3D Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Will Feature Local Co-Op; New Trailer

While the gaming community anxiously awaits a good new Sonic game, Japanese gamers will be able to download the classic Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in 3D form on Nintendo 3DS next week. In order to celebrate, SEGA released a trailer (below) showing off the game and introducing co-op play. When playing in co-op, other friends who also have a copy of the eShop title can join along as Tails and help take down Dr. Robotnik. The Western release of the game is confirmed, with no official date set.

Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 Has Been Announced For Nintendo 3DS

Square Enix is pumping out Dragon Quest titles like nobody’s business. Not that I’m complaining. Anyway, a leak by Japanese publication Jump Magazine states that the company has a brand new Dragon Quest Monsters title in development which is named Dragon Quest Monster Joker 3 and is destined for Japan. Details are rather scarce at the moment, but no doubt Square Enix will lift the lid soon.

Mario & Luigi: Partners In Time Is Hitting The European Eshop This Thursday

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time was known to be coming to Wii U Virtual Console — however, now we know the Nintendo DS RPG classic will be arriving this Thursday, July 16th in Europe. The price will match other Nintendo DS games that have been released for Wii U Virtual Console, specifically  €9.99 / £8.99. Nintendo DS games have, of course, been available on Wii U Virtual Console since the April 1st Nintendo Direct. Partners in Time released in North America on Virtual Console on June 25, 2015.

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New Nintendo 3DS Firmware Available To Download

Don’t get too excited but a new Nintendo 3DS firmware update is now available to download. As you probably expected it is simply a stability update and doesn’t appear to include any additional features or new functionality. The firmware is version 9.9.0-26. It’s available to download now manually if you go to system settings > other settings > system update. If you would rather wait then it should automatically come to your system.

Further improvements to overall system stability, system security, and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

Xeodrifter Will Be Drifting To Wii U On July 30; Cross Buy Confirmed

According to Renegade Kid’s co-founder, Jools Watsham, the Metroid-esque indie title Xeodrifter will be making its way to Wii U on July 30 in North America. If you are based out of Europe, the wait is a little bit longer — they have just recently submitted the forms for certification. Additionally, Watsham was able to confirm the one-way cross-buy feature for this game; if you have already purchased it via Nintendo 3DS, you will get the Wii U version for free. However, that deal seems not to be reciprocal. While this is not the first time Nintendo has implemented a cross-buy feature for a title, it is always great news for multi-platform owners.

Mojang Would Like Minecraft On Wii U And Nintendo 3DS

One thing I get asked a lot is whether Minecraft is coming to the Nintendo 3DS or Wii U. Mojang COO Vu Bui firmly believes that the immensely popular IP should be on as many platforms as possible and that includes the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS. However, Bui wouldn’t explain why they have decided against releasing it on Nintendo platforms. It could come, but it is more likely that it would appear on Nintendo’s next platform. You never know though.

“If I had my way, we’d be on everything,” COO Vu Bui said. “We want to continue to be available to all players, and that means being on new platforms because everyone uses something different.” Could that include Nintendo machines? “I’ve never heard a reason why we haven’t ended up on Wii U or 3DS. It just hasn’t happened yet.”

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Gravity Falls: Legend Of The Gnome Gemulets Coming To Nintendo 3DS And Uses UbiArt

UbiArt is gorgeous. It was used in Child of Light and Rayman Legends and will now be used in Gravity Falls: Legend Of The Gnome Gemulets. As we revealed yesterday the game is a Nintendo 3DS exclusive and looks wonderful judging from the screenshots and trailers which have been released today. Ubisoft, who are the developers behind the game, promise that it will stay faithful to the cartoon which currently airs on Disney XD. It will be released in the fall.

“The game delivers Gravity Falls’ trademark quirky humor in an authentic and interactive way, letting fans play as Dipper and Mabel as they set out to solve mysteries and restore order to Gnome Kingdom. Along their journey, players will encounter many more characters from the show and will explore locations including the town of Gravity Falls, the Mystery Shack, and more. Hirsch also designed the game’s original key art.”

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