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Submitted by ValKilmer 253d ago | opinion piece

Club Nintendo’s 2014 Platinum/Gold Rewards are Insulting

Hardcore Gamer: The program started off impressively giving Platinum members a Mario statue, but has devolved from there all the way up until last year's lame offering of a CD soundtrack. Things seemed like they couldn't get any worse, but Nintendo has today proven that they certainly can. (3DS, Club Nintendo, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Game & Wario, Wii U)

ValKilmer  +   253d ago
What pisses me off the most about this is that I spent $40 extra JUST to attain Platinum Status this year because I was so close. They dangle it like a carrot in front of you to encourage you to buy more games. And what do I get in return? $10-$20 games I don't want or already have.
tigner  +   253d ago
I do this every year too...and agree these prizes are just crap

**in case you don't know...people on eBay sell club Nintendo coins.... Might be cheaper for you
3-4-5  +   253d ago
I'm kind of glad I didn't pay much attention to it, but I feel bad for others.

Nintendo has so many awesome games/things to offer.

I still have a ton of codes to register.
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Neonridr  +   253d ago
last year I got some wicked Zelda posters.

While free games are never terrible, it sucks that the choices are so limited. I mean I own almost all the NES games (minus Kid Icarus). And In terms of the Platinum only games my choices are down to Game & Wario and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. I own Earthbound (and love it), but is that really worth the equivalent of a Platinum level?
monochromer  +   253d ago
Must be nice. I ordered mine, but never got them.
Neonridr  +   253d ago
really? You should have followed up with Nintendo. The Link Between Worlds poster was gorgeous.
deafdani  +   253d ago
Insulting? Dear God. Entitled much?

This. Is. FREE. STUFF. That Nintendo gives you just because you bought their games and systems.

Nintendo doesn't have any obligation to give anything away for free. No company does. Last I checked, neither Sony nor Microsoft have anything like Club Nintendo (yes, PS+ is awesome, but you PAY for it. Club Nintendo gives you free shit just by buying Nintendo games).

And people still complain about it? I can't believe it. Stop. You are all acting exactly like that whiny spoiled brat that complains and cries because daddy gave him a Samsung Galaxy when he wanted an iPhone.
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WeAreLegion  +   253d ago
Seriously, dude?

http://www.sonyrewards.com/...

http://rewards.xbox.com/

There are also PlayStation rewards for Game Advisory Panel members and PlayStation VIP members, as well.
deafdani  +   253d ago
Oh, damn. I seriously didn't know about these rewards programs from both Sony and Microsoft.

My bad, and I stand corrected on this regard. Thanks for the info. Helpful bubble for you.

That aside, the rest of my argument stands. :P
WeAreLegion  +   253d ago
I highly respect that. Well said bubble to you!
SaxScrotumz  +   253d ago
Pick your gift and carry on.
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KingOfOldSkool  +   253d ago
If you're going to do a customer loyalty program: Do. It. RIGHT. Or just don't bother, because it will accomplish the exact opposite of why they even exist in the first place.

Loyalty programs like Club Nintendo aren't operated out of the kindness of their corporate hearts, they're calculated business maneuvers. The sole reason for their existence is to encourage customers to maintain or increase their normal spending through incentives. Why then, is it considered so out of line for Nintendo's customers to point out that the dwindling quality of CN's incentives is making it less and less effective at accomplishing the only thing it was created to do?

This isn't another case of 'entitlement', the tired buzzword that contrarians always try to tag on every instance of consumers daring to hold game companies to any type of standard, this is consumers telling a company going after their money with increasingly insulting freebies to get their head out of their ass.
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rxl209  +   253d ago
actually sony and microsoft both have programs like these (sony rewards / xboxlive rewards) and while i think club nintendo is a great program, get off your high horse
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randomass171  +   253d ago
You're insulted over free games? Come on, really? -.- Whiners on PS+ and whiners on Club Nintendo. Don't matter where you go.
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jegheist2014  +   253d ago
i got zelda 2 i really wanted earthbound but missed platinum by 70 coins.

i just bought wii u in april so i kinda luckedi n but yea those who already own half games on list i can feel for
Th3o  +   253d ago
Weird for me it said I was platinum now I'm suddenly gold? Wtf? I really wanted Earth bound:(
eworthington0  +   253d ago
Thats BS!
At least its only 10 bucks.
Not a high price point for what was expected
Th3o  +   252d ago
Well when compared to other rereleases,you can't say it's not milked. 10$ is very pricey for such an old game and one u don't really own.

But it truly is a great game, and Nintendo knows it.

Edit: Oh it fixed itself:S now I'm back to plat LOL thank god I didn't redeem anything yesterday ahahha
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eworthington0  +   252d ago
Awesome. True its pricey for what it is. It may be digital but if you look on ebay or even amazon physical earthbound it is like hundreds of dollars. Its nuts.
Earthbound is an awesome game.
Th3o  +   252d ago
Not arguing that, it is true that prices are inflated. The problem is the Rom (though illegal) is available and has been for over a decade.

Also it being Wii.U only pisses me off because I'd love to have it on my 3Ds.

Also the only thing that annoys me is that if my Wii.U is sold or broken I don't get to transfer the game:(
Mexxan  +   253d ago
You should see the club Nintendo goodies here in the UK. Just plain shit.
eworthington0  +   253d ago
I got dk3d and im happy with it... I just figured it would be much bigger. Like even an eshop gift card for like 59.99?
That wouldnt be bad. Then at least you would get to choose.
If you wait a week, you could get kid icarus or whatever the hell else they had on there.

Im just upset because I spent so much money and im a dedicated customer.
Figured there would be more to it.
I do however appreciate that its in the form of a game rather than a soundtrack or a figurine. Jist wish you could choose.
tweet75  +   253d ago
free games and ive never had to buy extra just get my gold or platinum status. Its not an unreasonable amount to get the status what the average gamer probably buys in games in a year. Just need the time to do the surveys which dont take very long.
lobocob  +   253d ago
It takes time to do the surveys if you do them right. These are only free if you don't value your time.
Benjaminkno  +   253d ago
They give you an exttra 10% eShop credit on top of the coins, and then the club rewards?... not to mention the free game for MK8?... they even give you extra credit and coins originating from free games..

Complain all you want, Nintendo is giving away all kinds of free sh!t.

If you're still unsatisfied, well, I suppose you shouldn't have such high expectations for free stuff. I'm not sure an extra $10 would shut you up.
Dunban67  +   252d ago
I think Nintendo still believes it does not have competition - They do things better in Japan because that is were their stockholders ( mostly) live

I agree that of they are going to do the program do it right or not at all
Fullmetalevolust  +   252d ago
Is anybody else unable to redeem their prizes??
I tried a few times and I get that silly Wario message!
I wanna get donkey kong and earthbound and some others...:)

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