Platinum's Hideki Kamiya explains how Bayonetta 2 and 3 came to be, reveals Nintendo's crucial role

Most of us know the basic story behind the developer of Bayonetta 1 and 2, but today, Platinum's Hideki Kamiya took to Twitter to detail the entire process. He makes it very clear that the original sequel, and the third entry would have never happened without Nintendo's input and funding.

I've got something I want to tell you all. It's about Bayonetta 3. We are a developer that creates games by signing contracts with publishers and receiving funds from them in order to cover development costs. For Bayonetta 1, we signed a contract with Sega and received funds from them, then we proposed a design for the game and entered production. All of the rights belong to Sega.

At the time, our company had only just been established, and we weren't properly equipped for multiplatform development, so after discussing with Sega, we decided to develop the game exclusively for Xbox 360. However, after that, one of Sega's trading partners ended up making a port for PS3, at Sega's behest. More recently, they also decided that a Steam version should be developed, which was released last year. Sega owns the rights to all of these versions.

When we started making Bayonetta 2, we initially received funds from Sega to develop the game for multiple platforms, but the project was halted due to circumstances at Sega. Nintendo then stepped in to continue funding the game, allowing us to finish it. As such, the rights belong to Sega and Nintendo.

The rights owners decided the game should be made for Wii U. Nintendo was also kind enough to fund a port of Bayo 1 for Wii U, and they even allowed us to use the Japanese voice track we created for the Wii U version in the PC version of Bayo 1 as well. I am extremely thankful to Nintendo for funding the game, and to Sega for allowing them to use the Bayonetta IP.

As for Bayonetta 3, it was decided from the start that the game was going to be developed using Nintendo's funding. Without their help, we would not have been able to kick off this project. All of the rights still belong to Sega and Nintendo. The rights owners decided that the game should be made for Switch.

Game development is a business. Each company has its own circumstances and strategies. Sometimes this means games get made, sometimes it means they get cancelled. But I believe that every single person involved is dedicated to delivering the best possible experience. I know that, to me at least, that's one of the biggest goals when I set to work.

I cannot express how happy I am that we get to make Bayonetta 3, and we intend to do everything within our power to make it as good as it can be. That's all we can do, and we consider it our greatest mission. It took a while for production of Bayonetta 3 to be okayed, but now that it has kicked off, I hope it will turn into a wonderful encounter for all of you.

RUMOR - New certification from Nintendo leads to Switch revision speculation

UPDATE - According to prior certification listings, it seems HAT-001 might be the model number for the already-existing SDEV devkit, not an indicator of a Switch revision in development. Thanks to Mariostarn for the heads up!

Everyone knows Nintendo loves to revise their portable systems. Usually they revamp their portables with new colors and features as the years roll on. Could we see the same thing happen with the Switch? Some think a registration filed by Nintendo points to that happening down the road.

Just today, Nintendo has registered "HAT-001". What the hell does that mean? Let's take a look at some other filings to see what they mean.

Nintendo registered HAT-002 a long time ago, which is the portable development version of the Switch that resembles the design we currently have. Typically Nintendo uses 001 to signify a consumer console, as was used for DS, 3DS and Wii U. The current retail version of the Switch is HAC-001, and the cradle is HAC-007.

In other words, the registering of HAT-001 could indicate some sort of revision for the Switch set to release to the public. There are certainly things in Nintendo's past that would point to that happening, but this is all just speculation for now.

Also worth mentioning, Nintendo registered HAT-003 as well. This is the cradle development version of the Switch.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 652

So many mysteries, supposed leaks, and speculative stories this week! It's like everyone chose this week to start sneaking out upcoming Switch game details! Let's talk about all that, while also chatting about hentai, mean comments, and mispronounced words!

Download Episode 652!

RUMOR - Metroid Prime 4 being moved to Bandai Namco Japan's studio, Singapore studio to work on another Switch game

Let's have a quick rundown of hte situation, shall we? A LinkedIn profile for a Bandai Namco Singapore developer stated that he was working on an exclusive first person shooter/adventure for Switch. Many believed this to be a reference to Metroid Prime 4. Eurogamer followed up with their own information, stating that they've also heard from other sources that Metroid Prime 4 is being handled by Bandai Namco. Okay, now let's get to the new tidbit of info!

Eurogamer has updated their article with a bit more news on the Metroid Prime 4 rumor. They say that Bandai Namco Singapore was indeed working on Metroid Pirme 4, but now the game is being moved over to Bandai Namco's studio in Japan. This is so the Singapore studio can work on another title for Switch, but no details on that game were given.

