The Binding of Isaac Rebirth

This week's European downloads - August 6 (Star Fox Command, Dragon Ball Z demo and more)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Beatbuddy (Threaks) - €8.99/£8.09
Awakened from his slumber, Beatbuddy journeys through lush hand-painted environments on a quest to save his companions and his own immortality. Beatbuddy interacts with the living breathing surroundings that pulse to the beat of an original soundtrack, aiding him as he unlocks new paths and solves puzzles. Experience an action-adventure game in a whole new way, which incorporates music into every aspect of the beautiful world. Players interact with the environment and a variety of creatures to open paths and solve puzzles throughout their journey. Six beautifully hand painted levels, each divided into five chapters, take the player through the unique locations and vivid colour palettes. Featuring an exclusively produced soundtrack with original songs composed specifically for the game by famous artists including Austin Wintory, Parov Stelar, Sabrepulse and La Rochelle Band. Play as Beatbuddy, an ethereal creature who travels to unite with his sisters Melody and Harmony and stop the evil Prince Maestro with the aid of Clef who provides comic relief throughout their journey.

Sanatory Hallways (Wegenbartho) - €9.99/£8.99
Sanatory Hallways is a two player game, in which one character is Charla, a young student who is experiencing nightmares. The other player acts as Mr. Spook, a ghastly character who likes to frighten Charla by using one of his Spook Powers. In order for Charla to break free of the nightmare, she needs to find a blue key, but Mr. Spook prevents her from escaping by scaring her. This can be done either via direct approach or the usage of one of his many tricks, such as creating traps, turning off electricity and many more. Charla can defend herself with a flashlight, as Mr. Spook is vulnerable to light. In Bonus levels Charla is trying to find out the reason why she is having nightmares. More levels for both VS and Singleplayer planned to be released for free in the near future.

Star Fox Command (Nintendo, DS VC) - €9.99/£8.99
Star Fox returns to its roots with a blistering space shooter on the Nintendo DS. Lylat needs help. Players hop into their Arwing fighter and fight through a unique branching storyline of missions, all rendered in gorgeous 3-D. Star Fox Command brings a whole new strategic element to the series with a commander’s view of the mission. Using the touch screen, players can draw the routes they and their teammates will take, then battle the enemies they encounter as they take over bases and strategically advance across the map.

Donkey Kong Jungle Climber (Nintendo, DS VC) - €9.99/£8.99
Swing into adventure with Donkey Kong to stop the evil King K. Rool from stealing alien bananas and ruling the universe! As DK is constantly in motion you control him simply with the L and R buttons to climb and jump your way through the levels. Diddy Kong also comes along for the ride, performing long range attacks and wielding special items like a hammer to clear a path for DK. There are also a bunch of fun minigames included, and skilled players can unlock additional extra-tough levels for a real challenge!

Special offers
Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones (Curve Digital) - €6.99/£5.99 (Ends August 27, normally €13.99/£12.99)
Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade (Cypronia) - €3.14/£2.69 (Ends September 5, normally €6.99/£5.99)
Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues (Cypronia) - €3.69/£3.33 (Ends September 5, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Color Zen (Cypronia) - €2.24/£2.24 (Ends September 5, normally €2.99/£2.99)
Color Zen Kids (Cypronia) - €2.24/£2.24 (Ends September 5, normally €2.99/£2.99)
My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Cypronia) - €3.74/£3.35 (Ends September 5, normally €4.99/£4.49)
My Style Studio: Notebook (Cypronia) - €2.39/£2.15 (Ends September 5, normally €2.99/£2.69)
99Seconds (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.49/£1.34 (Ends September 3, normally €2.49/£2.29)
Darts Up (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.49/£1.34 (Ends September 3, normally €2.49/£2.29)
Rock 'N Racing Off Road (EnjoyUp Games) - €3.99/£3.59 (Ends September 3, normally €5.99/£5.39)
High Strangeness (Midnight City) - €4.99/£4.49  (Ends August 9, normally €9.99/£8.99)

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden Demo (BANDAI NAMCO Games) - Free
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden is a fighting game including the most famous characters of Dragon Ball Z series. You can play with characters from the latest movie Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection "F". Experience hours of gameplay: Story mode follows the original story of the Manga, in Adventure mode players aim to gather all the Dragon balls, in Versus mode you can fight in a duel. More than 120 playable characters are available. Enjoy a variety of special moves depending on the situation, Ultimate Moves and Even Rush effects are more incredible than ever!

