You might have noticed that all traces of our News section have been hidden from Yoshi's Moon. You probably didn't, but we'll no longer be reporting on Yoshi news here on the site.
Writing even a single news article takes a huge deal of work, and it's something I've mostly been doing on my own. The articles are read by very few people and frankly, I don't think the effort is worth it.
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For over six years now, Club Nintendo has offered downloadable games and rare Nintendo merchandise to loyal Nintendo gamers.
However, that's about to end, as Nintendo have announced that Club Nintendo will be closing down worldwide this year.
In Europe, Nintendo will stop including Club Nintendo codes with new products on April 1st. Registration of downloadable games will no longer be possible on April 20th, and Club Nintendo will shut down completely on September 30th.
In North America, new products released from today won't include Club Nintendo codes. On March 31, gamers won't be able to earn any more coins or make a new account, and on June 30, Club Nintendo will shut down completely.
Nintendo isn't shutting down Club Nintendo for no reason though - they're planning a new loyalty program that, if Mr Iwata stays true to his word, may offer cheaper prices in the eShop for regular buyers. I can't know whether that will include physical items and rewards, but I certainly hope it will.
To soften the blow to fans of the loyalty programme, Nintendo will be adding a range of new rewards and downloadable games in the coming months, for users to clear their coin/star balances.
Also, Flipnote Studio 3D will be available in February as a free download to North American Club Nintendo members. In Europe, the app will be offered much later, to users who sign up for the new loyalty programme within the launch period, later this year. After a delay of nearly two years, it's good to know that we'll be getting the app soon.
The first Nintendo Direct
broadcast of 2015 has aired, and revealed some more details about the New Nintendo 3DS, and upcoming 3DS and Wii U games.
Here's everything that was revealed, along with the UK version of the Direct itself if you want to see it for yourself:
- New Nintendo 3DS: Both the small and XL models will be launching in Europe on 13 February, while only the XL model will be available in North America on the same day. The New Nintendo 3DS features an improved 3D feature that doesn't require the player to face the screen directly, a C-stick for a second analog input, ZL/ZR buttons, amiibo support, and faster processing speeds. It will launch alongside Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4U, games which have extra features on New 3DS. Two limited edition New 3DS XL consoles, with designs based on those two games, were also revealed. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, a game which will only be playable on New 3DS, will launch in April.
- amiibo: Wave 4 of the Smash Bros collection will launch sometime this Spring, with figurines of Robin, Lucina, Wario, Pac-Man, Ness, and Charizard. Also, a new Super Mario collection was announced, with figurines of characters such as Mario and Toad. Although some characters, like Mario, will have multiple different amiibo designs, the figurines will work the same way in-game as long as they represent the same character. amiibo support was shown off for Mario Party 10, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Code Name STEAM, and after an update which comes out next month, Smash Bros 3DS.
- New games: Nintendo announced a new Fire Emblem game for 3DS, a free-to-play Wii U title from Bandai Namco tentatively named 'Project Treasure', a Puzzle & Dragons pack for 3DS, a Pokémon-themed eShop puzzle game called Pokémon Shuffle, and a Majora's Mask-themed DLC pack for Hyrule Warriors.
- Wii games on Wii U eShop: Select Wii games will become available on the Wii U eShop for $19.99, starting with Super Mario Galaxy 2, Punch-Out!!, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Metroid Prime Trilogy. Each title will be available for half price in the first week of its launch.
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars: This game will be available on the eShop on 3DS and Wii U, as a cross-platform purchase. Players will be able to create stages and share them online, and tip stars to other players who create fun stages. These stars can then be exchanged for new items to use in the stage builder.
Nintendo has announced
that a long-awaited Nintendo Direct
online broadcast will be aired tomorrow (Wednesday, 14 January), at 6am Pacific Time / 2pm UK time.
The broadcast will focus on Wii U and 3DS games launching in Spring 2015. Nintendo hasn't stated which games they will talk about, but we can expect news on Yoshi's Woolly World
, Splatoon, Mario Maker, and the worldwide release of the upgraded 3DS models, called 'New Nintendo 3DS'.
You can watch the broadcast for your region, live when it airs, here:
The wait is over. As of today, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is now available worldwide! The first wave of amiibo figures, one of which is Yoshi, are out too, and they can be trained as fighters in the game.
