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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…

Euro News Round-Up: Week Ending 28/04

April 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Euro News Round-Up

This week we have news of a Kid Icarus tour, the launch of Nintendo Zone and a return to the top for Super Mario 3D Land!

Kid Icarus multiplayer events announced

Think you’re a Kid Icarus: Uprising master? Well here’s your chance to prove it. Nintendo’s own Kid Icarus Battle Squad are touring the UK over the next 4 weeks, challenging anyone who comes down to the event. Simply bring along your 3DS and copy of Kid Icarus: Uprising and join in the fun at any of the events. All attendees win a Kid Icarus poster, but victorious players get a selection of AR cards – given that they’re still not available in stores this is a great prize!

The battle squad will be in the following locations;

HMV Oxford Circus – Saturday 28th April
HMV Reading Oracle – Saturday 5th May
HMV Birmingham Bullring – Saturday 12th May
HMV Brighton Churchill – Saturday 19th May

Nintendo Zone launches

To coincide with the 3DS system update, Nintendo have launched Nintendo Zone, a collection of 25000 wi-fi hotspots across Europe. This means that wherever there is a Nintendo Zone hotspot you can now connect your 3DS and receive SpotPass data and receive exclusive Nintendo Zone content. No news on what this will be yet, but as soon as we hear we’ll let you know!

This Week’s Downloads

Block Factory – 3DS eShop – £3.60

2 Fast 4 Gnomz – WiiWare – 500 Points

Inchworm Animation – DSiWare – 800 Points

3DS, Wii & DS Sales Charts

Mario 3D Land back on top

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. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D
9. Rayman 3D
10. FIFA 12

Wii Chart
1. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
2. Mario Party 9
3. Zumba Fitness
4. Just Dance 3
5. Zumba Fitness 2
6. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
7. Mario Kart Wii
8. Wii Party
9. Pandora’s Tower
10. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7

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

And finally…

The new 3DS system update is now live across Europe, including a brand new eShop front-end display and home menu folders.

Could the eShop be Wii U’s secret weapon?

April 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Notes from the Mushroom Kingdom

Today’s 3DS update brought with it not only the usual promise of security and firmware improvements, but a new folder system that allows for a much cleaner, and more logical, ordering of games and applications on the 3DS home screen. There was however another update installed today that went largely unnoticed by both gamers and Nintendo’s advertising campaign alike. Today’s update installed a simple, yet incredibly effective update to the eShop, taking what was becoming a cumbersome interface and streamlining into a far more user-friendly system.

The interface update allows for a far easier sorting of the now numerous collection of games and applications that fill the eShop, showing a clear intent from Nintendo that the eShop isn’t just another Wii Shop Channel – it is Nintendo staying with the ever-evolving downloadable market and making sure that the games you want are always accessible. The update is a strong signal of intent from Nintendo that the eShop is a big factor in the life of the 3DS, but what about the Wii U? Could the eShop be one of the Wii U’s secret weapons? Read more…

Euro News Round-Up: Week Ending 21/04

April 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Euro News Round-Up

This week was reasonably quiet for Nintendo, that was until we got a special Nintendo Direct feed for the first time! We’ve got big Kid Icarus news, a handful of release dates and the release of one of the best 3DS apps currently available.

Nintendo Direct Europe Round-Up

For the first time ever, Nintendo of Europe filmed a special Nintendo Direct this week to reveal some big news. Perhaps the biggest story to come out of Nintendo Direct is the fantastic news that the Kid Icarus: Uprising AR cards are going to be sold in stores across Europe thanks to a new deal with card manufacturer, Panini. While no date has been set yet, rumour has it that there will also be a collectible card book on sale to store them in. Good news indeed.

Nintendo also unveiled two new Pokemon games to compliment the new Black & White versions coming later this year – Pokemon AR Searcher and Pokedex Pro, both of which will be downloadable eShop titles. Rhythm Paradise also got a release date of July 6th, along with Kingdom Hearts 3D arriving on July 20th. Heroes of Ruin will arrive earlier than expected on June 15th.

Nintendo also confirmed that New Super Mario Bros 2 will arrive in Europe this August, and a 3DS update will be applied this coming Wednesday.

This Week’s Downloads

Colors 3D – 3DS eShop – £5.40
A fantastic painting application for the 3DS, which allows you to create 3D paintings

The 3D Machine – Nintendo Video – £0.90
The first premium content video is now available on Nintendo Video for 90p

Rush Rush Rally Racing – WiiWare – 900 Points

Escape Trick: Convenience Store – DSiWare – 500 Points

3DS & Wii Sales Charts

Mario Kart is back at the top

3DS Chart
1.Mario Kart 7
2.Super Mario 3D Land
3.Kid Icarus: Uprising
4.Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
5.Sonic Generations
6.Nintendogs + Cats
7.Super Pokemon Rumble
8.Rayman 3D
9.Rhythm Thief & The Emperor’s Treasure
10.FIFA 12

Wii Chart
1.Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
2.Mario Party 9
3.Just Dance 3
4.Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
5.Zumba Fitness
6.Pandora’s Tower
7.Zumba Fitness 2
8.Mario Kart Wii
9.Pokepark 2: Wonders Beyond
10.Wii Party

And finally…

Be sure to connect your 3DS to SpotPass this week to not only receive a special message from Nintendo of Europe President Satoru Shibata, but also to receive the first piece in a brand new Mario Tennis Open puzzle!

