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  1. This week! From Nintendolife! 3D Sonic 2! And some other things!: Wii U eShop STARWHAL (Breakfall, €9.99 / £8.99) - An intense and chaotic multiplayer title, the Wii U version includes an exclusive new 5 player mode. This mode titled "Blastopus" involves players fighting against each other, and adds a fifth player to the action with the assistance of the Wii U GamePad. We found this to be a delight in our STARWHAL review. Whispering Willows (Abstraction Games, €9.99 / £7.99) - A narrative driven 2D adventure that was originally on Ouya, you play as a young girl called Elena who can project her spirit out of her body; it sounds interesting as a concept, but we'll see whether it has the right spirit in our review. Mario Sports Mix (Nintendo, €14.99 / £13.49 until 15th October, then €19.99 / £17.99) - We have another Wii retail game on the eShop, this time with one of the various minigame titles that arrived on the hugely successful little console. This features sports such as Basketball and Ice Hockey, and we had a lot of fun with it back in our Mario Sports Mix review. Wii U Virtual Console Mario Golf (Nintendo, €9.99 / £8.99) - The Nintendo 64 had some excellent multiplayer games and spin-offs, and another arrives on the Wii U in the form of this collection of golfing shenanigans. There are six courses and 10 modes to try out; this was a trailblazer in the genre of podgy mascots showing surprising sporting prowess. We gave this a solid recommendation in our Mario Golf review. Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures (Bandai Namco, €7.99 / £5.49) - A SNES title from the mascots heyday, this is an "innovative interactive cartoon", or at least as far as a game like this can be on 16-bit hardware; this does also include full arcade versions of Pac-Man and Ms Pac-Man, too. We'll gobble this up for a review. Dig Dug II (Bandai Namco, €4.99 / £3.49) - Bandai Namco keeps up its run of retro sequels on the Wii U with this Dig Dug NES entry, which moves the action from underground up to the surface. We'll dig in for a review. Pocky & Rocky With Becky (Natsume, €6.99 / £6.29) - The GBA can't miss out on the Virtual Console goodness either, so Natsume steps up with this action / adventure / shooter; you embark on a quest across seven stages to defeat an evil Hydra Dragon and a army of mythical creatures. We'll bring you a review soon. Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts Citizens of Earth (Atlus, €4.99 / £4.00 until 22nd October, normally €11.99 / £9.99) Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation, €4.99 / £4.49 until 15th October, normally €9.99 / £8.99) 3DS eShop 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (SEGA, €4.99 / £4.49) - The brilliant M2-developed series of retro SEGA titles given new life on the 3DS continues with this highly regarded Sonic title. When debates are had over the best ever Sonic game this one is normally in the conversation, which at the time added the spin dash to speed the mascot up. We'll check this out and dash into a review. 3DS eShop Temporary Discounts Citizens of Earth (Atlus, €4.99 / £4.00 until 22nd October, normally €11.99 / £9.99) Retro City Rampage: DX (Vblank Entertainment, €4.99 / £4.49 until 22nd October, normally €8.99 / £7.99) Secret Agent Files: Miami (Joindots, €5.99 / £4.49 until 22nd October, normally €7.99 / £5.99) Jewel Match 3 (Joindots, €4.99 / £3.99 until 22nd October, normally €6.99 / £4.99) Funfair Party Games (Joindots, €4.99 / £3.69 until 22nd October, normally €6.99 / £4.99) Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix AB, €4.99 / £4.49 until 29th October, normally €9.99 / £8.99) 3DS eShop Permanent Discount Toy Stunt Bike (Wobbly Tooth, €2.99 / £2.99, was €4.99 / £4.49)
  2. This week! From Nintendolife! A load of shite! More light gun games though? Wii U Virtual Console Hogan's Alley (Nintendo, €4.99 / £3.49) - This was a Zapper game on the NES, and like Duck Hunt before it arrives on the Wii U with Remote pointer support, allowing modern gamers to sample the simple joys of light gun shooting. In this one you take on multiple levels shooting at spinning cardboard targets or shoot at tin cans to keep them up in the air; it all sounds pretty simple, but we'll take some shots for a review. Wild Gunman (Nintendo, €4.99 / £3.49) - "You mean you have to use your hands? That's like a baby's toy!" Perhaps more famous for its cameo in Back to the Future: Part Two than as an actual game, this is another NES light gun title given the Wii Remote treatment. We'll head back to the past to bring you a review in the future, or something. Wii U Retail Download Just Dance 2016 (Ubisoft, €44.99 / £29.99) - More dancing shenanigans with some extra weirdness thrown in this year; there is a song about stepping on a Chihuahua, after all. The Wii U version will include support for the subscription-based Just Dance Unlimited (one month free with the purchase), which provides access to new songs and those from the older games. Available from 23rd October. Wii U DLC Just Dance Unlimited 30 day access (Ubisoft, €6.99 / £5.49) Just Dance Unlimited 90 day access (Ubisoft, €14.99 / £11.99) Just Dance Unlimited 365 day access (Ubisoft, €39.99 / £29.99) Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, €9.99 / £7.99 until 5th November, normally €49.99 / £39.99) Bombing Bastards (Sanuk Games, €4.99 / £4.49 until 29th October, normally €6.99 / £5.99) Spot the Differences: Party! (Sanuk Games, €2.99 / £2.69 until 29th October, normally €5.00 / £4.49) Sanatory Hallways (Wegenbartho, €5.99 / £4.99 until 10th November, normally €9.99 / £8.99) 3DS eShop Gunslugs 2 (Engine Software, €4.99 / £4.49) - Originally developed by OrangePixel, this is an intense pixel-based action game with randomly generated levels, pumping music and a notable '80s pop culture vibe. We'll have a review with you prior to launch, but until then you can check out our interview with the publisher and developer. Wizdom (Moving Player, €9.99 / £8.99) - This title seems to blend match-three puzzling with aspects of exploration, with the fantastical plot placing you in the vital role of producing outfits to satisfy demanding clients. It sounds bonkers but could potentially be fun, so we'll check it out in a review. 3DS Retail Download The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) - This spin off utilises the graphics engine and mechanics first seen in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, but shifts the focus to local and online co-op play. The totem mechanic with three players is absolutely vital, while single players need to work with 'doppels' that are switched around on the touch screen. Our review will be with you prior to release, but until then you can check out our full preview.Available from 23rd October. Free HOME Theme - "The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes: Totem Team" - for purchases made before 17th November. 3DS eShop Temporary Discounts Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (Atlus, €9.99 / £7.40 until 5th November, normally €29.99 / £24.99) Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, €8.99 / £7.49 until 5th November, normally €29.99 / £24.99) Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (Capcom, €3.49 / £3.14 until 5th November, normally €9.99 / £8.99) 3D MahJongg (Joindots, €3.99 / £3.59 until 5th November, normally €4.99 / £4.49) Gardenscapes (Joindots, €5.99 / £4.49 until 5th November, normally €7.99 / £5.99) Pazuru (Joindots, €4.49 / £2.99 until 5th November, normally €5.99 / £3.99) 4 Elements (MSL, €2.99 / £2.69 until 19th November, normally €11.99 / £10.79) Azada (MSL, €2.99 / £2.69 until 19th November, normally €11.99 / £10.79) Hidden Expedition Titanic (MSL, €3.99 / £3.59 until 19th November, normally €11.99 / £10.79) Jewel Quest 4 Heritage (MSL, €2.99 / £2.69 until 19th November, normally €11.99 / £10.79) Jewel Quest Mysteries 3 - The Seventh Gate (MSL, €2.99 / £2.69 until 19th November, normally €11.99 / £10.79) Jewel Quest: The Sapphire Dragon (MSL, €4.99 / £4.49 until 19th November, normally €11.99 / £10.79) Luxor (MSL, €2.99 / £2.69 until 19th November, normally €11.99 / £10.79) Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove (MSL, €3.99 / £3.59 until 19th November, normally €11.99 / £10.79) Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst (MSL, €4.99 / £4.49 until 19th November, normally €11.99 / £10.79) Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst (MSL, €4.99 / £4.49 until 19th November, normally €11.99 / £10.79) Secret Mysteries in London (MSL, €2.99 / £2.69 until 19th November, normally €11.99 / £10.79) Balloon Pop Remix (UFO Interactive, €5.59 / £4.99 until 21st November, normally €7.99 / £7.19) Johnny Hotshot (UFO Interactive, €4.19 / £3.77 until 21st November, normally €5.99 / £5.39) Johnny Kung Fu (UFO Interactive, €4.19 / £3.77 until 21st November, normally €5.99 / £5.39) Samurai Sword Destiny (UFO Interactive, €4.19 / £3.77 until 21st November, normally €5.99 / £5.39) Zombie Slayer Diox (UFO Interactive, €4.19 / £3.77 until 21st November, normally €5.99 / £5.39) Castle Conqueror Defender (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.49 / £2.79 until 12th November, normally €4.99 / £3.99) Demon King Box (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.39 until 12th November, normally €3.99 / £3.19) Quell Memento (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.39 until 12th November, normally €3.99 / £3.19) Fantasy Pirates (EnjoyUp Games, €1.99 / £1.99 until 19th November, normally €4.50 / £4.50) Van Helsing Sniper Zx100 (EnjoyUp Games, €2.99 / £2.99 until 19th November, normally €6.66 / £6.66) Talking Phrasebook - 7 Languages (Sanuk Games, €2.99 / £2.69 until 29th October, normally €4.99 / £4.49) 3DS Demo Castle Conqueror EX (CIRCLE Entertainment, free) Fairune (CIRCLE Entertainment, free) 3DS HOME Themes Ashley's Halloween (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79) - Available from 23rd October. Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes: Company of Three (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79) - Available from 23rd October.
