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Club Nintendo Reward Makes Me Insane With Jealousy

I had no idea how much I wanted to fight Doc until I found out that I wouldn't get to.

A calendar! Perfect! Something to remind me every day of the rewards I didn't get!
I had long envied the Japanese Club Nintendo by the time it finally launched here in the US late last year, and to be honest, I was initially a little disappointed by the so-called exclusive goods being offered by the US club. Still, that didn't stop me from signing up day-one and digging out the serial numbers and registration codes for all the various Nintendo products I had accumulated to accrue precious " coins," hoping that someday there'd be something worth having.

And finally, there is, though sure enough, I haven't purchased enough Nintendo products to get it. Club Nintendo assigns status levels based on how many coins you earn, and at the end of a year (which, inexplicably, ended on June 30th) it offers members cool little extras based on their status. I had made it to gold status, which means I get a Club Nintendo wall calendar. (Please note the sarcastic quotes when I say "yay.") Had I made it to platinum status, I would've got to choose between a pretty legit-looking Mario hat, and Doc Louis's Punch-Out!!, a standalone Wiiware game that pits you as Little Mac against your trainer Doc.

Nintendo's saying that this is the only way you can get Doc Louis's Punch-Out!!, which means that if you're reading this, and you didn't already hit platinum status on your Club Nintendo account, you are SOL. Here's my hypocrisy laid out bare: If I had made it to platinum status, I'd relish the fact that this is the only way to get the game. But, since I didn't, I find myself rationalizing how it would only make sense for Nintendo to release Doc Louis's Punch-Out!! to the general public, and that they are fools for limiting the reach of what is, really, a pretty inconsequential little gimme. Check out the first screenshots and join in my fuming petty jealousy.
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Posted by Ryan
A calendar! Perfect! Something to remind me every day of the rewards I didn't get!
I had long envied the Japanese Club Nintendo by the time it finally launched here in the US late last year, and to be honest, I was initially a little disappointed by the so-called exclusive goods being offered by the US club. Still, that didn't stop me from signing up day-one and digging out the serial numbers and registration codes for all the various Nintendo products I had accumulated to accrue precious " coins," hoping that someday there'd be something worth having.

And finally, there is, though sure enough, I haven't purchased enough Nintendo products to get it. Club Nintendo assigns status levels based on how many coins you earn, and at the end of a year (which, inexplicably, ended on June 30th) it offers members cool little extras based on their status. I had made it to gold status, which means I get a Club Nintendo wall calendar. (Please note the sarcastic quotes when I say "yay.") Had I made it to platinum status, I would've got to choose between a pretty legit-looking Mario hat, and Doc Louis's Punch-Out!!, a standalone Wiiware game that pits you as Little Mac against your trainer Doc.

Nintendo's saying that this is the only way you can get Doc Louis's Punch-Out!!, which means that if you're reading this, and you didn't already hit platinum status on your Club Nintendo account, you are SOL. Here's my hypocrisy laid out bare: If I had made it to platinum status, I'd relish the fact that this is the only way to get the game. But, since I didn't, I find myself rationalizing how it would only make sense for Nintendo to release Doc Louis's Punch-Out!! to the general public, and that they are fools for limiting the reach of what is, really, a pretty inconsequential little gimme. Check out the first screenshots and join in my fuming petty jealousy.
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Posted by Legendary

He talks, and now you can fight him.... welcome to 2009...

Posted by Akeldama

fuck that. I want mario's cap 

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Posted by lemon360

beat the crap outa him mac!

Posted by erinfizz

Yeah, the calendar is kind of lame...though I certainly sent in my order for it already!

Posted by stokerd

I hit platinum status. Not sure what I want, that sweet looking hat or the game. Decisions, decisions.

Posted by wizeguy

mario's cap would be the one for me, but as im in th UK ill settle for the crap they offer us

Edited by FlipperDesert

I'd get the hat, and grow a sweet mustache.

Edited by spiceninja

I ordered Mario's hat. That WiiWare game where you fight Doc seems like it would be over in about 5 minutes. At least the hat lasts and is a collector's item.

Posted by zigx

Go for the hat. Just sucker one of your friends to get the Doc Punch-Out DLC, go over to their place and play it for 30 mins. Then jump around Mario-style like an ass with your sweet hat you got instead.

Posted by FCKSNAP

By the looks of it, Doc Louis's Punch-Out!! is a stand-alone game. SOMEONE MAKE A GAMEPAGE QUICK!

Posted by Curufinwe

I only got to Gold status and had to get the Nintendo calendar.

Posted by Keyser_Soze

An authentic Mario Hat on Ryan's head, would be pure awesome. With a hat like that you could just walk in wherever you wanted. Haven't booked a table at a swanky uptown restaurant, don't worry the Mario hat will be all the cred required to get in.

Posted by unclejohn0525

Ugh... I dunno. I'm weary to choose the Punch Out!! title. I'm afraid that it might actually become available to the public, or like, my Wii is gonna shit out on me or something. Then what? It's just gone? I think I might just go with the cap. As much as I like the new Punch Out!!, I also really REALLY like material collector's items.

