Pre-Loading available for Mario Party 10 and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Just as with Smash Bros. for Wii U, Nintendo is bringing back pre-loading for Mario Party 10 and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse if you’re planning on digitally purchasing the games. Pre-loading allows you to fully download the game once you preorder, saving the hassle of download time once the game officially releases at midnight on their release date. You can preorder and preload Mario Party 10 here which releases March 20th, or Kirby and the Rainbow Curse here which releases February 20th.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Melee Coming to Evo 2015

The lineup of fighting games that are going to be played at the Evolution Championships Series (Evo) this year was recently revealed, and included are Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Melee among others. Evo will be held in Las Vegas from July 17 through 19, where many from all over will be joining to compete in tournaments. You can find more information if you’re interested here.

Nintendo to be Discontinuing Club Nintendo This Year


Nintendo has announced that they are preparing to discontinue the Club Nintendo rewards service, which has let users earn new download games and rewards for purchasing systems and other games for six years. The service will end in June, with account registration ending in March. New rewards will be added in February including the long awaited Flipnote Studio 3D which has been delayed since August of 2013. Here’s what Nintendo had to say:

After more than six years of delivering fun Nintendo-themed rewards to its members, Club Nintendo is preparing to shut down. Nintendo’s loyalty-rewards program rewarded members with a variety of items, such as downloadable games, Nintendo posters or character figures in exchange for Coins that members earned by registering products or completing surveys. Club Nintendo members in the United States and Canada can earn additional Coins through the end of March, and can redeem those Coins through the end of June. Nintendo of America will be announcing a new customer loyalty program at a later date.

“We thank all Club Nintendo members for their dedication to Nintendo games and their ongoing love for our systems and characters,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “We want to make this time of transition as easy as possible for our loyal Club Nintendo members, so we are going to add dozens of new rewards and downloadable games to help members clear out their Coin balances.”

Nintendo will add a number of physical reward options for members in February. Members will also be able to choose from a lineup of many downloadable games. As a gift to Club Nintendo members, the Flipnote Studio 3D software will be available to download for free in February. This software will allow users to create unique three-dimensional animations and to exchange their creations via local wireless with others who also own Flipnote Studio 3D. Users who uploaded creations to Flipnote Hatena will be able to download their personal animations from the Nintendo DSi Library menu in Flipnote Studio 3D software. Flipnote Studio 3D will be available to Club Nintendo members until June 30. The ability to create a new Club Nintendo account will end on March 31. All users who register to Club Nintendo before registration closes will be eligible to receive Flipnote Studio 3D.

Review: Chariot (Wii U)

Before playing Chariot, I didn’t know what to expect or what I was in for. Upon playing however, I found myself enjoying the light-humor filled dialogue, pretty art style, and platforming challenge. Developed by Frima Studios, you play as either a princess or her fiancé lugging around the coffin-esque chariot of a king who passed away and wishes to be buried with riches, which is your task. It’s not easy though, but it’s easier with a friend. The game features co-op which lets you access some areas not possible with just one person pulling the chariot, but it could get a bit more hectic too. You’ll encounter clever tricks and many hard jumps along the way, while also collecting blueprints and gold to upgrade your chariot in the shop. You can also use gold towards items like pegs to hold the chariot in place or magnets, but beware of the looter bats–they’ll take away quite a large amount of gold if you encounter them in a level. Completionists will also appreciate different forks for collecting even more gold.

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Wii U GameCube Controller Adapters with Controllers in Stock at GameStop

If you’re a fan of Super Smash Bros., chances are you’ve been looking for the incredibly understocked GameCube Controller Adapter to go along with your new copy of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Now you’ll be able to purchase the adapter along with four other Super Smash Bros. themed GameCube controllers, which you may or may not need, for $140 which is the same you’d pay for all contents separate. The price and amount of controllers may not fit your needs but the adapter is very hard to come by, so keep that in mind before purchasing.

Wii U’s Sales Best in History of the System for December

Nintendo closed 2014 with the best month of Wii U software and hardware sales, up 29% from prior months in 2014 and up 73% from 2013. The 3DS also had a great closing of the year with the highest first party software sales ever, with games like Pokemon: Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS helping the system during the holidays. We’re already kicking off 2015 to a good start with the latest announcements of the New Nintendo 3DS XL, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D release date, and a better look at upcoming games like Splatoon and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Here’s what Nintendo had to say:

Wii U established new benchmarks for hardware and software sales in a single month in December. This helped total hardware and software sales in 2014 increase by more than 29 percent and more than 75 percent, respectively, over sales in 2013.

Nintendo 3DS also had a strong December, including its largest month ever for first-party software sales. This was primarily fueled by Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, which has already surpassed 2 million combined physical and digital units sold in a little more than three months, and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, which have combined to sell over 2.6 million physical and digital units in their first six weeks.

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This Week’s Nintendo eShop Downloads (1/15)

3DS

This week, we have 3D After Burner II kicking off the new 3D SEGA classics line-up along with Best of MahjongSoccer Up OnlineSpace Lift Danger Panic!Quell Memento (1/16), and WRC Official Game of the FIA World Rally ChampionshipLufia: The Legend Returns is also on Virtual Console.

Wii U

As for the Wii U, we have Electronic Super Joy: Groove CityFamily Tennis SP, and uWordsmith, as well as Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight on Virtual Console.