Nintendo UK is currently streaming a fair few games on its Twitch channel as part of this year’s Hyper Japan. The event – which celebrates Japanese culture, entertainment, cosplay and the Arts – is taking place at the 02 Arena in London this weekend and will see thousands of Brits and fellow tourists pass through its doors until Sunday, July 12.
As part of the annual event, Nintendo UK are exhibiting many games shown from this year’s E3 in Los Angeles, including Super Mario Maker and Star Fox to name but a few. So if you’ve not managed to pop by and visit Hyper Japan in London this year, you can view Nintendo UK’s Twitch channel and see some of the upcoming Wii U and 3DS games in play all weekend. Soon the team will be streaming some Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, though some photos of the event can be viewed on the company’s Instagram page, here.
Most of you are probably thinking of pre-ordering or purchasing Super Mario Maker to dabble in course making and check out the 100 pre-installed levels. The Nintendo UK Online Store has begun listing the goodies you are entitled too if you decide to place your pre-order with them. You can get the Super Mario Maker Game Pack which includes a Super Mario Maker t-shirt and a copy of the game for £39.99. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous you can get the Super Mario Maker amiibo pack which includes the Super Mario Maker t-shirt, a copy of the game, and the Super Mario Maker amiibo figure. This can be yours for £49.99.
Nintendo UK has taken to the streets of London to recreate a retro Super Mario mural in aid of the plumber’s 30th Anniversary. Located in Shoreditch within the capital city, fans can see the large spray painted mural celebrating Super Mario Maker for the Wii U. But if London’s too far a train trip, or perhaps a long-haul flight for you, make sure to check out Nintendo UK’s Instagram video, showcasing just how the mural was made above. Plus, we’ve also managed to take a snap of the red-capped plumber on our travels in London too – and it’s just as awesome as it looks. Super Mario Maker will be released in North America and Europe on September 11.
Nintendo UK asked fans last month to choose their favourite Wii U title in order to be in with a chance of winning £50 eShop credit. As many as 2,000 fans cast their votes via Twitter over the course of May, with notable mentions going to Ubisoft titles Rayman Legends and ZombiU, as well as indie game Affordable Space Adventures. All votes have been counted and verified by Nintendo UK and, as they say, there can only be one winner. Perhaps it was the Luigi death stare that toppled this game to victory, or maybe it was the more logical fly-off-the-track 200cc mode, but Mario Kart 8 claimed the gold trophy as the UK’s most loved Wii U game so far.
Though Super Smash Bros. for Wii U came a close second, and Zelda titles such as Hyrule Warriors and Wind Waker HD placed in third and fourth, respectively, it just wasn’t enough to knock Mario Kart 8 from its high-speed victory run. You can view the top 10 games in full, here, or alternatively in the numbered list below. Did you get involved in the voting process? Let us know in the comment section below.
- Mario Kart 8
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
- Hyrule Warriors
- The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
- Super Mario 3D World
- Bayonetta 2
- Pikmin 3
- The Wonderful 101
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Apparently, customers in the UK who pre-ordered the special edition Splatoon bundle from GAME, which includes Splatoon and a Squid amiibo, have been e-mailed informing them that a lorry carrying the bundles has been stolen, and apologising that they won’t get their pre-order on time. They cannot replace the missing products, so they’re offering a £10 discount to those who pre-ordered the bundle as they won’t be able to receive the Squid amiibo, but will receive the Splatoon game and Inkling Boy and Girl. Such an unfortunate situation!
Nintendo UK has offered fans the chance to win £50 eShop credit providing they share their favourite Wii U game on social media. In a competition available to residents of the United Kingdom aged 13 years and over only, Nintendo UK would love to hear the voice of the nation and compile an official fans’ Top 10 when the results have been counted and verified. And for just ten lucky fans selected at random, the company will offer a wonderful £50 in eShop credit to spend on their next retail or eShop game.
To be in with a chance of winning, simply log on to Twitter and tweet your favourite Wii U game – whether that’s the fast-paced Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros for Wii U, or the feisty Bayonetta 2 – and use the hashtags #WiiU and #PlayOn. The competition is open from now until June 1, so make sure you get your vote in within the next couple of weeks. Nintendo UK states that all winners will be notified by June 10, 2015.
A thread has blown up on Reddit stating that the official Nintendo UK store has been sending customers the wrong Legend of Zelda faceplates for the New Nintendo 3DS. Those who ordered the Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask faceplates have apparently received the Triforce plates instead, and vice versa. Clearly some people aren’t happy with this mistake and for good reason.