Good news, everyone
Last week we reported that SEGA is dropping four Sonic games from the Japanese Virtual Console, and naturally our thoughts turned to if and how this would affect users outside Japan. We've now heard back from SEGA Europe with good news. A SEGA representative confirmed that these removals "will not affect Europe, only...
Ubisoft's pushed the 3DS version of Rayman Origins back to June for Europe. The platformer was originally supposed to be released today but instead Ubi's now put an 8th June release date on the platformer. No reason for the delay has been given. Over in North America, Nintendo.com still lists the game for 20th March but there's no...
Come in, sit down
Those exhausting days of opening the eShop, heading over to settings and scrolling through your download list to see if any of your purchased games have received updates are over. Power up the eShop now and, if any updates for your games are available, you'll be met with a message telling you exactly that; it's then a simple tap to...
UPDATE: Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure Demo arrives
Last week was a bumper Nintendo Download week in Europe, but this week plays catch-up with North America and has some releases that are sure to please retro fans: check out the details below. 3DS Virtual Console: Metroid (NES, Nintendo, £4.50/€5) — Samus' original NES adventure was...
Some in, some out
Recently we reported that two more games will leave Europe's VC service at the end of this month, but that's not the extent of the damage. At least six games will disappear from the Virtual Console on 31st March: R-Type (TG-16)Vigilante (TG-16)Ninja Spirit (TG-16)
It's a big old Nintendo Download this week, with a 3DS demo, Game Boy game, two Wii Virtual Console games and original 3DS download software hits alongside DSiWare puzzlers and a WiiWare demo. Let's get to it. 3DS Virtual Console: Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters (Game Boy, Nintendo, £2.70/€3) — Pit's second adventure comes to...
Tecmo Koei scrapper Dead or Alive: Dimensions is the latest 3DS game to get a playable demo in Europe this week. The fighter gets a free trial version in this week's eShop update, due as always on Thursday. You can always read our Dead or Alive: Dimensions review to see if this is 3DS's king of fighters or just a jobber.
Only on 3DS
Those long-awaited episodes of Shaun the Sheep make their way to 3DS in Europe this week, with the first episode available on Wednesday. The first of 15 episodes launches on 7th March, with a new episode due every week through SpotPass. They're all free and exclusive to 3DS through the Nintendo Video application. FIRST 3D SHAUN THE...
Get them while you can
After Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was pulled from Virtual Console, two more titles are set to leave the service in Europe this month. Super NES games R-Type III: The Third Lightning and Super R-Type will no longer be available to download after 31st March. It's not the first time this has happened with the venerable shooter...
Unsheathe your sword
Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge will slice up Wii's Virtual Console next week. The Neo Geo fighter launches on 8th March for the usual 900 Nintendo Points. It's most notable for introducing brothers Kazuki and Sougetsu Kazama, as well as alternative endings based on clearance time and an overhauled combo and Rage system...
Well, in Europe anyway
Shin'en's first eShop game Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! is coming to Europe next week. 3DS owners in the continent can fire up their consoles, head over to the eShop and watch a 3D video of the game in action. If you're on a computer you can read our First Impressions: Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! and anticipate all the Fun! Fun!...
NES comes to 3DS
3DS gets a demo and two Virtual Console games this week while Wii owners are left sadly without. Still, there's plenty of Virtual Console games coming to Wii in March, so that's something. 3DS Virtual Console: Punch-Out!! (NES, Nintendo, £4.50/€5) — The classic boxing game is the first non-Ambassador NES game to reach 3DS...
Book, box and beyond
Nintendo of Europe has released a clearer image of what you can expect when the Pandora's Tower limited edition releases in Europe on 13th April. Like The Last Story before it, the special bundle includes steelbook packaging and an art book, though there's no soundtrack this time. All these special editions of Japanese games...