Lots of speculation and inside info, but nothing official. Still, it's quite a bit of fun to speculate!

This week's European downloads - February 8 (DQ Builders, Dandara, Share the Joy sale and more)

Nintendo eShop (Switch)

Dragon Quest Builders (Nintendo, available February 9) - €49.99/£39.99

The goddess Rubiss has spoken – and you have been chosen. Dragon Quest Builders is destined for Nintendo Switch.

The game is a big hit in Japan, mixing the fun of building with an overarching story and the combat of an action-RPG. You’ll master the art of construction, build your own towns however you want, defend them from monsters, and rescue townsfolk in need. Succeed and you may just rebuild Alefgard, the very same world where the series began.

A separate free build mode allows you to build to your heart’s content with unlimited resources. And a Nintendo Switch exclusive Great Sabrecub will boost your speed and grant you special material by defeating enemies.

Dandara (Raw Fury) - €14.99/£13.49
The world of Salt hangs on the brink of collapse. The citizens, once free spirits, now stand oppressed and isolated. But not all is lost, for out of this aether of fear arises a heroine, a ray of hope. Her name is Dandara.

Welcome to a unique 2D metroidvania platformer full of mystical creatures and boundless exploration. Defy gravity as you jump across floors, walls, and ceilings alike. Discover the mysteries and secrets hidden throughout the world of Salt and its diverse array of characters. Empower Dandara for combat and survival against enemies bent on oppression.

The Darkside Detective (IsometricDreams) - €12.99/£11.69
Where cultists crawl, where demons dwell, where the occult… occults? *ahem* That's where you’ll find Detective Francis McQueen, the lead investigator of the criminally underfunded Darkside Division. When evil darkens the doorsteps of Twin Lakes City – hell, even when it just loiters around shop fronts or hangs out in shady alleyways – he’s there, ready to investigate the cases that nobody else will.

He is The Darkside Detective.

The Darkside Detective is a micro-adventure game with a distinct sense of humour and charm which consists of a series of humorous bite-size investigations into the occult and extraordinary.

Mercenary Kings (Tribute Games) - €15.99/£14.39
In this frantic 2D action game, you are part of the Mercenary Kings, the most skilled team of warriors-for-hire on Earth, but when your comrades have fallen and the fearsome forces of CLAW have seized an island-wide top secret Laboratory Base, you must do what it takes to stop them.

But you're not going in unprepared! Your back-up is made of a crew of rogue geniuses and experts of their field! Able to craft & customize guns'n'blades or upgrading body armor, you've never been this ready to join the fight.

Whether its solo or with friends, move out, cut down CLAW and save the world!

Black Hole (Dufgames) - €5.99/£5.40
Black Hole is an arcade-style twin-stick shooter in space. Choose your ship and embark on a dangerous and action packed flight through multiple black holes. Shoot everything you can see and collect everything you can find.

Premium Pool Arena (Bigben Interactive) - €9.99/£8.89
Awaken the pool pro within you!

(Re)discover the joy and tension of traditional pool through the different game modes and ultra-intuitive gameplay.

Work on your technique, unlock better and better cues and pocket the victories to become absolute champion!

Crypt of the NecroDancer: Nintendo Switch Edition (TranscendSense Technologies) - €19.99/£17.99
Crypt of the NecroDancer is a hardcore rhythm-based dungeon crawling game. Can you survive this deadly dungeon of dance, slay the NecroDancer, and recapture your still beating heart? Or will you be a slave to the rhythm for all eternity?

Players must move on the beat to navigate randomly generated dungeons while battling dancing skeletons, zombies, dragons, and more, while grooving to the game's award winning Danny Baranowsky soundtrack!  You can even team up with a friend in local co-op mode!

“2020 SUPER BASEBALL” is a baseball game released by SNK in 1991.

In the near future, there are two leagues with 6 teams each. Players pick their team, and compete for the championship. As the game progresses, landmines will be set up on the field, and armor can be purchased during games to reinforce players. These unique aspects make for a very different baseball experience!

Aegis Defenders (Humble Bundle) - €19.99/£14.99
Explore, build, and defend in this unique mashup of Action-Platformer and Tower Defense strategy.

You play as a team of Ruinhunters searching for the one thing that can save their village - a legendary weapon known as Aegis.

Arcade Archives CRAZY CLIMBER (HAMSTER) - €6.99/£6.29

"CRAZY CLIMBER" is an action arcade game produced by Nichibutsu in 1980.

