Retro Game Boy RPG The Sword of Hope II is available on Virtual Console for Nintendo 3DS

6th August 2012 – Race ahead of your friends this week as SpeedX 3D arrives on Nintendo 3DS. This dramatic tunnel racer game will test your reactions and skills, transporting you in to a fantasy world pumping out electronic music and hypnotizing images. This game isn’t for the faint hearted though with four game modes to choose from; Stages, Endless, Survival and Zones. You’ll be faced with lots of challenging locations at ever faster speeds and it’s up to you to keep your concentration until you reach the finish line.

The role-playing Game Boy™ classic The Sword of Hope II is arriving in Europe for the very first time – on Virtual Console for Nintendo 3DS. The evil demon Zakdos has somehow managed to escape his prison and evil reigns once again. As the young Prince Theo, it’s up to you to set out on a journey to retrieve the stolen magical Sword of Hope.  The way is full of perils and challenges but you’ll be aided by loyal allies, including warriors and magicians you’ll be able to recruit on the way.

Elsewhere this week, why not test your sporting mettle in the two Nintendo DSiWare games available this week. 90’s Pool is an entertaining and realistic pool simulator which includes 20 trick shot missions and allows you to play against your friends as well as the computer. And try blasting through over 100 fun tables in four exciting worlds filled with eye-popping detail in 101 Pinball World. Over on Wii, Successfully Learning English Year 3 is packed full of fun exercises helping you to learn English in a playful way.

Be sure to check out The Incredible Barbazan: Raging Bull - the latest 3D video clip featuring Barbazan, the world’s worst magician, available from the Nintendo eShop this week.

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





Available on


Price Point


Further Info Contact

SpeedX 3D

(Gamelion Studios)


Nintendo 3DS (Download Software)


Nintendo eShop


£2.70 UK Only


Sebastian Szczygiel


Game Description: SpeedX 3D for Nintendo 3DS is an exhilarating tunnel racer that tests a player's skill and transports him or her into a trance filled with great electronic music and hypnotic graphics. SpeedX 3D offers four game modes introducing the player to more and more challenging places at a speed that increases with every second. The question is: how far can the player go without losing concentration?

The Sword of Hope II



Nintendo 3DS

(Virtual Console)





£2.70 UK Only


Press Office:

020 7861 2868


Game Description: When the ancient demon Zakdos was finally sealed away, it ended the war against evil. But now Zakdos is free again, and to make matters worse, the Sword of Hope has been stolen! In this classic adventure game, take on the role of young Prince Theo and embark on a journey to retrieve the Sword of Hope. Explore the land and recruit allies to join your band of warriors and magicians, and take control of three different characters. The fate of the kingdom is in your hands.

The Incredible Barbazan: Raging Bull

(Living Colour Ent.)


Nintendo 3DS

(Download Video)


Nintendo eShop


£1.40 UK Only


Maarten Groen


Game Description: See the worst magician ever performing tricks and stunts that always fail! This time: Raging Bull.

90’s Pool



Nintendo 3DS



Nintendo eShop



UK Only


Lukas Macura


Nintendo DSi



Nintendo DSi Shop


500 Points

Game Description: Chalk up a victory with classic 90’s Pool, An expansive and realistic pool simulator which will keep you playing for hours! Compete against a human opponent or the computer, or play on your own in a campaign containing 20 different trick shot missions. The simple user interface lets you easily but accurately control the angle, speed and spin of the shot with your stylus. 3 different skill levels for the computer AI are available for advanced players as well as a realistic physics engine for a stunningly realistic simulation. Set up your shot, crack the cue ball into the pack and enjoy the entertaining gameplay!

101 Pinball World (Selectsoft)


Nintendo 3DS







UK Only


Jennifer Sunami


Nintendo DSi



Nintendo DSi Shop


500 Points

Game Description: Get ready for fast-paced pinball action with a twist! Complete special objectives to earn fun bonuses as you shoot your ball through pipes, up ramps and around mind-blowing obstacles. Choose from 2 game modes: Quick Play and Random and blast through over 100 fun tables in 4 exciting worlds filled with eye-popping details. Be a pinball wiz in “Wizard World”, go on a galactic adventure in “Alien Spaceship”, enjoy a spooky trip through “Halloween” and become a buccaneer in “Pirate's Bay”. Rack up enough points to top the High Scores and you'll be the pinball champ!

Successfully Learning English Year 3



Wii Ware


Wii Shop Channel


800 Points


Ralph Marco


Game Description: Pupils will solve exciting exercises to learn English in a playful way. The little vampire Freddy motivates the children and helps with tips.

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.

With the greatest sporting show on earth well and truly under way, this week we bring you the first in a series of entertaining clips to get you in the sporting mood. This series of clips, titled Nintendo Video Sports Highlights will be available to watch via Nintendo Video on your Nintendo 3DS, and with one clip becoming available per week for the next seven weeks, there is plenty to look forward to. Make sure to keep an eye out for an exciting surprise when the first clip becomes available this week!

Available again this week via Nintendo Video is a compilation displaying some of the best winning photos from the Nintendo 3DS 3D Photo Contest which took place across Europe from April to June 2012. We received 138,069 photos from 22,423 registered users across 6 different categories and we wanted to showcase the very best of the best from the 19 participating European countries.

Keep up to date with all the official Nintendo announcements and exclusive new game information by following the official Nintendo of Europe Twitter feed @NintendoEurope



 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

• Virtual Console - A range of games from classic platforms including Game Boy™, NES™, and SEGA Game Gear

• 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 Nintendo Video™ application for free, providing access to a range of new and exclusive 2D and 3D video content on their Nintendo 3DS system.

The system update will also provide users with access to Nintendo Zone and 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.

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.nintendo.co.uk

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