The My Nintendo Membership Program Launches in Japan

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

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My Nintendo - Japan

Nintendo’s new membership program, My Nintendo, has just launched yesterday in Japan. My Nintendo acts as Nintendo’s new loyalty program, but it is also part of a larger initiative called Nintendo Account. The idea is to bridge Nintendo’s software across not only the company’s own systems, but also across PCs and smart phones. Those of you in Japan can already sign up for the new membership service and take advantage of a special launch offer. For every 1000 yen spent on the Nintendo eShop, Japanese members will receive 100 yen. This My Nintendo launch offer lasts from now through February 1st. Nintendo’s Japanese website also has a blog where Japanese players can keep up on the latest details about the new membership program.¬†For those of us in other areas of the world, we still have to wait a while longer until the new membership program launches in our areas.

Nintendo You may recall that Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima revealed some details about My Nintendo back in October during a meeting with investors. Those details included features, such as the ability to earn points not only by purchasing Nintendo games, but also by playing said games! That’s an extra way to earn points that Club Nintendo never had. Those points can be used in a similar manner as they were in Club Nintendo, allowing you to redeem games, merchandise, or even discount coupons. You can also manage your friend list across Nintendo platforms. This will be a very nice improvement over the current setup where we have separate friend lists on each Nintendo system. Of course, one feature that many are hoping for is to also be able to manage your eShop purchases across platforms as well, rather than having a separate eShop setup on each platform.

Though they had previously said that My Nintendo would launch in March, it seems it has launched early in Japan. Perhaps that means it could launch early in other areas too, but only time will tell.

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About Michael Fontanini

Michael is a veteran gamer in my early 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES and SNES. He loves Nintendo but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks or bike rides, and loves animals.

Michael is also a computer programmer. This started with a toy he got as a kid called PreComputer 1000 that was made by V-Tech. It had a simple programming mode which is what started him down the road of being a programmer! Michael can program in BASIC, Visual Basic, C++, C#, and is familiar with Java and Lua Script.

Putting programming and gaming together, Michael became a hobbyist game developer which may give him some good insights on game development! Most recently, he has been playing with the free version of the Unity engine (a powerful and easy-to-use game engine).

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.




  • Infophile

    Personally, I just hope the new accounts come with some more flexibility. I’m currently locked out of buying anything for myself on the Wii U eshop since I no longer live in the country I registered it in, and I can’t change country without losing everything I previously bought. But I’m not really holding my breath, given how hard it has been to get Nintendo to even stop region-locking their games.

  • Jahu

    Nintendo Account =/= MyNintendo, I thought.