  3. Please read this spoiler first! Mario Kart 7 Each Mario Kart brings a new mechanic to the table, and the good ones get kept. Mario Kart 7's new stuff was air and water - there are points in the tracks where you'll be launched skywards, or sink below the waves. The former works well, the latter less so, particularly when you get hit by a shell and struggle to regain momentum. The game is far more balanced than the DS or Wii versions, and the strength and frequency of the blue shell has been reduced (but not to the extent of in Mario Kart 8) - as ever with Mario Kart, it's improved iteration. That said, the new tracks are often genius, and feel thinner and tighter than any since the GBA. The 3D effect works really well too. It's Mario Kart, and if you hate the series this probably won't win you back. But if you do, it's the second best Mario Kart there is. http://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?/topic/226827-mario-kart-3ds/
  4. Have we all calmed down a bit since last week's Sonic 2 excitement? Of course we haven't. But! It's time to grease yourself up again because THIS WEEK! FROM NINTENDOLIFE! Wii U eShop Momonga Pinball Adventures (Paladin Studios, €5.99 / £4.99) - A twist on pinball that previously appeared on smart devices. There's a story mode with nine levels and three minigames - Panda's Dream in which you float through the sky, the Pachinko-inspired Guachinko, and finally Arena for 'survival-mode pinball'. We'll roll into a review soon. Rakoo & Friends (Moving Player, €9.99 / £8.99) - A blend of racing and adventure with 60 solo levels promised, this version ups its game over the smart device original with the addition of multiplayer; we'll bring you a review, as always. Wicked Monsters Blast! HD Plus (Corecell Technology, €7.99 / £7.19) - This appears to be a HD re-release of Wii retail title Wicked Monsters Blast, which takes the shooting gallery concept and spins it off into multiple mini-games and challenges. We'll see whether this is still harmless fun for the family in our review. Wii U Virtual Console Konami Krazy Racers (Konami, €6.99 / £6.29) - A Game Boy Advance title from an era when all major publishers contemplated mascot-driven kart racers. This one has a pretty cool cast that includes diverse figures such as Goemon, 'Cyber Ninja' from Metal Gear Solid and even Castlevania's Dracula. We'll see whether star power is combined with fun racing in our review. Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts Rock 'N Racing Off Road (EnjoyUp Games, €2.99 / £2.69 until 5th November, normally €5.99 / £5.39) ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimensions (ZeNfA Productions, €1.19 / £0.90 until 5th November, normally €2.99 / £2.29) 3DS eShop Ninja Usagimaru – The Gem of Blessings (Arc System Works, €4.99 / £4.49) - A block-based puzzle platformer, this consists of single stages in which you need to manipulate the environment to rescue captured villagers. A simple premise is the foundation of an enjoyable game here, as we explain in our Ninja Usagimaru - The Gem of Blessings review. 3DS Retail Download Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (Bandai Namco, €39.99 / £29.99) - A fighting game that's enjoyed the demo treatment on 3DS, the key modes are the Story option which follows the original manga, while there's a separate Adventure mode to also take on. Multiplayer will also be a key feature, and we'll have our review with you very soon. Available from 16th October, download includes free theme and copy of SNES title Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden 2. Thomas and Friends Steaming Around Sodor (Avanquest, €24.99 / £19.99) 3DS eShop Nintendo Selects Discounts All available from 16th October. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo, €19.99 / £15.99, was €44.99 / £39.99) Star Fox 64 3D (Nintendo, €19.99 / £15.99, was €44.99 / £39.99) Nintendogs + Cats (Nintendo, €19.99 / £15.99, was €44.99 / £39.99) Mario Tennis Open (Nintendo, €19.99 / £15.99, was €44.99 / £39.99) Yoshi's New Island (Nintendo, €19.99 / £15.99, was €39.99 / £34.99) Mario Party: Island Tour (Nintendo, €19.99 / £15.99, was €39.99 / £34.99) 3DS eShop Temporary Discounts Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX (Akaoni Studio, €4.99 / £4.49 until 12th November, normally €7.00 / £6.30) Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! (Shin'en Multimedia, €2.20 / £1.85 until 5th November, normally €2.99 / £2.50) Castle Conqueror EX (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.39 until 5th November, normally €3.99 / £3.19) Fairune (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.59 until 5th November, normally €2.99 / £2.39) Parking Star (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.25 until 5th November, normally €2.99 / £2.49) Rage of the Gladiator (Gamelion, €3.49 / £3.09 until 13th November, normally €6.99 / £6.29) SpeedX 3D (Gamelion, €1.49 / £1.29 until 13th November, normally €2.99 / £2.69) SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition (Gamelion, €0.99 / £0.89 until 13th November, normally €1.99 / £1.79) Hazumi (Gamelion, €1.29 / £0.99 until 13th November, normally €2.69 / £1.99) League of Heroes (Gamelion, €1.99 / £1.79 until 13th November, normally €3.99 / £3.59) Monster Shooter (Gamelion, €1.99 / £1.60 until 13th November, normally €4.00 / £3.20) 10-in-1: Arcade Collection (Gamelion, €0.99 / £0.89 until 13th November, normally €1.99 / £1.79) Crazy Kangaroo (Gamelion, €0.99 / £0.89 until 13th November, normally €1.99 / £1.89) Pick-A-Gem (Gamelion, €1.49 / £1.29 until 13th November, normally €2.99 / £2.69) PIX3D (Gamelion, €1.99 / £1.79 until 13th November, normally €3.99 / £3.59) Undead Bowling (Joindots, €5.59 / £3.99 until 27th October, normally €6.99 / £4.99) Atlantic Quest (Joindots, €5.59 / £3.99 until 27th October, normally €6.99 / £4.99) Dress to Play: Cute Witches! (EnjoyUp Games, €1.99 / £1.79 until 29th October, normally €3.99 / £3.59) 3DS eShop Demos Ninja Usagimaru – The Gem of Blessings (Arc System Works, free) Mercenaries Saga 2: Order Of The Silver Eagle (CIRCLE Entertainment, free) 3DS HOME Themes Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden Theme (Bandai Namco, €1.99 / £1.69) Snoopy and Woodstock (Librica, €1.99 / £1.79) Geronimo Stilton Reporter (Atlantica, €1.99 / £1.69) Geronimo Stilton and Trap (Atlantica, €1.99 / £1.69) Geronimo Stilton in the Jungle (Atlantica, €1.99 / £1.69) Paw Patrol: I cuccioli (Viacom, €1.99) Mia and Me: Mia in Centopia (Rainbow, €1.99 / £1.79) Mia and Me main characters: Mia, Mo, Yuko and Onchao (Rainbow, €1.99 / £1.79) Adventure Time: Finn (Turner Broadcasting Sys, €1.99 / £1.79) Adventure Time: Jake (Turner Broadcasting Sys, €1.99 / £1.79) DSiWare - lolwut The Mysterious Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Joindots, 800 Nintendo Points) - Based on the literary classic, this is setup as a game of investigation; at this moment we're unsure if that's actually just code for hidden object game. We'll look closely for a review.
  5. Here's the trailer for Shin Megami Tensei IV, the sequel to Lucifer's Call/Nocturne, that came bundled with the recently released remake of SMT: Soul Hacker (also on 3DS): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ynm0dZ5mcTY No other news to report, besides this being 3DS exclusive for the time being. It's not a lot to go on, admittedly, but might as well start the thread now. In the meantime, here's a subbed trailer for Soul Hacker. It's a remake of the 1997 Sega Saturn game which, by most accounts, is actually very good. I'm sure it'll warrant its own thread at some point, providing it gets localized:
  6. http://www.vg247.com/2013/05/17/nintendo-direct-starts-in-an-hour-full-report-as-it-happens/ Seems the new Sonic game is WiiU/3DS exclusive.
