A bumper crop
There's plenty to choose from this week, with WiiWare, 3DS download software, DSiWare and 3DS Virtual Console all represented, though there's no sign of resurrection on Wii's Virtual Console. Here's what's available this coming Thursday. 3DS Download Software: Zen Pinball 3D (Zen Studios, €5/£4.50) — The first downloadable pinball...
Don't flip out
The 3DS download software is flowing like a three-dimensional river these days: after Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! this month we've now got Zen Pinball 3D on the horizon, with a European release date and price locked in. The 3DS eShop states the game will see release next Thursday, 1st December, at a price of £4.50. If you...
Four titles on the download front this week, with a bit of a mish-mash of styles: shooting, singing, escaping and bounty hunting. Of course there's only one title we're really interested in, so let's just dive in and introduce you to this week's contestants. 3DS Virtual ConsoleMetroid II: Return of Samus (Game Boy, Nintendo, £3.60/€4) — Samus is playable on 3DS for the second..
Having a (morph) ball
Less than one week after Mario leapt to 3DS, galactic heroine Samus Aran is readying her first real appearance on the console as Metroid II: Return of Samus is confirmed for a European release on Thursday. The Game Boy title hits the 3DS Virtual Console for £3.60/€4.00, in line with the premium pricing of other high-profile...
Take on the best
SEGA's just released a stack of new Sonic Generations screenshots ahead of its mascot's first 3DS first appearance this week, showing off the odd stage, boss and WiFi multiplayer too. While we won't spoil the stages or bosses — not that they're new, what with Generations being a compilation of Sonic's best bits and all — we can say the game's online multiplayer pits two Sonics..
Talk about good days: Nintendo fans in Europe have a new Mario and a new Zelda to choose from today, as the much-anticipated 3DS release Super Mario 3D Land finally reaches European shores. To celebrate the plumber's first true 3D platforming game we've put together some awesome computer wallpapers to bring a touch of the Mushroom Kingdom to your desktop. If you needed any further..
A trio of new downloads this week, with one long overdue game on WiiWare sitting alongside a much anticipated 3D Classic on 3DS. Let's see what's competing for your money this week. 3DS Download Software: 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure (Nintendo, €6/£5.40) — Kirby's legendary NES adventure gets the 3D Classics makeover, adding a...
The streets are paved with gold
Traditionally January isn't the best month for new game releases, but Nintendo of Europe is bucking that trend by releasing Boom Street — known as Fortune Street in North America — on 6th January. The party game will miss the lucrative Christmas and New Year party season but Nintendo is still hoping its cast of...
Action RPG on the way
One of Wii's brightest lights for 2012, Pandora's Tower just got its first European trailer showing just what to expect when the game's released next year. Although the trailer isn't localised into English (or any other European language, for that matter) at least Nintendo of Europe is giving you a little peek into the game's...
Forget The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: this year's Wii coverage has been dominated by three other big Japanese games. Xenoblade Chronicles, Pandora's Tower and The Last Story have had gamers' eyes all year, and Nintendo of Europe wants to get you even more involved by asking you to help choose alternate cover art for the latter...
Stars at the ready
Europe's Club Nintendo rewards centre just got bigger, with some brand new goodies added. 4,000 Stars buys you an Animal Crossing watch, or for 1,500 you can pick up a Kirby's Epic Yarn-inspired DS pouch in either brown and pink or blue and green. Will you be shelling out your hard-earned Stars for any of these goodies?
It's black and gold
Got space in your collection for another limited edition Nintendo 3DS? How about a Zelda 25th Anniversary model with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D? Nintendo of Europe just revealed the new black model bearing the Hyrule crest and it's looking exceptionally beautiful. It's out on 25th November and will cost €199, with...
Freaks, fish and hustlers
A trio of titles on the download formats this week, with 3DS owners best catered for; Wii owners, nothing for you this week, sadly. 3DS eShop: Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! (Nintendo, £5.40/€6) — Previously known as Picture Lives!, you create a bizarre life form and bring it to life to explore the world around...
