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Those going to the Manchester MCM Expo on 21st July will get the chance to go hands on with upcoming Nintendo consoles and games at Nintendo’s Unleashed stand: the Nintendo 3DS XL, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Pokémon Conquest all on show for attendees to try out. There’s also chances to win a Super Mario 3D Land lanyard and trade Kid Icarus: Uprising AR Cards, as well as an XL Mii hunt which makes use of StreetPass in ‘secret locations’ throughout the expo.
Nintendo is today announcing the first ever UK showing of Pokémon Conquest at Manchester Comic Con MCM Expo. Nintendo 3DS fans will be treated to an exclusive preview of the title on the new Nintendo 3DS XL ahead of the console’s launch on 28 July.
Event-goers will also get the chance to try out a host of other exciting new titles on the upcoming Nintendo 3DS XL console, including New Super Mario Bros. 2.
To celebrate the upcoming launch of the Nintendo 3DS XL system, fans keen to add to their Mii collection are encouraged to bring their Nintendo 3DS consoles with them and take part in an exclusive XL Mii Hunt around the venue. 5 Mii characters with XL features will be hidden in secret locations and all those who collect a full set will win a special Super Mario 3D Land lanyard prize. Get hunting!
Anyone keen to try out Nintendo 3DS XL will also be able to trial a selection of the latest releases to experience the stunning 3D experience first-hand – just ask on the stand! Nintendo 3DS XL has the biggest screen to feature on a Nintendo handheld console to date, 90% larger than the screen on the original console.
In addition, Nintendo will be hosting a swap shop and battle table for the Kid Icarus: Uprising collectible AR Idol Cards, which visitors will also be able to win at Manchester MCM Expo.
Anyone attending looking forward to visiting the Nintendo Unleashed stand to try out some of the biggest upcoming games from Nintendo?
As you will all know by now, Kid Icarus: Uprising for the Nintendo 3DS comes bundled with a packet of collectible Augmented Reality cards, despite the only way of actually collecting them being through spending your hard-earned Club Nintendo stars on packets.
Panini has now come to the rescue for those eager to collect all 404 cards, as the company’s teamed up with Nintendo to distribute packets of the cards and storage binders in the UK, with the first of the bunch going on sale today.
Panini are proud to announce the launch of their awesome new trading card game; Kid Icarus Uprising. Over 40 million people in Europe have played the Nintendo Game and over 100,000 games have already been sold, making it one of the most popular game out in the market today. There are 1.4 million members on Club Nintendo and 12,000 Kid Icarus card packets sold out on the Club Nintendo site in just one day!
There are 404 cards to collect which include special codes. Collectors can kick start their collection with a starter pack that includes a binder and 3 trading card packets.
Prices are as follows:
Starter Pack: £5.99
Trading Card Packet: £1.50
Shall you start collecting now you can buy the cards with real money, or have you lost interest in the cards in the months since the 3DS game’s release?
If you’re a competitive Kid Icarus: Uprising player and want another chance to take on the Battle Squad, Nintendo has you covered with four events throughout the UK in July and August, where you can go against the pros for a chance to win some great prizes.
Fans should come charged with competitive spirit, ready to take on the Battle Squad’s Pro Gamer to be in with a chance of qualifying for the Grand Final in London. At each event the three challengers to defeat the Pro-Gamer by the largest points margin will go through to the exciting Grand Final which will see expert gamers battle it out to win a once in a lifetime trip to the entertainment capital Las Vegas.
The overall top scorer at each event will be presented with a full set of Kid Icarus: Uprising AR Cards. Plus, all qualifiers for the Grand Final will win £10 Nintendo eShop vouchers and there will be free posters and Kid Icarus AR Cards up for grabs for all battle winners.
Read on to find out where and when you can take on Nintendo’s Battle Squad:
GAME Cardiff St. Davids – 12.00 – 16.00 – Saturday 7th July
GAME Plymouth Drake Circus – 12.00 – 16.00 – Saturday 21st July
GAME Edinburgh St. James Centre – 12.00 – 16.00 – Saturday 28th July
GAME Birmingham Bullring – 12.00 – 16.00 – Saturday 4th July
Shall you be approaching these challengers this summer?
If you’re eager to try out Nintendo’s upcoming New Super Mario Bros. 2 on Nintendo 3DS, you can get your hands on the game a full month before its release as the Nintendo Unleashed tour makes its 2012 début at Sheffield between 2nd and 8th July.
Games Britannia will be host to the first ever UK consumer showing of New Super Mario Bros. 2, a side-scrolling adventure game for Nintendo 3DS featuring Mario, Luigi and lots of other favourite characters from the Mario universe.
Those keen to get hands-on will not be disappointed, with every level filled with coin collecting opportunities, the Mushroom Kingdom is bursting with adventure. The game records all the coins players collect throughout their quest, so completing a level is only part of the fun.
Nintendo 3DS enthusiasts at Games Britannia will also get the opportunity to play one of the biggest games to hit Nintendo 3DS this year, Kid Icarus: Uprising, and celebrate the revival of hero Pit with a dedicated Swap Shop and battle zone for the collectible AR Cards. AR Cards will be available to win for all those victorious in battle.
That’s not all, for those looking to get hands on with the Wii, the quirky new rhythm-based game Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise will be available to demo with exclusive souvenir posters on offer for all those who trial the game.
Shall you be turning up to try out these games, and attempt to bag yourself some AR Cards?