The all-star brawler is currently sitting on a score of 92 on Metacritic
, largely thanks to its huge variety of modes, and the great fun to be had in multiplayer.
Fans who register both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions of Smash Bros. on Club Nintendo will get both a special soundtrack of the games, and download codes to unlock Mewtwo as a fighter, both in early 2015.
Today's Nintendo Direct has just finished, revealing even more new details about upcoming games, and announcing a new one that's a bit of a favourite among fans. Here are the important reveals, along with the full UK version of the broadcast below.
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D was announced for 3DS with a trailer, to the joy of many Zelda gamers. It will launch in Spring 2015, along with a special edition (currently only confirmed for Europe) including a poster, steelbook case, and Majora's Mask pin badge
- Mario Kart 8 DLC: new trailer shown for the first downloadable pack, which launches on Nov. 13
- amiibo: the figures will unlock Mii outfits in Mario Kart 8 and the Spinner weapon in Hyrule Warriors, when the first wave is released on Nov. 21 (North America) and Nov. 28 (Europe)
- Splatoon: new trailer showed off the single-player story mode in this upcoming Nintendo shooter, launching in the 2nd quarter of 2015
- Xenoblade Chronicles X: more footage shown; still scheduled for a 2015 release
- Kirby and the Rainbow Curse / Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush: new trailer shown. The game will include a four-player multiplayer mode when it launches in Feb. 2015 (North America) and the 2nd half of 2015 (Europe)
Nintendo have announced
that they will air a new Nintendo Direct broadcast tomorrow (November 5), informing the world about upcoming Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles.
It will be broadcasted here for US viewers and here for UK viewers, at 2pm PT / 5pm ET / 10pm UK time. Games that could be shown include Yoshi's Woolly World, Mario Maker, and Project Guard, since all are games that will launch in the first half of 2015.
The livestream showing 50 Must-See Things in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
has just finished and as promised, a ton of new info has been revealed about the upcoming fighter. Take a look at Nintendo of Europe's official press release mentioning the important bits below, or watch the video itself if you missed it:
Nintendo has unleashed a deluge of information about Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, launching across Europe on 5th December, including an eight-player mode, special offers for fans who get both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions and a variety of options and surprises exclusive to the Wii U version. Nintendo revealed these and many more details in a live-streamed video announcement named Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: 50 Must-See Things, which is available to watch now on YouTube or via the Nintendo Direct website.
Some of the topics covered in the video include:
Eight-Player Mode: In a first for the series, a special mode lets eight players fight simultaneously in local multiplayer. This option appears only in the Wii U version, and lets players compete on special, larger stages to accommodate all the characters.
amiibo Figures: Once a player touches an amiibo figure to the NFC touchpoint on the Wii U GamePad, the character joins as a “Figure Player”. The amiibo figures can gain levels to become stronger as they gain experience through battling and are fed equipment by the player. Players can also have amiibo fight each other, and amiibo will bring you presents from the battles they fight in.
Online Multiplayer: This time it’s possible to team up locally with a friend to compete “With Anyone” online, amongst other options. In the future, players will be able to set up customised Tourneys and there will also be Official Tourneys. Voice Chat with Friends through the GamePad before and after battle, on the Fighter Selection and Results screens.
Custom Stage Creation: The touch screen of the Wii U GamePad makes it easier than ever for players to build their own stages and, after a future update, share them with friends and other players around the world.
Controls: The Wii U version features more controller options than any other game in the series, such as the Nintendo GameCube Controller through the GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U, amongst others. In addition, players who own the Nintendo 3DS version of the game can use their Nintendo 3DS or 2DS systems to control the action on the TV screen in Smash Mode on the Wii U version.
Importing Fighters: Fans of the Nintendo 3DS version of the game can immediately benefit from the fruits of their smashing labours. Players can import custom Nintendo 3DS fighters (including Mii Fighters) to the Wii U game, along with their customised equipment, costumes and hats.
Special Soundtrack Offer: Everyone who registers both the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. on Club Nintendo during the promotional period will receive a two-disc soundtrack of music from the games*.
Mewtwo: This veteran fighter will be made available as free downloadable content in Spring 2015 for anyone who registers both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the game with Club Nintendo during the promotional period*.
Modes: The Wii U version of the game offers many new modes and different ways to play that keep players coming back for more, including:
Smash Tour: A fighting party game that looks like a board game. Players use items, spin a wheel and advance around the map. Up to four players can compete at once as they navigate the board and gain fighters and power-ups they can use in a final battle.
