For 6 years, Nintendo has been providing gamers with a chance to earn back digital, and sometimes physical rewards for the games they purchased with their loyalty program, Club Nintendo. Today, Nintendo announced that it will be shutting down the service to make way for something new.
In a press release on the Club Nintendo site (read here), the company thanks its members for using the service before detailing just exactly what will happen, and when.
“1/20/2015 – Products released after this date are not eligible for registration with Club Nintendo.
3/31/2015 – Last day to earn Coins, register products with Club Nintendo, and sign up for new Club Nintendo membership.
6/30/2015 – Last day to redeem Coins or access you account on the Club Nintendo website. Club Nintendo program shuts down at 11:59pm PT on 6/30/2015.”
While the service will be shutting down in June, players will still be able to earn their Gold or Elite status for the year, although it might be a bit more difficult this year; the last date for coin earnings, as stated above, is March 31, and the gifts will be announced on April 1, and be available through April 30.
“In order to reach Elite Status, you must earn 300 Coins (for Gold Status) or 600 Coins (for Platinum Status) between July 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. Members who reach Elite Status will be able to choose a downloadable game from a wide selection of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U titles. Your free Elite Status gift will be available between April 1 and April 30, 2015. A list of the Elite Status 2015 gifts will be posted here once announced.”
While it is exciting to see what Nintendo has in it’s future, it’s not too late to start cashing in those coins! Make sure you scrounge up every code you’ve never used, as Nintendo has stated that it will be stocking the store with physical and digital rewards to help you clear out your balance.