you like it. I love wario ware, but this one isn´t like those ones, this does not have microgames I think.

          • Decker Shado

            Fair enough. The site going down prevented my purchase. Talking with the girls now about the concept of DKCR3D instead, and that it would only be on 1 3DS.

  • CaptRodgers

    I’m a bit letdown there’s no physical rewards, but at the same time, it’s still free. I can’t believe people are complaining about spending all that money to get platinum. Why would you spend that much money just for an award that you don’t know if you’ll want?

    Hopefully people make a big enough of a uproar though that they bring them back next or offer an extra something to members that you can’tget anywhere else. If anything if they want to stick to digital rewards they could give us early access to titles releasing soon so we don’t have to worry about already having them.

  • Nate

    Hmmm…I’d probably have to buy a hard drive to redeem my platinum reward (running out of space). Thanks for rewarding me with an errand Nintendo. LOL

  • dimmer77

    Are you kidding me with this? Gold choices are so LAME. And even the regular rewards right now are so dismal… I’ve been sitting on 1000 coins because I’m sick of looking at Animal Cross and Nintendogs rewards for the past how many months. I’m not sure it’s worth doing Nintendo’s surveys for this crap any more. Really like the suggestion to offer eShop credit if they’re going to do all digital… esp if the rewards are going to be like this. Nothing unique any more.

  • Jon Cofer

    Not that I don’t like free games, but these aren’t really games that I want. I already have a donkey kong game that I haven’t beaten yet (DKCTF) and from what I’ve heard Game & Wario doesn’t live up to WarioWare. The rest I either own already or feel even more “meh” about, so I’ll end up grabbing one of those two anyways.

    Honestly, it would have been cool if they ported 2 or 3 new Virtual Console games as options. At least then there would be an exclusive/new feeling about them and I think you’d have a little less disappointment from elite members.

    Physical rewards were always a fun choice to have but it seems Big N has decided to cut costs and I honestly can’t say I blame them. We’ll just have to pick up an Amiibo or two this winter…

  • newtonyic

    i think only donkey kong country returns 3d and earthbound are the only ones for me that look worthy but both of them together.

  • Lunatic

    GOD DAMMIT. I wanted something physical. I have every game I want from this selection, and I spent a crapload of money buying games just to get Platinum status. Are they seriously offering me a free $8 game from 15 years ago in exchange for the coins that it took me several hundred dollars to get together? Their rewards used to be cool things like physical Mario hats and controllers, and now it’s just crap that anyone with a Wii can pirate. Thanks for wasting my time and money, Nintendo.

  • Squid

    Game and Wario? At least make us feel special and give us Wind Waker or 3d World. It looks like I’m buying DKCR 3D this year.

  • James Quillen

    Just exactly the reason I don’t buy every Nintendo eshop game that comes out right away. Keeps waiting on deals like this or the Club Nintendo free games with coins.

  • Geoff Hammer

    I like the digital game selection, over the posters of last year. I just wish they had a better game selection.

  • Sean Miller

    Lame rewards

  • http://youtube.com/TheHopper2004 Hopper200456

    At first I was upset, but I like them having full games as download. Still miss my exclusive physical stuff. :(

  • santiago barraza

    crap i don’t have enough memory to download donkey kong i what do i do please help

    • 00EpicGamer00

      Delete the data of games you don’t play much or anymore. “Sometimes one must be sacrificed for the good of many.”

  • http://youtube.com/TheHopper2004 Hopper200456

    Okay, here’s an idea, What if they gave you a certain amount of “points” when you get Elite or Gold status. Obviously, you’d get more points for Elite. And each downloadable game costs points. So, and example, getting Elite would get you 5 points. Then depending on the game, the more points it’d cost. So a VC game would be like 1 point. But then a more full game would be like 3 or something. I mean, seriously, it must suck for Gold owners to only get cheap VC games.

    Hey, you know what’d else be cool? Elite members getting like, a downloadable demo of an unreleased game, like Hyrule Warriors or something. The rewards seem to toned down compared to what they used to be.

    • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

      Hyrule Warriors? Eww. I’ll take a Smash Bros demo with no 10 play restrictions please lol.

