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3DS News Nintendo Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Announces Big eShop Sale for Europe

Nintendo Switch has been immensely successful through two years on the market, and a major factor in that success is just how many high-quality games have been released on the console. Between Nintendo’s first-party smash hits like Zelda and Mario and third-party releases like DOOM, there’s plenty to see, and it can get expensive to keep up with all the latest and greatest games.

Fortunately for European Switch owners, Nintendo has just announced a huge sale. Starting today, European customers can download a variety of games that have been discounted by as much as 66%. All of the latest discounts knock at least 30% off the price, so there’s plenty of good deals to be found. There are even a few 3DS games on sale! You can check out the full list below.

Switch Games on Sale:

  • Super Mario Odyssey: 33% off
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: 50% off
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: 50% off
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: 30% off
  • L.A. Noire: 66% off
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2: 33% off
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy: 34% off
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection: 30%
  • Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate: 42% off
  • Octopath Traveler: 33% off
  • Dark Souls Remastered: 30% off
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus: 33% off
  • Doom: 50% off

3DS Games on Sale:

  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS: 33% off
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D: 33% off
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2: 33% off

Source: Nintendo Everything

News Nintendo Nintendo Switch

Smash is Nintendo’s Fastest-Selling Console Game Ever in Europe

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to any longtime Nintendo fans, but Super Smash Bros. is one heck of a popular franchise. The crossover fighting series is one of Nintendo’s hottest properties and also one of its best system sellers, and that’s truer than ever this generation. In fact, when it comes to the UK, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is performing better than almost every Nintendo game in history.

Last week we reported that
Ultimate is outpacing every past Smash game in the UK with an incredible 302% increases in launch sales over the Wii U iteration of the franchise, but it doesn’t stop there. Nintendo of Europe recently announced that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now the fastest-selling Nintendo home console game of all time in Europe. Based on the phrasing, it sounds like only handheld-specific titles (perhaps Pokémon) have ever had a faster start in Europe.

We don’t have exact
Smash sales figures for Europe yet, but with over 3 million units sold in the United States and nearly 2 million sold in Japan, it’s clearly a global success. Combine that with the strong sales of Pokémon: Let’s Go and Super Mario Party, and you have one impressive holiday season.

Source: Nintendo of Europe

News Nintendo Nintendo Switch

Nintendo is Releasing a Limited Edition of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in Europe

This has been a big week for Smash Bros. fans, as Wednesday’s Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct featured the announcement of two brand new characters, three new Echo Fighters, new game modes, new items, and more. However, fans in Europe got an extra little announcement courtesy of Nintendo of Europe’s Twitter account.

According to a recent tweet, Nintendo will be releasing a limited edition version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in Europe. This edition will come in a box with the Smash Bros. Ultimate character mural that has been featured in the game’s promotional material, and it will include a copy of the game, a GameCube controller, and a GameCube controller adapter.

Currently, this limited edition has not been announced for any other regions, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see this limited edition or something like it released in other regions. If it isn’t, at least all of the items will be available outside of the limited edition bundle, and since the Switch is region-free, fans in other regions can import this limited edition bundle if they really want to.

What do you guys think? Would you like to see this limited edition bundle in other regions outside of Europe? Let us know in the comments!

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Bandai Namco Just Filed a Trademark for “Pac-Man Maker” in Europe

Bandai Namco, the creators of classic games like Pac-Man, Galaga, and Dig Dug, just filed a trademark for “Pac-Man Maker” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. This, of course, implies that the company could be working on a level-creator game like Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker, but with the theme of Pac-Man.

Now, it’s important to remember that companies file and renew trademarks fairly regularly, so this news doesn’t necessarily mean anything; Bandai could be saving the “Pac-Man Maker” name in case they want to use it in the far future, or they could just be taking an additional legal step to protect the Pac-Man brand, ensuring that no other company could make their own version of “Pac-Man Maker.” However, given the recent trend of maker-style games, it’s very possible that they could be planning on making their own sometime soon.

You can read the filing for yourself here, but there isn’t much additional information to be found, as Bandai Namco did not provide any details about their intended use for the trademark.

What do you guys think? Do you believe that Bandai Namco is working on a “Pac-Man Maker,” and do you think it could come out anytime soon? Would you be interested in such a game? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: European Union Intellectual Property Office

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Eurogamer Reports that Breath of the Wild’s European Release Date is Still Undecided

There’s been a lot of confusion surrounding the release date of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Nintendo hasn’t offered any clarity. Officially, the game’s release window is just “2017” with no further specifics, but fans are hoping it will be a Switch launch title in March. Retailers and tipsters have offered various takes, and most recently we’ve heard that even Nintendo isn’t exactly sure.

