After six years of rewarding loyal gamers with small gifts and retro games based on their past purchases, Nintendo is officially shutting down their Club Nintendo rewards program. According to an official notice on the Club Nintendo site, the program will slowly wind down over the course of the next few months.
The timetable for the closure is pretty straightforward. Any product released after today, January 20th, is no longer eligible for Club Nintendo Coins. March 31st will be the final day that you can earn Coins, register products with the service, or sign up for a new membership. And then, as of June 30, the program will officially shut down at 11:59pm PT, and access to the site will be unavailable.
As you’d expect with the “fake currency” of the Nintendo Coins, any of them that you do not use by June 30th will simply be deleted. Nintendo has stated that a new rewards program will be coming at a later date, and that more information is forthcoming.
While Club Nintendo has never been quite as rewarding as the Xbox or PlayStation equivalents, which each give you full free games simply for being part of their Xbox LIVE or PlayStation+ services, it was better than nothing. Nintendo’s reward system was based on what you purchased, and was centered around you registering your games and redeeming the points (or Coins as Nintendo calls them) for free virtual arcade game downloads, or small physical items like posters, bookmarks, and on special occasion limited-edition statues.
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