GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - So long, Club Nintendo

So nice to be back in the regular swing of things. E3 is complete insanity, including the weeks before and week after. Now we're getting back into the usual groove. Nice to return to normalcy. That includes me actually getting some sleep! See you in a few, short hours.

There was a very long time in Nintendo history where we never had Club Nintendo. Japanese Nintendo fans had the service, and Nintendo fans around the rest of the world were quite jealous. Then one glorious day, Nintendo let us in on a secret. They were bringing the Club Nintendo service worldwide. Soon we would have an online portal that would reward our Nintendo purchases with all sorts of fancy goodies. So much fun was had...but now those good times have come to an end.

No one would say that Club Nintendo was perfect. There were issues with supplies and plenty of items that never made it outside of Japan. Some of the special reward tiers were a bit lackluster, not giving us quite the goodies we wanted to spend our points on. People started gaming the system in some instances and were registering fake codes to get the merchandise they wanted. As I said, Club Nintendo wasn't perfect...but what is?

Club Nintendo was something that Nintendo never had to do. We could have just as easily never gotten Club Nintendo outside of Japan. Hell, Club Nintendo didn't have to exist at all. Lucky for us, it did exist. Nintendo put together a special service that showed their fans that the Big N cares. They may make mistakes from time to time, but Nintendo certainly appreciates their fan. That's why we got a service that birthed all sorts of fantastic merchandise. There's hardly a Nintendo fan out there that doesn't have some sort of trinket, accessory, poster or good from Club Nintendo somewhere in their house.

But as I said, those days have come and gone. Club Nintendo has now shuttered its virtual doors. It's certainly a sad thing, but there's a silver lining. Nintendo says they recognized the issues of Club Nintendo and they want to do better. They are already hard at work on another loyalty program to thank fans for supporting their games. It sounds like the service will be a complete revamp of ideas...a new Club Nintendo for the fans of today. While I'm quite sad to see Club Nintendo go, I can't wait to see what takes its place. All we have to do is sit back and wait!

No level content filter in Super Mario Maker, but obscene content can be reported

- will not have a level filter for rude/obscene/distasteful content
- any level created can be uploaded and downloaded straight away, so long as it can be completed
- there will be a “report” button for users to click if they find content in a level to be inappropriate content-wise
- Nintendo will review the report and make a decision after that process

Thanks to nn64 for the heads up!

LEGO Dimensions - more portal and gameplay details

- customize the physical portal with Legos if you want
- portal allows up to seven figures and objects at once
- portal is divided into three sections
- sections don’t matter at first
- when the Wicked Witch stuns characters with a spell, you have to physically move them on the portal to free them
- characters placed on the right color on the portal can be transported to a corresponding colored wormhole in the game
- portal will grow/fade green color as you're hunting down secret items
- the stronger the green glow, the closer you are to the secret
- portal allows use of characters and vehicles.
- vehicles can be rebuilt into three different styles
- you have the ability to recode vehicle chips so it appears that way in the game
- the piece that contains the RFID chip pops right off if you want to use it somewhere else
- levels on display at E3 were Oz, Scooby-Doo and Portal 2
- Batman wants to arrest Dorothy’s Scarecrow in a case of mistaken identity
- GLaDOS promises a naïve Gandalf cake
- Scooby-Doo’s Fred doesn’t understand why it’s weird his aunt lives in the scariest looking house on the block
- Scooby-Doo’s world has a different type of shading and texture to it to match the old 60’s cartoons
- other worlds include Back to the Future, The Simpsons, Doctor Who, Lego Chima, and mor
- game comes with the portal, the Batmobile, Gandalf, Batman, and Wildstyle

Wii U, 3DS eShop charts, video additions - July 2nd, 2015

Wii U

Software

1. Splatoon
2. EarthBound Beginnings
3. Cube Life: Island Survival
4. Super Mario World
5. EarthBound
6. Super Mario 64
7. Paper Mario
8. Mario Party 10
9. Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
10. Zelda: The Minish Cap
11. Super Mario Bros. 3
12. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
13. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
14. Super Metroid
15. LEGO Jurassic World
16. Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
17. Donkey Kong 64
18. Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3
19. Golden Sun
20. Super Mario Bros.

