Euro News Round-Up: Week Ending 18/02
The BAFTA nominees are in, and it looks like it could be a good year for Nintendo, with no less than 6 nominations for 3 of the biggest games released last year. Elsewhere, Bit.Trip is en route a week earlier, and Wario Land is now available to download in the eShop.
Skyward Sword nominated in BAFTAs
While America have the VGAs, the biggest and easily the most important award from a European gaming stance are the Video Game BAFTAs, and this year Nintendo are looking to win big. Mass Effect 2 was the Game of the Year winner last year with Nintendo being sorely neglected throughout, but this year they’re aiming for not one, but six different awards. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword leads Nintendo’s charge with 3 nominations; Game of the Year, the fan voted GAME Award and Gaming Innovation. While Skyward Sword is easily my game of the year, it is up against tough opposition with Portal 2 and Skyrim also nominated.
Elsewhere, Super Mario 3D Land is up for awards in the Design and Handheld Game categories, while Mario Kart 7 picks up a nomination in the Family category. Another notable non-Nintendo nomination is Rayman Origins, which is vying for Artistic Achievement. The BAFTAs take place next month and will be broadcast live online.
Bit.Trip a week earlier
It’s taken a while, but Bit.Trip SAGA and COMPLETE are on their way to Europe thanks to Rising Star Games, and now they’ve been brought forward. The games will now release on 3DS and Wii on March 16th, a week earlier than advertised.
This Week’s Downloads
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 – 3DS VC (GB) – £3.60
Successfully Learning Mathematics: Year 4 – DSiWare – 500 Points
GO Series: Undead Storm – DSiWare – 200 Points
3DS, Wii & DS Sales Charts
1. Mario Kart 7
2. Super Mario 3D Land
3. Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
4. Resident Evil Revelations
5. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever
6. Sonic Generations
7. Super Pokemon Rumble Tales Of The Abyss
8. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D
9. One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP
10. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
1. Just Dance 3
2. Zumba Fitness
3. Zumba Fitness 2
4. Mario & Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
5. Skylanders: Spyro’s Revenge
6. Mario Kart Wii
7. Wii Party
8. FIFA 12
9. The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword
10. New Super Mario Bros Wii
1. Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo
2. Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call
3. Cars 2
4. New Super Mario Bros.
5. Mario Kart DS
6. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
7. Mario Vs Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem
8. 1001 Touch Games
9. LEGO Ninjago
10. Art Academy
Head over to the eShop right now to download a demo for the up-coming Metal Gear Solid 3D, two weeks before the game is released. While you’re in the eShop be sure to download Four Swords – the free release of the game ends tomorrow.