- Sep 29, 2018
This feels like it could have been a Gaming Historian video.
Hell I remember a bunch of games being the same SKU as every other PAL copy but with the star points removed lol. This is why, as a Swede, I'm glad Nintendo Europe's digital rewards are finally accessible to us here lol, finally. They even ship the physical goods you can get too, which is nice.The Club Nintendo portion of the story reminds me how I still have a small axe to grind about that period in time circa the Wii - Wii U era when Bergsala closed down Club Nintendo and we got literally none of the cool benefits that US and the rest of Europe got. We still got all those redeemable codes shoved into the game cases that we really couldn't do anything with but throw away or hoard for a UK account that couldn't ship physical goods over to us (there was even a section on their website where they told customers that they should throw the codes out since they can't do anything with them). Felt so left out considering they were trailblazers at one point, but thankfully that's all different now and we're back to the same level as everyone else. (Oddly, when I finished watching this video, My Nintendo sent me a message that my SNES posters shipped. What a cosmic coincidence.)
Anyway, that was a great story. Amazing testament to perseverance, definitely explains why Nintendo's always felt so ingrained in this country, and makes me feel innate pride about it. Visiting Marios Gata for the first time the other month was a pretty fun, surreal experience. It really emphasized how Bergsala weren't just some distributor but actual partners who assimilated the DNA of Nintendo and are proud of making that association known.