If you’ve been a dedicated Nintendo fan for the last few years or so, you probably know of Club Nintendo. Designed as a way to reward Nintendo fans with virtual points for registering the various games they own, it ended up being used to give away everything from early games consoles to figurines to video game soundtracks to Nintendo’s more supportive fans.
Unfortunately, there’s bad news on the horizon. Namely, Club Nintendo is shutting down.
Here are some important dates to consider in regards to that:
20th of January 2015: All Nintendo games bought after this date are not eligible for registering with Club Nintendo. So in other words, anything you bought today or in the future, earns you no Club Nintendo points/stars.
31st of March 2015: The final day you can register with Club Nintendo, earn coins or register products with the service.
June 1st 2015: All unused coins are deleted.
30th of June 2015: You cannot access your account or spend coins after this date. On 11:59 PT, the service will close down for good and all remaining unspent coins are lost forever.
There is a bit of good news, namely that Elite status is still being kept until March 31st 2015, and that anyone with said status can download a free 3DS or Wii U game in the following week. Also, Nintendo have at least announced that a whole bunch of really cool gifts and games will be added to the service before its closure, as a way for members to get rid of the last few coins they have lying around without wasting them.
This also applies to the European Club Nintendo, as well as those for other regions. There will be a replacement service announced at one point, but the coins gained on Club Nintendo do not carry over to said new service.
So yeah, just an important announcement. What are your thoughts on Club Nintendo’s shut down?
Only on the original 3DS/3DS XL mind you (the New Nintendo 3DS hasn’t been hacked yet), but as you can see in the video, Smealum has now figured out a way to play any 3DS game on any 3DS system.
So yeah, pretty cool eh? You can use it yourself by going to the link below:
And putting the files on an SD card that you then use with the system you want made region free. It also lets you bypass mandatory firmware updates too, which is a nice thing to have if you just want to play your new 3DS games right away rather than waste time with Nintendo’s silly hardware updates. Or keep your hacks going despite playing the latest 3DS titles.
We’ve been working on revamping the site as part of its merge with Talk Nintendo (as a way to become a singular Nintendo website that has both articles and forums).
So we haven’t really had a lot of time to post the news. We do however have one interesting thing:
We now have a 3DS capture card. Still working out how to get the music from it, given that our sound recording cable thing has seemingly stopped working for whatever reason, but yeah, now we can get direct video footage and screenshots of 3DS titles. Got any requests for games? Go ahead and post them. Just keep in mind that we do plan to record Majora’s Mask 3D, so you don’t need to bring up that one (nor Mario Kart or Smash Bros for the same reasons.
Sorry about the lack of updates.
Yeah. Just read what Nintendo have to say about it on their official Twitter pages:
— Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope) January 13, 2015
— Nintendo AU NZ (@NintendoAUNZ) January 13, 2015
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 13, 2015
— 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) January 13, 2015
As you can see, it covers 3DS and Wii U games coming out in Autumn 2015 (like that’s a surprise) and is big enough that every region in the world is getting its own version of the presentation. We also hear rumours that a Wario Land 3D game is being announced at the presentation, but we cannot confirm that in the slightest.
So yes, thoughts on the announcement? Excited for a new Nintendo Direct?
According to this video, anyway:
Apparently, he hates characters like Rosalina enough that he bought all the Amiibos of them he could find in order to stop other people getting to own them. Which is pretty sleazy if you ask me.
But hey, let’s see how long this stupidity will actually last for. I mean, he’s already given Nintendo the money, right? So it’s basically said he supports the character he hates by buying their Amiibos in bulk without thinking about the consequences. And when Nintendo just decides to reprint the ‘immensely popular and successful’ ones again (maybe in response to this video)…
This ‘Mariotehplumber’ has lost thousands of dollars on Nintendo figurines. Guess he didn’t think it through, eh?
So, it’s January of a new year. Do you know what that means?
It means video game prediction time! So welcome to our 2015 gaming predictions, where we look into a (non existent) crystal ball and try and see what the future holds for Nintendo, gaming, and everything else related to the topic.
To make it a bit easier to read, I’ll seperate the post into two sections; Video Game Predictions (which refers to predictions about games and console hardware), and Video Game Culture Predictions (which refers to predictions about video game culture, fandom, fan works and the media). And hence with that all said, let’s begin the list!
The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will not save the console
Yes, I said it. The Legend of Zelda Wii U will not be the killer app the Wii U needs to succeed.
