In the first of a new (hopefully regular) feature. Here is a round up of all the European specific news from around the world of Nintendo in the last week.
Amiibo’s Are Available!? – Earlier this week the UK Nintendo store restocked a load of Amiibo’s including quite a few rare ones such as Ganondorf, Dark Pit, Captain Falcon, Sonic and Diddy Kong, in fact you can also now pre-order Zero Suit Samus again and prices are still set at £10.99 although most are limited to one per customer. This also seems to have trickled through to other retailers such as GAME and Smyths Toys who have full shelves for the first time since Amiibo launched late last year. Most of the stock is fairly common but there are a few gems out and about, I actually managed to pick up a Little Mac today at Smyths! It looks like Nintendo finally have the stock situation of Amiibo right, let’s hope it continues.
Splatoon Is Still In The UK Charts – Splatoon arrived on the Wii U at the end of May and sat comfortably in the top 5 for a couple of weeks. Well we’re at the end of June now and it’s still in the top 10! With only a 7% drop in sales since last week the ink-em-up sat in the 8th spot this week in the all platforms chart.
More Amiibo Freak Accidents – A French retailer recently tweeted that they have had to cancel all pre-orders of the Woolly Yoshi Amiibo due to stock being (in translation) destroyed. It’s likely the stock was actually damaged or spoiled in transit but this is the second time in just a few weeks that something freaky has happened to Amiibo stock. Remember when that lorry full of Splatoon Amiibo’s got stolen? Are Amiibo just cursed or are Nintendo just really unlucky when it comes to their toys to life, as it seems like they can’t catch a break when it comes to supplying them.
HYPER JAPAN Will Feature Some E3 Games – Hyper Japan is a Japanese centric expo that happens in London every year and covers many different aspects of Japanese culture. Nintendo always appear at the event this year they’ll be taking the following E3 games with them; Star Fox Zero, Super Mario Maker and The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes. In a press release Nintendo detailed the activities that will be on offer during the expo.
“Activities on offer include the Super Mario Maker Quickfire challenge, which will allow selected guests to take to the stage and try their hand at the exciting level challenges from Super Mario Maker! For Splatoon fans, Nintendo will provide the opportunity to become immersed in the Inklings’ colourful Turf Wars, whilst a ‘How to Hunt’ masterclass for Capcom®’s Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate on Nintendo 3DS will be showcased on the big screen.
Additionally, the Super Smash Bros. Cosplay Competition will see Super Smash Bros. players dressing up as chosen characters in a bid to be awarded Best Costume. Nintendo will also hold amiibo team-up tournaments throughout the show that will see players fighting for glory against other trained, level 50 amiibo players and amiibo teams.”
HYPER JAPAN will be at the 02 in London from the 10th – 12th of July.