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Club Nintendo of America Officially Launches

by Francesca DiMola - December 17, 2008, 3:12 pm PST
Total comments: 54 Source: Press Release

Members can register games and take surveys to earn coins and redeem exclusive prizes.

Earlier this week the much awaited Club Nintendo of America officially launched. For the first time, people were able to get a glimpse of the prizes available to them including a Game and Watch Collection game, hanafuda cards, and playing cards emblazoned with favorite Nintendo characters, just to name a few prizes. According to Nintendo, members who reach a specified point level in a Club Nintendo year (July 1st until June 30th) will also qualify for gold (300 Coins) and platinum (600 coins) memberships which will yield special prizes.

In order to redeem prizes members must earn coins by registering their games and completing a corresponding survey. The amount of coins earned by games is as follows: Wii (50 coins), DS (30 coins), WiiWare (10 coins), and Virtual Console (10 coins). Currently, the only exception to this is Wii Fit which will net members 80 coins.

Club Nintendo also offers ways to increase the coin total of particular games in three ways. The first is informing Nintendo of your "Intent to buy" a game. After purchasing the game and completing a survey, members will earn ten extra coins. Another set of ten coins can be redeemed by purchasing a game and completing a survey within the first four weeks of its launch. Finally, a member can earn an additional ten coins by completing a "Post play survey" available four to six days after the game launches.

Any games released during December 2008 or later can be registered and surveyed; however, only specific titles released earlier have the same ability. The list of titles available for survey can be found below. Players should take note that any unredeemed coins will expire after two full Club Nintendo years.

Currently the system seems to be in turmoil due to high traffic, often prompting users that "the sign in function may not be working properly." After login, many users are reporting that previously registered games from their My Nintendo account are not showing up to be surveyed due to other problems with the system. Furthermore, simply navigating the site can result in random logging out.

Wii Games

  • Animal Crossing: City Folk
  • Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree
  • Endless Ocean
  • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
  • Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Link's Crossbow Training
  • Mario Kart Wii
  • Mario Party 8
  • Mario Strikers Charged
  • Mario Super Sluggers
  • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
  • Pokemon Battle Revolution
  • Super Mario Galaxy
  • Super Paper Mario
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • Wario Land: Shake It!
  • WarioWare: Smooth Moves
  • Wii Fit
  • Wii Music
  • Wii Play

Wii Shop Channel games and Wii Channels

  • Alien Crush Returns
  • Art Style: Cubello
  • Art Style: Rotohex
  • Big Kahuna Party
  • Boingz
  • Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure
  • Brain Challenge
  • Bruiser and Scratch
  • Digital Champ Battle Boxing
  • Earthworm Jim
  • Enduro Racer
  • Forgotten Worlds
  • Gradius II Gofer No Yabou
  • Hockey Allstar Shootout
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Mega Man 3
  • Metal Slug 2
  • Pit Crew Panic!
  • Secret of Mana
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Space Harrier
  • Space Invaders Get Even
  • Space Invaders: The Original Game
  • Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition
  • Strong Bad Episode 3: Baddest of the Bands
  • Strong Bad Episode 4: Dangeresque 3
  • Strong Bad Episode 5: 8-bit is Enough
  • Sudoku Challenge!
  • Target Toss Pro: Bags
  • Tetris Party
  • The Incredible Maze
  • World of Goo
  • Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam

Nintendo DS Games

  • Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
  • Animal Crossing: Wild World
  • Big Brain Academy
  • Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day
  • Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day
  • Clubhouse Games
  • Crosswords DS
  • Diddy Kong Racing
  • Electroplankton
  • Elite Beat Agents
  • Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day
  • Hotel Dusk: Room 215
  • Kirby Super Star Ultra
  • Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
  • Mario Kart DS
  • Mario Party DS
  • Master of Illusion
  • Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir
  • New Super Mario Bros.
  • Nintendogs: Chihuahua and Friends
  • Nintendogs: Dalmatian and Friends
  • Nintendogs: Labrador Retriever and Friends
  • Nintendogs: Miniature Dachshund and Friends
  • Personal Trainer: Cooking
  • Planet Puzzle League
  • Pokemon Diamond
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness
  • Pokemon Pearl
  • Pokemon Ranger
  • Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  • Super Mario 64 DS
  • Tetris DS
  • Yoshi's Island DS

