As you can see the rewards for being a member of Club Nintendo are pretty lame. However, once a year, Nintendo does give a special prize to fans. Gold members (anyone between 350-590) get one and Elite members (600+) get another; last year Gold members received a descent looking calendar and Elite members got an awesome Mario statue.
Now that I have raged about NOA's lame rewards, let us take a look at Club Nintendo of Japan's rewards. Prepare for profound sadness...
Random, 2-D action game, the price is only 500 points. Why isn't this game in the US rewards program? I guess it was considered "too Japanese." Lame.
Club Nintendo of America is clearly cheap and lazy with it's dull reward efforts. I know it is cool they give something free to loyal customers, but why are the scales so balanced in Japan's favor? The program should not be based on region, and customers should be free to get their reward from any territory with Nintendo Club support. I don't expect this issue to ever be rectified. Nintendo doesn't even write Nintendo Power anymore, it is published by a third party, so bring on the shitty rewards for early 3DS adopters...its all about the cash to Nintendo.
Miyamoto: "Give me $300 more and you can have some of my pocket lint."