Back when we got the Wii and a paid of Nintendo DS Lites and my daughter an I were playing Pokemon or Mario Party 8 or LEGO Star Wars: The Original Trilogy every Saturday morning, we went pretty whole hog into the Nintendo experience. We got Nintendo Power Magazine, we kept up with their news sites, we went to Nintendo events that showed up locally, and my daughter even went to the Nintendo World Store in New York when she was there on a trip.
And, of course, we set ourselves up with Club Nintendo.
Club Nintendo is basically Nintendo’s customer loyalty program. You make and account there and register your Nintendo products (each product comes with a code that directs you to Club Nintendo, so it is tough to miss) and take surveys about the games you have played to earn coins. The coins can be spent on various cheap but often exclusive prizes. I had some coins that were expiring this year and used them to buy my daughter a pair of posters with all of the characters from Animal Crossing: A New Leaf. It can be a lot of that sort of thing.
If you get enough coins in a year, which runs from July 1 to June 30, you can earn Gold (300 coins) or Platinum (600 coins) status. That entitles you to a special reward at the end of the cycle.
Back in the day those were rewards were similar little things. I think we got a set of special DS Lite styluses one year and a Pokemon plush toy another. That was about it during the Wii and DS Lite days. But as time moved on and Nintendo bought into the digital delivery system, which started with the Virtual Console on the Wii for old games and then became a regular store with the Nintendo DSi series and the Wii U, game downloads started to become prizes.
Occasionally there is a special new game, but mostly they are popular games from Nintendo’s past.
This year, with the purchase and registration of two Nintendo 3DS XL units, two copies of Pokemon, and a couple of other games, we hit gold status pretty easily. The rewards have been announced. I have until August 15, next Friday, to choose one. But I cannot figure out which one to pick.
The choices are:
There are actually more choices on the list for Gold level rewards, but they are for the Wii U, and we haven’t been convinced that buying one is worthwhile yet, MarioKart 8 and the Luigi Death Stare not withstanding.
Having come to the world of Nintendo later in my life… I already had a computer when Atari crashed the video game market and avoided console gaming for years… a lot of the Nintendo classics are just names on a list for me.
Given the choice of these four games, I would probably go for Donkey Kong 3. I am not a big fan of old DK, so it would be mostly because I am at least familiar with the oeuvre of the big ape. Throw barrels, kill plumber. We call all related to that.
I have heard of Metroid… Nintedo fans tend to say that name in hushed tones and a sense of reverence while wishing for a perfect remake… but have no idea what it is actually about. And the other two are completely opaque to me.
Basically, four blind choices. So I am going to put it out there for a vote. Which of these four titles should I get?
We shall see where that takes us. Expound on your choice in the comments if you are passionate enough about it.