      • http://youtube.com/TheHopper2004 Hopper200456

        Well of course I would rather want that, but I was trying to be a bit more reasonable, haha

        • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

          I know. But Hyrule Warriors is a punishment not something good lol.

          • http://youtube.com/TheHopper2004 Hopper200456

            Oh, come now… ;p

  • http://youtube.com/TheHopper2004 Hopper200456

    Anyone have any suggestions for what game I should get? My options are Game & Wario, NES Remix, Earthbound, Dr. Luigi, and DK Returns 3D.

    • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

      Email Nintendo on their contact forum and tell them you will not be picking ANY of them. Apparently a lot of people are refusing to pick anything. We can’t let Nintendo think we support something like this.

      • http://youtube.com/TheHopper2004 Hopper200456

        Will do.

        • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

          What I eventually decided was Game &Wario, not cause I will ever play it, but cause it gives me enough points on the Deluxe Promotion to get another free $5 on the E-Shop lol. I got $5 on the E-Shop for free after Shovel Knight, now I get another free $5. So at least thats something.

          • http://youtube.com/TheHopper2004 Hopper200456

            Nice, haha

  • brian

    They aren’t even good games…

    • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

      Other then Earthbound they are all meh. Donkey Kong Country returns 3D was a good game, but its so old now.

  • TheSkeletonMan939 .

    Oh, come on. ALL of them are digital?

    I guess I’ll just get Earthbound… it’s the only thing here that even comes close to piquing my interest.

    The great thing about Club Nintendo awards is that they were EXCLUSIVE for the most part. It’s a lot better to have a nice poster in your room and think, “Yep, I waited a whole year and spent a lot of time getting coins for this poster… it sure paid off” than to look at your TV and think, “I could have bought this for 5 bucks anytime I wanted.”

    I was really looking forward to a poster set, and maybe another CD… rats. If this is the route Nintendo takes from now on, I’m not going to worry about Elite statuses anymore.

    People already are able to get digital games every month through the offers on the main page. Make the elite awards something SPECIAL.

    • http://youtube.com/TheHopper2004 Hopper200456

      yup. agreed

  • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

    Nintendo had to balance things out. Went from their best E3, to their worst Club Nintendo rewards.

    • bistricky

      HAhahahaHA …. very true. XD

  • Ben Woolley

    How can I get these offers in the UK?

  • Tecpedz94

    Why are so many of you complaining wow!! I was expecting all the comments to be positive but a lot aren’t do you realize that all this that Nintendo does for us is optional… I dont see other companies doing this even if u just had gold wtvr accumulate till next year and you’ll get a better game what can i say Shipping items becomes a hassle, it costs them not that they care but its not convenient and you’ll get it within 3 weeks… Nintendo cares for its customers and ive noticed this since i got rewarded with the ambassador program for buying a 250$ 3ds so we are lucky we get these things.

  • Turtler

    Nintendo, I am disappoint.

  • BananaGram

    New to club nintendo, so I’m content with DKCR3D. Wouldn’t make much use of a physical item, I don’t think.

  • Curtis Hofer

    VERY disappointed

  • Curtis Hofer

    The crappiest games I could imagine, the least they could do is to offer real games not stupid games that look like you are playing on the first television ever invented

  • ZeldaFanzzzz

    Wait…how many games can I get? I have platinum.

    • http://youtube.com/TheHopper2004 Hopper200456

      1.

  • Kevin James McAllister

    The only real problem I have is that there are people who got to platinum BY BUYING THE GAMES THEY’RE GIVING US. It does not make Nintendo look good when they essentially say to someone, “Thanks for buying games like Mario, Mario 2, Mario 3, Mario World, Mario 3D World. Now here, you can download Mario 3 for free as a thank you!”

    Anyone who bought Mario Kart 8 got a free 50-60 dollar game. The people who bought many, many games to reach Platinum got a 15 dollar game (that they may have already owned).

  • ShortyStock

    So guys, should I get Game&Wario or EarthBound? I don’t know cuz I haven’t played either. Please don’t scream at me EarthBound fans…

    • C.S. Bailey

      Earthbound if you love RPG’s, especially 16bit ones.

      • ShortyStock

        I do love RPG’s, but I played the FIRST Earthbound on a NES emulator and didn’t like it too much. Is it much better than the NES version?

