Garfield Kart - review

This is part of a NintendoLife review for Garfield Kart...

This game is Garfield in likeness only; remove Garfield and you're left with a bland, horribly un-balanced Kart game (that's either way too easy or frustratingly hard) with no multiplayer options. Sounds good? No, of course it doesn't. Looking for a Mario Kart style game for your Nintendo 3DS? Just buy Mario Kart.

Splatoon - Japanese results for the second Splatfest


The results for the second Japanese Splatfest are in! The Green Tanuki team won 53% of its matches, while 67% chose to represent Red Kitsune. The latter team took the overall win and can look forward to even more prizes as a result.

Dragon Quest VIII - first print copies include Dragon Quest's sword


If you purchase a first print copy of Dragon Quest VIII in Japan, you will get a code for something rather special. You will be able to download the sword of the hero from the very first Dragon Quest game. You can see a picture for it above!

This week's European downloads - July 9 (Never Alone, Epic Indie Sale and more)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) (E-line Media) - €14.99/£12.99

Experience the epic journey of Nuna and fox as they search for the source of an eternal blizzard that threatens the survival of everything they have ever known. Never Alone is an atmospheric puzzle platformer developed in collaboration with the Iñupiat, an Alaska Native people, drawn from a traditional story that has been shared across the generations. Guide both characters in a single-player mode or play cooperatively with a friend as you trek through frozen tundra, leap across treacherous ice floes, swim through underwater caverns and face enemies both strange and familiar. On over 75 "Best of 2014" lists, and winner of "Best Debut Game" at the 2015 BAFTA Games Awards, nearly 40 Alaska Native elders, storytellers and community members contributed to the making of the game. Collect 20+ Wii U-exclusive Cultural Artefacts that feature beautiful hi-res images and compelling background information drawn from the collections of the Smithsonian Institution.

Funk of Titans (EnjoyUp Games) - €8.99/£8.09
Funk of Titans is a thrilling and addictive game, simple and fun to play but hard to master. You will control Perseus, the son of Zeus and protector of the legendary holy music: the Funk. Run across the ancient Greek mythology, collect funk vinyls, beat enemies, wear epic costumes, ride the legendary Pegasus and smash rap, pop and rock of the evil Musical Titans in fierce dance battles.

Mega Man Battle Network 4 Blue Moon (Capcom, GBA VC) - €6.99/£6.29
Lan and his computer counterpart Mega Man face double trouble from an asteroid hurtling towards Earth, and a mysterious NetNavi threatening the network. Meanwhile the pair must prove their skills in a new NetBattle tournament. Part role-playing game, part battle simulation, Mega Man Battle Network 4 comes in two versions: Blue Moon and Red Sun. Each include separate storylines, enemies, Battle Chips and upgrades to discover. Collect Battle Chips to select your strategies, and activate the new Soul Unison system to gain special abilities.

Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun (Capcom, GBA VC) - €6.99/£6.29
Lan and his computer counterpart Mega Man face double trouble from an asteroid hurtling towards Earth, and a mysterious NetNavi threatening the network. Meanwhile the pair must prove their skills in a new NetBattle tournament. Part role-playing game, part battle simulation, Mega Man Battle Network 4 comes in two versions: Blue Moon and Red Sun. Each include separate storylines, enemies, Battle Chips and upgrades to discover. Collect Battle Chips to select your strategies, and activate the new Soul Unison system to gain special abilities.

Special offers
Spot The Differences: Party! (Sanuk Games) - €2.99/£2.69 (Ends July 16, normally €5.00/£4.49)
Bombing Bastards (Sanuk Games) - €4.99/£4.49 (Ends July 16, normally €6.99/£5.99)

Special Offers - Epic Indie Sale
14 Wii U titles presented by 7 studios from 6 countries are on sale on Nintendo eShop in the Epic Indie Sale. If you own one or more of following titles on your Wii U, you can download the others at a discounted rate. This offer ends on July 23.

BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Gaijin Games) - €4.79/£3.99 (Normally €11.99/£9.99)
EDGE (Two Tribes Publishing) - €0.79/£0.71 (Normally €1.99/£1.79)
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Black Forest Games) - €5.99/£5.19 (Normally €14.99/£12.99)
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (Drinkbox Studios) - €5.59/£4.79 (Normally €13.99/£11.99)
Mighty Switch Force! 2 (WayForward) - €2.00/£2.00 (Normally €5.00/£5.00)
Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition (WayForward) - €3.99/£3.59 (Normally €9.99/£8.99)
RUSH (Two Tribes Publishing) - €0.79/£0.71 (Normally €1.99/£1.79)
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (WayForward) - €6.79/£6.39 (Normally €16.99/£15.99)
Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party (KnapNok Games) - €3.59/£3.20 (Normally €8.99/£8.00)
Swords & Soldiers (Two Tribes Publishing) - €1.19/£0.99 (Normally €2.99/£2.69)
Toki Tori (Two Tribes Publishing) - €0.79/£0.69 (Normally €1.99/£1.79)
Toki Tori 2 + (Two Tribes Publishing) - €5.99/£5.19 (Normally €14.99/£12.99)
Trine 2: Director's Cut (Frozenbyte) - €6.79/£5.39 (Normally €16.99/£13.99)
Trine Enchanted Edition (Frozenbyte) - €5.19/£4.39 (Normally €12.99/£10.99)



