Nintendo Download Europe May 23rd, 2013

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Kirby’s Dream Course (Nintendo) – €7.99/£5.49 (Available for €5.59/£3.79 if you own Kirby’s Adventure, Ends May 30)
Kirby’s Dream Course puts a new spin on golf, with Kirby as the ball and enemies as obstacles! Conquer eight different courses packed with water, spikes, conveyor belts and trampolines. Roll Kirby to take out enemies, and then head for the hole that appears. Adjust the angle of movement, add spin and power, and also copy the powers of enemies; such as using a parasol to float, ice to freeze water or fire to burn bad guys! Kirby’s Dream Course also features a two-player mode to compete against a friend.

This is the US version of the game.

Kirby Super Star (Nintendo) – €7.99/£5.49 (Available for €5.59/£3.79 if you own Kirby’s Adventure, Ends May 30)
Kirby Super Star features not one, not two, but six games in one – plus extra modes and minigames – all starring the powerful pink hero with the ability to copy his enemies’ abilities. Each adventure has its own storyline, featuring Kirby battling against classic foes like Meta Knight and King Dedede, and unique gameplay; from platforming to treasure-hunting and even a space shoot ’em up! A friend can also join in as Kirby’s helper, using their own copy abilities to attack enemies and come to Kirby’s aid.

This is the US version of the game.

Resident Evil Revelations (CAPCOM) – €49.99/£39.99
The critically acclaimed survival horror title Resident Evil Revelations returns redefined for console complete with high quality HD visuals, enhanced lighting effects and an immersive sound experience. This latest version of Resident Evil Revelations will also deliver additional content including a terrifying new enemy, extra difficulty mode and improvements to RAID Mode such as new weapons, skill sets, and playable characters including Hunk and Rachael!

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Warner Bros.) – €49.99/£39.99
The Dynamic duo teams up with legendary DC Super Heroes to save Gotham City! DC Super Heroes Unite! Play as Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, and more! Discover LEGO Gotham City! Harness the power of the Wii U GamePad for unique game play and control functionality.

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (Nintendo) – €39.99/£34.99
Go ape with the swingin’ king of the jungle! Donkey Kong and his simian sidekick Diddy Kong are back for more action-packed platforming antics in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, an enhanced version of Wii adventure Donkey Kong Country Returns. Jump, race and roll your way across Donkey Kong Island on a quest to rescue DK’s beloved banana hoard from the trouble-causing Tiki Tak Tribe. Stomp on enemies, grab banana bunches and ride rockets, rhinos and much more in classic 2D platforming gameplay, stuffed full of spectacular scenes and tricky traps. Use both characters’ special skills to overcome all kinds of obstacles and explore each stage to the full – hop Diddy onto DK’s shoulders and use his Barrel Jet to hover them both over large gaps, or roll to your heart’s content and trample everything in your path.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars (Ubisoft) – €19.99/£17.99
As the commander of the Ghosts, the best special operations fighting force in the world, your mission is to stop the Russian ultranationalist Yuri Treskayev from coming to power, in Tom Clancy’s GHOST RECON SHADOW WARS on Nintendo 3DS. From the hot deserts of Kazakhstan to the villages of Ukraine and the frozen lands of Siberia, you must discover and disable the secret Soviet-era “Dead Hand” bases which Treskayev is using to build an army of drones. You will have access to full resources to build, train, and equip your team, using the most recent high-tech weapons and armour. Experience the critically-acclaimed Ghost Recon series in a new way as you discover rich and deep tactical gameplay never before seen in a Ghost Recon game!

Project X Zone: A Lethal Surprise Demo (Namco Bandai) – Free
When a rift in time and space suddenly appears, a doorway to various universes is opened allowing both heroes and villains from different worlds to cross paths. Players will be able to take control of a massive selection of heroes including favourites such as Jin and Xiaoyu (TEKKEN), Toma and Cyrille (Shining Force EXA), to X and Zero (Mega Man X) and discover the cause of the rift and stop evil from coming through and spreading into their world. Enjoy over 50 characters from 29 franchises from Namco Bandai, Capcom & Sega, including Street Fighter, Tekken, Darkstalkers, Devil May Cry, Sakura Wars, Tales of Vesperia and many more!

