It seems that the 'Club Nintendo' replacement, 'My Nintendo' is poised to kick off in March 2016. The Japanese Nintendo website first released the information regarding the system though this program won't be limited to just our friends over in the land of the rising sun. 39 more countries will be included.
The service will be an overhauled new way for Nintendo to connect with the gamers using their systems, playing their games, and enjoying their content. From a Cloud-based data service, downloads, and even a renovated friend's list, Nintendo plans to get it's gamers more involved with each other and itself. Coupons and e-mail promotions will also be part of the package. The Friend's List looks like it'll be fully customizable with custom profiles as well as recommending content based on that particular gamer's past focuses and attentions. You'll also be able to buy games on other content from PC/Mac/Linux web browsers or even mobile devices. Then you can transfer it right away to your Wii U and/or 3DS.
Reward-wise, the system looks similar enough. However earning Platinum and Gold points is now not one in the same. Gold Points are used on things like DLC coupons and game coupons. Platinum Points are most likely to be used on themes, avatar (Miitomo?) gear, and downloadable games.
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Not too much else is explained on the website but I really hope that this will lead to true gifting of games. Our Negative World Secret Santa has been in flux since the Wii U took away the ability to freely gift games. Our Wii's handled this just fine. The website Nintendo has for this kind of thing has been a benefit but it still limits many choices.
I for one am quite excited to see this finally happening. As a Platinum member of the original Club Nintendo every year of it's existence, I am ready to earn some coinage once again. Hell, this makes me want to wait longer for buying any Smash DLC… coupons for DLC?… sign me up!
Yeah, Nintendo's pretty weird with this stuff. Though one limitation is that, like DSiWare, DS download games need to be stored on the tiny system memory instead of the SD card, and some of the larger games may not be able to fit at all.
Actually the answer was sometimes what you want isn't on offer. As much as we would like those things, we're not entitled to them nor is anyone (Nintendo or otherwise) obliged to hand them over.
Not that that shouldn't preclude us from having hopes and wishlists and so forth, but at some point I generally find it more productive to focus on the cool stuff I do have. Like a dozen Zelda titles on a single handheld
I still have not signed up for this. From everything I've read, it just hasn't interested me. Mainly, cause its like, so what exactly is this, My Nintendo going to do for me? Club Nintendo, while cool at first, just ended up letting me down with mostly cheapass shit that would only appeal to the 6 and younger crowd. On very rare occasions, Nintendo might have offered up something worthwhile.
The only thing I really want from the new program is getting money off future game purchaes based on current stuff I've bought, which honestly, hasn't been much in the last couple years. I bought the HD remaster of Zelda TP and honestly, thats the only piece of software I've bought for my Nintendo consoles since, hell I can't remember the last Nintendo game I actually bought. I think it was Bayonetta 2 when I saw it for $29.99 at Gamestop late last summer and I think that was the only game I bought in 2015.
Nintendo has been boring me lately. Splatoon, Mario Maker, none of that interests me. Sorry, I don't want to play just individual Mario levels made by the common people and I definitely have no interest in creating levels. Hell, I'm not even that curious about the NX. Especially after hearing about the features and specs, which are just rumors, but the info comes from someone who is reliable, based on passed info he has supplied. If what he states is true, the NX is no more powerful than the XboxOne.... WHAT?!?!? Seriously? Nintendo is releasing a new console, well into the PS4/XboxOne's gen and thats all the power Nintendo is giving the machine?! Then when the next gen comes around in a few years, once again, no more third party games, cause the NX will not be powerful enough. Once again, Nintendo will be left behind.
Plus, based on past experiences, any console that was brought out during the middle of a current gen., has never performed well...NEVER! The only hope Nintendo has to dominate once again is to blow everyone out of the water with something so mindblowing, thats all people can talk about. Bringing out a console now, thats only on par with the XboxOne, not even the PS4(yes, I know the PS4 is barely more powerful than the XboxOne), is not going to turn heads and capture third parties and those consumers who typically do not buy Nintendo consoles.
@Shadowlink I never said anything about 3DS owners being entitled to anything. I was just trying to make sense of Nintendo's bizarre attitude of SNES games being only being playable on New 3DS and then putting a DS game on all 3DS systems.
My Nintendo and Miitomo launching simultaneously. Copied and pasted direct from the source...
REDMOND, Wash., March 29, 2016 – Don’t miss out on being a part of a Nintendo first! On March 31, Miitomo, the company’s first-ever smart device application, is launching in the United States and several other countries. Miitomo is a free-to-start social experience that lets users spark one-of-a-kind conversations with friends in a whole new way using Mii characters. The app recently launched in Japan and was downloaded more than 1 million times in its first three days of availability, while achieving the #1 most downloaded free app status in both the App Store and Google Play storefronts.
“With Miitomo, Nintendo takes its first step into the world of smart devices,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Miitomo brings the special Nintendo charm and polish that people around the world love to an entirely new format and audience.”
Getting started with Miitomo and being a part of this Nintendo milestone is easy: After downloading the application for free on the App Store for iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, along with Android devices, users create a Mii character and customize facial features like eyes and hair, as well as voice and personality. Users can also use the camera on their smart devices to snap a photo of themselves, which can be used to create a Mii, or they can simply import their Mii from their Wii U or Nintendo 3DS systems using a QR Code.
Once their Mii is ready, users can add friends who already have the app in person, or by linking the app with their existing Facebook or Twitter accounts. After that step is complete, it’s time to answer some questions! Miitomo creates conversations and turns discussions into a form of play by prompting users to answer all kinds of fun questions. How would you define your fashion style? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? If you were given ten grand to spend in one day, what would you do? The answers get shared among friends, sparking interesting conversations – part of the fun is discovering unexpected facts about your friends. When users hear how their friends responded to questions, they can give answers a “heart” or a written or picture comment.
To preregister for Miitomo, users can sign up for a Nintendo Account athttps://miitomo.com before March 31 to receive an email when the app is ready to download. People that create their Nintendo Account and preregister before March 31 will also receive Platinum Points for the new My Nintendo rewards program, which will simultaneously launch with Miitomo. Aiming to be much more than a standard rewards program, My Nintendo is a comprehensive service that rewards users for interacting with Nintendo products and services in a variety of ways. Miitomo users who link the app to their Nintendo Account will be able to take advantage of My Nintendo to enhance their experience. Platinum Points can be earned by interacting with Nintendo apps and services, including Miitomo. Gold Points are earned when purchasing digital versions of games from Nintendo.com or Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Both Platinum and Gold Points can be redeemed for rewards like games, download content, in-app items and eShop discount coupons.
In addition to Miitomo and the My Nintendo program, Nintendo is also launching an enhanced Wii U and Nintendo 3DS shop on Nintendo.com on March 31 for users with a Nintendo Account to purchase digital games. Featuring an expanded catalog of more than 2,000 games, this digital store can be accessed on personal computers or smart devices. The shop serves as an additional purchase option to Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, with all purchases being sent directly to users’ Nintendo 3DS or Wii U systems for download. Users can now easily find and purchase games that are new, popular and on sale, as well as use filters to search by genre. Purchases of games from this site, as well as Nintendo eShop, will earn My Nintendo Gold Points.
For more information about Miitomo and My Nintendo, visit https://miitomo.com.
This all sounds great. Hopefully, it will be worth the big delay. I'm looking forward to seeing what the new eShop looks like. I'm sure Miitomo will be good if its popularity in Japan is any indication. My Nintendo should be good too, although I really wish it had been going over Christmas given how many games I bought during the eShop sale.
Now, Nintendo's next step should be announcing crossbuy for at least their VC games.