Gamers have known for a while that there would be certain benefits to purchasing the Wii U Deluxe Set. Not only do consumers who spend the extra $50 receive a very stylish black colored system, but they also score copy of Nintendo Land, 32GB of internal memory (four times that of the Basic Set), a charging cradle and stand for the Wii U GamePad, and a stand for the console. On top of all those though, gamers who purchase the Deluxe Set will be able to reap the rewards of an exclusive digital incentive program every time they purchase something from the eShop.
Today, Nintendo has finally revealed how the ‘Deluxe Digital Promotion’ will work, and it’s actually a pretty solid deal for anyone who’s already been swayed into picking up the Wii U Deluxe Set. Sadly, it appears that the deal won’t kick in until December 2012, and the Big N hasn’t clarified whether or not games purchased digitally at launch will offer day-one buyers with any rewards.
The process is pretty straightforward, gamers will earn 10% of their purchase back in points whenever they buy something off of the Wii U’s eShop. So if players download a copy of Pikmin 3 for $59.99, then they’ll receive 599 points. These points can only be turned into cold, hard digital funds in increments of 500 points, at which point consumers will then receive a code worth $5 in eShop money. Wii U eShop codes can also be purchased at select retailers, and redeeming those will net players points as well.
This deal will not be put into place permanently, however, and will come to an end on December 31, 2014. Points can still be exchanged for eShop credits until March 2015, but once they’ve been converted to digital funds they won’t expire. Of course, gamers will have to have their system connected to an Internet source, and a Nintendo Network ID will be needed to access account information — which is required to redeem points. Again, only those who’ve purchased the Wii U Deluxe Bundle will be able to take advantage of this deal, so don’t expect any incentive for investing in the lower end SKU.
These deals aren’t jaw-droppingly stellar, but they’re significantly better than the incentives Microsoft is offering gamers who’ve racked up enough achievements. What’s odd about this Deluxe Set incentive is that it’s actually been given an expiration date. This means that either Nintendo has plans to offer another rewards service at a later point that may benefit Basic Set owners as well, or the company simply plans on ditching the digital incentives completely.
Regardless, it’s a good promotion for the time being, and one that should help gamers save a bit of money. With a plethora of first and third-party digital games available within the console’s launch window, some players will surely end up reaping the rewards pretty quickly.
The Nintendo Wii U will be available on November 18th.
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