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Club Nintendo Shutting Down

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 10:03 am by Stephen Janes

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Nintendo is preparing to shut down their rewards program Club Nintendo. Club Nintendo allowed users to register their Nintendo products online for Coins, which could be exchanged for posters, figurines, downloadable games and more. If you are a member of Club Nintendo, you are still able to obtain Coins until March 2015 and have until June 2015 to cash out.

Nintendo has already promised a new rewards program that will be announced at a later time. As a “thank you” to all of its past and present members, Nintendo is offering several new rewards in addition to offering Flipnote Studio 3D for free. Flipnote Studio 3D allows the gamer to create three-dimensional animations on the Nintendo 3DS. You must have a registered account on Club Nintendo in order to receive Flipnote Studio 3D and can register before they officially close.

Nintendo hasn’t offered a real reason why Club Nintendo is shutting down other than they want to create a new system later. Why they won’t just rename and retool the system probably has to do with a revised system in how people earn rewards, suggesting a completely retooled system will be in store. Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing Scott Moffitt sent out a press release and had this to say regarding the situation.

“We thank all Club Nintendo members for their dedication to Nintendo games and their ongoing love for our systems and characters. 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.”

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.

Stephen Janes is also co-host of the Pixelated Podcast and occasionally writes. You can follow his gaming nonsense on Twitter.

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