Videos

1. Super Mario Maker – E3 2015 Trailer
2. Star Fox Zero – E3 2015 Trailer
3. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS Here Comes a New Challenger
4. Yoshi’s Woolly World E3 2015 Trailer
5. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS New Content 6/14/15
6. Splatoon Direct 5/7/15
7. Cube Life: Island Survival Trailer
8. Skylanders SuperChargers E3 Trailer
9. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS Roy Seals the Deal
10. EarthBound Beginnings Trailer
11. LEGO Jurassic World Launch Trailer
12. Splatoon amiibo Trailer
13. Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games E3 2015 Video
14. Play Nintendo Introduction Video
15. Never Alone Trailer
16. Xenoblade Chronicles X E3 2015 Trailer
17. Zelda: Tri Force Heroes E3 2015 Trailer
18. Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash E3 2015 Trailer
19. Art Academy: Home Studio Launch Trailer
20. Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival E3 2015 Trailer

3DS

Software

1. Smash Controller
2. 3D Sonic the Hedgehog
3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
4. Mario Kart 7
5. Fire Emblem: Awakening
6. Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX
7. Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
8. Super Mario Bros. 3
9. Zelda: Oracle of Ages
10. Super Mario 3D Land
11. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
12. Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure
13. The Legend of Zelda
14. Gunman Clive
15. Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
16. 3D Streets of Rage
17. Star Fox 64 3D
18. Fantasy Life
19. Kid Icarus: Uprising
20. Super Mario Bros.

Videos

1. Zelda: Tri Force Heroes E3 2015 Trailer
2. Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon E3 2015 Trailer
3. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS Here Comes a New Challenger
4. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam E3 2015 Trailer
5. Stretchmo Trailer
6. Hyrule Warriors Legends E3 2015 Trailer
7. Super Mario Maker – E3 2015 Trailer
8. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer E3 2015 Trailer
9. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS New Content 6/14/15
10. Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games E3 2015 Video
11. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS Roy Seals the Deal
12. Fire Emblem Fates E3 2015 Trailer
13. Metroid Prime: Federation Force E3 2015 Trailer
14. LEGO Jurassic World Launch Trailer
15. Star Fox Zero E3 2015 Trailer
16. Nintendo Digital Event – E3 2015
17. Yoshi’s Woolly World E3 2015 Trailer
18. Skylanders SuperChargers E3 2015 Trailer
19. Kirby: Right Back At Ya! Volume 1
20. Splatoon Direct 5/7/15

Video additions

Wii U

Splatoon – Splatfest Incoming
Nintendo Minute – E3 Vlog
Roving Rogue Trailer
KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker Trailer
Quadcopter Pilot Challenger Trailer
Art Academy: Home Studio Launch Trailer

3DS

Splatoon – Splatfest Incoming
Nintendo Minute – E3 Vlog
Art Academy: Home Studio Launch Trailer

The Legend of Zelda manga series getting new entry this year

Well here's a bit of exciting news for manga fans. Akira Himekawa’s The Legend of Zelda manga series will be getting a new entry in 2015. We don't know any other details about the project, but the announcement alone is enough to get fans cheering. We'll be sure to update you with more info when it comes out.

Modders get GameCube games running on Nvidia’s Shield TV

While Nintendo is looking to the future with their hardware, modders are looking to the past. Work continues on GameCube emulation, and a major hurdle has been jumped. As you see above, modders got GameCube games running on the Nvidia Shield TV, which runs Android. Obviously we're not here to promote emulation by any means, but the technical aspects of pulling this off are pretty interesting.

Hyperkin releasing ProCube controller for Wii U

- works with all Pro controller games
- wireless without dongle
- the controllers pictured above are in the prototype stage
- will be at EVO 2015
- if the reaction is good, Hyperkin will move into production
- wired version will be considered
- player feedback at EVO 2015 will be considered
- looking at $30-$40 for price

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Best Price! Edition - boxart

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Best Price! Edition is due out on July 30th. You can grab the retail version for 3490 yen, and the download version for 3,231 yen.