20 th February 2012 – nintendogs™ puppies are back in the palm of your hand on the Nintendo 3DS™, and now they are even cuter and more engaging than ever before. And now for the first time they will be joined by kittens! Get an insight into life with a furry friend by your side in nintendogs + cats Demo*, available via the Nintendo eShop . Show some love to your pets and they’ll begin to recognise you, and make the most of 3D technology by stroking your puppies and kittens under the chin just like in real life. 

Get your thinking caps on for puzzle action in 3 Heroes Crystal Soul , available on DSiWare this week. Your challenge is to protect the kingdom of Crystennia, a land that uses Crystal Soul as its main energy source. You are the Crystal Champion and must protect Crystennia by destroying the enemy monsters created by Rune Crystals. Your only chance of success is by defeating the monsters and collecting the natural energy that is released by them.

Another challenging puzzler, Box Pusher, is also available on DSiWare this week. This trickypuzzle game offers a diverse range of challenges across over 250 missions and a huge range of situations. In this classic game, you must master the control of a warehouse worker to push boxes across the building into the correct locations. Make sure you have the best strategy to tackle these complex brain teasers or you could find yourself completely stuck in the middle of the puzzle.

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
nintendogs + cats Demo


Nintendo 3DS Demo Nintendo eShop 


Game Description: Play with tennis balls, balloons as well as other toys in order to give your pet the love and attention it deserves. Choose from a range of kittens, from pointed oriental kittens to tabby cats. If you’re particularly nice to your cat they may even come back with a special gift for you!
3 Heroes Crystal Soul


Nintendo 3DS


Nintendo eShop €5

£4.50 (UK Only)

Chris Chau


Nintendo DSi


Nintendo DSi Shop


500 Nintendo DSi Points
Game Description: Use your strategic skills in this diverse puzzle game, featuring RPG elements, as well as the chance to destroy bosses in battle. There is also a whole range of terrain which you will need to dominate and the focus is all on the game, with easy-to-learn controls.
Box Pusher


Nintendo 3DS


Nintendo eShop €5

£4.50 (UK Only)

Marco Sczepansky

Nintendo DSi


Nintendo DSi Shop


500 Nintendo DSi Points
Game Description: There are a whole range of options to make this classic puzzle game even better. Take on your friends in multiplayer mode or even make and swap your own levels. Try out the funny animations, zoomable playing area and if you’re having difficulties, the unlimited undo option will help with the most challenging of brain-teasers.
Newton Vs The Horde


WiiWare Wii Shop Channel 500 Wii Points Graham Stewart                                       
Game Description: Science is your friend in Newton Vs The Horde, as you must use physics to splat an evil gang of monsters, who are after your scientist friends, before they get close. Whether you skewer them, squash them, or blow them up, it’s up to you to keep the monstrous hoard away from the boffins. Use the Wii Remote to build traps out of everyday objects as well as rope and elastic. If you need a bit of extra firepower, use springs and explosives and really cause some damage. Battle across 30 levels and four zones and try to win the special challenge in each.

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.

Exclusively available via Nintendo Video this week is the second in a series of clips from Breakthru Films. Papa’s Boy is the story of a little boy mouse called Tiny who lives with his family in the leg of an old Grand Piano, located in the centre of a quiet toy Store. Tiny dreams of being a dancer, but his disappointed father would like him to follow in his footsteps as a boxer. One day when Papa Mouse leaves their home in the leg of a piano, a huge, fat Cat pounces on him. Tiny and his mother are terrified. In the face of this terrible danger, will boxing fists or the power of the pirouette be more effective? This clip was produced as part of The Flying Machine series of original short films and features an original recording of Frederyk Chopin’s Opus 25, No. 9 performed by the World famous pianist Lang Lang.

Available again this week is the second instalment of a two part episode of Kirby: “Right back at Ya!” which is a Kirby TV animation made specially in 3D for Nintendo 3DS. It stars all of your favourite Kirby characters as they battle King Dedede and a giant Lobzilla who have set out to destroy Kirby.

  • The demo of nintendogs + cats is not specific to nintendogs + cats Golden Retriever & New Friends, but is linked to this title on Nintendo eShop. It is not available through the Title Information pages of French Bulldog & New Friends or Toy Poodle & New Friends versions.



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:

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