This week's European downloads - November 27 (Smash Wii U, Pokemon, Pikmin Themes and more)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, available Nov. 28) - €59.99/£49.99
Mario, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN and over 30 other famous faces come together in the biggest Super Smash Bros. line-up ever! Unleash your brawling best against opponents near or far in local and online multiplayer modes. Customise your character's special moves and abilities, and battle yourself as your Mii character. Bring your amiibo into the game as a powerful fighter that grows and evolves over time.

Thomas Was Alone (Curve Digital, available Nov. 25) - €7.99/£6.99
Thomas Was Alone is the critically acclaimed indie platformer about friendship and jumping. Guide a group of sentient rectangles through a series of environments, combining their skills to reach the end of each level. Listen to awesome music by David Housden, negotiate obstacles meticulously placed by Mike Bithell and immerse yourself in the characters' journey with a voiceover read wistfully and amusingly by Danny Wallace. Discover the story of the world's first sentient AIs, and how they worked together to, well... "escape" is a strong word. "Emerge" might be better. "Emerge" has an air of importance about it, while keeping a plethora of plot twists and origin stories under wraps. We didn't even mention the bouncing. That'd be overkill.

Pier Solar and the Great Architects (WaterMelon) - €11.49/£11.99
Pier Solar is an RPG that tells the story of Hoston, a young botanist who is on a quest to save his father from a mysterious illness. Along with his two best friends Alina and Edessot, the three friends embark on a quest seeking a rare herb to cure the illness of Hoston's father. Little do they know, it is the beginning of a winding journey that unravels his father's past and the mystery of Pier Solar and the Great Architects.

Ittle Dew (Ludosity) - €9.99/£8.99
Adventuress Ittle Dew and her sidekick Tippsie crash onto a strange island, filled with loot and mysterious inhabitants. It quickly dawns on the duo that this might become their biggest adventure yet. Ittle Dew boils down the classic adventure formula until there is only fun left. Experience devious puzzles, timeless gameplay and lots of exploration!

Shiny The Firefly (Padaone Games) - €6.99/£6.29 (Ends Dec. 31, normal price €9.99/£8.99)
This adorable game, set in the middle of a picturesque garden, has you helping Shiny, the cute little firefly, to find his babies. You'll have to fly, run, hide and defend yourself against a legion of enemies. Stubborn mosquitoes, hungry toads, mischievous plants, sneaky wasps, endlessly long centipedes and lots of other little, dangerous garden dwellers are going to get in your way and make your life difficult. Your reflexes will be tested, as well as your wit and intellect as you navigate through this beautiful, colourful world helping Shiny in his search. All kinds of different animations let you know how Shiny's feeling. So you'll always know if he's feeling happy, concerned, tired or angry. That will help you solve the trickiest situations in the game. Use your ability to shine skilfully: the babies can only follow Shiny when he is lit up, but that also makes him visible to his enemies... Can you reunite Shiny with his family?

Breath of Fire (Capcom, SNES VC) - €7.99/£5.49
Long ago, the war between the dragon clans almost destroyed the world. Now, centuries after the Light and Dark Dragons settled their scores, evil is rising again! Join Ryu, a descendant of the Light Dragons, who has the ability to transform into a powerful beast, in a quest to rescue his sister and stop the Dark Dragons' plans. He is joined by a band of seven companions, each with unique animal powers. Developed by Capcom, Breath of Fire: The Dragon Warrior also features cleverly-hidden character cameos - if you know where to look! This is the US version of the game.

Hyrule Warriors: Twilight Princess Pack (Nintendo) - €6.99/£6.29
- A new Adventure Mode map (Twilight-covered Hyrule) with six new 8-bit weapons and sixteen new alternatively-coloured costumes as rewards
- A new playable character (Midna in her true Twili form)
- A new weapon type for Zelda (Dominion Rod)
- Two new costumes (Ilia's Clothes for Zelda and Postman Uniform for Link)

The Penguins of Madagascar (Little Orbit) - €39.99/£34.99
Help Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private defeat Dr. Octavius Brine's plan for world domination!Go on stealth operations in top-secret locations from the movie and beyond. Master each Penguin's unique skill, like Rico's Explosive Slide and Skipper's Stun Slap. Solve puzzles, crack codes and hunt for Cheezy Dibbles!