  7. This week, a load of dross. From Nintendolife! The games being dross, I mean. Not Nintendolife. Yeah, even Happy Home Designer. A colon: Wii U eShop 1001 Spikes (Nicalis, €14.99 / £13.49) — It finally arrives after a long wait in Europe, this is a fiendishly challenging platformer in which you have to grab a key and make it to the exit as the difficulty ramps up. This Wii U version features competitive and co-operative multiplayer; we gave this a strong recommendation in our Wii U 1001 Spikes review. Pumped BMX+ (Curve Digital, €8.49 / £6.49 until 15th October, then €9.99 / £7.99) - Originally developed by Yeah Us! - a one-man indie studio - this is a title that draws much of its inspiration from that studio's smartphone title Pumped BMX 2. It challenges gamers to tackle a whole load of courses and pull off plenty of stunts - it looks rather like a blend of Joe Danger and Trials. We'll get working on a review but until then you can check out our hands on impressions. Toto Temple Deluxe (Juicy Beast Studio, €8.99 / £6.99) - A frantic local multiplayer game, in this one you take on three friends in a host of arenas and try to hand onto a goat while the others attempt to steal it. By the looks of it this one's manic and very colourful, and we'll check it out in a review. Race the Sun (Flippfly, €9.99 / £6.99) - With a behind-craft perspective, you fly through varied environments (which randomise daily) and try to avoid obstacles while keeping on track with the Sun. This one's certainly had some critical acclaim on previous versions and is one to watch. Wii U Virtual Console Medabots: Metabee & Rokusho (Natsume, €6.99 / £6.29) - Great news for Medabot fans as both versions of this Game Boy Advance release arrive, in which you customise your own Medabots and battle villains. We'll bring you a review as soon as we can. Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts Gravity Badgers (Wales Interactive, €2.49 / £2.49 until 19th October, normally €4.99 / £4.99) Spy Chameleon (EnjoyUp Games, €3.99 / £3.59 until 29th October, normally €4.99 / £4.49) Darts Up (EnjoyUp Games, €1.49 / £1.34 until 29th October, normally €2.49 / £2.29) 99Seconds (EnjoyUp Games, €1.49 / £1.34 until 29th October, normally €2.49 / £2.29) Puzzle Monkeys (Log Games, €0.99 / £0.99 /until 22nd October, normally €2.99 / £2.99) 3DS eShop 1001 Spikes (Nicalis, €14.99 / £13.49) — As per the Wii U release above, though this version trades in on-the-go convenience with an absence of multiplayer modes. We gave a hearty recommendation to the 3DS version in our 1001 Spikes review. 3DS Retail Download Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) - This spin-off in the hugely popular franchise tasks you with designing properties and their interiors, along with some 'God-like' management abilities with the town. This game also brings the début of amiibo cards, though this download version does come with a free 'Office' HOME Theme. We enjoyed this one's charms despite some shortcomings, and gave it a recommendation in our Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer review. Available from 2nd October. Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (Bandai Namco, €39.99 / £29.99) - There's been a demo for this one, but the game won't actually be available until 16th October; Nintendo is launching pre-purchases for this on 1st October, allowing you to download most of the game so that you're ready to play at launch. This comes with a download copy of SNES title Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden 2for your 3DS and a HOME theme, which will also arrive on 16th October. 3DS eShop Temporary Discounts Shin Megami Tensei IV (Atlus, €9.99 / £8.99 until 8th October, normally €19.99 / £17.99) Toys vs. Monsters (EnjoyUp Games, €0.99 / £0.99 until 29th October, normally €3.99 / £3.99) Football Up Online (EnjoyUp Games, €1.99 / £1.79 until 29th October, normally €3.99 / £3.59) Darts Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, €0.99 / £0.89 until 29th October, normally €2.99 / £2.69) Tappingo (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.69 until 22nd October, normally €2.99 / £2.49) The Legend of Dark Witch (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.99 until 22nd October, normally €3.99 / £3.49) European Conqueror 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.19 until 22nd October, normally €3.99 / £2.99) Crazy Construction (Joindots, €5.59 / £3.99 until 15th October, normally €6.99 / £4.99) Safari Quest (Joindots, €4.99 / £3.99 until 15th October, normally €6.99 / £4.99) Aqua Moto Racing 3D (ZordixAB, €3.99 / £3.59 until 8th October, normally €7.99 / £7.19) Snow Moto Racing 3D (ZordixAB, €5.99 / £5.39 until 8th October, normally €7.99 / £7.19) 3DS eShop Permanent Discount Battleminer (Wobbly Tooth, €4.99 / £4.49, was €7.99 / £5.99) 3DS Retail DLC Senran Kagura 2: Burst (Marvelous Europe, €4.99 / £4.49) 3DS HOME Theme Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – My Town (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)
  8. This week, from Nintendolife, lots of stuff it seems. Is it any good though? READ ON, ESHOP CHUMS!: Wii U eShop Extreme Exorcism (Ripstone, €12.99 / £9.99 or €11.04 / £8.49 until 23rd October for those with the Nindies@Home demo downloaded) - With a demo previously available as part of the Nindies@Home promotion, this revolves around fast-paced action, with the twist being that when you clear out a crowned ghost in a level the next stage will feature a ghost mimicking your previous moves. As a result each set of stages necessitates good memory, planning and skill to progress. There'll apparently be over 20 weapons, 50 challenges, a story-based mode and local multiplayer options for up to four players. We'll have a review with you before launch. Available from 23rd September. Nova-111 (Curve Digital, €10.99 / £8.99 until 8th October, then €14.99 / £11.99) - Founded by two former Q-Games (the studio behind the PixelJunk series, Star Fox Command, Star Fox 64 3D) staffers - Eddie Lee and Kalin - Nova-111 is a unique fusion of real time strategy and turn-based puzzle-solving. It takes place over 60 levels and involves saving 111 scientists lost in a time vortex. You can upgrade your ship as you go, which will help to deal with the increasingly dangerous alien forces that you encounter. We'll get cracking on a review. The Rivers of Alice: Extended Version (Delirium Studios, €7.99 / £7.19) - This one certainly seems interesting on paper, being pitched as an adventure title that can be tackled at your own pace. Its developer boasts of "beautiful graphics made using watercolours, ink and graphite" and a soundtrack composed by the "indie-rock group, vetusta morla". We'll see how deep the rabbit hole goes in our review. The Quiet Collection (Nostatic Software, €4.49 / £2.99) - This actually includes "four old-school adventure games": Quiet, Please!, Quiet Christmas, Vacation Vexation and Candy, Please!. These titles have previously been released on a mix of iOS, Android, Xbox 360 and Windows Phone, each with their own scenario and rather charming pixel-based visuals. It's a quirky experience which we gave a modest recommendation in our The Quiet Collection review. Brave Tank Hero (Natsume, €5.99 / £4.99) - A Wii U version of a title also arriving on 3DS, for our money this one's sloppy move to the home console makes it a less desirable option, as explained in our Brave Tank Hero review. Rock 'N Racing Off Road DX (EnjoyUp Games, €7.99 / £7.19 or €2.99 / £2.73 for those with the previous release on the same system) - Presumably a slightly beefed up version of Rock 'N Racing Off Road, hence the upgrade discount. We're promised more entertaining and exciting races, with loads of skids, crashes and amazing jumps. Several modes of play are on offer, such as Cup mode, time trial and multi-player with the option of up to 5 Players at a time. We'll take the DX edition for a spin in a review soon, until then you can check out our Rock 'N Racing Off Road review, in which we weren't particularly impressed. Wii U Retail Download Skylanders SuperChargers (Activision, €49.99 / £44.99) - This is the first entry in the hugely popular series to feature Nintendo characters and special amiibo figures, with Donkey Kong and Bowser making appearances. That unique feature aside, this new entry throws in races to shake up the standard franchise gameplay. We'll get charged up for a review. Available from 25th September. Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones (Curve Digital, €4.49 / £3.99 until 8th October, normally €13.99 / £12.99) Thomas Was Alone (Curve Digital, €2.49 / £2.20 until 8th October, normally €7.99 / £6.99) Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut (Curve Digital, €3.99 / £2.99 until 8th October, normally €11.99 / £9.99) The Swapper (Curve Digital, €4.99 / £3.99 until 8th October, normally €14.99 / £11.99) OlliOlli (Curve Digital, €3.39 / £2.49 until 8th October, normally €9.99 / £7.99) SDK Paint (HullBreach Studios, €3.39 / £2.99 until 1st October, normally €4.49 / £3.99) Family Tennis SP (Shin'en Multimedia, €3.70 / £2.99 until 15th October, normally €4.99 / £3.99) Suspension Railroad Simulator (Joindots, €7.19 / £5.39 until 8th October, normally €7.99 / £5.99) Wii U eShop Permanent Discount Disney Infinity 2.0: Play Without Limits (€19.99 / £16.49, was €29.99 / £24.99) 3DS eShop Gotcha Racing (Natsume, €5.99 / £4.99) - A top-down driving game that looks rather retro in approach, this adds surprising depth to what could potentially be rather simple gameplay. In order to improve your car (with better parts in three categories) you pick up capsules as you race, and these drops level up along with your car. Plenty of challenges and content is included, and we gave it a strong recommendation in our Gotcha Racing review. Brave Tank Hero (Natsume, €4.99 / £4.49) - This is a 3D action game developed by Arc System Works; across 50 missions you take on other tanks and shoot for high rankings. You can choose from multiple tank types, which is nice, but we felt this was painfully mediocre in our 3DS eShop Brave Tank Hero review. 3DS eShop Temporary Discounts Murder on the Titantic (Joindots, €5.99 / £4.49 until 8th October, normally €7.99 / £5.99) 3D Game Collection (Joindots, €4.99 / £3.69 until 8th October, normally €6.99 / £4.99) Urban Trial Freestyle (Tate Multimedia, €1.99 / £1.69 until 8th October, normally €4.99 / £4.49)
  9. This week, from Nintendolife: Wii U eShop Year Walk (Simogo, £6.29 / €6.99) - Grim tales, horrifying creatures and cryptic enigmas await in the dark woods of 19th century Sweden. Find out more about this unique game in our interview with Simogo and Dakko Dakko while we polish off our review. Wii U Virtual Console Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Nintendo, £6.29 / €6.99) - Mario vs. Donkey Kong pits the Nintendo mascot against his old adversary in a unique twist on the platform genre that made them famous. We'll take a look at this Game Boy Advance classic again to see if it's still just as much fun on the Wii U, until then you can check out our Mario vs. Donkey Kong 3DS eShop review. Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (Nintendo, £8.99 / €9.99) - Take control of the Mini Marios and rescue Pauline from a jealous Donkey Kong. In the first Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Mario was trying to find all the Mini Marios, but this time it's up to them to save the day. Use the touch screen to guide Mini Marios through multiple mind-boggling, obstacle-filled levels to rescue Pauline who was captured once again by Donkey Kong. This is a worthy successor to the GBA original, but one which we have neglected to review! We'll be sure to rectify this over the coming week when we take a look at this again on the Wii U eShop. Tecmo Bowl (TECMO KOEI GAMES, £3.49 / €4.99) - It's 8-bit American Football, which is nice. Not quite the complex, occasionally confusing experience of the modern Madden titles, this has a very limited set of plays — two passing and two running — to deal with. Its simplicity is arguably one of its strengths, and you certainly don't need to be an expert of the sport to enjoy the single player, multiplayer or coaching options. We gave this a recommendation in our 3DS Virtual Console Tecmo Bowl review. 3DS Demo Fantasy Pirates - Join in the adventures of the pirate clan in this free demo. 3DS DLC SENRAN KAGURA 2: Deep Crimson: Hipster (£4.49 / €4.99) - Add-On Content for hipsters Pokémon: Dancing Pikachu! (£2.29 / €2.49) - This fun theme shows a bunch of Pikachu dancing on stage! Scroll the Touch Screen to make them dance and hear their voices. Pokémon: Pikachu's Cry! (£2.29 / €2.49) - This theme is packed with lots of different Pikachu cries that play when starting software, scrolling the Touch Screen and more! Pikachu Set: Dance & Cry (£3.59 / €3.99) - Includes Pokémon: Pikachu's Cry! and Pokémon: Dancing Pikachu! at a reduced price. Pokémon 151: Mewtwo (£1.79 / €1.99) - This theme matches the high-quality designer look of the "Pokémon 151" clothing line, with a few changes. Now including Mew! Special Offers Fit Music for Wii U (O2 GAMES)- €12.90 / £11.90 until 15/10/2015. Blocky Bot (Mobot Studios) - €1.29 / £0.94 until 01/10/2015. Paper Monsters Recut (Mobot Studios) - €3.19 / £2.69 until 01/10/2015. Luv Me Buddies Wonderland (O2 GAMES) - €12.90 / £11.90 until 15/10/2015. Bombing Bastards (Sanuk Games) - €4.99 / £4.49 until 24/09/2015. Spot The Differences: Party! (Sanuk Games) - €2.99 / £2.69 until 24/09/2015. Another World - 20th Anniversary Edition Wii U & 3DS (Digital Lounge) - €3.19 / £2.87 until 24/09/2015. GLORY OF GENERALS (CIRCLE Ent.) - €6.99 / £5.59 until 08/10/2015. Quell Reflect (CIRCLE Ent.) - €2.99 / £2.39 until 08/10/2015. Swords & Soldiers 3D (CIRCLE Ent.) - €5.19 / £4.19 until 08/10/2015. Fractured Soul (Endgame Studios) - €1.99 / £1.79 until 01/10/2015. Talking Phrasebook - 7 Languages (Sanuk Games) - €2.99 / £2.69 until 24/09/2015.