*Game with English text only*

Swords & Soldiers 3D (Circle Entertainment) – €7.00/£5.90
Prepare for an encounter with a freakishly large pepper: Swords & Soldiers 3D is coming your way! Rewrite history as you take control of the brutal Vikings, the devious Aztecs or the crafty Chinese in their global quest to win the favour of the Gods! Swords & Soldiers 3D is a side-scrolling strategy game that lets you control an entire army and lets you wield devastating magical abilities. Demolish your enemy’s castle at the end of these two-dimensional battlefields and lead your troops to victory!

Rabbids Rumble Demo (Ubisoft) – Free
Rabbids have escaped from your cartridge all over your Nintendo 3DS and found their way into the real world. You must collect them throughout 7 worlds full of mini-games and bring the complete collection back, one battle at a time!

Air Battle Hockey 3D (Agetec) – €4.99/£4.49
The basic rules are familiar: use a racket to hit a ball into the opponent’s goal. The first one to score ten points wins. The game features special Skills and Targets. There are six different offensive and defensive skills. Play aggressive and attack with the Lightning Shot skill which changes direction of the ball during mid-flight, tricking your opponent in scoring a goal. Play defensive and use the Hyper Racket skill to increase the size of your Racket improving protection of your goal. Watch for Targets that appear during the game, hitting those triggers various events, such as an increase ball speed or reducing your opponent’s skill gauge to zero. In addition to the Two-Player Battle Mode, there is also Endless Mode, a squash-like game where you compete for a high score.

Groove Heaven (Teyon) – €3.99/£3.59
Rhymi has to deliver a love letter to a beautiful angel only she is a little demon and the letter is from the Devil lord himself. Climb with her to the top of the tower connecting two realms armed with your best dancing moves! Time your steps right, keep to the beat to get moving and grooving away from oncoming danger! Dance under leaping frogs and past black crows, as you collect musical notes and red roses for bonuses. In two bubbly and exciting modes challenge your musical senses either dancing your way to the top, or simply testing how fast you can keep up with the beat! Show off your rhythmic skills and tap your way to Heaven!

Special Deals
The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave (Genius Sonority) – €6.39/£5.69 (Ends May 30, normally €7.99/£7.19)

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Awesome, I hope the surprise demo for Project X Zone hits North America this week as well, can’t wait!

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Rumor: Could Sumo Digital be teasing Sonic VS Mario Kart?

Over on twitter, some of the developers from Sumo Digital seem to be talking about how they will follow up Sonic Racing Transformed. Take a look below:?


I honestly think it would be wonderful if Sonic were to appear in Mario Kart. But I think Mario Kart should go the way of Smash Brothers and let other characters be in it. Mario Kart is starting to get a bit stale in my opinion, even if Mario Kart 7 is a really great game. I seriously can’t wait for E3, some megatons are coming our way for sure.

The Wonderful Wonderful 101 Boxart

The boxart for the game was posted on Amazon, and look how awesome it looks! I am so excited to finally get some Wii U games, I’m glad the 3DS is around to hold the fort down.

Nintendo Direct May 17th – Press Release

Nintendo Seals Exclusive Partnership with SEGA on Upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog Games

Nintendo Direct Also Announces Wii U Games Shown at E3 2013 to be Playable at Select Best Buy Stores

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The next title in SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog franchise will be exclusive to Nintendo’s Wii U home console and Nintendo 3DSportable system. Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata announced the details of a new partnership with SEGA during a new Nintendo Direct video announcement today. Sonic Lost World is a new action platforming game, and more information about it will be announced before the E3 2013 video game trade show begins on June 11.

The Nintendo Direct also announced Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games for Wii U, and revealed that additional SEGA Game Gear games would be coming to the Virtual Console service for Nintendo 3DS. Outside of SEGA news, Nintendo announced that select Wii U games featured at E3 2013 will soon be playable at participating Best Buy stores, the launch date for New Super Luigi U, new Pikmin 3 game details and additional information about a variety of previously announced Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games.

“The onetime rivalry between Mario and Sonic has grown into a friendship that has never been closer,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “These announcements in conjunction with SEGA demonstrate the commitment we have to bringing great games to the Wii U platform, and set the stage for our upcoming announcements at E3.”