On the way
Pokémon Black & White 2's June release in Japan will come just before a European release this autumn, Nintendo has announced. The DS sequel to Pokémon Black & White will reach Europe later this year, Nintendo UK tweeted earlier. We'll keep you posted on updates when we get them. POKÉMON BLACK VERSION 2 & POKÉMON WHITE...
Director has the final say
The Last Story is out today in Europe and creator Hironobu Sakaguchi has co-directed a trailer to get you even more excited. The trailer below gives you an idea of the scale you can expect from Sakaguchi's latest Wii RPG, which by our reckoning is rather good. Don't believe us? Our The Last Story review is pretty...
Notable absences, though
Capcom will finally release Super Nintendo classic Mega Man X in Europe next month, nearly a whole year after its North American début in April 2011. The 16-bit blaster isn't the only Virtual Console game present in Nintendo's release list for early 2012 — while there's no Strider or Super Street Fighter II with online...
Inazuma Eleven 2 Blizzard and accompaniment Inazuma Eleven 2 Firestorm are taking potshots at European DS consoles from 16th March 2012. The team-up is easily the highlight of a pretty thin DS release schedule for the upcoming months, though it's worth pointing out that Cave Story is down for release next month. No, we don't quite...
Everyone's in on the act
Nintendo's finally cottoned on that limited editions of games are definitely A Good Thing. Following the limited edition releases of Xenoblade Chronicles and upcoming The Last Story, April's big Wii game Pandora's Tower will also get a limited edition release. Like The Last Story, Pandora's Tower will come with a steel book...
Is there a Dr, Duck in the house?
Fresh from the list of upcoming 3DS eShop games for Europe comes some new announcements of Virtual Console games you can expect to see too. Here's the list of digital delights on the way to the VC in Europe this year: Punch-Out!!™ (NES) — 1st March 2012Super Mario Bros™ (NES) — 1st March 2012Dr Mario™...
Plenty more in there
Nintendo of Europe has just revealed some of the brand new content coming to the 3DS eShop this year, with original games from Shin'en Multimedia, Jupiter and more on the way. Here's the line-up of original Download Software on the way to Europe in 2012: Dillon’s Rolling Western (Nintendo) — 22nd February 2012Fun! Fun!...
After what seems like an age of "will it, won't it?" Nintendo of Europe has confirmed that Project Zero 2: Wii Edition will come to Europe. Nintendo UK revealed the news through its new official Twitter account, also confirming that Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir will come to the continent in 2012. So that's one more Wii...
On your marks
So that's why Dillon's Rolling Western didn't appear in the Nintendo Download for Europe this week — it's out today. The action tower defence game is out in the European 3DS eShop now. It costs £9.00/€10. Here's hoping North America gets the game after its own Nintendo Direct show, due to start in just over an hour.
Just like Japan, Europe's 3DS Virtual Console will get Game Gear games in the middle of March. Satoru Iwata made the announcement today at Nintendo Direct. We expect Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble, Shinobi and Dragon Crystal to come to the service, with more to follow.
Fire Emblem (tentative) is coming to Europe in 2012, Nintendo has revealed. The strategy RPG is heading to 3DS before the year is out, with a full European translation and DLC plans. Nintendo reveals the first lot of DLC for the game in Japan will be free for a limited time, and will include new maps and story. Nintendo also says there may...
In on the act
If your Japanese isn't good enough to keep up with Nintendo Japan's Nintendo Direct show tomorrow you'll be pleased that Nintendo Europe will be hosting a localised version of the online conferences. The kicks off at 1pm CET/midday UK time at Nintendo Europe, with Nintendo promising English subtitles and "extra European...
Here's the full list of games available to buy today in Europe. Nintendo 3DS Download Software: Dillon's Rolling Western (Nintendo, £9.00/€10) — Play as a Wild West armadillo who must defend a town from marauding rocks using gatling guns, towers and more. We'll have a full review soon. DSiWare: Box Pusher (GameOn, 500pts) — Push...
