Will you pick up Picross?
North America is revelling in a delight of digital downloads today, but let's see what European Nintendo fans can spend those funds on this week. 3DS Virtual Console: Mario's Picross (Game Boy, Nintendo, £3.60/€4) — Mario's first foray into the world of picture crosswords, this is developed by Jupiter, the team behind...
It's waiting for you
Fed up of waiting for the Nintendo Video application, Europe? Then wait no longer — it's available now. It should have its own little space on the 3DS eShop main screen, but if not it'll turn up if you simply search for "video". It appears different countries will receive unique videos, so content available in your...
It seems 3DS owners in Europe might have to keep waiting for Pit's long-awaited return: Kid Icarus: Uprising might not see release this year. Nintendo Life reporter Marcel Van Duyn attended a Nintendo preview event today, where Kid Icarus: Uprising was marked down for a "Q1 2012" release, meaning it would miss the lucrative...
A double 3DS delight
Frustrated that Japan is getting all the 3DS Virtual Console games before Europe? The comeback starts here, with two games released on the portable's download retro service this week, as well as a pair of DSiWare games and even a WiiWare adventure too. Read on. 3DS Virtual ConsoleFortified Zone (Jaleco, €3/£2.70) — A spot of run-and-gun action in this third-party 3DS..
Collect them all!
After all that waiting for 3D E3 trailers to hit the European 3DS eShop, Nintendo has made good and uploaded the second batch of videos, bringing the total number available to 10. You can now download to your 3DS videos for: Paper Mario Animal Crossing Luigi's Mansion 2 Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D Kid Icarus: Uprising
Nintendo of Europe's just finished updating its release schedules for 3DS, DS and Wii, and the company's home console still has a few interesting titles on the way. Chief among them is hotly-anticipated RPG Xenoblade Chronicles, out on 2nd September including an exclusive red Classic Controller Pro. Nintendo's other big Wii releases for 2011 — Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Kirby..
Earlier this month we invited you to share your thoughts on Europe's 3DS eShop content, particularly the disparity between North American video content and that available across Europe. As always you did not disappoint and your voices were heard, as from tomorrow you'll be able to watch 3D game footage on the eShop. The trailers will be...
Another release list incoming
While the 3DS is receiving most of the limelight, there are still a few interesting titles heading to DS in Europe over the coming months, as Nintendo Europe's most up-to-date release schedule shows. The machine's upcoming catalogue offers a blend of popular and niche projects, from Solatorobo: Red the Hunter to the...
Your upcoming treats
Nintendo of Europe just sent out an updated release schedule for the next three months, and there are a few pleasant surprises on there. 3DS eShop frequenters will be able to download Mario's Picross next month, alongside the next in the 3D Classics range Xevious. The eShop will also get its first genuinely new content in the...
No Sonic in sight
Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog, but Europe's not getting into the spiky spirit in the eShop at least. Nintendo has just sent over the list of games you can expect to play form this weekend, so let's see what lucky European guys and girls can download. 3DS Virtual ConsoleDouble Dragon (Game Boy, €3) — Join Billy and Jimmy in this portable conversion..
Get your magnifying glass and deerstalker
European Wii owners, you're getting a dose of object finding in September. Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident is an exclusive Wii instalment in the popular hidden object series, and it's coming to Europe on 9th September. While the game launches in North America on 27th June, so Europeans have a bit of a wait ahead to open the case of mystery files..
Pink all over your TV
The Nintendo Download for Europe dropped earlier, but there was no mention of an extra special feature awaiting tomorrow: a free download of Kirby cartoons. The Kirby TV Channel on Wii will offer over 50 episodes, though only four will be available for streaming at any one time. New episodes will become available on Monday and...
You have until 30th June
The weekend rush of Club Nintendo members registering their copies of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D resulted in errors for many, denying Zelda fans the limited edition orchestral soundtrack CD. Now Nintendo Europe has responded, and it's good news. Some members who registered their game between Friday 17th June and...
Fox and friends land on 09/09
Star Fox 64 3D lands in North America on 11th September, but European gamers will receive the game just a few days earlier according to the Nintendo Europe website. The site's upcoming games list pegs the 3D revamp of Lylat Wars (as it was known in Europe) for 9th September, which would mean Fox — like Link —...
Last week reported that the European Nintendo website may have been a victim of a phishing scam, with Nintendo closing down certain sections of the site for security reasons. Now the site is back up and fully operational. This means if you're picking up Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D today, you'll have to be quick to...
What's new today?
The European Nintendo Download is now live too, so let's see what's ready and waiting for you right now. 3DS Virtual ConsoleDonkey Kong (Game Boy, UK: £3.60, EU: €4) — The classic story of a gorilla and a plumber retold once again in this Virtual Console revisitation of the game also known as Donkey Kong '94. Expect our review very shortly. DSiWareThe games below are..
Your voice matters
With a global community such as the one here at Nintendo Life, discrepancies between regional offerings may seem severe. Such is the case now that the eShop is here, offering 3D trailers to users in North America while those in other regions languish without. We contacted Nintendo of Europe, who sought to clarify the issue...
