It’s a time we’ve talked about for a little while now. Club Nintendo, the company’s loyalty rewards program, will be closing its digital doors for good in June. You have through the end of March to redeem any codes you have inside games for coins. Those coins must be spent before the end of June. After that they all go away.
The service has been around for six years and has offered some pretty nice rewards from digital games to statues, game cases and more. According to company spokesman Scott Moffitt they will be adding dozens of physical rewards and a host of downloadable games for you to spend those last remaining coins balances on. Club Nintendo members will also be able to download a copy of Flipnote Studio 3D for free at some point before the service shuts down.
According to a company press release this is not the end of the road for Nintendo loyalty programs as they expect to debut a new service at a later date. Until then fill out those last remaining surveys you have and register all those games so that you can make the most of Club Nintendo while it’s still around.
Nintendo wants you to know that 2014 was a good year for them, and it ended with the best month of sales the company has ever seen, according to a company press release. The company says that Wii U hardware and software sales rose by more than 29 percent and more than 75 percent, respectively, over sales in 2013. This was spurred on by the release of titles like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. during the year. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby sales have combined to reach more than 2.6 million people in the six weeks the games have been on the market. Alongside Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS December was the best month ever for the 3DS.
Other Nintendo highlights from the full 2014 year include:
- Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U sold over 1.7 million physical and digital units and 1.3 million physical and digital units, respectively, in 2014.
- Total sales of amiibo figures in 2014 are nearly twice the sales of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
- In 2014, 16 Nintendo 3DS titles sold at least 250,000 units. Of those titles, eight sold more than 500,000 units and three sold over 1 million units.
- In 2014, the top 15 best-selling hand-held titles were all released on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
Nintendo has a number of titles for both systems already lined up for 2015 so they’re hoping to ride this wave of momentum to continue an upwards trend for both systems. There is also a new model of the 3DS coming next month that the company hopes will help spur sales of their handheld line even more.
If this game plays anything at all like Ivan Stewart’s Off Road Racing I’m all in. I loved that game. This is one is coming to Wii U in the next few months from Enjoy Up Games.
Miku Hatsune is making her way to a Nintendo platform in North America. Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX is heading to store shelves and the 3DS eShop on May 26th. This 3D rhythm game features Miku and many other vocaloids in multiple game modes, 48 full length songs and a visual style reminiscent of the Nendoroid line of figures. According to a press release from Sega in the game “Players are able to adjust difficulty via challenge and support items, change timing indicators and target icons, and swap out vocals in certain songs. Further, players can watch their favorite videos and add scrolling commentary in the Mirai Theater, create unique dance routines in the Dance Studio, and compose their own song phrases in My Tune.”
You have the choice to play the game using the touch screen in “Touch Mode” or the face buttons in a more traditional “Button Mode”. StreetPass functionality allows you to swaps customizable Player Cards with other members of the community. More information about pre-orders from different retailers will be available at a later date.
What’s coming to the eShop today? Lots of stuff. A couple new Virtual Console games, including one announced during yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, 3D After Bruner II. A number of LEGO games get permanent price drops on Wii U this week so if you haven’t checked those out now might be a good time to do so. For a full list of everything that’s available head past the break.
It’s out in Japan. It’s out in Australia. It’ll be out in Europe soon and now we know when we’ll get it here in America. I’m talking about the New 3DS XL. The system, which boasts a new C-Stick to give more control to the player as well as two new shoulder buttons, more processing power and better 3D visuals, will be available for purchase on February 13th. The system will set you back $199.99. In addition to the features already mentioned amiibo support is also included allowing you to use your figure fighters in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS as well as other games coming soon. The system uses head tracking technology to allow you to move around while using the system without losing the 3D visual effect.
It will come in standard red or black editions, but there are also bundles being planned. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be launching on February 13th and will be getting a special limited edition bundle. The system, which will retail for $229.99, comes with a silver version of the system with Monster Hunter graphics embossed on the top. It will also include a copy of the game pre-loaded onto the system.
Legend of Zelda fans won’t be disappointed as a Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, gold edition of the system has been announced. This new Limited Edition system will run you $199.99, but will not have a copy of the game included.
All of these systems will be available on February 13th. The Limited Editions and bundled systems will only be available at Gamestop. A little disappointing is the lack of a smaller version of the system here in North America. The standard version of the New 3DS with the interchangeable face plates will not be available for purchase in North America.
VD-Dev, a small team of three developers has shown off footage of their new third person shooter for 3DS called Iron Fall Invasion. This new game will run at 60 fps on both the 3DS and the New 3DS with six player local and online multiplayer as well as a single player campaign. The game has no firm release date as of yet, but expect it sometime early in 2015. While you’re waiting watch this trailer to see the game in action.