Thought for paws
Cuddly pet 'em up Nintendogs + Cats is the next 3DS demo to land in Europe, due this Thursday. It's a bit of a change of pace from last week's demo of Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D but then variety is the spice of life. We'll have the full download for you in just a few minutes.
Quicker than we thought
Rising Star Games has revealed it's accelerating the release of BIT.TRIP COMPLETE and BIT.TRIP SAGA by seven Earth days. The compilations will now reach European shores on 16th March 2012 instead of the widely advertised 23rd March release date. If you're not sure which game to get, try out BIT.TRIP SAGA review paired with...
Not fleecing you
Nintendo announced its partnership with Aardman Animation way back in January 2011, and the first fruits of those labours are due to hit the 3DS next month when Shaun the Sheep reaches Nintendo Video. The first of 15 exclusive 3D episodes will reach 3DS on 7th March, with a new episode due every week. The first episode sees Shaun...
Armadillo adventure inbound
Update: It now seems Dillon's Rolling Western will not release in Europe on 23rd February.* 3DS eShop title Dillon's Rolling Western is coming to Europe next week, according to MCV (via Pocket Gamer.) The tower defence game was revealed at E3 last year under the title The Rolling Western, and later announced for a release...
Make room in your toy box
Last year we gave you Victini and Pikachu Super Pokémon Rumble codes, or Pokémon Rumble Blast for those of you in North America. Nintendo has continued to provide additional toy codes, and we've decided to catch 'em all so you don't have to. We've taken all of the new codes from both the UK and U.S. websites as they vary...
Action a-go-go, baby
Nintendo Europe just confirmed it'll release Japanese action RPG Pandora's Tower in just under two months' time The action game with a dark heart will launch across Europe on 13th April, giving you plenty of time to finish The Last Story, which is released on 24th February. The announcement also came with this rather delightful...
Suspend points are in!
If you're a 3DS Ambassador, the NES upgrades just started rolling in. Super Mario Bros. now comes with Suspend Points, allowing you to suspend your play mid-game and reload it as often as you like. Should make those speed runs a whole lot easier. Other games have updates available but from our quick flick through it doesn't...
Metal Gear demo and Mario Land 3
A decent array of titles across the formats this week, although no, there's still no VVVVVV or Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword. What is available is listed below for your viewing pleasure. 3DS Virtual Console: Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (Game Boy, Nintendo, £3.60/€4) — Completing the Super Mario Land
Europe's just 18 days away from The Last Story, and Nintendo wants to get you geared up with a new website and Iwata Asks interview. The official The Last Story website has sections dedicated to explaining the multiplayer, item customisation and combat, but an obvious highlight is the music section which contains seven tracks from the game. The limited edition includes a seven-track..
Demos, burgers and VC returns
This week Europe's got one of the best-looking download slates in a long time — though no, there's no VVVVVV or Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword — with strong titles left, right and centre. Let's get to it. Wii Virtual ConsoleThe King of Fighters '97 (Neo Geo, D4 Enterprise, 900pts) — The legendary fighting series returns to Virtual Console. The first Neo Geo..
In your dreams
We mean it: this week sees a demo of SEGA puzzler CRUSH3D hit the 3DS eShop in Europe. We recently took on the game and gave it a respectable 7/10 in our CRUSH3D review, but you'll be able to see what you think when the demo hits Europe this Thursday. You can check out the full Nintendo Download for 9th February 2012 (Europe).
Question: what's pink and blocky?
Kirby's Block Ball, of course, down for a European release on 3DS Virtual Console next week. The little pink thing's second appearance on 3DS VC after Kirby's Dream Land, Block Ball is a Breakout-like game with Kirby in it. It's not complex. No price yet but expect it around the £3.60 mark.
