Submitted by ChaosKnight 816d ago | opinion piece

Club Nintendo 2013 Elite Awards are a Huge Disappointment

Hardcore Gamer: While many would argue that you're getting things for free so have no right to complain what they are, they're glossing over the point of the program, which is an incentive to buy new games. Spending around five-hundred dollars and getting some posters or CDs as a reward does little to inspire loyalty, and the encouragement to seek out games that supposedly offer it may be over. (3DS, Club Nintendo, Culture, Nintendo, Wii, Wii U)

TripC50  +   816d ago
"incentive to buy new games."
To people who look at Club Nintendo as an incentive to buy new games will be dissapointed.

Me? I regester my games and now I can get another game for free...or maybe some exclusive posters. Sweet.
PopRocks359  +   816d ago
Hey, it's good enough for me. Nintendo games take a while to drop in price anyway. Why not get some free stuff/games along with them?


Same exact thing with me. The CD seemed like a nice collector's item, but I decided I'd rather have the posters since I can download the soundtrack at any time. Just a shame I couldn't get the calendar with it.
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TripC50  +   816d ago
Agreed. I picked the poster set by the way. I was thinking about getting Majora's Mask Soundtrack but I couldnt pull the trigger on it.
Shnazzyone  +   816d ago
I decided I wanted the soundtrack. Out of the 3 things that is the highest end collectors thing I see. I found the Luigi poster a bit meh... that was the only reason i didn't go poster too. Besides I still got the zelda 25th anniversary of zelda set decorating my house. To me, that's enough. Majora's mask is a 2 disc set that does come in a jewel case despite the envelope appearing case in the picture.

Also, majora's mask is so inexplicable. I wonder if it's a hint of an impending remake.
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TripC50  +   816d ago
@Shnazz If I were to get the soundtrack I would have collected it and never opened it hoping it would become a rare jewl in 50 years.
yalltrippin  +   816d ago
they are a disappointment, i expected something a little better to choose from.
Xof  +   816d ago
Club Nintendo rewards are never anything special. There's a reason it's all FREE.

Personally, I like these rewards a lot better than some of the platinums they've had in the past. Remember the pin collection? Ulgh. I'm much happier with an awesome Wind Waker poster.
GenericNameHere  +   816d ago
The statue with Mario and gang was a few years back was pretty nice...

Anyways, shame I haven't entered since the year with the pins (which IMO was pretty cool also. I still have it unwrapped). Oh well, this year's reward has passed, and maybe I'll try next year. I don't buy much Nintendo games anymore, but my friends do, and they never use their codes since they don't know what they are for.
jkuli6  +   816d ago
Getting free stuff for purchases you would haves for anyway is not a disappointment.

I'll be getting the posters.....once the club Nintendo site goes back up.
admiralvic  +   816d ago
You could argue both ways. If I spent X dollars and did Y surveys for a chance to get a 10 year old OST, I can't say I would be too excited / hyped.
exfatal  +   816d ago
but no reason to be disappointed, cause i doubt ur buying these games just for the platinum rewards. plus these dont even cost coins.
admiralvic  +   816d ago
@ Exfatal

That's like telling a kid not to be sad when Grandma gives you a present, which has a brand new -insert whatever cool item you want-, though it's actually just a box holding a pair of argyle socks.

I choose to spend my time earning the rewards (no matter how you spin it, doing a survey is required to actually get the items) and was naturally a little excited to see what sort of gift Nintendo was going to give me. When you compare things like the Mario Pillow or even things like the Pikmin bag, an old OST or a set of posters aren't really something I am going to go outside and do awesome air kicks over.
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objdadon  +   816d ago
I have over 1500 coins and have yet to spend any because I want something other than virtual console games. Even m$ is giving a couple away. Come on nintendo.
LOL_WUT  +   816d ago
I'd be all over this if all the games on that list weren't required to be played through the Wii menu mode or w/e it's called. ;)
Concertoine  +   816d ago
Seriously. At this point in the wiis lifespan it had more than nes/snes games, in fact it had a few genesis and n64 games at launch
TXIDarkAvenger  +   816d ago
Yeah, it was pretty bad. I mean, Gold awards should include the posters and plat should be like a statue or something.
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   816d ago
I got Links awakening Im satisfied.
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Concertoine  +   816d ago
I think nintendo has the best retro selection there is (being in the industry 2 gens longer than sony and 3 more than MS) and they should definitely offer a cheaper ps plus-esque service that offers some of their classics for free and other such perks.
admiralvic  +   816d ago
Wouldn't work for a couple of reasons...

