Time is running out. Club Nintendo is closing its doors quite soon, with sources telling me that April 16th is the day of reckoning. All of those coins you’ve accumulated must be redeemed by the 16th, but what are you going to get with all those coins?
Well, like every other question, I have an answer for you. Club Nintendo has graciously supplied an ENORMOUS list of games you could receive. Usually games cost around 600+ coins, but it varies quite a bit. On the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS, games can be as cheap as 80 coins these days, so load up, yo.
There are some games that you’ve probably never heard of, some old-old school games. So I suggest that you go investigate your Club Nintendo account as soon as humanly possible because the 16th will be rearing its ugly head here in a hot second.
I have a few recommendations. One of the biggest games of the modern era is Super Smash Bros.. It’s a game where you play as your favorite…. You know what? Nevermind. You’ve heard of it. But each of those playable characters are from their own respective games. And maybe you’ve never had the chance to play a game like Super Metroid. You’ve blasted your buddies as Samus, but you don’t know anything about her.
So instead of forgetting about your coins, spend them on some awesome games.
- Earthbound: 250 coins. Now, the last time I checked, this game was sold out digitally. I’m going to say that again: sold out digitally. They didn’t even have enough DIGITAL copies to appease the demand. But if this game comes back around, I implore you to play it. It’s my #7 game of all time. And this game hasn’t always been accessible by the American public. So I recommend that you pick this up at the next possible opportunity.
- Paper Mario: 250 coins. Are you kidding me? Paper Mario is my #8 of all time. This is, yet again, another RPG adventure that capitalizes on the quirky. Originally for the N64, Paper Mario is often overlooked due to its soft aesthetics. But let me tell you, this game is hilarious and wonderful and a handful of other positive adjectives. And for 250 coins, this game is a steal.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past: 250 coins. This game is often found a near the top of lists like “The Best Games Ever.” And it’s usually in 2nd place behind The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. So, in essence, A Link to the Past set the stage for one of the most well-received franchises ever. It has a pleasant old-school feel to it, but it’s definitely worth the 250 coins.
- Dr. Mario: 200 coins. Now, I’m a HUGE puzzle game fan. I freaking love them. BOXBOY!, Pokémon Puzzle League, you name it. And I’ve found, through countless hours of extensive research, that Dr. Mario is, indeed, the most enjoyable 4-player puzzle experience. I still play it with my friends. I always win, but that’s because my adoration for puzzle games gets channeled into my physical gaming skillz. But the music is great, the graphics are hilarious, the game is just excellent. And you will definitely get your money’s (your coins’?) worth? … out of Dr. Mario.
There. Now, don’t say I never did anything for you.