Club Nintendo Japan…is Why We Should All Move to Japan



Club Nintendo’s been around for a while now. We’ve all (or at least I hope we all) have been punching those first-party game registration codes into the site for years in hopes that someday, some amazing reward will catch our eyes. Don’t get me wrong – there are some great rewards on the U.S. site, but a quick Google search yielding Japan’s Club Nintendo site demonstrates just how pitiful NoA’s rewards are. We get screensavers, posters, and pouches while Japan is reaping soundtracks, special game controllers, a few toys, and a couple of Mario Bros. hats. Something’s amiss here, isn’t it? If NoA would get their act together, we could be jamming to the sweet sounds of Donkey Kong Country Returns whilst donning a Mario cap and tinkering with a unique puzzle toy. Instead, we can stare at a screensaver while fanning ourselves with one of these. NoA apparently thinks we enjoy practicality over fun, entertaining, valuable rewards.

One could make the argument that we’re lucky to be getting anything at all, and that is certainly a fact – NoA doesn’t have to offer us anything. However, when Nintendo of Japan hits it that far out of the ballpark for their fans by offering them rare soundtracks and swag…well, it doesn’t make NoA look very good. It’s not to say NoA isn’t trying – they now offer downloadable games for coins, and they at least offer the Hanafuda card set. Still, I’d like to see a few soundtracks hit the reward catalog in the future. When a game is scored well, its music deserves to be listened to on its own, and NoA should realize this and deliver the goods.

What does everyone else think about our Club Nintendo? If you haven’t seen Japan’s, click on through to it with the link above, and see if you’re still a fan of NoA’s rewards. What would you like to see offered on our site? A soundtrack? If so, which game should get the honors? Want a certain cool collectible? Let us know in the comments, and show NoA who should be the boss – the players.



Name's Michael Fletcher. I'm a college graduate, and I earned a Bachelor's Degree in English with a focus on professional writing. Programming never clicked for me, so the only realistic way for this lad to make a career out of playing games is to write about 'em. Luckily, this is something I enjoy doing anyway. Live to play, play to live.


  1. 3 things I’d like from NOA’s club:

    Soundtracks, soundtracks and soundtracks.

    The Ocarina soundtrack freebie was a great step in the right direction, but it doesn’t seem to have lead anywhere.

  2. Yeah, soundtracks would make me want to join Club Nintendo. Wouldn’t really care for much else.

  3. I though it would cause of the women, but this could also work.

  4. Soundtracks. At least we can now trade coins for free games.

  5. Ya.. Japan always gets the good mynintendo/club nintendo rewards.. It’s always been that way sadly. As for me, soundtracks definitely make things better. How about that gold nunchuk? Come on, my gold zelda wiimote needs a gold buddy. 🙂

  6. I want the gold nunchuk and SOUNDTRACKS!!

    Also, a question about what you said in the article: do you mean the Mario hat that was given as a platinum reward during the first year of NoA’s Club Nintendo, or the two pouches that resemble Mario and Luigi’s hats? Because either way, that is kind of an invalid point to bring up, since we in America DID have the chance to get a Mario hat, and then if you meant the Mario OR Luigi hats, those are not hats, but little game pouches shaped like the hats.

  7. The DS games and the Game & Watch replica in the US club are awesome rewards.

  8. I would kind of prefer to just buy them song-by-song digitally, and spend my coins on more cool collector-items or digital games.

    Though, the more rewards the better, eh?

  9. @Lemmy: I wasn’t aware those “hats” were actually pouches. Curse my inability to read Japanese. They’re still rather nifty, though.

    As for our Platinum Reward that actually was a hat, I know about it, and I appreciate that it was offered, but it was a one time thing. Japan has these amazing rewards constantly. Our awesome gifts are once-a-year freebies – infrequent and all around underwhelming as a result.

    I say this as I gawk at my collector’s statue from a couple years ago. However, I gawk knowing that something that spectacular won’t come around again for at least another year, and that’s disappointing.

  10. i was really happy with my metroid fusion hat i got for subscribing to nintendo power a few years back.

  11. @Mike
    Lol, I can’t read Japanese either, (and I honestly, truly, mean no offense) but they’re obviously pouches if you actually look at them for more than a split second, they look flat and similar to the Club Nintendo logo.

  12. I don’t know what you’re talking about aside from the soundtracks and controllers the rewards are pretty much the same. As i have no interest in either, I think the american site is pretty awesome. They also hae stuff that doesn’t appear on the Japanese site. To me they are very similar and no where near differerent enough to write a post about and say the Japanese version is way better.

  13. Why cant Nintendo add better prizes? That would really make people more excited about buying games here. But you guys are right NoJ have better prizes than NoA

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