Nintendo announced some shocking news today that Club Nintendo is to close on September 30th, 2015. Following this date, club members will not be able to access their account, earn Stars or spend any Stars earned from registered products.
This facility is famed for the many errors in codes and the website timing out and not being the most user friendly, however when you actually get the website to work you can end up with some nice exclusive merchandise in exchange for your buying Nintendo products and games.
There are a lot of technicalities to games being purchased between now and September as ther last date to register or use points will be April 20th. Stars will continue to be included with Nintendo titles until April 1, after which registration cards will be removed. Then from April 20, Nintendo will discontinue the registration of digital products purchased through the Nintendo eShop. If you’ve bought any digital games recently, be sure to complete the survey in your Club Nintendo account and earn any associated Stars before this date.
Stars included with physical products can still be registered and redeemed until September 30. Stars will not be included with the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL (and were not with the Ambassador 3DS) releasing in Europe next month.
Don’t rush to spend all your stars at once, though: Nintendo says that it will “keep adding more (items to the Stars Catalogue) over the coming months, so there’s plenty to spend your Stars on before September 30th 2015”. SO hopefully none of your stars will be wasted.
Club Nintendo first launched in 2002 and let fans register Nintendo products to earn Stars, a form of currency used to purchase exclusive rewards.
However do not despair a new programme to replace Club Nintendo will launch later this year, Nintendo says.
Those who sign up to the new programme during the launch period will be able to download 3DS illustration app Flipnote Studio 3D free of charge. Nothing has been announced officially about the new scheme yet