Why? Because let’s face it. Up til now, Nintendo fans have kind of predicted that every game Nintendo was releasing was going to be ‘the one’ that turns the consoles fortunes around.
Super Mario 3D World…
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze…
Mario Kart 8…
A little, but also really nope
Super Smash Bros for Wii U…
Eh not really.
Zelda won’t change this. Even the best games in the series sold about 7 million copies or so, and that was with the all time classic called The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time. The Wii U really needs a 20-30 million copy game, and unfortunately, Zelda isn’t it.
Metroid will get a revival
It’s been due one since Other M was released back in 2010 or so, and now with the Wii U needing more games, it seems like it’s time for Nintendo to revive Metroid again. Personally, I’m predicting a game by a new developer (aka not Retro Studios) and in a style we’ve never seen before.
Nintendo announces 3DS successor
Yes, the New Nintendo 3DS is being released. But do you know what else is seemingly getting closer?
A brand new handheld system for Nintendo, complete with whatever new hardware and gimmicks are included this time. I mean, we already know there’s a special hardware chip being made for a new gaming system due to be announced in the foreseeable future, and the 3DS is already seeing its basic models discontinued… so perhaps this all links together? Perhaps the big announcement is a Nintendo 4DS or whatever to be released in 2016, along with whatever new games Nintendo has in mind to go with it.
New Character DLC announced for Super Smash Bros 4
Sakurai may have said there were no plans beyond Mewtwo, but hey, no plans doesn’t exactly confirm that Nintendo’s never going to make something. It’s just something they say to cover themselves so that people don’t take their words out of context.
Above: Mewtwo, just the first in a long line up of Smash Bros DLC characters?
Practically speaking though, I think we’ll see some new characters announced as DLC in 2015. I mean, the evidence for a second character select screen is already in the game card/disc (see the icons on this post), and Mewtwo acts as a sort of precedent that it’s possible…
Live in Brazil and like Nintendo? Want to support them by buying their consoles and games?
Well unfortunately, that won’t be possible any longer. As of this point forward, Nintendo will not be distributing any games or consoles in the country going forward.
It’s not clear what will happen with the eShop (will that be shut down for Brazilian users as well?), but as of now, no Nintendo products will be available to buy in Brazilian shops. This is because of issues with taxes and challenges that make it financially unviable for Nintendo to continue supporting the market (as stated by Bill van Zyll of Nintendo’s Latin America operations).
So yeah. Does anyone here live in Brazil and buy Nintendo games? If so, what do you think of their recent decision to stop supporting the Brazilian market and games industry?
Will the same pattern continue to other regions in which Nintendo isn’t doing so well, like parts of Europe?
To cut a long story short…
We’re sort of merging this site with the relaunched Talk Nintendo/Nintendo 3DS Community soon.
Because as far as activity, promotion, etc goes, running one site with both news, a forum and other features is just better than trying to split the stuff over two seperate websites that people have to keep flicking between. Add how the forums currently duplicate much of the news over there in the form of announcements, and to be honest, it wasn’t working out too well.
So yes, a quick heads up. More to the point, the following changes will be made to this site when that upgrade occurs:
Either way, we thank you for visiting Nintendo 3DS Daily, and we hope to see you on the redesigned Talk Nintendo site shortly. Hopefully the new site is a lot better and more usable than this one is today.
It’s literally been announced just a day or so ago, yet people have already started receiving their ambassador 3DS deals from Club Nintendo! Like this person here:
New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Edition is already arriving in lucky homes… pic.twitter.com/fmNQ9ndLjZ
— Alex Seedhouse (@Seedy87) January 7, 2015
Note: The 3DS doesn’t belong to the person posting the Tweet. They don’t mention who it actually belongs to.
Or this lucky individual on Youtube, who’s already filmed themselves unboxing the console:
So yes. If you’ve been chosen for this deal, then you can expect your New Nintendo 3DS to be arriving within the next few days or so. Pretty good timing isn’t it?
Mentioned only in an email sent to select Club Nintendo owners, Nintendo is distributing a special ambassador edition of the New Nintendo 3DS on the service until January 12th.
This special edition 3DS will come with the system (a few months or so before it gets officially released in Europe), special ambassador edition cover plates, another set based on Super Smash Bros and a charging cable. What’s more, it’s supposedly very rare indeed, with the number of consoles limited drastically and the bundle not being made available via any other means.
Here are a few pictures of the deal:
Want to see more, like the email ambassadors were sent about the offer? If so, click the link below and keep reading!