  10. This week! From Nintendolife! Wii U eShop The Swindle (Curve Digital, €12.49 / £9.99 until 24th September, then €14.99 / £11.99) - The first game led by UK designer Dan Marshall to arrive on Nintendo hardware, this employs a quirky cyberpunk London of 1849 setting with randomly generated stages from which to steal cash. There's an overlying 100 day time-limit as you scheme your way around settings to hack computers and make off with the establishment's money, using those funds to buy abilities and unlock new areas. We'll have a review with you before release, but until then you can check out our first impressions and interview with Dan Marshall. Star Sky (JMJ Interactive, €4.00 / £3.60) - This is supposed to be a relaxing game (with several endings) about a man walking through a starlit field, described by the developer as "similar to an interactive poem". We expect it to be pretty chilled out, then, and we'll stroll along towards a review. Wii U Retail Download Super Mario Maker (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) - One of the year's biggest Wii U releases and the showcase for Nintendo's Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations, this allows you to create and share 2D Mario levels across four game styles. Packed with clever touches, tools and the ability to produce levels beyond the scope of standard Mario games, along with potentially endless levels to play, we loved this so much that we described it as the "definitive Wii U game" in our Super Mario Maker review. Available from 11th September. Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts Trine Enchanted Edition (Frozenbyte, €6.49 / £5.49 until 10th October, normally €12.99 / £10.99) Trine 2: Director's Cut (Frozenbyte, €8.49 / £6.99 until 10th October, normally €16.99 / £13.99) TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition (Keen Games, €4.99 / £4.49 until 1st October, normally €7.99 / £6.99) 3DS Retail Downloads Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (SEGA, €39.99 / £29.99) - An Vocaloid-driven IP that's an enormous success in Japan and certainly has fans in the West, it makes its debut on a Nintendo portable. There's a lot to do in this game, from the core experience of rhythm gaming across plenty of entertaining tracks, to outfit and house customisation, and even a terrific Puyo Puyo mode. We gave this a glowing recommendation in our Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX review. Available from 11th September. Etrian Mystery Dungeon (NIS America, €39.99 / £34.99) - Co-developed by Atlus and Spike Chunsoft, this combines the Etrian Odyssey and Mystery Dungeon concepts into one package; there's the squad-based approach and game world of the Atlus franchise combined with randomly-generated dungeons to explore. We gave this a strong recommendation in our Etrian Mystery Dungeon review. 3DS Retail DLC Etrian Mystery Dungeon: Find a wanderer for me (NIS America, €1.79 / £1.59) Etrian Mystery Dungeon: Know the Red Pookas (NIS America, €1.79 / £1.59) Etrian Mystery Dungeon: Find a princess for me (NIS America, €1.79 / £1.59) Etrian Mystery Dungeon: Find a landsknecht for me (NIS America, €1.34 / £1.19) Etrian Mystery Dungeon: Slay the Gold Guardians (NIS America, €1.34 / £1.19) 3DS eShop Temporary Discounts AeternoBlade (Corecell, €7.99 / £7.19 until 8th October, normally €14.99 / £13.50) AiRace Speed (QubicGames, €2.39 / £2.10until 8th October, normally €3.49 / £3.10) AiRace Xeno (QubicGames, €1.69 / £1.59until 8th October, normally €2.49 / £2.29) escapeVektor (Nnooo, €3.49 / £ 2.99 until 24th September, normally €6.99 / £5.99) 3DS eShop Demo Samurai Defender (CIRCLE Entertainment, free)
  11. Dunno if people been following this, but for some weeks 3DS fans have been teased by Capcom, Namco and Sega about an upcoming new game that is being developed by teams from those three companies. Several teaser images (feat. chromosomes that resemble videogame characters in a petri dish) have been changed from time to time, and now the final teaser image has been put on their website ( > http://pxz.channel.or.jp/ ), together with a countdown that'll reach zero on April 12, 2012. Supposedly that's when the mystery title will be revealed. Tbh, I haven't got a clue what kind of game this will be, but a co-operation between Capcom, Namco and Sega surely has piqued my curiosity. Stay tuned! EDIT: Apparently the final teaser image is no longer there, but this is how it looked like (plus what the internet community thinks it means): Devilot! Batsu! Kos-Mos! B-Bahn?! Whatever the characters may be (nice to see Bruce Willis in there too - if you know what I mean), I still have absolutely no idea what to expect here... Most rumours seem to go for the cross-over beat'em-up theory. There are indeed a lot of characters from fighting games (Fighting Vipers *swoon*), but then why pick the 3DS as the platform for it?