CLUB NINTENDO OFFERS SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP FOR FANS

Dec. 16, 2008

Starting today, Nintendo welcomes its North American fans to Club Nintendo™, a special club that rewards members for registering Nintendo products and completing surveys. Nintendo fans can sign up by visiting Club.Nintendo.com. After joining, fans can register select Nintendo hardware and Nintendo-published games in exchange for Nintendo Coins, which can then be redeemed for limited-edition Nintendo rewards available only to Club Nintendo members.

"Club Nintendo gives fans what they want - access to exclusive rewards for their loyalty to our brand and our products," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America Inc.'s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "We're offering some unique items as a way to say thanks for their support of Nintendo."

Once they become Club Nintendo members, Nintendo fans and former My Nintendo members can create a profile and register select Nintendo products on the site by inputting a product serial ID (a list of compatible products is posted on the site). The user is then asked to complete a survey about the product. Coins are awarded once surveys are complete. That's when the fun begins. Some of the exclusive rewards include the Game & Watch™ Collection for the Nintendo DS™ and a set of traditional Hanafuda cards printed with Nintendo characters.

Customers who purchase a new Wii™ or Nintendo DS™ system can register the product with Club Nintendo and complete a survey to extend the product warranty. Club Nintendo members can reach Gold and Platinum status by collecting a certain amount of Coins each year. Gold and Platinum members will be eligible to receive exclusive rewards. As members, fans can also sign up for personalized newsletters to learn about upcoming products that best match their interests.

Talkback

kraken613December 17, 2008

Its not very stable or usable yet! It keeps kicking me out!

NinGurl69 *hugglesDecember 17, 2008

Club Nintendo sucks!  I asked for lettuce and tomatos!

AVDecember 17, 2008

Quote from: NinGurl69

Club Nintendo sucks!  I asked for lettuce and tomatos!

LOL

nitsu niflheimDecember 17, 2008

Now I can't even log in.  They should not have let this go up the way it is.  It's completely Un-Nintendo.  They should have known that people were going to want to do this stuff and yet they start it up half-assed and pretty much blind.  Unacceptable.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 17, 2008

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Now I can't even log in.  They should not have let this go up the way it is.  It's completely Un-Nintendo.  They should have known that people were going to want to do this stuff and yet they start it up half-assed and pretty much blind.  Unacceptable.

They should have did a small test run, allowing only the most loyal MyNintendo to sign up at first...

TanookisuitDecember 17, 2008

Things finally cleared up for me!  PLATINUM!

Myxtika1 AznDecember 17, 2008

Does this mean I can't register my Cube version of Twilight Princess?

CalibanDecember 18, 2008

From all the available rewards only the Hanafuda cards, and the Game and Watch Collection are of interest to me. I'm leaning towards the Hanafuda cards.

NinGurl69 *hugglesDecember 18, 2008

Any good rewards yet.

vuduDecember 18, 2008

I'm disappointed by the limited games that count towards coins.  All Wii and DS games with a PIN should be included.  And what the Hell is up with the VC/WiiWare list? 

Bill AurionDecember 18, 2008

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I'm disappointed by the limited games that count towards coins.  All Wii and DS games with a PIN should be included.  And what the Hell is up with the VC/WiiWare list? 

It seems that the list is made up of mostly still-in-print games (a few exceptions like Electroplankton and Elite Beat Agents), which actually makes sense...The VC/WiiWare list IS pretty random, though...

NinGurl69 *hugglesDecember 18, 2008

No Battalion Wars.

List is complete fail.

It seems to be getting better. I just managed to fill out 3 or 4 surveys before it kicked me off and wouldn't let me log in again.

vuduDecember 18, 2008

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It seems that the list is made up of mostly still-in-print games (a few exceptions like Electroplankton and Elite Beat Agents), which actually makes sense...

