Preorder Puzzle & Dragons For Nintendo 3DS At Nintendo UK Store And Get Mario Soft Toy

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The Nintendo UK Store has been great recently for offering special pre-order bonuses when you order an upcoming exclusive. This time around the online store is offering a free Mario soft toy if you pre-order Puzzle & Dragons Z and Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros Edition. Not a bad incentive to pre-order, so if you want the Mario soft toy be sure to place a pre-order.

 

Here’s A Look At A Near Final Build Of Project CARS

You may remember the controversy that happened a few weeks back when Digital Foundry analysed what it claimed to be recent code of Project CARS when it turned out the build was actually a few months old. Well, the team at Slightly Mad Studios have showcased footage from a near-final build of the game to put doubters minds to rest. The footage is taken from the PlayStation 4 version of the game and as you can see it looks rather stunning.

Super Smash Bros Director Sakurai Calls DLC These Days A Scam

Some DLC is well worth your money like the Mario Kart 8 downloadable content and some simply is not. Super Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai isn’t happy about the current downloadable content that we are peddled as he says developers are actually providing us with an unfinished product at launch. Sakurai feels that the product delivered to us at launch should be 100% complete and shouldn’t require us giving additional cash post launch.

These days, the “DLC scam” has become quite the epidemic, charging customers extra money to complete what was essentially an unfinished product. I completely understand how aggravated players must feel. After all, a game should be 100% at the time of release, and I would be livid if it were split up and sold in pieces.

Why, then, do you think so many titles provide premium DLC on or shortly following a game’s release? It’s because that’s the easiest way to make money.

After all, if you wait too long after a game’s release to distribute additional content, players will already move on to the next title. Even long tail titles–that is, ones that perform consistently well over an extended period of time–make more money the earlier they come out.

Moreover, we decided to release other characters as well because part of the fun of Smash is the anticipation: “Which character will join the fray next!?” If we keep distributing content, we can maintain that excitement, and I think that’s a really great thing.

Thanks, anon

Amiibo Touch & Play: Nintendo Classics Highlights Coming To Europe On April 30th

Yes, Nintendo of Europe have finally announced when we can get our hands on amiibo Touch & Play: Nintendo Classics Highlights. The application will be a free download which will be available from the Wii U eShop on April 30th. We are still waiting to hear when it will become available to North American consumers.

Thanks, Rubberyen

Here’s This Week’s Nintendo Downloads For The US

Nintendo of America has announced the games and downloadable content you will be able to purchase from the eShop this week. The main title is the Mario Kart 8 downloadable content which adds additional courses and extra characters for you to race with. The fantastic Mario Kart DS is also coming to the Wii U Virtual Console so you will have plenty of racing fun this week. Here’s the games that are available this week on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShop.

  • NintendoeShop on Wii U
    • Mario Kart 8 Update and DLC Pack 2 – The latest Mario Kart 8 free software update has crossed the finish line and now you can race like never before in 200CC … if you think you’re fast enough. DLC Pack 2 is here, too, with three new characters, four new vehicles and eight new tracks, all for the thrill of the race. DLC Pack 2 is sold separately for $7.99 individually or bundled with Pack 1 for $11.99 from the in-game shop or the Nintendo eShop.
  • NintendoeShop on Wii U and Nintendo3DS
    • Super Smash Bros. DLC – Mewtwo – The Psychic-type Pokémon Mewtwo makes its grand entrance! Make it Mega Evolve into Mega Mewtwo Y in its Final Smash, and then use Psystrike to blow away the opposition. Starting on April 28, you can purchase and download the new fighter Mewtwo in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS for $3.99 each game or for $4.99 for both versions.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Mario Kart DS – Race along with Mario and his friends in five single-player modes and over 30 courses. Knock out the competition with your driving skills as you rocket-start the race, use drifting and turbo at critical points and deploy crazy items to gain an advantage.
  • NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
    • Cube Creator 3D – Craft your own realm in stunning randomly generated worlds in Cube Creator 3D. You can gather resources, combine elements, explore new worlds and combat strange creatures to survive in this expansive, cubic domain. Grab your copy at an introductory price of $4.99 until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 7. Click here to view the trailer for this game.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

  • NintendoeShop on Wii U
    • Tetrobot & Co. is 70 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $2.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 30.
    • Cocoto Magic Circus 2 is 66 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $9.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 7.

Activities:

  • Mega May is Back! – Vote Today
    • During the entire month of May, Nintendo and Capcom are celebrating our favorite blue bomber, Mega Man, with six game releases on the Virtual Console service for Wii U. The Game Boy Advance versions of Mega Man Zero 2, Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue, Mega Man Battle Network 3 White, Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun, Mega Man Battle Network 4 Blue Moon and Mega Man & Bass will land on the Nintendo eShop throughout the month. Click here to vote for the first game of Mega May, which will launch May 7. Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. PT on April 29.
  • International StreetPass Week
    • Take your Nintendo 3DS system on a whirlwind tour without leaving your hometown during International StreetPass Week! Through April 26, collect up to six Mii characters from across Europe, the United States and Canada when you stop by a Nintendo Zone location. U.S. and Canada visitors will even get a special Mii of Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America. Find a Nintendo Zone hotspot near you here.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker: Apocalypse – Available April 28

Also new this week:

Fewer UK Consumers Are Pre-ordering Video Games

With the amount of broken games being shipped it comes as no surprise to learn that fewer UK consumers are pre-ordering video games these days. The survey, which was conducted on behalf of MCV, shows that 20% of UK gamers say they’ve stopped pre-ordering video games altogether or are pre-ordering fewer titles. Interestingly 9% say they’ve cut back on pre-orders and 11% say they haven’t pre-ordered any games in the past. The UK remains the number one territory across Europe for pre-orders, but it’s also the place where the sharpest decline is happening.

Nintendo Of America Announces Xenoblade Chronicles X Video Showcase Coming On Friday, April 24

Visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct on Friday, April 24, at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET for a video showcase about Xenoblade Chronicles X, an upcoming open-world role-playing game for the Wii U console. And keep watching after the showcase for a Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game. These videos will be available in English only.