The first year Club Nintendo existed in North America, the elite platinum status rewards were nothing short of incredible. You had the choice of getting either a Mario Hat or the exclusive game Doc Louis’s Punch-Out!!
The following year, Club Nintendo dished out the magic again with a Mario statue as the elite platinum status reward.
Last year, the platinum reward was a set of 25 Super Mario pins in a fantastic 8-bit box. It wasn’t quite up to the standard of the previous two years, but it still felt substantially excellent.
This year, in Japan, Nintendo gave out a 8-Bit Super Mario Plush to platinum members. On it’s box it says “Thank you so much for your love”.
So why on earth would Nintendo give out either posters or playing cards to platinum members in the US this year? For people who don’t know, in order to reach platinum status on Club Nintendo each year, one has to spend $600 in Nintendo products, register the codes, and fill out surveys for each item. I’ve managed to reach this goal every year since Club Nintendo in the US was born (the past four years) and I feel quite cheated to just receive a deck of cards.
I mean, it is hard to complain about free stuff, but COME ON. Would it have been that hard to make more of that awesome plush to give to the North American Club Nintendo platinum members?