It makes no sense.  I purchased a Nintendo game with a unique PIN.  I registered that PIN at My Nintendo.  Why can't I get the Club Nintendo points? >:(

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Quote from: Bill

It seems that the list is made up of mostly still-in-print games (a few exceptions like Electroplankton and Elite Beat Agents), which actually makes sense...

It makes no sense.  I purchased a Nintendo game with a unique PIN.  I registered that PIN at My Nintendo.  Why can't I get the Club Nintendo points? >:(

It would make more sense if the surveys were tailored to each game instead of being the exact same thing for each game.

GoldenPhoenixDecember 18, 2008

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Quote from: Bill

It seems that the list is made up of mostly still-in-print games (a few exceptions like Electroplankton and Elite Beat Agents), which actually makes sense...

It makes no sense.  I purchased a Nintendo game with a unique PIN.  I registered that PIN at My Nintendo.  Why can't I get the Club Nintendo points? >:(

It would make more sense if the surveys were tailored to each game instead of being the exact same thing for each game.

I'm surprised they are so generic. I preferred the ones where they ask you to rate certain aspects of the game.

NinGurl69 *hugglesDecember 18, 2008

Nintendo, your surveys suck.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 18, 2008

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It makes no sense.  I purchased a Nintendo game with a unique PIN.  I registered that PIN at My Nintendo.  Why can't I get the Club Nintendo points? >:(

You registered that PIN at MyNintendo.  This is Club Nintendo.
Club Nintendo isn't a "Thank you for buying stuff."  It's a "Buy more stuff and get this."

In theory, Nintendo could have just said "Only games purchased after December 16th count." - Be thankful they're letting you get coins for any of the old stuff.

GoldenPhoenixDecember 18, 2008

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Quote from: vudu

It makes no sense.  I purchased a Nintendo game with a unique PIN.  I registered that PIN at My Nintendo.  Why can't I get the Club Nintendo points? >:(

You registered that PIN at MyNintendo.  This is Club Nintendo.
Club Nintendo isn't a "Thank you for buying stuff."  It's a "Buy more stuff and get this."

In theory, Nintendo could have just said "Only games purchased after December 16th count." - Be thankful they're letting you get coins for any of the old stuff.

Yeah you always should be thankful for a company policy or club that only rewards those who are late to the party, not those who supported them to that point.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 18, 2008

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Quote from: UncleBob

Quote from: vudu

It makes no sense.  I purchased a Nintendo game with a unique PIN.  I registered that PIN at My Nintendo.  Why can't I get the Club Nintendo points? >:(

You registered that PIN at MyNintendo.  This is Club Nintendo.
Club Nintendo isn't a "Thank you for buying stuff."  It's a "Buy more stuff and get this."

In theory, Nintendo could have just said "Only games purchased after December 16th count." - Be thankful they're letting you get coins for any of the old stuff.

Yeah you always should be thankful for a company policy or club that only rewards those who are late to the party, not those who supported them to that point.

That'd make sense - except for the part where Nintendo *is* rewarding all of us.  After doing all the surveys I was eligible for, I was awarded 1,430 points.  That's 1,430 points that Nintendo *didn't* have to give me, but they did.

nitsu niflheimDecember 18, 2008

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Quote from: vudu

It makes no sense.  I purchased a Nintendo game with a unique PIN.  I registered that PIN at My Nintendo.  Why can't I get the Club Nintendo points? >:(

You registered that PIN at MyNintendo.  This is Club Nintendo.
Club Nintendo isn't a "Thank you for buying stuff."  It's a "Buy more stuff and get this."

In theory, Nintendo could have just said "Only games purchased after December 16th count." - Be thankful they're letting you get coins for any of the old stuff.

Yeah you always should be thankful for a company policy or club that only rewards those who are late to the party, not those who supported them to that point.