Players control the right hand and left hand of the twin lever, to overcome various obstacles, to climb aiming the top of the skyscraper.

Aperion Cyberstorm (Apriori Digital) - €12.50/£10.99 (€11.25/£9.89 until February 15)
Unleash destruction alone or with your friends in the 2D twin-stick bullet hell Aperion Cyberstorm! Find new Elements and Abilities, and mix them for more destructive power – Beat your enemies with plasma-coated spiral rockets, scrap them with electric mines, or overwhelm them off with devastating lasers. Travel to vast hostile worlds in Campaign to find your old team. Push through the factions standing in your way to the truth. Also, with cooperative play, experience an added challenge as the enemies you fight become tougher. Good luck.

ATOMIK: RunGunJumpGun (Gambitious) - €7.99/£7.99

ATOMIK: RunGunJumpGun is a tough as nails 2D Action Platformer that puts a teeth-rattling, gravity-defying weapon in your hands. With a cast of crazed characters, simple but beautifully difficult gameplay, and a pulsing musical score, ATOMIK: RunGunJumpGun is a loud, trippy mess of twitchy platforming goodness.

Disc Jam (High Horse Games) - €14.99/£13.49
Disc Jam is a fast-paced action-sports game that pits 2-4 players against each other in a frantic mix of air hockey and tennis. Players scramble to retrieve and throw a glowing disc while unleashing devastating abilities and defending their end zone. An exciting blend of strategy and skill, this arcade-inspired title boasts a zany roster of characters to compete with friends both on the couch and online!

Draw a Stickman: EPIC 2 (Hitcents) - €6.99/£6.99
Imagination is the key, as you enter a magical storybook land full of mystery and wonder, unusual creatures and enigmatic puzzles!  Create your own original stickman and then watch it come to life in DRAW A STICKMAN: EPIC 2 and the DRAWN BELOW expansion!  Challenge yourself to unlock every secret, collect every drawing, and share your creativity with the world!

As you explore each colorful environment, choose from an assortment of drawing pencils and tools to help you successfully overcome every obstacle along the way.

Mercenaries Saga Chronicles (CIRCLE Ent.) - €14.99/£13.59

Featuring Mercenaries Saga: Will of the White Lions, Mercenaries Saga 2: Order of the Silver Eagle and Mercenaries Saga 3: Gray Wolves of War, Mercenaries Saga Chronicles assembles the heroes from this series in one collection.

Includes: Leon, the commander of the White Lions mercenaries. Claude, the captain of the Kingdom's Order of the Silver Eagle team. Marion, the commander of the Gray Wolves mercenaries.

Millie (Forever Entertainment) - €4.99/£4.49 (€4.49/£4.04 until February 8)
A joyful, casual puzzle game that will tease both your wits and your memory!

Control a millipede as you roam through over 90 diverse levels. Solve the elaborate mazes that stand in your way. Gather and use a multitude of power-ups to help you in your endeavor. Enjoy three types of immersive minigames. Grow bigger and bigger, and remember: try not to eat your tail.

Violett Demo (Forever Entertainment) - Free

Dragged by her parents, a young and rebellious teenage girl – Violett, moves to an old spooky house in the middle of nowhere. Forced away from her friends and life in the city; she imagines how boring life in countryside will be: spending day after day, bored in her room with absolutely nothing to do. But what she cannot imagine, is that in just few moments, she'll have the adventure of her life.

Add-on Content

Aegis Defenders: All Skins Pack (Humble Bundle) - €2.99/£2.69

Includes Kickstarter Turret Skin, Foodie Item Skins, Barista Clu Skin, and Patissier Bart Skin

Aegis Defenders: Barista Clu Skin + Egg Kobo Skin (Humble Bundle) - €0.99/£0.89
Alternate costume for Clu based on original artwork by John Su, winner of our Kickstarter Fan Art Contest. Also includes the Egg Kobo costume for Bart and Clu's in-game companion!

Aegis Defenders: Kickstarter Turret Skin (Humble Bundle) - €0.99/£0.89
Kickstarter skin for Bart's Auto Turret

Aegis Defenders: Foodie Item Skin (Humble Bundle) - €0.99/£0.89
Foodie-themed skins for in-game items. Features Clu's Curry Bomb, Bart's Ramen Block, Kaiim's Yakitori Torch, and Zula's Shaved Slow.

Aegis Defenders: Patisasier Bart Skin (Humble Bundle) - €0.99/£0.89
Alternate costume for Bart based on original artwork by John Su, winner of our Kickstarter Fan Art Contest.

