The European Commission Wants To Remove Regional Locking On Digital Goods

In a more than welcome move the European Commission has said that it wants to remove regional limits on digital goods. The new strategy is titled the Digital Single Market and in essence it would allow you to watch US Netflix from the United Kingdom. It would also hopefully eventually remove region locking from consoles which has been a sore point for many gamers who want to play games from other regions, but are unable too.

Think regional locks on movie streaming and other digital goods are silly? So does the European Commission. It’s outlining a new strategy (the Digital Single Market) that would prevent companies from geo-blocking online services when it’s not truly necessary. This kind of arbitrary limit “cannot exist” in a single European Union-wide digital marketplace, officials argue.
It’s not clear what rules will be involved (you’ll likely hear more about that when the full strategy is due in May), but the implication is that you wouldn’t be forced to download or stream from a country-specific service. If you wanted to watch French Netflix from Germany, for example, you could.

Lots Of Digital Rewards Now Available On European Club Nintendo

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Club Nintendo Europe has finally been updated with a wealth of digital goodies that can yours for your hard-earned Stars. The site seems to be overloaded at the moment with people scrambling to get their rewards before Club Nintendo is replaced with a new service from DeNA later this year. Here’s what’s available.

Chibi-Robo! Let’s Go, Photo! – 7300 stars
Wii Sports Club Bowling (Wii U) – 5600 stars
Pullblox World (Wii U) – 5600 stars
Wii Sports Club Boxing + Baseball (Wii U) – 5600 stars
NES Remix 2 (Wii U) – 5600 stars
Hydroventure™: Spin Cycle (3DS) – 5600 stars
Wii Sports Club Tennis (Wii U) – 5600 stars
Wii Sports Club Golf (Wii U) – 5600 stars
Dillon’s Rolling Western: The Last Ranger (3DS) – 5600 stars
Mario’s Super Picross (Wii U) – 4500 stars
Golden Sun (Wii U) – 3900 stars
Advance Wars (Wii U) – 3900 stars
Mario Golf: Advance Tour (Wii U) – 3900 stars
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (Wii U) – 3900 stars
Hana Samurai Art of the Sword™ (3DS) – 3900 stars
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (3DS) – 3900 stars
3D Classics Xevious™ (3DS) – 3400 stars
Tokyo Crash Mobs (3DS) – 3400 stars
SpeedThru: Potzol’s Puzzle (3DS) – 3400 stars
Tokyo Crash Mobs (3DS) – 3400 stars
SpeedThru: Potzol’s Puzzle (3DS) – 3400 stars
Pullblox™ (3DS) – 3400 stars
Art Style: INTERSECT™ (3DS) – 2800 stars
Art Style: PiCOPiCT (3DS) – 2800 stars
Mario Tennis (3DS) – 2800 stars
Metal Torrent™ (3DS) – 2800 stars
NES™ Remix (Wii U) – 2600 stars
Mario’s Picross (3DS) – 2300 stars
Pilotwings (Wii U) – 2100 stars
Super Punch-Out!! (Wii U) – 2100 stars
Super Metroid (Wii U) – 2100 stars
Mario Kart 8: Add-on Content Pack 1: The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8 – 2100 stars
F-ZERO (Wii U) – 2100 stars
Super Mario World (Wii U) – 2100 stars
Super Mario Kart (Wii U) – 2100 stars
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (Wii U) – 1800 stars
Metroid Fusion (Wii U) – 1800 stars
WarioWare, Inc.: Minigame Mania (3DS) – 1800 stars
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (3DS) – 1800 stars
Splash or Crash (3DS) – 1700 stars
Pinball: Revenge of the Gator (3DS) – 1700 stars
The Legend of Zelda™: Link’s Awakening DX™ (different language versions, 3DS) – 1600 stars each
The Mysterious Murasame Castle (3DS) – 1300 stars
Duck Hunt (Wii U) – 1300 stars
PIKMIN Short Movies HD (Wii U) – 1300 stars
The Legend of Zelda (Wii U) – 1300 stars
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (Wii U) – 1300 stars
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (3DS) – 1300 stars
PIKMIN Short Movies 3D (3DS) – 1300 stars
Link To The Past (different language versions, Wii U) – 1300 stars each
Wii Street U powered by Google (Wii U) – 1300 stars
Punch-Out!! (3DS) – 1300 stars
Ice Hockey (Wii U) – 1300 stars
Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (3DS) – 1300 stars
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Wii U) – 1300 stars
Super Mario Land (3DS) – 1100 stars
Donkey Kong (3DS) – 1100 stars
Metroid II: Return of Samus (3DS) – 1100 stars
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (3DS) – 1100 stars
Art Academy: SketchPad (Wii U) – 1100 stars
Alleyway™ (3DS) – 800 stars
Wii U Panorama View Double-Decker Tour (Wii U) – 600 stars
Wii U Panorama View Carnival! (Wii U) – 600 stars

Thanks, WhiteEagle

 

Azure Striker Gunvolt Is Coming To Europe Very Soon

You may have thought that the developers had given up bringing Azure Striker Gunvolt to both Europe and Australia. The game launched in North America back in August last year. You would have been forgiven if you had felt forgotten about. However, it now turns out that the action packed title will be arriving in both Europe and Australia. The reason behind the delay is due to the complex ratings system which has proved a problem for the team at Inti Creates. This has now been sorted so Azure Striker Gunvolt will be coming to both Europe and Australia very soon.

Releasing a game in Europe/Australia is a different beast from Japan and North America where you only need to have a rating approved by one agency and prepare the game in one language for each of those regions. Approvals from multiple rating agencies in different countries and localization in 5 different languages adds a lot of time to the process, as you can probably imagine. However, today we are happy to report that we have received our ratings from all of the applicable rating agencies (including PEGI), and can now proceed to the last steps required to make the game available to you.

