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  1. To anyone who hasn't used up all of their Club Nintendo coins, remember to do so soon since the site will be shutting down on the 30th. I almost forgot that I had 550 coins are so, so I plan to use them to get Golden Sun (Wii U VC), Wario Land II, and Mario's Picross. Anyone else still need to use up your coins?
  2. Nintendo's final Platinum and Gold reward gifts for Club Nintendo members have finally been detailed today, and as expected, they are indeed more downloadable games. The actual list may be a bit overwhelming to consider for many, however, so we at GP are here to lend a helping hand! In order to help you decide which is the best game for you to choose, here's a look at a breakdown of their cost value as well as recommendations. Let's start at the top. The very biggest value proposition here is Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which still has a listed MSRP of $49.99, though you can occasionally get it for $40-45 if you look hard enough. Even still, this is the most bang for your buck, especially for a free game. It was also one of the highest scoring games on Metacritic last year (at an 83) and managed to snag a spot on GP's Top 10 Games of 2014 list, as well as making the #2 spot on my own personal list. Tropical Freeze also has a wealth of content to play through, which should keep you occupied for a good amount of time (especially if you try to 100% it). Recommendation If you own a Wii U and missed this title last year, definitely consider going with this one for your Platinum gift unless you dislike platformers and/or if Donkey Kong Country hasn't done anything for you in the past. Animal Crossing: New Leaf, New Super Mario Bros. 2, and Mario Kart 7 are all on sale for $15 at Target (in-store only) at the time of this publication. All three have significant replay value (especially ACNL and Mario Kart 7), though if you've not been too interested in past New Super Mario Bros. games, you can safely skip New Super Mario Bros. 2 since it isn't all that different. Check out our full review of that title for further information. Recommendation Choose only if you really want one of these three and don't want to spend $15 on them. You can buy Mario Golf: World Tour routinely for around $30 or under in stores and online. If you wait long enough, you might even find it for $15-20 during one of Target's big sales at some point this year. Mechanically, World Tour is a great Mario Golf game (possibly the best), and while its online play is a lot of fun, its campaign is also lacking a bit in comparison to previous Mario Golf handheld games. Check out our full review of the game for more info. Recommendation Choose only if really enjoy golf and/or Mario Golf games and nothing else appeals to you on this list. According to Metacritic, Mario Party: Island Tour is the second-lowest scored game in the series next to Mario Party Advance. You can regularly buy it on Amazon and other retailers for $20-30. Recommendation Choose only if you LOVE Mario Party games and know what you're getting yourself into. Otherwise there are much better games on this list. Yoshi's New Island is a solid return to the Yoshi's Island series. It might be a little bit easy early on, but it picks up later on and is largely enjoyable, even if it doesn't quite reach the heights of the original SNES game. You can regularly buy it for anywhere from $30-$40 in-stores and online; it also occasionally goes on sale for $15-20 at certain stores throughout the year. Recommendation Choose if you enjoyed past Yoshi's Island games and/or either have most of or aren't interested in other games on the list. NES Remix 2 and Ultimate NES Remix are both solid games. NES Remix 2 features some more popular NES games that weren't in the original NES Remix. Ultimate NES Remix actually is a compilation containing NES Remix 1 and 2, but it's downsized for 3DS. NES Remix 2 is priced at $14.99 on the Wii U eShop while Ultimate NES Remix retails for $29.99. Recommendation If you have a 3DS, Ultimate NES Remix is the clear better choice due to its inclusion of both games, though the visual quality is a bit better on Wii U. If you only have a Wii U, NES Remix 2 is a solid choice if you already own or aren't interested in most of the other games on the list. Pushmo, Crashmo, and Pushmo World are all delightful puzzle games with a lot of content to play through. The original Pushmo is considered a classic on 3DS, and Crashmo is an even more complex, if tougher, version of the game. Pushmo World is the series' first venture onto Wii U and is a solid outing. Of the three, Pushmo has the highest Metacritic score at 90. Pushmo is $6.99, Crashmo is $8.99, and Pushmo World is $9.99 on the eShop. If you want more info, check out our official review of Pushmo. Recommendation If you've never played any of the games, Pushmo is the best and most user-friendly. If you've played and liked Pushmo, Crashmo is a great follow-up to go with. If you only have a Wii U, Pushmo World is a great rendition of the game to choose, though perhaps only if you're not interested in any of the other games on the list. Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Punch-Out!! are two great Wii games that are now on Wii U. The former was a Game of the Year contender for many websites and outlets back in 2010. Both titles can be bought for $19.99 on the Wii U eShop. Recommendation If you haven't played it yet and love Mario games, Super Mario Galaxy 2 should not be missed. Punch-Out!! is a great choice too, but only if you already have or are not interested in most of the other games on the list. Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! has a Metacritic score of 63 and was considered generally underwhelming upon its release. Recommendation Skip it The rest are Virtual Console titles that mostly depend on your personal tastes. If you haven't played any of them, the highest value proposition is offered by the Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, which both offer their own separate, extensive campaigns. Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Advance Wars, and Warioware are all other great GBA games to check out as well if you have a Wii U. Recommendation Choose one of these ONLY if you're a gold member and/or if you have mostly everything else. Otherwise, see the suggestions above. Did you make it to Gold or Platinum on Club Nintendo? Let us know which game you ended up choosing!
