Nintendo of America’s Club Nintendo is offering 3DS owners a chance to download a unique NES game never before seen in America, a “complete” version of Donkey Kong that includes the “Pie Factory” level, its key selling point. To get this game, however, Nintendo is not offering it on the 3DS eShop or on the Wii Virtual Console for people to buy. Nope, that would be too nice. Instead, you have to buy one of five 3DS games, redeem it on Club Nintendo, sync your 3DS account to it, and then wait 3 – 4 weeks in order to be sent a code to be able to access the game. Seems a little convoluted, don’t you think? And what about Wii owners who have pined for the full featured Donkey Kong? Tough. What if those five games fail to interest you? No dice. What if you’re poor and can’t afford any of those games until after the expiration date of 1/6/13? Oh well! Gah. I would pay $5 to own this. Hell, even $6 at import pricing. I love the original Donkey Kong. I’d like a way to play it in full on the big screen. The Game Boy Donkey Kong ’94 has it, but it isn’t quite the same. I’m sure a lot of people would follow my lead, too. Alas, it’s been dangled as a bonus for a certain market, and with my funds being pretty damn low right now, I don’t foresee a 3DS or any of those games landing in my lap by January 6th.
It’s great Nintendo’s making it available somehow, but it would be nicer if it was purchasable AND as a bonus. My two cents.