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: Crop Set 1 (Rising Star Games, Add-on Content) - €0.99/£0.89
Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: Crop Set 2 (Rising Star Games, Add-on Content) - Free
Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: New NPC – Male (Rising Star Games, Add-on Content) - €1.49/£1.39
Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: New NPC – Female (Rising Star Games, Add-on Content) - €1.49/£1.39
Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: New Outfit Set 3 (Rising Star Games, Add-on Content) - Free

Special offers
Brunch Panic (CIRCLE Ent.) - €2.99/£2.49 (Ends August 27, normally €3.99/£3.39)
KAMI (CIRCLE Ent.) - €1.99/£1.59 (Ends August 27, normally €2.99/£2.39)
Sweet Memories Blackjack (CIRCLE Ent.) - €2.99/£2.39 (Ends August 27, normally €3.99/£3.19)
Angry Bunnies (Cypronia) - €4.49/£3.99 (Ends September 5, normally €6.49/£5.99)
Bubble Pop World (Cypronia) - €3.74/£3.35 (Ends September 5, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Color Zen (Cypronia) - €2.54/£2.54 (Ends September 5, normally €2.99/£2.99)
Color Zen Kids (Cypronia) - €2.24/£2.24 (Ends September 5, normally €2.99/£2.99)
Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey (Cypronia) - €3.99/£3.59 (Ends September 5, normally €4.99/£4.49)
My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Cypronia) - €3.74/£3.35 (Ends September 5, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Darts Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games) - €0.99/£0.89 (Ends September 3, normally €2.99/£2.69)
Dress To Play: Cute Witches! (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.99/£1.79 (Ends September 3, normally €3.99/£3.59)
Football Up Online (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.99/£1.79 (Ends September 3, normally €3.99/£3.59)
TOYS VS MONSTERS (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.99/£1.79 (Ends September 3, normally €3.99/£3.99)
Hello Kitty & Sanrio Friends 3D Racing (Pqube) - €19.99/£14.99 (Ends September 3, normally €39.99/£29.99)

Famicom Remix: Best Choice - Japanese players get the Famicom Memories theme as well

Just like Ultimate NES Remix in North America, Japanese players will get this Nintendo 3DS theme for purchasing Famicom Remix: Best Choice early!