  3. Today, Nintendo announced that their long-running Club Nintendo loyalty program is officially coming to an end. In its place will be a new loyalty program that is yet to be named or detailed but is assured to be coming later in the year. The move is being made in every region Nintendo is active in all across the world, including Europe, Australia, and Japan. What does this mean for Club Nintendo members right now? Fortunately, Nintendo is not pulling the rug out from users right at this moment; there will be a transition period leading up to the program's eventual shutdown. Ultimately, Club Nintendo will go down for good on June 30, 2015 at 11:59pm. In the meantime, Nintendo has detailed some new updates regarding this move. From January 20, 2015 onward, no new releases will contain codes to be redeemed for use with Club Nintendo. This means only games released before today will be eligible for obtaining more coins on the site. The last day to earn coins, register products, or sign up for a Club Nintendo account will be March 31, 2015. And the last day to redeem any coins or access your account will, of course, be June 30, 2015. Nintendo did mention that there will be an Elite Status gift (one of a number of downloadable 3DS and Wii U games) offered to those who manage to acquire 300 (Gold Status) or 600 coins (Platinum Status) before March 31. Also, they will be offering a number of new physical rewards in February as well as downloadable titles to help mitigate any unused coins before the program ends. As a final gesture, Nintendo will be offering Flipnote Studio 3D for free to all Club Nintendo members; even those who register before the service closes. Flipnote Studio 3D will be able to be downloaded in February. Regarding the new loyalty program in the works, Nintendo will have more information available at a later date. For more information, see the FAQ here. Source: Press Release What are your thoughts on Club Nintendo coming to an end?
  4. Many people who were disenfranchised by this year“s Gold & Platinum Rewards assumed physical rewards were a thing of the past for North America“s Club Nintendo. As it turns out, that“s not the case! Today Nintendo of America revealed three posters celebrating newcomers in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Wii U. These three posters feature the same promotional art that came with three major character reveals, celebrating Rosalina, Villager, and Palutena, to name a few. The Paluntena poster features designs drawn by Hideyuki Morioka. The 3-Poster Set can be purchased in a bundle for 700 coins. How do we feel about these three posters in particular? Is the price-point too high? Are you going to buy them up, or will you be passing on these? Would you have preferred posters for different characters like Shulk, Robin & Lucina, or Greninja? Will we see more of the games“ promotional art be made into posters like these? I think it“s definitely a good talking point! Be sure to check out my review for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS here, if you haven“t yet! And have you seen the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 50-Fact Extravaganza? Redeem your coins for posters here! Super Smash Bros. Official Site
  5. Today Nintendo revealed the rewards for Club Nintendo members who gained Gold or Platinum status on the site before July 1st. Unlike in previous years where they offered exclusive physical items that you couldn't get anywhere else, this year they're offering only digital versions of games as the reward for both tiers. The games are as follows: While the number of games to choose from is somewhat extensive, the selection is being criticized by some fans for being lazy on Nintendo's part, especially considering that the Gold tier reward games are all NES or Game Boy virtual console games that range from $3-5 in actual value. The disappointment is understandable especially when you consider that a few years back, all members who attained Platinum status received an exclusive statue/diorama that featured the likes of Mario, Peach, Luigi, Yoshi, Toad, Bowser, and even a goomba. Still, the inclusion of several higher value retail titles such as Game & Wario and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is nice to see, even if they aren't top tier popular titles. Edit: It appears that Club Nintendo is down for maintenance at the time of this article being posted. Source: Club Nintendo What are your thoughts on the Platinum and Gold rewards for 2014? What game do you plan to choose?