Edited by AndrewB

I think the stupidest thing is that all the games I had registered last year are now useless to me becoming a higher level member because their points reset at a certain point in the year (I believe it was sometime in June). Am I ever going to buy enough new Nintendo games to get back there? If my entire collection of registerable games from the past years of my life wasn't enough, there's no chance it will ever be, especially when Nintendo has shifted focus away from my sector of the gaming market completely.

And even worse, there are so many Nintendo games that just don't qualify for points.

Edited by Linkyshinks

They had better make it available here in Europe also, exclusive to those who have registered the game.

Posted by Teptom

I would love to punch Doc in the face, but I'm getting the hat. 

Posted by HatKing

I wish Microsoft and Sony would do this stuff for their systems too.  This sounds really cool and I'd be very interested in a exclusive Marcus Pheonix bandana or a mini-game where I beat up Peter Molyneux with my Fable character.

Posted by MeatSim

None of this stuff seems worth the effort to me but  I am pretty lazy.

Posted by Hirushubi

That mario hat would fit nicely with night vision goggles...

Posted by MjHealy

I wonder whats going on with the European Club Nintendo these days. The full body of game stuff is going well, a Spartan helmet, Mario hat and some night vision goggles. Looking forward to Halloween

Posted by Chicken008

I got me a hat, lame gifts I must say. They gave out better stuff before they did this coin system..

Posted by Emilio

Would you like me to mail you my calendar, Ryan? Is that what you want?? HUH? IS IT!? WELL FINE GOT DAMMIT!

Posted by eduardo

I had a load of games registered to Nintendo before this club but somehow they locked my account, so even if I wanted to take part, the codes I have are now void. Thanks for the big 'thank you' you gave me for playing your games since nineteen eighty freaking eight. *sigh*

Posted by Kraznor

Uh, yeah, I ordered the Mario hat. Really didn't think a little DLC was worthy of a platinum reward.

Posted by Tovan

Yeah I got the hat as well, I would rather have a physical object than something I'll play a couple times, then have take up space on my Wii for an eternity.

Posted by spiceninja

From reading these comments and seeing that almost everyone got the Mario hat I can't help but wonder if this wasn't just a huge conspiracy by Nintendo. They give you some meh DLC and then an awesome Mario hat to pick from. You obviously don't pass up a Mario hat so now no one has the DLC and then Nintendo can charge for it in a few months. It's genius!

Posted by Agnogenic_delete

I would choose the Mario hat.

Posted by Brackynews

The weird thing is Doc would still be in Mac's corner between rounds:
"Mac, okay I'm gonna beat tha shit outta ya.  Then I'm gonna have a chocolate bar.  Dat's cool champ?"

Posted by Claude

I haven't even made a Club Nintendo account... and I call myself a Wii fan... tsk, tsk.

Posted by DrRandle

I'm worried the mario hat won't fit...But thenh may be I could put it on my Mr. Ressetti plushie... Gah I can't decide!

Edited by Teptom
@DrRandle said:
" I'm worried the mario hat won't fit...But thenh may be I could put it on my Mr. Ressetti plushie... Gah I can't decide! "
When I ordered the hat, it said one size fits all. It has elastic. 
 
I also want a Mr. Ressetti plushie now...
Posted by LeoMinor

I ordered the calendar.  I'll just keep it sealed and sell it in 10 years.

Posted by ThomasP

I haven't even registered. I should have a pretty big hoard of coins for next year, though.

Posted by JeffGoldblum

Its ok Jeff I got a calender too.

Posted by dsplayer1010

It almost makes me wish I bought more Nintendo games.

Edited by Brackynews

Super Master Soap!

Awwwhhhh yeah!!!  Trick or treat n00bs!  Now it all makes sense....
Posted by Hector

I'm stuck with the calender too, Ryan. =/

Posted by TheGreatGuero

I feel you, Ryan. This saddens me greatly.

Posted by OllyOxenFree
@Brackynews said:
"
Super Master Soap!

Awwwhhhh yeah!!!  Trick or treat n00bs!  Now it all makes sense.... "
Just as planned...
Posted by Kayrack

i am having such a hard time choosing this, hat or game, dang it this is too damn tough

Posted by King9999

I wonder if Doc has a special punch involving chocolate?

Posted by cspiffo

Nintendo...I hate you for making me want things I can't have..."bunch of S.O.B's" *grumble*

Posted by zityz

Awesome. So that mean like what? 10 people got this thing?

Posted by Reverseface

Pretty nice reward.. FO SHIZLE

Posted by AgentJ

Seems that a lot of people are trying to take advantage of Nintendo's offer. The club nintendo portion is currently down for maitinence. 


Posted by c_rakestraw

Wait, they were offering a game too? I didn't know that... I thought you'd just get the Mario hat for reaching platnium status. Well...at least I got the callender I guess. That's better than nothing.

Posted by damnboyadvance

I'd take the Mario hat and sell it online. Some sucker would probably pay a reasonable amount for it.

Posted by luce

Doc fight would've made sweet DLC

if only the wii supported it

Posted by Apathylad

I ordered the hat. I figured the Doc Louis fight would lose it's impact after an hour at best. Plus, I much rather have a PHYSICAL item than DLC.

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