To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Today’s announcements included:

Wii U News

  • Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games: The game includes a variety of events from the Winter Games, including curling, skiing, figure skating pairs and snowboard slopestyle – which will make its Olympic debut in Sochi, Russia. Different events might use the Wii Remote Plus controller, Wii U GamePad controller or both. In addition to realistic events, the game also includes those set in the worlds of Sonic and Mario that let players perform moves not possible in real life. Launch details and timing will be announced at a later date.
  • Experience Games from Nintendo’s E3 Booth at Best Buy: Exclusively at participating Best Buy locations in the United States and Canada, consumers will be able to play some of the unreleased Wii U games featured at E3 while the event is occurring in Los Angeles. Details about locations and which games will be featured will be revealed in the coming weeks.
  • New Super Luigi U: The Year of Luigi-themed downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. U offers players 82 updated courses. But it also includes a new playable character in multiplayer mode: Nabbit, who steals items from Toad Houses. Nabbit can’t power up, but also won’t take damage when he touches enemies. New Super Luigi U will be released as downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. U in the Nintendo eShop on June 20 for $19.99. But in honor of the Year of Luigi, Nintendo is also offering a standalone packaged version of New Super Luigi U that doesn’t require New Super Mario Bros. U on Aug. 25 at a suggested retail price of $29.99.
  • The Wonderful 101: The mass-action adventure from Platinum Games launches Sept. 15. Additional details will be announced after E3.
  • Pikmin 3: New playable characters Alph, Brittany and Charlie recruit the Pikmin creatures to help them gather fruit so that they can return with the seeds to save their home, Planet Koppai. Players can divide activities among the different characters, and explore separate areas in the same map with different groups of Pikmin. Using the GamePad (known as the KopPad in the game), players can view the overall map and grasp what each character and Pikmin are up to. Players also can choose their preferred control option: GamePad in conjunction with the TV, Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk combo or GamePad only in off-TV mode. Players can also use the Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk with the GamePad as a second-screen monitor. Pikmin 3 launches Aug. 4.
  • GAME & WARIO: The game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop June 23 at a suggested retail price of $39.99, and includes a number of games from WarioWare, Inc., that use the GamePad in different ways. Newly revealed games include: Island, which lets two to five people launch little creatures called Fronks onto islands in the sea to score points; Patchwork, a puzzle game that tests players’ pattern-recognition skills; and Kung-Fu, which challenges players to help Young Cricket navigate a course safely using the forward-looking view on the TV and the top-down view on the GamePad. A new Iwata Asks feature offers more details about the game at http://iwataasks.nintendo.com.
  • Resident Evil Revelations: Capcom’s horror-survival game is launching in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on May 21. The game originally released for Nintendo 3DS, and the Wii U version offers players updated HD graphics, GamePad controls and new game content. Players can use the GamePad to view the map and change items using the touch screen without pausing their progress. Or they can play the full game on the GamePad in off-TV mode, or play with the Wii U Pro Controller. The game is Miiverse-compatible, and a demo version is currently available in the Nintendo eShop.

Nintendo 3DS News

  • SEGA Game Gear: Games from the classic hand-held system are headed to the Virtual Console service. These include:
    • Columns
    • Crystal Warriors
    • Defenders of Oasis
    • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
    • G-LOC: Air Battles
    • Shining Force II: The Sword of Hajya
    • Sonic Blast
    • Sonic Drift 2
    • Sonic Labyrinth
    • Sonic the Hedgehog
    • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
    • Tails Adventure
    • Vampire: Master of Darkness
  • Inside the Treehouse with Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Because of the vast amount of content in the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Leaf game, Nintendo’s Treehouse localization team is hosting an ongoing video series to talk about the franchise and many of the fun features of the new game. The videos will be available on Nintendo’s YouTube channel and in the Nintendo eShop on a regular basis leading up to the game’s June 9 launch. Additionally, a newAnimal Crossing panel for Puzzle Swap is now available for StreetPass Mii Plaza, and fans also might find a special Animal Crossing-themed message on Swapnote.
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D: This game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on May 24 and includes all the fun of the original Wii game, now optimized for portable play. It also includes eight new unlockable levels that are each based on one of the eight worlds from the original game. These levels will challenge players with new elements like platforms that force them to move at a faster pace, large drops of tar falling from the ceiling and giant rotating stone gears that can alter the level itself.
  • A Legendary Sale: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons arrive on the Virtual Console service for Nintendo 3DS on May 30. Because playing the games together unlocks so much additional content, Nintendo is offering them for just $4.99 each for the first three weeks after launch. After this promotion expires, the games will be available for $5.99 each.
  • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move: The game, which launched May 9 exclusively in the Nintendo eShop, challenges players to place tiles on the bottom screen to guide the Minis to their goal on the top screen. The game includes more than 180 stages, but also dramatically extends the fun of the game by letting players create their own stages and share them with others. Players can opt to try a random user-created level or one created by their friends. They can also select from the most popular levels overall or search the top levels of the week.

Another Nintendo Direct focused on future Wii U content will air around the time of E3 2013.