That'd make sense - except for the part where Nintendo *is* rewarding all of us.  After doing all the surveys I was eligible for, I was awarded 1,430 points.  That's 1,430 points that Nintendo *didn't* have to give me, but they did.

And it only took them how long to finally give us a rewards program?  (again? if you count the old Nintendo Power Stamp program they did back in the 90's)  And do you think we'll every really get the same treatment the Japan Club gets, or even the Europe club gets?

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 18, 2008

I think this is exactly the reason Nintendo has always been so reluctant to launch Club Nintendo in the US.  US Customers seem to have a sense of entitlement - it's like giving Nintendo $50 for a game isn't just giving them $50 for a game - they owe you their first born as well.

I'm completely and utterly thrilled that Nintendo has launched this program in the US and is offering us the opportunity to get free junk *in addition* to the stuff I normally buy from them.

Don't get me wrong, I don't just open up my wallet for Nintendo willy-nilly (waited until I could get Wario World Shake It for under $30, for example).  But simply buying a game doesn't mean Nintendo has to give me a bunch of free stuff.  I bought Professor Layton at launch (well, before launch, actually) - I don't feel Nintendo owes me those awesome foam hats they gave out to those who bought the game at Nintendo World Store or select members of the press who stole them.

If Nintendo says "Buy GameX get ThisY free", then they owe you the free gift.  Otherwise be happy with GameX or don't buy it.

GoldenPhoenixDecember 18, 2008

Yes I'm entitled to free stuff. Seriously it is more like the decent thing to do is if they are going to have a reward program give those that have supported you for the longest some kind of bonus, or at the very least if they bought the SAME EXACT GAME but registered it before anyone else, at least give them credit.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 18, 2008

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Yes I'm entitled to free stuff. Seriously it is more like the decent thing to do is if they are going to have a reward program give those that have supported you for the longest some kind of bonus, or at the very least if they bought the SAME EXACT GAME but registered it before anyone else, at least give them credit.

Like all the free stuff Sony and Microsoft give out?
And they're doing that.  Everyone who registers the exact same list of games, either before or after the Club Nintendo launch, gets the same amount of coins...

GoldenPhoenixDecember 18, 2008

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Yes I'm entitled to free stuff. Seriously it is more like the decent thing to do is if they are going to have a reward program give those that have supported you for the longest some kind of bonus, or at the very least if they bought the SAME EXACT GAME but registered it before anyone else, at least give them credit.

Like all the free stuff Sony and Microsoft give out?
And they're doing that.  Everyone who registers the exact same list of games, either before or after the Club Nintendo launch, gets the same amount of coins...

In case you didn't realize I was being sarcastic in the beginning. Also I'm not talking about MS or Sony, though if they started a similar program I'd hope they'd come up with ways to reward both new and old players alike. Some MMORPG's do this, if you have been a member for awhile you get special gifts. It doesn't have to be mind blowing but I think it is important to recognize those who have been loyal for years.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 18, 2008

Free stuff is nice, but I don't expect anyone to give me free stuff, no matter what they're giving out to anyone else.  Nintendo is a business and I am a consumer.  So long as they want to sell me stuff and I'm willing to buy it, that's what a business/consumer relationship is about.  If they want to give me free stuff, great!  If they want to give free stuff to others to improve their business, that's fine too!  I *want* free stuff, but by no means am I entitled to it.

Look at Cell Phone companies and satellite providers - new customers tend to get better offers.  If you don't like it, you have the option to switch your service and take your money elsewhere.

And, for the record, MyNintendo members were rewarded for years with wallpapers, screensavers and icons.  Isn't that about what the European rewards program gives?

*shrug*

This is nice, but to be honest I'm not all too excited by the program personally. As long as I keep enjoying my games, I couldn't care less if I got a pre-order bonus, some myNintendo points, or whatnot.

Free WiiPoints though.... hmmm...

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 18, 2008

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*shrug*

This is nice, but to be honest I'm not all too excited by the program personally. As long as I keep enjoying my games, I couldn't care less if I got a pre-order bonus, some myNintendo points, or whatnot.

