Ever since the demise of the beloved Club Nintendo, gamers the world over have been awaiting its much anticipated successor. But that wait is now over, or at least it is if you live in Japan and have Japanese hardware, because Nintendo Accounts have been launched on the company’s home turf.
One of the first things that will likely strike users is how the new account system is being made more convenient, thanks to the ability to link your new or existing Nintendo Network ID with other, almost ubiquitous social networking accounts such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter. Logging in to the service’s website will also allow access to other features that were once more difficult, or even impossible to access outside of your consoles, such as your history of games played and purchased.
The new system is also bringing some new and interesting features to how you purchase games. First, the new service is launching with a special promotion that will give gamers a 100 yen credit for every 1000 yen either up to 10000 yen spent or within a 24 hour period. This promotion will run through February 1, 2016. Also, Nintendo has added a section for “Discounts Just for You” section, which, if implemented smartly, could prove to be a rather interesting way in reaching consumers and selling games.
Of course, these new accounts will also be interface with Nintendo’s upcoming line of mobile software and games, though exact details remain to be seen. Another unknown is when gamers outside of Japan will get to set up their new Nintendo Accounts.