Nintendo will begin staggering out Club Nintendo this year, which was a company loyalty program, in favor of a new membership program that will launch later this year.
Any products released after January 20 will no longer be eligible for Club Nintendo registration and March 31 will be the last day for members to earn coins, register new products, or even sign up for a Club Nintendo membership all-together. The program will officially shut down on June 30 at 11:59 p.m. PT and accounts will be wiped on July 1, 2015.
“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,’ according to the North American announcement. “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.”
Elsewhere around the world, Club Nintendo will cease to exist on September 30 for those living in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, with the phasing out of the program beginning April 1. Nintendo also revealed that accounts will not be transferred to the new loyalty program.
Let us know in the comments below if you’re going to miss Club Nintendo. Is Nintendo doing the right thing?