        • C.S. Bailey

          It was a SNES game, so you might have your emulator wrong, or the wrong game/ROM. Either way, it’s a pretty good game if you like older stuff.

          • ShortyStock

            Downloaded EathBound And I’m loving it, great recommendation!

          • ShortyStock

            Isn’t EarthBound the 2nd game in the series? I’m pretty sure there was one for NES. And I am enjoyin the game BTW.

          • C.S. Bailey

            Yeah, but it was called Mother if I’m not mistaken. That’s why I was confused at your initial post. I might have to pick it up as well, but the DKC game for the 3DS is a bargain.

  • C.S. Bailey

    Totally over thinking, but I wonder if they made the choice to go all digital because of how many Wii U owners use their Digital Deluxe rewards to buy many of these games in the first place. I usually input my codes and use them to get a discount, but when there’s a nothing coming out for a bit at retail price, I just pick up games like these.

  • Jimmy Humphrey

    I would have liked to get a physical game …digital fills up quickly …. Why not a physical game like they have on club Nintendo Japan its the only way they can get excite bot.

    • bistricky

      Good point ….. a limited edition physical game …. something maybe like “NES Remix 1+2″ (which has been only released as physical retail in Japan). It really doesn’t matter which game but something not available in retail ….. it would be an immediate collectors item.

      Way back in gaming history, Atari 2600 released games exclusively in their Atari Club ….. I believe one was “Crazy Climber”, which today if you can find complete in box, sell in the $250-$750 range. In comparison, a common game like “Tank” still sells for $1.

      To bad …. I think your idea would have been something most Wii U gamers would really appreciate.
      Cheers :D

  • The Bsw

    it would be cool if they had this and maybe something extra for everybody like a smash 4 demo or something like that

  • James Miller I

    Its like I am forced to get the DK 3D or Earthbound

  • Iflywright

    What is this–Jelly of the Month Club?
    I can’t believe they’re rewarding us with games most of us already have. So lame..

  • Dying_in_this_Crap_World

    total bulllllllshizhit.

  • Prizm

    In Australia, the club Nintendo website is a ghost town complete with broken links and a choice of Mario stationery or a Mario hat.

  • Juilen Cardenas

    Does this mean that all future rewards will be digital? (not the elite and gold rewards)

  • I am Error.

    This was the laziest reward year yet. One of the coolest releases I’ve seen (that we did not get in America) was the Super Famicom controller Wiimote attachment. THAT’S catering to the hardcore Nintendo fan. There’s nothing special about these all-digital rewards because none of them are Club-Nintendo specific. Even an altered Mario Kart 8 vehicle (as free DLC with a code) would have been SOMETHING if Nintendo was keen on not mailing anything out. You take a kart, you slap the Club Nintendo logo on it and give it a speed boost. Done. I’m anxious to see what they have for the Club Nintendo Japan supporters.

  • Chas Meshell

    I ended up choosing Donkey Country Returns, but I haven’t used the download code yet. I’d really much rather have Shovel Knight. Am I allowed to sell the code on this website?

  • Sheldon Williams

    Yeah this is a bit of a let down. I suppose it’s nice that there are some newer games in the platinum rewards. Overall though I’m disappointed. I loved getting the cool little collectible that’s only released at this time of the year, That’s made specifically as a thank you to the fans. Who spent their money, registered their products, and did the surveys.

    The sad thing is I can see it all going digital. The rewards have been steadily getting worse. Not just the gold and platinum but, the normal ones as well. We’re seeing less and less physical rewards and more game rewards. I guess I get it. It’s way cheaper in the long run. Offer up something that doesn’t really cost them that much money as a reward. It’s just disappointing.

    I joined just after the year they produced that cool statue for 2010. That’s what got me to join. It looked awesome. I wanted to the opportunity to get something like that as well. It seemed so cool of Nintendo to offer such an awesome reward to loyal fans. The way things are going though. I don’t think I’ll see anything that awesome again.

  • Nate

    Just downloaded Dr. Luigi for my platinum reward. Dr. Mario is one of my favorite games of all time so this will do just fine. Not sure how much time or money Nintendo spent developing this game, but it seems like it would’ve been a perfect candidate for an exclusive platinum reward instead of an eshop release. It has the nostalgia factor and has a really small download size for the Wii U’s puny hard drive. Won’t be as fun not getting a gift from Nintendo at Christmastime.

