Nintendo will be discontinuing its loyalty points programme, Club Nintendo, in September, following a general phasing out of product registration cards and the ability to register digital products from the Nintendo eShop.
In an announcement on the Nintendo Europe site, Nintendo explain that they’re currently in the process of creating a new rewards programme, which will launch sometime this year. Those registering early for the new programme will be able to download Flipnote Studio 3D for their 3DS System, assuming they have one.
Below is the discontinuation schedule, copied verbatim. It’s important to highlight that if you have any Stars in your Club Nintendo account, they will expire on September 30th, so it’s best to use them while you can.
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 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.
The New 3DS will not be registerable, but any software that’s bundled with it can be registered up until the 20th of April. Having accrued a few points, I decided to have a look at the range of delightful items in the Star Catalogue… which I’d say is a bit of a misnomer but I digress. No doubt, like me, you’ve dreamt of when you could have your very own Yoshi Cleaning Cloth or Pikmin 3 Mobile Ringtones. Regardless of your desire, time waits for no man, so best check it out.