Special Orders: In Master Orders, the more difficult the order from Master Hand you undertake, the higher your reward – but you only get to try once. In Crazy Orders, you pay to enter and battles get harder the longer you survive. Will you know when to stop and reap your rewards?
Special Smash Mode: Players can customise battles and play any way they like.
Coin Battles: Players compete to collect coins from other players.
Stamina Matches: Players fight until their hit points reach zero.
Classic Mode: One or two players fight through a series of battles and advance as long as they survive. Many random events can shake things up, and players can adjust the intensity settings. The more difficult the game, the greater the rewards.
All-Star Mode: Unlike in the Nintendo 3DS version, opponents appear in reverse chronological order, and two players can battle through this mode together.
Event Mode: One or two players take on set character and theme-based battles. Clearing stages helps players see the way forward.
Masterpieces: This menu gives players a peek into the past lives of some of the Super Smash Bros. characters. Players can play cut-down versions of selected characters’ greatest games.
Stages: The Wii U game offers more stages, with more variety, than any game in the series. There is now an expanded version of the original Battlefield stage named Big Battlefield. The Great Cave Offensive, based on the underground labyrinth found in Kirby Super Star, challenges players to avoid potentially lethal danger zones – or throw their opponents into them. The Jungle Hijinxs stage, based on Donkey Kong Country Returns, features dual-plane battles with a foreground and background, and blast barrels that shoot players from front to back and vice versa. After launch, a new Miiverse stage will feature players’ posts from Miiverse, where posts will appear in-game to cheer on the fighters.
My Music: The game includes hundreds of songs and jingles that players can listen to, as well as settings to customise what music plays during gameplay. Players add songs to their library by collecting CDs that appear while smashing or after completing challenges.
Movies: When players clear Classic or All-Star Mode, they’ll be treated to a brief movie featuring whichever fighter they used. Every fighter has a movie, so it’ll be a challenge to view them all. Additionally, HD versions of the new fighter introduction videos are available to watch.
Ridley: Fans have been clamouring for Ridley to appear in a Super Smash Bros. game for a while and now they’re getting their wish - but true to form, Ridley appears in an unexpected way. Players will find him in the Metroid series-inspired Pyrosphere stage, but he does more than just hassle players. If one player attacks Ridley enough, Ridley will join that fighter’s side and attack others. Players (including the one on Ridley’s side) can KO Ridley to earn the point for match results. If Ridley consumes the energy to the side of the ledges, he will become Meta Ridley - and all the more vicious!
Characters: The Wii U version offers players 40 characters plus Mii Fighters from the start. Each character’s moves match those found in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, so players who hone their skills in the portable game will have an edge over opponents in the console version of the game.
A new trailer has been revealed for the first of two downloadable content packs for Mario Kart 8, showing off the new playable characters Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach, and the Yoshi Circuit track, returning from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
This first add-on pack - which will be launching this fall, and can be pre-purchased now - will include three characters (Link, Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach), eight tracks (including Yoshi Circuit), and four vehicles (including the Master Cycle, a bike based on elements from the Zelda series).
The first DLC pack launches this November, and the second in May 2015. Both are available to purchase in advance for $7.99 / €7.99, but both can be bought together as a pack for $12.99 / €12.99. Those who buy both packs (either as a bundle or separately) can receive eight new Yoshi colours and eight new Shy Guy colours to play as immediately.
Check out the new trailer below.
Nintendo have confirmed
that a broadcast about the upcoming Wii U version of Super Smash Bros.
will be shown live. The livestream event is said to reveal new information, more specifically fifty "must-see things" about the brawler.
Don't get your hopes up too much if you're hoping for some more news though, as Nintendo strangely aren't referring to this broadcast as a Nintendo Direct despite listing it on their Nintendo Direct page.
Since a mode relating to Master Hand and Crazy Hand was teased by Masahiro Sakurai in one of his daily Miiverse posts a few days ago, that could very well be shown during the event, along with the recently-leaked board game and stage builder modes.
The broadcast will be streamed on Nintendo's website
, UK fans!) this Thursday, Oct. 23, at 3pm Pacific / 6pm Eastern / 11pm UK time.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will launch this November 21 in North America, and December 5 in PAL regions. The 3DS version is out now.