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Euro News Round-Up: Week Ending 16/06

June 17, 2012 2 comments

Euro News Round-Up

We’re still recovering from E3, so as expected very little is happening right now. So in the meantime, why not amuse yourselves with a couple of download titles or check out a top ten game, both of which are provided below (minus the buying part, you have to do that).

This Week’s Downloads

Sonic Blast – 3DS VC (Game Gear) – £4.50

Art of Ink – DSiWare – 800 Points

3DS & Wii Charts

A good entry for Rayman Origins 3DS

3DS Chart
1. Mario Tennis Open
2. Super Mario 3D Land
3. Mario Kart 7
4. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
5. Kid Icarus: Uprising
6. Sonic Generations
7. Rayman Origins
8. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever
9. FIFA 12
10. Rayman 3D

Wii Chart
1. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
2. Mario Kart Wii
3. Mario Party 9
4. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
5. Zumba Fitness
6. Zumba Fitness 2
7. Wii Party
8. FIFA 12
9. New Super Mario Bros Wii
10. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

And finally…

Nintendo are attempting to find Britain’s Fastest Family by hosting a Mario Kart 7 tournament this August in certain HMV stores nationwide. If you think your family has what it takes, be sure to enter!

Is The Wii Dead?

June 15, 2012 5 comments

Notes from the Mushroom Kingdom

Wii U is big news. It’s such big news that Nintendo’s E3 Press Conference this year was set aside entirely to discuss Nintendo’s next step in the home console market; with even the resurgent 3DS cast aside to a smaller conference to make room for the new console juggernaut. Post-conference, the Wii U emphasis remained, and while everyone was getting excited about Nintendo’s new venture, one console went almost entirely unnoticed – the Wii.

While it was unsurprising Nintendo decided to focus fully on Wii U this year, what is more surprising is that literally nothing was on show at E3 for the current Nintendo platform, a platform that at the very least has another four months of life in it. So what has happened to Wii? Does this mean it now joins the list of dead home consoles? Read more…

Euro News Round-Up: Week Ending 09/06

June 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Euro News Round-Up

Someone forgot to give Nintendo of Europe the memo that E3 was this week, so we have absolutely no Euro specific news. Which is probably for the best, as there was a lot of news to cover this past week. Nonetheless, they did remember to update the eShop, so be sure to check out the new Heroes of Ruin demo!

This Week’s Downloads

Heroes of Ruin Demo – 3DS eShop – Free

3D Solitaire – 3DS eShop – £2.70

Tumble Pop – 3DS VC (GB) – £2.70

Devil Band – Rock the Underworld – DSiWare – 500 Points

3DS & Wii Charts

Second week at the top for Mario Tennis Open

3DS Chart
1. Mario Tennis Open
2. Super Mario 3D Land
3. Mario Kart 7
4. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
5. Kid Icarus: Uprising
6. Sonic Generations
7. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever
8. Rayman 3D
9. Super Pokemon Rumble
10. FIFA 12

Wii Chart
1. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
2. Mario Party 9
3. Mario Kart Wii
4. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
5. Just Dance 3
6. The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword
7. Zumba Fitness
8. Zumba Fitness 2
9. Wii Party
10. Pokepark 2: Wonders Beyond

And finally…

UK retailer ShopTo.net have speculatively priced Wii U at £279.85, with games retailing for £39.99, much like current Wii games. Whether or not they have inside knowledge remains to be seen, but the price is a clear £100 more than the Wii retailed at launch in 2006.

E3 2012: Wii U’s Statement of Intent

June 6, 2012 2 comments

Notes from the Mushroom Kingdom

After months of speculation, a year ago this week Nintendo unveiled the Wii U, the successor to their hugely popular, yet divisive Wii console. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime took to the stage and made one thing very clear – while Wii eventually skewed towards a more family-orientated market, Wii U was looking to bring the best of both worlds to its software library, catering for both families and single players. What followed was a sizzle reel of various third-party offerings, following by a glowing report from EA’s John Riccitiello, showing that Wii U had third-parties on board at an early stage.

Roll forward to this year’s E3, and after a somewhat anti-climatic Monday, everyone was waiting for Nintendo to unveil and amaze with Wii U at their 9am press conference. Only they didn’t. An hour later, journalists and fans across the world were left wondering what the focus of the conference was and what exactly Wii U did that was different to any other platform; despite some impressive games on display. How could Nintendo have possibly failed to succeed when all they had to do was show an impressive array of games to make everyone believe in Wii U? Read more…

Euro News Round-Up: Week Ending 02/06

June 4, 2012 1 comment

Euro News Round-Up

We’re now mere days from E3, and as ever, everyone is keeping quiet. To make up for that, this week we have two new Virtual Console games and a new eShop title available to download.

