In lieu of a major post this week, I wanted to take a moment to highlight Club Nintendo. For those who don’t know, which I think might be many people because of how poorly Club Nintendo is advertised, Club Nintendo is Nintendo’s online rewards service. Traditionally, this service has allowed people to register their games for points that could be redeemed for physical Nintendo swag as well as digital games on Nintendo’s e-shop across its different platforms. Well, now Nintendo is decommissioning the system. This means now’s the time for you to go online and register every Nintendo product you can get your hands on. As a final hurrah, Nintendo has put on a staggering number of items and games to purchase. I personally, recommend the SNES era Virtual console games.
The question on everyone’s minds at this point is what Nintendo plans to do next. It seems to me that they are taking down Club Nintendo in order to replace it with something a little more akin to the modern Xbox Gold and PlayStation Plus services. Club Nintendo is something of a relic, requiring much on the part of the user vis a vis the various surveys required to get points, while offering comparatively little in return. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fun service, but it was hardly the most accessible one. Many Nintendo players didn’t even know it existed. With any luck, whatever Nintendo decides to do next will be intimately connected with the Wii U and 3DS, so that everyone will be sure to get as much as they can out of the service.