Club Nintendo is Shutting Down

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From the official notice:

In order to focus on planning for a new customer loyalty program for our fans, we’ve decided to wind-down the Club Nintendo program. We are deeply thankful to our members for being a part of Club Nintendo for all of these years.

We will share details about our new program at a later date. For now, please see the schedule below for information on the discontinuation timeframe for Club Nintendo.


If you've been saving up your coins for a good reward, make sure you spend them before Club Nintendo is officially gone on July 1, 2015.  New items will be added to the rewards catalog in February, and members who reach elite status for the year will still be able to choose elite gifts in April.  Every member of Club Nintendo will receive a free download code for Flipnote Studio 3D in February. 

The Father of Video Games Has Passed Away

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Ralph H Baer, the inventor of the Magnavox Odyssey, has passed away at the age of 92.

His invention was the first home video game console, and he's oft considered the inventor of video games. Baer is also the inventor of the first light gun for video games, called The Shooting Gallery. You can also thank him for that electronic, wickedly frustrating memory game, Simon.

Without Baer, you certainly wouldn't be complaining about whether or not your next-gen console is next-gen enough, so think of him the next time you turn yours on. Check out the video above to watch an interview he did with PBS about his work.

Giant Bomb Co-Founder Ryan Davis Passes Away at 34

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Giant Bomb put out a statement this morning that Ryan Davis died on July 3.

Obviously we're all stunned over here. Ryan was a good friend to all of us. It's odd to remember that, for someone who could be so acerbic at times, and despite knowing him for almost a decade, I honestly don't recall ever actually being mad at him. He had an unconventional type of kindness that expressed itself more strongly the longer one knew him, and despite his teasing nature, he always managed to make his close friends feel loved when his attention turned towards you.

Many of you know that Ryan was recently married. In the face of this awfulness, many of us will at least always remember him as we last saw him: outrageously, uproariously happy, looking forward to his next adventure with the biggest grin his face could hold.

RIP Ryan Davis

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