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...
Three new titles
A trio of games round out August in Europe, with something on DSiWare, WiiWare and the 3DS Virtual Console as the Wii's Virtual Console drought continues. Here's what's dropping in this week. 3DS Virtual ConsoleGargoyle's Quest (Game Boy, Capcom, €4/£3.60) — The ugly gargoyle appears on Virtual Console in this 2D adventure spin-off from the popular Ghouls and Ghosts series..
Date finally announced
The wait is nearly over: European Wii owners will be able to play Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword in just over three months' time. It's out on 18th November Nintendo Europe just sent over its latest release schedule and Link's latest sits pretty at the top, due out across Europe just over a month before Christmas. Before that,...
Just in time for your summer BBQ
Along with today's confirmation that Japanese RPG The Last Story and the more action-focused Pandora's Tower will release in Europe sometime next year comes a meaty chunk of new screenshots for the latter title. The game centers around the chain-equipped Ende and his journey to rescue Ceres from succumbing to a curse that is transforming her into a literal monster..
And out in December
Kirby is back to suck at Christmas again, as Nintendo has announced that Kirby's Adventure Wii will reach Europe in December. The game previously known as Kirby Wii and alternatively Kirby's Return to Dream Land is set to pinkify the continent before 2012 arrives. It's part of a two-pronged Kirby attack on Europe, as Kirby Mass Attack is scheduled for release on DS on 28th..
What takes your fancy?
Here's the complete list of upcoming European releases sent through by Nintendo this morning. You'll find future games for 3DS, Wii, DS and digital download games tucked in there too. To pull out some of the interesting dates, MotoHeroz is now scheduled for Quarter 4, alongside the similarly perennially-delayed La-Mulana...
Not really much different
Anyone expecting a huge change for the upcoming Wii redesign might be disappointed that the console has only undergone a slight alteration, as Eurogamer's first image proves. The console's box art shows the machine lying horizontal for the first time on a Wii hardware box, with the console logo displayed on the front too...
Gargoyle's Quest next week
Capcom has supported Virtual Console on Wii for years, so it's good to see it getting behind the 3DS Virtual Console with the same gusto. The company has just announced its line-up of 3DS Virtual Console games for the rest of the year, with some quality titles in there. Next week in Europe sees the release of Gargoyle's...
So far we've only seen third-party download game in the Nintendo 3DS eShop, the decent but could-do-better Let's Golf! 3D. That offering is set to multiply significantly by year's end though, as Nintendo announces the 3DS download games on the way before 2012. Mighty Switch Force from WayForward will see release this Autumn, followed by...
The trio completed
Xenoblade Chronicles is out in Europe this Friday, but those gamers who thought it was part of Wii's last hurrah might want to rethink that, as Nintendo has confirmed that both The Last Story and Pandora's Tower will see the light of day in Europe in 2012. There's no word on a specific release date yet so they could arrive any...
Two new titles next month
Earlier we reported on North America's next Nintendo Selects games, and now we know that two titles will join the range in Europe too. Super Mario Galaxy and Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess will both drop to a budget price from 16th September. Will you be picking either of these games up when they go cheaply?
For 1000 Points
Update: Nintendo has now changed the release date to "To Be Confirmed". We'll have more news as it arrives. It's been a long road to release for Aya and the Cubes of Light: originally set for distribution last year, developer Object Vision delayed the game to respond to feedback from its audience. Now the company is ready to let its game take off with a European release..
Stretching the word "classic"
Europe gets its third 3D Classic this week, letting console owners indulge in a little three-dimensional fighting in the street. Elsewhere there's a bit of air traffic control, some Asian farming and extreme off-roading. Come with us, but look out for any manholes. 3DS eShop: 3D Classics: Urban Champion (Nintendo, €5)...
Raise your fists
The 3D Classics series will receive its third instalment next week when 3D Classics: Urban Champion launches in Europe. The 3DS eShop was updated today with the release date and a new 3D trailer for the game, which still depicts two men fighting in front of a snack bar but with all new 3D graphics. It's quite something to behold,...
Rubbing it in some more
European Wii owners can buy Xenoblade Chronicles next week. They can play it on their Wii consoles, without modification or anything like that: just put the disc in, pick up a pad, off they go. North American gamers though... well, they're not so lucky. You know what would take some of the sting out of that, though? How about an official Let's Play channel for the game,..
Back with a vengeance
A small download this week with four titles reaching European shores. Wii owners get nothing sadly, with the Wii Virtual Console drought stretching to two months now. 3DS Virtual Console: Avenging Spirit (Game Boy, JALECO, £2.70/€3) — You play a murdered gangster out to rescue his girl. Luckily your ghostly form can...
Get your dollface
Jaleco's Avenging Spirit is the next 3DS Virtual Console game to hit Europe; its spectre will inhabit the service and start knocking things over on 11th August. For £2.70/€3,00 you'll be able to relive the story of a murdered mobster out for revenge in ghostly form, taking hold of 20 different creatures as you try to rescue your...
Wakka wakka wakka
The maze craze comes to 3DS with the world's most famous yellow pill-muncher landing on Virtual Console this week. Elsewhere there's a catch-up on DSiWare and a new WiiWare game, though sadly Wii Virtual Console is left lacking again. 3DS Virtual Console: Pac-Man (Game Boy, Nintendo, £3.60/€4) — The ever-hungry blob is back...
Still on course for 2011 elsewhere
Just as we reported three weeks ago, flagship 3DS title Kid Icarus: Uprising has overshot and will reach Europe in early 2012. The most up-to-date Nintendo release schedule pegs Project Sora's first 3DS game for the first quarter of calendar year 2012, so Pit should shoot in any time between January and March next...
Go on, let's golf
After a long wait we finally have the first new game to buy in Nintendo's 3DS software (download) category, as well as plenty of other downloadable content too. Let's see what's coming to Europe this week. 3DS eShop: Let's Golf! 3D (Gameloft, €6 / £5.40) — This isn't the first tee-off for Gameloft's sporting series, as we've...
Third DS instalment due
Rising Star Games has just announced its line-up for the rest of the year, and DS RPG Rune Factory 3 is coming to Europe in a few months' time. The third and final DS instalment in the series released in North America last year, bringing with it several big features: co-operative play for up to three players, the ability to bring villagers into battle with you and even..
Free eShop games too
Europe isn't being spared from the latest Nintendo 3DS price drops, as a Nintendo representative has told Eurogamer the machine's price will drop by around a third later this year: Nintendo of Europe will be reducing the European trade price of Nintendo 3DS to retailers by around a third from 12th August 2011, as part of a global trade price reduction initiative. This would..
Nearly slime time
We originally thought that Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 was going to make it next month, but now Nintendo Europe has dashed those hopes by announcing a release date of 7th October. The monster-catching spin-off from the main Dragon Quest series communicates with the most recent DS releases, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies and Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation,..
What will it be?
Let's Golf! 3D will be the first new downloadable game for 3DS, and it's out next week. Gameloft's 3D version of a good walk ruined launches in Europe on 28th July for £5.40, with six courses, eight characters and two player modes confirmed too. Will this be a swing and a miss or a great teeing-off point for the future of...