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Humble’s new subscription service envisioned as a book club for games

The folks who run Humble Bundle have launched a new $ 12/month subscription service, Humble Monthly, that delivers a fresh handful of mystery games to subscribers on the first Friday of every month. …

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Last Call: June Xbox Live Games With Gold And Club Nintendo

Today is the final day of the first half of 2015. It’s also your last chance to get Xbox Live Games with Gold games and spend your Club Nintendo coins.

For Xbox One users, you can grab Pool Nation FX (really, this is your last chance) and Massive Chalice. Xbox 360 owners can nab Thief. For next month’s games, check out our previous coverage.

This is also the swan song for Club Nintendo. The loyalty program has been phased out in stages throughout the first half of the year. Today is your final chance to spend any leftover coins on games for Wii, Wii U, and 3DS. You can check out the full catalog on the official website. – The Feed

New Reasons To Play The Golf Club

The Golf Club came out last fall as a downloadable title, and its disc-based, retail copy is now available. Apart from the usual plastic box and disc, it's a Collector's Edition featuring an exclusive digital book, all the updates to the game so far, and the new multi-tour Seasons play.

The big new addition – Seasons mode – features five tours of increasing difficulty (beginner, amateur, pro-am, pro, and elite) to give the game more of an overall sense of progression apart from the detailed course creation options and online play. I played through the five-course beginner season and some of the amateur season on the PS4; winning a trophy for my efforts. While it won't sate those looking for a full-on career mode, it offers just enough of a framework to differentiate itself.

The tour courses, holes, and rounds vary at each stage. What makes it slightly different from playing a normal tour is that not only is your competition A.I. instead of real players (although you still see the live ball flights), but the trophies you win are part of the mode's gated progression to the next stage. It's not much, but I liked duking it out with the same group of A.I. golfers and seeing who else made the jump up to the next tier. I wish I could earn outfits or course-creation objects along the way as well, so I'm interested how developer HB Studios builds on this new mode going forward.

For those who don't buy the Collector's Edition, you can still purchase seasons mode as DLC, which will be made available in mid-May for $ 10.

Seasons mode isn't all that's in the package, however. It also includes the game's free updates up to this point, including the handicap system – which is a nice way to judge yourself against the competition.

Also included is the tropical theme. This is currently new for the Collector's Edition, but if you haven't played the downloadable version, you're also getting the countryside and boreal themes, which were part of the game's post-launch updates. These also enabled various bug fixes and tweaks.

Finally, the Collector's Edition includes a 30-page e-book featuring detailed information and golfer recollections about one of the world's most famous courses – The Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland.

If you don't already own The Golf Club, I heartily recommend picking up this version (check out my review of the original downloadable title). If you already bought the downloadable version, I think the standalone Seasons mode DLC (including the tropical and delta themes) is worth it with the knowledge that HB Studios will support the mode in the future. Seasons will get free updates down the road, so this is just the beginning.

Currently, HB Studios is already talking about drop balls, a profile screen for other players, cart paths, and more in future free updates. Additional themes will be both free and paid-DLC.

The Golf Club Collector's Edition is now available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC for $ 39.99. – The Feed

Report: Layoffs strike Disney’s Club Penguin

Disney Interactive has reportedly laid off a number of people who work on its decade-old MMO game/world Club Penguin this week across offices in Los Angeles, England and Canada. …

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PSA: Tomorrow Is The Last Day To Earn Club Nintendo Coins

If you've got unregistered games or incomplete quizzes, tomorrow is the last day to earn some Club Nintendo coins for them. It will not, however, be the last day to redeem the coins for Nintendo goodies.

Other upcoming Club Nintendo closure milestones include May 1 being the last members can earn Elite status, which entitles them to special exclusive gifts. Finally, the last day to redeem your coins is June 30. After than day, your bank of coins will be deleted and Club Nintendo will be bulldozed to begin construction on whatever Nintendo has planned next.

If you're unsure what to use all your Club Nintendo coins for, Brian Shea put together a handy list of all the games available through the service in its twilight hours, which you can see here.

You can head here to take your final quizzes and redeem your final codes.

