Nintendo UK has announced a new option which allows users to purchase digital eShop cards via PayPal. Available for European Wii U, 3DS, DSi and Wii systems, owners can either purchase an eShop card to the value of £/€15, £/€25 and £/€50 for their use, or gift the funds to another.
For those who live in the UK, remember to purchase your chosen eShop card in GBP from PayPal. On the other hand, those in Europe can purchase their eShop card through the German website at the moment. All cards purchased with Euro currency will work in other European countries, since it is not specific to Germany. You can find out more about the terms and conditions at PayPal’s digital gifts website, here.
Nintendo UK will kick-start its “Made For Play” Tour this July and show off its latest 3DS and 2DS games for children and adults. Presumably to tie in with Nintendo of America’s Play Nintendo Tour throughout the summer, Nintendo UK will mirror these events by hosting its own at specific locations across the country.
In a series of adverts aimed at children, Nintendo UK has recently promoted Kirby: Triple Deluxe in a new “made for play” TV advert, as well as opened up its own micro-site promoting the made for play slogan. Plus, you can check out the new 3DS and 2DS advert above with the aforementioned marketing slogan.
Here’s where you can catch all the 3DS and 2DS action this summer across the UK, along with the dates. Nintendo UK have yet to confirm which titles will be playable at the event, however.
25th – 27th July
Sunderland International Air Show
1st – 3rd August
CarFest North (Oulton Park, Cheshire)
7th – 10th August
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta (Ashton Court Estate)
Nintendo has confirmed that it will be returning to the Hyper Japan festival in London this year. The gaming giant will attend the Japanese culture show – which celebrates music, food, fashion and technology, as well as hosting other activities – from July 25 to 27 in Earls Court, London. Nintendo’s latest Wii U and 3DS games will be on show and playable at the event, though the company has yet to confirm exactly which ones fans will be able to check out.
The Nintendo UK Online Store will also make an appearance at the event, so for those who’d like to get their hands on some exclusive merchandise, make sure to head to their pop-up store. Plus, Nintendo UK says it will participate on the main stage to keep fans entertained during the event. Tickets can be purchased at Hyper Japan’s website, here. Nintendo UK’s marketing and PR director Shelly Pearce said the following in support:
“As a Japanese company Nintendo is really happy to be returning to the HYPER JAPAN expo in Earls Court. We really enjoy celebrating our Japanese heritage with our fans and the line-up of Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games available at the show promises to have something for every attendee to enjoy.”
Nintendo UK has issued a statement in which it will appeal the court case win by Philips Electronics. Last week, the gaming giant’s UK division lost a patent ruling relating to its Wii motion control technology, with two Philips Electronics patents asserting the infringement. In the statement below, Nintendo UK said it is committed to ensuring the case does not affect continued sales of Wii U and 3DS hardware and software while pursuing this matter.
“On 20 June 2014, following a trial heard before Mr Justice Birss, the UK Patents Court found that the Wii, Wii U and Wii Remote infringe two patents (’498 and ’650) asserted against Nintendo by Philips Electronics. The ’498 and ’650 patents were held to be invalid as originally granted, but Philips Electronics were permitted to make validating amendments during the course of the litigation.
“A further patent (’484) was asserted by Philips Electronics but was found to be invalid. Nintendo firmly believes that the amended ’498 and ’650 patents are invalid and intends to seek permission to appeal Mr Justice Birss’ judgment. Philips Electronics has yet to make clear whether it intends to seek permission to appeal any part of the judgment.
“Nintendo is committed to ensuring that this judgment does not affect continued sales of its highly acclaimed line of video game hardware, software and accessories and will actively pursue all such legitimate steps as are necessary to avoid any interruptions to its business. Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.”
Mario Kart 8 will rev onto the Wii U in just a couple of weeks, but before players get ready to hurl a spiny shell into first place only to be deflected by the new Super Horn, Nintendo UK’s Mario brand manager Roger Langford has spoken to MCV on the upcoming racing title. While we knew Nintendo UK had a year-long marketing campaign lined up for the game, Langford says fans will be treated to snippets up until launch, then a release-day TV campaign will be shown to make a “big splash”.
