Now that Club Nintendo members are no longer able to claim new coins, where you sit now will determine the final prize you can claim. Nintendo has a mountain of games to choose from, and you have until July 1 to get in there.
More power to you if you’ve been saving up over the year. You’re in for a real treat! There are plenty of big games to choose from that will fit nicely into your digital collection.
Unfortunately though, I closed out at only 190 coins, making cheap purchases from month to month without thinking about a long term plan or a possible ending to the program like this. That’s not even enough for a Super Nintendo or Game Boy Color game let alone the big prizes, so I was only limited to a small selection of shovelware and Game Boy games. Not that original Game Boy games are bad mind you, I just already own the ones that are worthwhile.
Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, Donkey Kong ’94, Metroid II: Return of Samus, Super Mario Land, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Mario Picross. All great games, all worthy of your fake money.
That leaves us with the generic titled games like Tennis, Golf and Baseball. Yay… the only Game Boy game which really caught my eye was Radar Mission, which is basically Battleship on a Game Boy. I know it because it was one of the few games in which enigmatic Nintendo game director Masayuki Kameyama pops up in the credits.
Ultimately though, I went with 3D Classics: TwinBee thinking that the geniuses at M2 were behind the emulation, but even that was a mistake! Arika did the 3D conversions for this Konami arcade classic, and M2 mostly sticks to SEGA games. I must have had TwinBee and Fantasy Zone mixed up in my brain.
D’oh! So ultimately, my time with Club Nintendo goes out with a ripple rather than a splash. However, I can’t complain too much. I have plenty of free games through the program, and my Elite Gift this year was Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, a nice $60 value.
How about yourself? How was your last month with the program?