Disc Jam - 4,000 Jamoleons (High Horse Games) - €0.99/£0.89
Disc Jam - 25,000 Jamoleons (High Horse Games) - €4.99/£4.49
Disc Jam - 60,000 Jamoleons (High Horse Games) - €9.99/£8.99
Disc Jam - 130,000 Jamoleons (High Horse Games) - €19.99/£17.99

Jamoleons are the official currency of Disc Jam. Spend Jamoleons to unlock characters or buy capsules from the Prize Machine to acquire new emblems, tags, skins, taunts, victory poses, and discs.


PAYDAY 2 (Starbreeze Studios) - €49.99/£44.99

Pre-Order until 23/02/2018, 09:59 CET

Game description: PAYDAY 2 is an action-packed, four-player co-op shooter that once again lets gamers don the masks of the original PAYDAY crew - Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains - as they descend on Washington DC for an epic crime spree.

Up to four friends co-operate on each heist, and as the crew progresses the heists get bigger, better and more rewarding. Along with earning more money and becoming an infamous criminal comes new customization that lets players build and alter their guns and gear.

AQUA KITTY UDX (Tikipod) - €7.49/£6.49
Pre-Order until 15/02/2018, 14:59 CET

Game description: AQUA KITTY UDX blasts onto Nintendo Switch™ in this enhanced Ultra Edition including an all new epic Dreadnought mode!

You and your team of milk mining kittens have overcome a fear of water to drill down under the ocean seabed and begin extracting vast reserves of what seems to be naturally forming full-fat milk.

Get ready for fast paced submarine action, defending the kittens from disruptive mechanical sea creatures.

Old Man's Journey (Broken Rules) - €9.99/£8.99
Pre-Order until 20/02/2018, 14:59 local time

Game description: Old Man’s Journey, a soul-searching puzzle adventure, tells a story of life, loss, reconciliation, and hope. Entrenched in a beautifully sunkissed and handcrafted world, embark on a heartfelt journey interwoven with lighthearted and pressure-free puzzle solving.

A visual narrative about life’s precious moments, broken dreams, and changed plans, uncover stories of the old man’s life told through beautiful vignettes of his memories. Interacting with the serene and whimsical environment, solve playful puzzles by shaping the landscape, growing the hills to create the old man’s path forward.

Joe Dever's Lone Wolf (Forge Reply) - €14.99/£13.49 (€12.74/£11.46 until February 15)
Pre-Order until 15/02/2018, 23:59 local time

Game description: Lone Wolf is back, as a video game with a brand-new story, a deep combat system, stunning graphics and much more! Make meaningful choices and carve your own path through this epic non-linear adventure. Test your strength in dynamic turn-based battles, prove your skill with the lock-picking minigame and accept the challenge of wits posed by the mysterious Shianti Cube!

The author Joe Dever has played an active role in the development of the game. The story he has written fits with the original continuity, but it also sheds a new light on Lone Wolf’s world, Magnamund!

For Sommerlund and the Kai!

