In years past, Club Nintendo gave loyal Japanese members a whole host of awesome prizes. This year, Club Nintendo won't. This year's "Platinum Member" prizes are so lame.
This year, Nintendo is offering either a handkerchief set, a button set or a calendar as part of its "rewards". For comparison's sake, let's review highlights of what Nintendo gave members in the past.
In 2004, Club Nintendo offered a Gold Mario Figure.
The following year saw a TV remote shaped like a Wii Remote.
Club Nintendo gave out a special Balloon Fight DS game starring Tingle as well as personalized Mii battery covers.
In 2007, there was a Super Nintendo controller designed to be plugged into a Wii Remote like the Wii Classic Controller.
Besides a wearable Mario Hat, Nintendo had a gold Wii steering wheel.
Last year, Nintendo offered a Game & Watch Ball handheld. And this year? Yeah. Nintendo of America, however, is giving out a Super Mario characters statue, which, for once, is better than what Japan is offering for its year-end rewards.