Nintendo is not letting its rewards program, Club Nintendo, go gently into that virtual good night.
Among several announced physical rewards, Nintendo is also allowing loyal customers to choose from over 100 Nintendo games to download, including some of the best games released throughout the company’s decades-long video game history.
Nintendo revealed the last batch of rewards in its program, which asks players to register games, hardware, and complete other small tasks to earn coins. These coins can then be traded for rewards, some physical and others virtual.
Among the physical rewards are a retro Super Mario Bros. shirt, a The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask messenger bag, and Super Smash Bros. posters. Most of these rewards will run users more than 500 coins, but the cheaper offerings are not likely to draw as many users. There can’t be that much demand for Nintendogs greeting cards, can there?
Instead, Club Nintendo subscribers with coins burning a hole in their virtual pocket should turn to the downloadable game offerings in the new slate of rewards. A host of the biggest and greatest games from Nintendo’s history are available for Wii U and 3DS, costing anywhere from 150 to 850 coins. The higher price point is reserved for more recently released games like Kid Icarus: Uprising and Wii Party U, but classics like Super Mario World, Super Metroid, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and dozens more can be purchased for less than 300 coins each.
Most of these games represent some of the best games not just of their era but of the entire medium. Whether as a nostalgia-fueled trip through your childhood or to experience classics you might not have been old enough to play the first time around, most of these games are absolutely worth the last of a Club Nintendo user’s coins.
Nintendo announced last month that its rewards program would be shuttering later this year, though a followup program is in the works. Current subscribers to Club Nintendo can earn coins through March and spend them through June 30, 2015.