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Club Nintendo is finally shutting down, making way for a new loyalty programme

posted 20 Jan 2015, 06:44 by Subik Khawaja   [ updated 29 Mar 2015, 15:37 ]

For over six years now, Club Nintendo has offered downloadable games and rare Nintendo merchandise to loyal Nintendo gamers.

However, that's about to end, as Nintendo have announced that Club Nintendo will be closing down worldwide this year.

In Europe, Nintendo will stop including Club Nintendo codes with new products on April 1st. Registration of downloadable games will no longer be possible on April 20th, and Club Nintendo will shut down completely on September 30th.

In North America, new products released from today won't include Club Nintendo codes. On March 31, gamers won't be able to earn any more coins or make a new account, and on June 30, Club Nintendo will shut down completely.

Nintendo isn't shutting down Club Nintendo for no reason though - they're planning a new loyalty program that, if Mr Iwata stays true to his word, may offer cheaper prices in the eShop for regular buyers. I can't know whether that will include physical items and rewards, but I certainly hope it will.

To soften the blow to fans of the loyalty programme, Nintendo will be adding a range of new rewards and downloadable games in the coming months, for users to clear their coin/star balances.

Also, Flipnote Studio 3D will be available in February as a free download to North American Club Nintendo members. In Europe, the app will be offered much later, to users who sign up for the new loyalty programme within the launch period, later this year. After a delay of nearly two years, it's good to know that we'll be getting the app soon.