Eurogamer (the publication that first accurately leaked Switch would be a hybrid console with cartridges and detachable controllers) has now weighed in with some new info from their sources. Late last year, Eurogamer was told (by Nintendo of Europe employees) that the core game itself was finished, but localization and bug fixing was taking longer than expected, and that the game could miss the Switch launch.

As their sources tell it now,
Breath of the Wild is a sure bet for North America and Japan when Switch launches, but the situation in Europe is still up in the air. This is largely due to the fact that Nintendo of Europe has to translate and localize the game into multiple different languages, and they’re unsure if they can have it ready in time for Switch’s debut.

As things stand now, Eurogamer claims there are three possibilities.
Breath of the Wild could launch on day one in North America and Japan while launching a little later in Europe. Breath of the Wild could launch in Europe with several language options missing (like Xenoblade Chronicles X originally did), and those options would be patched in later. The third option is that Nintendo could move more resources to Breath of the Wild (presumably by pulling people off of other projects) in order to ensure a global release.

According to both Eurogamer and Liam Robertson (known for digging up the truth behind cancelled projects for Unseen64), this situation is similar to
what Star Fox Zero went through last year with Nintendo of Europe wanting more time for polish while the execs back in Japan are hesitant to delay. Robertson also claims that the game’s Australian release is in the same situation.

With the exception of
a lone Target listing (which was quickly removed), all of the sources claiming Breath of the Wild would launch in June over the past few months were from Europe and using European sources, which explains some of the confusion. That said, UK retailer GAME is openly advertising Breath of the Wild as a March release. It’s unclear whether they’re doing so based on their own assumptions or based on a directive from Nintendo.

Source: Eurogamer, Liam Robertson

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3DS News Nintendo Wii U

Nintendo is Discounting Splatoon, Pokkén Tournament, and Tons More in Europe for the New Year

Since 2016 is almost over, Nintendo of Europe has launched their eShop Happy New Year Sale to give players a chance to grab some games at a discounted price. For 3DS, you can get Super Mario 3D Land for £27.99 / €31.49, BoxBoxBoy! for £3.14 / €3.49, and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for £24.49 / €27.99. If you’re looking for some new Wii U games, you can grab Mario Kart 7 for £27.99 / €31.49, Pokkén Tournament for £34.99 / €41.99, and Super Mario 3D World for £15.99 / €19.99.

Here’s the full list:

  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (3DS) – £24.49 / €27.99
  • BoxBoxBoy! (3DS) – £3.14 / €3.49
  • Lego City Undercover (Wii U) – £15.99 / €19.99
  • Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins (3DS) – £12.79 / €15.99
  • Mario Kart 7 (Wii U) – £27.99 / €31.49
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Wii U) – £27.99 / €34.99
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (3DS) – £24.49 / €27.99
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS) – £27.99 / €31.49
  • New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U (Wii U) – £15.99 / €19.99
  • Pokkén Tournament (Wii U) – £34.99 / €41.99
  • Splatoon (Wii U) – £24.49 / €39.99
  • Super Mario Bros. (Wii U) – £2.44 / €3.49
  • Super Mario Bros. (3DS) – £3.14 / €3.49
  • Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (Wii U) – £2.44 / €3.49
  • Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (3DS) – £3.14 / €3.49
  • Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) – £15.99 / €19.99
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii U) – £2.44 / €3.49
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (3DS)- £2.44 / €3.49

The sale begins tomorrow and runs until January 8th. Will you be buying any of the games in the sale? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Nintendo

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Splatoon’s Official Art Book is Coming to Europe Next June

A few days ago we reported on the good news that the official Splatoon art book is coming to North America. At the time, there was no mention of a European release, but thankfully that has changed. According to an Amazon listing, The Art of Splatoon hardcover launches in Europe on June 13th, 2017, which is the same day as the North American release. This treasure trove of art features fantastic images of the Wii U game’s characters, weapons, and stages, along with storyboards, sketches, hand-drawn comics, and behind the scenes notes, and it can be yours for £32.33.

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Pokémon Sun and Moon are Out Now in Europe

Gamers in Japan, North America, and other regions have been enjoying Pokémon Sun and Moon for several days now, but European fans had to wait. Thankfully, that wait is over! Pokémon Sun and Moon are available now in all major territories, and fans in Europe can finally begin exploring the Alola region. To celebrate the launch, Nintendo UK has released a new trailer that highlights some of the new characters, monsters, and features you’ll be encountering in the games. You can check it out by clicking above!

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New Nintendo 3DS XL is Now Available in Three More Colors in Europe

Just in time for the holiday season, European gamers are getting some new color options for New Nintendo 3DS XL. Nintendo UK has released a trailer showing off new Orange + Black and Pearl White models for Nintendo’s handheld, and they’re available now for £179.99. In addition to those two color schemes, a separate trailer has confirmed that Germany is also getting a Pink + White model. Hopefully these designs come to North America as well, but in the meantime you can watch the trailers by clicking below.