You'll be seeing Stars
You've been able to link your Club Nintendo account to Nintendo's downloadable offerings for some time now, so it's no surprise that the upcoming eShop will offer the same option, with Nintendo Europe announcing a bonus 100 VIP Stars for users who link their accounts. The connection can only be made once the eShop goes live...
What's on offer on 7th June
The speculation can cease: Nintendo of Europe has announced the games you'll be playing next week when the eShop launches. As we reported the other day, European 3DS users will be able to download the free Pokédex 3D application, which takes players through the 150 new monsters in Pokémon Black & White in glorious 3D. Users will also get a free download of..
Let's go FAST
The wait for F-Zero to hit Wii may be never-ending, but the next best thing is about to arrive in the shiny ship shape of Shin'en's latest WiiWare outing. Elsewhere there's intergalactic planetary action and more English words with an education-loving vampire. Only on the Nintendo Download. WiiWare: FAST - Racing League (Shin'en...
Chrono Trigger finally reaches Europe!
There's only one headline game this week: the long-awaited European arrival of another legendary Super NES RPG from Square. Virtual ConsoleChrono Trigger (Square, Super NES, 900pts) — Today is an auspicious event: the first time Square's time-travelling epic has landed on the Super NES in Europe. Our Chrono Trigger review explains why this is considered one..
Clips at the ready
Now we know the starting cast for Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, with Barry Burton rounding-off the cast, and now we know when Europeans will be able to get their hands on the game: 1st July. We played the game back in January, so be sure to read our First Impressions: Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. Capcom's sho
Not long to wait now
Legendary Super NES RPG Chrono Trigger was never released on the system in Europe, so its impending Virtual Console release on Friday is cause for much celebration. As the game was never officially released in Europe its VC appearance carries a small premium, selling for 900 Nintendo Points instead of 800, but what's an extra 100 Points between friends? The game also hits North..
Inside-out art drawn up
Reversible cover art is a great way to show your fans you appreciate their devotion: an extra bonus so secret 90% of people would never think to look for it, with RPG Xenoblade Chronicles set to receive the dual art treatment in Europe. Nintendo of Europe wants your help in picking the inside cover for the game, with a new...
Adventure returns to the island
There's only one game headline-worthy this week: the long-awaited return of Master Higgins on Virtual Console, with two titles for DSiWare and a blank on WiiWare. Here's the line-up: Virtual ConsoleSuper Adventure Island (Super NES, 800pts) — Unofficial Hudson mascot Mr Higgins returns in the first Super NES entry in the Adventure Island series, skateboarding and..
Includes Virtual Console Arcade
Even after all these years, SEGA's still committed to supporting the Virtual Console, and its European arm has just announced two new titles coming to the service. Alongside the already-revealed Monster World IV for Genesis/Mega Drive comes Virtual Console Arcade title Wonder Boy in Monster Land, set to become the sixth VCA game from SEGA. We already have Wonder Boy..
Keeps signing those deals
Nintendo pledged to give more support to third party publishers on 3DS, signing European distribution and marketing deals for Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition and Dead or Alive: Dimensions. Now you can add Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D to that list, as Nintendo of Europe has signed on to bring the game to Europe. In a...
Due to sprout in 2011
Rising Star Games has been bringing Harvest Moon games to European Nintendo fans for years, and the publisher has just confirmed it's continuing this tradition by releasing Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar across Europe this year. The game was released in North America last year, so read through our Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar review to get the lowdown on what to expect from the..
Europe first past the post
Shin'en's past WiiWare output has been pretty solid — both Art of Balance and Jett Rocket sit near the top of their genres — so hopes are high that upcoming racer FAST — Racing League can continue the studio's hot streak. The developer has just been in touch to let us know the game's European release date is locked...
Accept or lose your rewards
Plants, pirates and pianos
Puzzle fans are typically well catered-for in this week's update, so let's get down and see what's available tomorrow. DSiWare: Plants vs. Zombies (PopCap Games, 800pts) — Essentially a cut-down version of the recent retail release, this is still brimming with horticultural strategy and is well worth your 800 Points...
Console price drop incoming
The Wii is dropping to $149.99 in North America soon, but Europe's not being left out of the fun, as Nintendo of Europe has announced its own line-up of cheap Wii treats. From 20th May, the Wii will drop to £129.99 / €144.99 (approximately) with the launch of a new bundle that removes Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort...
After several months of finding out the download days in advance, it's back to a wait and see approach this week, so let's see what's available for you to buy right now. Virtual Console: The Ignition Factor (Jaleco, Super NES, 900pts) — A top-down firefighting game, this is one of a kind on Virtual Console, so look out for our full...
Minigames detailed too
The announcement of new MotionPlus-toting minigame collection Wii Play: Motion came out of the blue for many, but it's very real and heading to Europe on 24th June, Nintendo has announced. The game will be packaged with a red Wii Remote Plus across Europe, marking the first opportunity for gamers to get their hands on the crimson controller since the red Nintendo Wii console..
