The January Club Nintendo rewards have finally updated, offering two new games for the Nintendo Wii and 3DS for players to exchange their hard-earned coins for, including a Game and Watch classic and the Nintendo 64 snowboarding romp, 1080.
If I’m being honest here, I’d say that I once again find myself underwhelmed by Nintendo’s selection of promotional games, again looking like bottom of the barrel fare in a library overflowing with awesome potential. When PlayStation Plus is dishing out BioShock Infinite and a whole bunch of deep discounts on great games as just a single week’s benefits for PlayStation Plus, I can’t understand why Nintendo’s rewards program doesn’t feel more, you know, rewarding.
Similar to their online functionality, communication options, store offerings and parental control issues, this seems to be yet another area in which Nintendo is lagging way too far behind the competition.
For those unfamiliar with the Club Nintendo rewards program, participants get points for each game and console they purchase. You can also earn additional points by taking surveys before some purchases and after all purchases, eventually adding up to enough Coins to exchange for some physical and virtual goods.
The crop of physical rewards seldom changes and frequently cost a great deal more than the digital goods. These include things like pencil bags, game cases, postcards and the like.
On the digital side, Nintendo offers up four games on a monthly basis that participants can grab in exchange for their Coins. These typically include two Wii U games and two 3DS games. This month’s refresh date kept getting pushed back, but now gamers can have their pick of the four new offerings for January. The following offers are good through Feb. 9 and, just like in December, the Wii U games are a far cry more appealing than the 3DS fare.
Ah well. Beggars can’t be choosers, right? These games are technically free for remaining a loyal customer and, if you don’t like what’s up for grabs this month, maybe something that arrives next month will pique your interest. Or maybe the month after. You never can really tell with Nintendo these days.
On the Wii U side of things, Club Nintendo members can exchange their Coins for the SNES classic, F-Zero, or the Nintendo 64 snowboarding game, 1080. No matter which game you pick, they’ll both set you back by 200 Coins.
Over on the 3DS, Game and Watch: Cement Factory is available as a reward, as well as the puzzle/matching game Spin Six. Cement Factory is going for a cool 100 Coins with Spin Six set to lower your Coin bank by 150.