North American Club Nintendo offers downloadable games for 2014 Elite Status members

Club Nintendo Rewards 2014

Did you spend enough money and take enough surveys to reach “Gold” or even “Platinum” Elite Status for the 2014 Club Nintendo year? Congratulations! In appreciation of your loyalty, Nintendo has finally announced your reward gift options, and they all allow Nintendo to eliminate their shipping fees!

That’s right, no physical gifts this year. You’ll be able to choose a download code for any one of the eShop and/or Virtual Console titles listed after the break. To be fair, the Elite Status gifts are still a nice gesture, no matter the offer. That being said, one has to wonder if anyone fan enough to reach Club Nintendo’s Elite Status is really still aching to obtain the original Super Mario Bros. It just seems like less of an incentive to keep taking surveys, compared to Mario hats and Majora’s Mask soundtracks.

Eight choices for Gold members, sixteen for Platinum. Wondering what they are?

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Lucina, Robin, and Captain Falcon make a Smashing entrance

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As promised by Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai, a newcomer to the Smash Universe was revealed this morning at 7:00am PDT (or 9am for all us cool kids). As a pleasant surprise, we ended up with more than one newcomer, as well as confirmation of a returning Smash veteran.

Fire Emblem: Awakening‘s Lucina and Robin (the latter also known in FE circles as “MU/MyUnit” or “Avatar”) are seen battling Captain Falcon in the reveal trailer. Lucina, current wielder of the Falchion blade, possesses a similar moveset to other sword wielders in the game. Robin, skilled with swords and tomes, is seen using a Levin Sword, Bronze Sword, and the tomes Thunder, Elthunder, Arcthunder, Thoron, Arcfire, Elwind, and Nosferatu. I imagine the tomes will either be in a rotation, or part of the customizable moveset options, but it should be noted that Nosferatu is seen in the trailer as a health-replenishing move. Robin’s Final Smash involves a Dual Strike with Chrom, the latter with a critical hit animation. You can also play as Female Robin.

You can view the full reveal trailer after the break. If you have no idea who these characters are, we suggest you pick up Fire Emblem: Awakening for your Nintendo 3DS library before Super Smash Bros. joins it in October.

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Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions orchestral concert tour announced

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The Pokémon Company and Princeton Entertainment have just announced Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions, a live orchestral concert tour featuring an 80+ piece orchestra, 80+ minutes of arranged Pokémon music spanning the series’s nearly 20-year history and honoring the work of series composer and game director Junichi Masuda.

The project reunites Jeron Moore and Chad Seiter, whose recent collaboration brought us The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.

Coinciding with the 2014 Pokémon World Championships in Washington, D.C. on August 16th and 17th, the world premiere of Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions will take place on Friday, August 15th, at Washington’s Warner Theater. The concert will then head to Philadelphia’s Mann Center for a performance on September 19th, with additional dates to be announced soon.

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E3 2014 – Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U box arts revealed; titles unchanged

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If you’re like me, you’ve been thinking, “Man, Nintendo is taking its sweet time in revealing the real titles for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games…” Surely “For Nintendo 3DS” and “For Wii U” are merely placeholders, right?

Not if the box art is to be believed! Nintendo has revealed box art for both versions, each sporting the “For Nintendo 3DS” or “For Wii U” moniker that may seem incredibly redundant, given the requirement that box art for every software title on every system already feature the systems’ respective names and logos.

You can see the full box art for both titles after the break. What are your thoughts? Do you not care if the games have “proper” subtitles? Or are you still clinging to hope that the titles will change before October? Would something like simply Super Smash Bros. U and Super Smash Bros. 3D be better than nothing?

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E3 2014 – Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire coming Nov. 21, “Primal Reversion” introduced

TownIllustrationA4_350_05_Dcombined - Copy If you’re looking to catch ‘em all (yet again), November 21st is the date you need to circle on your calendar. That’s when Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will be launched for the Nintendo 3DS. The Hoenn remakes have been confirmed to feature “Primal Groudon” and “Primal Kyogre” as new transformations of the two legendary beings. When Kyogre and Groudon reclaim their original power from nature’s energy, they undergo “Primal Reversion” and command a power even greater than what they already have. This power, along with any connection it may or may not have with Mega Evolutions, has yet to be studied. Check out the gallery below for screens and artwork, and check past that for the full press release.

E3 2014 – Yoshi’s Woolly World trailer

Check out the new trailer for Yoshi’s Woolly World, coming to Wii U in 2015!

E3 2014 – Nintendo Digital Event

It’s time for Nintendo to bring their A-game. Or games, plural. Watch with us as the Nintendo Digital Event begins at 12pm EDT/9am PDT!

E3 2014: Rise of the Tomb Raider trailer

Check out the announcement trailer for Lara Croft’s latest outing, Rise of the Tomb Raider, above. The new game, announced at Tuesday’s Xbox E3 Media Briefing, is scheduled for release during Holiday 2015, at which point some of you will probably be raiding your local retailers.

E3 2014: Dance Central Spotlight coming exclusively via digital

Can’t get enough Dance Central? Harmonix has announced that Dance Central Spotlight will be coming to Kinect in September, exclusively through download. Watch the trailer above!

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire remakes coming in November

HOENN CONFIRMED.

That’s what you’ll probably see flooding every Pokémon-related message board on the Internet today. Nintendo and the Pokémon Company International have announced Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will be launching worldwide for the Nintendo 3DS this November.

The “remakes” of the Game Boy Advance entries into the series will take trainers on a new adventure through the Hoenn region.

What do you think? Are you excited to revisit Hoenn? Do you think those are Mega Evolutions for Groudon and Kyogre on the covers? Will the (presumably) 3D perspective make the surfing and diving more tolerable?