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The Club Nintendo Thread

Discussion in 'Other Video Game Discussion' started by arceusvictini, Nov 10, 2011.

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  1. Tangeh

    Tangeh Well-Known Member

    ^ Yup. It's a bit like somebody who buys coffee from the same coffee place every day, and then that coffee place holds a promotion to which after you buy one coffee for four straight days, you get a fifth coffee for free. There's a certain "cost" associated with the free coffee, but to this particular consumer, it is less than if they had had to pay for the fifth day.

    Compare to a different customer who perhaps switched their daily routine to go to this coffee shop for the "free" promotion. Then that free coffee would have additional costs tied in with potential additional costs of travel, opportunity cost of their time, potential price differences in this coffee compared to wherever they went for their old coffee, etc.

    In this case, Zachmac and I are the first example. Trevenant is the second.

    edit: oo, wait, I thought of a simpler example.

    Free promotion: free small coffee with purchase of cinnamon bun. Assuming cinnamon buns cost more than a small coffee, compare somebody who buys cinnamon buns every day to somebody who just wants to buy a cinnamon bun to take advantage of the promotion. One person is getting a bonus free coffee that, for them, cost them nothing extra. The other is getting their "free" coffee, but was is worth the cost of the cinnamon bun and additional travel expenses/ whatever?

    Or, you know, replace cinnamon buns with Nintendo games and coffee with club Nintendo points.

    (I'm a 4th year BBA major, but economics was never really my thing tbh >_> lol)
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2014
  2. emeraldellie

    emeraldellie Δ Staff Member Admin

    yeah not too thrilled about the prizes either. this is the first time i have done club nintendo (i started to get the free digital download of X/Y with mk7) and i was hoping for something cool at the end of the year. i was semi-interested in some of the games anyway so it's not a total loss, but i highly prefer physical things.

    and to everyone saying it's "free," it is but it isn't. have you ever heard the phrase "if you're not the customer (i.e. you're not paying), you're the product"? club nintendo is exactly that. all that marketing data we provide for them when we do the registration and post-play surveys is incredibly valuable to nintendo, and they get it for next to nothing by offering us free games and other small prizes. we all give this willingly and it's still a good deal for us since most of the time we get nothing at all for providing marketing data, but to imply that nintendo is just giving their loyal customers freebies out of the goodness of their hearts is wrong. i was a stats minor in college, it's very hard/expensive to get good data like this most of the time so nintendo is getting quite a lot in return for what they're giving us.

    not saying that entitles us to physical goods of course. just making an observation. i really hope this isnt setting a trend for all future deals because i'm not a huge fan of digital games anyway, especially the way nintendo handles it.
  3. Tangeh

    Tangeh Well-Known Member

    Digital media costs next to nothing to reproduce and distribute. Mass producing and shipping posters or whatever is hardly bank-breaking, but if they can get away with giving out not-so-popular digital games, then I see the logic in the short-term. All they'd be losing is the potential for pure profit on games that likely won't give them much more anyways (& they'd be getting some bonus advertising on them too, which honestly would probably make up for that).

    Physical products definitely have more of an impressive factor to them, though. Like when I whip out those playing cards I got from the platinum rewards in 2012 and everyone at the table is like "OMG MARIO where'd you get those??" and then I spread the word about club Nintendo which benefits the company and whatever. Given how Nintendo's been struggling against the competition, I'm not sure if digital rewards were really the way to go. Giving out some flashy rewards - especially given how many Club Nintendo promotions went on this year so there'd be many prizes given to many different people - might have been the better option. But I'll take what I've been given, of course. I already paid for it after all, haha.
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  4. DaAuraWolf

    DaAuraWolf *grumble grumble*

    Disappointed by the lack of physical rewards this time around but actually like it that they are offering EarthBound as one of the Platinum. I mean, All of the choices they had were something that you could easily buy off the eShop normally with money. It would have been nice though if they instead offered something like the 3DS Ambassador Program as the main Platinum reward with 10 GameCube and N64 Virtual Console titles that act as a Sneak Peak at the games. That would have been a great reward for the money that you spent on getting the games that helped you rack up the 600 Coins to get Platinum.

    Other than that. Guess I'll be picking up NES Remix since it's the only title that I haven't got and interested in getting.
  5. AuraChannelerChris

    AuraChannelerChris "Am I supposed to laugh?"

    Whee, I won a free download code to download the special Kirby 3D shot.
  6. Puma Italia

    Puma Italia Well-Known Member

    I was only a Gold member so I ended up getting Zelda 2. It's one of the only Zelda games I never actually beat so I'll get around to it eventually.
  7. MDS777

    MDS777 The name's Riley

    I would've preferred a physical reward myself, but I went ahead and got Game & Wario. I'm downloading it now...
  8. Excitable Boy

    Excitable Boy is a metaphor


    nurth 'murica
  9. Zachmac

    Zachmac Well-Known Member

    Star Fox 64, for free. :O

    I'm getting it.
  10. KillerDraco

    KillerDraco The Enforcer Staff Member Super Mod

    I would so get Star Fox 64 on my Wii U... if I hadn't already gotten it a few months back when they last offered it. Seems like they're going in a cycle, but maybe it's just for all the people with new Wii U's. In any event, I would anticipate this means we'll see Super Mario 64 up for grabs within the next month or two.
  11. Zachmac

    Zachmac Well-Known Member

    Did they?

    I must of missed that. I've never been good at following Club Nintendo. I did forget to pick up a golden nunchuk, after all...
  12. Excitable Boy

    Excitable Boy is a metaphor

  13. tomatohater

    tomatohater Golden Sun 4?

    I have enough stars for that (I have 5400 currently), and I am heavily contemplating purchasing it, as I would quite like it and it looks of a decent quality too. I have been waiting for something worthwhile to come on there for a while now, seeing as the last thing I got off of Club Nintendo was in October 2012 (The Kid Icarus: Uprising Cards).

    Gaaah, I gave into temptation. I have purchased it! Now I have to wait 4 weeks for it to arrive in the post D:
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2014
  14. Looks fun, I enjoyed playing Nintendo games a lot when i was a kid
  15. tomatohater

    tomatohater Golden Sun 4?

    I am halfway there! It has been 17 days since I have ordered it, and it still hasn't shown up D: I hope it turns up in the coming week, as I need it badly for my pencil case for school!
  16. Excitable Boy

    Excitable Boy is a metaphor

    Last edited: Sep 8, 2014
  17. Vipsoccermaster

    Vipsoccermaster Well-Known Member

    Kirby Super Star is back up. But since I have some of these games, and others I'm not even interested in, keeping my coins here.
  18. Dragonite Fan

    Dragonite Fan Well-Known Member

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  19. Excitable Boy

    Excitable Boy is a metaphor

    Yes, but you'll need to wait until the 3rd.
  20. Dragonite Fan

    Dragonite Fan Well-Known Member

    So I've bought smash but club nintendo wont accept the pin. Could I be using the wrong code? Where exactly do club nintendo codes appear on eshop receipts?
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