Five years of consumerism is worth 680 coins, Nintendo? Really?
Club Nintendo’s not acting up anymore, but I almost wish it was. Now that the dust has settled and the site’s performing acceptably, I can actually click around and figure out where they moved everything to in comparison to where it was on the My Nintendo system. I decided I wanted to see just how much of a discrepancy there is between the games I have registered over the years and the games I’ve been given Club Nintendo Coins for. As is usually the case, I am not pleased.
Despite the dozens of pieces of hardware and software I’ve registered since I signed up for My Nintendo at its launch in 2003, I’m only getting credit for a small handful of Wii and DS titles. Let me be clear that I accept that GBA and Gamecube titles won’t get me anything, but there are a number of first party current generation titles here that I’m not getting a single coin for, and there doesn’t seem to be any pattern to what’s worth points and what’s not. I mean, Metroid Prime Hunters isn’t worth anything, but Super Mario 64 DS is? I’m also not seeing any coins for any of my WiiWare or Virtual Console purchases. These have to be where Nintendo’s made the most money off me.
There are some good and bad coin vs dollar discrepancies here though. Wii Fit is worth 80 coins instead of the standard 50 for Wii games, but even that should be 90 when placed alongside its retail price. Link’s Crossbow Training is worth 50 even though it never sold for more than 25. Still, this doesn’t make up the difference in coins vs. money spent on Nintendo’s products this generation. I’m also a little disappointed that I can’t register games twice, since I have two copies each of Mario Kart DS and Animal Crossing: Wild World.
Check below for the somewhat embarrassing list of games I have registered, then look at the list of games I’ve gotten credit for.
OK, so here is the list of the items I’ve gone through the process of registering. This reflects every game system, and most revisions of such, that Nintendo has released since 2000. There’s also a stack of Gamecube, GBA, and Nintendo DS games.
Now here we have the list of all the games I’ve received coins credit for. This adds up to 680 coins. Note that there are no WiiWare or Virtual Console games on this list, and a number of DS games are missing.
These are the rewards that Club Nintendo currently offers. The best items here are still well out of reach for me.
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