Special offers
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Black Forest Games) - €8.99/£7.79 (Ends Dec. 4, regular price €14.99/£12.99)
BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Gaijin Games) - €3.99/£3.33 (Ends Dec. 11, regular price €11.99/£9.99)

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (The Pokémon Company, available Nov. 28) - €44.99/£39.99
In this game, the player is a Trainer who captures, trains and battles small creatures called Pokémon, while adventuring to save the land from Team Aqua's evil plans. There is a chance to become the Champion Trainer by defeating other Trainers in Pokémon battles, plus Super-Secret Bases to find, and Secret Pals to make, which can be accessed online or over local wireless for multiplayer battles and trading.

Pokémon Omega Ruby (The Pokémon Company, available Nov. 28) - €44.99/£39.99
In this game, the player is a Trainer who captures, trains and battles small creatures called Pokémon, while adventuring to save the land from Team Magma's evil plans. There is a chance to become the Champion Trainer by defeating other Trainers in Pokémon battles, plus Super-Secret Bases to find, and Secret Pals to make, which can be accessed online or over local wireless for multiplayer battles and trading.

The Penguins of Madagascar (Little Orbit) - €29.99/£24.99
Help Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private defeat Dr. Octavius Brine's plan for world domination!Go on stealth operations in top-secret locations from the movie and beyond. Master each Penguin's unique skill, like Rico's Explosive Slide and Skipper's Stun Slap. Solve puzzles, crack codes and hunt for Cheezy Dibbles!

Horse Vet 3D (Treva Entertainment) - €29.99/£24.99
Experience the daily life of a veterinarian - specialized in horses! You examine the horses to determine the nature of diseases or injuries. Drive to emergencies and treat them inpatient afterwards until they are healthy again!

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (Little Orbit) - €29.99/£24.99
What time is it? It's time to join Finn (the human) and his best bro Jake (the shape shifting dog) on an original heroic adventure through the mysterious Nameless Kingdom. Go on epic quests, solve challenging puzzles and uncover hidden secrets by exploring a new realm created exclusively for the video game. Explore the wild and uncharted Nameless Kingdom, encounter brand new princesses, characters and foes as you battle your way through unique temples and an overworld filled with danger!

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (NIS America) - €39.99/£34.99
On a normal, uneventful day, a bell suddenly rings with an eerie sound. The sound led 18 Persona-users to a certain school. There, they were greeted by a never-ending festival... In the midst of the students enjoying the festival were Shadows, creatures which feed upon people's psyches. And there seems to be no exit from the school... The trapped Persona-users meet Zen and Rei, students who have lost their memories. As they decide to work together to escape this world, a mysterious figure lurks... The casts of Persona 3 and Persona 4 have transcended time and space to meet. Can they solve the mysteries of this world and return to their own...?

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Ancient One of the Sun (Atlus, Add-On Content) - €0.99/£0.75
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Eternal Youth (Atlus, Add-On Content) - €1.79/£1.49

Castle Conqueror EX (CIRCLE Ent.) - €3.99/£3.49
Commander! Are you ready to lead your people against The Empire!? Castle Conqueror EX is a real-time strategy game for casual gamers. Players can play as 1 of 4 heroes in the EX version of the Nintendo DSiWare hit Castle Conqueror. Your mission is to lead your soldiers into battle, seize the enemy's castle, and gain victories until The Empire is banished from your land.

Talking Phrasebook - 7 Languages (Sanuk Games) - €4.99/£4.49
Don't get lost in translation when you travel! This phrasebook covers most situations you may encounter, with 780 useful expressions in 7 languages, organized in 53 categories. Translate from any language to any other among English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch! Get both the spelling and the pronunciation right, as everything is written and spoken! This application is offline: it does not require network access.

My First Songs (Ringzero Game) - €4.99/£4.49
Feel the beat and sing aloud! Introduce your toddler and pre-schooler to the world of rhythm and music games! My First Songs combines 15 all-time favourite children songs in newly composed versions together with lively adorable 3D animations.

Pokémon Puzzle Challenge (Nintendo, GBC VC) - €4.99/£4.49
Journey to Johto for a different kind of Pokémon challenge, as you put your puzzling skills to the test against the toughest gym leaders! Classic Pokémon like Pikachu, Chikorita, Totodile and Pichu will help you take on challengers and rival Pokémon. Use your lightning-fast reflexes to clear blocks and form chains and combos to rack up huge scores. Choose from six thrilling modes including Marathon, Challenge, Time Zone, Line Clear, Puzzle and the gripping Garbage! mode as you try to hang on for big points while blocks rain down.

Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey Demo (Cypronia) - Free
Help Jennifer, a young marine biologist, win the Best Aquarium Award. Dive to the bottom of the sea and find various hidden items in numerous eye-teasing locations. Get cash for them to buy cute sea creatures and beautiful ornaments to create three unique aquariums. Choose from tons of accessories and supplies to make the life of your exotic swimming pets fun and comfortable. Become a genuine aquarist, polish your design skills and win trophies in this dazzling hidden object spin-off of the original Fishdom.

Survivor - Heroes Demo (Bigben Interactive) - Free
The Survivor adventure just like you were there! Customize your hero, explore the island to gather precious resources and manage your energy levels, tribe camp and popularity. Take on the opposing tribe in the famous immunity challenges and win the great Survivor adventure!

Pikmin Working Together (Nintendo, Theme) - €1.99/£1.79
The Pikmin are working together carrying fruits to gentle music. But, what's that Bulborb doing on the right?

Pikmin and a Hungry Bulborb (Nintendo, Theme) - €1.99/£1.79
A hungry Bulborb has its eyes on that line of marching Pikmin. Scroll the Touch Screen to see it licking its greedy lips.

Spotlight: Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games, Theme) - €1.99/£1.79
This theme's ALL about Shovel Knight. The icons are dirt, and the folders are chests. This is for fans of the Blue Burrower!

Special offers
Farming Simulator 14 (Focus Home Interactive) - €19.99/£12.99 (Ends Dec. 11, regular pice €29.99/£19.99)
The Keep (Cinemax) - €5.99/£5.49 (Ends Dec. 11, regular price €9.99/£8.99)

RUMOR - These are some insane Smash Bros. Wii U glitches

I don't know that these are legit, but there's a flood of them hitting the Smash Wii U Miiverse. Has anyone out there experienced any glitches like this?!

Check out many more here (thanks to all that sent this in!)

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 484


not only do we have Kirby back, we also have Lube and Deux Michaels! It's like a podcast reunion this week! We had fun doing the show, so I hope you have fun listening!

Download the show here (thanks Dad!)

The Homebrew Channel dev calms fears of the exploit leading to piracy, talks region locking

Coming from a TinyCartridge interview with hacker Smealum...

- this 3DS exploit does not allow users to run commercial or pirated software
- this is not a limitation Smealum or anyone else put in place
- it’s just technically the state of the matter with the exploit
- Smealum doesn't believe Nintendo will be able to fully patch out the exploit
- circumventing the region lock is more than likely possible
- if region locking was done away with via the exploit, users would have to go through the homebrew launcher every time they to play a game from another region


Reggie on Wii U/3DS sales, quality over quantity, competition and the crucial holiday season

- 3DS doing well/strong/healthy/growing, seeing strong business on software and hardware
- this upward trend is thanks to Smash Bros. 3DS
- Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire trending alongside X/Y preorders surprised Nintendo
- Wii U business has essentially doubled since Mario Kart 8
- Nintendo is feeling very good about their situation in the holiday season
- If Reggie could choose between more games or higher quality games, he would pick quality
- Nintendo aims to provide a broad range of experiences through games, even if those games use similar characters between them
- 3DS was top-selling platform last year in US
- Reggie feels Nintendo platforms are somewhat insulated from competition on Steam or other devices due to their original IP that you can't get anywhere else
- Nintendo looks at what they can do and do it to their best ability
- they do not spend a lot of time worrying about what the competition is going to do
- the next 12 weeks are critically important for Nintendo sales
- Nintendo believes they have the content to do well, but they need to execute well in reaching people

Thanks to Vonter for the heads up!


IGN - Sakurai talks character clones and balance in Smash Wii U/3DS

Coming from an IGN interview with Masahiro Sakurai...

“With regards to Bowser Jr., the Koopalings, Marth vs. Lucina, there are reasons for each. Lucina was the first to be split-off, this is because we made Marth’s moves more standard so he could be easy to handle by novice players. However, any character which gained some uniqueness through their balancing needed to be separated so their results and statistics could be counted properly. It wouldn’t have been fair to have the results counted together even though their strengths differ between the variations. In the end, what was needed for each of these changes was to reduce the work required to balance the game. Hence all these characters were adjusted relative to their clone. For example, Marth and Lucina would only be tested against each other, until they were roughly equal and in balance.

We do various kinds of research during the planning stage. We consider the inclusion of characters that feature in games being developed at the same time, are highly requested by users and are popular within their series. We then think about how they could be unique if they were to appear in Super Smash Bros. Even if a character is highly popular and famous, they might not be chosen to appear as a fighter in Smash Bros because they lack uniqueness. On the other hand, if a character seems to have the potential to exhibit an interesting characteristic, they might be selected regardless of their popularity.”