Feeling hot hot hot
Jaleco is a hotbed of Virtual Console support these days, with Brawl Brothers, Super E.D.F. Earth Defense Force and more under the publisher's belt, a belt which just got a little bigger with the upcoming release of The Ignition Factor on Friday. The firefighting game was never released in Europe so it'll carry the appropriate...
Is it a good Friday?
It's certainly a quiet Friday, with one new title for WiiWare and a pair for DSiWare. Read on to find out what's vying to take your Nintendo Points away from you this week. WiiWareUbongo (Korner Entertainment, 800pts) — The popular board game comes to WiiWare courtesy of Korner, the same team that brought you Fireplacing. With support for four players and various game modes..
Beats the gold standard
We thought the golden cover art for Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D in North America was good, but this artwork for the European version trumps it. Showing Link and Epona on one of many gallops across Hyrule, it may not be quite as classy as North America's cover but it's certainly more colourful. Check out that attention...
Head back to Adventure Island
Hudson hero Master Higgins resurfaces on Virtual Console in Adventure Island II, alongside new titles from Ludia and Tivola. Virtual ConsoleAdventure Island II (Hudson, NES, 500pts) — Master Higgins is back with his trusty axe, four dinosaurs and an evil witch to take down. This NES platformer brings back fond memories for many, so we'll bring you a full and honest..
Lots to look forward to
Here's hoping you have plenty of coins in that wallet if you're intending to see most of the games this year has to offer, as Nintendo Europe has released an overview of the games coming to Wii, 3DS and DS in the next three months. Further down the line will see European releases of Wii Play: Motion with a Red Wii Remote Plus controller, Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave..
Should be here before July
We hereby christen today "Good News Tuesday". Not only have we discovered the release dates for countless titles — Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and plenty more — we've also had confirmation from Nintendo that classic Square RPG Chrono Trigger will see the light of day on Virtual Console in Europe. The game is slated..
Start the reverie
Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation launched on Valentine's Day in North America, but with the slushy holiday out of the way it's coming to Europe on the less puntastic date of 20th May. Receiving a name change to Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie — that's "absentminded dreaming while awake", linguaphiles — this DS version is the first time the sixth entry in the..
Two day head start
Hey, Europeans, your good luck when it comes to getting 3DS-related things before North Americans continues, as Nintendo of Europe has announced that Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will reach Europe on 17th June, two days before its North American launch. The game has been localised into five languages: English, French,...
Update: 1st July release confirmed
Update: Nintendo has revealed the game will launch in Europe on 1st July. It seems like only last week we asked what's going on with Solatorobo: Red the Hunter?, and now we have the answer: Nintendo will release the Namco Bandai game in Europe later this year. As in similar deals for Super Street Fighter IV 3D...
First of three on the way
We know that there are three Adventure Island games coming to Virtual Console, and the trio of island-bound adventures kicks off this Friday with Adventure Island II for 500 Points. Hudson hero Master Higgins still has his faithful axe as well as the ability to join forces with four dinosaurs, each with unique abilities that come into play as he adventures across land,..
One of the most unique weeks ever
WiiWare has seen some odd releases over the years — step forward Muscle March, Tomena Sanner and Fireplacing — but the bar has been raised with this week's download. Read on in astonishment. WiiWare: Physiofun: Pelvic Floor Training (Kaasa, 1000pts) — Pelvic floor exercises are designed to help strengthen the...
Cue global hootenanny
Nintendo of America was quick to shout when the 3DS had the best first-day sales of any Nintendo handheld, and now Nintendo of Europe has joined in the sales trumpeting by confirming that it too has enjoyed record-breaking sales. According to the press release, 303,000 3DS consoles were sold across Europe in the first weekend of availability, citing figures from a Nintendo..
Prepare for big numbers
DS is Europe's undoubted sales champion, according to recent data from GameStop and technology research firm IDG. In fact, such is the console's success, its sales are more than triple any other non-Nintendo console on the market. With an estimated 114m current generation consoles in homes around Europe, the Nintendo DS makes...
Will you be an April fool?
This week's North American Nintendo Download was underwhelming to say the least, and its European counterpart absolutely blows it out of the water. Let's see what treats await. Virtual Console: Brawl Brothers (JALECO, Super NES, 800pts) — We've already got Rival Turf on Virtual Console, and now its successor reaches the...
At long last!
Fans of Japanese RPGs have been gazing longingly at Xenoblade for a long time now, but those soppy eyes are about to cheer up as Nintendo of Europe announces the game will find release there under the name Xenoblade Chronicles. Featuring new English voiceovers as well as the original Japanese actors, the game will also include English,...
The great fight begins
Nintendo Europe clearly has faith in the fighting skills of its 3DS handheld: not only is it taking care of marketing and distribution for Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, it's going to do the same thing for Tecmo Koei's Dead or Alive Dimensions in May. While Tecmo Koei will maintain publishing privileges, Nintendo's...