According to the website Nintendo Everything, the monthly coin-redeemable games have been updated for the month of May 2013. This news was announced on May 6, 2013. The games will be available for redemption until June 2, 2013, at which point they will be swapped out for June’s games.
Club Nintendo uses a system of currency called Coins to give loyal Nintendo fans bonuses for purchasing their games. Each of Nintendo’s first-party titles (and recently some third-party titles) comes with a code that players can redeem on the Club Nintendo website. These codes give coins based on which game the player purchased, and the player can also fill out a post-play survey a week after registering the game to receive an additional 10 coins. These coins can be redeemed for prizes on the website, and each month Nintendo offers a variety of games that players may purchase with coins.
The games available for this month are listed below. Each game will also be accompanied with a brief description.
“Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars”: This game was originally released on the SNES in 1996. The game is a Role-Playing game starring Mario, and was developed by Square (the company now known as Square Enix). The game places the player in control of Mario and his friends as they traverse several areas in the Mushroom Kingdom, gathering Star Pieces along the way. The game plays like a turn-based RPG, but with a slight twist. The player can use action commands during battle to increase damage dealt and reduce damage taken. This is accomplished in a variety of ways, but many attacks are blocked/enhanced by pressing the A button just before the enemy hits the player or the player hits the enemy. These timed commands were first used in this title, and it has now been a feature in every Mario RPG title to date (which includes the “Paper Mario” and “Mario and Luigi” series). This game is available for download on the Wii for 200 Coins.
“Maboshi’s Arcade”: This game is a WiiWare title that allows for up to 3 players to play various mini-games together. These games have a large variety, and many of them are quite unique. The games range from simple to quite hard. The games utilize the Wii Remote in many ways, and a version of the game can actually be transferred to the player’s DS or DSi if they choose to. This game is available for download on the Wii for 150 Coins.
“3D Classics Excitebike”: This game is a remake of the original Excitebike, which released on the NES in 1985. This remake is created specifically for the Nintendo 3DS, and takes full advantage of the system’s 3D capabilities. The game itself is essentially the same. It is a racing game where the player controls an unnamed character on a dirt bike. They race to the right, jumping off ramps, avoiding dirt traps, and hitting boosters to speed them up. The player must also avoid the other racers they are competing with. Getting hit or losing balance after jumping off a ramp will force the player to rapidly hit buttons to get back to their bike as quickly as possible. The 3D effects are well-done, and add to the game without taking away from the look of the classic title. This game is available for download on the Nintendo 3DS for 150 Coins.
“Art Style: Aquia”: This game is originally a DSi Ware game that can now be downloaded on the Nintendo 3DS. It is a peculiar, fast paced puzzle title. The game requires the player to match blocks in sets of 3 (either vertically or horizontally). Matching blocks will help a diver in game dive deeper into the ocean. The goal is to dive as deep as possible. This is more difficult than it sounds however. The game speeds up quite quickly, forcing the player to move quicker and quicker as the game goes on. The game has two main game modes and an additional Aquarium mode. The Timed Dive mode requires the player to reach a certain depth within the time limit, at which point the diver will move to the next stage. The Free Dive mode lets the player goes as deep as they are able before the diver runs out of air. Aquarium mode is simply a relaxing virtual aquarium, which appears on the top screen. The game features 3 distinct art styles to choose from. This game is available for download on the Nintendo 3DS for 100 Coins.
To learn more about Club Nintendo, or to view/redeem a reward, visit the following link:
Club Nintendo website