Club Nintendo will be no more when autumn arrives, says Nintendo. Current members will have until until September 30 to spend their remaining rewards points.
If you don’t, well then say goodbye to them forever when the rewards program ends later in the year.
Shifting the eventual closure into motion, Nintendo will not be shipping Club Nintendo points with the launch of the New Nintendo 3DS in North America & Europe on February 13, and from April onwards, the same applies to upcoming Nintendo games on Wii U or 3DS.
Here’s how Nintendo is scheduling the closing of Club Nintendo for this year:
Club Nintendo Discontinuation Schedule
April 1st 2015: From this date, Nintendo will no longer include product registration cards with its packaged games, so such products cannot be registered in Club Nintendo. You may still find product registration cards in games that were in stock before this date, however.
April 20th 2015: Termination of the registration of digital products downloaded from Nintendo eShop. Digital products obtained from Nintendo eShop after this date will no longer appear in the My Registered Games & Systems page in Club Nintendo. In addition, surveys for download software titles will no longer be available.
September 30th 2015: End of Club Nintendo program. All Club Nintendo features, such as signing up as a new member, logging in as a registered member, earning Stars, and exchanging Stars for items from the Stars Catalogue will no longer be possible from this date.
According to Nintendo, the company will be rolling out a new rewards program around the same time of Club Nintendo’s closing. Nintendo did not fully specify what that initiative would be, only that those who do sign up at its start will be gifted Flipnote Studio 3D for the Nintendo 3DS.
Club Nintendo began in 2007, and since then has rewarded members with a variety of exclusive goods, such as SNES Wii Classic Controllers, Super Mario Bros. statues, and perhaps one of its most best items, Doc Louis’s Punch-Out!!, a neat little spin-off title of 2009’s Punch-Out!! (Nintendo Wii) that has never been released outside the elite gates of Club Nintendo.
It will be super interesting to see what Nintendo has planned to replace Club Nintendo in the fall. Perhaps a system that is more directly tied to Nintendo IDs? We shall see.
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