Nintendo hopes to shift Wii U consoles in the next couple of months with the free game promotion, which can be claimed on one of up to ten titles when purchasing Mario Kart 8 until July 31. Langford says that since the racing title “brings out the best in whatever hardware it is on”, it’s clear that the company needs to cater to a broader demographic, and believes Mario Kart 8 will be the “catalyst” for elevating Wii U’s sales.
“Mario Kart is one of our killer titles. Looking back at Super Mario Kart and then moving through the ages, you can see how integral Mario Kart is to Nintendo hardware. It always brings out the best in whatever hardware it is on.
“I certainly feel that Mario Kart 8 can be the catalyst that will broaden Wii U’s horizons. It’s very important for us that we have a successful launch and continue the promotion throughout the year and beyond.” – Roger Langford, Nintendo UK Brand Manager
Nintendo UK and McDonald’s announced last month that a new Super Mario Happy Meal promotion would be hitting the country later this year. Now, Nintendo UK has confirmed via press release that McDonald’s will be running the Super Mario collectible toys from March 19 until April 29.
Hidden within the Happy Meals, you’ll find Mario, Luigi, Toad, Yoshi or Donkey Kong, plus four of the collectible toys will be interactive, including Mario’s Hovering Coin, Donkey Kong Barrel Projector, a Super Sound Mushroom and Mario’s Warp Pipe Embosser.
The promotion is running in conjunction with healthy ties, featuring the slogan “Run, Jump and Power-Up,” which aims to get children active outdoors. With the promotion running for just over a month, kids and adults will have plenty time to collect the figurines. Will you try for a full set? Check out the gallery below to get a better look.
Nintendo UK has launched a new YouTube channel focusing on content specifically for girls. Hosted by Hollyoaks actress and Dancing On Ice star Jorgie Porter, Nintendo Girls Club will feature original videos, news and gossip from the world of Nintendo.
The channel already has a number of videos including an Animal Crossing: New Leaf introduction video starring Jorgie Porter and a Nintendo 3DS unboxing with newcomer Mandy Hynes. Nintendo Girls Club will also feature other guest presenters sharing their love for Nintendo products.
Nintendo has released a Mario mega bundle in the UK for the Wii U, including the Wii U premium system, Super Mario 3D World, New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, a Mario hat, and a Mario Wii Remote Plus for the mere sum of £299.99. The bundle is available exclusively at the online Nintendo UK Store. Do you think something of the sort should be the standard as far as Wii U bundles go worldwide? Would it help drive sales? Let us know in the comments.
The official Nintendo UK online store has started taking pre-orders for a Mega Mario Bundle. The bundle includes the Wii U 32GB Premium pack, Super Mario 3D World, New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, a Mario hat and a Mario Wii Remote Plus. The bundle will be available to purchase on November 29th and will set you back £299.99.
Fans of 3D adventures set in the Mushroom Kingdom are in for a treat, with Nintendo today announcing details of its new Super Mario 3D Land Welcome Promotion for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL.
To participate in this promotion, Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL owners need to register their console and just one of 15 selected games with Club Nintendo between 27th November 2013 (15:01 GMT) and 13th January 2014 (22:59 GMT) to be eligible to request a free download code for Super Mario 3D Land by 13th February 2014 (22:59 GMT). Participants can then redeem their code and download the game from Nintendo eShop to any Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS system before 13th March 2014 (22:59 GMT).
The 15 selected games included in this promotion are:
Applicable hardware and software which has been purchased before 27th November but hasn’t been registered with Club Nintendo is also eligible for the Super Mario 3D Land Welcome Promotion, therefore for all Zelda fans looking to pick up the The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Limited Edition Nintendo 3DS XL console when it launches on 22nd November, they too can participate in this promotion when it kicks off the following week. To find out more about how to take part in this promotion as well as more information on how to claim your download from Nintendo eShop, check out: www.nintendo.co.uk/SM3DLwelcomepromotion