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.
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.
Nintendo of Europe has revealed five more 3DS home themes that may just tickle your fancy this week. Available to download from the theme eShop from Friday, November 14, 3DS owners will be seeing spots and stripes in a range of colours. We saw some charming Animal Crossing themes hit the eShop at the end of last month, but if you’d rather not break the bank and keep your handheld crisp with simple designs, make sure you check out the list below. Want a closer look? You can preview them in the gallery below.
Polka Dots — Yellow & Blue (Nintendo, €0.99 / £0.89)
Yacht Club Games has been teasing European and Australian fans for weeks and never quite pinned down a day for Shovel Knight’s release. But during tonight’s Direct, Nintendo has announced that the game is now available to download for your Wii U and 3DS straight after the presentation finishes. And as a reward for waiting so patiently, fans will be able to nab 33 per cent off the Wii U version if the 3DS version is purchased first, and vice versa.
Nintendo has now revealed that Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will launch on January 2 for Europe. Initially due to release in alongside the North American release in December, the adorable game starring our plucky adventurer was pushed back until January 9, 2015. However, the Wii U game will now launch a week earlier – handy for fans of Captain Toad. Starring 70+ levels as announced earlier, you can check out a short trailer for Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker above.
Yacht Club Games are giving fans in Europe and Australia a brand new Shovel Knight theme for the Nintendo 3DS. As a reward for waiting so patiently, fans of the classic action and adventure title will be able to grab a 3DS theme based on the hero of the game. A sneak peek of the light-blue theme can be seen on the developer’s official website, as well as above.
Though this particular Shovel Knight theme will be exclusive to Europe and Australia, Yacht Club Games says North American fans may get different themes in the future based on other familiar characters. Currently, the studio are still working out the necessary details with Nintendo of Europe, however the theme will only be available for a very limited time. Shovel Knight is scheduled for release on Wii U and 3DS from November 6 in both regions. Here’s the official word from Yacht Club Games:
“As a thanks to our patient EU/AU fans, our friends at Nintendo of Europe have worked closely with us to create an amazing Shovel Knight theme, which will be available for a very limited time in the EU region. The exact details will be coming soon…but in the meantime, check out a sneak peek at the theme!!
“Aren’t you excited to decorate your 3DS with the Shoveling Knight? Stay tuned for more theme news in the US and beyond… hopefully this is just the beginning! What’s next? What character from Shovel Knight should be featured in their very own theme? Let us know what you think we should do!”
Nintendo Europe has shown off the final box-art design for Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on the Wii U. Japanese gamers will have to be content with this unusual yellow coloured box-art, but then again, they get the game way before Europe. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was recently delayed in Europe until January 9th.