I received a message this morning from Whatsapp that Nintendo is going to be discontinuing Club Nintendo in September this year. Back in 2002, UK Nintendo owners could join up to VIP 24:7, which changed it’s name to it’s Japanese, Club Nintendo, in 2007. Nintendo included codes in their games and consoles, when submitted to the Club Nintendo site you earn points, these points could then be redeemed for things like games, Wii Shop points and merchandise. I managed to get myself a Zelda Bonus disc, and I got a copy of the Game & Watch collection on the DS from Vipp. He was awesome to give me his spare copy!
Here is what the statement says.
Important information about the discontinuation of Club Nintendo
Nintendo’s first loyalty programmes, VIP 24:7 and Club Member, started in May 2002, and were combined in December 2007 to become Club Nintendo. Over the years, players have enjoyed the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U platforms, and countless software titles across them all. We’ve also heard the feedback and opinions of around six million Club Nintendo members across Europe and South Africa, which we have used to help shape our business.
We’re working hard to create a new programme, which we plan to launch later this year. And as a special offer, users who sign up to the new programme during the launch period will be able to downloadFlipnote Studio 3D to a Nintendo 3DS system for free. Please stay tuned to the Nintendo website for further details.
This new membership programme will replace Club Nintendo, so we will discontinue Club Nintendo according to the schedule given below. Thank you for all your support.
As Stars in your account will expire on September 30th 2015, please make sure you use them before this date. There are plenty of unique and exclusive items already available in the Stars Catalogue, and we’ll keep adding more over the coming months, so there’s plenty to spend your Stars on before September 30th 2015.
Please stay tuned for more information about the new membership programme, including its launch date.
Club Nintendo Discontinuation Schedule
- 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.
New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL
These new handheld systems, which will be released on February 13th 2015, are not registerable in Club Nintendo. However, hardware bundles will still include a product registration card for the included software until April 1st 2015, so software bundled with hardware can still be registered until September 30th 2015.
Please exchange any Stars in your account for items from the Stars Catalogue before September 30th 2015. Any Stars not used by this date will be lost, so be sure to use them as soon as possible. There are plenty of unique and exclusive items already available in the Stars Catalogue, and we’ll keep adding more over the coming months, so there’s plenty to spend your Stars on before September 30th 2015.
It’s a real shame that Nintendo is stopping Club Nintendo. I really, really want that Game & Watch Ball reproduction! I guess it’s still possible to get it before September, but the price of it in star points are so high it’s silly. Not to mention the fact that a while back I discovered that Star points had an expiry to them! I lost a bunch of points to that and I wasn’t happy about it either! Guess I’m going to have find cheap Nintendo games in a quest to finally get the Club Nintendo Game & Watch Ball! I will have one of those!
What are your opinions on Nintendo discontinuing Club Nintendo? What goodies did you get from it? Is there anything you’re aiming to get before it closes this September? Tell me in the comments below!