  6. It's the moment you all have been waiting for! Nintendo has finally revealed what the Platinum and Gold rewards are for the 2013 Club Nintendo year. Those that have reached Gold status can redeem one of the following: 2014 Club Nintendo calendar Super Smash Bros. (Wii/Wii U eShop) WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase (Wii/Wii U eShop) The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (3DS eShop) Super Mario Land (3DS eShop) Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword (3DS eShop) Platinum members are able to redeem one of two special gifts (or may choose one Gold gift instead): Three-poster set (The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, retro Luigi, Pikmin 3) The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask original soundtrack Did you get to Gold or Platinum status on Club Nintendo? What prize will you be redeeming?
  7. If you like RPGs, chances are you already have Fire Emblem: Awakening and you're getting Shin Megami Tensei IV as soon as it releases on July 16th. There's some good news for you then! If you register both Fire Emblem: Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei IV on Club Nintendo by August 31st, then you'll qualify for $30 in Nintendo eShop credit. If you've already registered Fire Emblem: Awakening, then all you'll need to do is register Shin Megami Tensei IV. Be sure to link your Club Nintendo account with your 3DS if you're planning on buying either game digitally through the eShop. What will you use your free $30 credit for?
  8. After frantically trying to reach Platinum status yesterday, you must have a lot of coins burning a hole in your pocket now. Maybe one of these new digital rewards that Club Nintendo is offering catches your eye? Aura-Aura Climber (DSiWare/3DS eShop) - 100 coins Donkey Kong (3DS eShop) - 100 coins Star Fox 64 (Wii Virtual Console) - 200 coins Super Punch-Out!! (Wii Virtual Console) - 150 coins You must have a Wii, Wii U, or 3DS in order to redeem any of these games. This selection of games is available on Club Nintendo until August 4th, so act quickly! Will you be redeeming any of these games from Club Nintendo? Did you reach Gold or Platinum status for the 2013 Club Nintendo year?
  9. Have some Club Nintendo coins burning a hole in your pocket? Lucky you then, as the downloadable game rewards for this month are pretty awesome. Here's what is being offered: F-Zero X (Wii Virtual Console) - 200 coins Link 'n' Launch (DSiWare/3DS eShop) - 150 coins Metroid II: Return of Samus (3DS eShop) - 150 coins Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii Virtual Console) - 150 coins Super Mario Bros. 3 is an obvious classic, and if you didn't have it already, then you should definitely spend your coins on it here! F-Zero X and Metroid II are also tempting. You must have a Wii, Wii U, or 3DS in order to redeem any of these games. This selection of games is available on Club Nintendo until June 30th, so act quickly! Will you be redeeming any of these games from Club Nintendo?
  10. Another month, another set of redeemable games from Club Nintendo. What games can you get with your coins this time? 3D Classics Excitebike (3DS eShop) - 150 coins Art Style: Aquia (DSiWare/3DS eShop) - 100 coins Maboshi's Arcade (WiiWare) - 150 coins Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES/Wii Virtual Console) - 200 coins Super Mario RPG is definitely the spotlight game here, and at a mere 200 coins, it's totally worth purchasing if you don't already have it. You must have a Wii, Wii U, or 3DS in order to redeem any of these games. This selection of games is available on Club Nintendo until June 2nd, so act quickly! Will you be redeeming any of these games from Club Nintendo?
  11. From the album: The Dusty Photo Album

    I put this here because my work's IE is lame and doesn't understand how to COPY PICTURES
  12. If you've been looking to buy a 3DS XL system then this may be just the incentive you need. Today, Nintendo announced a promotion that grants those who register a 3DS XL system (and specific game) are given another game for free. There are a few details involved, but they're not complex. So, let's say you register your shiny new handheld today. After that, you have until April 30th to register either of these games: Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon or Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity. These both come out on March 24th, which is part of why the registration period is so long. Both games can be registered whether you buy them in store or get them through the eShop. With one game and system registered, you will then be able to nab one of these five games at no cost: Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone (Review) Freakyforms Deluxe Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (Review) Star Fox 64 3D Super Mario 3D Land All of the available titles will be given as eShop downloads. Of course, you must be a Club Nintendo member to be able to register and claim rewards. Which do you think is the best game of the available five?
