It’s been six years since Nintendo started its special rewards club for the fans. Six whole years is a long time and all good things must end. The loyalty rewards scheme that brought fans some really neat stuff will be discontinued, according to a recent press release.
Nintendo, are going to cease giving out posters, games or collectible figurines in exchange for Club coins. These coins, generally earned by registering products and signing up for spam, will still be available to Nintendo Club members in the US and Canada. Those users will be able to acquire further coins until the end of March. Nintendo Club members will still be able to redeem their rewards coins through the end of June. For American Nintendo members, there will be a new loyalty program announced at a later date. At this current time, it looks like no other countries will be receiving a replacement program.
Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing, Scott Moffitt said the company thanks all the Club members for their dedication to the games and the love for their game systems. He went on to say the company wants to make this change easier for loyal Club Nintendo members. They are planning to release a lot of new rewards and downloadable game titles to help members use up most of — if not all their coin balances. As well as numerous physical rewards, and a lineup of downloadable titles will be available in February.
To show their appreciation in February, Nintendo are also giving away the Flipnote Studio 3D software for free to Nintendo Club members. The software allows users to create three-dimensional animations and send them to friends who also have the software. Users can also upload their animations to Flipnote Hatena — a website that shares user generated content. Anyone who uploads a creation to Hatena will be able to download their personal animations from the Nintendo DSi Library menu in Flipnote Studio 3D software. The Flipnote 3D software will only be available to Nintendo Club members until June 31. Anyone who registers for the Club Nintendo before it closes will have access to the free software. According to the Flipnote Studio site, the ability to make a new Nintendo Club account will expire March 31, so Nintendo fans will need to get in fast!
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