1) Nintendo has historically made a LOT of money exploiting the popularity of previous titles.While they might do HD remakes right (Windwaker!), most of their online presence is the opportunity to relive the past.
2) Nintendo lacks a online account system as advance as Xbox Live or PSN. It's not a simple "sign in and enjoy your games" system, it's more of a "use our long and boring transfer utility to keep your account".
3) It would obliterate the current Club Nintendo offerings. Most of what people buy now are classic games and adding a program like Plus would be a huge blow to CN.
kirbyu  +   816d ago
Isn't the program designed for people who are gonna buy Nintendo's games anyway?
admiralvic  +   816d ago
Well the program is designed to collect market research from people willing to do a series of surveys and reward loyalty with small trinkets. With that being said, remember that it will cost you roughly $480+ (Assuming you don't find deals or get coins elsewhere.) dollars to hit platinum and your reward for spending X dollars and doing Y surveys is a set of posters, one of a few sub $10 dollar games, a calendar or an OST. Sure it's better than nothing, but you would think for the cost barrier to hit this point they would spring for something better.
kirbyu  +   816d ago
So their clearly thinking about the people who are gonna buy the games anyway.
SantanaClaus89  +   816d ago
LOL @ people complaining about free stuff. If you went out of your way to buy stuff you didn't want just for a Club Nintendo reward, then you are beyond help.
yugovega  +   815d ago
i personally think if you hit elite you should be able to choose 1 elite or 2 gold gifts. i wouldn't mind 2 vc games. maybe i'll just make 2 accounts this year to get 2 freebees.
Dunban67  +   815d ago
Nintendo should be doing anything they can to generate excitement and energy in their brand RIGHT NOW- The Wii U needs it. If any time Ninty was going to go over and above on one of their customer loyalty programs this would be the year. If they had offered something a bit nicer, memorable, useful, exciting then people would be talking about it in a positive way- maybe even take some of the attention off their bone headed decisions to shut down the Smash Bros EVO event and lets play vids on you tube-
( I know they eventually allowed both)

They are being "penny wise and pound foolish" literally and figuratively in so many ways. One of the big tools Nintendo has right now to help the future of the wii U and Nintendo as a company is cash- They have a ton of cash and they should be investing a bit more of it right now to help their failing console (I own a wii, 3ds XL and Wii U- all for my 7 year old Son- but no other consoles since the Atari in the early 80 s)

I have enjoyed becoming a casual gamer while providing consoles and games for my Son- I appreciate what Nintendo brings to the world of gaming as well- I just hate to see how poorly they continue to execute the year + before the Wii U launch up to the present
admiralvic  +   815d ago
They NEVER ONCE tried to shut down lets play videos. In fact, they actually encouraged people to make videos of their things, but people wrote that off for the rage the YouTubers were feeling.

What actually happened is Nintendo started doing Copyright claims on videos of X length and take the revenue generated from these videos as their own. A lot of LPer's were outraged because they felt they were entitled to profit off their filmed and voice overed versions of the Nintendo games, though I think a lot of us can agree that the game being showcased is the main draw and their commentary is secondary (in some cases even unwelcomed).
Dunban67  +   815d ago
You can spin it however you want- by taking their revenue they would effectively shut down those LP videos- That is flat stupid for Nintendo to do- The viewing numbers of many of those LP producers are huge- the followers of those producers are loyal and most either own the games being followed and/or watching until they can pick up their own copy of the game and/or watching to decide weather or not they want to purchase the game and/or watching to get help in progressing in the game therefore getting more enjoyment out of it. They are typically very positive about the Nintendo LP s that they do and do a great job at selling the games- their LP s generate the kind of exposure that marketing can t buy and Nintendo wants to shut that down? It is insane- it sounds like they came to their senses eventually- but the fact they did not understand the value those LP s bring to the Nintendo brand is astonishing- same story for the EVO Smash Bros situation

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