UPDATE: We received confirmation today that My Nintendo Store physical rewards will unfortunately not be available for delivery here in South Africa. It seems we’re officially falling under the UK store and as per their official statement:
We only fulfil orders within the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and Channel Islands).
So, sadly, it seems like we’ll have to make friends with someone overseas if we want any physical items.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: If you happen to visit the international (read American) Nintendo site (i.e. nintendo.com) you’ll notice a few sections have received a significant visual and usability upgrade over the last 24 hours or so. The biggest changes seem to be in the online ‘My Nintendo Store‘. And if you’re in North America the new store boasts “Free shipping on orders $50 or more”, a broader range of purchases awarding you points (gold and platinum) and even some cool physical rewards that can be redeemed with those points (keyrings, calendars and that sort of thing).
Locally, I tried redeeming the points I had and while it does allow you to add items to your cart, as soon as you begin the checkout process you get a message popup saying “This page is not available in the country of registration.” So that’s a bummer. We have reached out to Nintendo’s local distributor to find out if this will ever be available locally and will update this post with any info they are able to share.
The Nintendo.com games page also looks like it got a bit of a refresh (at least since I last visited it). And, now filtering for games, is a lot easier and more visually appealing and there’s even a recommendations page that looks at your purchase history and suggests games that they think you’ll like. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem to actually work when I tried so there might be some bugs they’re still trying to work out.
These updates come virtually at the same time as the big announcements that the Wii U and 3DS eShop’s would be shutting down in March 2023 and you can catch up on that story here.