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?
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?
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?
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?
As anyone who’s seen Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U will attest… it’s not your traditional Zelda experience. With Dynasty Warriors style gameplay involving hordes of baddies to take out and area affecting attacks, and such traditions as an explorable Hyrule and dungeon puzzles having been taken out altogether, it’s a title that feels fairly divorced from Nintendo’s usual take on the franchise.
But apparently, it could have been different in another way. Behold, concept art for Hyrule Warriors showing Link chopping of enemy arms and body parts with blood flying everywhere:
Personally, I’m not sure how to feel about this. On the one hand, this does seem like it’d appeal more to the ‘hardcore’ gamer type who seemingly want every game to involve ultra gory death scenes and wholesale slaughter at every turn, but in a Zelda game… it just seems a bit weird.
Yep, just a few weeks later, and we’ve got another exploit that can be used to ‘cheat’ in Super Smash Bros for 3DS/Wii U’s online multiplayer! This time, two Pac-Man players can keep each other bouncing into the air and off the screen, as a way to avoid anyone else being able to hit them. Then, they can just sit their until Sudden Death’s falling bob-ombs take out their vulnerable opponents (when the battle inevitably ends in stalemate). Here’s a video:
Pretty broken huh? Yes, yes it is. Fortunately, there is actually a way around the exploit until it gets patched out, thanks to ROB and one of his attacks. So here’s how to stop Pac-Man players using the above glitch to cheat a victory online:
So yeah. Try and avoid fighting players using Pac-Man where possible and choose ROB if you inevitably get stuck facing someone who likes to exploit this tactic online. Hopefully Nintendo will patch it out of the game soon.
Well, isn’t this news going to get the rumour mills going? Apparently, Devinder Kumar of microchip maker AMD has announced that the company is working on a chip for a console that’s due to be released in 2016. A quote:
The design wins are interesting because the funding, the R&D dollars for customizing the parts for the products to our customers is precisely pre-funded by the customer and like I said the workload is started and we are spending the money and the resources and the work to go ahead and design the parts to be introduced sometime in 2016.
We didn’t say at which space it is in. I’m not going to give too much detail. I’ll say that one is x86 and one is ARM, and atleast one will be on gaming, right. But that’s about as much as you going to get out me today, because the customers from the standpoint to be fair to them. It is their product. They launch it. They announce it and then just like the game console or the parts you find out that its AMD’s APU that’s been used in those products.
That’s interesting enough, but look at the facts a minute. What companies already use AMD chips in their consoles?
Sony and Microsoft. Chips by this manufacturer can be found in the PS4 and Xbox One.
Which one doesn’t?
Nintendo. This opens up a few intriguing possibilities for what hardware the chip could be used for. Here are some possibilities:
1. Nintendo is releasing a Wii U replacement in 2016
First up, the obvious. Nintendo knows the Wii U is failing, they know the third parties like to use different console hardware as a reason to not support the Wii U… so they’ll just gonna replace the old system with one that’s more on par with the PS4 and Xbox One.
It’s an interesting idea, but it’s hard to tell how likely it’d all be. On the one hand, we don’t really know of many Wii U games planned for 2016 and beyond, do we? So on that front, it’s possible that development of games beyond Zelda U and Xenoblade Chronicles X has been shifted to a new system and Wii U development tossed aside in the process.
One issue does arise with the idea of Nintendo giving up on a console platform in just a few years or so (the argument being that less than about 5-6 years will cause a lack of faith in the company and their products), but I’m not sure that’s a massive issue. I mean, the Virtual Boy got scrapped in way less time than the Wii U did… and no one gave up on Nintendo because of it.
And while four years would be a bit short for a generation, it’s not that ridiculous. I mean, add another year or two of minimal support (like the DS or Wii got while the 3DS or Wii U was being first sold) and you’ve got a fairly standard console lifespan, especially in these days of quicker moving hardware upgrades and what not.
So that’s possibility 1. That the Wii U’s successor is being introduced in 2016 and will use this chip. But that’s not the only possibility…
Is this potentially a new chance for Mega Man? Unlikely, but Capcom’s Hiroyuki Kobayashi has teased a ‘new entry in a series that we’ve been waiting for’, which is certainly something to feel a tad excited about. Here’s the original quote:
Since releasing Sengoku Basara 4 on January 23, a year has already gone by in a flash. In November, we released a nostalgic title in HD with Resident Evil HD Remaster, and I still have fond memories from when we released it, and I also feel that the game itself is one of high quality.
In July of 2015, it will be Sengoku Basara‘s 10th anniversary, so I believe there will be plenty to be excited about. Also, in 2015 we’ll also have Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, and the newest title from a series you guys have been waiting for, and [even] more titles to be announced that we hope you’ll enjoy.
So… what could this series be? Mega Man? Devil May Cry? Breath of Fire? Ghosts n Goblins?
There are certainly a lot of potential franchises that could be due for a new game or revival. The questions are just whether A; what franchise is actually getting a new installment and B; whether it’s a decent seeming console game or a half assed smartphone app that no one gives a toss about. Something like Mega Man 11 on the 3DS or Wii U? Awesome. Mega Man Xover 2 for iOS devices in Japan? Absolute crap.
What do you think Capcom’s new mystery game will be?
It’s a tad blurry given that it was used for a thumbnail photo on an internet shop website, but it’s still clear enough to figure out what’s going on. Here it is:
It’s a pretty simple design, but hey, it does seem to get the game’s themes across. You’ve got Bowser right there in the middle using the GamePad (illustrating the new Bowser Party mode in the simplest way possible), a bunch of other Mario characters doing Mario Party esque stuff next to him and a setting which appears to be whatever board you first start on in the game.
So yeah. Nothing flashy, but it works fine at illustrating the game and its new central mechanic.