  13. It's that time of the month again! Club Nintendo has put out this month's set of downloadable game rewards, and there's some pretty great ones this time around. Bird & Beans (DSiWare/3DS eShop) - 100 coins Kirby Super Star (SNES/Wii Virtual Console) - 150 coins Metal Torrent (DSiWare/3DS eShop) - 150 coins Paper Mario (N64/Wii Virtual Console) - 200 coins Paper Mario and Kirby Super Star are definitely worth redeeming, if you don't already own them. So, act quickly! These rewards will disappear on March 10th. Will you be redeeming any of these Club Nintendo rewards?
  14. As if you needed yet another good reason to nab a copy of Kid Icarus: Uprising! Today, Nintendo has announced an awesome sounding sweepstakes that gives you the chance to win a set of Kid Icarus AR cards. 400+ cards, to be precise. All you need to do to enter in this giveaway is register your copy of Kid Icarus: Uprising on the Club Nintendo website. Fill out the survey as you would any other time on Club Nintendo, but make sure you check the box at the end of it stating that you wish to enter this super special sweepstakes! "What about the people that have already registered Kid Icarus: Uprising?" you may ask. Don't worry. Simply go to your to-do list on Club Nintendo and complete the sweepstakes item that shows up. Good luck to everyone that enters!
  15. Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition for Wii just released in North America today, much to the joy of those that are fans of the super tough pink puff. Not only does this compilation include six classic Kirby titles, but also a soundtrack CD and collectible book. And if you needed one more reason to get Kirby's Dream Collection, then listen up. Nintendo is giving the chance to win an adorable and awesome looking set of Kirby-themed round playing cards. All you need to do is register your newly purchased copy of Kirby's Dream Collection on Club Nintendo! This special offer will last until October 31st. Think $40 is too much for Kirby's Dream Collection? If you happen to live near a Fry's Electronics store, then they have it on sale for $30 until September 22nd! What do you think about these Kirby playing cards? Have you already purchased Kirby's Dream Collection and registered your copy on Club Nintendo?
  16. Updated: Sorry, folks! Looks like they're all sold out now! Shiny objects will often catch the attention of GamePodunk members, so imagine the excitement when Club Nintendo joined in the 20th Anniversary celebration for Kirby by posting an extremely limited edition medal. The medal measures in at 1x1 in. and comes with collectable packaging. At a mere 600 Club Nintendo, this limited edition item is only available to the first 1,000 members with the Club Nintendo coin bankroll to redeem. So act fast!
  17. Although Nintendo went and took them down after initially posting, the Club Nintendo prizes have been revealed. The Club year just ended on June 30th so that means everyone who got 600 points or 300 points is part of the Platinum or Gold tier respectively. Let's take a look at the goodies that devoted Nintendo fans will be rewarded with this year. Those who achieved Platinum will be rewarded with their choice of a poster set or Nintendo-themed playing cards. The poster set includes The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, and Kid Icarus: Uprising art. In case you're underwhelmed by the prospect of getting posters for your hard-earned points then maybe you'll be interested in the other prize. The playing cards are a full deck of Nintendo-styled pieces. Instead of featuring regular Kings and Queens the cards put characters like Mario, Peach, and Luigi in the spotlight. Sure, Nintendo also offers up playing cards in their regular rewards but these ones are special. At least, that's what Nintendo hopes you will think so you won't feel bad about not getting a figurine or even a pin set this year. If you scrounged up at least 300 points (but didn't exceed 600) then you're in the Gold club and get a calendar. This is the standard Gold tier reward so no surprise there. There were unfortunately no shots of the calendar so who knows what it will be featuring just yet. Finally, both Gold and Platinum users can download a game instead of getting these prizes but you've only got a handful to chose from. Those games are The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (VC), Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! (DSiWare), Metroid II: Return of Samus (3DS), and Super Mario Kart (VC) and you can only choose one.