The Share the Joy Sale (available until February 15)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft) - €39.99/£33.32 (normally €59.99/£49.99)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Gold Edition (Ubisoft) - €54.99/£45.45 (normally €74.99/£61.99)
FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) - €29.99/£27.49 (normally €59.99/£54.99)
Just Dance 2017 (Ubisoft) - €29.99/£24.99 (normally €59.99/£49.99)
Just Dance 2018 (Ubisoft) - €39.99/£33.32 (normally €59.99/£49.99)
LEGO MARVEL Super Heroes 2 (WARNER BROS. PICTURES) - €44.99/£37.49 (normally €59.99/£49.99)
Monopoly for Nintendo Switch (Ubisoft) - €29.99/£22.49 (normally €39.99/£29.99)
Puyo Puyo Tetris (Koch Media) - €29.99/£24.49 (normally €39.99/£34.99)
RAYMAN LEGENDS: DEFINITIVE EDITION (Ubisoft) - €29.99/£22.49 (normally €39.99/£29.99)
ULTRA STREET FIGHTER II The Final Challengers (CAPCOM) - €27.99/£24.49 (normally €39.99/£34.99)
De Mambo (DangerousKitchen) - €5.49/£4.99 (normally €10.99/£9.99)
Enter the Gungeon (Devolver Digital) - €11.24/£8.24 (normally €14.99/£10.99)
FAST RMX (Shin'en Multimedia) - €14.99/£12.70 (normally €19.99/£16.99)
Floor Kids (MERJ Media) - €13.49/£12.69 (normally €16.99/£15.99)
Hammerwatch (Blitworks) - €7.99/£7.19 (normally €9.99/£8.99)
Human: Fall Flat (Curve Digital) - €11.99/£11.99 (normally €14.99/£14.99)
Infinite Minigolf (Zen Studios) - €7.49/£6.74 (normally €14.99/£13.49)
Mantis Burn Racing (VooFoo Studios) - €12.79/£11.99 (normally €15.99/£14.99)
NeuroVoider (Plug In Digital) - €10.99/£10.39 (normally €13.99/£12.99)
Octodad: Deadliest Catch (Young Horses) - €9.37/£8.03 (normally €13.99/£11.99)
Overcooked Special Edition (Team17) -  €15.99/£14.39 (normally €19.99/£17.99)
Party Golf (Giant Margarita) - €9.99/£8.99 (normally €14.99/£13.49)
RIVE: Ultimate Edition (Two Tribes Publishing) - €11.24/£10.11 (normally €14.99/£13.49)
Rocket Fist (Bitten Toast Games) - €7.99/£7.19 (normally €9.99/£8.99)
Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure DELUXE (Reign Bros) - €12.99/£11.75 (normally €19.99/£17.99)
Super Beat Sports (Harmonix) - €11.99/£10.79 (normally €14.99/£13.49)
The Next Penelope (Plug In Digital) - €10.39/£8.79 (normally €12.99/£10.99)
UNO (Ubisoft) - €6.99/£5.59 (normally €9.99/£7.99)
Uurnog Unlimited (RawFury) - €11.99/£10.79 (normally €14.99/£13.49)
Worms W.M.D (Team17) - €23.99/£15.99 (normally €29.99/£19.99)
Wulverblade (Darkwind Media) - €11.89/£10.49 (normally €16.99/£14.99)
Rocket League (Psyonix) - €14.99/£11.28 (normally €19.99/£15.04)
Rocket League - Chaos Run DLC Pack (Psyonix, DLC) - €2.99/£2.25 (normally €3.99/£3.00)
Rocket League - Supersonic Fury DLC Pack (Psyonix, DLC) - €2.99/£2.25 (normally €3.99/£3.00)
Rocket League - Revenge of the Battle-Cars DLC Pack (Psyonix, DLC) - €2.99/£2.25 (normally €3.99/£3.00)
Rocket League - The Fate of the Furious Ice Charger (Psyonix, DLC) - €1.49/£1.12 (normally €1.99/£1.50)
Rocket League - Back to the Future Car Pack (Psyonix, DLC) - €1.49/£1.12 (normally €1.99/£1.50)
Rocket League - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Car Pack (Psyonix, DLC) - €1.49/£1.12 (normally €1.99/£1.50)
Rocket League - Aftershock (Psyonix, DLC) - €1.49/£1.12 (normally €1.99/£1.50)
Rocket League - Esper (Psyonix, DLC) - €1.49/£1.12 (normally €1.99/£1.50)
Rocket League - Marauder (Psyonix, DLC) - €1.49/£1.12 (normally €1.99/£1.50)
Rocket League - Masamune  (Psyonix, DLC) - €1.49/£1.12 (normally €1.99/£1.50)
Rocket League - Proteus (Psyonix, DLC) - €1.49/£1.12 (normally €1.99/£1.50)
Rocket League - Triton (Psyonix, DLC) - €1.49/£1.12 (normally €1.99/£1.50)
Rocket League - Vulcan (Psyonix, DLC) - €1.49/£1.12 (normally €1.99/£1.50)
Rocket League - Hot Wheels Bone Shaker (Psyonix, DLC) - €1.49/£1.12 (normally €1.99/£1.50)
Rocket League - Hot Wheels Twin Mill III (Psyonix, DLC) - €1.49/£1.12 (normally €1.99/£1.50)
Rocket League - Fast & Furious '70 Dodge Charger R/T (Psyonix, DLC) - €1.49/£1.12 (normally €1.99/£1.50)
Rocket League - Fast & Furious '99 Nissan Skyline (Psyonix, DLC) - €1.49/£1.12 (normally €1.99/£1.50)
Rocket League – Fast & Furious DLC Bundle (Psyonix) - €3.16/£2.81 (normally €4.22/£3.75)

