Years-and-years of incessant purchasing of games and systems and for what? To beat it and proudly display it on your shelf for only your eyes to see? How about going back through that shelf of Nintendo games and start registering. This editor finally did after 22-years of gaming, now it seems there are too few hours to register all the codes.
Started in October of 2008, Nintendo had [finally] rolled out the Nintendo Club [previously My Nintendo] for North Americans after its launch in Japan some five-years prior. The objective? Keeping you loyal. For every Nintendo product purchased you gain points by registering and taking a quick survey. The surveys can actually take round about 5- to 10-minutes and earn anywhere from 10-points to 250-points.
The registration was free and easy enough for a child, parent or plain ol’ nostalgic nerd like myself. Built upon the same point system you’d see in a Chuck E. Cheese, it’ll take some time to get to the good stuff (i.e. ‘Game &Watch’ exclusive compilations, ‘Game & Watch: Ball’ original style game or Hanafuda Mario cards), but there’s certainly some cool stuff in there. Aside from the points for registering your Nintendo system, they’ll also give you an extra 90-days on your year warranty for typing in the serial number.
After registering my ‘Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask’ 3DS game (side note: the game is awesome and you should buy it) I ended up collecting a mere 40-points. I added an extra 10-points for a brief and basic survey before I decided to pace myself when registering the stack of 20+ games sitting next to my computer.
Although the items like DS ‘Game & Watch’ Club Nintendo Exclusive Collection will run you 800 points (for each one and two), other items like Dragon Quest Screensavers cost 10-points, Princess Peach Notebook costs 250-points, History of Handheld Systems Collectible Cards cost 300, and a Classic Super Mario T-Shirt costs 550-points. Limited edition items make their way into the catalog’s pages, too — like the limited edition Gold Wii Nunchuck (to match your limited edition Gold Wii Remote in the Skyward Sword Collector’s Editions of 2011).
Sure, it costs a lot of points for the cool stuff and you really only get about 50-points per game: Wouldn’t it just be easier to buy that stuff? Yeah, probably. But why? You already spent anywhere from $20 to $60 on that game, right? Why go out and buy another t-shirt for $20? Why not just start grabbing stuff you’ve already spent money on and is just sitting there collecting dust? No, really. Why not?
The average gamer buys about 10-games a year (this is averaged from super-casual to the super-hardcore), you must figure about 2-5 are Nintendo games (also figuring that you own a Nintendo system). Even just the minimum two-games will fetch around 100-points, enough for the ‘Grill-Off with Ultra Hand!’ game for the Wii. Albeit a goofy-sounding game, but it is a free game. Say you’re that gamer that purchased five-Nintendo games over the past year, that’ll get you about 250-points or a Donkey Kong Notebook or even a Reversible Handheld System Pouch.
The bottom line: It’s free, it’s easy, it’s quick. You should probably start registering some codes.
Source: Club Nintendo
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