Free WiiPoints though.... hmmm...

This is exactly how I feel... I'm *buying* the games.  Thanks for the freebies though.

I cut/pasted my list of registered titles into Excel and did a little playing around.  Assuming we'd stick with 30 coins for GBA titles and 50 coins for GCN titles, I'd have 3,810 coins.  Instead, I've got 1,480... and I'm not complaining...

LuigiHannDecember 18, 2008

Wow... I just assumed that they haven't recognized my WiiWare/VC purchases yet, but it seems that list of accepted titles is comprised entirely of games that I haven't bought. I'm actually kind of insulted by that, considering how many VC game I own and how arbitrary that list is.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 18, 2008

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Wow... I just assumed that they haven't recognized my WiiWare/VC purchases yet, but it seems that list of accepted titles is comprised entirely of games that I haven't bought. I'm actually kind of insulted by that, considering how many VC game I own and how arbitrary that list is.

I don't think it's arbitrary - I think someone elsewhere looked at the list and compared it to dates and it was pretty much everything released after a particular date... I might be wrong, since I'm just going by what they said...

nitsu niflheimDecember 18, 2008

Sorry, but Nintendo is being half-assed about this.  They should acknowledge every game a person has registered, pick and chosing is just another way of limiting their part, less games a person can re-register and fill out a survey for means less product they would have to give out.  Which is the wrong way to act, if you are going to have a rewards program, then you have to be reasonable, and so far they haven't been. 

I think less than half of what I have register over the years was available to fill out a survey for.  It's cheap and unfair that I went to the trouble to register those games and not only for it to mean nothing then, it won't mean anything now.

Sure it's a nice incentive and Nintendo doesn't have to be doing this, but what they are doing is arbitrarily going through the games they have released with pin codes over the years and saying "screw you we got your money and now that we are going to give you something, if you want it you have to give us more money" 

Is it really that difficult for Nintendo to make every game a person has registered count?  No, it isn't.    What it is, is once again Nintendo is going about something stupid.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 18, 2008

>" It's cheap and unfair that I went to the trouble to register those games and not only for it to mean nothing then, it won't mean anything now."

I didn't mean "nothing" then.  There were wallpapers, icons and screensavers for pretty much every registered game.  It's more than what the Euro-Rewards club got.

Some of you sound like you'd be happier if Nintendo simply chose not to offer the rewards program at all.

Hell, it wouldn't matter one bit if Nintendo did recognize all registered titles... people would complain that their old NES games didn't come with PIN codes or some crap.  Consider yourselves lucky Nintendo didn't scrap the MyNintendo program entirely and only allow newer ClubNintendo PIN codes to count.

nitsu niflheimDecember 18, 2008

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>" It's cheap and unfair that I went to the trouble to register those games and not only for it to mean nothing then, it won't mean anything now."

I didn't mean "nothing" then.  There were wallpapers, icons and screensavers for pretty much every registered game.  It's more than what the Euro-Rewards club got.

Some of you sound like you'd be happier if Nintendo simply chose not to offer the rewards program at all.

Hell, it wouldn't matter one bit if Nintendo did recognize all registered titles... people would complain that their old NES games didn't come with PIN codes or some crap.  Consider yourselves lucky Nintendo didn't scrap the MyNintendo program entirely and only allow newer ClubNintendo PIN codes to count.

Frankly, the way they are doing it right now, it's almost as if they aren't doing it at all.  Limit the number of games a person has registered to count under the new rules.  I registered Metroid Prime 2 and Super Mario 64 DS only a few days apart, but only SM 64 DS counts.  No Gameboy Advance, no Gamecube games allowed!

Let's be honest, MyNintendo was never a rewards program, it was a market research program with minimal effort by Nintendo.  Put up a website/programs, print up some codes and put with games and let them do the work for them. 

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And the cost of the rewards are stupid.  I can understand 800 coins for the DS game, but 800 for the cards and 600 for the cases and playing cards is just too high, they should be at 300 and 200 respectively.  The controller holder should be no more that 100 coins.