Kirby And The Rainbow Paintbrush Arrives In Europe On May 8

Nintendo of Europe and Australia have announced a release date for Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush on Wii U. The latest pink puffball adventure has been available in North America since last month, where it is more affectionately known as Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, but fans in PAL regions will soon be able to join the colourful clay club. The game, which sees players roll Kirby’s claymation shape across a variety of levels by drawing rainbow-roped tracks with the GamePad, is due to arrive on May 8 in Europe and just one day later on May 9 for Australia and New Zealand.

Originally, Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush was scheduled for the second half of 2015 in Europe – an odd choice, perhaps, given the early release date for North America. The Wii U title currently resides with a 76 Metacritic score, with many reviewers praising the gorgeous aesthetics but criticising the poorly conceived control scheme.

 

Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson Announced For European 3DS, Coming This Summer

Marvelous Europe has announced Tamsoft’s feisty action sequel Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson will be heading to Europe and Australia. The side-scrolling 3DS game – which features strong, chesty female fighters busting a move against on-screen enemies – will arrive in both physical and digital eShop versions, with special limited editions to make fans weak at the knees. You can take a look at the trailer embedded above highlighting the four “Bs” – boobs, bums and booming battles.

As detailed on the official website, where you can pre-order many of the special editions now, fans will be able to choose from four physical packages; including the straight-laced standard physical edition, with Marvelous offering a discounted “Early Bird” price for the first 50 pre-orders. However, if you’re looking for a little more bang for your buck, you can pre-order any of the following three special editions: the Happy Boobs Physical Edition, Shinobi Collector’s Edition, and the Ultimate Shinobi Limited Edition, all of which come with various goodies such as a 2-disc soundtrack, stickers, a fold-out poster and exclusive box arts.

Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson will crank up the heat this summer when it arrives in PAL regions. Aside from the trailer above, make sure you check out some gameplay from the upcoming sequel with footage from the Japanese version, here, which luckily isn’t all about the 3D jiggle.

Euro eShop: Punch-Out!!, Metroid And Discounts For Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Games Available From Thursday

Nintendo of Europe has detailed exactly which games you can get your hands on in this week’s list of downloadable games. From Thursday, March 12, fans can grab Punch-Out!! – the next Wii title in Nintendo’s line-up – at €19.99 / £17.99 and Metroid: Zero Mission for the Wii U virtual console at €6.99 / £6.29.

There’s also a neat 25 per cent off (or more) sale on select WayForward games on the Wii U and 3DS, all in aid of the Shantae studio’s 25th Anniversary. Plus, if you’ve yet to get involved with Phoenix Wright and his law-based shenanigans, Capcom has both the Ace Attorney Trilogy and Dual Destinies on sale. Prices for all of Thursday’s new games and sales in the European eShop can be viewed below.

Wii U

  • The Fall – €9.99 / £6.99
  • Punch-Out!! – €19.99 / £17.99
  • Metroid Zero Mission (on Wii U virtual console) – €6.99 / £6.29

Wii U eShop Discounts until March 19

  • Mighty Switch Force!™ Hyper Drive Edition – €2.49 / £2.24 (usually €9.99 / £8.99)
  • Mighty Switch Force! 2 – €1.25 / £1.25 (usually €5.00 / £5.00)
  • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – €12.74 / £11.99 (usually €16.99 / £15.99)

3DS eShop Discounts until March 26

  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (CAPCOM) – €13.99/£11.19 (usually €24.99/£19.99)
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (CAPCOM) – €22.49/£18.74 (usually€29.99/£24.99)
  • Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix AB) – €4.99/£4.49 (usually  €9.99/£8.99)
  • Murder on the Titanic (Joindots) – €5.99/£4.49 (usually €7.99/£5.99)
  • Secret Agent Files: Miami (Joindots) – €5.99/£4.49 (usually €7.99/£5.99)

3DS eShop Discounts until March 19

  • Mighty Switch Force! 2 – €1.25 / £1.25 (usually €5.00 / £5.00)
  • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – €12.74 / £11.99 (usually €16.99 / £15.99)
  • Mighty Switch Force! – €1.49 / £1.34 (usually €5.99 / £5.39)
  • 3D Altered Beast – (SEGA) – €2.49/£2.24 (usually €4.99/£4.49)
  • 3D Ecco the Dolphin – (SEGA) – €2.49/£2.24 (usually €4.99/£4.49)
  • 3D Galaxy Force (SEGA) – €2.49/£2.24 (usually €4.99/£4.49)
  • 3D Streets of Rage (SEGA) – €2.49/£2.24 (usually €4.99/£4.49)
  • 3D Shinobi III Return of the Ninja Master (SEGA) – €2.49/£2.24 (usually €4.99/£4.49)
  • 3D Super Hang On (SEGA) – €2.49/£2.24 (usually €4.99/£4.49)
  • 3D Space Harrier (SEGA) – €2.49/£2.24 (usually €4.99/£4.49)
  • Hello Kitty Happy Happy Family (Bigben Interactive) – €19.99/£16.99 (usually €34.99/£29.99)

3DS eShop Permanent Discounts

  • Undead Bowling (Joindots) – £4.99 (was £5.99)
  • Crazy Construction (Joindots) – €6.99/£4.99 (was €19.99/£5.99)
  • Atlantic Quest (Joindots) – €6.99/£4.99 (was €19.99/£5.99)
  • Castle Conqueror EX (CIRCLE Ent.) – £3.19 (was £3.49)
  • Sweet Memories Blackjack (CIRCLE Ent.) – £3.19 (was £3.59)

Nintendo Europe Adding New 3DS Cover Plates To Selection From April 2

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.