New RPG coming to the 3DS this summer
A new addition to the Mario & Luigi RPG series of games has been announced today for the 3DS, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. Nintendo President and CEO, Satoru Iwata, revealed the title during Nintendo Direct after dubbing 2013 the 'Year of Luigi', with the game making its way to our handhelds this summer...
The one we've all been waiting for
During both Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of America's Nintendo Direct broadcasts, a release date has been given for Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the regions. That's right, North Americans will finally be able to get their hands on the popular simulation game on the 9th June, with Europeans getting the game...
Nintendo remains hands-on with new distribution deal
Nintendo and Capcom have today confirmed that they are entering into a deal to bring the Wii U and 3DS versions of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate to European shores. Continuing the arrangement that has so far covered a wide range of Capcom titles - including Resident Evil: Revelations,
Let's get ready to rumble
It has been just over 4 months since Rabbids Rumble was confirmed for the Nintendo 3DS, and Ubisoft has finally given us a release date for its wacky second outing on the handheld system. During a brand new trailer, it is confirmed that the 8th game in the series will be released across Europe next month on the 16th...
Better late than never
It was to be expected after Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon was delayed into 2013 in North America, but we can now confirm that the green plumber's 3DS foray into ghost busting has also slipped into next year in Europe; it's now due to spook up the first quarter of 2013. Hopefully not too long after that, Fire Emblem: Awakening...
Stuck on you
Nintendo of Europe has finally announced a date for Paper Mario: Sticker Star: Europeans will be able to get sticky with the paper thin plumber from 7th December. The world is your personal Panini album in the adventure, which sees Mario and company slipping through the world slamming stickers onto anything that moves. You'll also be...
Mark 6th September in your calendar, nonogram fans
Nintendo has confirmed that Picross E will be hitting the European 3DS eShop on 6th September, with a price point of £4.50 / €5.00. The latest in a long line of picture crossword games which can trace its history all the way back to the Game Boy and Super Nintendo, Picross E apparently showcases...
OFLC rating breaks cover
999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors sequel Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is coming to PAL territories courtesy of Rising Star Games. The news has been confirmed by an OFLC rating, w
Is it cheep enough?
Two Tribes' platform puzzler Toki Tori is chirruping its way into the European 3DS eShop next week. It was originally released on Game Boy Color in 2001; if you missed it back then, here's your chance to see what all the squawking was about. The concept is the same as the WiiWare version. You join the titular chick on a mission...
The Last Blade is finally slicing down onto the European Wii Virtual Console on 2nd August. That means you've got a week to make sure your swords are sharpened up before it's released. The 2D fighter thrusts you into the Bakumatsu era of Japanese history. You can choose between two different sword types per character, so it's up to you...
I told you I was freaky
If the mere idea of creating hilarious beasts doesn't entice you to try Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive!, maybe this launch trailer will help. The expanded retail version of the 3DS eShop game is arriving alongside 3DS XL on 28th July in Europe. Just like the download-only original, you'll be able to play at Dr...
Cinemax is best known for its Rytmik games but it's got something entirely different lined up for Europe in the next few weeks. Commando: Steel Disaster is an old-fashioned run-and-gun shooter that saw a retail release in North America several years ago, but Cinemax and developer Mana Software are taking another shot at it with a DSiWare release. The Metal Slug-like shooter arrives in..
Resi bundle confirmed
It's official: the 3DS Circle Pad Pro accessory is coming to Europe on 27th January 2012. The add-on launches on the same day as Resident Evil Revelations, one of the first games that supports the extra attachment to reach European shores. The accessory will be available on its own or in a limited edition bundle with the game, both for as-yet unspecified prices. Will you grab..
So have your swords sharpened by Autumn 2012
Update: We have received word from Official Nintendo Magazine that the posted Autumn 2012 date is not official confirmation of the game's European release. Capcom's official statement about the game is "we have nothing to announce at this time." Original story below. Capcom's popular...
Keep off the grass!
Publisher Zordix AB is continuing its quirky output of DSiWare releases ― as revealed back in June with a rather informative trailer ― and fans of grass cutting are sure to be in for for a treat. 1950s Lawn Mower Kids does what it says on the tin. Set in suburban America in the '50s, the game features Tom, Nancy and Tim as they attempt to mow various gardens while avoiding..
Nintendo doesn't want to miss out, does it?
Although Nintendo has no plans to localise sought-after games like the ones at the heart of Operation Rainfall's genesis, that's not to say the situation will necessarily stay the same. For months, fans have been vocal about their desire for Japanese RPGs The Last Story,
SEGA producer reveals the game's influences
SEGA has found itself pushing back the releases of two upcoming 3DS titles lately: CRUSH3D from Zoë Mode and the other being Shinobi from Griptonite Games. The latest press release from the publisher states the new release date as 11th November ― two months later than what was previously planned. Shinobi for the 3DS puts players in the role of Jiro..
SEGA announces new release date
Brighton-based Zoë Mode studio head Paul Mottram recently pointed to the lower-than-expected success of the 3DS as the reason for pushing back the release of the studio's upcoming puzzle game CRUSH3D. Now publisher SEGA has stepped in and announced the revised European release date. CRUSH3D has now been scheduled...
