Club Nintendo Replaced by My Nintendo and Nintendo Account

Club Nintendo is no more, but Nintendo Account continues loyalty program

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Nintendo discontinued its Club Nintendo program in 2015 and replaced it with Nintendo Account and My Nintendo. The last day to redeem coins for downloadable programs and rewards was June 30, 2015, and the last day users could redeem Club Nintendo download codes in the Nintendo eShop was July 31, 2015.

My Nintendo Loyalty Program

Much like its predecessor, My Nintendo encourages interaction with rewards and discounts on digital games, but a Nintendo Account is required to participate at My Nintendo. Anyone with a Nintendo Account can use My Nintendo for free. 

Creating a Nintendo Account

If you already have a Nintendo Network ID (NNID), use it when you sign up for a Nintendo Account. You can create a Nintendo Account through the web, and you can use a Facebook, Google, or Twitter account to streamline sign up.

Nintendo Account vs. Nintendo Network ID

Nintendo Accounts and Nintendo IDs are two separate things that are used for different purposes.

  • The Nintendo Network ID is used on video game systems such as Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems. It is used for online features like online multiplayer interactions or buying downloadable software through the Nintendo Game Store.
  • Nintendo Account is used with certain web services such as My Nintendo. It is also used with smartphone apps, such as Miitomo. A Nintendo Account can be linked to only one Nintendo Network ID.

Linking Your NNID and Nintendo Account

If you have a Nintendo Account and NNID, you can link these two. Linking your accounts allows, you can:

  • Share Nintendo eShop funds across Nintendo's different systems
  • Buy games for your Nintendo system on your PC or smart device
  • Earn My Nintendo rewards program points
  • Download games automatically to your gaming system

After you set up your Nintendo Account, go to My Nintendo to sign in to the site; you can also sign up for a Nintendo Account at the My Nintendo site. For the smoothest experience, use your Nintendo Network ID on all your purchases and services.

If you have separate NNID and Nintendo Accounts, you can link them to start earning points at My Nintendo. After you have signed up for a Nintendo Account, follow these steps to link it to your NNID:

  1. Sign into your Nintendo Account at http://accounts.nintendo.com.
  2. Click User Info located on the left side of the page. 
  3. Under Linked Accounts on the right side of the page, click Edit.
  4. Click the checkbox next to Nintendo Network ID.
  5. Sign into your NNID account and follow the prompts to finish adding your account to your Nintendo Account.

Using My Nintendo

Like Club Nintendo, My Nintendo users earn points for specific activities. Among them are:

  • Playing apps on smart devices
  • Buying digital games for the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS systems

My Nintendo points are in the form of Platinum Points, which you earn by interacting with Nintendo services and apps, and Gold points you can earn for buying digital versions of games. Redeem those points for exclusive digital games, discounts, and in-app items.