Pokemon Shuffle - Pignite, Mega Garchomp and Pokemon Safari stages now available

Dragon Quest VIII - look at the Japanese download card

- price is 6458 yen

- title 3.6GB in size

Nintendo 3DS - four NES themes now available in Japan

Japan - Best-selling games of June 2015

1. [WIU] Splatoon – 368,538 (348,557 physical, 19,981 digital)
2. [3DS] Rhythm Heaven: The Best Plus – 232,459 (225,296 physical, 7,163 digital)
3. [3DS] Tobidasu! Nyanko Daisensou – 97,189 (N/A physical, 97,189 digital)
4. [3DS] Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden – 88,707 (86,338 physical, 2,369 digital)
5. [3DS] Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX – 54,544 (51,574 physical, 2,970 digital)
6. [PS4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – 52,890 (45,912 physical, 6,978 digital)
7. [3DS] Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale – 47,146 (44,902 physical, 2,274 digital)
8. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition – 45,077 (38,146 physical, 6,931 digital)
9. [WIU] Mario Kart 8 – 44,470 (42,762 physical, 1,708 digital)
10. [PS4] Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition – 37,804 (30,757 physical, 7,047 digital)
11. [PSV] Shiren the Wanderer 5 Plus – 30,887 (22,088 physical, 8,799 digital)
12. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition – 27,164 (25,272 physical, 1,892 digital)
13. [PSV] The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky FC Evolution – 27,034 (24,984 physical, 2,050 digital)
14. [3DS] Stella Glow – 23,857 (22,294 physical, 1,563 digital)
15. [3DS] Girls Mode 3 – 19,125 (17,611 physical, 1,514 digital)
16. [PS4] Natsuiro High School: Seishun Hakusho – 17,840 (14,294 physical, 3,546 digital)
17. [3DS] Assassination Classroom: Grand Siege on Kurosensei – 16,912 (15,556 physical, 1,356 digital)
18. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire – 15,406 (14,690 physical, 716 digital)
19. [3DS] Downtown Nekketsu Jidaigeki – 15,064 (13,403 physical, 1,661 digital)
20. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for 3DS – 13,955 (12,127 physical, 1,828 digital)
21. [PSV] Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo tr. – 13,691 (12,904 physical, 787 digital)
22. [PS3] Natsuiro High School: Seishun Hakusho – 13,475 (10,515 physical, 2,960 digital)
23. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 2: Shinuchi – 11,645 (11,205, 440 digital)
24. [PSV] Possession Magenta – 11,571 (11,007 physical, 564 digital)
25. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 10,919 (9,715 physical, 1,204 digital)
26. [3DS] Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland – 10,773 (9,908 physical, 865 digital)
27. [PSV] Nobunaga no Yabou: Souzou with Power-Up Kit – 10,458 (9,360 physical, 1,098 digital)
28. [PS3] Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition – 9,362 (N/A physical, 9,362 digital)
29. [PS4] Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster – 8,991 (7,642 physical, 1,349 digital)
30. [3DS] BoxBoy! – 8,879 (715 physical, 8,164 digital)

Fans importing saves/modding The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth on New 3DS

Looks like modders have found some interesting things with The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. Turns out you can bring over PC saves to the 3DS version, which the image above is proof of. I doubt this was intentional on part of the devs, but leave it to at-home modders to figure this stuff out! It'll be really interesting to see just how fan-made mods work on New 3DS and if this kind of content is patched out.

Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS - Alph was almost a full-blown clone character

The guys over at SourceGaming continue to pick through tons of interviews and information on Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS. They've gone over already released details with a fine-toothed comb and came across something rather interesting. Sakurai indicates that Alph almost got the full-blown clone character treatment. Obviously that didn't happen in the final game, but that seems to be the fate for tons of content during development. Thanks to FangztheWolf for the heads up!

Damon Baker - Nindies@Home a success, may return in the future, more surprises to come

A portion of a NE interview with Nintendo's Damon Baker...

NE: Has Nintendo been able to take a look at the performance of Nindies@Home? If so, would you say that the company is pleased with the number of downloads for the different demos?

DB: We’ve seen the data and are really happy with the results. It was awesome to see how well-received the program was on a global basis and the numbers also helped us better understand the amount of awareness that was already out there for respective titles. For example, we knew that exclusives like Runbow, Typoman and Mutant Mudds Super Challenge would do great, but it was interesting to see how popular titles like Freedom Planet, RIVE and Soul Axiom were with the fans already.

NE: Is Nindies@Home something you could see return in the future? Would revisiting it outside of E3 be a possibility?

DB: It was a ton of work for all involved, but I think we may see it again at some point. It would be a lot easier now that we made our way through the first one! We took a lot of learnings from the program and are certainly open to a new and improved version at some point in the future.

NE: Nintendo has created some very interesting digital initiatives for fans over the past few months between the Humble Nindie Bundle and Nindies@Home. Can fans expect more unique eShop-centric opportunities in the future?

DB: Thanks! We’re really proud of the Nindie programs we’ve put together and appreciate the support of the fans, the developers and the company as a whole and what they’ve put behind it. Nintendo is over 126 years old and to have had the opportunity to do things that the have never been done before is a bit surreal. We’ve got lots more surprises in store, so stay tuned!

Full interview here