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Puyo PuyoTM Tetris® - The Frantic Four-Player Puzzle Mashup - Now Available in Europe

Get ready to stack, match, and clear colourful objects like you’ve never done before, because Puyo Puyo™ Tetris® is now available in Europe. Tetriminos and Puyos collide, with players being able to frantically stack and clear by themselves or compete head-to-head with friends. The game has a variety of modes for puzzle fiends - from single-player Adventure and Challenge modes to ferocious competition with up-to-four player Arcade modes - for tons of Tetris/Puyo variety. There are many match types that will challenge even the most grizzled puzzle game veteran.

Adventure - Single-player mode offers ten unique acts, each with ten stages featuring different characters from the Puyo Puyo and Tetris universes. Each stage contains unique challenges players will need to overcome in order to win and move on!

Multiplayer Arcade - For up to four local players, Multiplayer Arcade offers a wealth of game variants that will bring out players' competitive nature!
· Versus - Players compete head-to-head in either Puyo Puyo or Tetris to fight in the puzzle fight of their life.
· Swap - Players' abilities are put to the ultimate test when they compete on both Puyo Puyo and Tetris boards, which switch back and forth at set intervals.
· Fusion - A true hybrid game where players compete with Puyos and Tetriminos together on the same board, requiring deft, on-the-fly thinking to become victorious.
· Big Bang - It's a race to the finish as players compete against each other to clear unique challenge boards as quickly as possible to win.
· Party - Players compete on Puyo or Tetris boards, but the puzzles feature special items that when activated either help players or harm their opponents.

Online - Players can try their puzzle skills on a global scale by playing any of the multiplayer modes with up to four players online in Puzzle League or Free Play modes.
· Puzzle League - Increase player rating, earn ranks and aspire to new leagues in this mode for competitive enthusiasts.
· Free Play - A more casual experience where records aren't kept and players can customize matches with unique settings, and invite their friends to play.
· Replays - Players can save and upload any online matches to show off to their friends, or search other players' replays using the tag and filtering system to see how they tackled matches.

Solo Arcade - Play any of the Multiplayer Arcade modes against the CPU in Battle or Endurance matches, or try single-player challenges:
· Battle - Substitute human players with 1-3 CPU opponents to fight against simultaneously.
· Endurance - Go the distance in a one-on-one gauntlet of never-ending CPU opponents, racking up as many wins as possible.
· Challenge - Forget about the opponents and put skills to the test with Sprint, Marathon and more, like the quirky Tiny Puyo, which shrinks down Puyos to fit even more on the board.
Puyo Puyo Tetris is available for the PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch™. The PlayStation 4 version will be available only in a physical format for €29.99 / £24.99 and the Nintendo Switch version will be available digitally and physically for €39.99 / £34.99 Please visit puyo.sega.com/tetris for more information.

In shops and on Nintendo eShop now: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Start your engines and get ready to race anytime, anywhere, with anyone in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, out now only on Nintendo Switch! Race without limits on a record-breaking 48 courses, choose from over 40 characters and face off against rivals in the newly-revamped battle mode! Get geared up at our official Mario Kart 8 Deluxe website.

Whether you’re racing your family on the big screen in your living room, playing in the park, or visiting a friend’s place, Nintendo Switch lets you play Mario Kart any way you like! Up to eight players can connect for local multiplayer fun, or enjoy split-screen multiplayer for up to four players* via either TV or tabletop mode. You can also enjoy online multiplayer** for up to 12 players.

Race head-to-head on a whopping 48 courses, including tracks inspired by The Legend of Zelda, Animal Crossing and more. This time, Mario and co. are joined by new and returning drivers like King Boo, Dry Bones and Bowser Jr. – even the Inklings from Splatoon are getting in on the fun! You can also now carry two items at once, and with returning items like Boo and the Feather*** in the mix, there are even more ways to turn the tables in your favour! If you're new to Mario Kart, you can activate the new Smart Steering feature to enjoy the race without going off-track!

Fancy a change of pace? Try facing off against your rivals in the revamped, expanded battle mode! Choose from classic modes like Balloon Battle or new additions like cops and robbers-style Renegade Roundup, and settle the score on eight dedicated battle courses.

