Victor Salazar

Club Nintendo to Close Down Shop Mid 2015

Club Nintendo Logo

You know, I’m a huge fan of loyalty rewards.  Buy our stuff, get discounts or free stuff.  It’s a great way to keep customers coming back while showing your appreciation to them.  This is why I love Club Nintendo.  Club Nintendo would offer you coins to register Nintendo products and to take a few surveys about games you purchased.  Redeem those coins for downloadable games or cool Nintendo stuff.  But now, Club Nintendo will be no more.

Earlier this week, Nintendo announced that Club Nintendo will be no more.  Existing members will be able to continue to earn coins until the end of March and will have until the end of June to redeem those coins.  After that, Club Nintendo closes shop.  But fear not, friends!  There will be a new loyalty rewards program from Nintendo!  The details of the new loyalty program have yet to be revealed, but Nintendo is already looking forward to a smooth transition.  Here is the official statement from Scott Moffitt, Executive VP of Sales & Marketing at Nintendo regarding the change:

“We thank all Club Nintendo members for their dedication to Nintendo games and their ongoing love for our systems and characters… 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.”

So if you are part of Club Nintendo and have coins that you haven’t redeemed, the next couple of months will be interesting.  Nintendo will be adding a number of goods that you can redeem your coins for.  That includes stuff that can be mailed to you and games that you can download to your Wii, 3DS, and Wii U.

It looks like Nintendo doesn’t want those hard earned coins going to waste and will flood the rewards store with something for everyone.  And just because Nintendo is awesome, they will be giving away Flipnote Studio 3D for the 3DS to all Club Nintendo members.  You can download the software for free starting Feb. 1st and will be available for free until June 30th.

Nintendo Rewards Store

I’ve been hoarding coins hoping to score a few games.  Looks like the hoarding needs to stop and time to start getting some rewards.  The only problem now is whether to cash them in right away or wait for the slew of goodies that Nintendo intends to fill the rewards store with.  Decisions… decisions…  Oooooo!!!  The Legend of Zelda!  Oooooo…  Super Metroid!  Ooooo!!!! EXCITEBIKE!!!! Looks like finding stuff to spend my coins isn’t going to be a problem after all.  lol  Later!

 

New Nintendo 3DS XL Launches in the U.S. on Feb. 13

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Did you guys catch this morning’s Nintendo Direct video???  There was a lot of announced stuff this morning, including a new set of Amiibo figures being released, Wii games now available for download on the Wii U, and new DLC Majora’s Mask content for Hyrule Warriors!  But the biggest announcement has to be the new Nintendo 3DS XL!  The new Nintendo 3DS XL will have faster processing speeds, more control options, and will enhance gameplay on certain games by adding amiibo functionality!  Aside from the standard blue and red colors, Nintendo also announced a Majora’s Masked themed 3DS and a Monster Hunter 4 themed 3DS.

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AHHHHHHH!!!  Look at it!  Soooooo shiny!!!!  Soooooo beautiful!!!!!!  If you are at a loss at what to get your honey for Valentine’s Day, you may want to grab this!  The only negative thing about the Majora’s Mask 3DS is that is DOES NOT come with the game.  But the Monster Hunter themed 3DS does and the price point is a little higher because of it.  The stand alone New Nintendo 3DS XL (including the Majora’s Mask one) will run for $199.99 and the Monster Hunter 3DS XL will go for $229.99.  The Major’s Mask and Monster Hunter 3DS XL will be Gamestop exclusives so you will have to get yours there.

You can catch this, and all other Nintendo Direct announcements, here.

So what do you think of this morning’s announcement?  Nintendo is starting off 2015 strong, do you think they’ll finally get some traction for the Wii U to compete with the Xbox One and the PS4?  Let’s hear it in the comments, friends!

Who Says You Can’t Make a Living Off of Gaming?

Major League Gaming Logo

Many moons ago, when I was a wee lad, I would spend hours upon hours sitting in front of my Nintendo, playing games.  Hell, who am I kidding?  I do that now!  Except that now it’s also in front of my Xbox, Playstation, and 3DS!  Lol!