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F-Zero X is Coming to the European Wii U Virtual Console on Thursday

Nintendo is getting ready to move away from Wii U and on to Nintendo Switch, and we quite unfortunately did not get a new F-Zero game this generation. That said, you can still enjoy the classics, and Nintendo is re-releasing one of them soon. Nintendo 64 title F-Zero X is headed to the Wii U Virtual Console in Europe this Thursday, November 3rd. No price has been officially announced at this time, but it’s likely to cost €9.99 / £8.99 like other titles. You can check out a trailer for the fast-paced racing game by clicking above!

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Nintendo is Now Offering Birthday Discounts in Europe

Club Nintendo came to an end last year, and it was recently replaced by a new membership service called My Nintendo. When My Nintendo launched in Japan, Nintendo gave discounts on 3DS and Wii U games to players on their birthdays. These birthday discounts came to North America in July, and now Nintendo of Europe is finally getting with the program. Starting this month, Nintendo will give European gamers a 30% discount on one game during their birthday month.

This offer is good as soon as your birthday month starts, and you’ll have five 3DS games and five Wii U games to choose from. Here’s the full list of eligible games:

Wii U:

  • Super Mario Maker
  • Splatoon
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X

Nintendo 3DS:

  • Monster Hunter™ Generations
  • Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon
  • Bravely Second™: End Layer
  • Tomodachi Life
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Source: Nintendo

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Europe’s Getting Four New Nintendo Selects Next Week

Popular Nintendo games can retain a high price tag for years after launch, but Nintendo occasionally discounts some of their top games as part of the Nintendo Selects program. Nintendo recently announced that four more games are primed for discounts in Europe, including Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Super Mario 3D World, Mario Party 10, and Pikmin 3. These four Wii U titles will all be discounted to €19,99 / £15.99 starting on September 30th. Nintendo has released a new trailer to show off the latest batch of Selects, and you can check it out by clicking above!

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Dragon Ball: Fusions Launches in North America on December 13th

Dragon Ball fans are pumped for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, and now they have a second game to look forward to this year. 3DS exclusive Dragon Ball: Fusions has been out in Japan since August, and GameStop recently started taking preorders for it in the West. Following this, developer Bandai Namco Entertainment has officially announced that Dragon Ball: Fusions will launch in North America on December 13th. The game is also coming to Europe, but European gamers will have to wait until February 2017. Bandai Namco has released the following details about the game:

Dragon Ball Fusions is the latest Dragon Ball experience for Nintendo 3DS! It’s an RPG action game that combines fighting, customization, and collection elements to bring Dragon Ball to the next level. In this new world, players will discover powerful items, find warriors who can become their allies, and build teams to bring into battle to see who the best fighters are. The battle system combines strategy and real time action to make this a fun and unique Dragon Ball experience for fans.

AVATAR – Create your own avatar and participate in a totally new experience in the Dragon Ball universe.

• FLY – Fly to the Dragon Ball flying island to progress through the story and discover new missions.

• FUSIONS – Gather the strongest fighters to fuse them together and get powerful new characters; hundreds of different combinations

are possible.

• RPG – The gameplay is based on a “Rock-Scissors-Paper” RPG system getting deeper the more you progress into the story.

• PHOTO FUSIONS – Take pictures with your friends and fuse into a Dragon Ball character.

You can check out the game’s North American announcement trailer above and a batch of screenshots below!

Source: DualShockers, GameSpot

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Nintendo has Revealed New My Nintendo Rewards for North America and Europe

Nintendo has just revealed another batch of My Nintendo rewards for Europe and North America, including discounts on a selection of eShop games. In Europe, members can get 15% off Mario Kart 8 for 500 Platinum Points, 15% off Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. for 200 Platinum Points, and the Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 1 for 60 Gold Points. Meanwhile, in North America, fans can get 15% off Paper Mario: Sticker Star for 600 Platinum Points, 30% off Star Fox 64 3D for 100 Gold Points, and 30% off Fire Emblem (Wii U) for 20 Gold Points.

Here’s the full list of September’s rewards:

North America

  • 15% off Dr Mario: Miracle Cure (3DS) – 140 Platinum Points
  • 15% off Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS) – 600 Platinum Points
  • 15% off Fluidity: Spin Cycle (3DS) – 170 Platinum Points
  • 15% off Pushmo World (Wii U) – 150 Platinum Points
  • 15% off Yoshi’s Story (Wii U) – 150 Platinum Points
  • 30% off Star Fox 64 3D (3DS) – 100 Gold Points
  • 30% off F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (Wii U) – 20 Gold Points
  • 30% off Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS) – 80 Gold Points
  • 30% off Fire Emblem (Wii U) – 20 Gold Points

