After becoming a gold member on Club Nintendo this summer, my 2012 prize finally came in the mail. It is a 2013 Nintendo calendar set. One calendar features a monthly pull out, and the other calendar is a regular pocket size calendar. I used to think Club Nintendo was a big scam because you had to spend a lot of money on games and systems to eventually earn a gift. But then I thought, at least it’s better than nothing. I also discovered that most of these gifts are also sold on E-bay and if I wanted one so badly I could just go on there and buy one (for much less than having to earn it as a gift).
I think Club Nintendo is basically for people that just love Nintendo, and would have bought the games and systems anyhow. It’s almost like a way for the company to say hello to the Nintendo enthusiast community, and acknowledge them. Every time you buy a game you have to fill out a survey about your interests and dislikes, so in a way it’s like they’re listening to us.
It would probably cost a lot of money to improve it and have them give out better gifts, so I think its better the way it is now than having to pay more for games to even out the costs of their gifts. One could dream of course, and imagine a Club Nintendo where better gifts were really exclusive and limited. People would compete and try to win them, and knowing how hard you had to work to earn them would make it fun to collect. But then I think, I already collect limited edition toys and sneakers, and if Nintendo did the same thing too, I would never be able to sleep. And Nintendo should be the last place I should worry about collecting. Now that’s the fun part.