NinGurl69 *hugglesDecember 18, 2008

"it was a market research program with minimal effort by Nintendo"

Bingo!  Club Nintendo is simply a more attractive program, which means it will hopefully attract more participation and get better feedback.
It's about time Nintendo made it easier for us to tell them they suck.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 18, 2008

Let's look at it two different ways.

Pretend you go to McDonald's and eat a Big Mac three times a week for the whole year.  Then, at the end of the year, they start running the Monopoly promotion.  Do you go to the counter and complain that McDonald's owes you Monopoly coupons for the whole year's worth of Big Macs you ate that didn't come with coupons?

Second, let's say that, tomorrow, Nintendo of America was to issue a press release that stated, due to the declining economy, Nintendo is forced to raise their MSRP of all games by $10... making most GBA/DS games $40-$45 and most GCN/Wii games $60...

...Should you have to go back through all your previous purchases, figure up the difference between the new price and the old price and cut Nintendo a check for the newer prices?  (Damn, I hope not or I'm screwed...)

The Club Nintendo offer was not taking place when you purchased the older titles.  You never should have expected anything more from purchasing the game than the game you got.  It's not Nintendo's fault you had extra expectations of what you felt you deserve.

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Frankly, the way they are doing it right now, it's almost as if they aren't doing it at all.  Limit the number of games a person has registered to count under the new rules.  I registered Metroid Prime 2 and Super Mario 64 DS only a few days apart, but only SM 64 DS counts.  No Gameboy Advance, no Gamecube games allowed!

Let's be honest, MyNintendo was never a rewards program, it was a market research program with minimal effort by Nintendo.  Put up a website/programs, print up some codes and put with games and let them do the work for them. 

I would *almost* agree with the way some DS/Wii games count and some don't.  But it's quite simple that the GBA/GCN is dead - the few games that are still out there, Nintendo's not really going to see a profit from, so they have no reason to encourage their sales.

MyNintendo wasn't *much* of a rewards program, you're right.  Although I do like some of the various physical prizes I've received - I never downloaded any of the free virtual gifts.  But, the point is, Nintendo could have kept the MyNintendo program going... they're doing something extra here (Again, keeping in mind that Wallpapers and such was a good chunk of the Euro-Club Nintendo).  It's free and if you don't like it, you don't have to participate.  Send me your codes and I'll take the free stuff.

LuigiHannDecember 18, 2008

I would respect the "only some games get surveys" idea a bit more if the surveys weren't identical. And they're clearly marketing surveys, too. I'd be happy if I could rate the games on a scale of 1-5, just so I could give Mario Party 8 the downvote it deserves. 

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 18, 2008

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I would respect the "only some games get surveys" idea a bit more if the surveys weren't identical. And they're clearly marketing surveys, too. I'd be happy if I could rate the games on a scale of 1-5, just so I could give Mario Party 8 the downvote it deserves. 

Loyal MyNintendo members already got the chance to do that.  I received a much lengthier survey after the release of Mario Party 8 that allowed me to rate various aspects of it 1-10.  I recall Mario Party 8 clearly, because it asked about the accuracy of the stylus... ;)

Anywhoo, Nintendo has been sending out larger surveys for registering games for years.  I'm talking surveys that took a good 15 mins or so.  And you know what I got for doing all those surveys?  "Thank you for participating in our survey!"

You youngin's today... with your quick two minute surveys and all your free stuff...

nitsu niflheimDecember 18, 2008

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I would *almost* agree with the way some DS/Wii games count and some don't.  But it's quite simple that the GBA/GCN is dead - the few games that are still out there, Nintendo's not really going to see a profit from, so they have no reason to encourage their sales.

MyNintendo wasn't *much* of a rewards program, you're right.  Although I do like some of the various physical prizes I've received - I never downloaded any of the free virtual gifts.  But, the point is, Nintendo could have kept the MyNintendo program going... they're doing something extra here (Again, keeping in mind that Wallpapers and such was a good chunk of the Euro-Club Nintendo).  It's free and if you don't like it, you don't have to participate.  Send me your codes and I'll take the free stuff.

