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Euro News Round-Up: Week Ending 23/06

June 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Euro News Round-Up

After a lacklustre E3, we’ve been waiting for a big news reveal, and here it is! This week’s Nintendo Direct had individual presentations across all 3 of Nintendo’s major territories, and Europe got its fair share of big news, with some exclusives thrown in! It’s a big Round-Up at last!

Nintendo Direct Europe Round-Up

Taking place at the rather unfortunate time of 5AM BST, this week’s Nintendo Direct saw NoE President Satoru Shibata take to the stage, or in this case, Nintendo’s German Manufacturing Plant, to unveil the latest news from the company.

The big news was of course the 3DS XL, the giant brother of the current 3DS model, which like the other reasons does not come packed in with a charger or dock. Like the 3DS, the XL has no price point, which has begun a bidding war online, with £180 currently being the leading bid. The new system will be out on July 28th in Silver, Blue and Red.

Nintendo also revealed a handful of new release dates, while reaffirming New Super Mario Bros 2‘s release on August 17th. Also confirmed during the video were FreakyForms Deluxe and New Art Academy on July 28th, Pokemon Typing Adventure with free keyboard in September and surprisingly, Inazuma Eleven Strikers on Wii on September 28th.

Also confirmed were Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask coming to 3DS this Christmas, along with Animal Crossing 3DS and Fire Emblem Awakening arriving in early 2013.

On the eShop, Nintendo are currently running a 20% sale on the top 10 games to celebrate it’s anniversary, so be sure to check that out this week before they go back up in price. And finally, a Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games card book will soon be available to download as the Olympics nears.

Nintendo UK Boss Leaves

Nintendo UK’s David Yerton has stepped down as the company’s General Manager after 20 years in charge, with NoE President Satoru Shibata taking temporary control while the UK arm of Nintendo look for a replacement. I’d like to join Nintendo in wishing him the best in the future after helming the company for almost as long as I’ve been alive!

This Week’s Downloads

Mutant Mudds – 3DS eShop – £8.10
Mutant Mudds gets the infamy of being the second most expensive game on the eShop, but thankfully happens to be a worthwhile download for the rather expensive (and random) price point of £8.10.

Save the Furries – WiiWare – 1000 Points

Goooooal Europa 2012 – DSiWare – 500 Points

3DS & Wii Charts

A good entry for Heroes of Ruin at #5

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

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

And finally…

We come to the end. Regular visitors to the site no doubt saw on Friday that I will be leaving Nintendo-Okie next week, and with me will go the Euro News Round-Up. It’s been a privilege to provide you all with the latest news from Europe over the past 2 years, and except for some Christmas breaks, I’ve managed to get the Round-Up out to you every week. I hope you’ve found this little glimpse of gaming life in Europe educational if nothing else, but more than that, I hope you’ve enjoyed a weekly look at what’s happening across the Atlantic. And with that, the Euro News Round-Up comes to an end! Thank you to everyone who read it over the past 2 years.

Gaz

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!

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.

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?

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.

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!

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