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This week's European downloads - February 11 (Bravely Second Demo, Oddworld and more)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty (Oddworld Inhabitants) - €19.99/£14.99 (€15.99/£11.99 until February 25)

Explore ancient ruins, dodge carnivorous beasts and avoid trigger-happy hunting parties as Abe, the original Oddworld hero in this lovingly recrafted take on classic Abe's Oddysee. Built from the ground up, enjoy breathtaking visuals, enhanced audio and improved, deeper gameplay as New 'n' Tasty reignites the original Oddworld game using the latest next-generation technology.

Discovery (Noowanda) - €6.99/£5.99
Become Emma Jones, firefighter extraordinaire, tough cookie and kitten lover. Beat 10 levels of dangerous mountain terrain, improving Jones’ skills with every fluffy life saved. Strive for ever higher scores, and gain the adoration of millions of cats! Save the kitties! You’re their only hope!

Jones on fire (Joindots) - €5.99/£4.59
Become Emma Jones, firefighter extraordinaire, tough cookie and kitten lover. Beat 10 levels of dangerous mountain terrain, improving Jones’ skills with every fluffy life saved. Strive for ever higher scores, and gain the adoration of millions of cats! Save the kitties! You’re their only hope!

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team (Nintendo, DS VC) - €9.99/£8.99
You've caught them, you've trained them and you've battled them - but now you can find out what it's actually like to be a Pokémon! In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team, you wake up in a world inhabited entirely by Pokémon, as a Pokémon yourself, with no knowledge of how you got there or how you can return to human form. But perhaps there's a reason for your arrival. Now that you can understand the Pokémon language, you learn that a series of natural disasters is threatening the community. You soon befriend another Pokémon and form a Rescue Team to help Pokémon in distress. You receive missions to rescue Pokémon trapped in dangerous dungeons, which are always randomly generated (meaning that you'll never play the same dungeon twice), battling wild Pokémon using a turn-based style of combat.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team (Nintendo, GBA VC) - €6.99/£6.29
You've caught them, you've trained them and you've battled them - but now you can find out what it's actually like to be a Pokémon! In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team, you wake up in a world inhabited entirely by Pokémon, as a Pokémon yourself, with no knowledge of how you got there or how you can return to human form. But perhaps there's a reason for your arrival. Now that you can understand the Pokémon language, you learn that a series of natural disasters is threatening the community. You soon befriend another Pokémon and form a Rescue Team to help Pokémon in distress. You receive missions to rescue Pokémon trapped in dangerous dungeons, which are always randomly generated (meaning that you'll never play the same dungeon twice), battling wild Pokémon using a turn-based style of combat.

Special offers
Teslagrad (Rain Games) -  €7.49/£6.99 (Ends February 25, normally €14.99/£13.99)
Chariot (Frima Studio Inc) - €7.49/£6.74 (Ends February 25, normally €14.99/£13.49)
Tengami (Nyamyam) - €3.99/£3.49 (Ends February 25, normally €7.99/£6.99)
Race the Sun (Flippfly) - €4.99/£3.49 (Ends February 25, normally €9.99/£6.99)
Chasing Aurora (Broken Rules) - €3.49/£2.99 (Ends February 25, normally €6.99/£5.99)
Turtle Tale (Saturnine Games) - €1.49/£1.24 (Ends February 25, normally €2.99/£2.49)
ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimension! (ZeNfA Productions) - €1.49/£1.14 (Ends February 25, normally €2.99/£2.29)
Blok Drop X Twisted Fusion (RCMADIAX) - €1.45/£1.34 (Ends February 25, normally €2.99/£2.69)
99Seconds (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.49/£1.34 (Ends March 10, normally €2.49/£2.29)
Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade (Cypronia) - €3.99/ £3.49 (Ends March 12, normally €6.99/£5.99)
Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues (Cypronia) - €3.69/ £3.33 (Ends March 12, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Darts Up (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.49/£1.34 (Ends March 10, normally €2.49/£2.29)
Citizens of Earth (Atlus) - €4.99/£4.00 (Ends February 25, normally €11.99/£9.99)
Color Zen (Cypronia) - €2.24/£2.24 (Ends March 12, normally €2.99/£2.99)
Color Zen Kids (Cypronia) - €1.79/£1.79 (Ends March 12, normally €2.99/£2.99)
My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Cryponia) - €3.74/£3.35 (Ends March 12, normally €4.99/£4.49)
My Style Studio: Notebook (Cryponia) - €2.39/£2.15 (Ends March 12, normally €2.99/£2.69)
Puzzle Monkeys (Log Games) - €1.49/£1.49 (Ends March 3, normally €2.99/£2.99)
Rock 'N Racing Off Road (EnjoyUp Games) - €2.99/£2.69 (Ends March 10, normally €5.99/£5.39)
Shadow Puppeteer (Snow Cannon) - €12.99/£11.99 (Ends February 15, normally €14.99/£13.49)
Trine 2: Director's Cut (Frozenbyte) - €8.49/£6.99 (Ends March 10, normally €16.99/£13.99)
Trine Enchanted Edition (Frozenbyte) - €6.49/£5.49 (Ends March 10, normally €12.99/£10.99)


Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Bravely Second: End Layer Demo The Ballad of the Three Cavaliers (Nintendo) - Free

This demo focusing on the Three Cavaliers – Yew Geneolgia, Janne Angard, and Nikolai Nikolanikov – will act as a prelude to the adventure, and even allow players to unlock rewards in the full version of the game, depending on their progress in the demo. The Bravely Second: End Layer demo: The Ballad of the Three Cavaliers can be completed multiple times, however only a completed save file can be used to unlock rewards in the full game.

Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight (NIS America) - €39.99/£34.99
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight: Yggdrasil Veteran (NIS America, Add-on Content) - Free
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight: Hidden Hot Springs! (NIS America, Add-on Content) - €2.49/£2.29 (Free until February 18)
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight: Highlander's Return! (NIS America, Add-on Content) - €0.99/£0.89 (Free until February 18)
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight: Wanted: Golden Sprout (NIS America, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.79

Experience a brand new story with a fixed party, voiced dialogue, and animated cutscenes in the new and incredible world of Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight. Or, revisit the original Etrian Odyssey 2 with updated graphics and a full roster of classes. Whichever path you choose, there will be exciting dungeons and frightening enemies!

Project X Zone 2 (Bandai Namco Games) - €39.99/£29.99
Project X Zone 2: SP Advanced Mode Addition (Bandai Namco Games, Add-on Content) - €2.49/£2.29
Project X Zone 2: Trial Cross Item Pack (Bandai Namco Games, Add-on Content) - Free
Project X Zone 2: Cross Item Pack 1-19 (Bandai Namco Games, Add-on Content) - €0.99/£0.89 each
Project X Zone 2: All-In-One Pack (Bandai Namco Games, Add-on Content) - €14.99/£13.49

Worlds are crossing once again! In the sequel to the original world crossing adventure, legendary characters from Japan’s most prolific video game publishers come together to create the biggest mashup strategy game ever! Developed by MONOLITH SOFTWARE INC., Project X Zone 2 gives gamers the opportunity to play as their favourite characters from a multitude of franchises and form teams of characters hailing from classic and current franchises and engage enemies through strategic turn-based battles.

NINTENDO guests – Featuring characters from Fire Emblem and Xenoblade series

SEGA Smash – Featuring characters from YAKUZA: Dead Souls, the “Sakura Wars” series and “Virtua Fighter” series and more from SEGA Interactive Co., Ltd / SEGA Games Co., Ltd

CAPCOM Commands – Featuring characters from Capcom’s franchises including the “Resident Evil” series, “Devil May Cry” series and “Megaman X” series

BANDAI NAMCO Crossing – Includes characters from the “TEKKEN” series, Tales of Vesperia, and “.hack//” series from BANDAI NAMCO with more to come

Bonus for purchasing on Nintendo eShop: Download Codes for the theme "Project X Zone 2 - Theme" and “Rare Item Pack” add-on content included with every purchase of Project X Zone 2 from Nintendo eShop.

Alphadia (KEMCO) - €9.99/£8.99
Unleash the energi skills and engage in turn-based battles in an epic JRPG! It has been almost a century since the end of the Energi War. Yet despite the armistice agreement signed between opposing sides, the Schwarzschild Empire has once again begun plotting world domination as it starts to conquer and occupy one nation after another. It is during this time that Ash and Karim, two residents of a small town on the frontier, rescue a young woman and her escort as they are being pursued by foreign soldiers. But who is this mysterious girl and what fate is in store for Ash and those with him as they attempt to help her fulfil her mission...? Employing an orthodox turn-based battle system, Alphadia evokes a feeling of nostalgia with its classic RPG style. In addition, its refined game balance and simple to use interface make this game accessible to players of any skill level while at the same time offering 30+ hours of gameplay. Come experience Alphadia and witness its dramatic story unfold!

Dememtium Remastered (Renegade Kid) - €14.99/£13.49
Rebuilt from the ground up to take advantage of the Nintendo 3DS, Dementium Remastered takes the guts of Renegade Kid's award-winning title and delivers a new and improved atmospheric first-person survival horror experience with enhanced graphics, refined gameplay, high-quality audio, and immersive control options. Features new difficulty settings, including Demented mode – designed for hardcore fans of the series! Dementium Remastered tells the tale of a man who awakens to find himself alone in a mysterious, derelict hospital that is frozen in time. Confronted by the deadly, grotesque surgical experiments that wander the halls, a series of challenging puzzles, and a cast of peculiar characters, he must face his deepest fears, unlock the mysteries of the hospital, and escape with his life.

