Free Cat Mario Show 3DS Home Theme Now Available In European eShop

cat_mario_show_bannerNintendo of Europe has updated the theme menu today and added a free Cat Mario Show background. It arrives before the seven new themes – including Tomodachi Life and the Sonic theme bundle – which are due this Friday, December 19. 3DS users have from now until January 15, 2015, to download the free theme, which sees Mario and Peach puppets parting tips to young gamers. The stylish puppet background can be located in the theme shop from the 3DS menu screen. To check out the latest Cat Mario Show, head on over to the UK Kids Club website, here.

Grab This Awesome Mario Kart T-Shirt On European Club Nintendo

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We get some great gifts on European Club Nintendo and now there’s one more to add to the collection. The latest offering from Nintendo is this rather neat Mario Kart 8 inspired t-shirt which will set you back 3750 stars. It’s rather expensive, but if you’ve got the stars sitting about then you may as well use them.

Thanks, Michelle

K.K. Slider And Camouflage Mario 3DS Home Menu Themes Arriving December 12 For Euro eShop

Nintendo of Europe has once again added a number of 3DS home menu themes to the eShop. Arriving on Friday, December 12, four new themes will be available for both Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Mario fans. All in neutral colours, the K.K. Slider theme may just get you in groove for the weekend, while the Mario characters set in blue or green camouflage and the yellow and white polka dot theme offer a wider choice for those craving a more subtle background.

As per usual, the character themes will set you back €1.99 or £1.79 in eShop credit and the yellow and white polka dot theme comes in at the cheaper, standard price of €0.99 or £0.89. You can check out the gallery below to take a closer look. The four new themes add to the ever-expanding collection of home menu screens available including the recent festive Mario themes.

Rune Factory 4 Confirmed To Be Coming To Europe On 11th December

XSEED Games and Marvelous Europe are delighted to announce that Rune Factory 4 for the Nintendo 3DS system will finally be cropping up in Europe and Australia on 11th December, 2014, exclusively via the Nintendo eShop at an RRP of £24.99/€29.99 and $49.95 AUD, respectively.

Rune Factory 4 is the latest instalment in the critically acclaimed Bokujo Monogatari spin-off series, which revolves around the same addictive life simulation and farming activities that its father franchise, now known as STORY OF SEASONS, is famous for. The Rune Factory series, however, also incorporates classic action-JRPG elements into the mix, all framed in a stunning fantasy setting. Taking place in the Kingdom of Norad, players must fill the shoes of a Prince or Princess and aid the people of a small, picturesque town named Selphia in achieving lasting peace and prosperity.

Created by acclaimed series producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto, Rune Factory 4 is by far the most ambitious title in this storied series. Boasting countless items, crops, weapons and other pieces of equipment to find and grow, as well as a substantial story with richly developed characters, innumerable hours of enjoyment await within the humble confines of this download. Players must farm and find romance among the town’s singles before setting off into the wilderness and surrounding dungeons to defeat or tame monsters. It’s a mix of play styles that has garnered well-earned praise both from fans and critics alike.

Rune Factory 4 has been the most successful iteration in the series to date, having sold out at North American retail stores on numerous occasions due to unprecedented demand. Fans outside of Japan and North America have been desperate to get their hands on this Nintendo 3DS system exclusive title ever since.

“We know how great Rune Factory 4 is, which is why we’re so happy it’s releasing in PAL territories” commented Steven Tarry, Marketing Manager, Marvelous Europe. “2014’s been a great year for Nintendo gamers, and this really is the icing on the cake.”

Rune Factory 4 Listing Spotted On European 3DS eShop, Coming December 11

European fans of the Rune Factory series are bound to rejoice as a listing has been spotted for the long-awaited fourth installment on the 3DS eShop. Rune Factory 4 is due to release next Thursday, December 11, according to a tweeted image from a fan of the series. Though it’s not yet been officially confirmed by publisher XSEED or Marvelous US, the game’s listing can be found when using the search box in the European 3DS eShop.

Rune Factory 4 has had a troubled time in reaching European shores. It was originally cancelled by Marvelous AQL after technical difficulties cropped up, largely due to the folding of Neverland and the loss of the title’s main programmers. But earlier this year, XSEED and Marvelous US confirmed to fans that Rune Factory 4 would reach Europe as a digital-only title. Next week’s European download should no doubt confirm this release, but until then we’ll have to wait patiently.

Nintendo Pocket Football Club And Mario vs. Donkey Kong Boxed Retail Versions Available January 16 For Europe

Nintendo of Europe will be releasing boxed versions of Nintendo Pocket Football Club and a dual Mario vs. Donkey Kong pack at retail early next year. But there’s an odd catch with these two releases – though you’ll receive the physical box art, no game card is included. Instead consumers will find a download code inside the box which can then be redeemed on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.

Nintendo Pocket Football Club was launched for the 3DS back in April as an eShop-only download and came with a special discount for those who purchased the game within the first month of its launch. The dual pack for Mario vs. Donkey Kong offers up last year’s release Minis on the Move and Minis March Again! – a DSiWare title from 2009.

While many of us are, perhaps, scratching our heads over the boxed versions, it’s an interesting move from Nintendo in order to target those who wouldn’t necessarily buy digital games on the eShop. Both Nintendo Pocket Football Club and the combined Mario vs. Donkey Kong pack will be available to purchase at retail stores on January 16, 2015.

Pokemon & Super Mario 3DS Home Menu Themes Hit Euro eShop This Week

Nintendo of Europe has revealed six new home menu themes will be heading to the 3DS eShop this week. On Friday, November 21, 3DS owners will be able to download two Pokemon themes featuring either an adorable sleeping Pikachu or a panoramic background with Primal Kyogre and Groudon. So if you’re thinking of picking up Pokemon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire when it launches on November 28 in the region, you can twin your purchase with either background for €1.99 / £1.79 each.

Alternatively, three new Super Mario themes will launch to add to the ever-growing collection of the popular character. Coming in pastel pink, blue and neon green, all three themes are priced at the regular €1.99 / £1.79. But for those who like to grow their theme selection for free, 3DS owners can also download a free Sonic Boom home theme menu. For a closer look at the upcoming themes, you can view them in the gallery below.