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Club Nintendo

Club Nintendo Europe is 'closed' but seems to be in a zombified state

Download rewards now
Oct 01
// Chris Carter
Even though Club Nintendo was supposed to close forever in Europe yesterday, you can still browse the catalog and purchase items with your stars (wow, you guys still have that Luigi's Mansion 2 statue?). If you go directly to...
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Club Nintendo

PSA: Club Nintendo Europe is closing today

End of an era
Sep 30
// Chris Carter
For whatever reason, Club Nintendo Europe survived the purge (ha, like the movie The Purge, get it Morty?) recently, and has clung to life until this week. As of today, the service will be discontinued. Now is the time where ...
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Club Nintendo

Remember Club Nintendo with this special coin

Earnable in Europe
Sep 03
// Jordan Devore
When I think of commemorative coins, I think of overpriced patriotic junk peddled during TV commercial breaks. Supplies are extremely limited. Call now! This is way better. It's a silver-plated Club Nintendo Goodbye Coin that...
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Club Nintendo

Use your Club Nintendo codes right now

Lest you lose them forever
Jul 31
// Brett Makedonski
Club Nintendo has been in the process of shutting down for six months now. All along the way, there have been trigger dates where it's the last opportunity to do something or other. The last of those is upon us, and it's time...

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Club Nintendo closure

Goodbye, Club Nintendo

Nintendo's loyalty program discontinued
Jul 02
// Kyle MacGregor
After nearly seven years, Club Nintendo has called it quits, discontinuing service in North America. The loyalty program debuted alongside the GameCube's European launch in 2002 as Nintendo VIP 24:7 before coming to Japan as ...
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Onto the next iteration
If you haven't spent all your Coins yet at Club Nintendo US, now would be a good time to do so -- the service is closing forever tomorrow. It will officially close at 11:59 PM PST on June 30, 2015, so get moving! Yo...

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Iwata on digital pricing

Nintendo keeping digital prices up, hints at mild compensation

Tied to new membership program
Jun 29
// Steven Hansen
Nintendo's Satoru Iwata addressed the fact that eShop games are priced the same as their retail counterparts despite the cost savings of digital distribution. This comes from an investor briefing reported live by Nstyles and ...
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Club Nintendo

Remember to redeem your Club Nintendo Coins by June 30

Don't let them go to waste!
May 19
// Chris Carter
Club Nintendo as we know it is dead. It will return in some form but not the incarnation we know and love today, and your Coins will be dead too come June 30. Consider this a reminder to redeem your Coin balance before the en...
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Club Nintendo Europe

Club Nintendo Europe just got three new 3DS themes

500 Stars
May 19
// Chris Carter
Still clinging on to your Club Nintendo account? I have a few hundred Coins left -- I'll probably wait until the last minute to spend them. All you Europeans out there now have a new set of 3DS themes to take a gander at thou...
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Club Nintendo

Club Nintendo slashes coin prices on physical stuff in the US

Go check it out
May 12
// Chris Carter
Club Nintendo is going away soon (on June 30 it will be completely dead), and the publisher seems to want to rid itself of all of its physical goods quickly. A bunch of items have been slashed in price to make way for a fire ...
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Advance Wars!

PSA: Download your Club Nintendo elite rewards before Friday

Advance Wars!
Apr 29
// Steven Hansen
Club Nintendo is shutting down. The ability to accumulate coins ended alongside March's turn to April. April is the last month that Gold (300 coins) and Platinum (600 coins) members can download elite status gifts, which mean...
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Earthbound is back up at Club Nintendo

After running out of digital codes
Apr 07
// Chris Carter
Earlier this week we noticed that Earthbound had been removed from Club Nintendo, despite the fact that it's a digital release. Thanks to a tip from a reader, I logged into the service this morning to find out that it ha...
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First Ness, now his game? EarthBound 'sold out' on Club Nintendo reward list

Apr 05
// Jonathan Holmes
[Please Give Us Strength art by Zarla] Pre-orders for the GameStop exclusive Ness amiibo went up last week, and it was pretty much a disaster. ended up being taken offline as a result, and in-store orders took up...
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Club Nintendo Platinum

Club Nintendo posts Platinum and Gold rewards

They're all-digital again
Apr 01
// Chris Carter
Club Nintendo is coming to a close, and the ability to register any Coins ended yesterday, but there's one last swan song for the service -- the Platinum and Gold rewards. Today, Nintendo posted said rewards on their site, an...
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Club Nintendo closing

Tomorrow's the last day to earn Club Nintendo Coins

I couldn't afford Kid Icarus: Uprising, dang it all
Mar 30
// Jordan Devore
I'm still mentally preparing myself for a world without Club Nintendo. The long-running rewards service will no longer exist as of July 1, 2015, but there's a much more immediate date we also need to keep in mind: March 31. T...
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Club Nintendo Japan

Cool Mario Kart 8 soundtrack, Club Nintendo Japan

If there's a smile on face, it's only there trying to fool the public
Feb 24
// Jordan Devore
Club Nintendo Japan has added some new rewards including a two-disc CD soundtrack for Mario Kart 8, a Majora's Mask jigsaw puzzle, and a lil Blooper shirt. You can squeeze into it, if you want. There's also a tentative listin...
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Super Smash Bros.