Feel the power of flames
Well-respected fighter King of Fighters '97 is the next game to join the Wii's Virtual Console, landing next Thursday. Despite the fact the Western VC hasn't got King of Fighters '96 yet, the next instalment is down for Europe on Thursday 9th February for 900 Nintendo Points. Will you be dropping your points to pick up this snazzy scrapper?
Telltale Games' homage to classic 1980s movie series Back to the Future is coming to Europe, courtesy of Deep Silver. Back to the Future: The Game will release on Wii in the first quarter of this year, with the original English language voice overs intact. It'll also feature German voice and subtitles or French subtitles. DEEP SILVER TO...
Careful with that ketchup
Nintendo has today announced more than 5,000 new Wi-Fi Hotspots available through Europe. After previously confirming an equivalent deal for UK airports, this provides further evidence that Nintendo is serious about its promises to provide online 3DS access at a variety of locations. This particular deal has been struck...
Buy Kid Icarus
If you didn't register two 3DS games to get your free download code for Pit's remastered adventure, you can save yourself a heck of a lot of money by picking it up this week for €6. Here's the European download for this week. 3DS Download Software: 3D Classics: Kid Icarus (Nintendo, €6/£5.40) — Pit's very first outing gets a...
Pikachu's next adventure reaches Europe on 23rd March. PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond reaches the continent nearly a month after its North American release of 27th February, landing in Europe on the same day as Kid Icarus: Uprising. We weren't terribly impressed by the original, as our PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure review makes clear, but with the sequel featuring Unova Pokémon..
New details inside
Kid Icarus: Uprising finally has a European release date — and it's the same day as North America. Nintendo's next big 3DS title lands on 23rd March, and will include the same 3DS stand as in Japan and North America. The publisher's also revealed more details about the Fiend's Cauldron mode, a new gameplay idea to keep committed players interested by tailoring the game's..
Balloons and caterpillars
It's time to look ahead to Thursday and see what games lucky European residents can download, with Wii, 3DS Virtual Console and DSiWare all represented this week. 3DS Virtual ConsoleBalloon Kid (Game Boy, Nintendo, £2.70/€3) — A sequel to Balloon Fight, this hasn't aged particularly well, sadly: our Balloon Kid review explains why. WiiWare
"Wasn't on the table"
Rising Star Games just announced its 2012 line-up, but while it's bringing Rune Factory: Oceans on PlayStation 3 to Europe, Rune Factory: Oceans for Wii is missing from the publisher's slate. We asked product marketing manager Yen Hau why Wii owners in Europe won't be able to continue their Rune Factory adventures. Rising Star Games have always had, and continue to
Send your invitations now
Partygoers across Europe get an extra reason to be cheerful on 2nd March when Nintendo releases Mario Party 9 across the continent. The second Wii instalment in the series, MP9 includes new boss battles, 80 minigames and vehicles too. North America gets it on 11th March. WHO WILL YOU INVITE TO YOUR MARIO PARTY? Rivals...
Wii Virtual Console is back!
It seems like forever since we last got a Virtual Console game on Wii, but the service is back from the dead with a new Super Nintendo title from Ubisoft. Not only that, there's a Game Boy Color game too. Let's get to it. Wii Virtual Console: Prince of Persia (Super NES, Ubisoft, 800pts) — The rather good Super...
Three for the choosing
Nothing unique for 3DS owners this week as 3DSWare and Virtual Console take holidays, but WiiWare and DSiWare have the centre stage. WiiWareBobby Carrot Forever (FDG Entertainment, 800pts) — In development for years and years, little rabbit Bobby finally left the warren in July last year and brought a pretty good game with him. Check out our Bobby Carrot Forever review for..
Ripe for the plucking?
The Australian Classification board has turned up a rating for Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns. The official rating calls the publisher "RISING STARS", though undoubtedly this refers to Rising Star Games, the publisher responsible for the Harvest Moon brand outside of America and Japan. As HM is Rising Star's biggest series it's highly likely it'll bring the..