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Gold / Platinum Awards For Club Nintendo Announced

Club Nintendo Platinum Awards

Nintendo has just announced the list of awards for people who have been faithfully registering their games, both physical and digital, through Club Nintendo all year. If you registered enough games to earn 300 coins then you reached Gold Status for the year. Registering enough games and taking enough surveys to earn 600 coins means you hit Platinum Status. This year Nintendo has decided everyone will get to download a game of their choice from the following list:

Gold Status

Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins (3DS)
Metroid (3DS)
WarioLand II (3DS)
Donkey Kong 3 (3DS)
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Wii U)
Super Mario Bros. (Wii U)
Kid Icarus (Wii U)
Ice Climber (Wii U)

All of those are the Virtual Console versions of those games for their respective systems.

Platinum Status

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (3DS)
Dillon’s Rolling Western (3DS)
Fluidity: Spin Cycle (3DS)
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS)
Dr. Luigi (Wii U)
Earthbound (Wii U)
NES Remix (Wii U)
Game & Wario (Wii U)

The list of games isn’t a bad mix of old and new, but I can’t help that think it’s a little disappointing and there might be people that won’t earn a rewards because they might have every game on the list. If you get your reward let us know what you chose.

Tomodachi Life Demo Available Today

You’ve heard us talk about crazy stuff that happens in Tomodachi Life on the podcast over the last three or four weeks, but now you have the chance to try it out for yourself. Nintendo is releasing a demo of the game today that will let you get in and see just what all the zany hype is about. Chances are you’ll like the demo so much you’ll want the full game, but give it a try and see. Just head on over to the eShop and download it.

And while you’re at it, take a look at this video of some Nintendo developers singing. Who hasn’t wanted a tiny version of Miyamoto that they can carry around in their pocket and sing to them whenever they desire?

Best of the Art Academy Miiverse

Everyonce in a while I like to browse through the Art Academy Miiverse community and see what the artists in that game have come up with.  Much of it isn’t great, but there is also a lot of really good art there.  Some of the artists I have followed because I want to see what they continue to come up with.  Here’s some of the art that I’ve seen in the last couple of days that I thought was worth highlighting.  I’ve put the pictures after the break to keep the length of the post on the front page to a minimum. 

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Mutant Mudds Gets Creepy on 3DS

Mutant Mudds Update

Mutant Mudds came first to the 3DS, but has since been tweaked, redone, added to and generally turned into something completely different on other systems. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but it has had new content in the form of 20 Ghost Levels added to Deluxe editions of the game on PC, Vita, and Wii U. Now the 3DS is getting those levels.

Renegade Kid co-founder, and all-around nice guy, Jools Watsham has confirmed that the 3DS will be getting those 20 additional levels for free on July 3rd. This update will be free to players in North America and Europe. You’ll just have to download the update from the eShop and you’ll see a new ghostly portal on the level select screen. I’ve played them. These new levels are hauntingly good.

Stick It To the Man Review (PS4)

Stick it to the Man logo

PlayStation Plus has introduced me to a number of games that I might not have ever played before. One of those games is called Stick It To the Man, a puzzle-platformer/adventure game from Zoink Studios that I would have honestly passed up just because the visual style didn’t appeal to me. I thought it would be distracting to the point of not being able to focus on the game underneath it. Let’s just say I was wrong.

In the game you play as Ray, a man whose day job involves him having hammers dropped on his head to test out materials that are used to make hard hats. He rates them based on how much pain he endures during each test. On his way home after work one day an object falls from the sky and lands on his head knocking him unconscious. When he awakens he notices a large, pink, sticky hand protruding from his noggin. He realizes very quickly that he can manipulate this hand to grab objects in the environment, read peoples thoughts and even create objects based on some of those same thoughts. What proceeds after that is an adventure through the mind of a crazy man and literally the minds of everyone around him.

