Club Nintendo comes to an end
Club Nintendo is being discontinued internationally, according to the American, European and Australian Nintendo sites, and will be replaced by a new membership programme scheme later this year.
Current Club Nintendo members can still redeem codes to earn stars for products up until April 20th, and the service itself closes on September 30th.
Nintendo has said a new membership programme is coming soon, and has promised the incentive of the free software program Flipnote Studio 3D to users with a 3DS family device for free if those who have a Club Nintendo account move over to the new membership programme.
While the stars are set to expire soon, Nintendo said “we’ll keep adding more [items] over the coming months, so there’s plenty to spend your Stars on before September 30th 2015”.
Flipnote Studio 3D, released in July 2013 in Japan, was originally planned for an international release in August of that year, but was delayed. Nintendo of Europe said to joystiq.com the delay was due to “unexpectedly high levels of user activity” in Japan. The software, a successor to Flipnote Studio, allows users to make animations in 2D and 3D.
Started in Australia in 2008, Club Nintendo allows users who sign up to redeem codes that come with physical hardware and software and digital software automatically to earn stars, which can be spent on items in the Stars Catalogue, which have ranged from binders and folders to dioramas.