Club Nintendo will soon be no more. Nintendo announced the move to shut it down today. The rewards program launched more than six years ago with members earning coins from registering products and other ways such as surveys. With these coins, you could buy downloadable games, character figures and other Nintendo merchandise.
Why did they shut it down? Nintendo’s mum on details for the closure, but says it will launch a new loyalty program “at a later date.”
Nintendo is offering additional rewards until the program’s official closure to push fans to spend any remaining coins.
“We thank all Club Nintendo members for their dedication to Nintendo games and their ongoing love for our systems and characters,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing in a press release. “We want to make this time of transition as easy as possible for our loyal Club Nintendo members, so we are going to add dozens of new rewards and downloadable games to help members clear out their Coin balances.”
The same press release also says several physical reward options will be offered to Club Nintendo members next month.
You can still earn coins through the end of March and redeem them through the end of June.
Nintendo is also offering Flipnote Studio 3D for free in February. The software lets you create unique 3-D animations and exchange them with other people who own Flipnote Studio 3D.
We’ll keep you updated with any news about Nintendo’s new loyalty program.