If you’re heading to MCM Expo in London between 25th and 27th May, keep an eye out for Nintendo’s booth as you’ll be able to get your hands on upcoming 3DS and Wii games, battle fellow gamers at Kid Icarus: Uprising, and play Mario Tennis Open during its launch weekend.
Here’s the full list of Nintendo titles on show this weekend:
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise
Heroes of Ruin
Mario Tennis Open
Project Zero 2: Wii Edition
Are you going to the Expo this year? Which games are you looking forward to getting your hands on?
In a recent interview with IGN, Sakurai of Project Sora confirmed that he would not be making a sequel to the long-awaited return to the Kid Icarus franchise – neither now, or in twenty-five years.
IGN: Has Project Sora created a rich, lasting universe so that it could easily be returned to in future projects?
Sakurai: If by ‘lasting universe’ you mean to ask if there’s a sequel, the answer is no, because we pushed a lot into the game in order to let people have this short yet deep experience, but the novelty of that would likely grow thin in the next game. For now, my thought is that perhaps we’ll see someone else besides me make another Kid Icarus in another 25 years.
Would you like to see Sakurai work on another Kid Icarus game, perhaps on Wii U with dual-stick controls after his current project, Super Smash Bros.?
For those of you up-to-date with your weekly Nintendo Video SpotPass updates, you’ll be familiar with the recent three-part anime clips based on Nintendo’s own Kid Icarus: Uprising from “three of Japan’s renowned anime studios” – Production I.G, Studio 4°c and Shaft Inc. For those of you who aren’t familiar, however, the exclusive-to-3DS episodes are indeed returning to Nintendo Video for, once again, a limited time only!
If you’ve got your 3DS connected to the Internet and have downloaded the Nintendo Video application from the Nintendo eShop, your system will automatically download the episodes as they become available. You can read more about the studios behind the episodes here.
If you still haven’t bought Kid Icarus: Uprising, you may wish to do so between 24th April and 31st May as, according to a tweet from @NintendoUK, Argos are offering a free 24-pack of AR cards during this period of time.
However, the game is £34.99 in Argos, whereas it only costs £24.95 from Amazon.co.uk. With the announcement during last Saturday’s Nintendo Direct presentation that Nintendo are teaming up with Panini to sell these AR cards in stores, it would probably be wise to save the £10 and purchase extra packs when they become available.
Here’s the tweet from Nintendo UK:
“Yet to get #KidIcarus? Buy it from Argos between the 24th April and 31st May and get a free 24 pack of Kid Icarus AR Cards.”
Would you consider taking Argos up on their offer?
As promised earlier this morning, here’s our summary of the second Nintendo Direct presentation of the day, and the first to be specifically catered to us European gamers.
- Hi Iwata!
- Hi Shibata. Got your letter yesterday, thanks.
- Mario Tennis Open, release on May 25th.
- Mario Tennis Open features sixteen Mario characters, and Miis, which are customisable.
- Up to four-player Download Play support for Mario Tennis Open; regional leaderboards confirmed.
- Online multiplayer, which Shibata will be playing once the game launches across Europe for Mario Tennis Open.
- Around 200 items available for Mii customisation.
- More Kid Icarus: Uprising talk. ‘Short’ video offering tips on how to “beat your friends at multiplayer.”
- Spoilers! Some of us haven’t even played Kid Icarus: Uprising yet!
- Nintendo and Panini teaming up to distribute Kid Icarus AR cards.
- Heroes of Ruin multiplayer gameplay trailer! Auto-adjusts difficulty depending on drop-in characters.
- Up to three other players can drop into your game; friends or strangers.
- Voice chat with friends and strangers, if your parental settings allow it.
- Free daily DLC every day for a year for Heroes of Ruin! If that’s not generous, we don’t know what is!
- June 15th release for Heroes of Ruin.
- Pokémon Black and White 2 will be released this Autumn in Europe.
- Pokémon AR Searcher: requires you to catch Pokémon in the real life world. Available from the eShop later this year.
- Pokédex 3D Pro announced. Details every Pokémon ever, rather than just Black and White’s.
- Also “for sale” later this year.
- Epic Mickey 2: Power of Illusion for the 3DS is a unique, standalone game set in Wasteland.
- Offers all-new, side-scrolling gameplay; includes paint and thinner ‘gimmicks’ from previous game.
- Built from the ground up for the Nintendo 3DS’s dual-screen and 3D capabilities.
- Epic Mickey 2: Power of Illusion – this Autumn!
- Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance trailer! Looking pretty darn lovely.
- … Releasing July 20th!
- Theatrhythm Final Fantasy features rhythm gameplay from each main series Final Fantasy game.
- Features over 70 pieces of familiar music from the Final Fantasy series.
- Theatrhythm releasing this Summer!
- Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise releasing on July 6th! Includes songs from the Japanese game! Hype!
- “The final part of today’s presentation.” :(
- April 25th for the next 3DS firmware update! The one which allows you to create folders!
- Up to sixty games per folder!
- Mid-May patch for Mario Kart 7 which removes “unfair shortcuts.” Shibata sorry for “frustrating experiences.”
- The Louvre’s exclusive 3DS audio-guide is being shown off.
- New Super Mario Bros. 2! In full development; a completely new game.
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 for worldwide release in August!
- Aiming for new standards in 2D Mario games.
- And there we go! I’m sure we will enjoy the rest of our day, thanks Mr. Shibata!
Did you watch the European conference? What’s your most anticipated release from the games that were shown off? Are you pleased about the other announcements such as the 3DS firmware update, or the Mario Kart 7 patch?