Nintendo of Europe are set to release several New Nintendo 3DS cover plates to plump up its selection this April. Eight new cover plates will be available to purchase from April 2, including green and red Mario power mushrooms, Pikachu and Kirby-themed plates, among others. The interchangeable plates are currently retailing at a range of different prices, with the lowest from £10.99 on Nintendo UK’s official store. So if you’re looking to jazz up your New Nintendo 3DS with cover plates to match new home menu themes, check out the image above to see if any of the eight take your fancy.
Nintendo of Europe will offer three new Kirby themes for your 3DS home menu screen later this week. Available on Friday, February 27, fans of the pink puffball can celebrate his unique style with three different themes; including Craft Paper Kirby, Kirby Sweet Gourmet Race and Smiling Kirby. As per, all of the backgrounds – which you can view above – are priced at €1.99 / £1.79 each. Though Europe has yet to take on Kirby’s latest adventure with the GamePad’s canvas and stylus in hand with Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, we’ll just have to wait patiently and celebrate with 3DS home themes instead.
Pokemon Shuffle is now available to download for free in the Nintendo 3DS eShop for Europe and Australia. At just 686 blocks to download, Pokemon Shuffle won’t put a strain on your SD card’s memory. Featuring a number of fan-favourite Pokemon, the puzzle game will put players’ skills to the test as they battle wild Pokemon across a number of stages. You’ll have to match three or more Pokemon on puzzle boards to deal damage, but – with a limited number of moves – going for combos is the key. Once a Pokemon is defeated you’ll get the chance to catch a Pokemon and add it to your team.
Though the game is free to download, it will support optional in-app purchases. Each battle you encounter will take one of your five hearts available, they’ll regenerate after 30 minutes has passed but if you want to continue playing you’ll need to purchase additional hearts with in-game jewels. Pokemon Shuffle should be available in the North American 3DS eShop later today, too. European, UK and US dollar prices for purchasing jewels are as follows:
- 1 Jewel – €0.99 / £0.89 / $0.99
- 6 Jewels – €4.99 / £4.49 / $4.99
- 12 Jewels – €8.99 / £8.09 / $8.99
- 35 Jewels – €24.99 / £22.49 / $24.99
- 75 Jewels – €47.99 / £42.99 / $47.99
We’ve been waiting since launch for Nintendo TVii here in the UK and the rest of Europe. The service was meant to come at launch and did eventually come to the United States, where it was generally well received. However, Nintendo Europe has confirmed that it has cancelled plans for the service in Europe stating that it is, “Due to the extremely complex nature of localising multiple television services across a diverse range of countries with varied licensing systems.” So that’s it. Nintendo TVii has been cancelled for Europe. Here’s what they had to say in a statement.
At Nintendo of Europe, we continue to challenge ourselves to develop a range of entertaining experiences for all to enjoy. Due to the extremely complex nature of localising multiple television services across a diverse range of countries with varied licensing systems, regrettably we have taken the decision not to launch the Nintendo TVii service within the European region. Although on this occasion we did not anticipate such challenges, we will always strive to develop a range of entertaining experiences for all our users to enjoy.
With this in mind, Nintendo of Europe has launched the Nintendo Anime Channel, a new video-on-demand service on Nintendo 3DS which offers users the chance to stream anime series from the likes of Pokémon, Kirby, and Inazuma Eleven. New content will be added regularly and access to this service is granted simply by downloading a free application from Nintendo eShop.
Nintendo of Europe has announced IronFall: Invasion will be shooting-em-up later this week when it launches on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Developed by VD-Dev, the third-person shooter takes impressive control of the C-Stick on the New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL, giving players optimum control. But those who don’t upgrade won’t be left out of the loop, as it will still be available for all systems in the 3DS eShop.
Featuring a smooth 60 frames per second in gameplay and fast-paced multiplayer action, IronFall: Invasion will be available to download on February 13 in Europe. Nintendo of America has yet to specify when the shooter will be available in the region. You can take a look at a short trailer for the title in the video embedded above.
A three-year project by independent developers VD-DEV, IronFall: Invasion brings fast-paced single-player and six-person local & online multiplayer shooting action, with the gameplay perfectly suited for using the C Stick of New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL.
Nintendo of Europe will be offering a number of new home menu themes for the 3DS later this week. Available to purchase on Friday, February 13, fans will be able to get their hands on superb backgrounds for The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+ for the standard €1.99 / £1.79. However, for those downloading the above games directly from the eShop, fans will receive a free bonus theme with their purchased game.
The theme eShop will also make a number of basic themes and the simple colour set available to download for free. So if you fancy a colour change, you can do so on February 13 from the Home Menu settings on your 3DS system. Make sure you take a look at the themes available this week in the gallery below.
Those who are looking forward to the upcoming Code Name STEAM will be pleased today as a playable demo is currently available on the European Nintendo 3DS eShop. The demo is 1871 blocks. It seems rather early for a demo, but I’m certainly not complaining. Code Name STEAM will be arriving in Europe on May 15th, so you’ve got a while to wait.