It has only been a day since Nintendo’s surprise reveal of Nintendo’s unified account system — Nintendo Accounts — through an open registration in Japan. With no official announcement of when the program will begin launching in other territories, fans have been clamoring for more details. DualShockers has reached out to Nintendo Australia/NZ on the matter, to which they replied:
In Japan, Nintendo has launched its new Nintendo Account system. This preliminary launch represents a limited selection of the full functionality that Nintendo will eventually offer. This preliminary Nintendo Account launch is focused on bringing off-device purchase functionality to the Japanese market.
This preliminary launch is limited to Japan. Nintendo Account and the new My Nintendo membership service will launch in Australia and New Zealand in March 2016.
So far, Nintendo Accounts in Japan allow users to register their Nintendo Network ID, purchase digital downloads, send gifts, and receive notifications. Additionally, there is a Club Nintendo-esque point system integrated.
There is no official word whether March is the Western launch date, or if North America and Europe will be receiving support sooner/later.