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Let Us Play!: Finally! Something to spend my stars on!

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Blessings and salutations siblings, welcome back to The Book of Frog!

Firstly before I go on, I want to let everyone know that the update that I was working on last night is being superseded by this one for now, but I should still have it up by the end of tonight! I will still be posting my opinions on the recent reveal of the Mario Kart 8 tracks, I just wanted to get this post done first. Because it’s an interesting announcement, and I think it would be a quicker article for me to write!

So with that in mind, Club Nintendo… *sigh*… am I right?

Ladies and gentlemen of the congregation, Let Us Play!

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For the post few years now Australia and New Zealand have really had a bum deal when it comes to Club Nintendo prizes. When Club nintendo first started up in 2008, there were actually a number of really cool items, like posters, notebooks, and even Game and Watch collections, physical copies of the games, for DS. Over time though it’s like Nintendo of Australia just kinda lost interest, and for the past few years, all that’s been in the Club Nintendo Stars Catalogue has been random nick-knacks, with the occasional limited additions, like the 25th Anniversary Zelda posters, or the Kirby sound track, most of which rartely lasted more than a week due to their limited numbers and massive popularity. None of the items that have been available have been bad, per say, just unnecessary, the sorts of things that would work well in a Loot Crate, but maybe you wouldn’t spend your money on if you saw it in a store. This is especially frustrating when you compare it to what’s available in the US store, which is without fail, regularly restocked with new and interesting pieces. Like a Majora’s Mask Feirce Deity 300 piece display puzzle, or some adorable little Mario Desktop calendars!

When towards the end of 2014, we finally started to see similar attention here in Australia, with ring tones, wallpapers and even t-shirts, it wasn’t too long before the big announcement came down the line. On 20th January 2015, Nintendo confirmed that Club Nintendo was closing down.

Marvelous. And here’s me with over 5700 stars and nothing to spend them on…

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The announcement that was made gave a list of dates for the discontinuation of various services.

  • As of April 1st Nintendo stopped including Club Nintendo codes in games.
  • As of April 20th, Nintendo will stop allowing people to register Club Nintendo points from digital download products from the estore, and the surveys for Club Nintendo product codes will no longer be available, preventing the accumulation of more stars from this date on.
  • Finally, as of September 30th, the entire Club Nintendo program will cease. All features will become unavailable, including the exchange of stars for products. So if you fail to use all your stars, whatever was left, will be lost as of this date.

While the Club Nintendo service is going the way of the dodo, Nintendo Australia assures it’s consumers that this isn’t the last we’ve seen of this sort of program. That another membership program is replacing Club Nintendo, and has even gone so far as to announce that a special special introductory offer will be available for the new program, during it’s inaugural period.

As a special offer, users who sign up to the new programme during the launch period will be able to download Flipnote Studio 3D to a Nintendo 3DS system for free. Please stay tuned to the Nintendo Australia website for further details.

Works for me, I’ve wanted to get that game anyway!

While I’m disappointed about Club Nintendo going away, it’s not really anything new. I’ve been disappointed with Club Nintendo for a long time. At the moment I can only hope that between now and September they can give us something worth while to spend our stars on…

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Yes, Iwata-sama…

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On March 20th, Nintendo Australia announced on their Twitter and Facebook feeds that as a final parting gift for the Club Nintendo members, they would be adding download codes to the Stars Catalogue, redeemable on the eShop for Wii U and 3DS. While this sounded like a great idea, following up from the previous deal for Wii U Deluxe owners who could redeem money back to spend on the eStore by accumulating points with every eStore purchase. Man I abused the crap out of that deal!

If I’m honest I missed this announcement entirely. However, I did catch the follow up notice today on Nintendo AU’s Facebook feed.

As previously announced, after 20th April, you will no longer be able to register digital products downloaded from Nintendo eShop. In addition, from September 30th 2015, all Club Nintendo features, such as signing up as a new member, logging in as a registered member, earning Stars, and exchanging Stars for items from the Stars Catalogue will no longer be possible.

The full list of downloadable titles to be available for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS is as follows:

Paper Plane

Aura-Aura Climber™

Wii U™ Panorama View: Birds in Flight

Wii U™ Panorama View: Carnival!

Wii U™ Panorama View: Double-Decker Tour

Wii U™ Panorama View: Rickshaw Around Kyoto

Alleyway™

Donkey Kong™

Metroid™ II – Return of Samus

Super Mario Land™

Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3

Wait, are these just the old and/or unpopular games? I mean Metroid II is pretty cool, but it’s a Gameboy game. Hell, Wii U Panorama isn’t even a game. This is pretty sad display Nintendo, do you reall thinks this makes up for putting Club Nintendo in the can. I mean if I had to…wait… what?

Super Metroid

Super Punch-Out!!™

Super Mario Kart™

The Legend of Zelda™: A Link to the Past

Huh… ok, that’s… that’s interesting. A Link To the Past is my favourite Zelda game, and it’s on the list, that’s certainly worth it. Plus Super Metroid, Super Punch-Out!. Ok Nintendo, you have my attention, but what else can you do?

F-Zero Maximum Velocity

Mario & Luigi™ Superstar Saga

Metroid™ Fusion

WarioWare, Inc™: Minigame Mania

Mario Kart™ 8: Pack 1: The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8

Holy crap! Mario Kart DLC Pack 1 is in the deal!?

You know what this is actually pretty exciting. There are a lot of games on this list I’ve been wanting to get for a while some newer indy games that were released on the eShop, as well as SNES and GBA titles to add to my increasing collection of retro games. Games like Advance Wars, Metroid Fusion, F-Zero: Maximum Velocity, Dillon’s Rolling Western. This is what the Stars Catalogue SHOULD have been, this is how it started with Game and Watch Collections available for purchase, and hopefully it’ll be more of this that we’re going to see int he future, when the new program begins.

You know, this would absolutely make up for the years of nothing to spends stars on, IF I hadn’t taken a look at the US catalogue.

Yes as usual, the US completely one up’s us in the most spectacular way. You see not only are they offering the games that we have, but they also support the Wii Shopping Channel, which means games like Star Fox 64, Pilotwings, 1080 Snowboarding, Super Smash Brothers and Majora’s Mask are a part of this program. However, It doesn’t end there, they are also including Wii U and 3DS titles, like Super Mario 3D Land, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Wonderful 101, NES Remix, Dr. Luigi and Wii Party U.

Come on Nintendo Australia… you’re killing me here.

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What can I say. With every step forward, it just feels like a step closer to discovering how far behind we are out here in Aus. With so many excellent rewards available on the foreign stores, it makes me wonder why on earth a system which is located primarily on the internet is divided up so much, and why the same products are not available on other stores world wide.

My hope right now is, despite the announcement saying they are providing a complete list, that there will be more games added to the store for Australian and New Zealand customers, when the new catalogue goes live.

If you want to see the full list of games coming to the Australian and new Zealand Stars Catalogue, you can click this link HERE.

Or if you are masochistic enough (or maybe you’re actually from the Americas, and just want to see just how good you have it…) you can click this link HERE.

That’s all for this update dear siblings, so until my next update (In a couple of hours) I’ve been Andy Frogman and this has been Let Us Play, on the Book of Frog.

Peace and High Scores!