The Wonderful 101 dated for North America & Europe

During the Nintendo Direct conference today, Nintendo announced the release dates for Platinum Game’s Wii U exclusive The Wonderful 101. The game will launch first in Europe on August 23rd, and in North America on September 15th.

I’m really looking forward to this game as it was one of the first revealed for Wii U. I am still angry at Nintendo for largely ignoring the Wii U when they have promised time after time that there would not be any software droughts. However, I hope the game is worth all the wait!

Nintendo Direct May 17, 2013

I will be updating this post with the contents of the Nintendo Direct conference, also with a link to the recording later on

  • Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games for Wii U (due out 2014)
  • Yakuza 1 & 2 HD for Wii U!!! Due out August 8th (Japan) <–WHAAAA o_o
  • Nintendo has entered into a worldwide partnership with SEGA (OMG O_O!)
  • Sonic Lost Worlds announced for exclusively for Wii U & 3DS, new action adventure platformer
  • More SEGA GameGear games for the 3DS Virtual Console
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages & Seasons will be released May 30th and be priced at $5 for 3 weeks after launch
  • The Wonderful 101 headed to Europe August 23rd, North America September 15th
  • New Super Luigi U being released as DLC and at retail. You can play as Luigi, Blue Toad, Yellow Toad, and Nabbit, no Mario. Nintendo eShop on June 20th as DLC ($20), retail at August 25th ($30).
  • Pikmin 3 headed to Europe on July 26th.
  • Nintendo announces partnership with Best Buy to play unreleased Wii U Games during E3 bringing the games to the consumers directly

That’s all for the Nintendo Direct.

Dragon Quest X, MMO, due out in 2012 for Wii & Wii U, crossplatform support!