This Week’s Downloads

Rayman – 3DS VC (GBC) – £4.50

Mega Man X2 – Wii VC (SNES) – 800 Points

Sweet Memories Blackjack – 3DS eShop – £3.60

3DS & Wii Charts

Mario Tennis Open is the new top 3DS game

3DS Chart
1. Mario Tennis Open
2. Super Mario 3D Land
3. Mario Kart 7
4. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
5. Kid Icarus: Uprising
6. Sonic Generations
7. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever
8. Rayman 3D
9. Super Pokemon Rumble
10. Rabbids 3D

Wii Chart
1. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
2. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
3. Mario Party 9
4. Mario Kart Wii
5. Zumba Fitness
6. Zumba Fitness 2
7. Just Dance 3
8. Wii Party
9. The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword
10. Pokepark 2: Wonders Beyond

And finally…

This week’s Yoshi Chase colour is white, and is currently available for a limited time in Tesco stores nationwide.

Euro News Round-Up: Week Ending 26/05

May 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Euro News Round-Up

We’re now extremely close to E3 so as expected, everyone is packing their bags and heading out to sunny LA. So that means absolutely nothing newsworthy happened in Europe this week. Or next week I’d guess. Maybe the week after.

This Week’s Downloads

Art of Balance Touch – 3DS eShop – £6.30

Mighty Switch Force – 3DS eShop – £5.40
Yes I am aware this has been out for some time, but this is a remastered version of the original featuring five more levels. What’s better is that if you bought the original, this is free to download. So think of it as a patch or free DLC.

Metal Slug 3 – Wii VC (NeoGeo) – 900 Points

3DS & Wii Charts

How long will Mario stay on top of the 3DS Chart?

3DS Chart
1. Super Mario 3D Land
2. Mario Kart 7
3. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
4. Kid Icarus: Uprising
5. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever
6. Sonic Generations
7. Rayman 3D
8. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D
9. Super Pokemon Rumble
10. Rabbids 3D

Wii Chart
1. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
2. Mario Party 9
3. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
4. Zumba Fitness
5. Mario Kart Wii
6. Zumba Fitness 2
7. Just Dance 3
8. Wii Party
9. FIFA 12
10. New Super Mario Bros Wii

And finally…

Make sure you register Mario Tennis Open before this evening to claim a bonus 250 stars! That’s double what you normally get, which equates to an additional 2 packs of Kid Icarus: Uprising AR cards.

Euro News Round-Up: Week Ending 19/05

May 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Euro News Round-Up

If you’re anything like me then Yoshi is your favourite Nintendo character ever. What’s better than standard green Yoshi in Mario Tennis Open? How about a herd of different coloured Yoshis? Well that’s what will be available soon in a Nintendo UK promotion called Yoshi Chase! Read on for more.

Chase Yoshi around the UK!

Ever wondered why Nintendo decided to add a QR code reader to the 3DS? Well now we have an answer – for augmented reality games! Starting this weekend, Nintendo UK will be releasing different coloured Yoshi QR codes in various places around the UK which when scanned add that colour Yoshi to the roster in Mario Tennis Open.

The event kicks off on Friday 25th May in 30 Asda stores across the country, where a successful scan of the code between 9:30 and 17:30 on either the Friday or the Saturday in store will yield a black Yoshi to use in Mario Tennis Open, a Yoshi which is not acquirable through conventional means. This will be followed up in the coming weeks by releases of white, red and blue Yoshis, but we’ll have more details on them as the release approaches.

Will you be getting your black Yoshi this weekend?

This Week’s Downloads

Rayman Origins DEMO – 3DS eShop - Free
Demo of the up-coming 3DS port of the HD Rayman Origins. It’s a fun experience but if the quality of the demo is indicative of the final product, I would go and buy the Wii version. Still worth a trial run though

Kirby’s Dreamland 2 – 3DS VC (GB) – £3.60

Bird Mania 3D – 3DS eShop – £1.80

3DS & Wii Charts

Pit is still in the top 3

3DS Chart
1. Super Mario 3D Land
2. Mario Kart 7
3. Kid Icarus: Uprising
4. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
5. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever
6. Sonic Generations
7. Super Pokemon Rumble
8. Rayman 3D
9. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D
10. Rabbids 3D

Wii Chart
1. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
2. Mario Party 9
3. Zumba Fitness
4. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
5. Mario Kart Wii
6. Zumba Fitness 2
7. Just Dance 3
8. Wii Party
9. FIFA 12
10. Pokepark 2: Wonders Beyond

And finally…

Check out Nintendo Video on your 3DS this week to see a special 3D Shaun the Sheep episode parodying Mario Bros.

Euro News Round-Up: Week Ending 12/05

May 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Euro News Round-Up

It’s a classic pre-E3 week this week, with nothing but rumours coming out from the gaming world. But this week does see the eventual arrival of VVVVV on the 3DS eShop, so it’s not all bad news!