But they made the Wii backwards compatible, so in that way they are acknowledging the GCN this gen, and by that virtue those games registered should count.  And the same with the DS, its bc with nearly all GBA games.

Keep your paws off my codes. =P  Despite for misgivings for how Nintendo is handling things right now, I am happy they are doing something.  Especially since they previously said the reason they didn't have a rewards program in the US was because of the size of the US, or something like that.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 19, 2008

I just realized something about the surveys... dunno why I didn't think of this earlier.

You get your initial coins for buying the game and completing a small survey.  You get 10 more coins after completing a post-play survey.  The Post-Play surveys are supposed to appear 4-6 after the release of the game.  How this applies to games released before Club Nintendo, who knows?

I'd bet these Post-Play surveys are the larger, more expansive surveys.  After all, it'd be silly to ask someone what they think of the game right when they first purchased it.

CalibanDecember 19, 2008

My Hanafuda cards are with the status of "Preparing Order". I still have 360 coins left, and for some reason the Secret of Mana survey is a blank so I can't get anymore coins at the moment.

Am I the only person not getting any coins for Wiiware/VC games?

Ian SaneDecember 19, 2008

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Yeah you always should be thankful for a company policy or club that only rewards those who are late to the party, not those who supported them to that point.

Sounds like a metaphor for Nintendo's non-gamer strategy!  Ho ho! ;)

I haven't tried farting around with Club Nintendo yet but from what you guys are saying it sounds like because I haven't registered a Nintendo game in years I stand to benefit more than a loyal fan who rushed to register every game seconds before buying it.  Literally all of my Wii games are not registered.  Nintendo doesn't even know I own a Wii.  I don't even think I've registered any DS games.

Even though I stand to benefit from this it's still unfair.  Does Nintendo have to offer an incentive program at all?  No.  Are we entitled to it?  No.  But that doesn't mean that if they choose to do it they shouldn't do the incentive program in a fair way.

Let's say a company introduced a new policy to provide bonus vacation days after five and ten years of service.  When the policy is introduced let's say some people are at six years, some at eleven and everyone else fits in between that.  Should those people at six get the five year bonus and the people at eleven get both the five and ten year bonus?  Is it fair for the person who has worked their for nine years to get the bonus days next year while the person who has worked their longer never gets ANY bonus days despite having worked their longer?  If you say "yes" you're a tool and if this was your business your employees would freak out at you.  At the same time the company never had to introduce this policy but because they did they should do it fairly.

Now if they just started introducing Club Nintendo points from this day onward with only new games having it, that would kind of suck but would be a perfectly acceptable way to do it.  What they're doing now though screws over their most loyal customers.  That's a stupid way to do it.

Though I'm not at all surprised that Nintendo is doing it in a stupid way.  That's Nintendo's trademark.  I assume that if it doesn't involve actual videogame development they will f*ck it up.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 19, 2008

There seems to be a *lot* of misinformation in regards to how Club Nintendo works.

It doesn't matter if you registered a title under MyNintendo when the game launched or if you registered the game yesterday under Club Nintendo - you will be eligible for the exact same amount of coins from that title. Period.

As for the employer example, I'm familiar with many employers that offer a "Hire-on" bonus to new employees that they did not always offer. Long term employees did not receive the bonus and are not eligible for the bonus (short of quitting and getting rehired, losing all raises and seniority).

LuigiHannDecember 19, 2008

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Now if they just started introducing Club Nintendo points from this day onward with only new games having it, that would kind of suck but would be a perfectly acceptable way to do it.

That's basically what they did, except they also support a rather eccentric list of older stuff. It just bugs me that some WiiWare and titles count but others don't, since the services aren't even that old, and I've put a good chunk of money into them.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 19, 2008

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That's basically what they did, except they also support a rather eccentric list of older stuff. It just bugs me that some WiiWare and titles count but others don't, since the services aren't even that old, and I've put a good chunk of money into them.

