Can Nintendo show U.S. the love, too?

In Japan, Club Nintendo members get to choose from awesome goodies in 2008 for collecting Nintendo points--Japanese SNES Famicom controller for the Wii, Super Mario Galaxy OST, or tabletop calendars.

Still not jealous over all of the awesome bonuses Nintendo Japan has been giving its customers as part of the Club Nintendo rewards program? Well, get ready to say no friggin' way!

Nintendo has announced three free bonus items that it will be giving to its platinum members of the Club Nintendo service this year. Those customers with platinum status--meaning they purchased enough Nintendo products between 10/1/2006 and 9/30/2007 for over 400 Club Nintendo points--will be able to select one of the following items:

1. Wii Super Famicom Classic Controller: A Wii controller attachment that looks exactly like a Super Famicom (the Japanese Super Nintendo) controller; available at the end of April 2008.

2. Super Mario Galaxy OST Platinum Version: Two CDs featuring 81 songs, all fully orchestrated; available at the end of January 2008.

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3. Club Nintendo Calendar 2008: A set of two tabletop calendars. Set for delivery at the end of December.

The ones most clamored for right now is--you guessed it--the Wii Super Famicon SNES controller and the Super Mario Galaxy OST, in that order.

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Apparently there is still no love stateside for the Nintendo fans, as the USA is not part of the Club Nintendo's network as yet. Doesn't mean we won't see those items being sold on eBay or Amazon once they're shipped to those lucky club members.

However, if you can't wait until then, there is an immediate alternative. Dubbed as retroports, you can plug in your original NES and SNES controllers into the Wii for virtual console gaming. So all hope is not lost!

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