Nintendo of Europe has warned Club Nintendo members that the service will be intermittent tomorrow, March 11. The Club Nintendo stars catalogue will be unavailable for most of the day while Nintendo work behind-the-scenes on the website. There’s no telling whether these changes will affect the user experience, or if it’s simply a routine measure. Yesterday, Nintendo notified users that the Wii U and 3DS eShops will be undergoing extended maintenance worldwide on Thursday.
“Maintenance takes place tomorrow on the #ClubNintendo Stars Catalogue. The service will be intermittent all day. Sorry for the inconvenience.” – Nintendo of Europe via Twitter
Nintendo Europe have revealed via Twitter that they will be releasing a limited edition version of Mario Kart 8 in Europe. The limited edition version comes complete with a Spiny Shell Collector’s Item. Mario Kart 8 is due to be released in North America and Europe, May 30th.
Mario Kart fans who have ever unleashed a Spiny Shell item or been on the wrong side of one will know of their capacity to make or break a race, therefore as a memento of times both good and not so good, the Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition software bundle will come complete with a Spiny Shell Collector’s Item alongside a physical copy of Mario Kart 8, with the Spiny Shell proudly perched atop a black and transparent frame.
Packaged together as a uniquely designed bundle, the Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition launches on 30th May 2014 and is ready for pre-order now from the Nintendo UK Online Store and selected retailers, available while stocks last. Customers in the UK & Ireland who have already pre-ordered the standalone copy of Mario Kart 8 will have the opportunity to upgrade pending availability. One of the most devastating items found in-game, expect to see the Spiny Shell back in its natural environment knocking champion racers off the podium when the item appears in the Mario Kart franchise once more from 30th May 2014.
As an added extra for those who pre-order – at retail – either the Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition software bundle or Mario Kart 8 as a standalone game, Mario Kart-themed keyrings will be available for fans from selected outlets. Whether satisfying a need for speed with the Golden Dash Mushroom, knocking over rival drivers with a Red Shell, or temporarily bulldozing through a course in the form of a Bullet Bill, the keyrings on offer will represent some of the most memorable items from the Mario Kart franchise.
In the UK & Ireland the Golden Dash Mushroom will be available for those that pre-order at Littlewoods and Very, whilst those pre-ordering via a selection of independent retailers*** will receive the Bullet Bill keyring. The Nintendo UK Online store will be offering an exclusive Mario Kart 8 bundle which will include the Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Spiny Shell bundle, a Bullet Bill T-Shirt and the Red Shell keyring. GAME will be offering those in the UK that pre-order Mario Kart 8 a Wii U Super Mario Kart Racing Wheel.
This week’s European download is offering discounts galore on both the Wii U and 3DS eShop. Since the Year of Luigi is due to come to an end on March 18, Nintendo has given the green plumber one last glittering send-off in a special Luigi-themed sale starting this Thursday. So if you’ve yet to get your hands on Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros. for 3DS or New Super Luigi U for the Wii U, you’ll no longer miss out on the enemy-bopping fun.
New Super Luigi U – which is add-on content for New Super Mario. Bros. U – can be purchased for the delightful price of €14.99 or £13.49 (usually €19.99 / £17.99). But if an RPG tickles your fancy, Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros. can be grabbed for €31.99 or £27.99 (usually €39.99 / £34.99). Both will be available at reduced prices until March 13. Plus, you can also grab Super Mario Bros. for either Wii U or 3DS at €2.49 or £1.74 (usually €4.99 / £3.49) until the same date.
There are a multitude of other discounts featured from Thursday, both temporary and permanent, so if you’re itching for a new game on the 3DS check out the list below.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts:
- The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves – €6.99 / £6.29 until March 13 (usually €9.99 / £8.99)
- Football Up 3D - €3.49 / £2.99 until April 3 (usually €6.99 / £5.99)
- SpeedX 3D – €2.10 / £1.89 until May 1 (usually €2.99 / £2.69)
- Monster Shooter – €2.10 / £1.99 until April 3 (usually €6.99 / £6.29)
- 3D Game Collection – €5.99 / £5.99 until March 27 (usually €13.99 / £11.99)
- Funfair Party Games – €6.99 / £6.99 until March 27 (usually €19.99 / £17.99)
- Gardenscapes – €5.99 / £5.99 until March 27 (usually €14.99 / £14.99)
- 3D Mahjongg – €3.99 / £3.29 until March 27 (usually €4.99 / £4.49)
- Jewel Match 3 – €5.99 / £4.99 until March 27 (usually €6.99 / £5.99)
- Murder on the Titanic – €5.99 / £4.99 until March 27 (usually €14.99 / £14.99)
- Secret Agent Files: Miami – €6.99 / £5.79 until March 27 (usually €7.99 / £6.99)
3DS eShop Permanent Discounts:
- Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns – €19.99 / £17.99 (was €29.99 / £24.99)
- Beyblade: Evolution – €19.99 / £19.99 (was €29.99 / £29.99)
- Girls’ Fashion Shoot – €19.99 / £19.99 (was €29.99 / £29.99)
- Crazy Kangaroo – €1.99 / £1.89 (was €2.99 / £2.69)
Nintendo of Europe has delivered the weekly eShop update, detailing exactly which titles can be purchased from Thursday, February 20. The biggest bargains arrive in celebration of the latest collaboration between two the brightest minds in handheld gaming – Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies and Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask are on offer for an alluring 30 per cent off in the 3DS eShop this Thursday. Both games are on sale until February 27, with Phoenix Wright priced at £13.99/€17.99 (usually £19.99/€24.99) and Miracle Mask on offer for £27.99/€29.99 (usually £39.99/€44.99). Other additions in the European eShop can be found below, which includes Donkey Kong’s latest venture.