Seems a fair swap
Go Vacation is out in Europe today, and to promote the game Nintendo is offering a weekend break to the south of France for the winner of a new competition. Submit a holiday photo of you and up to three friends and, if it's the funniest, you could win a weekend for two at the Club Med Opio en Provence, which offers golf, a spa and,...
Triumphant compilations BIT.TRIP SAGA and BIT.TRIP COMPLETE are on the way to Europe in 2012, courtesy of Rising Star Games. The publisher — ignoring its "Home of Japanese Games" slogan for just a little while — has confirmed it'll be releasing both compilations across Europe in the first three months of next year. Excellent news for European fans of excellent games. Rising..
Master Higgins is back!
Hudson was a big supporter of the Wii's Virtual Console, releasing no fewer than 53 games on the service over the past five years. Now it's bringing its little mascot Master Higgins to the 3DS as well with this week's title. 3DS Virtual ConsoleAdventure Island (Game Boy, Hudson, £2.70/€3) — This is actually based on Adventure Island II on NES, but let's not split hairs..
It's good to know what to expect
The newly announced Ice White and Coral Pink 3DS consoles look nice enough on their own, but it's the retail packaging that really shines. The pink console in particular has some of the cutest artwork we've ever seen for a Nintendo console, decked out in puppies and kittens and a pink box. Ice White is slightly less...
The colours keep flowing
Don't want a 3DS in Cosmos Black, Aqua Blue, Metallic Red or the newly-revealed Ice White colour? How about a Coral Pink console? As if wanting to suck every available penny in Europe, the console launches on 18th November – the same day as the Ice White 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Super Mario 3D Land and the newly reconfigured blue Wii. We hope you're..
Update: bundle delayed
Update: Nintendo has now told us the package will arrive two weeks later on 2nd December. We've revised the story below. The array of 3DS colours just keeps on growing: after the recent Metallic Red console hit Europe, we now have confirmation that the Ice White machine is on the way too. The console launches in a bundle with...
Trick or treat?
With the most frightful night of the year just around the corner, Nintendo of Europe has put together a platter of mysterious gifts. Will they be sweet as candy or as welcome as rotten eggs through your letterbox? Time to find out. 3DS Virtual Console: BurgerTime Deluxe (Game Boy, G-mode, £2.70/€3) — No doubt in anticipation of...
The roll out keeps rolling
While North America prepares to get Hulu Plus for 3DS — it already has Netflix too — Europe is left sadly wanting in the 3D video stakes. That'll soon change though, according to Nintendo's recently revealed plans to release more 3D video content in the coming months. Starting "soon", videos from Red Bull and...
Extremely limited edition
How many copies would constitute a limited edition print run? 50,000? 5,000? How about 200? That's the number of copies Arc System Works Europe is printing of the BlazBlue: Continuum Shift 2 Manga Edition when it's launched on 4th November 2011. The extremely limited edition comes with the BlazBlue: Phase Zero Prologue manga comic, the first time it's left Japan, detailing..
Quick, to the 3DS!
Calm down, fans of three-dimensional footage of orchestras rehearsing: today is about to be your best day ever. Nintendo of Europe has just released a 3D video of the Berlin Philharmoniker via SpotPass, as the world famous orchestra rehearses a performance of Russian Dance from Stravinsky's Petrushka, of course. By now you've stopped reading this and are eagerly watching the 3D..
Due before Christmas
The Zelda 25th anniversary celebrations continue around the world. Next Tuesday sees the Zelda symphony reach London, and Nintendo of Europe has also confirmed it'll release limited edition Zelda eShop cards across the continent. These are the same designs as Japan's eShop cards and will be available later on this year. Remember...