August just got a little bit hotter
Xenoblade Chronicles, the greatly anticipated Wii RPG due out this summer in Europe and the UK, is launching two weeks earlier than the previously scheduled date of 2nd September. The game will now launch 19th August. That makes just a little less time to order that sexy preorder package. The game is also scheduled to come to Australia at some point, but there is..
Settle down, North America
The Japan Expo held in Paris, France has come and gone and of the many games that were playable at the event, perhaps the most eyebrow-raising title was Pandora's Tower. Developed by Ganbarion, the action adventure game is one of three major titles that western gamers have been vocal about in light of Nintendo of America having no plans to bring them to its own continent..
Namco Bandai RPG out this November
During the Japan Expo 12th Impact event in Paris, France this week, Namco Bandai announced the European release date of its 3DS role-playing game, Tales of the Abyss. Based on the 2006 PlayStation 2 original, Tales of the Abyss stars Luke fon Fabre, the heir to an aristocratic family who has spent too long being...
Even more incentive to pre-order now
Deciding whether to buy a Classic Controller Pro? Planning on getting Xenoblade Chronicles? Nintendo might have made your purchasing decisions a little easier to make. With the RPG getting its European retail release on 2nd September, gamers will be able to buy a special pre-order bundle pack that comes with a...
We scouted it for you
With the hustle and bustle of E3 dying down, it's time to catch up on something unrelated to Wii U and 3DS, as we bring you the trailer of the latest instalment in the Dragon Quest Monsters series. The second title in the spin-off series ― Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 will see players scouting and collecting monsters as they build their ultimate battling team. Scouting..
Master Higgins is all alone
There's just one single new game on the trilogy of Wii Virtual Console, WiiWare and DSiWare this week, but that's no reason to be upset - It's an oft overlooked classic from the SNES. Virtual ConsoleSuper Adventure Island II (Super NES, Hudson, 800pts) — The last Adventure Island game created before the franchise went into dormancy for a long time, this one no longer..
Yard sales, restaurants and rocks
Not many surprises today, with just one new WiiWare game two DSiWare titles. There's no Virtual Console game, perhaps because we got one two weeks in a row a while back? Here's what you can grab this week. WiiWareYard Sale Hidden Treasures: Sunnyville (Konami, 500pts) — Another hidden object puzzle game, it's pretty much exactly what you'd think it would be. It..
Cinemax back with another DSiWare release
Cinemax has been in touch to let us know when its upcoming puzzle game will be released and how much we'll be coughing up when it hits the DSi Shop next month. The studio behind the Rytmik series ― the latest of which being Hip Hop King: Rytmik Edition, puzzle games such as Snakenoid, Sokomania and the
How two unassuming British programmers succeeded inside the halls of Nintendo
As a nation, the Japanese have gained a reputation of being particularly insular; despite their wholehearted acceptance of many aspects of western culture, they tend to regard their own products, traditions and population as superior. Bearing this in mind, the success of...
Sub-tle puns ahoy
The wait for submarine adventure Steel Diver to reach Europe won't be as long as first feared, as Nintendo confirms the game will hit the continent on 6th May. The game is a combination of styles, with a two-dimensional obstacle course of sorts as well as a gyroscope-powered periscope mode and a Battleships-style strategy minigame...
Take on Final Fantasy III
As we revealed recently, SquareEnix is backing Virtual Console with a pair of classic RPGs, kicking off this week with the one and only Final Fantasy III, also known as Final Fantasy VI. Virtual ConsoleFinal Fantasy III (Super NES, 900pts) — This is an excellent chance for Wii owners in Europe to play Square's well-regarded RPG, which was never
Arc System Works' 2D fighting game going 3D
Having already developed the BlazBlue spinoff title BlayzBloo: Super Melee Action Battle Royale for DSiWare, Arc System Works' latest BlazBlue title returns to its more traditional one-on-one beat 'em up roots and will also make it outside of Japan too. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift 2 is a port of the Japanese arcade game which was released last December and..
Holding out for a Hero?
It's an auspicious day in Virtual Console history, as the service receives only its second third-party N64 game in the West, after Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber. It's certainly the highlight of what is otherwise a rather underwhelming download this week. Virtual Console: Bomberman Hero (Hudson Soft, N64, 1000pts)...
North America, you have to wait
As we reported last week, Hudson's 64-bit single-player Bomberman Hero was recently rated by the ESRB, but the title will make its first appearance in Europe this week for the price of 1000 Points. The game was originally released in 1998 and is most well-known for being a totally single-player adventure, with not...
All is FLUX
The critically-acclaimed BIT.TRIP series reaches its sixth instalment today with CommanderVideo's final appearance: BIT.TRIP FLUX. Let's see what else is available this week. WiiWare: BIT.TRIP FLUX (Aksys Games, 800pts) – The conclusion to the BIT.TRIP saga, this takes its cues from series-starter BIT.TRIP BEAT with some brand new...
