Earthbound Has Somehow ‘Sold Out’ On Club Nintendo

Earthbound Has Somehow ‘Sold Out’ On Club Nintendo

If you wanted to grab digital code for a copy of Earthbound with your expiring Club Nintendo points, you’re out of luck. For whatever reason, the game is currently “sold out”.

Over at Club Nintendo, the company has outlined what you can use your coins for, and that includes tons and tons of games to download across the Wii, Wii U and 3DS. It’s pretty cool! Who doesn’t like free games, right?

Earthbound is still listed as an option, but when you click over to the page…

Earthbound Has Somehow 'Sold Out' On Club Nintendo

How is it possible for a digital game to be “sold out”? Isn’t that the magic of modern gaming, that we’ve transcended the limitations of physical objects?

If you want F-Zero, for example, there are no problems. No “sold out” sign to be found. Huh.

Earthbound Has Somehow 'Sold Out' On Club Nintendo

As far as I can tell, Earthbound is the only game that is currently “sold out”. It’s possible Nintendo simply needs to dump more codes into the system, and it will become available again.

Still, it’s weird.

Club Nintendo closes on July 1, but Nintendo’s promised a replacement for later this year.


  • Maybe there’s some sort of limit in place, something to do with a promotional reduction in royalties paid to folks with a stake in the game.

    • This is a likely scenario. One of the issues with Earthbound (and the prime reason why Mother 3 has not been released in the west) is that Nintendo had to iron out deals with a number of record companies for some of the music that was remixed for the games. My guess is that there has just been a temporary oversight in promotional pricing as it relates to residual payouts.

      • Yeah, it’s basically a load of crap, which is why I haven’t registered the last few games I bought. Couldn’t be bothered.

      • We got a few cool things, I picked up the 3 pin set from Mario Kart 8 and some cool playing cards. Other than that, it sucks.

    • We do have some cool stuff. I got a Mario cap and a pair of pretty cool Mario shoelaces. 🙂

      Now I’ve only got ~580 points left though and all I can get are post it notes, which is kinda lame. :/

  • Ran out of Gigabytes, luckily there are lots of sites that let you download more RAM.

  • Picked up one of the last decent goodies on the aussie store before it was sold out the next day (which was April 1st, mind you) – Super Mario 3D World 2-Disc OST! They still have them neat shoelaces!

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