The discontinuation of Club Nintendo isn’t specific to just any region; it’s an international shutdown of the long-running rewards programme.
With this in consideration, Nintendo Australia has today issued an email to local fans down under thanking them for their ongoing support over the years, and notifying current users about the upcoming changes.
From the 1st of April, Nintendo will no longer include product registration cards in its game and system packaging, and will terminate registration of digital products downloaded from the Nintendo eShop on 20th April.
The ability to submit surveys, spend stars, and sign up to Club Nintendo will terminate on 30th September, with Nintendo advising users exchange any remaining star points for exclusive catalogue items over the coming months.
In a similar fashion to other regions, Australia and New Zealand fans who sign up to Nintendo’s new programme during the launch period will be able to download a free copy of Flipnote Studio 3D for 3DS.
Club Nintendo was originally launched in Australia and New Zealand in 2008, and had a bumpy run from start to finish, with limited stock, and only a handful of premium catalogue items ever making their way to local shores.
We can only hope Nintendo’s new loyalty programme goes onto bigger and better things, and most importantly, learns from the mistakes of its forerunner.