I don't know if I'd exactly call it a downside but to me, I'd be more hesitant on impulse buys. Sort of like Sony's PlayStation Plus program and its discounts, I'd wait for the moment that a game I want is available for purchase with Coins instead of actual cash.
Nintendo has really done a lot this year in terms of pushing forward in new directions and forgetting their old ways. Of course they still have a lot to do to catch up but with the 3DS firmware update we received and now this, it's pretty exciting. And there's still the matter of that mobile app where we can navigate the Nintendo store and even make purchases. Who would've imagined Nintendo would be going in that direction?
Those prices look pretty sweet. At first, I thought it would be better if you could just trade coins for Wii/eShop points like you can in Europe so that you could spend them on anything you want, but for 100 coins that's pretty much a free game for every two Nintendo games you buy. Can't beat that.
Very cool news, but in a way I'd rather spend coins on things you can't easily buy (i.e. Game & Watch Ball).
I agree, but generally the rewards either aren't great or are way too many coins. The only thing I've gotten that I really want is the Zelda posters. I'd get Ball and the G&W DS games if they cost less, but 1200 coins for Ball? Come on.
Based on that screenshot, games will be around 100 coins. That's awesome. Even if I get something like Ball, I don't have to wait six months while I build up my coin count again to get something good.
Is there a way to just register 3DS games ON the 3DS? I feel like that should be a no-brainer for them. Some kind of alert that says "Oh, we noticed you have a Club Nintendo account - would you mind filling out a brief survey to redeem coins?" The more games I get, the less I get the energy to register them and do surveys and stuff.