Here I was, sitting at my desk, looking for a gaming news story to cover when I realized that it was time to check out this month’s offering of free games from Club Nintendo. What do I see when I open the website, but a huge headline at the top reading “Important Information: Club Nintendo Program Discontinuation”
Looks like I found my news story.
Yes, Nintendo all around the world is closing down Club Nintendo, and all of your coins will be expiring when accounts permanently close on July 1, 2015. The presser reads that the program will be offering dozens of options for free downloads and other limited physical goods between then and now, so you’ll have plenty of chances to use those coins by the time the end of the Nintendo year comes.
March 31st will be the last day to earn any coins, and I hope you have some saved up, because Club Nintendo has some excellent games to choose from in its closing months, that is, if you haven’t already snagged them up previously. You can blow your final batch of coins on Super Metroid, Super Mario Bros. 2, Excitebike, Super Punch Out, Super Mario Land, Donkey Kong ’94, Wario Land 2, and The Legend of Zelda, all from the Virtual Console service on Wii U or Nintendo 3DS.
Yeah, looks like it’s Excitebike for me. I already own the rest. Hooray Excitebike…
Further, Nintendo announced that they’ll be tossing out a free game as a gift, no coins required, in February. That game will be Flipnote Studio 3D for the Nintendo 3DS.
In the meantime, Nintendo is rethinking its customer loyalty program and will be making an announcement on it in the coming months.