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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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Harebrained goes to Kickstarter to expand Shadowrun: Hong Kong

Harebrained goes to Kickstarter to expand Shadowrun: Hong Kong

If you haven't had your fill yet of cyberpunk computer games, particularly from the Shadowrun setting, then it's time to do a happy dance. Harebrained Schemes has once again taken to everyone's favorite crowdfunding platform to help extend its next game's scope. Taking place in a magically awakened Hong Kong of 2056, Shadowrun: Hong Kong is the third Shadowrun-based computer game from the developer and its second to hit Kickstarter. And despite some negative feedback, it seems that this will be a funding success as well.

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Us2Games breaks down Monument Valley by the numbers

Us2Games breaks down Monument Valley by the numbers

Monument Valley stole the hearts and minds of many in 2014, and with good reason. the fluid gameplay and solid graphics lent way to a delightful storyline that made you want to play. Though the game has little replay value, it’s been valuable. The development team behind Monument Valley, Us2Games, have released a breakdown of their year. As you can see below, it was a monumental year for Us2Games. It’s also a good look at how much manpower and time go into great apps and games.

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App Store now has sub-section just for kids’ games

App Store now has sub-section just for kids’ games

To better serve both parents and kids who want to find games in the App Store, Apple in now talking up their sub-category under the ‘Kids’ section. ‘Games for Kids’ features content for youngsters under 11, which is broken out further into age groups under that threshold. There are games for kids 5 and under, 6-8, and older kids aged 9-11. The sub-section for gaming also includes a free book aimed at familiarizing parents with content for kids, and outlines best practices for using those apps together.

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Snail Games shows off Obox, W3D gaming devices at CES 2015

Snail Games shows off Obox, W3D gaming devices at CES 2015

Pinching a bit of naming energy from the console kingpin, Obox has their Android gaming box on display at CES this week. Released by Snail Games, the Obox has some pretty devastating specs for an Android gaming device, and their controller is nothing to scoff at. With a top-end Tegra K1, you know the Obox can handle any game you toss at it. Snail Games is also rolling out their W3D gaming smartphone; a fresh take on mobile gaming for Android fans.

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Sims 4 to get “Game Pack” in January

Sims 4 to get “Game Pack” in January

The folks behind The Sims 4 have a treat for gamers, and it has been dubbed a "Game Pack". There will be more than one Game Pack in the future, and the first one -- called Outdoor Retreat -- will arrive some time next month. Sound fun? Likely. Details on what exactly the Game Pack is are less clear, however, with it behind said the content will follow in the tradition set by Stuff Packs, which long-standing Sims fans should be familiar with.

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Lambda Wars turns Half-Life 2 from FPS to RTS

Lambda Wars turns Half-Life 2 from FPS to RTS

Gamers are a fascinating bunch and more especially so the hardcore ones with a bit of programming and design skills in their utility belt. Give them a game they're not satisfied with or a game that inspires the imagination and they will churn out a mod or a patch in days, weeks, months, or even years. Take for example this new Lambda Wars game in beta, an innocent sounding "multiplayer Source Engine modification" that lets you play Half-Life 2 Alien Swarm from a literally different perspective. A third person RTS perspective.

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Blizzard’s Hearthstone expands, Android coming soon

Blizzard’s Hearthstone expands, Android coming soon

Barely a year since it launched in March, Blizzard is releasing its first expansion for its unexpected digital card collecting game (CCG) Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. As with any card game expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes adds new decks, new cards, and new strategies to the game. It also adds a new story, as much as you can have stories in these kinds of games. As the title too obviously points out, it is pretty much a feud between goblins and gnomes, both of whom have a different to the word "fun" in mind.

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Mario Maker lets you change the game on the fly

Mario Maker lets you change the game on the fly

Almost every game developer, at one point in their early lives, tried recreating the classic Mario game in one form or another. Last June, Nintendo made a surprise move by revealing Mario Maker, a Wii U exclusive that actually let you do exactly that, no programming required. At the Game Awards over the weekend, Nintendo stepped it up a notch and wowed would be game designers and gamers alike with a new trailer that shows the full power of Mario Maker's interface, letting you change Mario's world even as you play.

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