  12. Owing to the recent forum attitude that we should avoid megathreads whenever possible, I thought I'd create a thread for the n3DS version of Xenoblade Chronicles, where new players can share their experiences, tactics and observations without having to worry about potential spoilers in the original Wii version thread. I'm also endeavouring to generate a bit more hype for the game, seeing as it's the first (I believe) n3DS exclusive and it's launched with relatively little forum fanfare, which is a surprise considering that the original game has been regarded as one of the finest JRPGs of recent years, comparable with the likes of Persona 4 Golden and Ni No Kuni. Having never owned a Wii, when I bought my Wii U last year Xenoblade Chronicles was the game from the Wii's back catalogue that I was most looking forward to sampling. I was disappointed, therefore, to find that you'd be hard pushed to buy the game for less than £60, and so when I heard about the upcoming port it was the biggest factor in my decision to by a n3DS XL upon release. This is the first time I've ever bought a console at launch, and I bought it for this game, so here's hoping it delivers! As ever, following the game's release date on 2 April all of the prices have gone up by a few quid. The cheapest I can find it is for just under £30. Not that I want to encourage any impulse buys, but if it's anything like the original, and owing to Nintendo's recent habit of not producing that many copies of new games, I expect this'll be quite hard to come by in the future. The fact that it's n3DS exclusive probably means that it's had a limited production run, too. Personally, I don't take any chances with Nintendo games and pre-order the ones I'm interested in. As they keep their value well, you can often sell them on again without making too much of a loss. I'm only about four hours in, but for newcomers I'd advise you to just stick to the story quests to begin with and don't stray too far from the beaten path, as the first area's very open and you might end up becoming overwhelmed and/or confused. I just started exploring from the very first area and got a bit bored, in truth, traipsing across endless fields and killing rabbits over and over again. I know much more about what I'm doing now and am enjoying the game a lot more having followed the story markers for a bit and triggering a number of additional tutorials. Also, if you're impatient like me you'll probably want to increase the speed at which the camera rotates in the options menu. Reviews: Original Wii thread Xenoblade Chronicles X thread
  13. This week from Nintendolife: Wii U Retail Download Devil's Turd (Valhalla Game Studios, 59.99 / £49.99) - This shooter has attracted mixed opinions prior to release, but will aim to make its mark in PAL territories first up. It's a title with bold ambitions of marrying first person shooting with extensive melee combat, with a solo campaign being joined by a hefty online component. We'll bring you our review soon, but in the meantime you can check out oursingle player and multiplayer previews. Disney Infinity 3.0: Play without limits (Disney Interactive, 19.99 / £16.49 until 5th September, normally 29.99 / £24.99) - Due to this game requiring toys and a portal it's being offered at a heavily reduced price on the eShop, a tempting option for those already invested in the series. This is Disney's high profile franchise in the toys-to-life market and features Star Wars and Frozen this year, among other franchises. Available from 28th August. Wii U eShop Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut (Grip Digital, 7.99 / £7.19 until 14th September, normally 9.99 / £8.99) - This first person puzzle title has been a little while coming, and challenges the player to manipulate environments and more in order to make progress. This Director's Cut features an expanded story and a Time Trial mode with online leaderboards; we'll bring you a review soon. Life of Pixel (Super Icon Ltd, 9.99 / £8.99) - This is an intriguing platformer with the premise of each stage representing particular consoles and generations, while revisiting classic games with a backdrop of chiptune music. It delivers in many respects but is flawed with some of its level design, for example - check out our Life of Pixel review for a full lowdown in which we give in a recommendation. Stone Shire (Finger Gun Games, 4.99 / £4.20 until 26th September, normally 7.99 / £7.00) - It's a Minecraft-inspired game on Wii U, which jumped into the North American market ahead of rivals; it's set up as a simple sandbox experience in which you explore and try to survive. Though updates are a reality with this one, we were unimpressed in our Stone Shire review. Wii U Retail DLC The following DLC / microtransactions will all be included with Devil's Turd from 28th August: 1 Golden Egg (0.49 / £0.49) 10 Golden Eggs (3.99 / £3.59) 25 Golden Eggs (6.99 / £6.29) 50 Golden Eggs (12.99 / £11.69) 100 Golden Eggs (19.99 / £17.99) Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails (Dakko Dakko, 4.99 / £4.49 until 3rd September, normally 9.99 / £8.99) Turtle Tale (Saturnine Games, 1.99 / £1.65 until 17th September, normally 2.99 / £2.49) 3DS Retail Download Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson (Marvelous Europe, 29.99 / £24.99 ) This new entry follows on from the events of its predecessor, with more beat 'em up action combining with some new twists on gameplay. It's a divisive franchise that doesn't appeal to all gamers, but will make its way onto the system nevertheless. We had an interesting chat with Producer Kenichirō Takaki at E3. 3DS Retail DLC Senran Kakuara 2: Deep Crimson Additional Character - Murasame (Marvelous Europe, 4.99 / £4.49) 3DS eShop Temporary Discounts Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (Atlus, 14.99 / £13.49 until 3rd September, normally 29.99 / £24.99) Turtle Tale (Saturnine Games, 1.99 / £1.65 until 17th September, normally 2.99 / £2.49) Van Helsing sniper Zx100 (EnjoyUp Games, 2.99 / £2.99 until 24th September, normally 6.66 / £6.66) Fantasy Pirates (EnjoyUp Games, 1.99 / £1.99 until 24th September, normally 4.50 / £4.50) Football Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, 1.99 / £1.79 until 24th September, normally 2.99 / £2.36) Tiny Games - Knights & Dragons (REACTOR, 1.99 / £1.69 until 10th September, normally 2.99 / £2.49) Mystery Case Files Ravenhearst (MSL, 4.99 / £4.49 until 24th September, normally 11.99 / £10.79) Mystery Case Files Dire Grove (MSL, 3.99 / £3.59 until 24th September, normally 11.99 / £10.79) Hidden Expedition Titanic (MSL, 3.99 / £3.59 until 24th September, normally 11.99 / £10.79) 4 Elements (MSL, 2.99 / £2.69 until 24th September, normally 12.00 / £10.79) Jewel Quest 4 Heritage (MSL, 2.99 / £2.69 until 24th September, normally 11.99 / £10.79) Jewel Quest The Sapphire Dragon (MSL, 4.99 / £4.49 until 24th September, normally 11.99 / £10.79) Jewel Quest Mysteries 3 - The Seventh Gate (MSL, 2.99 / £2.69 until 24th September, normally 11.99 / £10.79) Luxor (MSL, 2.99 / £2.69 until 24th September, normally 11.99 / £10.79) Secret Mysteries in London (MSL, 2.99 / £2.69 until 24th September, normally 11.99 / £10.79) Azada (MSL, 2.99 / £2.69 until 24th September, normally 11.99 / £10.79)
  14. This week, as always, from Nintendolife: Wii U eShop The Bridge (The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild, €9.99 / £8.99) - An intriguing puzzle title long on the wishlists of some, this has been critically acclaimed on PC in particular. In addition to an eye-catching visual design its puzzles play around with perception and gravity; we'll bring you a review soon. ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimensions! (ZeNfA Productions, €1.49 / £1.14 until 27th August, then €2.99 / £2.29) - In comparison to the original release in North America - which will have its own update with extra content - this European version will have "several new maps, game modes, weapons, enemies, online leaderboard, Miiverse integration, stable 60 FPS gameplay and more additions". We were fairly critical in our original review, though those on the fence can consider whether the low price and subsequent updates increase its appeal. Wii U Virtual Console Wario: Master of Disguise (Nintendo, €9.99 / £8.99) - The latest DS game to make its way to the Wii U, in this case a quirky combination of platformer and mini-games as Wario plays the thief in 'TV episodes'. While it may sound like a fun idea, we slammed this for multiple issues in our originalWario: Master of Disguise review. Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts Rock Zombie (EnjoyUp Games, €3.99 / £3.59 until 17th September, normally €6.99 / £6.29) 99Moves (EnjoyUp Games, €1.49 / £1.34 until 17th September, normally €2.49 / £2.29) Abyss (EnjoyUp Games, €1.49 / £1.34 until 17th September, normally €1.99 / £1.79) 3DS eShop 3D Gunstar Heroes (SEGA, €4.99 / £4.49) - An iconic Mega Drive release gets the treatment from M2, with this one being one of the games that established Treasure as an elite arcade-style developer. This colourful run-and-gun game has additional options such as double life and Mega Life to help players reach the end, in addition to local multiplayer. We'll dive in to bring you a review. Cube Creator 3D (Big John Games, €7.50 / £5.25) - This aims to satisfy two camps in the world of Minecraft-style experiences - in Survival Mode you do the usual exploring, crafting and fighting to stay alive. Creation Mode allows you to create your own worlds and share screens via Miiverse, with various environments to mess around with. It's had some updates since originally launching in North America, and we gave this a recommendation in our Cube Creator 3D review. 3DS eShop Temporary Discounts Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, €5.59 / £4.99 until 3rd September, normally €7.99 / £7.19) Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix AB, €6.99 / £6.29 until 3rd September, normally €9.99 / £8.99) Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, €5.59 / £4.99 until 3rd September, normally €7.99 / £7.19) 2 Fast 4 Gnomz (QubicGames, €2.99 / £2.69 until 17th September, normally €4.99 / £4.49) 3DS eShop Permanent Discount Hazumi (Gamelion, €2.69 / £1.99, was €3.99 / £3.20) 3DS eShop Demo Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (SEGA, free) I Love My Cats (Bigben Interactive, free)