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New Play Nintendo Tour Showcases 2DS Software

Play Nintendo

Nintendo has just announced they are embarking on a new dozen city tour to showcase their handheld systems and its lineup of software. This new tour gives players the chance to get their hands on the 2DS and play some of the biggest titles available for that system. According to the press release, “Guests will enjoy whimsical-themed gaming zones filled with iconic items like banana-shaped seats in the Donkey Kong area, a giant Poké Ball in the Pokémon section and Yoshi egg chairs in Yoshi’s island.” In addition to that you’ll be able to meet costumed versions of some of Nintendo’s most popular characters. If you’re curious about the 2DS and what it has to offer then you might want to check out the listings after the jump and see if they’ll be coming to a mall near you.

What I find most interesting about the press release is that it specifically says you’ll be able to play “the hottest games on Nintendo’s coolest system, the 2DS.” It doesn’t mention the 3DS at all. The wording makes you think that Nintendo is going to be putting more focus on the 2DS. I wonder if this means that they’ll be shifting marketing toward that system going forward.

The list of games that will be available to play are:

Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Yoshi’s New Island
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Super Mario 3D Land
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Mario Kart 7

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Nintendo Unleashes Project S.T.E.A.M.

Project Steam

Nintendo wasn’t finished with the surprises after their Digital Event on Monday. In fact the company said that they had one more unannounced 3DS game to show off on Wednesday night and they did just that. At a developer roundtable event they showed off the newest game from Advance Wars and Fire Emblem developer Project S.T.E.A.M. This game is a hybrid turn based strategy/third person shooter.

You control a group of four characters in a “vibrant, Steam-punk like world”. Much like other traditional strategy games you move on a grid to outmaneuver and outflank your enemy. Actions are controlled through a steam gauge that once depleted means your turn is over. Unlike more traditional strategy games where the view is more of an overhead, full view of the battlefield style this game puts you right into the action with the camera right behind the characters shoulders. This lets you see the action and the depth of the levels from their perspective. According to Nintendo this gives you a better feel for the characters and lets you see what they’re seeing.

More information about Project S.T.E.A.M. will be available throughout the week as Nintendo will be showing it off through stage demos. Right now the game is set for a 2015 release.

The Console Wars May Now Begin

Pacman Smash Bros

No, I’m not talking about Wii U versus Xbox One versus Playstation 4. That fight will rage on for a few years now. I’m talking about the classic “Who’s the best character in a video game?” argument. In a move that seemed unfathomable in the late 80’s and early 90’s for the first time ever we’re going to see Mario, Pac-Man, Sonic and Mega Man in a game together.

Nintendo today confirmed the addition of Namco’s popular pellet muncher to the roster of Super Smash Bros. It’s a move that many wanted when it was announced that Namco Bandai would be helping with the development of the game. It’s also a move many people didn’t know was going to happen. It’s a move, though, that’s actually happening. This is real life. All those arguments you had with your friends as a child in the 80’s can now actually take place.

Get those Gamecube Adaptors plugged in. Pick your favorite fighter and let the games begin.

Nintendo’s New IP Is Splatoon

Splatoon is a four-on-four multiplayer action game that drops players into a battle arena that two teams strive to claim as their own. Players of each team spray ink on the ground around them while blotting out the opposing team members in turf war competitions. Each character can turn into a squid-like character and swim through his or her own team’s ink – gliding up and down walls and under floors – with ease. Using intuitive controls made possible with the Wii U GamePad’s gyro sensor makes it easy to look around and aim, and the on-screen map displays the entire arena at a glance, both of which feel great and redefine multiplayer action. Splatoon is targeted to launch in the first half of 2015.

Bayonetta 2 Coming in October, Bundled With Original Game

Bayonetta 2 is the upcoming action game from Japanese developer Platinum Games. It’s the sequel that should not have happened, but Nintendo is making it happen and the developer showed off a new trailer today showcasing all the action of the game.

In addition to the new trailer they also announced that the game will be bundled with the original game released in 2009. Also shown off was the ability to dress Bayonetta in costumes based on popular Nintendo characters like Peach, Link and Samus. And yes, seeing Bayonetta in the pink dress was a little bit weird.

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