Square Enix and Nintendo Europe have announced via a press release that Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call demo will be on the European eShop this Thursday for you to check out. The sequel to Theatrhythm Final Fantasy expands on the original in every way, with over three times as many songs and twice as many playable characters as its predecessor.
Nintendo Europe will be laying off 320 people from its offices at the end of the month. Nintendo says that these measures have come about as the company tries to enable the European business to “adapt to the rapidly changing business environment”. The company also announced that they’re reorganizing the European Localization Development department. This has meant that the contracts of 190 temporary agency workers have now finished.
Online gaming publications Eurogamer and Joystiq have been told by Nintendo that the new Nintendo 3DS console won’t be coming to North America and Europe until 2015. The newly announced console with an improved CPU is launching this year in Japan.
“Different territories make their own business decisions regarding individual products and timing,” a Nintendo spokesperson told us. “We plan to launch these products in Europe in 2015.”
“As for the overseas markets, our local subsidiaries will separately confirm. However, there will be no U.S. and European launches this calendar year.”
Nintendo Europe have detailed which games you can get your hands on via the Nintendo eShop for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Heading up the list is the Mario Kart 8 Mercedes-Benz DLC which is completely free and is coming on August 27th. Here’s the games for this week.
Nintendo eShop (Wii U)
- SteamWorld Dig (Image & Form) – €8.99/£6.99 (€6.49/£4.99, if you own the game on the Nintendo 3DS. Ends September 25) SteamWorld Dig is a platform mining adventure with strong Metroidvanian influences. Take the role of Rusty, a lone mining steambot, as he arrives at an old mining town in great need. Dig your way through the old earth, gaining riches while uncovering the ancient threat that lurks below…
- Mario Kart 8: Mercedes-Benz × Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo) – Free
For the first time ever, Nintendo’s Mario Kart series will be powered by some real-world horsepower. A software update on 27th August to Mario Kart 8 for Wii U will deliver a variety of new features for players, most notably the ability to download three free Mercedes-Benz cars that players can race in the game: the modern Mercedes-Benz GLA, the 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s and the legendary Silver Arrow of the 1930s.
- Mario Golf: Advance Tour (Nintendo, GBA VC) – €6.99/£6.29
Mario Golf: Advance Tour continues the Mario Golf tradition of being part simulation, part role-playing game. Create your character and join the clubhouse where you start on the road to becoming a pro. In the main story mode, take on a roster of daunting opponents across a series of fiendishly designed courses, and build up your experience points to improve your skills. If you make it to the top, you might face off against Mario and co.!
- Zen Pinball 2: The Walking Dead Table (Trial) (Zen Studios) – Free
- Zen Pinball 2: The Walking Dead Table (Unlock) (Zen Studios) – €2.99/£2.39
- Zen Pinball 2: Doctor Strange Table (Trial) (Zen Studios) – Free
- Zen Pinball 2: Doctor Strange Table (Unlock) (Zen Studios) – €2.99/£2.39
- Zen Pinball 2: Deadpool Table (Trial) (Zen Studios) – Free
- Zen Pinball 2: Deadpool Table (Unlock) (Zen Studios) – €2.99/£2.39
- Zen Pinball 2: Guardians of the Galaxy Table (Trial) (Zen Studios) – Free
- Zen Pinball 2: Guardians of the Galaxy Table (Unlock) (Zen Studios) – €2.99/£2.39
Nintendo eShop (3DS)
- Outback Pet Rescue 3D (TREVA Entertainment) – €29.99/£24.99
Welcome to the Outback! It´s your job to nurture and love the wild animals of Australia and bring them back to health. Treat sick and injured animals on site or bring them back to your station. Take your Jeep and drive out to care for helpless animals on the spot. Find lost baby animals and care for them until you can return them to the wild.
- Mega Man 5 (Capcom, GB VC) – €3.99/£3.59
The last of the Game Boy Mega Man series begins with the hero being defeated at the hands of new foe, Terra! Mega Man returns to the fight upgraded with the new Mega Arm, vowing to defeat Terra and repel his army of Stardroids – evil robots from space! Mega Man has robots of his own to support him, though. Rush the robot dog returns and is joined by newcomer Tango the cybernetic cat. Plus, collect power chips to unlock new upgrades in Dr. Light’s lab. You’ll need all your skills to defeat the alien invaders!
