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Nintendo Account & My Nintendo Replace Club Nintendo

Nintendo Account works across all platforms, including the upcoming NX.

Updated: 10/28/15 @ 11:11pm – Replaced images with English versions and added more detail about Friend Relationships.

At today’s investor meeting, Mr. Kimishima announced that the Nintendo Account is the new account system and My Nintendo is the new membership service that will be a replacement for Club Nintendo. They will link with existing services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and of course your existing Nintendo Network ID. You will be able to look at games on smart devices or PCs and purchase them to download to your Wii U and 3DS.

You can log into your account via various services.

Games that you have purchased will have special notifications sent to users when new content is available. Special gifts and deals will be sent to your account to keep you in the loop when something is added to any games you own. This seems sort of like the Spotpass notifications already available on the Wii U and the 3DS, except it will now offer notifications on your phone and PC.

Receive notifications and special deals on games you own and play.

A new point system is being introduced with Nintendo Account. You will earn points by purchasing software and also by playing games. Even playing on a smart device will earn points. Additional digital content and goods can be purchased with earned points. In addition, you can earn discounts toward other products.

Redeem your points for digital add-ons or even physical items and discounts on games.

You can create Friend Relationships across platforms. Are Friend Codes still a thing?

In terms of creating connections among the members, members can make friends with those who enjoy playing games together by establishing “Friend” relationships.

As we place importance on the security of our consumers, a Friend relationship can be established only between two people who know each other and have consented to the relationship. This Friend relationship can be used for software for dedicated game systems and for our smart device applications.

Nintendo will make full use of cloud computing so that data can be shared between home consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. Save data can be transferred back and forth. This is a most-welcome feature and great to see Nintendo joining the rest of the other videogame hardware manufacturers.

The power of the cloud! Your save data and characters can move back and forth.

It also appears that you’ll be able to use your Nintendo Account at theme parks and cinemas and in actual stores. What this entails is anyone’s guess, but perhaps you can earn more points by buying Nintendo merchandise at these locations.

You can buy games on a PC or mobile device and they will download to your systems.

My Nintendo will bridge and connect the dedicated game machines to mobile smart devices. It will be free to use and one of the first “games” to use it is Miitomo, a communication app that looks like a cross between the StreetPass Mii Plaza on 3DS and Tomodachi Life. Both My Nintendo and Miitomo will launch in March 2016.

Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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