At its investor’s meeting, Nintendo lifted the curtain a little bit on its upcoming services and mobile device plans. While much was still ambiguous, one hard date was announced: February 17. That’s already next week, so I thought it would be wise to offer up a friendly reminder to pencil it in on your calendar that you need to do two things.
First, register for a Nintendo Account using your Nintendo Network ID to link your existing 3DS and Wii U systems. If you don’t own any systems, you can still get a Nintendo Account by registering through Nintendo, or even by logging in through Facebook. This new account will tie together all of your Nintendo and mobile devices so it can keep track of the software you own and in turn offer special deals directly to you. Details on specifics will be available that day, but we don’t expect it to be difficult.
Second, after you’ve activated your Nintendo Account you will be able to pre-register for Miitomo, Nintendo’s first mobile device game/app. It won’t be available until the latter half of March, but by pre-registering you will be notified first of the official release date and you will earn some bonus Platinum Points. These will flow into your My Nintendo membership, once that goes live the same day as Miitomo launches. It’s a reward program that gives you points to redeem for free digital goods or discounts on software. Nintendo Account, Miitomo, and My Nintendo are all free to join.
I’m excited for these new programs to finally launch. They were initially scheduled for last November, but saw a delay to give Nintendo more time to prepare. Ever since Club Nintendo closed down I’ve missed the reward program, so hopefully My Nintendo offers up some good prizes! Until then, sit tight and get ready to start the ball rolling next Wednesday.