Get bowled over
It's an unusual occasion in the Nintendo Download this week: this week's games are all brand new for Europe, with not a single catch-up title for North America. Virtual Console receives its first-ever wrestling title and there's cricket, babies, noodles, monsters and celestial bodies too. Let's get to it. WiiWare: Cricket Challenge...
Genies, models, dolphins, viruses, fires and hip hop
There can be only one headline title this week, leaving all others in the shade. Shantae: Risky's Revenge finally reaches Europe after a lengthy wait, letting gamers all over the continent see why this is the best game DSiWare has to offer. DSiWare: Shantae: Risky's Revenge (WayForward, 1200pts)...
It's another clearly DSiWare-oriented week this time, with four new titles released on the service. WiiWare and Virtual Console only get one game each, along with another WiiWare demo. WiiWarePucca's Kisses Game (Bigben Interactive, 1000pts) – What seems to be a platformer game, based on the surprisingly popular franchise which has its own animated series and tons of merchandise,..
Back to no Virtual Console games
Every one of Capcom's announced arcade titles is out now, which means they don't have anything else coming anytime soon. Nobody else seems to have picked up their slack this week, as there's no new Virtual Console titles, but as expected that means there's a decent amount of games for the other services. WiiWareAround the World (Wizarbox, 500pts) – A trivia game..
To be revealed a lot sooner than the Japanese launch
Seven weeks prior to the upcoming Japanese launch of the 3DS, Nintendo was in a position where it officially revealed the launch titles that will be released in conjunction with the console. Whilst Nintendo of Europe isn't quite ready to announce what titles will be available on 25th March, the company is confident the final line-up will be..
There's nothing else like it on the market
Nintendo's launch announcement of the upcoming 3DS was bittersweet yesterday as the release date and schedule of games were missing the all-important price tag of the system itself. With no final pricing currently determined for the U.K. and the rest of Europe, the majority of retailers have listed the...
More Capcom classics
Virtual Console is the clear winner this week with two new Capcom arcade games, but that's not to say the rest should be ignored outright. Although WiiWare only gets one new download, DSiWare gets four of them, so hopefully there's something for everyone. WiiWareSpot the Differences! (Sanuk Games, 500pts) – Another difference-spotting game, this one is strangely one letter..
See the game up and running here
With the recent rumour that PES 2011 3D will be a launch title when the 3DS is unleashed across Europe on 25th March, Konami has released some solid details on its upcoming football game, but the date is still up in the air. What we do know is that PES 2011 3D will be available this Spring and when the time comes, gamers will be able to choose from 60 national and..
3 new DSiWare titles, but the other services aren't completely ignored
Europe mostly plays catch-up again this week, with three of the five new downloads already being available in North America. DSiWare makes up the bulk of this week's releases, with the other two services only getting one game each, and it's also the only one of the services to get some completely new stuff. We're not exactly..
Music to Europe, UK, and Australia's ears
Last August saw the NA release of the music creation application Rhythm Core Alpha from SoftEgg Enterprises. While the rest of the world is still waiting on a localized version to hit their DSi Shop, the developer has recently revealed that it's almost here and with it come numerous improvements over the original release. Launching in Europe, the United..
More Capcom arcade classics, plus a bunch of catch-up titles
Capcom is continuing their Virtual Console Arcade support with another two games, both of which were of course announced some time ago. At this rate they'll run out of games before we hit February! They're accompanied by a mixture of completely new games and games North America already got, most of which are fairly low-key. WiiWareGhost..
Catch-up titles, art and astrology, plus a BIT.TRIP demo
If you plan on ringing in the new year with downloadable titles, you've got more than your fair share of options in this Nintendo Download update. Whether you want to adventure through the stars or read them to predict your future, play a sequel to Bejeweled or Nintendo's own take on the...
Teyon announces the European release for its match three puzzle game
There's no shortage of puzzle games in the DSi Shop, but European gamers hungry for one more can look forward to receiving one early next year that hit North America this past June. If you liked what you read in our Super Swap review, then you're in luck as Teyon has announced that Europe will receive the match-three puzzle game..
A mix of old and new
This week offers yet more catchup titles, consisting of games released in North America within the past few weeks, as well as the last few months. There's also two new games, however, both of which are for DSiWare and both of which are new instalments in two series which have been going for a while now. WiiWare: Hydroventure...
Teyon deploys series debut for 500 points
Teyon's first instalment in the Heavy Fire series might not have done much to convince us that it's a compelling on-rails shooter, but if you're brave enough to lay down the points for it, you'll be glad to know that it launches in Europe on 31st December. Heavy Fire: Special Operations will be available to download from next Friday for 500 points, five..
Lots and lots of catchup titles
This week is almost exclusively made up of catchup titles, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, especially when it means that there's so many releases. Maybe there's something you'd like in the bunch. WiiWare: My Fireplace (Korner, 500pts) – Secretly the recently released in North America Fireplacing, for some...
Transgaming Technologies' DJ sim on the Wii-ls of steel
If someone should utter the words "DJ sim" at you, you'll probably do one of two things: wonder why they said "DJ sim" at you and nothing else, or think of DJ Hero. You might do both, to be fair. We just got word that Easy Interactive has launched Transgaming Technologies' own take on the DJ sim genre with In The Mix..