This Week’s Downloads

VVVVV – 3DS eShop – £7.20

Sonic Labyrinth – 3DS VC (Game Gear) – £4.50

Wonder Boy in Super Land – Wii VC (Arcade) – 900 Points

Monster World IV – Wii VC (Mega Drive) – 900 Points

3DS, Wii & DS Sales Charts

Mario locks out the top three spots on 3DS

3DS Chart
1. Super Mario 3D Land
2. Mario Kart 7
3. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
4. Kid Icarus: Uprising
5. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever
6. Sonic Generations
7. Super Pokemon Rumble
8. Rayman 3D
9. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D
10. FIFA 12

Wii Chart
1. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
2. Mario Party 9
3. Zumba Fitness
4. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
5. Mario Kart Wii
6. Zumba Fitness 2
7. Just Dance 3
8. Wii Party
9. The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword
10. Pokepark 2: Wonders Beyond

DS Chart
1. Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo
2. New Super Mario Bros
3. 1001 Touch Games
4. Mario Kart DS
5. Bejeweled 3
6. Secrets Of The Titanic
7. Pokemon White
8. Pokemon Black
9. Jewel Quest: The Sleepless Star
10. Professor Layton And The Spectre’s Call

And finally…

Seeing as the 3DS has been out for a year now and actually has regular software releases, and given that the DS is all but dead in terms of big new releases, this will be the last week we feature the DS chart on our weekly chart round-up. I hope you’ve enjoyed all the great DS games that have been released over the years, but now really is the time to upgrade to 3DS!

Euro News Round-Up: Week Ending 05/05

May 7, 2012 3 comments

Euro News Round-Up

Apologies for the late Round-Up. It’s a Bank Holiday over here so everything is a day out! Anyway, this week was a typical pre-E3 week. That is that absolutely nothing happened. So instead we bring you some E3 news and an anniversary of a legend. Enjoy!

Nintendo E3 Press Conference dated

In probably the least surprising news of the year, Nintendo have confirmed that their E3 Press Conference will take place on day one shortly before doors open. Much like every other year. The day in question is June 5th, which this year is helpfully a Bank Holiday in England thanks to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. So there’s no excuse to not see it! The show kicks off at 5pm, most likely with the immortal words “Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime” followed by some classic Reggie-isms. Let the countdown begin!

This Week’s Downloads

Game & Watch Gallery 2 – 3DS VC (GBC) – £3.60

Cat Frenzy – 3DS eShop – £1.80

Super Hang-On – Wii VC Arcade – 900 Points

3DS, Wii & DS Sales Charts

Pit’s newest adventure continues to sell well

3DS Chart
1. Super Mario 3D Land
2. Mario Kart 7
3. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
4. Kid Icarus: Uprising
5. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever
6. Sonic Generations
7. Super Pokemon Rumble
8. 50 Classic Games
9. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D
10. Carnival Games: Wild West 3D

Wii Chart
1. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
2. Mario Party 9
3. Zumba Fitness
4. Zumba Fitness 2
5. Mario Kart Wii
6. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
7. Just Dance 3
8. Wii Party
9. Pokepark 2: Wonders Beyond
10. FIFA 12

DS Chart
1. Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo
2. New Super Mario Bros
3. 1001 Touch Games
4. Jewel Quest: The Sleepless Star
5. Mario Kart DS
6. Professor Layton And The Spectre’s Call
7. Pokemon White
8. Pokemon Black
9. Secrets Of The Titanic
10. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7

And finally…

Last Thursday marked the ten year anniversary of the GameCube launching in the UK! It’s hard to believe it has been so long, but what was the best game on the console? Official Nintendo Magazine UK placed The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker on the top spot, something that I would agree with, but what about you? What was your favourite GC game?

No Mr Bond, I Expect You To Choose

May 2, 2012 2 comments

Notes from the Mushroom Kingdom

2012 marks the 50th Anniversary of one of cinema’s most important and long-standing franchises – James Bond. It’s a true testament to the series that even today, new fans of the series consider the original Sean Connery led films as good as any that have come since; and with Daniel Craig now helming the series, a new generation of fans have been successfully reached. To celebrate this momentous occasion, MGM will be releasing the 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, later this year, and as expected, Activision will be releasing a game alongside the film’s release.

But this isn’t an ordinary game. Perhaps taking a cue from Sonic Generations (but probably not), Activision’s 007 Legends will take place across the series’ 50 year history, handpicking specific moments to be played through for the first time in a game; tapping into that all important anniversary nostalgia that is being so heavily promoted by MGM this year. These moments will apparently be moulded into an over-arching narrative, so whether we will see Sean Connery and Roger Moore back again or whether it will be a Goldeneye-esque remodel with Daniel Craig in the lead role is still up for debate, but whoever is Bond, one thing we do know, six films will make it into the game out of the 23 that exist.

But which ones? Every film, except arguably Quantum of Solace (did anyone enjoy that film?), deserves a spot in the game, so how can Activision possibly only choose six? Well, I thought I’d attempt it, so here are my six choices for 007 Legends. Before we begin, I should clarify that while six films does indicate there will be one film for each Bond, given the relative obscurity of both George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton as Bond, and that their films are arguably the weakest of the series, I’ve omitted them from the list. This doesn’t mean they’re not up for consideration in the game, just that in my opinion the films don’t deserve to make the cut. Read more…

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