New Nintendo Account and Reward Programmes Detailed

By Lex Firth 29.10.2015 3

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Nintendo have shared new details regarding its upcoming account system and its replacement for Club Nintendo during its financial briefing.

Nintendo Account stresses ease of use above all else: players will be able to create an account using their existing Nintendo Network ID or email address and password, as well as a host of social network accounts such as Facebook, Twitter and Google. It can also be used universally across mobile phones, computers, and game consoles.

The service will track play data in a similar way to the Wii U and 3DS' Activity Log, as well as allowing consumers to purchase digital games on the go and have them automatically download to their chosen console.

A personalised notification system will also allow players to receive tailored notices; for instance, Animal Crossing players may receive special gifts from Isabelle, or Mario Kart players may receive DLC announcements. Users celebrating their birthday could even receive a special greeting from Nintendo as well as suggestions of eShop content at an attractive price point.

Nintendo Account also provides cloud storage for save data.

This all links in with My Nintendo, the newly-announced replacement for the now-defunct Club Nintendo service. Players will be able to earn points not only from buying new games but also from playing them, meaning that committed players will be entitled to more rewards.

Rewards will include physical merchandise, digital content such as eShop software and HOME Menu themes, and eShop coupons.

The points will be obtainable from both console games and mobile software such as Miitomo, the first smartphone game revealed by Nintendo.

Nintendo Account and My Nintendo will be made available to the public in March 2016.

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Sounds good, but I want to know if all digital games/DLC we purchase will be tied to the account rather than the console and, more importantly, will we be able to sync this new account system with our old ones so they know what games and content we've already purchased for previous systems (Wii, DS, Wii U, 3DS, etc.) - effectively making it retro-active.

I'm going to be super ticked if Nintendo still hasn't taken measures towards this type of account system.

Chance favors the prepared mind.

Agul said:
Sounds good, but I want to know if all digital games/DLC we purchase will be tied to the account rather than the console 

I'm going to be super ticked if Nintendo still hasn't taken measures towards this type of account system.


They did this in 2012. eShop purchases are tied to your Nintendo Network account so there's a permanent record of all your purchases regardless of what happens to your hardware.

( Edited 29.10.2015 21:50 by Sonic_13 )

Sonic_13 said:


Agul said:
Sounds good, but I want to know if all digital games/DLC we purchase will be tied to the account rather than the console 

I'm going to be super ticked if Nintendo still hasn't taken measures towards this type of account system.


They did this in 2012. eShop purchases are tied to your Nintendo Network account so there's a permanent record of all your purchases regardless of what happens to your hardware.

I know that, but the problem is that it's currently tied to the console first and account second.

What this means is, even though the digital games and DLC you've purchased are associated with your account and can even be re-downloaded if they were deleted, you can only download them on the same console you used to purchased them.

Furthermore, Nintendo currently does not have a way to transfer usage licenses without the system itself (that process has it's own problems/side effects, but I digress). If it's dead and can't be repaired or the data can't be recovered, you're SOL - if your system were to bite the dust right now, you would lose EVERYTHING you've purchased on it.

This is a major issue. Players who've invested a lot of money into buying games and DLC on their systems really get screwed. Especially in light of the fact competing platforms (and most other digital services in general) don't restrict you in this manner at all. Nintendo needs to get up to speed for their consumer's sake.

At least they already have a system that tracks what we've purchased. That's the plus side. If this new service does what I'm hoping, they can sync our old accounts (technically for the 2nd time) with the new ones, and we'll hopefully have the freedom to use our digital games and DLC the way we should. Smilie

( Edited 30.10.2015 18:44 by Agul )

Chance favors the prepared mind.

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