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Some surprising news came out of Nintendo today as they announced that they will be discontinuing their loyalty program, Club Nintendo, in the coming months.

Nintendo states that any games released beyond January 20th, 2015 will not be eligible for it’s Club Nintendo program and March 31st will be the last day you can earn coins on your account from redeeming codes & completing surveys. This of course means that you will be unable to register your shiny ‘New Nintendo 3DS XL,’ The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS & Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate when they are released on February 13th, 2015.

There is a little bit of good news though for current Club Nintendo members. Anyone who has an active account starting February 1st will be eligible for a free copy of Flipnote Studio 3D. Also, Nintendo plans to release “a limited quantity of exclusive reward items” throughout the next couple months; This will vary from digital and physical rewards.

Finally, Nintendo will fully shut down Club Nintendo come July 1st, 2015. This means any coins, digital codes and registered product will be deleted by then. Make sure you head on over to Club.Nintendo.com to register your products soon before it is too late!

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Ah Nintendo, we love the games you pump out because they always provide a certain quality of entertainment that divides you from the rest of the gaming industry. This being said, I feel that one of your series are starting to grow old on me – of course, I am talking about Pokemon – in particular, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. See, I have been a fan of the Pokemon series ever since the TV show launched back in 1998 and I can still remember bolting home from school to catch the 4PM airing on YTV.

To give you some insight, Pokemon has been a huge part of my life. Shortly after the TV show launched, Pokemon cards were being talked about and Pokemon Blue, Red and Yellow were released shortly after for the Gameboy. Unfortunately for me, I hadn’t owned a handheld system until Christmas of 2000, when I opened a present to find a Yellow Gameboy Color bundled with Pokemon Yellow. I was ecstatic as my friends at the time all had copies of Pokemon Blue and Pokemon Red and I was the only kid on the block with Pokemon Yellow. I proceeded to play the everlasting crap out of the game as I logged hundreds – maybe even thousands – of hours trying to collect all 150 Pokemon.

Pokemon for me, was one of the sole reasons I got so involved with the game industry and to this day I look back at it as one of the most influential games of my generations life. Since then, my expectations for the Pokemon video games have been growing larger and larger and each time a Pokemon title has landed in my hands… I get mildly disappointed. Pokemon to me is starting to grow a Call of Duty-like syndrome where it is just the same thing over and over again.
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Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Bandai Namco Games & Sora Ltd.
Release date: November 21st, 2014

Super Smash Bros has always been the must-have title since it was released back in 1999. From the Nintendo 64 all the way to todays generation – the Nintendo WiiU – Super Smash Bros has seen countless hours of casual and competitive play throughout the world. Does Super Smash Bros for WiiU deliver upon expectations and if so, does it exceed them?

It has been 15 years since we saw the release of the original Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 64 and I still go back to play the classic roster of characters. The one thing I have to credit Nintendo on is the ability to remake old games but put a twist on them that makes them feel new and refreshing. They did exactly that with Super Smash Bros for WiiU as they brought the same, old fashioned game mechanics with a plethora of new game options to expand on the already perfect formula.

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Nintendo held a Nintendo Direct yesterday which went into detail regarding some of the newest releases coming to the WiiU and 3DS in the upcoming months. In it’s first trailer, Nintendo announced that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will be seeing the light of day in early 2015 for the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo announced this via a trailer (seen below) which shows off some of the revamped graphics which will be seen in the N64 Remake.

This title was one of the most requested titles to make its way to the handheld ever since The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D was released back in June 2011. Since the announcement, news has spread across social media outlets like wildfire, becoming trending on Facebook and Twitter.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will be hit store shelves sometime in Spring 2015 and will be available exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS. Personally, I am excited to revisit this title… It had a dark and mysterious atmosphere that kept me on-edge. I would personally recommend this title to those who have yet to experience Majora’s Mask.

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Fans looking forward to the latest Pokemon remakes that launch on November 21st will be able to pick up both Pokemon Alpha Sapphire & Pokemon Omega Ruby in a dual-pack.

Available exclusively through Best Buy in North America, the bundle will retail for $79.99 and include a code which will unlock a whopping 200 potions for use in both games. While the bundle doesn’t actually save you any money for purchasing the games together, the potions should come in handy when you are exploring the old Hoenn region in the Pokemon universe. Unfortunately, it is unknown if this bundle will be available in Canada, we have reached out to Nintendo for more information.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire will launch on November 21st exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. Also launching on this day is Super Smash Bros for WiiU and the Amiibo figures which should prove to be a strong day for Nintendo.

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