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Club Nintendo‘s 2013 year concluded June 30. Now a few weeks later, they have revealed this year’s rewards for members who have accumulated enough coins to reach Gold (300 coins) and Platinum (600 coins) status. But are they worth it? Many fans don’t think so.

Getting straight to it, here’s the breakdown.

Gold members have their pick of any ONE of the following retro games:
Ice Climber (Wii U)
Kid Icarus (Wii U)
Super Mario Bros. (Wii U)
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Wii U)
Donkey Kong 3 (3DS)
Wario Land II (3DS)
Metroid (3DS)
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (3DS)

Platinum members can choose one of the titles listed above OR one of the following (mostly) newer titles:
Game and Wario (Wii U)
NES Remix (Wii U)
Earthbound (Wii U)
Dr. Luigi (Wii U)
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS)
Fluidity: Spin Cycle (3DS)
Dillon’s Rolling Western (3DS)
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (3DS)

So that’s four Wii U titles and four 3DS titles available for each tier, which offers a solid variety, but many have complained of the severe lack of physical rewards. And with past offerings such as the complete Majora’s Mask soundtrack, a deck of slick, shiny playing cards and the mighty impressive figurine featuring the main Mario cast (among a lot more), their complaints are not unfounded. But with the lackluster offerings currently available in the standard Club Nintendo rewards “store”, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Disappointing, sure. But hey, it could be worse – Club Nintendo of Europe doesn’t give annual bonus rewards at all!

Members who have reached Gold and Platinum levels must claim their rewards by August 15, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. PT, else their status is wasted.

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