Club Nintendo Promotion Offers Free Pokémon X or Y in March

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Nintendo is offering a free download code in March for Pokémon X or Pokémon Y to those who register, via Club Nintendo, either a 3DS, 3DS XL or 2DS, and one of five games for that platform.

The promotion is, obviously, designed to encourage people to buy one of the handhelds, but if for some reason you have one and one of these games laying around unregistered, it's a free game.

The five games that qualify are rather popular: Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins and Yoshi's New Island, due for release March 14.

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Once you get the download code for Pokémon X or Y it hs to be redeemed by May 31. More information about Club Nintendo and this promotion, see the link.

3Ds Pokémon Promotion [Club Nintendo]

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DISCUSSION

Club Nintendo is actually a pretty bad rewards program for Nintendo fans. The best case scenario is when they offer download codes for the 3DS for things like their 3D Classics versions of Kid Icarus or Excitebike. Most of the time, they offer Virtual Console codes that if you are a Nintendo fan, you likely downloaded years ago on the Wii. Not only that, the Wii U virtual console codes are only good to use on the Wii emulator on the Wii U.

One of the best features of the Wii U is off screen play. If I want to play say Super Mario RPG, I'd like to do it on the Wii U game pad so I could have a basketball game on in the background or something like that. Now, I can play the game on the Game Pacd screen, but I can't use the buttons on the Game Pad. Instead, I will need a Wii Classic Controller. In other words, I can plug a controller into another controller in able to be able to play on a controller showing me an emulated game played on an emulated console within my new console.

Nintendo has the greatest legacy of games, but getting to play those games is the video game equivalent of a Rube Goldberg machine.