Euro News Round-Up: Week Ending 14/04

April 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Euro News Round-Up

To celebrate the release of Pandora’s Tower this week, Nintendo have announced an exclusive coin collection to celebrate the three RPGs. Jealous yet America? In other news, we have a non-Ambassador release of Zelda and a new Kid Icarus anime episode.

RPG Coin Collection available

Just in case the Operation Rainfall fans weren’t angry enough already, Nintendo of Europe have decided to rub salt in the wound by releasing an exclusive and very limited edition coin collection, celebrating the three big Japanese RPGs. Club Nintendo members who have registered Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower are eligible to receive this highly collectible coin set, with each gold coin having special artwork for each game. This is the second time a coin collection has been offered by Nintendo of Europe, with the last being the Mario 25th Anniversary coin.

This Week’s Downloads

The Legend of Zelda – 3DS VC (NES) – £4.50

Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers – Wii VC (Mega Drive) – 800 Points

Crystal Caverns of Amon-Ra – DSiWare – 500 Points

I Must Run! – DSiWare – 200 Points

3DS, Wii & DS Sales Charts

Mario 3D Land moves back to top spot

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. Sonic Generations
6. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever
7. Super Pokemon Rumble
8. FIFA 12
9. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D
10. Rayman 3D

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

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

And finally…

The final Kid Icarus anime is now live on the Nintendo Video channel on the 3DS. In the first part, Palutena decides to make a meal with disastrous consequences. Yes that is a real plot.

Euro News Round-Up: Week Ending 07/04

April 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Euro News Round-Up

3DS owners should be sure to check out Nintendo Video this week, with a brand new Kid Icarus anime now available to watch. This week also sees the release of a WiiWare sequel on the 3DS eShop; it’s well worth a look!

Nintendo Unleashed 2012 Dates Announced

It’s that time of year again when the Nintendo Unleashed tour gets touring, and we have the first batch of dates now available! Attendees will be able to play titles such as Pandora’s Tower and Mario Tennis Open, along with picking up some more Kid Icarus: Uprising AR Cards. The tour will be at;

Kitacon, Birmingham – April 13-15
Bristol Comic Expo – May 12-13
London Comic-Con – May 25-27

This Week’s Downloads

Speedthru: Potzol’s Puzzle – 3DS eShop – £5.40
A sequel to the surprisingly fun ThruSpace on WiiWare.

Farming Simulator 2012 Demo – 3DS eShop – Free
Erm, moving right along…

Violin Paradise – WiiWare – 500 Points

Pirates Assault – DSiWare – 200 Points

3DS, Wii & DS Sales Charts

Another week at the top for Kid Icarus

3DS Chart
1. Kid Icarus: Uprising
2. Super Mario 3D Land
3. Mario Kart 7
4. Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
5. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever
6. Sonic Generations
7. Super Pokemon Rumble
8. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D
9. Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
10. Rayman 3D

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

DS Chart
1. Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo
2. New Super Mario Bros.
3. Mario Kart DS
4. Cars 2
5. Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call
6. Okamiden
7. Pokemon White
8. 1001 Touch Games
9. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
10. Pokemon Black

And finally…

Nintendo’s 3D photo contest is now open for entries! You have 2 months to submit your best 3D photos, be they landscape shots or hilarious AR shots, with all entries being judged at the end for a chance to win a trip to Paris along with a bunch of Nintendo merchandise. Simply head over to http://www.nintendo.co.uk/3dphotocontest to enter!

Should Pit have returned on Wii U?

April 4, 2012 1 comment

Notes from the Mushroom Kingdom

Pit’s return after 20 years on the sidelines in Super Smash Bros Brawl was seen by many as the first step in his gradual reintroduction as a Nintendo mascot, and at E3 2010, that view was proven to be true. The 3DS was unveiled with Kid Icarus: Uprising as its lead game, promising to showcase just why the 3DS was a worthwhile upgrade from the departing DS line of systems. The game was also one of the few titles available to be demoed en masse on the show floor, and it also made an appearance again pre-launch as part of Nintendo’s worldwide tour with the 3DS. It was made clear right from the start that Kid Icarus: Uprising was the flagship title for the 3DS.  The return of a gaming icon would usher in a new age of handheld gaming.

Only that didn’t happen. Delays in the development process ended up pushing it back from launch to late 2011, only for it to be pushed back again to finally be released on the anniversary of the 3DS’s original launch, a whole year later than planned. In that time, the game had undergone significant enhancements, with countless new features introduced including an addictive online mode. The time was clearly well spent, but with the 3DS already up to speed by March 2012, did Nintendo miss the opportunity to really sell the return of Pit? And more importantly, would Nintendo have been better positioned if they had taken the decision to move it to Wii U as a launch title? Read more…

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