After more than six years, Club Nintendo is shutting down. The loyalty program allowed Nintendo fans to register their games and systems and complete surveys in exchange for Coins, which could be redeemed for all kinds of random Nintendo swag from playing cards to T-shirts and game download codes.
That was the general sentiment surrounding the announcement of the February 13th release of Nintendo’s New Nintendo 3DS XL, the latest in their confusingly named line of successful handhelds, in the US. This latest iteration offers a whole host of new features, from Amiibo support to 3D viewable at any angle to more processing power. The entire backlog of 3DS games will be playable with the new handheld while some games, like the remake of Xenoblade Chronicles, will only work on the New 3DS XL due to its stronger specs.
The US will only be getting the New 3DS XL, in red or black, and not the standard sized New 3DS. This is great for size queens but unfortunate for fans of console customization, as the standard New 3DS offers a whole host of changeable face plates on top of a wide array of color schemes. However for a limited time players will be able to snag either a Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate branded New 3DS XL or a snazzy gold The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask themed one (not to be confused with the the purple, not new, Majora’s Mask 3DS that is also being released.)
As if all of that wasn’t confusing enough, the New 3DS will not ship with an AC adapter included but will be compatible with all existing 3DS AC adapters currently on the market.
While there have been a number of game-specific Nintendo Directs since E3 2014, there hasn’t been a company-wide one with a greeting from Satoru Iwata in some time. Today that all changed, with the company showing off a number of upcoming titles for their Wii U and 3DS consoles. Watch the full Direct right here and read on for a full recap.
Today at 3pmPST Nintendo will be sharing fifty facts about the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. While the 3DS version has been out for almost a month now the Wii U version isn’t out until November 21st in the US and through early December in other territories. The 3DS version revealed the game’s complete roster and features an exclusive mode called Smash Run, but what does the home console version have in store?
Watch the full 35 minute stream live below the cut or on Nintendo’s Twitch channel. We’ll be live blogging the announcements as they come, and after the stream wraps up you can check back for a full recap.
This week has been a pretty interesting week for Super Smash Bros. fans. Someone from NOA leaked some video footage of the 3DS version of the game surfaced showing newcomers Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles, Bowser Jr. in his clown car as well as a few more characters. People all over social media questioned the legitimacy of the leak claiming that it was a Super Smash Bros. Brawl mod. Personally, I felt like it was a little too elaborate to be fake. Soon after the news made it’s way around the internet and major gaming news sites, Nintendo of America brought down the hammer and the videos were flagged taken down. For me, that pretty much confirmed that what we saw was in fact real.
Later in the week, a 3DS specific Nintendo Direct was announced. We knew we were going to get something Smash related and something that would either confirm or deny the leak. Lo and behold, Shulk is revealed.