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Your Club Nintendo PINs Will Self-Destruct in Five Years, Australia

Posted by James Newton

So be quick

Nintendo gamers Down Under have been enjoying Club Nintendo for a while now, and although its Stars Catalogue is lacking somewhat compared to other territories – something we investigated earlier this year – it still contains a few welcome bonuses.

Recently a round of emails was sent out to Antipodean Club Nintendo members to let them know that the PIN numbers present in the relevant games will now expire five years after launch. There's no need to start scrabbling through boxes just yet, though: the first game due to expire is Mario Kart Wii, which runs out in April 2013.

Credit to Aviator for the tip.


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User Comments (22)



Archy said:

So thats what that red booklet that I got when I bought my Wii is for!



Stuffgamer1 said:

"PIN numbers" Sigh.

As far as I know, the codes in American games don't expire AT ALL, so I don't see how this is supposed to be good news.



Philip_J_Reed said:

As far as the Aussies knew a few days ago, their codes didn't expire AT ALL either. It'd be just as easy for this to change for us or for EU. Hopefully it won't, but all it takes is someone to make that decision, and then we're in the same boat.

...also, where did you get the impression that this was being presented as "good news?"



Sean_Aaron said:

Well, I scored a sealed copy of Path of Radiance for the Gamecube and that refused to register, so I reckon they will all expire eventually whether you get a notice from Nintendo or not!



Moco_Loco said:

I tried to register Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door when I first joined Club Nintendo. (I was basically going through the house finding every Nintendo game I could that we still had the code for.) It registered, but didn't give me anything for it.

I don't think this is anything new in terms of Nintendo policy. Most of us just didn't have the option of joining Club Nintendo before.



sillygostly said:

Ugh. It just gets worse and worse for us Aussies.

I know it's merely a pipe dream, but it would be mighty sweet if they'd add Game & Watch Collection 2 and that K.K. Slider album to the catalogue.



Aviator said:

Not really bad, are you gonna buy Galaxy 2 tomorrow, and then wait 5 years for it to be not able to register?

Anyways, we can only have stars for 36 months before they become unusable.



HipsterDashie said:

I know that on the UK Club Nintendo site, all 'Cube and GBA codes no longer work. I also know that, if you have star points in your account, they expire after two years after you've added them.



sykotek said:

I don't know about games because I haven't registered any new ones since the program started for the US, but I know US surveys expire as I see a ton of them begin to expire on my account beginning 2012. I'm going to hit Platinum status again later today when I take the time to fill out all my incomplete surveys. I just hope there are good things released between now and next year that I can spend 1400+ coins on.



EdEN said:

Well, I have yet to register a single Wii or DS game since I got platinum just with my DSi and DSiware, Wiiware and Virtual Console purchases which means that Excite Truck would expire by the end of 2011. Guess I will just register games chronologically to be on the safe side.



Chunky_Droid said:

Meh, I still haven't bothered to register half the stuff I've bought in the Australian one, I guess I will eventually, I might even have enough to get something decent. 5 years isn't a huge problem though.



sykotek said:

@EdEN: I already have both Game and Watch Collection games from Club Nintendo along with Grill Off w/Ultra Hand and Doc Louis's Punch Out. Out of the current ones, I dunno if the Hanafuda cards or Mario/Zelda posters are worth getting. I prefer redeeming coins for games when possible.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Chicken Brutus: Y'know what, I really don't know. I think I must've thought that the last sentence of the first paragraph was leading into the news of the second. Doesn't make too much sense to me now, though.



WiiLovePeace said:

@ChunkyDroid: Any chance you feel generous & are willing to send some Aussie club nintendo points my way? I'm 200 points away from the Mario Party playing cards...



MetalMario said:

Mario Kart is the first...? That doesn't seem right. Shouldn't it be Twilight Princess or something?



Starwolf_UK said:

As far as EU codes go Wario Ware Smooth moves expires on the 12 of the July (that is just 10 days away!).

That said going by the same dating logic my Wii play code should have expired on on 5th June and I registered it after then but I think that is due to high selling games having their date extended (I know this is what happens in Japan) as a copy of Nintendogs I have expires in 2011 despite the gaming out over a year before Wario Ware.

To be honest the whole points expiring and then the catalogue being void of goods I actually want at all (I'd imagine other people feel the same about their countries catalogue) thing just means I don't register anything (might as well start the countdown at the last possible moment rather than be forced to buy some junk I don't want) which means I don't do the waste of time survey which Iwata relies on so much in his shareholder meetings.

@SoulSilver IV. I'm just running into that problem now (250 expiring this month, no more until December) the thought is do I buy something I really don't want off the catalogue or do I just get 100 Wii points which will likely neever get spent ("just got 100 left" etc) but the problem with the Wii points is I'll keep falling back into the pattern of "oh a few points expiring i'll just get some Wii points" and thus end up buying the Wii I dsespise (the ratio on them is horrible and I think its kind of daft, "oh look I spent €60 on Nintendo games I'm so in desperate need of a €1 points, sure its nearly 2%!!!)

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