See what the critics have to say about the biggest Mario Kart yet!

“one of the most exquisite video games in recent years”

Eurogamer – Essential

“The best Mario Kart ever gets even better on Nintendo Switch”

Metro.co.uk – 10/10

"the best, most versatile game in the series"

TheGuardian.com – 5 Stars

Launch off the grid and play Mario Kart wherever you go with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, out now on Nintendo Switch!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is available in shops and as a downloadable version from Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch now. The Nintendo Joy-Con Wheel Pair accessory is also available now (sold separately).

Clue: Legend of Zelda Edition now available

Birmingham, UK, 28th April 2017: Merchoid, the videogame merchandise specialist, has announced it will be stocking Zelda Clue, which is due for release later this year. The game is a Zelda themed version of the classic Clue whodunnit board game, in which you must use your sleuthing skills to work out how to defeat Ganondorf.

In the game, the Dark Lord Ganondorf has stolen the Triforce and is threatening Hyrule with his evil plans to rule the world. In order to fulfill the prophecy and defeat Ganondorf, you must find out who possesses the power to defeat Ganondorf, what item is required to defeat him, and where he has established his hidden lair.

The game is suitable for ages 8 and up is for 3 to 6 players and is due to ship in June.

The full contents of the game include:

Includes:

Custom Game Board
6 Metal Hero Movers: Master Sword, Fairy Bow, Megaton Hammer, Boomerang, Hookshot, Bombchu
6 Personality Cards: Link, Impa, Nabooru, Zelda, Rauru. Darunia
16 Boss Encounter Cards
Custom Score Pad
Custom Mystery Envelope
2 Dice
Instructions

Key features of Zelda: Clue

A Zelda themed version of the classic whodunnit board game
Fulfill the prophecy by deducing who possesses the power to defeat Ganondorf, what is needed to defeat him and where he has established his lair.
Only available for customers in the USA
Available to preorder from Merchoid now: http://www.merchoid.com/zelda-legend-of-zelda-clue-board-game/
For 3-6 players
Due to ship in June
Manufactured by USAopoly

Grab yours here

Nyko Power Kit for Switch is Now Available

Keep the Nintendo Switch™ charged while at home or on the go with Nyko’s Power Kit for Nintendo Switch™. Power Kit allows you to charge the Nintendo Switch™ while it is outside the dock. It is compact in design enabling it to fit into most bags or travel cases. The AC adapter features foldable prongs and an 8-ft. detachable USB Type-C™ cable, perfect for easy travel and storage. The USB wall plug has a power LED for ease of use in darker areas and can be used to recharge other USB devices.

Charge the Nintendo Switch™ at home or on the go
Detachable 8 foot cable enables recharging from any AC outlet or USB port
USB wall plug can be used to recharge other USB devices
USB Type-C™ - USB 2.0 data transfer supported*
NOTE: Not compatible with the official Switch dock

*The USB Type-A port on the Power Kit can only output a maximum of 2.4 amps. This results in a slower charge rate than when using the official Switch AC adapter.

Grab yours here

Australia - Nintendo Selects on 3DS expands May 11th

Discover a game you may have missed the first time around, or start your essential Nintendo game collection with these varied gaming experiences at a value offering of SRP AU$29.95.

The new additions to the line-up include:

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Go ape with the swingin’ king of the jungle! Donkey Kong and his simian sidekick Diddy Kong are back for more action-packed platforming antics in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. Ground-pound, barrel-blast, and swing your way through lush, layered side-scrolling levels!

Luigi’s Mansion 2

Luigi is back on a mission to remove a bunch of stubborn ghosts from some super-spooky mansions in Luigi’s Mansion 2 for Nintendo 3DS family systems. Armed with his trusty “Poltergust” ghost-grabbing vacuum cleaner, Mario’s brother takes centre stage to capture those pesky phantoms. Sure, Luigi’s the nervous type who’d rather be as far from these ghosts as he can get, but a reluctant hero can still save the day!

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros.

