News: Limited Edition 3DS XL Bundles Get Firm Release Dates

Last month it was confirmed that Europe would be treated to – albeit in limited quantities – two new Nintendo 3DS XL colours: White and Pikachu Yellow; with the former arriving on 16th November, with a pre-installed copy of Mario Kart 7. Continue reading

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News: Two New 3DS XL Colours Coming to Europe

Nintendo’s 3DS XL launched back in August in three colours: red, blue and silver. Now though, the rather slick-looking all-white handheld that was previously Japan-only is coming to Europe as part of a Mario Kart 7 bundle. A physical copy of the game will not come included in the box, however; but will come pre-installed on the bundled 4GB SD Card. Continue reading

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: Vote For Your Favourite Nintendo Games In The Golden Joystick Awards

If you love Nintendo and want to support its games further than simply buying and playing them, now’s your chance to help the games you love achieve the recognition they deserve: voting in The Golden Joystick Awards’ shortlist has now opened, and there’s nine Nintendo exclusives across sixteen categories for you to choose from – not including the ports heading to Wii U at some point in the future. Continue reading

News: Your Last Chance To Prove You’re Britain’s Fastest Family – This Weekend, HMV Oxford Circus

Nintendo’s Britain’s Fastest Family tournament is nearing its conclusion this weekend, as the final regional heats are taking place in London at HMV Oxford Circus. If you’ve been unable to attend one of the previous twenty-nine events and want the chance to get your hands on some great prizes, you’ll definitely want to make your way to the capital city this weekend (24th and 25th August) with a family member and your 3DSes. Continue reading

News: Mario Kart 7 Britain’s Fastest Family Tournament Begins This Weekend

Mario Karters, now is your time to shine, as Nintendo’s Britain’s Fastest Family competition gets underway this weekend! Taking place at thirty HMV stores across the UK, free entry into the regional heats date through 3rd – 25th August – all you need to do is turn up with a family member who’s not a sibling with your 3DSes and copies of Mario Kart 7.

For the ultimate winner, there’s not just bragging rights on offer here. Nope, in taking on all of your karting rivals, you’ll also become the rightful owner of a Honda Jazz (a real-life car!) and the coveted Leaf Cup. Continue reading

News: Mario Kart Trophies Arrive on Club Nintendo

If you’ve racked up 15,000 Club Nintendo stars from your recent Nintendo purchases, you can treat yourself to up to three miniature Mario Kart 7 trophies to coincide with the Britain’s Fastest Family tournament. At 5,000 Club Nintendo stars each, there’s Leaf, Shell and Special Cups available, all 12×9 – 12×10 in size.

Mario Kart 7 Trophy – Leaf

This sturdy brown trophy will blow away all your friends! With a large golden Super Leaf in the centre, it’s fetching as can be, and measuring around 12 x 10cm, it’s the perfect size for any shelf!

Mario Kart 7 Trophy – Shell

Impress your mates with this unique trophy, or offer it up as a prize when you race together! Wherever you decide to put it, everyone will be dazzled by the large, shiny Green Shell resting on top. It’s around 12 x 9cm in size and slim enough to be displayed anywhere.

Mario Kart 7 Trophy – Special

This trophy is sure to make you feel like a real winner! It’s glitzy, golden design, with red detail and large crown resting on top, will make you feel as smiley as the face that adorns it. Measuring approx. 12 x 10cm.

Please not that [these trophies are] miniature versions of any full-sized trophies offered in various nation Nintendo Mario Kart 7 competitions running across Europe.

Have these given you something to spend your stars on, or are you saving up for something a little more pricey?

News: Let Rufus Hound Persuade You to Take Part in a Mario Kart 7 Tournament

Along with Kid Icarus: Uprising‘s events throughout the UK this Summer, Nintendo is also hosting a Britain’s Fastest Family Tournament for Mario Kart 7, in which you’ll get the chance to win limited edition trophies, and even a brand-new family car.

To promote the competitions, taking place in thirty HMV stores throughout England, Scotland and Wales, Nintendo shall be showing a series of exclusive videos starring comedian Rufus Hound who shall be providing families with top tips on how to perfect their racing technique.

The first of these videos is now live on the Nintendo 3DS’s official YouTube account, with more to follow. For more information about the tournament itself, be sure to visit www.nintendo.co.uk/britainsfastestfamily/.

News: Nintendo 3DS System Update and Mario Kart 7 Patch Now Available

If you head into the Nintendo eShop from today, you’ll be prompted with a message which tells you that a firmware update is required before you can access Nintendo’s online store.

Once you’ve downloaded the small update (which presumably just improves the system’s stability – nothing quite as significant as the folders last month) and returned to the eShop, you’ll see that Mario Kart 7 ‘Update Data’ is available to download, which patches the shortcut exploits which have hampered the game’s online multiplayer since launch last December.

Mario Kart 7 Update data

This is an update for Mario Kart 7.

Applying the update will remove unintended shortcuts in the following courses in online multiplayer:

  • Wuhu Island Loop
  • Wuhu Mountain Loop
  • GBA Bowser Castle 1

Please note that from May 15 2012, this update will be required to play online multiplayer.

- Single Player and Local Multiplayer modes will still be playable without the update.
– Once the download is complete, the update will be installed automatically.
– The update will be displayed under Add-on Content Management in the System Settings. There will be no gift icon displayed on the HOME Menu after the download is complete.
-When Mario Kart 7 is launched, “Ver. 1.1″ will appear above the Online Multiplayer icon if the update was successful.

About time? Let us know if you were affected by the glitch, and if you plan on returning to Mario Kart 7‘s multiplayer now that it’s been fixed.

News: Nintendo Direct 21/04/12 (Europe) – Round-Up, Including Various Confirmed Release Dates

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?