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Nintendo Download: 2nd April (Europe)

2nd April (Europe)

Xenoblade Chronicles on New 3DS, KAMI and loads of discounts

Another week begins, and as always we have the Nintendo Download Update for Europe to kick it off. The major arrival this week is the first New Nintendo 3DS exclusive, while there's also a rather zen puzzle experience on the 3DS eShop. There are plenty of discounts to consider too, so...

News: Bandai Namco Is Opening Up Its Classic IP To Domestic Creators

Bandai Namco Is Opening Up Its Classic IP To Domestic Creators

Pac-Man, Mappy, Galaxian and Xevious all included

Bandai Namco has announced that it will be allowing greater access to its back catalogue of classics titles under a new "open project" initiative. Unlike typical licencing agreements, "domestic creators" will be able to use Bandai Namco characters without any supervision, although a review of the...

News: New Star Wars Rebels Table Announced For Star Wars Pinball

New Star Wars Rebels Table Announced For Star Wars Pinball

Hopefully, its release date isn’t far, far away

Zen Studios has had a historically spotty release schedule when it comes to its pinball tables on the Wii U. In both Zen Pinball 2 and Star Wars Pinball, tables and packs can usually be expected to arrive either later than all other platforms or not at all. Unfortunately, today’s announcement...

News: Yo-kai Watch Localisation Creeps Closer With Anime Confirmation for Europe

Yo-kai Watch Localisation Creeps Closer With Anime Confirmation for Europe

The Level-5 franchise that's a phenomenon in Japan

Level-5 has enjoyed plenty of success as a company, with brands such as Professor Layton and Inazuma Eleven, but Yo-kai Watch has been on another level entirely. Just recently the company announced that the IP has sold over seven million games on the 3DS, 200 million Yo-kai medal toys, 10 million...

Gallery: Splatoon Development Updates Show Off Neat Threads, Guns, Videos and, erm, Paper

Splatoon Development Updates Show Off Neat Threads, Guns, Videos and, erm, Paper

Also, Octobombers look ridiculous but sublime

There's been a bit of buzz around Splatoon since our last gallery summary earlier in March, and we were fortunate enough to attend some press events to play more of the upcoming Wii U shooter. We previewed the multiplayer and single player modes and also shared a belief that Splatoon is to shooters what...

Gallery: These Artistic Recreations of Women Characters Set a Different Tone

These Artistic Recreations of Women Characters Set a Different Tone

Samus, Princess Peach and more given a fresh perspective

With March drawing to a close we also have the end of Women's History Month, in which the role of women in various aspects of society are celebrated and highlighted. We previously shared a somewhat quirky effort at participation from Nintendo of America, highlighting a range of characters that...

Review: Shanghai Mahjong (3DS eShop)

Shanghai Mahjong (3DS eShop)

Meagre Matching

Mahjong's long and prestigious history in the East may be well established, but its presence in the West is far less apparent; to say that Mahjong isn't hugely popular outside of Asia would be somewhat of an understatement. Despite that, the sheer number of Mahjong titles currently found on the 3DS eShop seems to suggest its...

News: Super Mario 3D World and Kirby: Triple Deluxe Soundtracks Available Again on Club Nintendo in Europe

Super Mario 3D World and Kirby: Triple Deluxe Soundtracks Available Again on Club Nintendo in Europe

Big bands

With Club Nintendo in the middle of its farewell run, members are in their final few months in which they can spend their stars and coins. The North American platform has gone big with various rewards and downloadable games, and after a bit of a delay Nintendo of Europe recently got in the act with its own range of download games. We've...

News: Head Teachers in the UK Issue Warning to Parents on 18-Rated Games Being Played by Children

Head Teachers in the UK Issue Warning to Parents on 18-Rated Games Being Played by Children

Will contact police and social services

While video games have age ratings in a similar manner to films, they're often regarded loosely by many. Most that frequent video game stores have a tale to tell of a parent buying their young child the next Call of Duty or GTA release, seemingly oblivious to the fact there's an age rating at all. Sometimes...

News: IRONFALL Invasion Hits 300,000 Downloads as Free Update Arrives With Enhancements

IRONFALL Invasion Hits 300,000 Downloads as Free Update Arrives With Enhancements

Gunning for more players

IRONFALL Invasion, the free-to-play 3DS eShop exclusive from VD-DEV, has achieved an impressive number of downloads since its launch in February. It's been announced that the indie-effort has been downloaded more than 300,000 times worldwide so far; the initial download is free and gives limited access to the single-player...

News: Wii U eShop Exclusive psyscrolr Heading to North America on 2nd April

Wii U eShop Exclusive psyscrolr Heading to North America on 2nd April

Looks dramatic

This week will bring another download exclusive to the Wii U eShop in North America, with psyscrolr due in the 2nd April download update. With stylised pixel-based visuals, this is an action platformer that also aims to utilise the GamePad extensively in gameplay. As you can see in the trailer below, this fantasy tale is certainly...

Video: Bask in the Glow of These Live Performances from the Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Soundtrack

Bask in the Glow of These Live Performances from the Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Soundtrack

Gorgeous

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D has many qualities, such as the scale of the adventure and the well-crafted real-time combat mechanics, yet any list of praise should also reference its music. Sweeping orchestral numbers, low-key yet beautiful piano melodies, its range is vast and contributes a great deal to the experience; this is a game to play...

Video: Did You Know Gaming Delves Into the History of the NES

Did You Know Gaming Delves Into the History of the NES

Hopefully, an SNES video is in the works

For those of you out of the loop, Did You Know Gaming is a fun site dedicated to sharing obscure trivia and facts about video games, both new and old. The site also runs a YouTube channel which gets updated on a fairly frequent basis, featuring videos about particular series, companies, or consoles and...

News: Shantae Premium 3DS HOME Themes are Hitting North America on 2nd April

Shantae Premium 3DS HOME Themes are Hitting North America on 2nd April

The heroine and Rottytops take centre stage

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse has been the latest hit for WayForward, released on both the Wii U and 3DS eShop. The third franchise entry, it featured much of the IP's popular cast and was critically acclaimed. It arrived last October in North America and relatively recently in Europe, but WayForward has...

Review: Dot Arcade (Wii U eShop)

Dot Arcade (Wii U eShop)

Tripping the light fantastic

Judging games for review brings some challenges. How can a tiny indie game compare with a Nintendo-developed blockbuster? We thought about this a lot when playing James Montagna and Andrew Lim's Dot Arcade, a small, highly focused experience that keeps things simple in the name of fun and longevity. While there's not...

News: Crunchyroll Pre-Order Bundle for Etrian Mystery Dungeon Includes Extra Goodies

Crunchyroll Pre-Order Bundle for Etrian Mystery Dungeon Includes Extra Goodies

A lot of nice things

When it comes to pre-order and 'first run' extras, Atlus seem to be top of class on the 3DS. For the standard retail price you typically get a nice art book, a CD, or perhaps even both; all as a reward for being an early adopter. That's also the case with the upcoming Etrian Mystery Dungeon release in North America, but the...

News: RCMADIAX Takes to Twitter to Outline New Strategy, Release Changes and Move Away from Wii U

RCMADIAX Takes to Twitter to Outline New Strategy, Release Changes and Move Away from Wii U

"There is a stigma attached to my name on the Wii U eShop"

Earlier this year RCMADIAX, who published the Wii U eShop's first Nintendo Web Framework game, announced that he was planning to step away from the Wii U. The developer has now taken to Twitter to provide a series of updates that indicate a quicker than expected move away from Nintendo's...