Uncover the power of Dreamy Luigi in the fourth instalment of the popular RPG series. Solve puzzles, battle enemies, and even interact with creations of Luigi’s own imagination in order to succeed!

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Paper Mario is back, and finds himself in another sticky situation! Take Mario on an exciting paper adventure and help him repair the mess Bowser has created using the powers of brand new stickers. A cast of colourful characters will keep you laughing along the way as the familiar world of Paper Mario is brought to life in Paper Mario: Sticker Star for Nintendo 3DS family systems!

Australia - New Nintendo 2DS XL portable system to launch in Australia & New Zealand on June 15


New dedicated hand-held system arrives at a suggested retail price of AU$199.95

The Nintendo 3DS family of systems will soon be adding a new member.

On June 15th, New Nintendo 2DS XL makes its debut in Australia and New Zealand for a suggested retail price of AU$199.95, giving consumers a new choice that fits between the Nintendo 2DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL systems.

The new, clamshell-design system will be available in a stylish black/turquoise colour, as well as in white/orange, and will use the same size large screen found on New Nintendo 3DS XL systems. As the name of the new system implies, visuals will be displayed in 2D only.

The system is lighter but still packs the same power as New Nintendo 3DS XL, and has built-in NFC support for amiibo cards and figures. It can play the massive library of quality Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS games in 2D.

This week's North American downloads - April 27 (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Puyo Puyo Tetris and more)

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game races to the Nintendo Switch console with more characters, karts and tracks unlocked from the start than any other game in Mario Kart history. The anti-gravity racing game is the definitive version of Mario Kart 8 and includes a revamped Battle Mode that players of all ages can enjoy together.* Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be available on April 28.

Puyo Puyo Tetris – Two puzzle game juggernauts collide as Tetris, one of the best-selling and most-recognized brands in gaming history, and Puyo Puyo from SEGA have combined to create a fun-to-play, fast-paced, competitive party game like no other. The game offers tons of game-play styles – from single-player Adventure and Challenge modes to ferocious competition with Arcade modes up to four players** – for tons of Tetris/Puyo Puyo variety. A free demo for the game is also available in Nintendo eShop.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

New themes this week include:
Kirby’s 25th Anniversary
Runbow Pocket Theme Bundle
Activities:

New My Nintendo Reward! – To celebrate the upcoming launch of the Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers game for the Nintendo Switch console on May 26, My Nintendo is offering a May calendar featuring the “supreme master of the fist” himself, Akuma. To learn more about other My Nintendo rewards, head over to https://my.nintendo.com.

Also new this week:
TumbleSeed (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available May 2
ACA NEOGEO OVER TOP (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
KAMIKO (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Blasting Agent Ultimate Edition – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Use Your Words (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Absolutely Unstoppable MineRun (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

This week's European downloads - April 27 (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Kamiko and more)

Nintendo eShop (Switch)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, available April 28) - €59.99/£49.99

All your favourite tracks and characters return from the Wii U version, plus all DLC tracks and characters, and new characters join the roster, too: Inkling Boy and Inkling Girl from Splatoon, King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr.! Plus, battle mode has been revamped and includes Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast, with all-new courses such as Urchin Underpass and Battle Stadium, and returning ones like (GCN) Luigi’s Mansion and (SNES) Battle Course 1 from Super Mario Kart on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

Puyo Puyo Tetris (Koch Media) - €39.99/£34.99

Two puzzle game juggernauts collide as Tetris, one of the largest-selling and recognized brands in gaming history, and Puyo Puyo from SEGA have combined to create a fun-to-play, fast-paced, competitive party game like no other! The game offers tons of gameplay styles – from single-player Adventure and Challenge modes to ferocious competition with up-to-four player Arcade modes, for tons of Tetris/Puyo variety. Plus, an in-game Shop enables players to unlock new characters and skins for Puyos and Tetriminos.

KAMIKO (Flyhigh Works) - €4.99/£4.49
KAMIKO is a game styled around Japanese Shinto beliefs. Fight as priestesses called "KAMIKO" and battle against demons while solving puzzles to make your way through the stages. Look no further if you are looking for an arcade action game with a twist! Each stage has several Torii (gates) which are magically sealed. Find a way to break all the seals to make your way to the stage boss.