That free Super Smash Bros. Club Nintendo soundtrack is starting to ship

Check your inboxes
Feb 24
// Chris Carter
In case you were living under a rock when Super Smash Bros. had its dual 3DS and Wii U launch, Club Nintendo had a really cool promotion where if you registered both games, you'd get a nifty physical soundtrack for free. The ...

Here are some recommendations for Club Nintendo's new massive reward dump

Feb 02 // Chris Carter
The Wonderful 101 (Wii U - 600 Coins) I put this first because it pretty much needs to be the first game you pick up. It's one of the most original games of the past few years, and the Nintendo and Platinum partnership has definitely proven itself with titles like this and Bayonetta 2. Seriously, why are you reading this? Go get it now, then look at the rest. Super Metroid (Wii U - 200 Coins) Every year I go back and beat Super Metroid. It has a special place in my heart and it's not just due to nostalgia -- it's one of the best platformers ever made. With just the right amount of boss battles and a brilliantly creepy atmosphere, it's a joy to play and isn't so difficult that you're pulling your hair out deciding where to go. If you enjoy Metroidvanias and somehow haven't played Super, this is your next purchase. Game & Wario (Wii U - 600 Coins) I think Game & Wario gets a bad rap. It's always been a fairly niche series, but Nintendo tried some new things with Game and some of them didn't pay off for a large amount of people. Playing it with my spouse however was a joy. We loved trying to figure out where all of the hidden objects are with the "Shutter" minigame, passing the Wii U GamePad to each other when we spotted something the other didn't. We spent hours playing Sketch with parties, and Islands with each other on the couch. Fruit is a massive hit with friends as well, forcing up to four other players to "catch" and identify one thief, who sneakily uses the GamePad to hide in the crowd. If you have lots of friends over and an open mind, give Game a chance after you've picked up some of the other games on this list. Doc Louis's Punch Out!! (Wii - 250 Coins) I know what I said about non-native Wii U games, but hey, this one is exclusive! Once it's gone it's probably gone forever, and is only being offered because the service is closing down. For those of you who couldn't get into the series, you probably won't be all that impressed with what is essentially a small demo battle with one of the most iconic characters. But if you're a Punch Out!! fan, this is a piece of the franchise's history. Get it before it's gone. Kersploosh! (3DS - 150 Coins) This strange game about falling down a well is something I come back to very often. Every few months or so I'll get the itch to beat my last high score, or try out another trinket. Your object is to basically survive until you hit the bottom, utilizing a variety of different objects like pebbles, watermelons, or even a fragile egg. For a mere 150 Coins it's a great distraction if you're looking for something unique. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS - 600 Coins) The 3DS version of Returns eliminates the only major problem I had with the original -- forced motion controls. With a tactile setup it feels identical to the Donkey Kong Country games of old, and earning every tricky collectible is now that much more attainable with a more direct control scheme. The first time I booted up Returns 3D, I spent 10 hours straight playing it. It's addicting as hell, and a must-have in your 3DS library. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (3DS - 200 Coins) This is still among the greatest handheld RPGs of all time. Out of all of the Zelda games ever made I think this one stands up as one of the easiest to pick up and play, and the DX version makes that even easier with a colorful new visual style. At 200 Coins it's a steal. Super Mario 3D Land (3DS - 600 Coins) If you want more retail games on the 3DS (or for your upcoming shiny New 3DS), 3D Land is the perfect starting point. Nintendo really outdid itself this time, adding in plenty of new concepts without resorting to a host of yawn-worthy "New" tropes. The 3D also works great, and some of the game's environments are breathtaking, even on that tiny screen. This is easily one of my top core Mario games to this day. Donkey Kong (3DS - 150 Coins) I don't think anyone expected the Game Boy version of Donkey Kong to be this good. It turned what was basically an endless arcade game into an RPG-like affair, bringing you through completely new zones and concepts. It's still the best iteration of the classic Donkey Kong formula. Kid Icarus Uprising (3DS - 700 Coins) Uprising isn't for everyone, but on a personal level I consider it one of the best games Nintendo has crafted in the past five years. It's full of charm from start to finish, from the clever and adorable script to the pitch-perfect voice acting. Every member of the cast sounds like they're having fun, and a lot of that rubs off directly onto players. The control scheme isn't perfect and I had to take breaks every hour or two because of cramping, but the adjustable difficulty slider is an excellent way to bring in newcomers and veteran shooters alike. With tons of twists and turns it's also exciting throughout, and a lot longer than I expected. This is one of the more expensive pickups, but if you have the extra coins and remember when Saturday morning cartoons were cool, you may find yourself falling in love with Uprising. Of course, this list is non-exhaustive; it just includes a few of my favorites. Make sure to recommend other pickups in the comments! Jonathan Holmes' bonus list of recommendations: Doc Louis's Punch-Out!!! The Wonderful 101 A Kappa's Trail HarmoKnight Earthbound Excitebike World Rally Sakura Samurai Tokyo Crash Mobs Donkey Kong (Game Boy)
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Lots of great stuff in there
Nintendo dropped a bomb on us today. A delightful digital bomb of over 100 games to download off Club Nintendo in exchange for your precious Coins. The service is gearing up for a remodel, but before then, all your Coins must...