Better late than never
We normally get a heads-up on Europe downloads much earlier in the week, but we're only just hearing about this week's downloads today. Here's the reason why: 3DS Virtual ConsoleGolf (Game Boy, Nintendo, £2.60/€3) — A portable version of a good walk ruined, it'll do in a pinch but as with most of the GB's sports titles it's really showing its age now. Read our Golf..
How much more can you take?
Blue reconfigured Wii. White reconfigured Wii. Ready for some more Wii packages? Nintendo of Europe hopes so, with two new bundles on the way before Christmas. On 4th November, Europe will get a white Wii with Wii Party and Wii Sports, titled the "Wii Family Edition" by Nintend
Look away, North America
One of the ways Nintendo of Europe marketed the superb Xenoblade Chronicles was with a series of official Let's Play videos over on YouTube. Depending on your point of view, it either went very well or very badly, as NoE now wants players to create their own Let's Play series as part of a new competition. The videos can be...
Three to go
There's new content on 3DS Virtual Console, WiiWare and DSiWare this week, so let's get to it and see what's on the way. 3DS Virtual Console: Catrap (Game Boy, ASK, £2.60/€3) — You must restore Catboy and Catgirl to their normal forms — whatever that may be — by heading through a series of mind-bending puzzles. Not the most...
See Mario and more
Update: Nintendo of America has confirmed these trailers will also be available in North America soon. Nintendo Europe has announced a set of new 3D trailers will reach the European eShop today. Seven trailers in total will reach the eShop, and are likely to be 3D versions of videos that did the rounds before the recent Tokyo...
Here's a nice treat to wake up to on a Wednesday morning: Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition is available now in the European and North American 3DS eShop and DSi Shop. The four-player game — which is absolutely free, remember — boasts local multiplayer, new stages and a single player adventure mode too, and is...
Mario and Zelda together
There's three titles out on the Nintendo Download in Europe this week, but it's certainly a case of quality titles available. Here's what's coming up on Thursday. 3DS Virtual Console: Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (Game Boy, Nintendo, £3.60/€4) — This classic portable outing is fondly remembered as one of Mario's...
TwinBee rides again
Wii owners aren't tremendously well catered-for this week but 3DS owners get to play a new 3D Classic, so as usual it's easy come, easy go here at the Nintendo Download. Let's see what lucky Europeans will get to pick up on Thursday. 3DS eShop: 3D Classics: TwinBee (Nintendo, €5/£4.50) — The 3D Classics range continues to...
Start forming a line now
In exactly one month you European 3DS owners will be able to get Tetris for your 3DS, as Nintendo announces a release date of 21st October 2011. The game is known as Tetris Axis in North America, but in Europe Nintendo is going with the less is more approach to naming. It'll still have the same single player and online multiplayer modes, just in a new name. North Americans,..
Available right now
Missed out on Super Mario Galaxy and Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess in their original versions? Frustrated at the relative lack of reprints and subsequently inflated price? Like the colour red? If you can answer yes to all these questions, you'll be pleased to know that Nintendo just rereleased the two games in Europe as part...
The pinkest box you'll ever see
While gamers across North America can now wrestle with Kirby Mass Attack, European DS owners must wait until 28th October to get another dose of pink sugary fun. Nintendo Europe wants to put that right at the forefront of your mind, as the game's Euro box art clearly shows. Ignoring the rather more action-oriented...
Can you Adam and Eve it?
North American gamers, you hold the trump card on this one; your copies of Professor Layton and the Last Specter contain the bonus RPG Professor Layton's London Life. Anyone who buys the European version of the game — titled Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call — will not get this extra mode. Reader SoulSilverIV...
You won't be left out
Here's a little slice of information you may have missed in all the Monster Hunter 4 excitement: the red 3DS is winging its way to Europe at the end of the month. The newly-rechristened Metallic Red console launches on 30th September, in honour of Nintendo having sold one million 3DS consoles since its launch in March, according to the company's sell-through estimates. Are you..