[Via: Polygon]


Our Take
Club Nintendo was great while it lasted. I got Virtual Console games like Super Mario RPG, Super Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask for free all because I had bought other Nintendo games. I am disappointed to see it go, but Nintendo has done a good job of offering some worthwhile titles right at the end. I'm curious to see what Nintendo has planned for the Club's follow-up. – The Feed

The Golf Club Adds Season Mode With Collector’s Edition

Developer HB Studios keeps adding to The Golf Club, and this time it's including a multi-year Season mode as part of a Collector's Edition.

Maximum Games is putting out the Collector's Edition on April 28 for $ 39.99, which is the first boxed version of the already-released PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One title. The Collector's Edition also includes all of the game's free updates to date, and for a period of a few weeks, will be gamers' only chance to play the new seasons mode. After the exclusivity window, the mode will be available as paid DLC. Producer Anthony Kyne told us he expects the DLC to cost around $ 10.

Season mode allows you to move up the ranks through five different tours of tournaments, from a relatively short local season through the amateur, pro am, pro, and elite ranks. Along the way you'll play against 48 A.I. players – some of whom will progress and continue to challenge you as you move from tier to tier.

The Season mode contains HB Studios-made courses, and Kyne told us that the developer hopes to make improvements to the mode over time for free. He said one feature currently being discussed is for users to be able to create and share their own seasons.

The Collector's Edition also includes a collectible e-book. Details about its contents are scarce at the moment, but it will contain a look at the sport from industry experts. More info on the e-book will come as the game's release date nears.

For more on The Golf Club check out my review, as well as our discussion with Kyne about the future of the game and more.

[Source:HB Studios]


Our Take
This is a welcome addition to the base game, which needed some kind of overarching progression system. Given how HB Studios' is eschewing the typical approach of yearly iterations, it will be interesting to see how the game and its paid components price out against a new $ 60 game as time goes on. – The Feed

Check Your Mail, Because Club Nintendo Smash Bros. Soundtracks Are Arriving

If you purchased both the Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros., we hope you registered them with Club Nintendo. If you did, you’ll be receiving something in the mail soon.

The two-disc “Smashing Soundtrack” includes 36 tracks from each of the versions. While game manuals might be a fading memory, the jewel case includes a slick, minimalist track list with brief liner notes from series director Masahiro Sakurai.

“This project weaves together much of Nintendo’s musical history with the works of many veteran composers and musical arrangers, and I think you will find a great deal of value in it,” he writes. Given that there are 72 tracks and it was entirely free, we tend to agree. – The Feed

Road to the IGF: Yacht Club Games’ Shovel Knight

An interview with Shovel Knight composer Jake “Virt” Kaufman about both the technical aspects of the IGF Excellence in Audio finalist soundtrack’s creation, as well as its inspirations. …

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Editor’s Choice: Best Of Club Nintendo’s Final Games

The announcement that Club Nintendo is closing in July of this year was met with much chagrin. While the death of such a unique loyalty program is lamentable, Nintendo promised to make the Club go out with a bang.

With just a few months left in its life, Club Nintendo made the final reward offerings live this week, giving Nintendo fans plenty to spend their hard earned coins on. The final round of physical rewards includes a slew of Zelda-themed items including a Majora’s Mask messenger bag, a Fierce Deity Link jigsaw puzzle, and a Zelda 3DS XL pouch, plus a Retro Mario shirt, a desktop calendar, and several different sets of posters.

The most impressive section of the Club Nintendo rewards page, however, is the robust list of games offered. For as little as 150 coins, Club Nintendo members can choose from a list of over 100 nostalgic classics and recent hits to add to their collection.

With so many games to choose from – and the Club Nintendo website finally starting to stabilize – we went through the list of available games to tell you our favorites. Check out the games we think are most worth your coins and begin scrounging through your Nintendo collection to find any unused Club Nintendo codes.

On the second page, we dig into some of the biggest, most classic games of all-time. – The Feed

Club Nintendo closing, ‘new loyalty program’ on the way

‘Club Nintendo is dead, long live the new loyalty program,’ is the message from Nintendo this morning, after the company announced it’s closing its current rewards service. Users in the US and Canada have until the end March to earn Club Nintendo Coi…
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