23 rd January 2012 – A well-known children’s favourite wiggles its way onto WiiWare this week to help children learn the alphabet. The Very Hungry Caterpillar's ABCs uses fun and colourful flash cards to help little ones master their ABCs by associating words and pictures with each letter. There are also two add-ons available to download to keep the fun filled learning experience going.

Learning can also be fun on your Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSi this week, as Successfully Learning Mathematics Year 3 launches for Nintendo DSiWare. If you fancy a break from learning, then make sure you float to safety by avoiding enemies and navigating your way through a series of tricky obstacles in the classic Game Boy game, Balloon Kid   available on Nintendo 3DS. Also available this week on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSi is Double Bloob where you will have to fight to save the planet and free Will, the little dolphin, from his captors all with the help of Doctor Maybe’s ingenious inventions.

Check out all the other latest offerings which are available for download this Thursday via Nintendo eShop, Nintendo DSi Shop and the Wii Shop Channel.

Title Platform Available on Price Point Further Info Contact
Balloon Kid™ (Nintendo) Nintendo 3DS

(Virtual Console)

Nintendo eShop 



£2.70 (UK Only)



Game Description: Take to the skies on a trip through a land filled with danger, with nothing but balloons to keep you afloat. When her brother is swept away on the wind, Alice must save him by floating through eight perilous stages. Navigate your way through enemies and obstacles, collect balloons to earn bonuses, or let go of your balloons to face enemies on the ground.
Double Bloob

(Bloober Team)

Nintendo 3DS


Nintendo eShop €5.00

£4.50 (UK Only)

Piotr Bielatowicz, peter.bielatowicz@blooberteam.com
Nintendo DSi


Nintendo DSi Shop


500 Nintendo DSi Points
Game Description: In Double Bloob you must help two siblings, Aen and Niua, save the planet from an invasion of Bloobs and rescue a little dolphin named Will who has been taken hostage. With the help of Doctor Maybe's inventions, try to set the little dolphin free while shooting hordes of Bloobs that fly out in the sky. With tons of weapons and power-ups, as well as eight different worlds and 48 levels, you’ll have hours of fun trying to save Will from the evil Bloobs.
Successfully Learning

Mathematics Year 3 (Tivola)

Nintendo 3DS


Nintendo eShop €5.00

£4.50 (UK Only)

Ralph Marko,



Nintendo DSi


Nintendo DSi Shop


500 Nintendo DSi Points
Game Description: In Successfully Learning: Mathematics, Year 3, your task is to complete a range of exercises which will help you to learn maths in a playful way. Along the way you’ll be aided by a little vampire friend, Freddy, who will motivate you and offer helpful tips and advice.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar's ABCs (CYBIRD)




Wii Shop Channel 800 Wii Points Shimei Takizawa,



Game Description: You’ll enjoy learning to read and mastering the alphabet with the help of the Very Hungry Caterpillar. The game is based on the children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar and helps young players learn the alphabet by associating words and pictures with each letter. With easy to understand quizzes and drawing and colouring exercises, you’ll find learning fun with the lovable caterpillar.

The SpotPass™ feature on Nintendo 3DS allows you to automatically receive a host of exciting content such as 3D videos for Nintendo Video ™, notifications, add-on data for your software and system updates without lifting a finger. SpotPass content can be received automatically and free of charge from thousands of supported public Wi-Fi access points across Europe and through wireless broadband internet connections at home. It works even if the system is in Sleep Mode.

Available this week via Nintendo Video, is the latest instalment of the Circus 3D series. Circus 3D is a series of clips which will transport you into a world of a real life circus and put you the viewer in the heart of the action wherever you may be. Take in a birds-eye view of an acrobat on parallel bars or feel like you are with the artists on stage through innovative points of views. Watch an aerial performance from the floor or the point of view from inside a cage with tigers. Circus 3D will offer you an exhilarating experience which immerses you into circus life as if you were actually there, all in 3D and in the palm of your hand.

Available again this week via Nintendo Video is 3D Machine, the story of a brilliant inventor who finally makes a breakthrough creating a wondrous invention only to leave it in the hands of his incapable assistant leading to wealth and love, but inevitably ending in a catastrophe.

Note to Editors:

The Nintendo eShop is a digital store for Nintendo 3DS owners that provides access to a wide variety of free & paid for downloadable content each Thursday, which includes –

·         Original 3D software

·         3D Classics - games that have been re-mastered in 3D

·         Virtual Console - Game Boy™ and Game Boy™ Color games in their original 2D glory

·         Extensive library of Nintendo DSiWare™games.

Visitors can also view video game trailers, screenshots and product information for games, including those available at retail locations.

In order for Nintendo 3DS owners to gain access to the Nintendo eShop, a system update must be performed via a wireless broadband internet connection. To perform the free and simple recommended system update, Nintendo 3DS users can simply:

  • Start the “System Settings” from the Home Menu,
  • Select “Other Settings” and scroll the page right to select “System Update.”

Those who perform the system update will gain access to the Nintendo eShop and will be able to download the new Nintendo Video™ application for free, providing access to a range of new and exclusive 2D and 3D video content on their Nintendo 3DS system.

Nintendo eShop users can also download for free, the new Pokédex 3D application. Start collecting data for more than 150 Pokémon from the Pokémon Black and Pokémon White Version games. This new application lets users see each Pokémon in 3D with animated motion and sound.

The system update will also provide users with access to a free Internet Browser, the ability to receive SpotPass content from supported public WiFi hotspots across Europe, as well as providing Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL owners the ability to easily transfer most of their previously purchased Nintendo DSiWare games to their Nintendo 3DS systems.

Users can also add funds to their virtual wallets using their credit card or a Nintendo eShop Card, browse the selections and then click to download the games they want.

Nintendo eShop Cards are now being roll out at various stores across Europe. You have the choice of several denominations for Nintendo eShop Cards.

With an increasing number of shops stocking the Nintendo eShop Cards, it will become  ever more convenient for Nintendo users to make use of this easy payment method over the coming weeks, especially as Nintendo eShop Cards become available in supermarkets, book shops and many other convenient locations.

As with any pre-paid option, the Nintendo eShop Cards are activated at the point of purchase. When a user purchases a card at any sales point, the code will be activated and the credit will become available. The 16-digit code on the reverse side can be entered into any one of the following:

  • Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS
  • Wii Shop Channel
  • Nintendo DSi Shop

Afterwards, you can begin shopping immediately.

As the Nintendo eShop, Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop are continually updated with games and applications each Thursday; make sure you keep checking the Nintendo eShop, Nintendo DSi Shop, Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo Channel for all the latest news and releases on already available and upcoming games and applications.

Nintendo 3DS offers Parental Controls so that parents can control the level of 3D their children can view on the Nintendo 3DS as well as the content they can access. Nintendo 3DS also features a 3D depth slider which lets players turn off or adjust the level of 3D they want on the 3D Screen, two built-in screens for different functionality, a Circle Pad which provides a full 360 degrees of direction, a built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor. It is equipped with three cameras (two of which are facing outwards to allow the taking of 3D pictures and 3D videos), houses a 2GB SD Memory Card and is compatible with AR Cards which come packaged with Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo 3DS is also backwards compatible with all existing Nintendo DS games, which can be played in 2D on your Nintendo 3DS system. For more information about these features and other options, visit: www.nintendo3ds.co.uk

About Nintendo

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