ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET, PUZZLE…

2 nd April 2012 – This week sees the launch of the eagerly anticipated SpeedThru: Potzol’s Puzzle to the Nintendo eShop. Enjoy the unique gameplay mechanic in an immersive 3D world on your Nintendo 3DS. Test your spatial awareness skills like never before, across more than 90 stages, three multiplayer modes and three different lands.  This action packed and mystical world will have you on the edge of your seat.

If you’ve ever dreamt of a career in agriculture, then this is the week to test it out your rural skills on the Farming Simulator 2012 3D Demo. Alternatively, if you fancy taking to the high seas, then enjoy protecting treasure and trading in rum in Pirates Assault, which becomes available this week as a Nintendo DSiWare game. Budding musicians should also pay attention to Violin Paradise - the WiiWare game catered for all the family to enjoy.

This week will also see the Kirby TV Channel making a return to Wii, showing Kirby's cartoon escapades in Cappy Town for free over the next 6 months, so settle in to the sofa and see how Kirby foils Dedede's monstrous machinations week after week! Get on board and watch two new episodes every week - keep up with Kirby and you'll find new ways to watch your favourite episodes again and get the whole story of Kirby's animated adventures. Episode 1 is always available, so now is always the right time to start exploring Kirby's world, streaming directly to your Wii console.

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

SpeedThru: Potzol's Puzzle™ (Nintendo) Nintendo 3DS

(Download Software) Nintendo eShop 

  €6

£5.40

(UK Only) nintendo@bell-pottinger.co.uk

 

Game Description: Put your quick thinking and reactions to the test in this puzzle game with a

Twist. The God of destruction, Kaotl, has stolen the heart of Creatl, the God of creation. You must take control of the floating Guardian stones, twisting and slotting them through the openings in walls as you hurtle towards them, and collect the hearts to restore Creatl.

Enjoy more than 90 stages in single player mode, plus two player modes via local wireless or even sharing one Nintendo 3DS system.

Farming Simulator 2012 3D Demo (Rondomedia) Nintendo 3DS Demo Nintendo eShop 

  Free Felix Buschbaum

f.buschbaum@buschbaum-media.com

Game Description:  Put on your boots, grab your Nintendo 3DS and get ready to head to the farm. Work a wide scenery with fields, roads, your house and farm as well as a small village, with the vehicles found in your generous fleet – all three dimensional in Farming Simulator 2012 3D. Take a seat behind the wheel of authentic farm machines from renowned manufacturers and get going!

Pirates Assault (CIRCLE Ent.) Nintendo 3DS

(DSiWare) Nintendo eShop €2

£1.80

(UK Only) Chris

chris@cir-ent.com

Nintendo DSi (DSiWare) Nintendo DSi Shop 200 Nintendo DSi Points

Game Description: Watch out - enemies are coming in search of your treasure! Pirates Assault is a tower defence game that brings a little twist to the genre. Treasure must be protected and to accomplish that you have to build a great defence strategy. Use rum, which you may have just stolen, to buy weapons to protect your treasure!

Violin Paradise (Keystone Game Studio) Wii

(WiiWare) Wii Shop Channel 500 Wii Points Sissi Tsai

Sissi.tsai@kgsmail.com

Game Description: Violin Paradise is a game for players who love music and dream of becoming a violinist. This game is designed for all the family- up to four people can play at the same time. Choose to play as a conductor, violinist, violist or cellist, who perform lively or soft classical music together.

                                                                                    

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 second in a series of highly anticipated Shaun the Sheep 3D clips created for the very first time in 3D by Aardman Animations, the multi-award winning creators of Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit. In this weeks episode the Flock is brushing up its drawing skills until the class is brought to an abrupt halt! 

The third part in a series of Kid Icarus Anime clips is also available this week via Nintendo Video, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS owners. This week’s clip is entitled Medusa's Revenge , and features Medusa, Goddess of the Underworld, as its main character. It tells the tale of Medusa and Palutena's rivalry, which stretches from far into Pit's past right up to the present day.

ENDS

                                                           

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

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 620 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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