Everyone is probably aware of the awesomeness that is Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.  With the release of the 3DS, an entirely new generation of gamers is becoming acquainted with this classic piece of gaming history.  However, most gamers in the know (who love the Zelda franchise) consider Majora's Mask to be something of a "sister" game to Ocarina of Time.  Not only does this game take place in the span of three days, but you also get to meet and interact with an in-depth cast of characters, the majority of whom have been borrowed from the character designs from Ocarina of Time.  Majora's Mask has often been described as the "Groundhog Day" of the Legend of Zelda series, with many dark undertones.

Suffice to say, this game is very near and dear to my heart, and it holds up surprisingly well after all these years.  Most of the old N64 cartridges are impossible to find for a good price (or intact), and the "bonus disk" that came with Windwaker for the GameCube that included Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask is something upwards of 30 bucks if you can even find it used.  If you were to buy it on the virtual console for the Wii, you would likely have to spend over a thousand Wii Points (a little more than 10 dollars USD), but for this month ONLY, Club Nintendo is offering Majora's Mask for FREE- you simply have to exchange 150 coins for it.

Pictured above- AWESOMENESS.

Now, some of you might be thinking, "COINS? What the heck kind of space mumbo jumbo year 2000 monkey poo is that?!"  Well, it's simple..  Whenever you buy a select game or Nintendo handheld/console, you will find a code on it (the Wii and most handhelds have it on the bottom with a barcode thing).  With games, the codes are normally located in the sleeve with the paper pamphlet, and if you download them, you just need to link your system with your Club Nintendo account and they will auto-add to your collection.  If you've registered a Club Nintendo account and start putting in codes, you will get a set amount of points for simply registering the game.  After having the game for a short while, you will be eligible to win even MORE points by filling out a short survey about what you thought of the game itself.  It's quite ingenious, if I do say so myself.

You'll be the "star" of the class with this messenger bag- it's only 550 coins!

Of course, games are not the only thing that you can get.  My current goal is to get this bag- it's super cute and would be awesome to lug my stuff back and forth to work with.  I'm currently at 350 coins, so I'm really excited at how close I am!  Most of these items on Club Nintendo are impossible to get anywhere else.  Just like when I was a child and used to go to the Hello Kitty store, you save up enough points and you can get something that you can't buy with real money- something limited edition and exciting that very few other people can ever have.  I currently have the special edition microfiber bag with Mario on it, and since Club Nintendo items are often limited time only, there's always something new coming in.

Epic, Limited Edition Legend of Zelda Posters, anyone?  Only 400 coins for all three.

You may think that it's hard to get coins, but it's basically the opposite.  Not only can you earn coins from playing games, talking to friends and walking around with your 3DS in hibernation mode, but you can get something like 160 coins for registering a console/handheld, and 50 coins for most Wii titles.  I got a good 10-20 coins per DSi Ware that I downloaded.  Believe me-that's not chump change!  I know that I've  blogged about Club Nintendo before, but Majora's Mask is just too awesome of a title to pass up- and it's only available until the end of January, so you will have to hurry if you want to take advantage of it!

You can visit Club Nintendo by clicking here.


So, are you a member of Club Nintendo?

Were you aware of the codes in special Nintendo titles?

Have you ever earned something epic from the Club Nintendo catalog?

And finally, what do you think about Majora's Mask...for free?

Don't meet with a terrible fate by missing the deadline....


As always, thanks for reading! :)

PS: Wanna add me as a friend on 3DS?  My friend code is 1676-4011-2511!  

Just send me a message with your code and I'll add you back!