Nintendo wants to flog a fair few 3DS XL handhelds this Christmas, and are tempting players to get involved or upgrade with the promise of a full free game. Excitingly, the offer also appears to be retroactive if you already happen to own one.
Basically, if you buy a new 3DS XL between now and January 15th, be sure to register it on the Club Nintendo website (you'll find a red card with a product code in the box). After a questionnaire, you'll get a choice of several free games and receive a download code that can be redeemed throughout January.
To avoid any potential confusion, here's the exact phrasing we received:
Receiving your free game download couldn’t be simpler: all you have to do is visit www.club-nintendo.com and register any Nintendo 3DS XL before the 15th of January 2013. Once registered you will be able to choose your free game and will receive a download code. The selection includes Super Mario 3D Land, Freakyforms Deluxe Your Creations, Alive!, New Art Academy: Learn New Painting Techniques and Share Your Art, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask and Nintendo presents: New Style Boutique.
To download your game of choice you simply need to head to Nintendo eShop between January 1st, 2013 and January 31st, 2013 and redeem your download code. Download your free game of choice and enjoy it on your new, extra large screens!
Presumably, you'll also be able to qualify for this offer if you've already bought a 3DS XL and haven't yet registered it.
The small print also suggests that "in case you have already registered your Nintendo 3DS XL system in Club Nintendo, you will still be able to receive the free download if you log in to your Club Nintendo account and follow the instructions on the banner about the promotion by January 15th, 2013," though the banner doesn't seem to be active at the time of writing.
So, free game. Why not?