The Legend of the Dark Witch 2 (CIRCLE Ent.) - €6.99/£5.59
Created by indie games company INSIDE SYSTEM in 2014, Legend of the Dark Witch 2 is a 2D action story sequel to the "Legend of the Dark Witch for 3DS". True to its predecessor, Legend of the Dark Witch 2 retains its simple controls and enough challenges to satisfy the completionist. Players have 8 stages to choose from and must use SHOTs to make their way through a variety of obstacles to reach the boss enemy. Within each stage there are hidden "Pura Syega" which are helpful to power up player characters.

Stella Glow Demo (NIS America) - Free
For an entire millennium, the world has been devoid of “song”. Only 5 Witches left in the land are able to use “song magic.” However, Hilda the Witch of Destruction plans to eliminate the other Witches and the world with her curse. Alto and the Regnant Knights must now do all they can to stop Hilda, starting with recruiting the other Witches.

Nintendo presents: New Style Boutique 2 - Fashion Forward: Pink Latte - Nautical Casual Pack (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - Free
Be pretty in pink with Pink Latte's Nautical Casual Pack for New Style Boutique 2, out now!

Nintendo presents: New Style Boutique 2 - Fashion Forward: Pink Latte - FABBY-tacular Pack (Nintendo, Add-on Content) - Free
Be pretty in pink with Pink Latte's FABBY-tacular Pack for New Style Boutique 2, out now!

The Legend of the Dark Witch - Blad Theme (CIRCLE Ent., theme available February 12) - €0.99/£0.69
The Legend of the Dark Witch - Verri Theme (CIRCLE Ent., theme available February 12) - €0.99/£0.69

Special offers

Turtle Tale (Saturnine Games) - €1.49/£1.24 (Ends February 25, normally €2.99/£2.49)
Citizens of Earth (Atlus) - €4.99/£4.00 (Ends February 25, normally €11.99/£9.99)
Color Zen (Cypronia) - €2.39/£2.39 (Ends March 12, normally €2.99/£2.99)
Color Zen Kids (Cypronia) - €1.99/£1.99 (Ends March 12, normally €2.99/£2.99)
My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Cryponia) - €3.48/£3.14 (Ends March 12, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Angry Bunnies (Cypronia) - €3.89/£3.49 (Ends March 12, normally €6.99/£5.99)
Brunch Panic (CIRCLE Ent.) - €2.99/£2.49 (Ends March 3, normally €3.99/£3.39)
Bubble Pop World (Cypronia) - €2.99/£2.69 (Ends March 12, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Dress To Play: Cute Witches! (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.99/£1.79 (Ends March 10, normally €3.99/£3.59)
Dress To Play: Magic Bubbles! (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.99/£1.79 (Ends March 10, normally €3.99/£3.59)
Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey (Cryponia) - €3.48/£3.14 (Ends March 12, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Football Up Online (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.99/£1.79 (Ends March 10, normally €3.99/£3.59)
Petit Novel series - Harvest December (CIRCLE Ent.) - €7.99/£6.39 (Ends March 3, normally €11.99/£9.19)
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix AB) - €4.99/£4.49 (Ends February 18, normally €9.99/£8.99)
Retro City Rampage: DX (Vblank Entertainment) - €5.99/ £5.48 (Ends February 25, normally €8.99/£7.99)
Shin Megami Tensei IV (Atlus) - €9.99/£8.99 (Ends February 25, normally €19.99/£17.99)
Super Street Fighter IV 3D (CAPCOM) - €8.00/ £7.20 (Ends February 25, normally €19.99/£17.99)
Sweet Memories Blackjack (CIRCLE Ent.) - €2.99/£2.39 (Ends March 3, normally €3.99/£3.19)

Mutant Mudds Super Challenge sent off to Europe's lotcheck, America tomorrow morning



Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam - How Sticker Star influenced the game, how tutorials were handled

This comes from a GameInformer interview...

How Paper Mario: Sticker Star influenced the game
AlphaDream: While we referenced all of the Paper Mario series games during production of this title, the title we were influenced by the most was definitely Paper Mario: Sticker Star. This is because we wanted to base the game on the latest data. We of course received advice and supervision from Intelligent Systems during production. We think that this is one of the reasons that we were able to refine our depiction of paper elements and better express the “paper-like” design in this title. If you look closely, you can see a white border around the paper characters, right? This did not exist in Sticker Star, but we think that this design makes it easier for the player to understand that “this is a paper character!”

