Club Nintendo’s 2014 selection of Elite Status rewards is available to peruse now. If you were able to reach Gold or Platinum status on the service during the year starting July 1, 2013, these rewards are available…right now, in fact, as a downloadable game of your choice. Click here to sign in to the Club and find out whether one of these games will be yours soon:
Platinum Members Only
- Game & Wario (Wii U)
- NES Remix (Wii U)
- Earthbound (Wii U)
- Dr. Luigi (Wii U)
- Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS)
- Fluidity: Spin Cycle (3DS)
- Dillon’s Rolling Western (3DS)
- Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (3DS)
- Ice Climber (Wii U)
- Kid Icarus (Wii U)
- Super Mario Bros. (Wii U)
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
- Donkey Kong 3 (3DS)
- Wario Land 2 (3DS)
- Metroid (3DS)
- Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (3DS)
This is a drastic departure from what we’ve come to expect on Club Nintendo, in terms of Gold/Platinum rewards. Previous Elite Status rewards were always physical and included desk calenders, playing cards, posters, official soundtracks, and more in recent years. Club Nintendo has offered digital games as normal rewards for a while now, but this still comes as a surprise to me. And it’s not exactly a happy surprise. Club Nintendo should be about exclusive, physical goodies that fans will collect and cherish in a way they don’t necessarily cherish their game collection.
This move combined with Club Nintendo’s currently poor selection of regular physical rewards has me worried. What are your thoughts on the subject? Leave your comments below.
Thanks to Anthony DeVirgilis for the tip.
Since releasing Blok Drop U, RCMADIAX (one-man developer Michael Aschenbrenner) has clearly been busy. Poker Dice Solitaire Future, the first of a series called “Tabletop Games,” recently hit the Wii U eShop, and Aschenbrenner’s Super Robo Mouse is set to release sometime later this year on the Wii U eShop.
The game is RCMADIAX’s largest yet and stars a mouse called Robo, who must escape various maze-like stages by collecting titanium cheese to unlock the gates. There are over 20 such stages, including 3 boss fights. Players will have a lot of control options to choose from, including the Wii U GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, Wii Classic Controller (and Pro), and Wii remote + nunchuck. Off-TV play is also optional.
The game will hit Europe and North America around the same time with a price point of under $5. More details will become available closer to the game’s release. For now, let us know what you think about Super Robo Mouse in a comment below.
Click past the break to check out more screenshots (those shown here may differ slightly from the final product).
Hot off the recent reveal of three characters (two new and one returning) for the fourth and fifth iterations of the Smash Bros. franchise, a Japanese publication titled CoroCoro will offer more insight to the full roster. According to the publication, they will have a full exclusive of the complete 3DS Smash Bros. roster and stages on August 12th.
Now, the 3DS and Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. will have exclusive stages that reflect the handheld and console aspects of Nintendo’s famous franchises. However, the character selection will be the same across both platforms. So, much speculation has occurred on what new characters will be announced and what returning characters will make the cut or not. The current roster is now at 36 fighters (37 if one is to believe Mr. Game & Watch’s cameo at the end of the Pac-man reveal is confirmation that the character will return), which means we are getting to the tail end of character reveals before the 3DS version’s September release in Japan. For many Earthbound fans, now would be the time to start sweating some bullets; we all should be worried.
So, with a possible full character roster reveal looming, how many more fighters do you think Sakurai and his team will unveil? Ridley? Shulk? Ness…finally? Tell us in the comments below.
Smash Bros. head honcho Masahiro Sakurai revealed earlier today a new Smash trophy on Miiverse. To the surprise of many, the trophy is that of a third party character: Rayman. Not to be confused with an assist trophy, this in-game collectable trophy was actually designed by Ubisoft themselves and not Sakurai’s team.
The trophy reveal came a few hours before the Smash Bros. website was to announce a new character, which led many to believe Rayman would be added to the roster. Unfortunately, that was not the case for many Rayman fans. You can read Sakurai’s statement on the Rayman trophy below.
“In order to make Rayman’s trophy, we asked Ubisoft to share their references. We were expecting to receive 2D drawing references for Rayman, but to our surprise, they sent us data of a brand new 3D model that they rendered for this game!! And that was how this trophy was created. It takes a lot of work creating each model, so it’s wonderful that the creators contributed their own efforts!!”
Jake Kaufman, music composer for games like Shovel Knight and Mighty Switch Force!, is getting to be quite well-known, and for good reason. Shovel Knight was recently released on the eShop for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and in addition to being very well received, the game has an amazing chiptune soundtrack that you can download right over here on Jake’s Bandcamp page.
I haven’t played Shovel Knight yet, but I have been listening to the soundtrack, and I can guarantee chiptune fans will really enjoy it. It also includes a few contributions from Manami Matsumae, who worked on the Mega Man soundtrack, among others, so there’s even more incentive for you to pick it up. I hesitate to say this, but you can get the soundtrack for free; let me just say, though, that it’s worth any amount of money you may want to donate! Enjoy this amazing video game soundtrack, and don’t forget to leave a comment with your thoughts below.
As one might expect from a game that’s just $1.99 on the Wii U eShop, Poker Dice Solitaire Future has a simple premise. The first in the Tabletop Gallery series from one-man development team RCMADIAX, the game has the player roll five dice to create Poker-style hands (2-pair, full house and the like) for a high score. The dice can be rolled up to three times, and the player can choose to hold any values he/she chooses with each roll. There are four chips available for each hand, though one of those chips must be discarded if a successful hand is not achieved after three rolls of the dice. Bonus points are awarded if special circumstances are reached, such as winning all four chips in a particular hand or winning at least one chip from each hand.
Okay, so the game is not as simple as it seems. Or is it? Poker Dice Solitaire Future is difficult to explain, though it makes perfect sense within minutes of actually playing it. The strategy and thought involved in play, though, make it surprisingly thrilling and rewarding (I’m not a gambler myself, but I can see why people are drawn to it *insert winking emoticon*).
The “Future” part of the game’s title really only reflects its graphics, which admittedly took a little time to grow on me. With this type of game, I hoped for the graphics to create a more traditional feel, but now the outer-space setting feels pretty good. The music is suitable, though like in RCMADIAX’s previous Wii U eShop game, BLOK DROP U, the one song which loops grows a little stale.
Poker Dice Solitaire Future is a solid gameplay experience in and of itself, and you won’t find anything else like it on the Wii U, but a couple of extra features would have increased the game’s replay value for me: though the game indicates when you’ve reached a new high score (and you can always share this screen to Miiverse), there is no option that shows a listing of local high scores. I would have loved to see the option of recording your initials along with your high scores, so that I could potentially compare scores with the other people in my household. Overall, I generally would have expected just a little more from Poker Dice Solitaire, but it is a great way to add some variety to your Wii U game collection and for just $1.99. I’m excited to see what’s next in the Tabletop Gallery series and what’s next from RCMADIAX beyond that. Poker Dice Solitaire Future is awarded: