News: First-Party 3DS Titles to be Re-Released in Nintendo eShop

New Super Mario Bros. 2New Art Academy and FreakyForms Deluxe each launched in August on both a physical retail cartridge, and via a digital download in the Nintendo eShop. Since then, though, there’s been an absence of any new retail downloads in the 3DS’s digital store. Continue reading

News: Get Your White Yoshi For Mario Tennis Open at Tesco

Following last week’s news that you can get a black Yoshi as a playable character in Mario Tennis Open by scanning a QR code at selected Asda stores, Nintendo has this week teamed up with Tesco to continue the Yoshi Chase across thirty stores in the UK.

On Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd June, you’ll be able to collect your white Yoshi from the following supermarkets:

  • Solihull Extra
  • Redditch Extra
  • Bristol Homeplus
  • Cardiff Extra
  • Broughton Chester Extra
  • Bidston Moss Extra
  • Coventry Arena Extra
  • Long Eaton Extra
  • Hull St Stephens Extra
  • New Oscott Extra
  • Silverburn Extra
  • Fort Kinnaird Homeplus
  • Prescot Extra
  • Leeds Seacroft Extra
  • Stockport Extra
  • Irlam Extra
  • Lakeside Extra
  • Milton Keynes Kingston Extra
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne Extra
  • Bulwell Extra
  • Portsmouth Extra
  • Gallions Reach Extra
  • Chesterfield Extra
  • Swindon Extra
  • Southampton Homeplus
  • Southend Extra
  • Sadhurst Extra
  • Borehamwood Extra
  • Warrington Extra
  • Leicester Hamilton Extra

Did you manage to get your hands on the black Yoshi, and is the white dinosaur being distributed near you? Do you plan on collecting him if so?

News: Get an Extra 250 Club Nintendo Stars from Mario Tennis Open

If you were skeptical about purchasing Mario Tennis Open around its release date, and the Yoshi Chase that’s occurring throughout the UK wasn’t enough to tempt you, Nintendo has another incentive up its sleeve – this time in the form of an extra 250 Club Nintendo Stars if you register the game before 28th May.

UK #ClubNintendo members, register your copy of #MarioTennisOpen before May 28th and get 250 additional Stars!

Has this tempted you, were you going to pre-order it all along, or are you still not convinced?

Source – @NintendoUK – Twitter

News: Chase Your Black Yoshi for Mario Tennis Open at Selected Asda Stores From Friday

One of Mario Tennis Open‘s most exciting features is its Yoshi Chase mode, which hopes to sees owners of the game going to different locations throughout the UK at certain times to scan QR codes, which unlock differently coloured Yoshis for use in-game.

Nintendo has now confirmed that it is to partner up with selected Asda stores over the game’s launch weekend (on May 25th and 26th) to distribute the black Yoshi.

You can find the full list of participating Asda stores below:

Minworth Supercentre
Tamworth Supercentre
Patchway Supercentre
Cardiff Supercentre
Queensferry Supercentre
Ellesmere Port Supercentre
Coventry Supercentre
Derby Supercentre
Great Bridge Supercentre
Livingston Supercentre
Huyton Supercentre
Pudsey Supercentre
Eastlands Supercentre
Trafford Park Supercentre
Milton Keynes Supercentre
West Bridgford
Havant Supercentre
Cortonwood Living
Haydon Supercentre
Eastleigh Supercentre
Eastgate Supercentre
Lower Earley
Watford Supercentre
Wigan Supercentre
Leicester Fosse Park

Are you picking Mario Tennis Open up at launch? Shall you be heading to a local Asda store for your Black Yoshi?


News: Full Mario Tennis Open Character Roster Revealed

If you’d care to think back to the release of Mario Kart 7 on 3DS last year, you may remember something of an uproar from fans of the series when recurring characters such as Waluigi and Diddy Kong were absent from the roster in favour of ‘newcomers’ Metal Mario, Shy Guy and so on.

However, from Mario Tennis Open‘s confirmed character roster, it seems that Nintendo and Camelot are sticking with Baby characters rather than attempting to give a Wiggler arms and a tennis racket.

Here’s the full roster (including unlockables, so avoid if you want a surprise when you buy the game) and each character’s speciality:

Mario – All-around
Luigi – All-around
Peach – Technique
Daisy – Technique
Yoshi – Speed
Bowser – Power
Donkey Kong – Power
Diddy Kong – Speed
Wario – Power
Waluigi – Defense
Bowser Jr. – Tricky
Boo – Tricky
Baby Mario – Speed
Baby Peach – Tricky
Luma – Technique
Dry Bowser –  Defense

What do you think? Better or worse than Mario Kart 7‘s line-up?

News: New Mario Tennis Open Features Revealed by Nintendo

With Mario Tennis Open‘s release now only a matter of days away, Nintendo have revealed more of the game’s bonus features, including Ink Showdown and StreetPass, following the announcement of online multiplayer, leaderboards and customisable characters during last month’s Nintendo Direct presentation.

Here’s Nintendo’s list of confirmed game modes for the game so far:

  • Online Play: Mario Tennis Open players can compete and cooperate in local wireless matches with their opponents and play exhilarating games. Players can also build up their Open Match standings, check the monthly leaderboard and win Victory Medals from every challenger they defeat.
  • Ink Showdown: In this fast-paced competition, Piranha Plants spit ink balls from the back edge of the court. Players must destroy the ink balls before they splatter, while hitting tennis balls away from an opponent.
  • StreetPass Features: Players can inspire friendly competition by using the Nintendo 3DS system’s StreetPass features. They can engage in competitive StreetPass Matches or cooperative Ring Shot challenges with computer-controlled version of people they encounter and share their StreetPass winning streak. StreetPass can also be used to show off players’ Mii characters, which can be customised with new outfits and accessories that can improve their on-court performance. As users play, new items for their Mii will be unlocked in the Item Shop.
  • Unlockable Characters: New and familiar Nintendo characters can be unlocked – some through game play, others via special QR Codes. Unlockable characters include Luma, Baby Mario and Dry Bowser.

Are you interested in Mario Tennis Open? Do you think the lack of an RPG mode is made up for by the additional features the 3DS version brings to the table?