Just in case you're like me and completely ignore manuals and all the other junk that comes with games, you might want to check those Wii games again for a little card on the back of which you can scratch off a panel and get points for either the Nintendo shop or the Shopping Channel.
I have a feeling that I'm the last person on the planet to discover this, but my friend only pointed it out to me last night, and I had 6 unused game cards to reap the rewards from.
If you're interested, 6 games got me 1750 "Club Nintendo" points, which can be used to buy Nintendo crap like key rings on the website, or exchanged for Wii Shopping Channel points. For my 1750 points, I exchanged 1600 for 400 Shopping Channel points.
My first stars were from the Cube itself! Accumulated loads of stars in the past. Got about 11k or something but I cashed them all in for VC games.
Nim you slow bugger!
And don't buy that shop crap. The only good thing they had was a Zelda collectors disc for the Cube which had Zelda I, II, OoT and Majoras Mask. Annoyingly my Caroline got it and I didn't but then I got the OoT/Master Quest disc so I lolled all over the place.
Yeah, I'm slow. I must be getting old! The problem is that I missed out on the last generation of gaming - never owned a PS2 or Gamecube. How long have they been running these points cards? Should I start ripping up my old SNES box?
GBA and Cube was when it all started. I did a lot of GBA importing (fantastic shop in Glossop!) so I missed out on a few points cards. It's also a good idea to steal friends and relatives cards if they give consent.
Right, I just raided a bunch of DS game boxes and now have 5 more of these cards. Didn't get one with the M3. heh.
I have a few import games. The Japanese ones have the code but not the scratch panel, it's just printed on a piece of paper. I guess import codes don't work. Pants.
Originally Posted by Fifth Grrr... why isn't there a Club Nintendo for the US?
Originally Posted by Dustin Gunn so in europe you get free VC games, and in the US we get ... 3 months of nintendo power?!
That's not fair!
It's surprised.. I didn't know this wasn't available to American residents. I can only assume that it's up to each regional Nintendo office to decide what kind of offers to run. It's usually us Brits who are jealous of the treatment US customers get from gaming companies! Nintendo will probably realise their mistake soon and offer UK residents "Triforce Teabags" for 3000 stars instead.
So, what's Nintendo Power? Would I be right in thinking that it's just some brand propaganda magazine in which no game receives less than 9 coins/mushrooms/wiimotes out of 10? Personally, I wouldn't put any stock in gaming magazine these days, much less one that caters to a particular brand, much less one that's delivered to you by the brand's company! But hey, I guess it's free, and it's nice to get things in the mail that aren't bills.
If it's any further consolation, you have to trade in a hell of a lot of "Club Nintendo" stars to accumulate enough Shopping Channel points for a VC game. I had to cash in points from 6 Wii games and 2 DS games to get one NES VC game. That's around $7 back for spending over $400.
Lol, are Triforce tea bags the pyramid-shaped ones or am I thinking too much about it? Also, I have a couple of American Nintendo games, and yeah, the piece of paper inside is a magazine subscription form...
Oh wait I just thought of Zelda and the Triforce, never mind
The reward stars are good for topping up your Shopping Channel points by small amounts. I've only ever seen Wii Points cards in shops for 1000 or 2000 points, and that sometimes doesn't break down nicely into, for example, 2 SNES games and a NES game. On the Nintendo Club website you can buy 100 and 300 points, so it's good for bumping up your points a wee bit to buy one more VC game.
Nintendo Power has Reviews, game guids etc... I didn't subcribe to it, but it keeps getting sent to my house for some reason. I think its cause they screwed up my acount at Game Crazy (a used game shop).
It makes me sad... no stars for us 'mericans. Nintendo power is a good magazine. It's the only video game magazine I can look through without flinching while my mom is near. (Of course, you all wouldn't give a poop about extra bad violence and naughty pictures. But I got standards. Not that the occasional violent title isn't fun. I enjoy a good round of halo. But I'm talkin Ninja Gaiden and the like.) They say when a wii game has tacky controls. They've got the widest range of content (for a console-specific magazine, that is.) and it's clean, but fun. That's partially why I like nintendo. (Not a fanboy, just a fan.) They have fun stuff, but it's not morally degrading. Yea, yell at me all ya want. It would just prove my point. I can't even stand to look through the PSM or XBOX mag. Absolutely no content, and dumb gunk everywhere.
Argh! I just went about swapped 400 points for 100 wii points. Then went back to get more, and I couldnt. Either each member is limited to one amount or they went really fast. Either way, it's bloody stupid, what good is 100 wii points?
Blech. I had Nintendo power back when I had my N64 and it was mostly guides and maps and such. You'd pretty much know what score a game would get in the review a year before it came out. Overhyped Rare games would always get a 9 or a 10 and the big nintendo games would get 8s or 9s.
I think EGM is a pretty honest mag, and IGN is a good site for news and reviews. I'm pretty sure Sega pays off Play magazine after every issue though. They're the only ones left promoting sega's crap.
Originally Posted by -Adam- Argh! I just went about swapped 400 points for 100 wii points. Then went back to get more, and I couldnt. Either each member is limited to one amount or they went really fast. Either way, it's bloody stupid, what good is 100 wii points?
It's good if you bought a 2000 point card, then bought 2 SNES or Megadrive games on the VC (800 points a piece). That leaves you with 400 points and there's nothing you can buy at that price. Add another 100 though and you can buy a NES games
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