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Super Mario KartThe Club Nintendo loyalty program offers some unexpected items in exchange for buying many Nintendo products and filling out company surveys.  For instance, you can exchange some virtual Nintendo currency for towels and playing cards featuring Super Mario and friends.  I can't say that I have much of a use for those, so my loyalty points tend to add up.  I may start spending them more often now, however, as Club Nintendo now makes four games each month from the various download services that Nintendo runs available for a few of the club's coins.  Virtual Console titles, eShop selections, WiiWare, DSiWare... it's all on the table.  Tiny Cartridge fills us in.

The games are chosen based on Club Nintendo member feedback, and are replaced with “a new surprise selection each month”. This is an obvious idea that I always assumed Nintendo would never implement because it’s too awesome, but here it is!

This month's options are Super Mario Kart (Wii), Xevious (3DS), Fluidity (Wii), and Mario vs Donkey Kong: Minis March Again (DSi/3DS) for 100 coins each (except for Fluidity which goes for 150 coins).  This is a great idea and a wonderful way to spend coins before they expire.  I may finally spring for Minis March Again under this program.  Here's hoping that future offerings are worthwhile and not the dregs of WiiWare.  These are supposed to be rewards, after all.