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Nintendo prepares to begin shipping Elite Club Nintendo Swag

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We wanted to let you know that we are preparing to begin shipping
the 2009 Elite Status Rewards!

We had thousands of loyal Nintendo fans reach Elite Status last June
and it is going to take us a couple of weeks to ship all the orders.

So, even though your friends or neighbors may receive their Reward
before you do, please be assured that your order is being processed too!

You will receive another email when your reward order ships.

Thank you for your interest and excitement and we hope you enjoy your
Club Nintendo Elite Status Reward.

Sincerely,

Nintendo of America Inc.
Consumer Service Department

Just a little bit longer Doc, and Imma punch you sooooo hard!

My Club Nintendo Elite Gift has been Chosen

doclouisWhen I got the e-mail from Nintendo confirming that I was some kind of super gamer and had reached the lofty ranks of an “Elite” member of Club Nintendo, I was thrilled. When they said I would get a special reward I was excited. When I found out I was officially a “Platinum” member and had a choice of swag to choose from, I… was apathetic.

A plush, allegedly life-size,  Mario hat or a WiiWare game featuring a single round of Punch-Out!! action against Doc Louis weren’t exactly at the top of my dream-swag wishlist. The hat, which would serve as a nice couch pillow and conversation piece, isn’t all that useful and takes up quite a bit of space. Space I am finally coming to appreciate after slowly pruning my game collection and scanning in the boxes of paper materials I’ve accumulated over the years from E3’s and press contacts. I do love swag but I’m tending to go for smaller gashapon-sized stuff these days. I can cram more of it on my desk… and into shoeboxes when I tire of looking at them.

As for ol’ Doc Louis’s Punch-Out!!, well, I never have been a fan of the series and, at first thought, an intangible downloadable game just didn’t feel exclusive enough. I mean, I can’t take pictures of it to flaunt online and I can’t make a special little nook for it on my game shelf. I could print out a fan-made sleeve and stick it in a white DVD case, but I’d only be lying to myself.

Ultimately, I chose the game. After all, it is a free game, it may finally sway me to play the full Punch-Out!! and one day Nintendo might make a social network akin to Xbox Live and I can totally show off in my “played games” feed that, yes indeed, I can punch a fat black man at any time I choose. But as far off as that day may be it looks like I’ve still got a while to wait to before I can even play it. After I painstakingly made my choice, confirmed and double-confirmed my decision, I got this e-mail:

Hello SHAWN,

Your Club Nintendo Elite Status reward order has been accepted.

You will receive an email by November 1, 2009 with more information
on how to get your digital reward.

Thanks for supporting Nintendo!

What!? November!? If Nintendo are masters of one thing it’s tormenting their dedicated fans. Every time I’m up for a Phantom Hourglass feather stylus, a Big Brain academy Wii Remote flashlight, or some other frivolous trinket it seems I’m made to wait ages to get it and this time is the worst yet. Is the game even finished yet? Is this going to require some elaborate 25-digit authentication code or adding a Nintendo GiftBot to my Wii contact list? Do me a favor and don’t bring up Doc Louis around me, I’m just going to try and forget all about this and treat the eventual free game time as an early birthday present.

Punch your way through this week’s new releases

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It’s time to put down those fruity-colored controllers you’ve been fondling for years and start playing games the way humans were meant to play, by hitting things with their bare hands! Out this week are EA Sports Active and Punch-Out, both for the Wii and both featuring coverart that’s about to smack you upside the head! If you need a little convincing that you’re actually fighting King Hippo in Punch-Out, Everlast has some excessive boxing gloves they’d like to sell you, but if you just can’t force your limbs to mimic the on-screen actions of your chosen warrior there’s always UFC Undisputed to play on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. So stop shooting stuff already and punch something this week!