Club Nintendo rolls out a digital line-up of Elite Status rewards

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Club Nintendo’s 2014 selection of Elite Status rewards is available to peruse now. If you were able to reach Gold or Platinum status on the service during the year starting July 1, 2013, these rewards are available…right now, in fact, as a downloadable game of your choice. Click here to sign in to the Club and find out whether one of these games will be yours soon:

Platinum Members Only

  • Game & 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)

Gold/Platinum Members

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

This is a drastic departure from what we’ve come to expect on Club Nintendo, in terms of Gold/Platinum rewards. Previous Elite Status rewards were always physical and included desk calenders, playing cards, posters, official soundtracks, and more in recent years. Club Nintendo has offered digital games as normal rewards for a while now, but this still comes as a surprise to me. And it’s not exactly a happy surprise. Club Nintendo should be about exclusive, physical goodies that fans will collect and cherish in a way they don’t necessarily cherish their game collection.

This move combined with Club Nintendo’s currently poor selection of regular physical rewards has me worried. What are your thoughts on the subject? Leave your comments below.

Thanks to Anthony DeVirgilis for the tip.

14 Responses to Club Nintendo rolls out a digital line-up of Elite Status rewards

  1. AW says:

    What crap. Won’t be fooled again. Not a single game there that I don’t have that I would actually want. Club Nintendo USA has always been crappy compared to the cool stuff elsewhere, but this is just terrible. At least should have allows us eShop credit to use as we want as an alternative. So I get nothing yay platinum!

  2. MikeIsaPoet says:

    Can you get Dr Luigi and swing me the code, then? =D

  3. Lewis Pugh says:

    As ‘crappy’ as club Nintendo is in America…the rest of the world don’t actually get gold/platinum rewards, so swings and roundabouts?

  4. Lewis Pugh says:

    Also if you don’t have game&wario pick that, it is odd its the only Wii U retail game their amongst eShop only games. Multiplayer is great in it.

  5. Holly says:

    @AW I’m always glad to have brand new games, but at the same time, I agree with you; there’s a reason I don’t already own Game & Wario and NES Remix (and some of the others). I just don’t know if I would enjoy them (yes, I’m still talking about NES Remix). I’m disappointed too.

    @Lewis Pugh Is that so? Even Japan doesn’t get elite rewards? Hmm. Glad you gave me that new perspective. I’m still upset, though. 😉 Thanks for your Game & Wario recommendation. I still haven’t decided what I’m going to get, but any impressions help. 🙂

  6. Kaherka says:

    I’m so bummed that there is no physical reward this year. This is the first year that didn’t have one, I feel like Nintendo pulled a bait & switch with me.

    I’ll probably pick the Donkey Kong Returns game, but I would far prefer if they offered something that was unavailable anywhere else. Why not something like the student games that they make each year that are only available in Japan?

  7. MikeIsaPoet says:

    I wish there was a “coin refund” option that put some coins towards next year’s status if you don’t want any of the prizes. Because I’m not getting any of the Gold tier rewards.

    Also, Nintendo, stop trying to give us Ice Climbers. We don’t want NES Ice Climbers. That game is terrible.

  8. Kaherka says:

    Game & Wario is pretty awful. My son bought it with his own money and played it ONE day then never again. I played it once.

    There’s just way better ways to spend your time. Even for free that game is not worth it. (And I’m a huge fan of most of the other Wario games.)

  9. Holly says:

    @Kaherka I’m leaning even further toward NES Remix. Well, I have until the site is back up to decide.

  10. RisnDevil says:

    So, these are the games I’m trying to choose between:

    Earthbound (Wii U) – Never played it, feel like I should try it.
    Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS) – Played it on Wii and was unimpressed, but thinking maybe I should try again.
    Zelda II: The Adventure of Link – Never played it, feel like I should try it.
    Wario Land 2 (3DS) – Never played a Wario platformer (and hate the mini games), so want to try it.
    Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (3DS) – Was really burned with Super Mario Land 1, but here this one is WAY better.

    So, what should I pick?

    Also, yes, we may get these free rewards for our club level, but we are short-changed in EVERY other way (in regards to offerings and promotions), and not just for Club Nintendo. Got to and check out all the Pokémon distributions Japan and Europe have already had for XY. Look at Japan’s new Yoshi plushie on Club Nintendo. Look how many games Europeans could choose between for the Mario Kart promotion. I do acknowledge that Europe tends to get games later than us, but, in general, that has drastically changed and doesn’t balance out all the ways Nintendo short changes America.

  11. Mykola Kyba says:

    I ended up going for Game & Wario. I didn’t have this game yet, and with the deluxe digital promotion it makes me get a 5 dollar eshop credit.

  12. Holly says:

    @Mykola Kyba Good reasoning. And good thing the site is still down, giving me plenty of time to decide what I’ll get.

    @RisnDevil I feel the same way (in two ways): I didn’t like DKCR on Wii, either, but I’ve thought about giving it another chance. And being a Nintendo fan in America right now…is not exactly ideal (I was about to say it sucks). I’d like to say to Nintendo, “It’s a good thing your games are so good, because the user experience is lacking. No more Nintendo Power and the obvious decline of your loyalty program really irritate me. Just so you know.”

  13. RisnDevil says:

    Out of curiosity, what’d you end up deciding on Holly?

  14. Holly says:

    NES Remix. It’s been a lot more fun than I imagined! 😀

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