Club Nintendo has cool stuff for Super Mario's 25th Anniversary, but it isn't cheap

Started in the US a couple years back, Club Nintendo copies the Japanese originator and allows fans to register their Nintendo published games in exchange for Coins, the site’s virtual points system. Then those Coins can be used to get free Nintendo collectibles like playing cards, posters and even a couple of exclusive games. Today Nintendo added to that list a set of pins to commemorate Super Mario Bros turning 25. They all looked pretty cool, until we scanned the price and got a major case of sticker shock.

So those are 450 Coins per pin, and to give you an idea how ludicrous that is, you get 30 Coins for registering a DS game and 50 Coins for a Wii game. Now you can get small amounts of extra points here and there, like when you fill out surveys, but essentially you need to register nine Wii games or 15 DS titles to get just one fancy Mario pin. What the hell?!

Above: Also for Mario’s 25th you can buy a screensaver for only 10 Coins. We included a picture of Mario and Yoshi in hopes of easing the shock of paying for a screensaver

Perhaps these kinds of prices aren’t that crazy, as something like the Game & Watch Collection for DS will run you 800 Coins, but this is too much. Here’s hoping Nintendo comes to their senses on this pricing. Also, as long as we’re griping about Club Nintendo, what’s the deal with Japan get so much cooler stuff than we do? Look at this:

Tote bags and t-shirts for Mario’s 25th Anniversary, plus soundtracks and a freaking Kirby Frisbee?!?! This badass swag can’t be that hard to import, can it Nintendo?

Oct 20, 2010




  • Strangleme - October 27, 2010 3:13 p.m.

    This fucking sucks!! Nintendo really needs to change this horrible points system!! It really isn't fair. you should get 100 points for every Wii game and 60 points for every DS game. WTF!!
  • Zerochantista - October 21, 2010 6:57 p.m.

    Still angry that the Mario folding fans are out of stock >:(
  • BoltActionRevolver - October 21, 2010 5:39 p.m.

    Exscuse me, no DS, Gameboy. (Has it been that long?)
  • BoltActionRevolver - October 21, 2010 5:38 p.m.

    You want to know why We cant get cool stuff? Its cause we didn't buy the crap they sent over first. "You no wanna Gameboy Camera. You no get cool stuff!" (Kinda hard to type an r where an l would go) Atleast, thats how it was in the 90's, when Japan would get some sweet things and we got the printer and camera. Ooooooo, americans so want to use a DS as a not web enabled web camera and printer to print out crappy pics.
  • Hobogonigal - October 21, 2010 8:34 a.m.

    At least wherever you are you can get new stuff. In Australia we've had the exact same items(bar maybe two things) since Club Nintendo AU started, and even that was about a year after everywhere else!
  • 510BrotherPanda - October 21, 2010 4:39 a.m.

    I'm not getting any of this unless it only has Luigi on it. He's the brother that makes them Super Mario BROTHERS, after all. Mario gets all the attention just because he's P1...
  • kirby64 - October 21, 2010 4:25 a.m.

    i want those soundtracks and Frisbee
  • Zepaw - October 21, 2010 4:07 a.m.

    @razorwire I do not think of it so negatively. I was a gamepass member and realized they just let the codes in there unused. Was blockbuster gonna do something with them? No
  • awsomemaster - October 21, 2010 3:52 a.m.

    @ecplayers spam bot so i guess you ran out of stolen shoes, so now your selling poison demonic illegal plastic electronics? (sorry been playing a lot of super scribble nauts) recpatcha: botsford peldreer, oh i didn't know spam bots had names :\
  • GammaGames - October 21, 2010 3:33 a.m.

    I got a screensaver, took like half an hour to download too!
  • razorwiretensho - October 21, 2010 3:10 a.m.

    @ Zepaw So what your saying is you stole a bunch of codes off of games that don't belong to you, and then admitted it. Hmmm...
  • grappler51 - October 21, 2010 3:02 a.m.

    I WANT A KIRBY FRISBY!!! Japan gets all the good stuff :(
  • Zepaw - October 21, 2010 2:17 a.m.

    This summer I went to blockbuster and grabbed ask the codes from the wii and ds boxes, got instant platinum status for the year. I could buy three pins and have some left over. Two of those pins are really grabbing me. I will grab the mario folding fan if it comes back in stock.
  • Crimmy - October 21, 2010 2:06 a.m.

    I want that Kirby flying disc. C'mon Ninty!
  • 8bitBaby - October 21, 2010 1:47 a.m.

    NO. NO! bad nintendo. BAD! *smeks them on the nose with a newspaper*
  • JCross3 - October 21, 2010 1:44 a.m.

    I guess it's not too bad since they are essentially giving you something for nothing (you bought the game for the game, not the points). Lucky I've saved up a decent amount of coins. But what's with Japan! I want a kirby frisbee!
  • SausageLozenge - October 21, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    It would save you a lot of money if you just bought it on Ebay
  • abbottfrizzell - October 21, 2010 1 a.m.

    I like the idea of rewarding me for buying games especially since I barely buy any at all but the prices for these things are Chuck E Cheese Style and it's ridiculous perceiving mationny
  • Crabhand - October 21, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    I wasted all of my points on one of those DS cart cases with the extra styli. Mainly because I lost both my styli, so a few extras are nice. I also find the DS cases a little annoying to open and remove the cart, so this is a good alternative. But yea, WHY THE FUCK DOES JAPAN GET ALL THIS COOL STUFF? WE BUY YOUR STUFF TOO, NINTENDO!
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - October 21, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    that's not soooo expensive

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