(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) –Nintendo has an interesting way to receive customer feedback on titles available via their popular gaming systems: Provide customers with some incentive for doing so. And it’s in the form of some free games.
Here’s how Club Nintendo works: If you have a system including a 3DS, Wii, DSi, or DSI XL, you qualify to participate. Buy a game title that’s included on a Nintendo-approved list, register the product, give feedback and you earn coin value for doing so. For example, offering feedback for Super Mario Galaxy 2 on Wii would give me 50 coins while Myst on the Nintendo 3DS would provide me with 30 (Oh, by the way, you also receive coin value for purchasing the actual console devices).
One redeeming my coins, I could put them towards a variety of Nintendo products, whether they be games or even a variety of paraphernalia featuring the likeness of Nintendo and its popular game titles.
This month, Nintendo unveiled new rewards for its reward-redeeming club, the most significant of which involves Mario and the game of tennis. For the Wii, users can spend 150 coins and receive the classic N64 title Mario Tennis as a download.
And while less notable than any Mario-branded title, a new reward has been made available for the 3DS in the form of interactive sound application Electroplankton Rec-Rec, a title that lets users record sounds, create music and set them to visuals of plankton (sounds interesting, right?).
Nintendo is set to release the XL version of its Nintendo 3DS later this month in Europe and Japan. Meanwhile, that same release will become available in North America during August. The company’s highly anticipated Wii U console will become available sometime in the fall.