  15. What isn't mentioned, and I hope happens, is that it's all sped up just a little bit.
  16. Pretty crap week this week, from Nintendolife: Wii U eShop Beatbuddy (Threaks, €8.99 / £8.09) - With its title shortened in Europe, this is a music action-adventure game that has an emphasis on rhythm — some moves and key moments need to be timed to the beat. It includes music contributions from Austin Wintory — composer of the Journeyofficial soundtrack — among many others; we're keen to give this a go, and we'll let you know what we think in a review soon. Available from 5th August. Sanatory Hallways (Wegenbartho, €9.99 / £8.99) - At its core this is a two-player experience, with one character being a flashlight-armed girl trying to escape her nightmare and another playing a ghost tasked with tormenting her, with the spirit being able to set up traps, turn off electricity and more. With additional levels coming in the future as free DLC this sounds intriguing, but we'll see whether it scares us off in a review. Wii U Virtual Console Star Fox Command (Nintendo, €9.99 / £8.99) - This DS entry in the iconic series is a little different from its contemporaries, splitting play between tactical battles on the touchscreen and free roaming battles. With plenty of characters and multiple endings this offers a lot of content, though as expected the multiplayer modes are a no-go. We gave this a modest recommendation in our Star Fox Command review. Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber (Nintendo, €9.99 / £8.99) - A DS successor to GBA title DK: King of Swing, this utilises the shoulder buttons for you to swing your way between pegs, collecting items and tackling foes as you go. Gameplay is shaken up with a few quirks, while multiplayer is also included (and will hopefully feature here as it was a local one-cart feature); we'll swing into another review, but in the meantime you can check out our original recommendation of this game. Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones (Curve Digital, €6.99 / £5.99 until 27th August, normally €13.99 / £12.99) High Strangeness (Midnight City, €4.99 / £4.49 until 9th August, normally €9.99 / £8.99) Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade (Cypronia, €3.14 / £2.69 until 5th September, normally €6.99 / £5.99) Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues (Cypronia, €3.69 / £3.33 until 5th September, normally €4.99 / £4.49) Color Zen (Cypronia, €2.24 / £2.24 until 5th September, normally €2.99 / £2.99) Color Zen Kids (Cypronia, €2.24 / £2.24 until 5th September, normally €2.99 / £2.99) My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Cypronia, €3.74 / £3.35 until 5th September, normally €4.99 / £4.49) My Style Studio: Notebook (Cypronia, €2.39 / £2.15 until 5th September, normally €2.99 / £2.69) 99Seconds (EnjoyUp Games, €1.49 / £1.34 until 3rd September, normally €2.49 / £2.29) Darts Up (EnjoyUp Games, €1.49 / £1.34 until 3rd September, normally €2.49 / £2.29) Rock 'N Racing Off Road (EnjoyUp Games, €3.99 / £3.59 until 3rd September, normally €5.99 / £5.39) 3DS eShop Temporary Discounts Brunch Panic (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.49 until 27th August, normally €3.99 / £3.39) KAMI (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.59 until 27th August, normally €2.99 / £2.39) Sweet Memories Blackjack (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.39 until 27th August, normally €3.99 / £3.19) Angry Bunnies (Cypronia, €4.49 / £3.99 until 5th September, normally €6.49 / £5.99) Bubble Pop World (Cypronia, €3.74 / £3.35 until 5th September, normally €4.99 / £4.49) Color Zen (Cypronia, €2.54 / £2.54 until 5th September, normally €2.99 / £2.99) Color Zen Kids (Cypronia, €2.24 / £2.24 until 5th September, normally €2.99 / £2.99) Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey (Cypronia, €3.99 / £3.59 until 5th September, normally €4.99 / £4.49) My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Cypronia, €3.74 / £3.35 until 5th September, normally €4.99 / £4.49) Darts Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, €0.99 / £0.89 until 3rd September, normally €2.99 / £ 2.69) Dress to Play: Cute Witches! (EnjoyUp Games, €1.99 / £1.79 until 3rd September, normally €3.99 / £3.59) Football Up Online (EnjoyUp Games, €1.99 / £1.79 until 3rd September, normally €3.99 / £3.59) Toys vs. Monsters (EnjoyUp Games, €1.99 / £1.99 until 3rd September, normally €3.99 / £3.99) Hello Kitty & Sanrio Friends 3D Racing (Pqube, €19.99 / £14.99 until 3rd September, normally €39.99 / £29.99) 3DS Demo Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (Bandai Namco, free) 3DS DLC Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: Crop Set 1 (Rising Star Games, €0.99 / £0.89) Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: Crop Set 2 (Rising Star Games, free) Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: New NPC - Male (Rising Star Games, €1.49 / £1.39) Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: New NPC - Female (Rising Star Games, €1.49 / £1.39) Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: New Outfit Set 3 (Rising Star Games, free)
  17. Not content with only having only one second-life experience in Animal Crossing: New Leaf? Then have another one in Tomodachi Life. Welcome to “Tomodachi Life” ("Tomodachi Collection" in Japan) for Nintendo 3DS — a living world in your pocket, made of people you know! Take all your preconceived notions about life’s possibilities, crumple them into a ball and toss them out the window. It’s time to star in a whole new life. On June 9, visit the outrageously bizarre island world of Tomodachi Life for the Nintendo 3DS system. Everyone you know, and everyone you wish you knew, should prepare to meet their Mii maker – you! – as you build a bustling fantasy population of friends, family and even celebrities, all in one wild and hilarious world. The real emotional connection you already share with your Mii characters will keep you glued to the drama, intrigue and hilarity that ensues as everyone goes about their extraordinary daily lives, evolving and interacting in unpredictable and often uproarious ways. The Tomodachi franchise already has taken Japan by storm, selling more than 5.5 million games. Its first European title, Tomodachi Life, is poised to stake out unprecedented video game territory when it launches June 9. Nintendo fans are familiar with Mii characters, but now they come to life in ways they never have before – with their own lives, interests and personalities. Customization and open-ended play are two big video game trends for 2014, and Tomodachi Life delivers a fun, creative experience that makes you want to visit again and again, because there’s always something interesting going on. “Tomodachi” is the Japanese word for “friend.” After completely customizing all your Mii characters, from their voices and appearances right down to their personality quirks, you’ll recognize them instantly. But you can’t possibly predict what they’ll do next. For the first time ever, Mii characters behave based on the personality traits you select, playing out the drama you set in motion. A celebrity might fall in love with your math teacher. Your mom might jump on stage to belt out heavy metal songs. Or you could become famous striking poses down the runway of a fashion show wearing cute and silly outfits. Best of all, you can document these unbelievable moments for posterity and share them all with your friends via the Nintendo 3DS Image Share service. Even your far-fetched celebrity dreams can come true in Tomodachi Life. If you have ever wanted international superstar Christina Aguilera to join you in a sing-off, or believed that she would become BFFs with your cousin or wished she would perform a song with your customized lyrics, it could happen here. The multi award-winning singer has signed on to be a part of Nintendo’s promotional campaign for the game, and her Mii character will be available at launch. Aguilera’s Mii character also will guest star in a TV commercial and in online videos that show all the exciting things that happen when celebrities mingle with Miis players know personally. Additional celebrities involved with Tomodachi Life will be announced over the upcoming weeks. The plot of Tomodachi Life thickens with the addition of each Mii character. As they deliver one gripping twist and turn after another, you can reward them with in-game gifts and clothes, their favorite foods or special flourishes for their apartments. Together you can further broaden your Tomodachi Life horizons by exploring the island, solving characters’ problems and helping them with their needs. Japanese overview trailer: Official Japanese website: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/3ds/ec6j/index.html Official European website: http://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS/Tomodachi-Life-871968.html Still, the Tomodachi Collection series is one of the best selling Nintendo games over in Japan, and I will definitely have a go at a more antropocentric version of my beloved Animal Crossing series. Hopefully before long
  18. This week, froHOLY SHIT PICROSS e6!m Nintendolife: Wii U eShop BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition (Frogmind, €9.99 / £8.99 until 13th August, then €11.99 / £10.79) - A stylish and promising release, this is a sidescrolling flying title which is part action and puzzle solving depending on the scenario. With new controls and HD visuals over the previous smart device version, the new edition also promises over 15 hours and 100 levels of single-player story content, 100 co-op levels, and 27 multiplayer deathmatch stages. We'll see whether it truly takes flight in our review. Wii U Retail Download Legend of Kay Anniversary (Nordic Games, €29.99 / £19.99 ) - A remaster of a fondly remember PS2 title, this promises new HD detail, leaderboards and 60fps performance, all for a budget retail price. We'll work on a review to see whether this is a worthy 10th Anniversary celebration. Available on 28th July. Wii U Retail Demo Just Dance 2016 (Ubisoft, free) Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts Elliot Quest (PlayEveryWare, €10.99 / £8.00 until 13th August, normally €12.99 / £9.49) TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition (Keen Games, €4.99 / £4.49 until 13th August, normally €7.99 / £6.99) 3DS eShop PICROSS e6 (Jupiter, €5.00 / £4.50) - This series of quality puzzle titles keeps on going, with this one said to include over 300 puzzles. The formula is likely to be the same as its predecessors, but we'll give it a whirl for a review. Flick Golf 3D (Full Fat Productions, €4.99 / £4.49) - Hugely popular on smartphones, this touch-based arcade-style golfing now makes its way to the 3DS. There are three different modes to match your mood or time limitations, with simple gameplay that's designed to be addictive; we'll get into the swing of it for review, but until then you can check out our first impressions from earlier this year. 3DS Retail Download Lucky Luke & The Daltons (Anuman Interactive, €29.99 / £24.99) 3DS eShop Temporary Discounts Tomodachi Life (Nintendo, €27.99 / £24.49 until 6th August, normally €39.99 / £34.99) Bit Boy!! ARCADE (BPlus, €0.99 / £0.89 until 27th August, normally €7.99 / £7.19) PUZZLEBOX Setup (BPlus, €0.99 / £0.89 until 27th August, normally €2.99 / £2.69) Code of Princess (Agatsuma, €14.95 / £12.49 until 13th August, normally €29.99 / £24.99) Sayonara UmiharaKawase (Agatsuma, €12.40 / £9.99 until 13th August, normally €24.99 / £19.99) Castle Conqueror Defender (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.49 / £2.79 until 20th August, normally €4.99 / £3.99) Demon King Box (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.39 until 20th August, normally €3.99 / £3.19) Quell Memento (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.39 until 20th August, normally €3.99 / £3.19) 3DS HOME Themes The Magic Unicorn (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89) Hello Kitty and friends (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89) Cupido (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89) Blu Bubbles (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89) Hello Kitty Little Princess (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89) Hello Kitty Bundle (Sanrio, €3.99 / £2.84)
  19. As always, from Nintendolife: Wii U eShop Canvaleon (OXiAB Game Studio, €11.95 / £10.80 until 6th August, then €13.95 / £12.59) - This is a promising 2D platformer / adventure title with a neat twist; beyond what looks like standard play you 'paint' your hero different colours to effectively camouflage them against the backdrop. Over 30 stages are promised, so we'll blend in and get working on a review. Blocky Bot (Mobot Studios, €2.69 / £1.89) - A developer perhaps better known for sizeable download projects, this is the studios' contribution to the wave of budget titles on the Wii U eShop. It's a simple platformer that, importantly, has a sense of style, quality and fun to it - we gave this a strong recommendation in our Blocky Bot review. Wii U Virtual Console Yoshi Touch & Go (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.29) - An early DS game, this went all out to incorporate the Yoshi's Island style with the (at the time) unique inputs of the dual screened system. You use the stylus and microphone to tap, draw and blow in order to guide Yoshi and Baby Mario through each stage. We felt that the passing of time had taken the edge off its innovations in our Yoshi Touch & Go review. 3DS eShop 3D Streets of Rage 2 (Sega, €4.99 / £ 4.49) - As gamers of a certain age that are also big fans of retro Sega, the 3D series developed by M2 continues to press all the buttons of some of our team. This release is particularly exciting for your humble writer, who regards this as a true tour-de-force in beat-em up action, now on the 3DS in lovely 3D. We'll crack some skulls and bring you a review soon. Ninja Battle Heroes (Tom Create, €1.99 / £1.79) - A stylish and somewhat cute action title, you wield a katana, fling some throwing stars and wreak havoc in this 2D game. A fast-paced beat-em up at a budget price, this gets a lot right - we gave this a strong recommendation in our Ninja Battle Heroes review. Mercenaries Saga 2 (CIRCLE Entertainment, €4.99 / £3.99) - This seems like a title inspired by Final Fantasy Tactics, looking almost identical to Square Enix's legendary turn-based strategy title, incorporating the same isomeric view and very similar animation; that's not necessarily a bad thing. We're still questing through this for review. 3DS Retail Download I Love My Cats (Bigben Interactive, €24.99 / £19.99) - We imagine this is rather like I Love My Dogs, but with cats. It's all in the title. 3DS Temporary Discounts Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, €29.99 / £24.99 until 30th July if you've downloaded Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Special Demo Version with the same Nintendo Network ID - normally €44.99 / £39.99) Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (Atlus, €14.99 / £13.49 until 30th July, normally €29.99 / £24.99) Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX (Akaoni Studio, €4.99 / £4.49 until 21st August, normally €7.00 / £6.30)
  20. This turned out to be pretty disappointing. There's actually a good game seemingly buried in there. One that I'd probably have happily paid for. I like match 3 games and I like catching Pokemon. I don't like running out of goes by the time the tutorial ends and having to wait 30 minutes for another go. I don't hate f2p and iap games. I play enough of them. But I'm a grown up and can make these choices. It seems a bit iffy in a game that will appeal to kids though. Out today on the 3DS and as far as I can tell it has no 3D.
