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Posted on Jul 15th 2009 at 12:13:13 PM by (Boshamp)
Posted under Choices, Unfair, Cruel

To those of you not in the club, I will give a quick rundown of how I came to be in the situation I am in. I joined club Nintendo recently, and they have a system that rewards you for purchasing their DS and Wii games and registering them online using the inserts found in certain DS and Wii games. For each game you register, you get "coins" to use to purchase Club Nintendo exclusive items. (I recently used my accumulated coins to purchase a set of Nintendo's Hanafunda cards).

After reaching the 600 coin mark in a single year, they deem you a Gold Member, and after 800, a platinum member. After a year has passed, they offer a free reward to Gold and platinum members. As a platinum member, they offered me my choice of two items, a choice I have been contemplating for almost a week now...I can't choose, and I am asking for the help of my fellow collector's to help me choose and figure out which one would be worth more down the line.

My choice is between an official and exclusive true-to-life replica Mario hat. The hat is the classic red hat with the trademark Mario "M" and is one size fits all for adults. Made of cotton and polyester, this hat would fit perfectly into any gamers collection as an extremely rare and awesome piece. The other item is a club Nintendo platinum member exclusive Wiiware title, "Doc Louis' Punch Out!!!". The game plays just like the recently released "Punch Out!!!" for the Wii and is simply a one-on-one bout against your in-game coach and mentor, Doc Louis, which for anyone who has played the new game, or either of the originals, would be a real treat to experience.

I am just so torn on which to accept as my reward, I am looking forward to your input!

(Additionally, to any who are wondering, the Gold reward is a much simpler one. It is an exclusive 2010 Club Nintendo calendar, which actually appears to have some pretty cool and unique pictures from more than a few Nintendo titles for each month.)

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I'd go with the Mario hat. A game with only one opponent just doesn't seem like as nice of a prize.
Well... a download or a rare physical product? Go for the hat, man!
Yeah, Im grabbing the hat too. If they sent you the Doc fight on a disc I'd go for that in a heartbeat though. Stupid download.
I wen with the hat.

And BTW, isn't it 300 coins for Gold Status, and 600 for Platinum?
@blcklblskt: I stand corrected as it is in fact 300 for gold and 600 for platinum.

Thank you all for the input. I was thinking the same to go for the official replica hat, but I just didn't think that other collectors thought as negatively about downloads as I do. I just 100% prefer a physical cart or disc that I can stack on a shelf to data that can be corrupted or lost over time. That, and although I am 22 years of age, I think of myself to be old school as far as gaming is concerned and downloads don't say old school to me. Thank you all so much again.
I got the hat too.
I just happened to check my email earlier and i also found it rediculous that they were offering an exclusive download that is basically a glorified demo.

Also i noticed i had a ton of tests i hadn't taken an i managed to get 800 points for the Game and Watch DS game Smiley

Still have more to do maybe i can pick up something else cool when those are done. Like the Hanafuda or the themed card decks.
The hat without a doubt!
@Izret101: I picked up the hanafunda cards before I will get the game and watch game...I might be able to pick it up at gamestop sometime, so I figured the cards were the better first choice.

Again, thank you all for your input.
I figure my cuz is going to grab the cards so i will end up getting those from him sometime down the road. Invariably i end up with all my families gaming stuff...
I wonder if the boss would be pissed if I showed up dressed like Mario... if I just had a hat that looked like the real thing.
Toss my hat into the ring for...the...hat?  Yeah.

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