Nintendo has confirmed plans to phase out its Club Nintendo loyalty program, with the service due to go offline for good this September.
The publisher announced the move through its official blog, stating that a new-fangled system will replace Club Nintendo — which began life in 2002, encouraging players to collect and register their titles digitally — as all stars that are currently in your account will expire on September 31, 2015.
Nintendo provided a detailed rundown of the plans, which you can check out below.
April 1st 2015
From this date, Nintendo will no longer include product registration cards with its packaged games, so such products cannot be registered in Club Nintendo. You may still find product registration cards in games that were in stock before this date, however.
April 20th 2015
Termination of the registration of digital products downloaded from Nintendo eShop. Digital products obtained from Nintendo eShop after this date will no longer appear in the My Registered Games & Systems page in Club Nintendo. In addition, surveys for download software titles will no longer be available.
September 30th 2015
End of Club Nintendo programme. All Club Nintendo features, such as signing up as a new member, logging in as a registered member, earning Stars, and exchanging Stars for items from the Stars Catalogue will no longer be possible from this date.
Currently, the company is yet to provide any firm details relating to the replacement program. What we do know, however, is that players are able to register for the system already, which also entitles them to download Flipnote Studio 3D for their handheld system free of charge.
As it stands, Club Nintendo will shut its doors for good on September 31 — best get to redeeming those stars, then!