For anyone outside of Europe, Nintendo stars are a Europe wide Nintendo customer loyalty scheme thing, where in all 1st/2nd part games, some hardware and some 3rd party games, you get a PIN, which is redeemable online for an amount of "stars" 250 a game is standard. You can also get stars for doing things online (every day if you log into the site, you get 5 stars for example)
The idea of the stars is that you redeem them in the "Stars Catalogue" online. The only problem with this, is that the stars catalogue is always
empty. There are wallpapers, and screensavers, and other downloadable crap, that no one ever buys, and whenever any games get put in it, they sell out almost immediately. I was lucky enough to catch a Donkey Konga Bongo bundle before it sold out, but most people have never got anything. Tonnes of people have 1000's of unspent stars, which they have saved up in the hope of eventually being able to buy something.
There have been lots of hints of of them allowing users to convert stars into VC points, including a test put up on the site that some people used before it was taken down.
Latest news is -
If you have a NoE membership, you probably received an email this morning. NoE is letting their members know that there are new privacy guidelines that you have to accept. You have up until July 15th to accept the changes. If you donâ€™t do so by then, your account will be closed out. Any stars that you have in your account will be lost.
On top of that, every star that is added to your star account will be deleted after 24 months. You will have that time period to put your stars to use. Looks like you have a limited time for star hording now.
Finally NoE reconfirms that you will soon be able to trade star points for Wii points to make your VC purchases. Thanks to everyone that sent this in!
So looks like they may finally be getting around to having something useful to but in the stars catalogue, at the expensive of allot of non-active users loosing out.