Fans of physical Nintendo merchandise are in luck, as Nintendo is offering players a chance to snag some exclusive merch right before the holidays. Nintendo’s My Nintendo loyalty program has Super Mario and Nintendo-themed merchandise available for players who have saved up enough platinum coins to redeem them.
While these themed goods probably won’t make for the best stockings stuffers, seeing as they likely won’t arrive before 2021 rolls around, they’re still worth a look. The two new My Nintendo rewards feature matching Super Mario-themed notebooks and a Nintendo calendar for 2021.
First up, the two Super Mario-themed notebooks feature Mario and Luigi artwork prominently on the cover. The notebooks are 144 page, 6” x 9” books with simple writing lines adorning each page. The notebooks look to be good quality from the various promotional images on the My Nintendo website and can be redeemed for 800 platinum points. The second physical reward on My Nintendo is a Nintendo-themed calendar with different cards that feature various Nintendo games.
The Nintendo calendar features 13 calendar pieces with a stand included. The calendar itself is 6” x 6” and features art from games like The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Splatoon 2, and Animal Crossing New Horizons. These new physical My Nintendo rewards may not be the most exciting rewards to end the year with, but they are ideal items to have when starting a brand new year.
Those interested in redeeming these items must do so before the offer ends on February 8, 2021. Additionally, each item will have a shipping fee attached depending on the region the order is placed in. Hopefully, Nintendo keeps delivering physical My Nintendo rewards throughout 2021, as well.
2020 coming to a close marks almost four years of the Nintendo Switch console. Releasing in the spring of 2017, the portable handheld/console hybrid has very quickly become a gaming phenomenon since release. This has become especially true this year, with Animal Crossing: New Horizons releasing during a time where people throughout the world wanted an escape that the game provided. Despite troubling economic circumstances worldwide, the Nintendo Switch continues a 24-month streak in highest hardware units sold compared to Xbox, PlayStation, and other proprietary gaming platforms.
Perhaps under the impression that Nintendo would want to capitalize on huge hardware success, rumors and reports have spread regarding a possible hardware refresh for Nintendo's latest platform. Largely dubbed a Nintendo Switch "Pro," some have theorized or heard rumors that 2021 will bring on a new version of the Switch tablet, featuring all sorts of bells and whistles like a 4K screen and Bluetooth capability. Given Nintendo's past with hardware refreshes for the DS and 3DS, it wouldn't be an unfair assumption for Nintendo to do the same with the Switch. However, the Switch is far different from past Nintendo handhelds and may not get the same treatment.
Citing the aforementioned 24-month streak of highest units sold by the NPD, Nintendo is clearly more focused on the Nintendo Switch as it exists now, rather than what it may become later. Doug Bowser also goes on to mention how the Nintendo Switch's attach rate, meaning how many games (on average) consumers purchase alongside the console, is still quite positive.
Frankly that makes sense, considering huge games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and previously Breath of the Wild, were significant system-sellers for the Nintendo Switch. Plus, with some pretty big games on the horizon (Metroid Prime 4, Breath of the Wild's sequel), Nintendo will want to continue that momentum moving into 2021. It's clear that a Nintendo Switch "Pro" doesn't factor into that success, especially when so many Switch consoles are now in the hands of millions of new players.
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