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Details on Nintendo’s Free Games and Discounts in New Rewards System



After the dissolution of Nintendo’s Club Nintendo rewards program, fans have been waiting for a full replacement, and that replacement is finally here. The new My Nintendo rewards program is set with a lineup of free and discounted games in exchange for your endless displays of customer loyalty.

In exchange for buying Nintendo products (and other activities they’ve assigned points to like linking your Nintendo Network ID to your account and playing Miitomo), you’ll earn points for downloading even more Nintendo software. A plan to enact a flexible price structure for repeat customers has been on the company’s mind for at least two years, and they were making headway on it towards the end of Club Nintendo, which only makes sense with the prevalence of digital distribution for modern games. When Nintendo’s the one directly selling the games to consumers—not to mention that additional copies don’t really cost anything to produce with downloads—it’s a lot easier to give out discounts or free games.

With the new My Nintendo service finally going into effect (in Japan for now, but soon in North America and Europe) and Nintendo’s first smartphone game, Miitomo, seeing release in Japan today, the list of games available in exchange for coins has hit the Internet (thanks to Siliconera). It’s not a whole lot more expansive than the later years of Club Nintendo just yet, but it’s a start:

  • Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii U) – 320 Gold Points
  • Metroid: Zero Mission (Wii U) – 85 Gold Points
  • My Nintendo Picross: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (3DS) – 1000 Platinum Points
  • New Super Luigi U (Wii U) – 240 Gold Points
  • Pikmin 3 Map Pack 2: Battle Enemies! Stages 7-10 (Wii U) – 30 Gold Points
  • Super Mario 64 (Wii U) – 120 Gold Points
  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (3DS) – 50 Gold Points
  • Super Punch-Out! (Wii U) – 100 Gold Points
  • WarioWare: Touched! (3DS) – 1000 Platinum Points

Others will be partially discounted:

  • 20% off of Brain Age: Concentration Training (3DS) – 600 Platinum Points
  • 20% off of Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure (3DS) – 230 Platinum Points
  • 20% off of Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) – 950 Platinum Points
  • 20% off of New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS) – 750 Platinum Points
  • 40% off of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (3DS) – 130 Gold Points
  • 40% off of New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U) – 160 Gold Points
  • 40% off of Ultimate NES Remix (3DS) – 105 Gold Points
  • 50% off of Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (3DS) – 50 Gold Points
  • 50% off of Metroid: Other M (Wii U) – 90 Gold Points
  • 50% off of Super Mario Galaxy (Wii U) – 90 Gold Points

You’ll notice that different discounts require different coins in both gold and platinum. Those coins will be earned by performing different activities, with gold primarily awarded for buying software and platinum for other activities like linking different accounts (Facebook, Twitter) with My Nintendo and playing Miitomo regularly, according to Eurogamer. There’s also an in-game Miitomo currency, in case things weren’t confusing enough. Miitomo, along with the My Nintendo service, is scheduled to launch in most other regions by the end of March.

(image via Nintendo)

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