After launching Club Nintendo in late 2008, Nintendo finally revealed the end-of-the-year prizes for loyal consumers who participated in the program. Club Nintendo was first conceptualized in Japan. It is a type of rewards program the give prizes to customers who buy and register Nintendo products such as video game systems and first-party software titles. Similar programs would launch in different regions such as Europe, Australia and South America.
After seeing some rather nifty prizes being offered through Club Nintendo in other regions, many North American fans began to complain about the lack of a similar program in their region. Amidst all the complaints, Nintendo of America finally launched Club Nintendo in December 15, 2008.
Club Nintendo had a tough start, however. Nintendo did not anticipate the high demand for the program and, as a result, the website suffers from numerous problems due to the high traffic. Eventually, all of the problems would be cleared up.
To earn coins in Club Nintendo, you need to buy Nintendo video game systems in addition to Nintendo-published software. Afterwards, you must register and take a survey on the Club Nintendo website in order to earn points. Usually, the more expensive the product, the more coins it will yield.
Users can then use their currency to exchange for several products that are exclusive to Club Nintendo. The prizes range from carrying cases, playing cards and even a special game. In this case, you will get Game & Watch Collection for the Nintendo DS for 800 coins.
Aside from the regular rewards, Nintendo also gives away annual prizes. Club Nintendo members can earn special prizes by accumulating certain amount of points during a year, from July 1st to June 30th. Earning 300 coins during that period will give you Gold status for Club Nintendo while acquiring 600 coins will net you Platinum. After June 30th, however, the status would be reset for the new year.
For this year, Gold Club Nintendo members will get a special 2010 calendar featuring Nintendo characters. The prizes for Platinum are more rewarding. For one, you will get a real-life replicate of the world-famous Mario hat.
Furthermore, Platinum members can also download the Doc Louis’s Punch-Out game for free on the WiiWare service of the Nintendo Wii. The special title will let you battle the long time trainer of Little Mac. You do not need a copy of the Nintendo Wii Punch-Out game to play Doc Louis’s Punch-Out.
Unfortunately, these items are exclusive to premier members of Club Nintendo. So if you aren’t a Gold or Platinum member, you missed out on the annual prizes for the first year of Club Nintendo.