- Weapon Shop de Omasse (Level-5) – £7.19 / €7.99
- Retro City Rampage: DX (Vblank Entertainment) – £7.99 / €8.99
- Kung Fu Rabbit (Neko Entertainment) – £4.49 / €4.99
- Renegade (NES Virtual Console) – £4.49 / €4.99
- Bella Sara 2: The Magic Of Drasilmare Demo (Bigben Interactive) – Free
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo) – £39.99 / €49.99
- Ice Hockey (NES Virtual Console) – £3.49 / €4.99
AeternoBlade will land on the European 3DS eShop on February 27, according to developer Corecell Technology’s official Facebook page. The game was due to launch last month, but due to a failed submission, Corecell was unable to commit to the date. Earlier this week, the developer confirmed that the 3D action-packed sidescroller would launch February 18 for the North American eShop. Make sure you check out the trailer if you’ve yet to see it.
Nintendo has launched Pokémon Bank on the European 3DS eShop after a month-long delay. The cloud storage app, which allows franchise players to deposit, withdraw and manage up to 3,000 Pokémon, can be downloaded as a 30-day free trial straight from the 3DS eShop until March 14th. The app is also available to download in both Australia and New Zealand.
Earlier this month, the storage app was relaunched in Asian territories including Japan, with Nintendo of Europe stating it would closely monitor players’ experience during the interim between the Asian and Western releases. Nintendo of America has yet to confirm a release in the US, but fingers crossed it shouldn’t be too long.
Nintendo Europe has provided a better look at the Yoshi’s New Island pre-order bonus for Europe. The pre-order bonus is a Yoshi Egg Game Case which you can store your 3DS and DS cartridges in. The special Egg Case is available from a number of select retailers.
Yoshi’s New Island lands on Nintendo #3DS on 14/3! Pre-order at select retailers and get this Yoshi Egg Game Case!
Atlus has announced via press release that it will bring Spike Chunsoft’s Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars over to European shores, but only as a digital download title. The breed-to-survive RPG on the Nintendo 3DS was confirmed earlier this year for North America, where it will arrive in both digital and physical editions and come with a special soundtrack CD for those who pre-order the game.
Conception II is set to arrive within the second quarter this year in Europe on both the Nintendo 3DS eShop and PlayStation Network. Altus has yet to specify a date for North America but the game will arrive in Spring 2014.
Square Enix may launch Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call for Western 3DS owners after a trademark was filed for the game. The popular rhythm title is due to be released in Japan this Spring, but since the game’s predecessor launched in the west back in 2012, it’s entirely likely the sequel will do the same.
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call includes more than 200 tracks and 60+ characters, as well as a new versus battle mode to tap the night away with friends in multiplayer mode. You can see the latest trailer for all your rhythmic needs, here.
Pokémon Bank relaunched in some Asian territories earlier today – including Japan – but a date for the western release is yet to be decided. Originally the app was removed by Nintendo due to an influx of users accessing the Nintendo Network, bringing the service to a grinding halt.
Due to the complications, Nintendo of Europe has announced via Twitter that both the Pokémon Bank and Transporter will require close monitoring of players’ experiences in order to bring the app over for release in the west. There’s still no telling when Bank and Transporter will arrive in North America and Europe, however. Here’s what Nintendo of Europe said to fans of the series.
“Hi Pokémon fans, sorry it’s taken until now before we could give you an update on Pokémon Bank.
“Pokémon Bank & Poké Transporter services have now resumed operation in various Asian territories incl. Japan.
“We’ll be closely monitoring players’ experiences as we prepare for the European release.
“Once again we want to apologise for the delay, and thank you for your patience and your interest.”