Nintendo Posts Club Nintendo Favourites!

Or in other words, what members of Club Nintendo consider the best games of 2013.  Which as everyone has likely figured out, consist at least 90% of Nintendo games and roughly mirror the list of titles the company has promoted most in the last 12 months.  Keep reading to see the list…

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Has 2013 Been an Impressive Year for Nintendo Games?

Usually, the amount of good games released in a year is fairly low, with just one or two bonafide classics being released alongside a whole ton of lesser titles no one really cares about.  But in 2013, it seems things have been… a little different.  In fact, I’d say that this year has actually been one of Nintendo’s best ever years for new games, with every month seemingly bringing a new classic!  So here’s a nice look back at 2013 and all the fantastic new games that Nintendo released throughout it.

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The Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds Wins Best Handheld Game at VGX Awards!

Unfortunately, Nintendo’s luck in other categories wasn’t quite as good, with the only other award winners being Super Mario 3D World for best Nintendo game and Animal Crossing New Leaf for best ‘casual’ game.  Which is a bit of a shame really, given that not one Nintendo title was nominated for ‘best soundtrack’ (an absolutely insane decision) and that Pokemon X and Y lost the ‘best RPG’ award.

But what was A Link Between Worlds up against?  What other awards did Nintendo win?  Read on to find out!

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Animal Crossing New Leaf Welcome a Friend Promotion

When it comes to Nintendo and advertising, usually the results are not particularly great.  You’ve got those ads that completely miss the mark (also known as every Wii U ad out at the moment), a bunch of contests that usually don’t add up to a whole lot and a lack of European marketing that can be best described as ‘utterly suicidal’.  But Nintendo of Europe’s new Animal Crossing New Leaf promotion is a great exception to the rule.  In fact, it might even be one of their ‘best’ (especially from the fan point of view) campaigns they’ve ever came up with.

Why?  Well let me explain how the rules work:

If you register Animal Crossing New Leaf on Club Nintendo before 11pm on September 7th 2013, you get a Recommendation Code to pass to a friend.

Then if they register a 3DS XL on Club Nintendo and use your code…

They get a free download code for Animal Crossing New Leaf.

Yeah, you heard that right people.  If you do this, you get a free copy of Animal Crossing New Leaf.  As in, the whole game, for nothing.  Okay, it’s a digital copy… but you can’t be too picky about that if you’re getting a new game for no monetary cost whatsoever.

Really though, this is a freaking awesome promotion.  Free game for registering your 3DS XL with a code given by a friend (or knowing people nowadays, a random person on the internet)?  Jackpot!

And what’s more, the contest rules don’t seem to state anything about what a ‘friend’ means in this situation, meaning that you could probably just go round asking for recommendation codes on Nintendo based internet forums instead.  So rejoice European Nintendo fans, if you know someone who owns Animal Crossing New Leaf and haven’t registered your 3DS XL yet, it’s basically free games all round!

So what do you think about this contest? And if you’re a 3DS owner in Europe, are you planning to take advantage of it?