Club Nintendo Site Launches, Nothing To See Here

Nintendo of America has launched the North American version of its customer rewards program known as Club Nintendo. Don't get as excited as we did — there's little more than placeholder information there.

No, there are no snazzy Mario hats or hanafuda cards decorated with Mushroom Kingdom royalty, just a heads up that Club Nintendo exists and is "coming soon." In addition to something to bookmark, it gives us a tiny bit more detail on the workings of North American version of the program.

The Club Nintendo web site describes the program like so:

* Earn Coins for registering Nintendo products and completing surveys
* Redeem Coins for limited edition Rewards
* Earn a set amount of Coins each year to gain Gold and Platinum status
* Create a Family Account and invite members of your family to join
* Register your newly purchased Wii console or Nintendo DS on Club Nintendo and extend your warranty

Sounds similar to the Japanese version of Club Nintendo, which we'd say is a good thing. We're still expecting (read: hoping) the program will launch this year and that the ESRB rating the Club Nintendo-exclusive Game & Watch Collection for the Nintendo DS was not in vain.

Club Nintendo of America [Nintendo - thanks, Brian!]