10th August 2012 – If you’re looking to snap up New Super Mario Bros. 2 on launch day but can’t make it down to your local video game store, you need not despair, as Nintendo is introducing a new way to buy selected Nintendo games directly from the comfort of your home via Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL system. 

From 17th August, the much anticipated New Super Mario Bros. 2, along with the recently launched New Art Academy: Learn New Painting Techniques and Share Your Art and Freakyforms Deluxe Your Creations, Alive! will all make their download debut as they become available for download directly from Nintendo eShop. Many more Nintendo 3DS games are also on the way in the near future, so keep an eye out on Nintendo eShop. Downloading New Super Mario Bros. 2, New Art Academy and Freakyforms Deluxe will allow you to enjoy the same content as the traditional packaged game but as a downloadable version saved onto the SD Card of your Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL system.

As a further incentive to start downloading, each full game purchased from Nintendo eShop will be rewarded with double the normal Stars in your Club Nintendo account. To receive your Stars you must first link your Nintendo 3DS system to your Club Nintendo account and complete the Club Nintendo survey. Visit the Nintendo 3DS Support section of our website to see how to link your account.     

So get ready to experience the newest way to purchase Nintendo games as New Super Mario Bros. 2, New Art Academy and Freakyforms Deluxe all become available as digital downloads from Nintendo eShop from 17th August 2012. Each game is also available in its traditional packaged form via retail stores.

For more information:

Nintendo eShop website:

New Super Mario Bros. 2 website:

New Art Academy website:

Freakyforms Deluxe website:

Nintendo 3DS UK YouTube channel:

Follow Nintendo of Europe on Twitter: @NintendoEurope

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About Nintendo 3DS:

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), 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.


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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