Nintendo Discontinuing Club Nintendo Later This Year

Club Nintendo will be discontinued later this year, Nintendo has just announced.

North American members will be able to earn Coins up through March, and will be able to redeem them throughout the month of June. Fortunately, it looks like a new loyalty program will be replacing Club Nintendo, and will be announced at an unspecified "later date."

"We thank all Club Nintendo members for their dedication to Nintendo games and their ongoing love for our systems and characters," Nintendo of America's Scott Moffitt said. "We want to make this time of transition as easy as possible for our loyal Club Nintendo members, so we are going to add dozens of new rewards and downloadable games to help members clear out their Coin balances."

New physical rewards will be coming next month and digital goodies will be available soon. Additionally, Club Nintendo members are getting a free gift, as Flipnote Studio 3D will be available as a free download in February.