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

Feature: This Month’s Frequently Asked Questions Vol. 1

Thanks to the magic of the Internet, we can see what people have tapped into their search engine of choice to find Nintendo Invader, and with that we’ll be putting together monthly posts which points out our most-used search terms, and attempts to answer the most popular questions from the past thirty days.

And with that, let us begin:

Mario Tennis Open 3DS www,

While we’re not, we can inform you that Mario’s latest sports ace has an age rating of 3+ from PEGI.

Cooking Mama

While we haven’t seen the release of a new Cooking Mama game for the best part of a half a year, Cooking Mama Ltd. does have bundles of games in the series coming to Wii and DS in two months’ time.

Pokémon Conquest Europe

We’re hopeful, too, but Nintendo’s yet to reveal anything for those of us in this part of the world. If you want to satiate your non-main series cravings for Pokémon, you can check out our Pokémon Conquest articles. Or pre-order Pokémon Typing Adventure, of course.

Wii U game cases

Maximum Games has revealed the Wii U boxart for Jett Tailfin, although the Wii U-branded cases did appear to be placeholders.

Heroes of Ruin

The 3DS’s latest online-focused action-RPG… Okay, who are we kidding? The 3DS’s first online-focused action-RPG has gone largely unnoticed in the UK charts, but that doesn’t mean the game was a bash to play, for those that took the plunge. Check out our Heroes of Ruin-related articles here.

Is this something you’d like to see more of on Nintendo Invader? Let us know what you thought of the first in a series of hopefully-many monthly features in the comments.

News: Nintendo Direct 22/06/12 – Round-Up, Including 3DS XL Reveal!

E3 has only just been and gone, yet Nintendo couldn’t resist showing off their lovely presidents’ faces once more – this time to boast about a brand new, re-modelled Nintendo 3DS with huge screens and to give us some details regarding some upcoming games for 3DS, Wii and DS. Here’s our round-up of this morning’s events:

  • Europe’s presentation is now starting!
  • Thanks for making us feel so welcome, Iwata.
  • Time to hand of to Nintendo of Europe’s president, Satoru Shibata – “the European variety of Satoru” – to take over direct from Nintendo of Europe’s factory.
  • And we’re kicking off with New Super Mario Bros. 2… on a much bigger screen! Nintendo 3DS XL confirmed for Europe!
  • Nintendo’s handheld with the biggest screen ever. That red & black model looks gorgeous.
  • 4.88 inch upper screen. 90% larger screen, 46% larger console. Improved battery power adds 1-1.5 extra hours of playtime.
  • Will come bundled with a larger SD card than current 3DS models, but not include and AC adapter or charging cradle to keep costs down.
  • The launch date is ‘not far away’ – releasing next month on 28 July! Releasing in blue, red and silver.
  • New games coming on the same day to take advantage of the larger screen – Kingdom Hearts 3D is the first…
  • Free demos of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance and Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy available from the Nintendo eShop in Europe NOW!
  • New Art Academy (‘New’ being a noun, not an adjective) coming to 3DS on July 28th to make use of the 3DS XL’s larger screens.
  • No way – a retail sequel to FreakyForms: Your Creations, Alive! announced, entitled FreakyForms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! Adds multiplayer and RPG elements; why couldn’t we get a sequel to Pullblox!?
  • In the RPG mode you explore dungeons, level up your Formees and defeat bosses.
  • Back to New Super Mario Bros. 2, the game’s releasing in Europe on 17th August via retails outlets and the Nintendo eShop.
  • A deep-voiced voice-over man is now explaining the methods you can use to collect as many coins as possible.
  • You can share your how many coins you’ve collected in-game via StreetPass, the ultimate goal apparently being 1,000,000.
  • The game will also have paid downloadable content some time after launch – will add extra Coin Rush stages.
  • SEGA’s Sonic brand director now has some exciting news regarding Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
  • A new, free application called Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Virtual Card Album will become available through the Nintendo eShop.
  • Offers virtual card collections which sees you using Nintendo Zone hotspots, StreetPass and other methods to fill your collection.
  • You also get a ‘special card’ for completing your collection, but the ones distributed via hotspots will only be available until September.
  • Nintendo announced 20% discount on best-selling games on the Nintendo eShop, which will last for two weeks.
  • Inazuma Eleven Strikers coming to Wii in Europe on 28th September, just as we suspected.
  • Pokémon Black and White 2 coming this Autumn, as well as Pokémon Dream Radar and Pokédex 3D Pro on the same day, but we already knew that.
  • English gameplay of the DS games asks you the most important question of all – “Are you a boy or are you a girl?”
  • Pokémon Typing Adventure is also coming to Nintendo DS – includes bluetooth keyboard which is compatible with other devices… such as Wii U, maybe?
  • Arriving in Europe in September.
  • Nintendo’s finally remembered that Heroes of Ruin actually exists and has decided to show off a trailer – “37 Cool Things About Heroes of Ruin.”
  • We’d love to list them all, but alas…
  • One of said 37 cool things is “3D TREES!”
  • New trailer now – “Professor Layton comes to Nintendo 3DS.”
  • Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle is the first in the prequel trilogy, and is set to launch this November.
  • Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem news now!
  • Who said anything about good news? The games have been delayed, and are now on course to launch in early 2013.
  • Nintendo of Europe confirms that Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will be co-developed by Namco Bandai.
  • Masahiro Sakurai remains the games’ producers, and will oversee development at Namco.
  • Head to to read messages from Sakurai and Namco Bandai’s Kobayashi.
  • Mario Tennis Open QR code, when scanned, unlocks ‘the most powerful character’ in the game – Metal Mario. You can find it here:
  • Shibata’s now offers a reminder of the upcoming 3DS games we have to look forward to. Take a look here:
  • And that’s a wrap! We hope to see you at the next one too, Shibata!

Wow! More exciting than E3 in its entirety?! Are you going to purchase the new Nintendo 3DS XL when it launches next month, or any of the games we’re too tired to recall the names of? Let us know! Oh, and don’t forget to download your free demos from the Nintendo eShop!

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: Nintendo’s MCM Expo Line-Up Revealed

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?

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?