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Nintendo demanding complete loyalty from gaming YouTubers

Nintendo demanding complete loyalty from gaming YouTubers

It was supposed to be a sign of Nintendo embracing gamers and YouTube reviewers, but the new Creators Program has become mired in controversy after terms tweaks demanded complete devotion to the company's titles. Announced at the end of January, the Nintendo Creators Program was, if viewed generously, a compromise by the Japanese firm: rather than issuing take-down notices to YouTubers using in-game footage in their monetized videos, Nintendo would instead share the bounty. Some sifting through the conditions, however, suggested that Nintendo was at best myopic, and at worst aggressively controlling, and subsequent adjustments to the language have seen things go even further downhill.

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Amiibo Gold and Silver edition Mario starts new wave

Amiibo Gold and Silver edition Mario starts new wave

Two new editions of the first wave of Nintendo Amiibo figurines have appeared: Mario Gold Edition and Mario Silver Edition. While no details have been shared by Nintendo officially, both editions were found on Nintendo's webpage - so they're on their way! Both editions are very likely set to function the same as their predecessors, tapping in to functionality with the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS for cross-platform play. And don't expect the Gold and Silver re-paints to stop here, either.

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Play Bayonetta for free, in your browser and in 16-bit 2D

Play Bayonetta for free, in your browser and in 16-bit 2D

Wouldn't it be grand if you could play your favorite gaming title for free and available anywhere you are? Bayonetta developers Platinum Games might be yielding to that desire with the launch of a new game from the Bayonetta franchise. But there are a few catches. First, it's only really a mini-game that you can probably finish in a few minutes or so. Second, you can indeed play it anywhere, but only inside a browser. And third, you'll have to stomach the fact it is a 16-bit 2D "side-scrolling" game.

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Nintendo issues “Creators Program” control over YouTube content

Nintendo issues “Creators Program” control over YouTube content

Instead of just issuing takedown notices to those gamers that hoped to share Nintendo content on YouTube, the company has decided to launch a "Creators Program" this week. Instead of aiming to take down all content or take control of all revenue, Nintendo has started a program which aims to share revenue. This program requires that content sharers register with Nintendo and report every video they share - or they can share their entire channel if it's entirely Nintendo-based. Then there's a 3-day wait period.

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Best Buy cancels some Majora’s Mask 3DS pre-orders

Best Buy cancels some Majora’s Mask 3DS pre-orders

Earlier this month, Nintendo confirmed previous rumors that the new 3DS would be arriving for buyers in the United States next month, and ahead of that launch date pre-orders went up through various retailers. Among the pre-order options is a limited edition Majora's Mask version, something that was being offered by Best Buy, among other places. The February 13 release date is growing ever closer, but for some consumers it won't be quite as happy of an occasion as they anticipated.

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Nintendo announces discontinuation of Club Nintendo loyalty program

Nintendo announces discontinuation of Club Nintendo loyalty program

Nintendo has had loyalty programs of one sort or another for over a decade now for fans of the games the company offers. The first loyalty programs were VIP 24:7 and Club Member, which started in May of 2002. In December 2007, Nintendo combined those two programs into Club Nintendo. Nintendo has announced that it is working to create a new loyalty club for fans that will launch later this year.

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Super Mario Advance gets AI and can play itself

Super Mario Advance gets AI and can play itself

Of all the games that Nintendo has produced over the years, the most popular is probably the Mario franchise. There are several games in this franchise including the old school Super Mario Advance game. Researchers from the University of Tubingen in Germany have given Mario in the game AI that allows him to play the game by himself according to how he is feeling.

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Nintendo’s amiibo sales neared 2.6 million last year

Nintendo’s amiibo sales neared 2.6 million last year

Some found Nintendo's amiibos to be an oddity when they were announced, but high demand soon followed and the small figurines garnered quite a bit of attention as a result. Collectors have swooped in to buy up the more rare amiibos, for example, and rumor that some would be discontinued caused a mini revolt across the Internet. Fast-forward and 2014 has officially reached its ends, and now that the new year is underway we've gotten a look at numbers showing just how popular Nintendo's small characters are.

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Is the smaller New Nintendo 3DS coming to the US?

Is the smaller New Nintendo 3DS coming to the US?

The New Nintendo 3DS was dangled before fans' eyes but kept beyond reach for a while, later surfacing in a leak earlier this week and, finally, being officially announced for the US market. Only, there was an unexpected oddity. Those who watched Nintendo Direct yesterday morning and kept tabs on the announcements would have noticed that only the New 3DS XL, the larger of the two units, was promised to be arriving next month for US buyers. Nintendo is being vague about why.

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New Nintendo 3DS XL confirmed for US on Feb 13

New Nintendo 3DS XL confirmed for US on Feb 13

Yesterday a flier surfaced indicating that the New 3DS will be arriving in North America on February 13. The leak was just ahead of the Nintendo Direct session held this morning, and during it the company confirmed that the rumor was true, giving some additional details about what its North American fans can expect. Interestingly enough, it looks like only the New 3DS XL -- the larger of the two -- will be launching in the US, with the regular-size version being conspicuously absent.

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