Originally Sakurai was planning to make characters like Lucina part of the alternate costumes, like Alph is for Olimar.


Nintendo hints at future amiibo 'series'', special versions a possibility

GN Field Report: Australian New 3DS & Pokemon ORAS Launch Event

Welp the day has finally come. As of about a bit over an hour ago at the time of writing the “new” Nintendo 3DS systems & Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire have launched down under and I have just arrived home from the launch event at the Nintendo Experience store in Melbourne (a joint venture between EB Games & Nintendo Australia, where the upper levels of an EB Games store in the heart of Melbourne is dedicated to Nintendo products & host to many official Nintendo events). So I apologise for any typos or poor wording in this report as it is about 1am here & I am quite tired, but I want to make sure I put everything down on (virtual) paper while the memories are all still fresh.

Read the rest of the story...

Nintendo of Europe confirms that Mewtwo Smash DLC will be available for purchase later

This week's North American downloads - November 20 (Smash Wii U, Pokemon, DK: King of Swing and more)

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This week's Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - Face off against a massive roster of video game all-stars! Send your rivals flying with powerful attacks to earn new customizable equipment that trick out your fighter's moves and stats. Then power-up and train amiibo figures (each sold separately) to take on your friends. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be available on Nov. 21.

Watch_Dogs - Watch_Dogs tells the story of Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. The game lets players use Chicago as their weapon to exact their own style of revenge. Watch_Dogs takes advantage of the Wii U hardware with a detailed and interactive map of Chicago displayed on the Wii U GamePad controller, as well as off-TV play, letting gamers continue playing Watch_Dogs solely on the GamePad.

Virtual Console on Wii U
DK: King of Swing - In this Game Boy Advance adventure, grab, climb and swing on pegs as you charge and bash through enemies that block your way. Collect bananas and Crystal Coconuts in the five worlds of Adventure mode, or play some puzzling levels in single-player Jungle Jam mode. Find those medals and let the festivities begin!

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire - Soar high above the Hoenn region on an unforgettable quest to be the very best Pokémon Trainer. As you catch, battle and train a variety of Pokémon, you'll unleash powerful new Mega Evolutions. Seek out Legendary Pokémon from regions near and far while uncovering the secret powers of Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre.

Special Offers:
Get a Smashing Soundtrack and Mewtwo DLC - For a limited time, buy and register both Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U to receive a special soundtrack CD and free Mewtwo DLC from Club Nintendo. The soundtrack CD offer runs Nov. 21 through Jan. 13, 2015. The Mewtwo DLC offer runs Nov. 21 through Mar. 31, 2015.

National StreetPass Weekend is back! - Swing by a Nintendo Zone hot spot with your Nintendo 3DS system from Nov. 26 through Nov. 30. We are mashing up StreetPass Relay Points across the U.S. and Canada so you can get up to six StreetPass tags from many different places. Collect puzzle pieces from Mii characters to fill up your puzzle panels in Puzzle Swap or pick up enemy tokens for StreetSmash in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Find a hotspot near you here:

Nintendo eShop Sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Nordic Games is putting Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune and other fun games on sale starting at 9 a.m. PT on Nov. 25 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 2.
The Letter is more than 75 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $0.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov. 30.
Ping 1.5+ is 50 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.49) starting at 9 a.m. PT on Nov. 26 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 3.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Big Hero 6 Battle in the Bay is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $19.99) starting Nov. 26 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 10.
Yumi's Odd Odyssey, Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns and other games from Natsume will be on sale starting at 9 a.m. PT on Nov. 25 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 1.
Disney Frozen: Olaf's Quest is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $19.99) starting at 9 a.m. PT Nov. 26 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 10.
The Keep is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $12.99 to $7.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec 4.
Classic Games Overload: Card & Puzzle Edition is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $19.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 1.
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D is more than 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) starting at 9 a.m. PT on Nov. 25 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 4.

Coming soon:

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Nov. 25 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Mighty Final Fight - Nov. 27 (Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U)
Mario Pinball Land - Nov. 27 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
Ultimate NES Remix - Dec. 5 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Dec. 5 (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Also new this week:

The Amazing Spider-Man (Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS)
The Penguins of Madagascar (Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS)
Snake Den (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Alphadia Genesis (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
ZaciSa's Last Stand - Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Battleminer (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Fishdom H20: A Hidden Odyssey - Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

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