Europe

  • 15% off Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) – 500 Platinum Points
  • 15% off Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. (3DS) – 200 Platinum Points
  • 30% off Nano Assault EX (3DS) – 300 Platinum Points
  • 50% off XType Plus (Wii U) – 150 Platinum Points
  • 30% off Super Mario Galaxy (Wii U) – 350 Platinum Points
  • Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 1 (Wii U) – 60 Gold Points

These rewards are valid until December 1st. Will you be grabbing any of them? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Nintendo

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The Latest Pokémon Distribution in Europe and Australia is “Happy Hour Meowth”

Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have been distributing special Event Pokémon throughout the year in celebration of the beloved franchise’s 20th anniversary. The latest giveaway for Europe and Australia has just been announced, and this time around it’s Meowth. This special Meowth comes with the sixth generation move Happy Hour, which doubles the amount of money you earn from battles.

This money-maker comes at level 20 with Happy Hour, Screech, Bite, and Fake Out as its moves. Its ability is Pickup, and its IVs, nature, and gender are randomized. You can acquire one for yourself by using the serial code HAPPY.

Source: Serebii, Reddit

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The Oculus Rift Launches September 20th in Europe and Canada

The Oculus Rift was released in the US back in March, and Oculus VR, the company behind the gaming headset, has announced that it will be coming to Canadian and European stores on September 20th. Oculus VR also stated in a blog post that people in those regions can order their headset now, but they will not begin shipments until the September 20th release date. The Oculus Rift will be available in Europe for £549/€699, and while no Canadian price was mentioned in the blog post, the device is available for preorder from the Microsoft Store for CAD $849.

Oculus VR has stated that people will get a “localized product with regional pricing and translated packaging, manuals, and software” when purchasing from a Canadian or European store. They are also working with developers to “help them localize their games and experiences.” Every Oculus Rift comes with a copy of the platformer game Lucky’s Tale, like the US version, and you can check out this downloadable tool to figure out if the Oculus Rift will work for your PC.

Have you gotten an Oculus Rift yet? Let us know what you think of it in the comments!

Source: GameSpot

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Nintendo and ESL are Teaming Up to Host Six Months of Splatoon Tournaments in Europe

Splatoon‘s biggest events, the Splatfests, may have ended last month, but it looks like Nintendo’s been making plans for a whole new type of Inkling-based competition. This morning, Nintendo and the Electronic Sports League announced that they’ve joined forces to bring official Splatoon tournaments to Europe. Starting in September, players will be able to compete against one another in these online matches for six whole months.

Details beyond that are vague at this point, as Nintendo has not yet announced how the competition will be structured or what rewards might be offered; there is also no word of this event coming to other regions outside of Europe. That said, they have promised that more updates will be provided in the coming weeks via the official
Splatoon Facebook page and Nintendo of Europe’s Twitter account, so make sure you’re watching those if you’re interested in taking part!

Are you excited to get some official
Splatoon competitions going again? Should Nintendo bring similar tournaments to the rest of the world? What sort of prizes do you think they could offer? Give us your thoughts in the comments!

Source: Nintendo (via Nintendo Everything)

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Yo-Kai Watch 2 is Coming to Europe in Spring 2017

Yo-Kai Watch 3 has been topping the sales charts in Japan, but we are still waiting for Yo-Kai Watch 2 here in the West. North American fans only need to wait until September 30th, but Nintendo just revealed that it won’t be coming to Europe until Spring 2017. This is a similar situation to what happened with the first game in the series, as it didn’t come to Europe until several months after its release in North America.

To encourage European players to try out
Yo-Kai Watch, Nintendo is releasing a bundle which contains a blue 2DS with the first Yo-Kai Watch already installed. The bundle launches in Europe on October 7th alongside another bundle containing a pink 2DS with New Style Boutique 2 – Fashion Forward pre-installed.

Source: Nintendo PR (via Nintendo Everything)

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Europe is Also Getting a Splatoon Testfire Event This Month

Yesterday we learned that Nintendo is bringing back the Splatoon Testfire demo in North America, giving Wii U owners the chance to try out Splatoon‘s online multiplayer for free. Today we have confirmation that Europe is getting a similar event, and it kicks off very soon. From August 18th until September 1st, you’ll be able to play Splatoon for free via an eShop demo. No other details (including the specific times when the demo will be live) have been revealed at this time, but we’ll be on the lookout for more information.

Source: Nintendo of Europe

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Europe’s Getting Four New Nintendo Selects Next Month

Popular Nintendo games can retain a high price tag for years after launch, but Nintendo occasionally discounts some of their top games as part of the Nintendo Selects program. Eight new Nintendo Selects were recently announced for North America, and now Europe’s getting another wave as well. Starting on September 30th, Wii U games Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Super Mario 3D World, Mario Party 10, and Pikmin 3 will all be discounted to €19,99 / £15.99. Will you be taking advantage of these deals?

Source: Nintendo of Europe

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