On how tutorials are handled in Paper Jam
AlphaDream: We didn’t “remove” the tutorial for this title. (Laugh) There are actually tutorials (or guides) for all of the action and battle systems. In previous games, we had the game ask “Do you want to see the Tutorial? Yes/No”. Players who didn’t have any other information would have to choose “Yes”, but when they actually viewed the Tutorial it was information that they already knew. This time, we implemented a system where the game would detect whether the player was skilled at action games or not, and had the game display a detailed tutorial for players who were not as good at action games (who cannot get “Excellent” or perform Countering Attacks).

The tutorial is not displayed for players who are good at action games, leading them to think that “there is no tutorial for this title”. Of course, we show tutorials for all players for game systems that were newly implemented in this title, such as Trio Attacks and Battle Cards.


More here!

Famitsu's most wanted - January 21-27, 2016

1. [3DS] Dragon Quest XI – 763 votes
2. [PS4] Persona 5 – 651 votes
3. [PS4] Final Fantasy XV – 613 votes
4. [PS4] Final Fantasy VII Remake – 583 votes
5. [PS4] Dragon Quest XI – 540 votes
6. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 – 406 votes
7. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III – 339 votes
8. [PS4] Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness – 326 votes
9. [3DS] Shin Megami Tensei IV Final – 325 votes
10. [PS4] Street Fighter V – 313 votes
11. [PSV] Kan Colle Kai – 311 votes
12. [PS4] Yakuza 6 – 267 votes
13. [PS3] Persona 5 – 260 votes
14. [3DS] Ace Attorney 6 – 236 votes
15. [PS4] Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 – 208 votes
16. [PS4] Dragon Quest Heroes II – 190 votes
17. [3DS] Mega Man Legacy Collection – 189 votes
18. [PSV] Project Setsuna – 180 votes
19. [PS4] Tales of Berseria – 178 votes
20. [WIU] The Legend of Zelda – 169 votes
21. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 3 – 166 votes
22. [PS4] Project Setsuna – 164 votes
23. [WIU] Zelda: Twilight Princess HD – 163 votes
24. [3DS] Story of Seasons: Good Friends of Three Villages – 162 votes
25. [PS4] Nioh – 152 votes
26. [PSV] SaGa Scarlet Grace – 151 votes
27. [PS4] The Last Guardian – 147 votes
28. [PSV] Summon Night 6 – 146 votes
29. [3DS] Monster Hunter Stories – 133 votes
30. [PSV] Gundam Breaker 3 – 119 votes

PR - Nindies Love You - Wii U eShop Sale Event

Introducing the Nindies Love You group sale! We love Nintendo gamers so much that we decided to get together and organize a special group sale just for you. This special sale starts on February 11th and lasts for 2 great weeks. All games listed will be 50% off!

North America:
Teslagrad - Rain Games ($7.49)
Chariot - Frima Studio Inc ($7.49)
Tengami - Nyamyam ($4.99)
Sportsball - TOO DX ($4.99)
Chasing Aurora - Broken Rules ($3.99)
PING 1.5+ - NAMI TENTOU MUSHI ($2.49)
ZaciSa's Last Stand - ZeNfA Productions ($1.99)
psyscrolr - Actos Games ($1.99)
Blok Drop X Twisted Fusion - RCMADIAX ($1.50)
Turtle Tale - Saturnine Games ($1.49)

Europe:
Teslagrad - Rain Games (£6.99 / €7.49)
Chariot - Frima Studio Inc (£6.74 / €7.49)
Tengami - Nyamyam (£3.49 / €3.99)
Race the Sun - Flippfly (£3.49 / €4.99)
Chasing Aurora - Broken Rules (£2.99 / €3.49)
Turtle Tale - Saturnine Games (£2.49 / €2.99)
ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimension! - ZeNfA Productions (£1.14 / €1.49)
Blok Drop X Twisted Fusion - RCMADIAX (£1.34 / €1.49)

Australia:
Teslagrad - Rain Games ($9.99)
Chariot - Frima Studio Inc ($9.75)
Tengami - Nyamyam ($4.99)
Chasing Aurora - Broken Rules ($3.99)
ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimension! - ZeNfA Productions ($2.15)
Turtle Tale - Saturnine Games ($1.99)

Random Time! - Doritos wishes Pokemon happy 20th anniversary


A little Super Bowl commercial cross promotion going on. Doesn't make a ton of sense, but cool to see nonetheless!

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash - Japanese sales details

- 55,331 units sold in its first week
- sold through about 80 percent of its initial shipment
- New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis sold 57,000 copies in its first week and went on to move 247,000 units in total

Medabots Girls Mission - preorder bonuses


Those that grab Medabots Girls Mission early in Japan can look forward to a couple bonuses. Early purchasers will have a chance to grab a special art book with character designs and much more. On top of that, launch copies let you get a special 3DS theme based on the version you buy.