hmm I never had a chance (well I tried but the site was down when this started) to register for Club Nintendo. Do I have to reregister or something if I had a MyNintendo or whatever it was account?
also what is this platinum status I hear off. is it worth it for me to signup now or wait until the new year?
To activate your Club Nintendo account, you need only to log in to the Club Nintendo part of the Nintendo site using your own My Nintendo login. Any games you had registered ages ago are still there, I believe, but only certain games give you points.
For Club Nintendo, you have account levels, and Platinum is the highest. When you reach 600 points (pretty sure that's the right number, but someone feel free to verify) you reach Platinum level and are thus able to receive the Platinum level prizes given out at the end of the Club Nintendo year. Last year's prizes, which we all received shortly before Halloween, were Mario hat's for the Platinum members and Animal Crossing calendars for the lower level, Gold members.
The thing I'm quickly learning about Club Nintendo is that unless you tend to buy first-party Nintendo games in significant quantity, you won't reach Platinum membership. I've had enough games I've registered in the past to earn me 2 years of Platinum membership, fairly easily, but I think I may be lucky to reach Gold next year. I just don't play enough first-party games of Ninty's.