Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Japan Envy: Japanese Club Nintendo strikes again

To be honest, I haven't been a member of Club Nintendo all that long. I believe I first joined in 2010, when I realized I actually bought enough games that came with point cards to actually get some free stuff. And what fun I've had! So far, I've snagged the 2012 calendar for being a gold member in 2011, the psychedelic 1-up tote bag, the limited batch of 3 Kid Icarus Uprising AR cards, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask for the Wii Virtual Console (hey, I've never played it!). I'm still holding out for my holy grail of Nintendo Club rewards: the elusive 800 coin Mario hanafuda cards. Someday! 

All in all, I'd say it's a rather good haul, considering it's all perks for buying games I would've purchased regardless of coins (or stars, if you live in AU –– and yes, I have a Nintendo Club AU account, as well). Nevertheless, I've been green with envy at the amazing Club Nintendo items Japan gets on more than one occasion in the short amount of time I've actually been tuned into the various things each region gets. This time, though, takes the cake: Japanese Club Nintendo members have the opportunity to score Nintendo-themed polo shirts. Not only that, but they're completely customizable! 


For a mere 550 points (funny how every region uses a different "currency"), one of these babies could be yours. Well, if you live in Japan and haven't spent your hard-earned coins on one of the many other awesome rewards that's come out in the past few months.

What I find most exciting about this is the fact that you can completely customize what decal you want, the shirt color, and even the size. Don't like the color combinations above? No problem, just head over to the Club Nintendo site and play around with the colors and images until you find something that you like. Just don't blame me if, in doing so, you get really depressed about the fact that we'll probably never see these outside of Japan.


It's pretty obvious what I'd pick, but if you're curious, I'd definitely have to go for the purple Animal Crossing cat. It'd look best on a pink or light blue tee, don't you think? My runner up would have to be the heart capsules, but the Game & Watch one is pretty cute, too...

Man, I don't even like polos!

8 comments:

Alois Wittwer said...

I've been consistently disappointed with what the AU Club Nintendo has up for offers. I don't even know why I bother checking it anymore :(

apricotsushi said...

Alois – Oh, I know, the AU Club Nintendo shop is pretty pathetic, isn't it? It's a real shame!

I can't believe they only got half of the folding fans... I really wanted the Animal Crossing one, but I'm saving my US coins for something great that will inevitably come along (like the Luigi 3DS pouch, I almost caved for that). My AU stars are just hanging around, collecting dust...

Alois Wittwer said...

I guess you can buy multiple copies of Game and Watch games :p

Bryan Ochalla said...

I want these to come to NA, too :( Not sure which one I'd get, though -- probably the Animal Crossing or G&W one, I think. In pink or light blue :) Come on, NOA!

Motherplayer said...

Ohhhhhh.....always keeping the good stuff to themselves.....

apricotsushi said...

Alois – Hah, good point! I don't have any of those yet ;)

apricotsushi said...

Bryan – I'm holding onto my coins for now, desperately hoping that these get released in the US. That Animal Crossing one is great!

apricotsushi said...

Motherplayer – Haha, that's right! I wonder if they got together and decided that Japan needed to have cooler stuff so that they could continue to be the envy of the rest of the world? ;)