ACA NEOGEO OVER TOP (HAMSTER) - €6.99/£6.29
“OVER TOP” is a racing game released by SNK in 1996. Players will participate in races through urban areas, mountainous regions, and snowy roads. The courses also feature weather variations to add more variety to the game. In addition to the various vehicles with different performance factors which players can use, they can also enjoy the thrill of drifting their way through corners to clear courses.


Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Pic-a-Pix Colour - Small Puzzles 3 (Lightwood Games, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.99
Pic-a-Pix Colour - Mixed Puzzles 3 (Lightwood Games, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.99
Pic-a-Pix Colour - Large Puzzles 3 (Lightwood Games, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.99

Special offers

Mini Sports Collection (Rainy Frog) - €3.99/£3.59 (Ends May 18, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Ambition of the Slimes (CIRCLE Ent.) - €2.99/£2.87 (Ends May 18, normally €5.00/£4.79)
Castle Conqueror Defender (CIRCLE Ent.) - €2.99/£2.93 (Ends May 18, normally €4.99/£4.89)
Puzzle Labyrinth (CIRCLE Ent.) - €2.99/£2.57 (Ends May 18, normally €5.00/£4.29)
Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB) - €5.99/£5.39 (Ends May 4, normally €7.99/£7.19)


Nintendo eShop (New 3DS)

Ascent of Kings (Nostatic Software) - €2.25/£1.99

The death of a King. An epic challenge to choose a new ruler. Will the smallest of four brothers turn out to be the strongest? Will a young boy become King? The answer is up to you.


Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop
All the themes release on April 28.

Hello Kitty 3D toy (Sanrio) - €0.99/£0.89
Hello Kitty 3D toy version

Hello Kitty 3D runs (Sanrio) - €0.99/£0.89
Hello Kitty runs with her friends


Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Use Your Words (Smiling Buddha Games) - €14.99/£14.99
Grab a few friends and get ready to laugh. Use Your Words is the party game for funny people and their unfunny friends! Use Your Words is a game that invites players to respond to a variety of mini-games and prompts with the funniest answers they can think of! Players play using their phones and tablets as controllers, making game-play seamless and quick to pick up. Players who get stumped can use one of the hidden "House Answers" to lay a trap for their fellow players once it's time for everyone to vote for their favourite.

Pic-a-Pix Colour - Small Puzzles 3 (Lightwood Games, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.99
Pic-a-Pix Colour - Mixed Puzzles 3 (Lightwood Games, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.99
Pic-a-Pix Colour - Large Puzzles 3 (Lightwood Games, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.99
Minecraft: Wii U Edition - Glide Beasts Track Pack (Mojang, Add-on Content) - €2.99/£2.39
Minecraft: Wii U Edition - Glide Track Pack Season Pass (Mojang, Add-on Content) - €9.99/£7.99

Special offers
Back to Bed (Bedtime Digital) - €4.99/£4.49 (Ends May 24, normally €9.99/£8.99)
Nano Assault Neo (Shin'en Multimedia) - €7.49/£6.70 (Ends May 18, normally €9.99/£8.99)
Twin Robots (Ratalaika Games) - €3.74/£3.36 (Ends May 4, normally €4.99/£4.49)

Nnooo announces new console games, considering them for Switch release

Multiple titles will be playable on Nnooo’s booth at this weekend's GX Australia in Sydney

27 April, 2016 - Sydney, Australia: Nnooo is expanding its stable of published games with the announcement of 2 new titles coming to multiple consoles.

The first title to be announced is MALLOW DROPS, the multi-award-winning gravity puzzle game from Australian developer John Kane. Help two kiwis, Marsh and Mallow, rescue their eggs in a shattered world and get to the exit! Turn everything upside down as you slide, shift and move through the game’s mix of platformer combined with gravity-defying sliding block puzzles. Watch out for the Wooly Jumpers and Dirty Underbears who will make your life difficult and avoid the dreaded Dropbears at all costs! Getting to where you need to go is half the fun - just be sure to look before you leap.