Fab four this week
Whatever your Nintendo console of choice, this week's Europe update has you covered. If you happen to own a Wii and 3DS, then it may be time to pick up some more Nintendo Points and eShop funds. 3DS Virtual Console: Mega Man: Dr Wily's Revenge (Game Boy, Capcom, €4/£3.60) - Mega Man's first adventure on the Game Boy gets the...
Last week 3DS owners all across Europe were feverishly downloading free NES games, except those left out of the 3DS Ambassador programme, disappointed that they weren't eligible for the freebies. Wouldn't it have been useful to have some sort of eligibility verification tool to see who was in and who wasn't? Now — one week after the...
Become a cropper
The limited edition Harvest Moon artwork giveaway announced last week was, let's face it, rather confusing. Now we have the full picture on how you'll be able to get three sets of PAL-exclusive, limited edition Harvest Moon-themed artwork. The first set of art cards will be included with every copy of Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar. The second set will be available to customers who..
Points at the ready
RedLynx's WiiWare racing-platform lovechild MotoHeroz will finally make it to the podium next week, with a confirmed North American and European release date of 15th September. It'll set you back a pretty penny though, costing 1500 Wii Points, putting it amongst the most expensive games on the service. As our exclusive Feature: The Game Modes of MotoHeroz explains, that money..
Two to tango
Most kids have gone back to school, so perhaps that's why this week's Nintendo Download is so slim, to minimise distractions from the very serious studying going on. Or there's simply nothing good to release this week and any proximity to children returning to full-time education is merely coincidental. Whichever it is, here's your two to choose from this week. WiiWare3D Pixel Racing..
Any surprises lurking?
Today's the day — 10 free NES games are now available to 3DS Ambassadors in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan, but what else is there to choose from today in Europe? Well, not a lot as it happens. Aside from the Ambassador games there's just one new title out in Europe today. Read on and see what it is. DSiWare:...
Collect 'em all
Natsume, publisher of the Harvest Moon series in North America, has made a bit of a name for itself by offering plush toys as incentives for customers to pre-order new entries in the series: cute, admittedly, but European counterpart Rising Star Games has something a little classier to offer. The publisher has announced the commission of 30 pieces of limited edition artwork,..
Until now the lack of 3DS eShop cards in Europe has proved a real pain, prompting us to state the eShop card delay proves Nintendo still doesn't get it. Now Nintendo's European arm has released a statement about the cards: Nintendo eShop Cards are now being roll out at various stores across Europe. You have the choice of several...
Update: Australia too!
It wasn't a very long wait for the 3DS games to make it to Europe today: they're available as you read this message. Gamers across Australia should also be able to pick them up too. The line-up of 10 games is identical to that available elsewhere, so here's what's on the cards: Super Mario Bros. The Legend of Zelda Ice...
Possibly into your heart
SEGA's new 3DS rhythm game with the rad name is officially hopping flights from Japan to North America and Europe next year under the new moniker of Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure. Playing as the thief Raphael, you attempt to unravel the mystery of what happened to your father through stealing, puzzle solving and, presumably, letting the music take you over in..
Update: bonus game denied
Update: Nintendo of Europe has now backtracked on its original statement and told us that London Life isn't coming to Europe. Original story follows: Nintendo of America's Professor Layton and the Last Specter press release yesterday caused some concern for European DS owners as it seemed to imply that the title's bonus...
Nintendo Europe has reassured customers across the continent that the snazzy Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword special edition bundle with the gold Wii Remote Plus and music CD will make it to those shores in November. You'll need to pre-order at a participating retailer to secure yourself one of the limited edition controller packs, though the music CD and game will be available to early..
See more of the RPG everyone's talking about
Xenoblade Chronicles landed in the UK charts in seventh place, but if you've not been convinced to pick it up yet — or if you've had trouble locating it — a new set of Let's Play videos hits the game's official YouTube channel this week. One new video launches today, while a second lands on Thursday...