CHALLENGE YOUR SENSE OF BALANCE WITH ART OF BALANCE TOUCH! MAKING ITS WAY ONTO THE NINTENDO eSHOP

21 st May 2012 – Nintendo 3DS owners can look forward to the follow up to one of the most highly acclaimed WiiWare titles, Art of Balance TOUCH! when it arrives on Nintendo 3DS. Now with twice the amount of balance puzzles as the original Art of Balance, 100 all new puzzles including all the original WiiWare puzzles, and controls that are more accurate than ever thanks to the Nintendo 3DS stylus and touch screen, fans of the series will be challenged like never before.

This week you will have the opportunity to extend your Planet Land experience with a remastered version of Mighty Switch Force! This updated version now features 30% more side-scrolling puzzle action, made up of 5 brand new levels. If you already have the original version of Mighty Switch Force! then don’t worry because you can download the new content for free and if you are new to the game then you can download the remastered version from the Nintendo eShop.

Last but by no means least, a true Neo Geo classic comes to Wii Virtual Console in the form of Metal Slug 3 , one of the original side-scrolling shooter franchises. Metal Slug is famous for its frantic action, iconic weapons and enemies, and Metal Slug 3 is widely regarded as the best of the bunch!

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

Title Platform Available on Price Point Further Info Contact

Art of Balance TOUCH! (Shin’en Multimedia) Nintendo 3DS

(Download Software) Nintendo

eShop €7

£6.30 (UK Only) Manfred Linzner

linzner@shinen.com

Game Description: Grab your stylus and build a balanced stack in this physics-based  Puzzler. With its perfect touch controls and 100 new puzzles 'Art of Balance TOUCH!' is easy to pick up and hard to put away.

Metal Slug 3 (D4 Enterprise) Wii (Virtual Console)

Wii Shop Channel 900 Wii Points Shinta Ogura

ogura@d4e.co.jp

 

Game Description: Metal Slug 3 is the fourth instalment in the Metal Slug series, following Metal Slug, Metal Slug 2, and Metal Slug X. Marco and Tarma are back to blast their way through another action-packed adventure, picking up various weapons along the way. The Slugs are also back and more colourful than ever, with Slugmariners, Drill Slugs, and Elephant Slugs joining the original Metal Slugs and Slugnoids.

 

 

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, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS owners, is the twelfth in a series of popular Shaun the Sheep 3D clips created exclusively in 3D by Aardman Animations, the multi-award winning creators of Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit. In the twelfth clip titled, Shaun’s Bale Out, it’s harvest time and the Farmer gives Bitzer a weighty task to perform.  Shirley unknowingly has the solution.

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.

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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: http://www.nintendo.co.uk/

About Nintendo

The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ home console, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.9 billion video games and more than 630 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi™ XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance™, Super NES™, Nintendo® 64 and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™.  A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe.  


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