  • Razo_E

    I already have most of those. Sucks..:(

  • Adrian

    Well that scramble to get to gold status on time was pointless..

    • Lunatic

      Yup. As was mine to get Platinum.

  • Lunatic

    To everybody out there who really thinks that we shouldn’t complain because we’re getting “free games”:
    http://alanpoole.kinja.com/why-club-nintendo-isnt-free-1606131688

  • AM Real
    • Denvy

      Hits the nail on the head.

  • http://myanimelist.net/profile/flclfool flclfool

    Yes but if you set lavish standards you’re baka to not expect fans to be disappointed when you fall well below those expectations. These digital rewards are pretty meh imo :( … too bad

  • Austin Troth

    I’ll be picking up Game and Wario, I was always interested in it but never enough to actually purchase it. At least it wasn’t a game offered in the MK8 promotion. Overall it’s kind of disappointing, but a $40 game instantly seems like a better value than waiting 6 months to get a CD in the mail like last year (though I do love my Majora’s Mask soundtrack).

    • Lunatic

      Are any of them WORTH $40, though? G&W is $25 on Amazon right now, and most of the rest of them are either VC titles ($5-$8) or 3DS titles (most of which are probably $30 or less right now). I already got G&W, so I ended up having to pick Earthbound, an $8 title, since I either had everything else or wasn’t interested. An $8 game isn’t worth the time and money I put into getting Platinum. I probably spent over $50 extra bucks just to get the status. At least in previous years you could get something you couldn’t get any day of the week.

  • Adam Fox

    They are getting worse with these things!!! I thought last year was bad….

  • james

    This sucks, my favorite rewards were posters, shirts, and collectibles. Not really worth registering products anymore.

  • Mark Bruce

    I am completely disappointed with this change. I have always loved the platinum gifts and feel special that I buy enough Nintendo Games to achieve this status. Now, however, the rewards are just games I can buy. Nothing special, nothing even hinting that we have achieved a milestone for the year. These are by far the worst gifts I have seen, even worse than the Mario Kart 8 gas card pre-order bonus!

  • HorizonChaser

    This is a bummer. Should have been an exclusive Amiibo.

  • Jonathan Robitaille

    I got Game & Wario (it gives the max for DDP) and played it for a couple hours. What a fun game. It’s odd and quirky with a good sense of humor. And if you actually delve deeper and get to harder levels it’s very challenging. Easily the best showcase of the gamepad. So I then went to see how the reviews were and the hate is palpable. This was during that stretch where every site was destroying everything Wii U. Keza at IGN gave it a 5.1. God she is garbage. She also gave The Wonderful 101 a low score because she sucked at it. Why do sites have morons reviewing games.

    Anyway, considering this was free it is surprisingly good. Several of the games are very good. There are a couple of stinkers. But the multi player games are excellent. I’d suggest Shutter, Pirates, Patchwork and Gamer as the best single player games.

    • jlol

      HAHA I totally agree with the unnecessary W 101 hate because I personally really enjoy games that are challenging…I feel like 101 got the same treatment that MH titles get in the states. Anyway, I’m downloading G&W right now b/c it is the only full title other than DK Returns for 3DS which I already own. Can’t complain about free stuff, and I think this game looks like a fun way to spend some time; especially with the MiiVerse pictogram game installed. Of course I’d love to get Earthbound, but its only 10 bucks so I thought I’d try Wario out just for fun.

  • Hub Sauvageau

    oh and by the way… i used my code and my nephew who had all the game gave me his platinum code… and guess what… nintendo deleted these 2 games in my wii u… and also closed our club nintendo accountt saying that we cheated… they really lost me in one week…. way to go nintendo spit in the face of your true fans.. :(

  • Randi

    I was very much looking forward to a physical gift this year. Previous years, I could only make Gold status. I got the little desk calendar the year they had the sweet Mario hat available. I was finally able to get Platinum status this year, and checked back every day, after June 30th, to see what the rewards were, and was so disappointed to see digital game downloads. At least have brand new games available for the rewards. They all seem to be oldish titles which is also disappointing. It just seems like they put little effort or thought into it at all.