club nintendo

UPDATE

According to Kotaku, Club Nintendo as a whole is being wiped, all across the board. Check out below the original news for the press release from Nintendo of America.

ORIGINAL

Nintendo of Europe has announced that they will be discontinuing their region’s Club Nintendo service, which covered residents not only in Europe, but South Africa as well, in favour of a new and improved loyalty program to be announced later in 2015. NoE is offering those who sign up for the new program during its launch period a freebie in the form of Flipnote Studio 3D, which allows you to draw your own animated flip books with the 3DS.

The timeline for discontinuation of the service, regarding the end dates for product registration, star accumulation, and reward claiming is as follows:

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.

You can check out their entire release here. Of particular note is that the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL, which release next month, will NOT be eligible to register for stars. However if the console you grab comes packaged with a game, such as Majora’s Mask 3D or Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, these games WILL be eligible for register.

UPDATE

The following is the press release from Nintendo of America regarding their discontinuation, which includes details regarding Flipnote Studio 3D that differs from Europe. It also promises some new physical rewards coming to the region in February.

Nintendo Prepares to Discontinue Club Nintendo Rewards Program
New Loyalty Program to be Announced at a Later Date; Flipnote Studio 3D Offered to Club Nintendo Members

REDMOND, Wash.—(BUSINESS WIRE)— After more than six years of delivering fun Nintendo-themed rewards to its members, Club Nintendo is preparing to shut down. Nintendo’s loyalty-rewards program rewarded members with a variety of items, such as downloadable games, Nintendo posters or character figures in exchange for Coins that members earned by registering products or completing surveys. Club Nintendo members in the United States and Canada can earn additional Coins through the end of March, and can redeem those Coins through the end of June. Nintendo of America will be announcing a new customer loyalty program at a later date.

“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. “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.”

Nintendo will add a number of physical reward options for members in February. Members will also be able to choose from a lineup of many downloadable games. As a gift to Club Nintendo members, the Flipnote Studio 3D software will be available to download for free in February. This software will allow users to create unique three-dimensional animations and to exchange their creations via local wireless with others who also own Flipnote Studio 3D. Users who uploaded creations to Flipnote Hatena will be able to download their personal animations from the Nintendo DSi Library menu in Flipnote Studio 3D software. Flipnote Studio 3D will be available to Club Nintendo members until June 30. The ability to create a new Club Nintendo account will end on March 31. All users who register to Club Nintendo before registration closes will be eligible to receive Flipnote Studio 3D.

For more information about Club Nintendo, visit https://club.nintendo.com. For more information on Flipnote Studio 3D, visit

http://flipnotestudio3d.nintendo.com/.

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