The second title is ARMED WITH WINGS: REARMED, a 2015 PAX Aus Indie Showcase Winner from Australian developer Daniel Sun. The game is a 2D action/puzzle platformer set in a dangerous world ruled by darkness and imperial tyranny. Use your sword to summon the power of Lightning and Thunder, assisted by your eagle companion who explores the skies to scan the road ahead, distract guards, move objects and collect unreachable items. Tyrant King Vandheer resides in his palace, waiting for your arrival. Your goal - to challenge and defeat him.  

Both games will be playable on PC on the Nnooo booth at this weekend's GX Australia convention in Sydney.

Nic Watt, Founder and Creative Director of Nnooo says:

“We’re delighted to add these 2 Australian games to our publishing lineup. They are both very different in nature but share the same qualities of high production values and great gameplay, and both games are really fun to play. We are looking forward to working with John and Daniel to ensure their games reach a wider audience.”

In addition to Mallow Drops and Armed With Wings: Rearmed, the following games previously announced for consoles will be playable on the Nnooo booth at GX Australia:

MAJESTIC NIGHTS
by Epiphany Games (playable on Xbox One)
ROGUE SINGULARITY by Considerable Content (playable on PlayStation 4)
ANODYNE by Analgesic Productions (playable on Xbox One)

All five games, currently available on Steam, will be published on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One by Nnooo. In addition, all games are currently being assessed for their suitability on Nintendo Switch.

Console/handheld release dates and final platforms for each game will be announced on future dates.

As an extra bonus the following games will be playable on Nintendo 3DS at GX Australia:

ESCAPEVEKTOR by Nnooo
BLAST ‘EM BUNNIES by Nnooo
THE LEGEND OF KUSAKARI by Librage

Business and Marketing Director of Nnooo, Bruce Thomson says:

“We had a handheld section at last year’s GX Australia and it was very popular so we thought we’d include some of our previously released Nintendo 3DS games at this year’s show. We also recently celebrated our 10th anniversary so it’s a great opportunity for us to showcase our work. With a total of eight unique games spread across multiple platforms we have something for everyone at this year’s GX Australia.”  

Nintendo UK - Introducing Salmon Run, a new co-op mode in Splatoon 2

In Salmon Run you and three other Inklings will take on the role of Freelance Power Egg collectors. Your mission? To work together with the other freelancers to defeat creatures of the Salmonid genus and collect the treasured Power Eggs they leave behind. You’re even provided with special gear and weaponry to complete your task! Sound easy? Well, it’s not just one wave coming at you, it’s a horde!

Communication and cooperation will be absolutely key in defeating the Salmonid, especially the Boss Salmonid that Inklings are paid a bounty to hunt. Need a life saver? Incapacitated Inklings can be resuscitated if they’re inked by an ally.

Some foes will even drop rare Golden Eggs that Inklings can harvest by transporting them to the containment unit in the centre of the site. Is this the freelancer’s ultimate objective? To harvest Golden Eggs and haul them to Inkopolis? The rewards for such a perilous mission must be worth the effort!

More research will be required on Salmon Run so look out for further updates soon!

Meanwhile, it’s been confirmed that three new Splatoon amiibo (sold separately) – Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy and Inkling Squid – will arrive alongside Splatoon 2 on July 21st. Check ‘em out!

You can tap a compatible Splatoon amiibo to make the figure character appear in-game. Befriend your amiibo character and it can remember your current gear, player settings and camera options. We bet that’d be pretty handy when waging Turf Wars at a friend’s house, or as a convenient way to have a pre-set loadout ready to go!

Inklings are a social species so it should come as no surprise that you can snap all kinds of photos with your amiibo friend to share on social media via the Nintendo Switch Album. Your amiibo friend might even give you some special gear as a gift.

We’ve also discovered that Splatoon 2 is compatible with previously released Splatoon amiibo (sold separately) as well.

Lots of new info and lots of excitement here at the Squid Research Lab! You can find out more about Splatoon 2 at our official Splatoon 2 gamepage, and get more updates at the official Splatoon Facebook page, where we publish our findings.