14:55: Regarding the release time frame, Hori said it will be 2012.
14:54: Hori and Saito take the stage for a parting message.
14:52: Regarding the Wii U version, Iwata notes that players who begin playing on the Wii could
continue on the Wii U after they pick up that system.
14:49: Iwata congradulates the series on its 25th anniversary. It’s also Zelda’s 25th anniversary,
he reminds.
14:48: Next, they bring out Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata to speak.
14:47: They’re going to have a beta test. Details will be announced shortly.
14:46: Next Hori announces a bit of possible 3DS compatibility. They’re thinking about something
where you can transfer your character to your 3DS for Spot Pass transfers with other players.
14:46: The staff is working to make DQX graphically superior on Wii U. The Wii and Wii U
versions will be played in the same world, though — they will be crossplatform.
14:45: They just announced Dragon Quest X for Wii U!
14:45: Next, a surprise!
14:44: The hosts ask for a development status update. The producer just gives a generic bit
about how they’re working hard on the game, and so forth.
14:44: The video of the play session ends.
14:42: When you’re not playing, you can let your character be used by other players in their
parties.
14:41: This time, he has a new weapon and upped his skill points. He and his new party of two
other NPCs face off agains the Golem. Other players who are in your area as you fight appear
translucent and show their support for you.
14:40: The music playing in the background as he plays is all new DQX music from Sugiyama.
14:40: He’s going to try the Golem battle that he lost in the previous clip. This time, he’s going to
use a new weapon.
14:39: You can also create your own home. Your friends can come visit.
14:39: You can create weapons that are used by other people. If your weapon is used by many,
your status/name will rise.
14:38: Now they’re introducing a section called “life in the Dragon Quest X world.” You can take
things like weapon and accessory maker jobs.
14:37: Players can help other players who’ve fallen.
14:35: You can see other players fighting in the world. This looks MMORPGish. I don’t think
they’ve said how many people can exist in the same world though.
14:34: He’s adventuring with an NPC that he selected himself. The characters have job and race
(the five races from the title — dwarves, elfs, etc…).
14:34: Like past DQ games, you go to the pub to assemble a party.
14:33: The game screen is being kept simple and clean, Fujisawa says.
14:33: You can create your own character.
14:33: They’re showing a play demo that was filmed earlier.
14:32: Director Jin Fujisawa takes the stage to show the game.
14:30: The next theme is things that may relieve those worried about online games. You’ll be
able to logout easily, for instance. You won’t have to play with others — the game can be cleared
100% on your own, using NPC characters. The commands will be familiar.
14:30 (Season means things like New Years, Halloween, etc… not seasons like Fall, Winter).
14:29: There will be various events with every season.
14:28: The game will also have added quests post release — like in Dragon Quest IX. It will be at
the same pace or even faster pace that DQIX’s. Some of the quests will span multiple volumes.
14:27: They’ll have a job change system. They won’t announce the name of the system today.
After release, there will be additional jobs.
14:27: Next a concept: “The joy of being able to play forever.”
14:27: He’s not sharing details on the story — just showing artwork and telling players to imagine
from there.
14:26: The game will have a huge story, Saito says. (In case you were worried about it being
online and all…)
14:25: Hori and Saito are looking at the five race artwork and praising Toriyama’s work.
14:24: The game is set in Astortia, which has five continents and five races — the five races
listed in the surname.
14:23: Saito explains the game’s concept, world view, etc…
14:22: Everything is being developed internally. Even the CG work from the intro was from Visual
Works (Square Enix’s movie staff).
14:22: This is the first time the game is being developed inside Square Enix.
14:21: Producer Yosuke Saito takes the stage.
14:21: Hori is calling out the game’s producer.
14:19: They’ve delivered messages.
14:19: Akira Toriyama and Sugiyama Koichi are, of course, handling the character designs and
music.
14:18: Regarding the online, your allies will be real players.
14:17: Hear that? It’s for Wii! So no more questions about platform changes!
14:16: The game is going to be an online RPG. It’s for Wii.
14:16: The surname leaked out in a trademark filing a while back.
14:15: Dragon Quest X Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku
14:14: Developed by Square Enix, the clip said…
14:13: He’s going to show a video to introduce the next DQ game.
14:10: He’s recalling how low tech things were back when the first DQ came out — the game fit
in the file size of a cell phone wallpaper screen.
14:10: He thanks the fans for the series being able to go on for so long.
14:09: “Hello, I am Hori.”
14:09: DQ series father Hori Yuuji takes the stage!
14:08: The new Dragon Quest portal site, Dragon Quest Paradise, is opening today. It’s at
dragonquest.jp.
14:08: Now he’s speaking about upcoming non game developments.
14:08: Yes we will! December 1 is the release date!
14:08: Next up, Itadaki Street Wii… I believe Fortune Street in the US? Will we get a release
date?
14:08: Yes we will! November 2 is the release date!
14:08: Next, Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3 for 3DS. This was previously announced before, of
course. Will we get a release date?
14:08: He’s beginning by introducing upcoming near-term developments for the series, first DQ
Collection, which hits Wii on 9/15.
14:07: Miyake is the executive producer of the Dragon Quest series at Square Enix.
14:05: Yuu Miyake takes the stage (I think that’s his name).
14:04: The MCs said the reason why they’re MCing. The dude is gong to be hosting some
Square Enix net program that will start off with a DQ special. The girl will be appearing as a
guest on the first episode.
14:03: Today’s MCs are Hiroki Yasumoto and Ayana Tsubaki.
14:02: It’s just showing the numbered games, then ends with “next,” so this is definitely about
DQX!
14:01: The event begins with a montage clip running through the history of the series.
14:01: It’s starting!!!
13:59: The event is named “”The New Door that Now Opens” or something like that. The dude
who just spoke said that the event is about to start.
13:57: Sound finally up! GO GO!
13:56: The Nico Nico Video feed has 32,000 viewers — double the Ustream feed at present.
Neither has sound right now, so I assume the sound is cut off until the start of the event.
13:49: If you’re wondering what a Slime Tower Speaker looks like: clicky click. If I’m reading
correctly, the individual Slimes can be placed separately.
13:46: This is a Slime Niku-man (Meat Bun) as it may be displayed at Family Mart.
Image from Famitsu.com’s live blog. They’ve got lots more pics from the event space, so check
the site directly!
13:40: The Ustream broadcast has started. Watch here.
13:38: From Famitsu, the exhibit area of the press conference shows Slime meat buns that will
be released at convenience store Family Mart in late November, and a Slime Tower Speaker that
will be released in November by Hori.
13:27: According to a listing at Sankei Biz, today’s event is about Dragon Quest X.
13:25: The press conference is taking place on the 39th floor. The 39th floor of what, I don’t
know. But it’s on the 39th floor.
13:23: These pics from the event space are from Famitsu.com. They’re finally using Cover It
Live for their blog.
13:20: The event starts at 14:00, so check back in a bit!!!

Well, my mind was blown. It’s a good thing that the game will also be on the Wii U, so people like me who want to wait for a better graphical version aren’t stuck with the Wii being dead eventually. This was definitely a wonderful conference. I’ve never played an MMO but I think I will most likely give this a try. 🙂