Anyways, gaming was looked down upon.  It was a considered a time waster, entertainment that killed brain cells, and something that only nerds and losers enjoyed.  If you managed to find a group of friends that also enjoyed gaming, you found friends for life.  Even when gaming through the 90’s, people left and right would say that you were wasting time and money on games.  Arcades were still a thing during those days and if you were fortunate enough to walk into one when they existed, you will recall that the arcades were dark rooms, usually in “the outskirts” of a mall or shopping plaza.  But when you walked in, you would immediately know where the action was.  There would be a group of people gathered around an arcade cabinet.  What game is it?  Killer Instinct?  Mortal Kombat?  Street Fighter II?  Tekken?  Whatever the game was, if there was a crowd, you knew that the player was freakin’ awesome.

Quarter after quarter, players would attempt to take down the gamer.  Usually, the gamer would walk away undefeated.  The crowd would be in awe.  Standing with a group of your peers, admiring the skill and dedication that you just witnessed, you would wonder why this gamer wasn’t getting paid to play!  This, my friends, was the beginning of electronic sports!

Team Newbee ... #Winning

Team Newbee … #Winning

eSports is huge now!  Gamers can play competitively individually or as a team and go up against some of the top players around the world.  Websites such as Major League Gaming list off competitions that are accepting competitors, will live stream matches, and pay out cash prizes to the top competitors.  And your parents said you couldn’t make a living playing video games!  So how much money are we talking about here?  A couple bucks?  A hundred or so?  How does $5 Million sound?!

Just last July, a Chinese team took home the top prize of of $5 million bucks and split it among their 5 person team during The International competition, an annual tournament featuring the online arena battle game, Dota 2.  Last year, the competition was held in Key Arena in Seattle in front of 11,000+ fans.  Damn!!!!  Imagine that?!  Getting so good at a video game that you end up becoming a millionaire!

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ESPN is making eSports a part of their sports culture

eSports is no joke friends.  The competition has moved from your buddy’s couch to major sports arenas across the world.  Competition is fierce and if you feel that you just don’t have the thumbs for it, no worries.  You can still catch all the action through live streaming OR you can catch some of the best tourneys at ESPN.  That’s right, the biggest TV channel in sports has embraced eSports, albeit on ESPN 3, but still!  eSports on TV!!!  Just to put this into perspective…  there were more people watching the League of Legends Season 3 final than the NBA Finals or the MLB World Series!  Let that sink in for a second…  More people tuned in to watch gaming championships than the NBA or MLB championships.  That’s HUGE!

So strap in, folks.  The Morning Score will be following some of the top teams, the top tourneys, and the top gamers throughout the year.

Nintendo Announces The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D Limited Edition Bundle with Skull Kid Figurine

The Legend of Zelda series has been adored by fans from the start.  Since 1986, Zelda fans have guided Link through many dungeons, collected countless items, defeated several incarnations of Ganon, and saved Princess Zelda from peril time and time again… and guess what… we fans would do it all again!  Because of this, it comes to no surprise that long time Zelda fans yearn for remakes/continuations of the classics.

In 2011, Nintendo released a remake of the revolutionary Ocarina of Time.  Last year, Nintendo released, A Link Between Worlds, the sequel to the much loved A Link to the Past, and now… we are getting a 3D remake of one of the darkest games of the series, Majora’s Mask.  Nintendo announced that Majora’s Mask will get the 3D treatment and will be released for the Nintendo 3DS last fall but fans of collectibles and memorabilia are in for a treat.  Nintendo has just announced that a limited edition bundle for Majora’s Mask will be available that will include a Skull Kid figurine.  Now that is freakin’ awesome!!!

Nintendo Game Item

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D bundle will be sold at select retailers for $49.99.  There is little known about the size of the figurine, but by looking at some of the pictures of it, looks to be about 6 inches tall.  The design is spot on and captures the enigmatic, dark, and twisted characteristics that is Skull Kid.  The Skull Kid is a central character in Majora’s Mask and this figurine is a must have for any Zelda fan!

An exact date for release has yet to be confirmed but Nintendo has stated that the limited edition bundle will be made available some time this spring.  This is going to be a hot item so I strongly suggest you pre-order your limited edition bundle now before they are gone.