Nintendo eShop (3DS)

BIKE RIDER DX2: GALAXY (Spicysoft) - €2.99/£2.69

BIKE RIDER DX2: GALAXY takes you on a crazy ride to space, travelling 12 different planets based on the zodiac signs in the GALAXY TOUR. A set of power-up items will grant you special abilities, like turning your little rider into a funky frog or letting you freely fly around the stage, while each course is full of dangerous gimmicks such as lasers, spiked blocks or giant whirlwinds. Furthermore, the GRAND PRIX mode lets you challenge players all over the world in an endless random parcour featuring all gimmicks in the whole game. If that's not enough, SPECIAL STAGE will shoot you to the moon!

BIKE RIDER DX2: GALAXY: Append Stage [Moon] (Spicysoft, Add-on Content) - Free
BIKE RIDER DX2: GALAXY: Append Stage [Ex] (Spicysoft, Add-on Content) - €0.99/£0.89
BIKE RIDER DX2: GALAXY: Append Stage [Tatsujin] (Spicysoft, Add-on Content) - €0.99/£0.89

Special offers

Talking Phrasebook - 7 Languages (Sanuk Games) - €2.99/£2.69 (Ends July 16, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB) - €3.99/£3.59 (Ends July 23, normally €7.99/£7.19)

Famitsu's most wanted - June 18-24, 2015

1. [PS4] Final Fantasy XV – 811 votes
2. [3DS] Dragon Quest VIII – 799 votes
3. [PS3] Persona 5 – 599 votes
4. [PSV] Tokyo Xanadu – 475 votes
5. [3DS] Monster Hunter X – 462 votes
6. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III – 432 votes
7. [PS4] Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 424 votes
8. [PS3] Persona 5 – 386 votes
9. [3DS] Super Robot Wars BX – 384 votes
10. [PSV] Kan Colle Kai – 320 votes
11. [3DS] The Great Ace Attorney – 307 votes
12. [3DS] Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – 293 votes
13. [PS4] Street Fighter V – 290 votes
14. [PSV] Star Ocean V: Integrity and Faithlessness – 283 votes
15. [WIU] The Legend of Zelda – 248 votes
16. [PS4] Dragon Quest Heroes II – 228 votes
17. [PS4] Yoru no Nai Kuni – 210 votes
18. [PS4] Final Fantasy VII – 176 votes
19. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 3 – 170 votes
20. [PS3] Tales of Zestiria – 158 votes
21. [PSV] SaGa 2015 – 157 votes
22. [PS4] The Last Guardian – 133 votes
23. [PS4] Max Mad – 130 votes
24. [PSV] IA/VT Colorful – 126 votes
25. [PSP] Ushiro – 120 votes
26. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch Busters – 118 votes
27. [PS3] The Last Remnant – 117 votes
28. [3DS] Langrisser Re:Incarnation Tensei – 114 votes
29. [PSV] Taiko Drum Master: V Version – 111 votes
30. [3DS] Hyrule Warriors Legends – 105 votes

Disney Magic Castle My Happy Life 2 - coming November 2015, worlds confirmed, New 3DS bundle


- players can enjoy shopping, walking, adventures, fishing, field, digging jewelry, costumes, furniture making and more
- cafe feature makes a return, fill it with Disney related furniture
- confirmed worlds: Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Snow White, Lilo & Stitch, Alice in Wonderland and Winnie the Pooh
- Frozen scenario will take place between movie and short, worked on with Walt Disney Animation Studios
- more than 120 Disney characters and 3000 items
- participate in dance shows ordream fantasies
- take pictures for memories sake, everywhere in the game
- title song by May-J, called ''Sparkle ~Kagayaki wo Shinjite''
- single will release on August 8
- buying the CD will also give you access to the singer's dress in the game
- New Nintendo 3DS bundle planned with special Cover Plates
- game will be available in Japan on November 5, 2015
- regular game will be 5690 yen plus tax and the New 3DS pack 21690 yen plus tax