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Doc Louis

Doc Louis's Punch-Out!! headlines Club Nintendo blowout sale, with tons of new rewards

It also broke the site
Feb 02
// Chris Carter
As I was enjoying the hunt for the Rosalina amiibo with a friend yesterday, we talked about what the new Club Nintendo would be like. But first, they have to close out their current one so we thought, "hey, wouldn't it be nic...
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A Link Between Worlds

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack comes to Club Nintendo Europe

3000 stars
Jan 26
// Chris Carter
Club Nintendo is closing. A new loyalty program will be coming later this year, but I really enjoyed my time with it. The Club isn't completely dead yet though, especially in the case of the European version. The service rece...
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Nikki's Travel Quiz

Swapnote's Nikki to return in Nikki's Travel Quiz

I miss her notes
Jan 21
// Darren Nakamura
I miss Swapnote. I mean, it's still around, but dropping SpotPass functionality has basically rendered it impotent. The thing is, even when it was fully functional, most of the messages I got came from Nikki, who I always ass...
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Club Nintendo

What was your favorite Club Nintendo reward?

Mine has to be the Mario statue
Jan 20
// Chris Carter
After six long years, the Club Nintendo program is ending. It's not all bad news though -- Nintendo is starting up a new program this year, and it has the potential to be better. Also, more rewards are being added in February...

Club Nintendo is shutting down

Jan 20 // Chris Carter
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[Update: Nintendo has provided an FAQ on the closure. Information will not be transferred to the new program. Your new elite status gift will be available between April 1 and April 30, 2015.] After more than six years, C...

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Super Smash Bros.

PSA: Today is the last day to register for the free Super Smash Bros. soundtracks

Go to Club Nintendo
Jan 14
// Darren Nakamura
If you are anything like me, you put off registering products on Club Nintendo until months (or years) later, when they aren't worth as much. If you bought both the 3DS and the Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. and you have...
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Limited edition New 3DS

Nintendo offering limited edition New 3DS to Club Nintendo members

Seeking the willing to spread the word
Jan 06
// Conrad Zimmerman
Some Nintendo fans in Europe woke up to a surprise this morning, an opportunity for a limited "Ambassador" edition of the New 3DS handheld. The limited edition hardware bundles in an exclusive front cover plate, a pair of Sup...
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Club Nintendo Europe

Club Nintendo Europe is having issues, Nintendo is on it

Your stars will return
Jan 02
// Chris Carter
Yesterday the Club Nintendo service in Europe was having some issues. In addition to downtime, some users are reporting that their stars (coins in the US version) are not appearing in their account. Nintendo has noted that al...
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Club Nintendo

Club Nintendo's 3DS game cases are stylish

The t-shirt, not so much
Dec 24
// Jordan Devore
Club Nintendo has more physical rewards available: two 3DS game cases sporting some cool (and varied!) artwork, and an NES Remix 2 t-shirt featuring Samus in the Mushroom Kingdom. Nintendo 3DS Game Card Case - Pikmin / Super...
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Club Nintendo

Club Nintendo adds Super Mario Kart, Kirby's Dream Land 3

A new 1080░ Snowboarding would hit the spot
Dec 15
// Jordan Devore
The last three times I've written about Club Nintendo rewards, Kirby made his way onto the list. That trend continues today with the new set of game offers available until January 19, 2015: Kirby's Dream Land 3 (Wii U) - 200...
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Club Nintendo rewards

Fresh Club Nintendo rewards: Metroid II, Kirby's Pinball Land, Pilotwings

And a game about throwing pedestrians
Nov 17
// Jordan Devore
Do you have any Club Nintendo currency left this late in the year? I do not. I'm not even sure where my Coins went. I only have two remaining low-value surveys to fill out (though Super Smash Bros. is on the way), and that's ...
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Club Nintendo

Club Nintendo now has sweet Super Smash Bros. posters

For 700 coins
Nov 03
// Chris Carter
Club Nintendo is updating its stock with new Super Smash Bros. posters. The set of three includes art that depicts Animal Crossing, Mario Galaxy, and Kid Icarus settings, with various characters in tow. The Galaxy one is easily my favorite. It'll run you 700 coins for the privilege, and they run 22" x 28". Check them out in the gallery below! Super Smash Bros. 3-Poster set [Club Nintendo]

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