New Free Games Now Available On My Nintendo

As it periodically does, Nintendo is offering a new selection of full game downloads on its My Nintendo rewards program. Members can redeem their Gold points for a handful of acclaimed indie games on 3DS and Wii U, effectively giving you the chance to download the games for free.

Four new games are up for grabs for the two consoles. On the 3DS side, My Nintendo members can get the platformer/racing game Runbow Pocket for 110 Gold points; the arcadey beat-’em-up Noitu Love: Devolution for 80 Gold points; and the stylish dungeon crawler Severed for 110 Gold points. Wii U owners, meanwhile, can download the Sonic-like platformer Freedom Planet for 110 Gold points.

All four games will be available on My Nintendo until September 26, giving you plenty of time to save up if you don’t have enough Gold points in your account. Full game downloads are still a fairly rare sight on the program; only a small selection of full games have been offered on My Nintendo, all of which have been for Wii U and 3DS. The most recent batch arrived back in March and included Woah Dave, Mighty Switch Force 2, and Fast Racing Neo.

In addition to the above titles, Nintendo recently added a new selection of 3DS and Wii U game discounts to the My Nintendo rewards catalog. For a limited time, members can redeem points for discounts on a variety of recent and classic Mario games for both platforms, including 30% off of Super Mario Maker for Wii U (130 Gold points), 40% off of Mario Kart 7 (90 Gold points), and 40% off of Super Mario World (240 Platinum points). You can see the full list of rewards on the My Nintendo website.

My Nintendo members can earn points by purchasing software on 3DS, Wii U, and Nintendo Switch. While there are no specific discounts for Switch games, Nintendo recently updated the program earlier this year to give Switch owners the ability to purchase certain games with their My Nintendo points. Members now have the option to use their Gold points toward select Switch games when purchasing them either from the Eshop or Nintendo’s website. You can read more about how this process works on My Nintendo.

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Author: GameSpot

You Can Now Subscribe To Nintendo Switch’s Paid Online Service

Nintendo’s premium online service for Switch is slated to begin this September. While Nintendo has said it will reveal further details about the service ahead of its launch, those who are already planning on subscribing now have the ability to purchase a membership online.

As pointed out by Wario64, subscriptions for the Nintendo Switch Online service are now available for pre-order from Amazon. The online retailer doesn’t list what date the service is scheduled to begin, but the memberships are available in two tiers–12 months or three months–and will be delivered via a download code once the service launches. You can order the 12-month subscription for $20 and the 3-month subscription for $8.

In addition to those tiers, Nintendo will offer a one-month subscription to the Switch Online service for $4, although that doesn’t appear to be available for pre-order yet. Switch owners will also have the option to subscribe to a family plan, which allows up to eight different Nintendo Account holders to share the same membership, even across different consoles. The family plan will be available for an annual fee of $35.

Following the launch of the Switch Online service, Switch owners will be required to have a subscription in order to play most multiplayer games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, and the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online. Additionally, the service will offer subscribers cloud saves for Switch games, as well as access to a library of classic NES titles with added online play.

The Nintendo Switch Online service was originally scheduled to begin in late 2017 before being delayed into this year. In addition to Amazon, Switch owners will be able to purchase subscriptions directly through the Nintendo Eshop or at other retailers. The service will also only apply to Switch; online play for 3DS and Wii U titles will remain free. You can read more about the service on Nintendo’s official website.

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Author: GameSpot

GTA Online After Hours Guide

Writing “After Hours brings so much to the table that diving into it might be a tad intimidating at first – we’re here to make it more welcoming.” GTA BOOM has prepared a guide covering every aspect of the newest GTA Online DLC.

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Author: N4G

NEXT Update – No Man’s Sky Patch Notes and Details

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NEXT introduces a full multiplayer experience, near-unlimited base building, command of freighter armadas, a graphical overhaul and more. This update marks the two year anniversary of No Mans Sky, and a lot has changed. Please see Atlas Rises, Pathfinder and Foundation for previous major updates.

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Author: N4G

PUBG and the Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs

January of this year saw PUBG Corps eponymous battle royale shooter achieve its highest player count ever, hitting over 3.2 million concurrent playersmore players in a single game at the same time than any game ever on Steam. Six months later, PUBG has lost nearly 60% of its player base, now sitting at around 1.2 million concurrent players. So what happened? Sure, we can blame the unfathomable success of Fortnite for some of the diversion of players, but the mass exodus of established, financially invested players in such a short amount of time tells us less about how PUBG Corp failed to hold onto their players, and more about how they drove them away. This was the game that couldnt stop, amassing over 50 million purchases on Steam alone, and continued to grow in popularity throughout 2017. This was the goose that laid the golden eggsuntil they killed it.

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Author: N4G