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New Club Nintendo Rewards Include a 3DS Original

November 5, 2013 Leave a comment

Club Nintendo Rewards

Up until this point the digital Club Nintendo rewards have consisted mainly of old Virtual Console games and DSiWare games from a few years ago.  This month marks the first time that an original, exclusive 3DS title is a part of the digital rewards you can earn through the loyalty program. 

For 200 coins you can pick up a copy of the tower defense style game, Dillon’s Rolling Western.  Not only that you can pick up one of the greatest games of all time, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for only 150 coins.  If you don’t own that game it’s a steal and you owe it to yourself to try it out.  If Shelby wasn’t on a self-imposed ban of Nintendo’s digital releases he might pick up another copy of the NES version of Metroid on the 3DS for only 150 coins.  Art Style Cubello for WiiWare rounds out the list of November’s digital rewards.

All rewards will be available to redeem and download between now and December 8th.

La-Mulana Finally Coming to WiiWare

August 29, 2012 Leave a comment

The story of La-Mulana has definitely been one of ups and downs.  The game was announced a couple of years ago and the development ended up talking way longer than expected.  Back in March it was announced that the game would not see a release in North America for a number of reasons, one being that it was going to be hard to get the Japanese DLC over here.  Well, the game has been picked up by another publisher and it will be seeing a North American release after all.

EnjoyUp Games has picked up the title and will be releasing it to WiiWare on September 20th.  Here are some questions you need to ask yourself if you’re not sure about trying this game.  Do you like Indiana Jones?  Do you like caves?  Did you enjoy playing Cave Story?  Do you like giant, screen-filling lizard bosses?  If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you might be interested in this game.  It will cost you 1000 Wii Points to download.  Press release and screens after the jump.   Read more…

Fluidity Is The Newest Club Nintendo Reward

August 6, 2012 Leave a comment

This week’s Club Nintendo reward is Fluidity, which if I remember correctly has been offered through Club Nintendo once already. You have until August 19th to download the WiiWare title for 150 Coins. I downloaded this game the first time it was available, but I’ve only actually played a couple of levels so far. That’s a great use of Club Nintendo coins isn’t it? Almost as good as that time I “bought” Urban Champion for 150 coins.

I’ve heard that Fluidity is actually a pretty good physics based puzzle game. Steve Conger over at the Gamesmen swears by it. You also have until August 12th to pick up the Game Boy game Golf through the 3DS Virtual Console.

Just A Little Off the Top

July 25, 2012 1 comment

The next Club Nintendo digital reward is now available and it’s a WiiWare game.  Bonsai Barber, which has you giving virtual veggies “hair” cuts to match a particular style.  I never played this one, but it was always one I was interested in.  I might have to check it out.  It’s currently available for download through Club Nintendo for 150 coins and will be available until August 5th.

The 3DS eShop offering, Starship Defense, is still available until July 29th when a new reward will take its place.

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 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 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 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!

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