- Special offers
Secrets of the Titanic 1912-2012 (Avanquest) – €4.99/£4.99 (Ends September 11, normally €10.99/£9.99)
Nintendo of Europe has detailed exactly which titles you can purchase in a special Super Smash Bros-inspired eShop sale. From August 21 to August 28, the eShop will offer discounts on select Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games to celebrate the hard-working veteran fighters in the upcoming brawler.
Last week, Nintendo of Europe hosted a special sale entirely dedicated to Smash Bros. newcomers. But their time is over, and the veterans have returned with up to 50 per cent off selected downloadable titles. And as a treat for Fire Emblem fans, the original and classic Game Boy Advance Fire Emblem game has arrived just in time for the eShop sale on the Wii U Virtual Console. All other discounted games can be found in the list below.
- Fire Emblem: Awakening – €29.99 / £25.99 (was €44.99 / £39.99)
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 – €35.99 / £31.99 (was €44.99 / £39.99)
- Sonic Lost World – €23.99 / £20.99 (was €39.99 / £34.99)
- 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure – €4.20 / £3.78 (was €6.00 / £5.40)
- Donkey Kong (Game Boy, Virtual Console) – €2.79 / £2.51 (was€3.99 / £3.59)
- Kirby’s Dream Land (Game Boy, Virtual Console) – €2.80 / £2.52 (was €4.00 / £3.60)
- Kirby’s Dream Land 2 (Game Boy, Virtual Console) – €2.80 / £2.52 (was €4.00 / £3.60)
- Super Pokémon Rumble – €29.99 / £25.99 (was €44.99 / £39.99)
Wii U eShop:
- New Super Mario Bros. U – €47.99 / £39.99 (was €59.99 / £49.99)
- Sonic Lost World – €29.99 / £23.99 (was €49.99 / £39.99)
- Pokemon Rumble U – €9.99 / £8.99 (was €14.99 / £13.49)
- Donkey Kong (NES, Virtual Console) – €3.49 / £4.99 (was €4.99 / £3.49)
- Kirby’s Adventure (NES, Virtual Console) – €3.49 / £4.99 (was €4.99 / £3.49)
- Kirby’s Dream Land 3 (Super Nintendo, Virtual Console) – €2.80 / £2.52 (was €4.00 / £3.60)
- Fire Emblem (Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console) – €4.89 / £4.40 (will cost €6.99 / £6.29)
Nintendo of Europe has revealed exactly which new games can be downloaded digitally in the eShop this week. Earlier this year, Nintendo of Europe and America gave out exclusive demo codes to Club Nintendo members in order to promote Tomodachi Life before its release. But to sustain its popularity, a free eShop demo was available to download for North America back in July. For European 3DS owners, a free eShop demo will arrive this Thursday, August 21, for the quirky life simulation game, so those who haven’t jumped into the game so far will be able to do so.
Also arriving in the eShop come Thursday is Mega Man IV for the Virtual Console, along with a variety of temporary discounts, including the Ubisoft sale which continues until August 28. Check out the list below and see if anything tickles your fancy this week.
- Tomodachi Life Demo – Free
- Bit Boy!! ARCADE Demo (Bplus) – Free
- Mega Man 4 (GB VC) – €3.99/£3.59
3DS Temporary Discounts
- Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival – €19.95/£17.99 (usually €39.95/£34.99) until September 5
- Nano Assault EX – €7.49/£6.35 (usually €9.99/£8.49) until September 11
- Aqua Moto Racing 3D – €5.99/£5.39 (usually €7.99/£7.19) until September 18
- Van Helsing Sniper ZX100 – €2.69/£2.69 (usually €6.66/£6.66) until September 24
- Adventures of Lolo (NES VC) – €4.99/£3.49
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge (Arc System Works, NES VC) – €4.99 / £3.49
Wii U Temporary Discounts
- Nano Assault Neo – €7.49/£6.70 (usually €9.99/£8.99) until September 11
- Chasing Aurora – €3.49/£2.99 (usually €6.99/£5.99) until September 11
Sonic the Hedgehog, one of the most recognisable figures in video game history will be speeding his way back to fans – both old and new – this November. Today SEGA announces that in Europe both Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for Wii U developed by LA-based Big Red Button, and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for Nintendo 3DS developed by Sanzaru Games of San Francisco, will be released on 21st November.
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal star the electrifying team – Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy and newcomer Sticks – who will band together to defeat both familiar and new powerful enemies. The games are part of the brand-new Sonic Boom initiative, an all-new Sonic experience that will usher in new gameplay based on action-adventure combat, new characters and environments as well as new storylines that will carry through the franchise’s first CG-animated series.