  21. This week, from Nintendolife, I'll be buying the arse out of Shantae: Wii U eShop Never Alone (E-Line Media, €14.99 / £12.99 ) - A puzzle platformer playable in single player or two player co-op, this follows the adventures of Iñupiaq girl Nuna and her companion, an Arctic fox, as they attempt to find the source of the "eternal blizzard". This is full of rich history that's wonderfully presented, but we feel that there are notable design and technical issues with this Wii U version - check out our Never Alone review for details. Funk of Titans (EnjoyUp Games, $8.99) - Developed by studio A Crowd of Monsters, not an actual crowd of monsters, this platformer splits over 40 levels across three worlds: Pop, Rap, and Rock. To quote a press release directly, you "show those jive-turkey Pagan Titans why funk is the music of the Gods! Funk-Fu for the win!" Unfortunately we weren't feeling it in our Funk of Titans review. Wii U Virtual Console Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun & Blue Moon (Capcom, €6.99 / £6.29) -The latest entry (in two variations) of this RPG spin-off series that graced the Game Boy Advance. This time around Lan and Mega Man have to worry about an asteroid heading to Earth and a NetNavi threatening the network, which sounds like a tough day at the office. We gave this a strong recommendation in our Mega Man Battle Network 4 review. Wii U eShop 'Epic Indie Sale' The offers in this promotion are applicable if you already own one or more of these Wii U eShop downloads on your system. BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Choice Provisions, €4.79 / £3.99 until 23rd July, normally €11.99 / £9.99) EDGE (Two Tribes, €0.79 / £0.71 until 23rd July, normally €1.99 / £1.79) Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Black Forest Games, €5.99 / £5.19 until 23rd July, normally €14.99 / £12.99) Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (Drinkbox Studios, €5.59 / £4.79 until 23rd July, normally €13.99 / £11.99) Mighty Switch Force! 2 (WayForward, €2.00 / £2.00 until 23rd July, normally €5.00 / £5.00) Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition (WayForward, €3.99 / £3.59 until 23rd July, normally €9.99 / £8.99) RUSH (Two Tribes, €0.79 / £0.71until 23rd July, normally €1.99 / £1.79) Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (WayForward, €6.79 / £6.39 until 23rd July, normally €16.99 / £15.99) Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party (KnapNok Games, €3.59 / £3.20 until 23rd July, normally €8.99 / £8.00) Swords & Soldiers (Two Tribes, €1.19 / £0.99 until 23rd July, normally €2.99 / £2.69) Toki Tori (Two Tribes, €0.79 / £0.69 until 23rd July, normally €1.99 / £1.79) Toki Tori 2 + (Two Tribes, €5.99 / £5.19 until 23rd July, normally €14.99 / £12.99) Trine 2: Director's Cut (Frozenbyte, €6.79 / £5.39 until 23rd July, normally €16.99 / £13.99) Trine Enchanted Edition (Frozenbyte, €5.19 / £4.39 until 23rd July, normally €12.99 / £10.99) Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts Spot the Differences: Party! (Sanuk Games, €2.99 / £2.69 until 16th July, normally €5.00 / £4.49) Bombing Bastards (Sanuk Games, €4.99 / £4.49 until 16th July, normally €6.99 / £5.99) 3DS eShop Bike Rider DX2: Galaxy (Spicysoft, €2.99 / £2.69) — It's taken longer than we expected to arrive in Europe, but this sequel to the rather popular bike / runner original is finally pedalling into view. This incorporates wackier areas and some fun power-ups, and we gave it a hearty recommendation in our Bike Rider DX2: Galaxy review. 3DS eShop DLC Bike Rider DX2: Galaxy: Append Stage [Moon] (Spicysoft, free) Bike Rider DX2: Galaxy: Append Stage [Ex] (Spicysoft, €0.99 / £0.89) Bike Rider DX2: Galaxy: Append Stage [Tatsujin] (Spicysoft, €0.99 / £0.89) 3DS eShop Temporary Discounts Talking Phrasebook - 7 Languages (Sanuk Games, €2.99 / £2.69 until 16th July, normally €4.99 / £4.49) Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, €3.99 / £3.59 until 23rd July, normally €7.99 / £7.19)
  22. http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2015/01/29/lego-marvel-avengers-and-lego-jurassic-world-coming-in-2015.aspx Still no Lego Back To The Future. Booo. Here's the press release:
  23. As usual, from Nintendolife: Wii U eShop Roving Rogue (Padaone Games, €7.99 / £7.19) - This joins the run of retro-styled platformers on the Wii U, in this case including a co-op experience with plenty of running, jumping and teleporting. With 42 levels this promises much, and we'll see whether it hits its targets or goes rogue in our review. Wii U Virtual Console The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo, €9.99 / £8.99) - Widely acknowledged as one of the finest games of all time, this Nintendo 64 classic makes its way to the Wii U; the iconic adventure title has previously had re-releases on the GameCube and Wii Virtual Console, in addition to its 3DS remaster. A true great in its genre, we gave this a perfect score in our Wii Virtual Console review back in 2007. This is the European version of the game with corrected aspect ratio. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (Nintendo, €9.99 / £8.99) - The first entry in the strategy series on DS, and it's also a remake of the very first NES game that didn't make it to the West. Another member of the rich RPG and strategy tradition on the last-gen handheld, we gave this a solid recommendation in our original Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon review. Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.29) - This gives us our Game Boy Advance fix for the week, continuing Intelligent Systems' excellent warfare strategy series. Picking up directly from the first game, this entry introduces new units and strategies into the formula; we'll get onto the battlefield to bring you a review. Wii U Retail Download LEGO Jurassic World (WB Games, €49.99/ £34.99) - The delay to this Wii U release in Europe was never fully explained beyond 'supply' issues from retailers, but in any case the HD iteration of this title arrives on the eShop on 30th June in mainland Europe and 3rd July in the UK. Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts SDK Paint (HullBreach Studios, €3.39 / £2.99 until 9th July, normally €4.49 / £3.99) Ittle Dew (Ludosity, €4.99 / £4.49 until 30th July, normally €9.99 / £8.99) 3DS eShop Shingeki no Kyojin: Humanity in Chains (Atlus, €29.99 / £34.99) - Better known as Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains, this retail title comes to Europe as an eShop-only release, though the localisation is certainly great news for fans of the hit anime show. This surreal title has some exciting combat yet also has its shares of niggles and rough edges; nevertheless we gave it a recommendation in our comprehensive Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains review. Mighty Gunvolt (Inti Creates, €3.49 / £3.19) - This is a retro-styled throwback with simple run and gun gameplay reminiscent of a certain Capcom franchise. Available for free with Azure Striker Gunvolt until 2nd July, this is the less expensive option for those that only want this smaller release; we gave it a strong recommendation in our Mighty Gunvolt review. Fantasy Pirates (EnjoyUp Games, €1.99 / £1.99) - Another entry from the prolific Spanish publisher / developer, this is a 15-stage adventure in which you navigate your pirate boat with 360-degree movement to find treasure and sink rivals; it's also promising a 1 vs. 1 online mode. We'll take to the seas for a review. Karous -The Beast of Re:Eden- (CIRCLE Entertainment, €5.99 / £4.79) - A vertically scrolling shmup out of Japan, this puts you in charge of a mech in which you obliterate many waves of enemies across plenty of levels. Unfortunately its attempts at plot fall short and are only backed up by mediocre gameplay; you can get the full lowdown in our Karous -The Beast of Re:Eden- review. 3DS Retail Downloads The Smurfs (Ubisoft, €19.99 / £17.99) Paddington: Adventures in London (Anuman, €29.99 / £24.99) YAKARI: The Mystery of Four-Seasons (Anuman, €29.99 / £24.99) 3DS eShop Temporary Discounts Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies (Capcom, €13.99 / £11.19 until 16th July, normally €24.99 / £19.99) Tappingo (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.69until 23rd July, normally €2.99 / £2.49) Secrets of the Titanic 1912-2012 (Avanquest, €2.99 / £1.99 until 16th July, normally €10.99 / £9.99) Hotel Transylvania (Avanquest, €4.99 / £4.99 until 16th July, normally €19.99 / £17.99) Doodle Jump Adventures (Avanquest, €4.99 / £4.99 until 16th July, normally €24.99 / £19.99) Jewel Quest: The Sapphire Dragon (MSL, €4.99 / £4.49 until 30th July, normally €11.99 / £10.79) Jewel Quest Mysteries 3 - The Seventh Gate (MSL, €2.99 / £2.69 until 30th July, normally €11.99 / £10.79) Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst (MSL, €4.99 / £4.49 until 30th July, normally €11.99 / £10.79) Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst (MSL, €4.99 / £4.49 until 30th July, normally €11.99 / £10.79) Hidden Expedition: Titanic (MSL, €3.99 / £3.59 until 30th July, normally €11.99 / £10.79) Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove (MSL, €3.99 / £3.59 until 30th July, normally €11.99 / £10.79) 4 Elements (MSL, €2.99 / £2.69 until 30th July, normally €12.00 / £10.79) Luxor (MSL, €2.99 / £2.69 until 30th July, normally €11.99 / £10.79) Jewel Quest 4 Heritage (MSL, €2.99 / £2.69 until 30th July, normally €11.99 / £10.79) Secret Mysteries in London (MSL, €2.99 / £2.69 until 30th July, normally €11.99 / £10.79) Azada (MSL, €2.99 / £2.69 until 30th July, normally €11.99 / £10.79) Toy Stunt Bike (Wobbly Tooth, €2.49 / £2.25 until 30th July, normally €4.99 / £4.49) 3D Game Collection (Joindots, €4.99 / £3.69 until 16th July, normally €6.99 / £4.99) Funfair Party Games (Joindots, €4.99 / £3.69 until 16th July, normally €6.99 / £4.99) Gardenscapes (Joindots, €5.99 / £4.49 until 16th July, normally €7.99 / £5.99) Jewel Match 3 (Joindots, €4.99 / £3.99 until 16th July, normally €6.99 / £4.99) Safari Quest (Joindots, €4.99 / £3.99 until 16th July, normally €6.99 / £4.99) European Conqueror 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.39 until 23rd July, normally €3.99 / £3.19) The Legend of Dark Witch - Chronicle 2D ACT (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.39 until 23rd July, normally €3.99 / £3.19) Football Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, €1.99 / £1.79 until 30th July, normally €2.99 / £2.36)
