Today Nintendo announced that its membership programme, Club Nintendo, will be closing its doors this year. The programme launched back in 2008 and enabled gamers to purchase exclusive Nintendo items through the redemption of codes packaged within their games and systems online. Some items included were premium Nintendo card decks, wallpapers and my personal favourite – (I received them last week) Mario hand towels.
Nintendo outlined a small schedule as to how and when the service will cease:
- April 1st 2015 – From this date, Nintendo will no longer include product registration cards with its packaged products, so such products cannot be registered in Club Nintendo. You may still find product registration cards in products 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 programme. 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.
They’ve also announced that they’re working on a new programme that will launch sometime during the year, most likely just before Club Nintendo finishes.
If you have any Stars still sitting in your Club Nintendo account, it’d be best to redeem them as soon as you can.