The list isn't really *that* eccentric.

The Wii game list is composed of in-print Wii titles.
The DS list is *mostly* in-print titles.  There are a few exceptions.
The WiiWare/VC is everything released on or after 10/13/2008.  That may be an arbitrary date, I suppose.  I'm guessing Nintendo has a reason for it...

nitsu niflheimDecember 19, 2008

Sadly, now when I try to log in it tells me my name and password are not correct.  Before it would just pretend to log in and then just not do it, but this is just a great way to start a program.

I know I typed them in right because I am not stupid like Nintendo is being at the moment.

nitsu niflheimDecember 21, 2008

You know, if Nintendo wants more 3rd party games to sell, they should work something out that people who buy those games should be able to register them as well and get some coins.  It's an extra incentive for people who normally avoid 3rd party games to buy them if there is something in it for them. 

Of course this will never happen because this is Nintendo we're talking about.

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusDecember 21, 2008

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You know, if Nintendo wants more 3rd party games to sell, they should work something out that people who buy those games should be able to register them as well and get some coins.  It's an extra incentive for people who normally avoid 3rd party games to buy them if there is something in it for them. 

Of course this will never happen because this is Nintendo we're talking about.

In Japan they have club Nintendo codes for all 1st and 3rd party games, so don't hold your breath it may happen.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 21, 2008

So, I wrote into Nintendo's Customer Service to ask two Club Nintendo related questions and to thank them for bringing Club Nintendo stateside.

I asked them if there was a reason that four of the five versions of Nintendogs counted for coins, while the fifth version was left out and if there was any possibility of seeing a way to, somehow, purchase Club Nintendo items from the site (either cash or some cash/coin combo).

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Again, thanks tons and tons for bringing Club Nintendo to the US.  I'm sure y'all are getting tons of crap for the site being buggy and not counting older GCN/GBA titles toward coin counts, but I'm just thrilled to have a chance to get more free Nintendo stuff.  Because I need more Nintendo stuff... or so says my four GameCubes... they whisper things to me in my sleep.

And to prove that Nintendo Customer Service doesn't just provide automated, canned responses...

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Greetings Richard,
Your having registered as much product as you have is impressive, to say the least! I will be sure to forward the feedback you and your Nintendo GameCubes are suggesting, regarding your desire to see Club Nintendo prizes available for direct purchase for further review. It sounds like those four are onto something.

I’m sure you already know this, but the coins are earned for the completion of surveys and not for the registration of the game itself. More importantly, surveys are not needed for games which no longer ship to retailers and are therefore not eligible for coins. I hope this helps explain why older titles, such as Nintendogs (Best Friends edition) does not qualify for coins.

Sincerely,
Dale Thompson

GoldenPhoenixDecember 21, 2008

I'm not surprised by Nintendo's customer service, they've always been great when I needed them.

BTW I got enough points now (after 20 minutes of so of gathering up all my registration cards) to get the cards. Game and Watch would be nice, but the classic cards seem extra special.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 21, 2008

I want all the cards... :(
NEED MOAR POINTS!  MUST BUY 10 COPIES OF POKAYMAN DIAMOND!

KDR_11kDecember 22, 2008

Turns out Europe has that "say what you want to buy and buy it within 2 weeks of launch" deal too. The currentl list of registerable games for that is... empty.

Tybo68December 23, 2008

Is that seriously the VC/wiiware list of games you can get points for? More than half of my forty or so games aren't on this list. What is the reason behind this? As far as I am concerned if all the games are available in the shop channel you should be able get points from ANY of them, it makes no sense unless it is a technical issue.

It seems only Nintendo can screw up something that seems so simple and obvious except to them.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 24, 2008

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Is that seriously the VC/wiiware list of games you can get points for? More than half of my forty or so games aren't on this list. What is the reason behind this? As far as I am concerned if all the games are available in the shop channel you should be able get points from ANY of them, it makes no sense unless it is a technical issue.

It's titles released on/after October 13th.

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