  24. Revealed in this week's edition of the Japanese magazine Jump, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is a "Theater Rhythm Action" game (say what?) for the Nintendo 3DS. The game has field scenes set in dungeons and towns, and battle scenes that resemble the side-view battles of the traditional Final Fantasy games. However, everything is played like a rhythm game, where you tap the screen in accordance with prompts. Needless to say, the game's music is pulled from past Final Fantasy games. Characters, including the likes of Lightning (who?) and Cloud , are also in the game, only they're shown in cute "chibi" style form, resembling the avatars from the mobile Kingdom Hearts game. There seems to be somewhat of a story to the game. Jump says that the classic Final Fantasy characters are fighting to return light to the crystals. So, a rhythm based, best-of Final Fantasy featuring an all-star cast. What's not to love? Hope this gets localized, as the first scans show how adorable it all looks. Onion Knight
  25. This week, from Nintendolife, FUCKING GARFIELD KART HELL YES: Wii U eShop Shiftlings (Activision, €14.99 / £13.99) - A rather flashy co-op platformer that previously arrived on PC, this features two alien brothers that need to tackle a whole load of puzzle-based levels; they're tethered together and alternate between being inflated and being fully mobile. This can be played solo or in two player co-op, and we'll let you know what we think in a review. Cube Life: Island Survival (Cypronia, €6.99 / £5.39) - This is a block-building survival game, so is naturally inspired by the Minecraft phenomenon. The Survival mode features the exploration, forging and survival aspects familiar in the genre, while Creative mode lets you generate structures that can be shared on Miiverse. Despite some design flaws we thought this deserved a recommendation in our Cube Life: Island Survival review. Wii U Virtual Console Dr Kawashima's BRAIN TRAINING: How Old is Your Brain? (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.29) - An iconic DS title that did much to define and popularise the 'TOUCH! Generation' range on the DS, you can now tackle its challenges and give your brain a workout on Wii U. It was actually available for free (for a spell) last year, so you can check out our Dr Kawashima's BRAIN TRAINING: How Old is Your Brain? review for a lowdown. Kirby: Mouse Attack (Nintendo, €9.99 / £8.99) - Known as 'Squeak Squad' in North America, this gave the DS a more conventional Kirby platformer, albeit with some touch controls thrown in for good measure. Though a little bit on the short side and playing it safe, we gave this one a recommendation in our original Kirby: Mouse Attack review. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Nintendo, €9.99 / £8.99) - From those simple times when Nintendo liked to put '64' at the end of titles, or fans would regardless of whether it was supposed to be there, this is a 2D platform rendered in chunky N64 polygons. We'll take another look, but we were disappointed with this in our original review back in 2008. Wii U Retail Download Yoshi's Woolly World (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) - The latest cute platformer from Good-Feel, this brings Yoshi and chums into a soft, cuddly environment in which to run and jump. With plenty of amiibo support, co-op, transformations and some delightful moments, this is a platformer that's been on some wishlists since its first conceptual reveal two years ago; our review will be with you very soon. Available from 26th June. Art Academy: Atelier (Nintendo, €29.99 / £24.99 or €26.00 / £21.40 with Art Academy: SketchPad on the same Wii U system) - The first home console Art Academy title, this takes advantage of the sizeable touch screen on the Wii U GamePad to deliver an exceptional drawing experience. There are lessons to help newcomers learn the craft, while online sharing options thankfully step up a notch with YouTube uploads and Miiverse. We gave this a glowing recommendation in our Art Academy: Atelier review. Available from 26th June. Wii U eShop Promotion - Yoshi's Woolly World Download Yoshi's Woolly World on the eShop and receive a free code for Yoshi Touch & Go - deal available until 23rd July, code valid until 20th August. Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts Paper Monsters Recut (Mobot Studios, €3.29 / £2.79 until 2nd July, normally €6.49 / £5.49) Knytt Underground (Ripstone, €4.49 / £3.99 until 2nd July, normally €8.99 / £7.99) Pure Chess (Ripstone, €2.99 / £2.49 until 2nd July, normally €5.99 / £4.99) Stick It To The Man (Ripstone, €3.99 / £3.49 until 2nd July, normally €7.99 / £6.99) Puzzle Monkeys (Log Games, €1.49 / £1.49 until 23rd July, normally €2.99 / £2.99) 3DS eShop Tappingo 2 (Goodbye Galaxy Games, €2.99 / £2.39) — The sequel to the popular puzzle game that applies its own take on the genre, applying a spin to Picross-style principles. This new entry features over 100 new puzzles and a welcome zoom option to assist with larger images; we gave this a strong recommendation in our Tappingo 2 review. 3DS Retail Download Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 (Koei Tecmo, €39.99 / £29.99) - A surprising localisation in light of the first sequel skipping the West, but nevertheless welcome for fans of Koei's frantic action games that also want a little more strategy. In addition to historical battling this looks set to offer plenty of content, with challenge modes and online rankings among the additional features. Garfield Kart (Anuman Interactive, €29.99 / £24.99) 3DS eShop Temporary Discounts Shin Megami Tensei IV (Atlus, €9.99 / £8.99 until 2nd July, normally €19.99 / £17.99) Pure Chess (Ripstone, €2.99 / £2.49 until 2nd July, normally €5.99 / £4.99) Van Helsing sniper Zx100 (EnjoyUp Games, €3.49 / £3.49 until 19th July, normally €6.66 / £6.66) Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, €3.99 / £3.39 until 2nd July, normally €7.99 / £7.19) 3DS Retail DLC Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Edit Parts 1 (Koei Tecmo, €3.99 / £3.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Edit Parts 2 (Koei Tecmo, €5.99 / £5.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Edit Parts 3 (Koei Tecmo, €6.99 / £6.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Edit Parts 4 (Koei Tecmo, €6.99 / £6.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Edit Parts 5 (Koei Tecmo, €6.99 / £6.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Edit Parts Set (Koei Tecmo, €21.99 / £21.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Special Edit Parts 1 (Koei Tecmo, €0.99 / £0.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Special Edit Parts 2 (Koei Tecmo, free until 22nd July, then €0.99 / £0.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Mount Pack 1 (Koei Tecmo, €1.99 / £1.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Mount Pack 2(Koei Tecmo, €1.99 / £1.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Mount Pack Set (Koei Tecmo, €2.99 / £2.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Old Costumes 1 (Koei Tecmo, €2.99 / £2.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Old Costumes 2(Koei Tecmo, €1.99 / £1.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Old Costumes 3 (Koei Tecmo, €1.99 / £1.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Old Costumes 4 (Koei Tecmo, €1.99 / £1.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Old Costumes Set (Koei Tecmo, €6.99 / £6.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Special Costumes 1 (Koei Tecmo, €7.99 / £7.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Special Costumes 2(Koei Tecmo, €7.99 / £7.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Special Costumes 3(Koei Tecmo, €7.99 / £7.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Special Costumes 4(Koei Tecmo, €7.99 / £7.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Special Costumes 5(Koei Tecmo, €3.99 / £3.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Special Costumes Set(Koei Tecmo, €29.99 / £29.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra BGM Set (Koei Tecmo, €2.99 / £2.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra Scenario Set (Koei Tecmo, €4.99 / £4.99) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3: Extra BGM Set (Koei Tecmo, €2.99 / £2.99)
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