Special offers

Astro Bears Party (QubicGames) - €3.99/£3.59 (Ends March 4, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Mecho Tales (Arcade Distillery) - €6.79/£5.99 (Ends February 15, normally €8.49/£7.49)
Neon Chrome (10tons) - €10.49/£9.09 (Ends February 14, normally €14.99/£12.99)
Plague Road (Arcade Distillery) - €10.00/£9.59 (Ends February 15, normally €12.50/£11.99)
Robonauts (QubicGames) - €11.99/£10.79 (Ends March 4, normally €14.99/£13.49)
The Jackbox Party Pack 4 (Jackbox Games) - €17.59/£15.99 (Ends February 22, normally €21.99/£19.99)
Tiny Troopers Joint Ops XL (Wired Productions) - €11.04/£8.49 (Ends February 22, normally €12.99/£9.99)
Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers (MadCow) - €24.99/£18.74 (Ends February 26, normally €39.99/£29.99)
Let's Sing 2018 (Koch Media) - €29.99/£22.49 (Ends February 15, normally €39.99/£29.99)
Monster Jam: Crush It (MadCow) - €24.99/£18.74 (Ends February 26, normally €39.99/£29.99)
Gear.Club Unlimited (Anuman Interactive) - €44.99/£40.49 (Ends February 24, normally €49.99/£44.99)
Syberia (Microids) - €24.99/£21.99 (Ends February 24, normally €29.99/£26.99)
Syberia 2 (Microids) - €24.99/£21.99 (Ends February 24, normally €29.99/£26.99)
Vesta (FinalBoss Games) - €9.99/£8.99 (Permanent, was €14.99/£13.49)
Millie (Forever Entertainment) - €2.49/£2.24 if you own Frederic 2: Evil Strikes Back, Sparkle 2 EVO, Violett or Frederic: Resurrection of Music (normally €4.99/£4.49)

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Link-a-Pix Colour Demo (Lightwood Games) - Free

Link-a-Pix is a clue-linking puzzle where every grid has a picture hidden inside. The aim is to reveal the picture by painting paths to link the clues.

Connect pairs of clues which have the same colour and number. The number shows the length of the line which will connect them.

Link-a-Pix can always be solved using logic and deduction. You don't ever have to guess!

This game contains 120 exclusive puzzles, designed by Conceptis Ltd. Puzzles range in difficulty and size from small introductory pictures to huge scrollable grids with highly detailed pictures.

Special offers
36 Fragments of Midnight (Petite Games, New 3DS only) - €2.39/£2.15 (Ends February 22, normally €2.99/£2.69)
Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley (Rising Star Games) - €19.99/£17.49 (Ends February 15, normally €39.99/£34.99)
Harvest Moon: Skytree Village (Rising Star Games) - €19.99/£17.49 (Ends February 15, normally €39.99/£34.99)
Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns (Rising Star Games) - €9.99/£8.99 (Ends February 15, normally €19.99/£17.99)
Hometown Story (Rising Star Games) - €7.49/£7.49 (Ends February 15, normally €29.99/£29.99)
Harvest Moon GBC (Natsume Inc.) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends February 15, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Cube Creator 3D (Big John Games) - €4.99/£3.49 (Ends March 8, normally €7.50/£5.25)
Coaster Creator 3D (Big John Games) - €4.82/£3.99 (Ends March 8, normally €7.25/£6.00)
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix AB) - €4.99/£4.49 (Ends February 15, normally €9.99/£8.99)
The Legend of Dark Witch 3 (CIRCLE Ent.) - €7.99/£7.89 (Ends February 22, normally €9.99/£9.89)

Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop
The following themes will be available on February 9.

Maggie, Bianca and The MoodBoards (Rainbow) - €1.99/£1.79
"The GO.ZY.-est band ever? The MoodBoards!"

Joy and Grandpa LeFrog (Rainbow) - €1.99/£1.79
"LeFrog family is simply… frog-tastic!"

HIP HOP (Umusic online France) - €1.99/£1.79
Street art style!

Pop Music (Umusic online France) - €1.99/£1.79
"Shiny colors for a happy theme!"

BALLERINA (Umusic online France) - €1.99/£1.79
"Tha magic of classical dancing!"

I LOVE MUSIC (Umusic online France) - €1.99/£1.79
For music lovers!

DJ SET (Umusic online France) - €1.99/£1.79

"Record player, mixing deck and headphones, all you need for your DJ SET!"

ELECTRONIC MUSIC (Umusic online France) - €1.99/£1.79
Let's go to party!!

K-POP (Umusic online France) - €1.99/£1.79
Korean Pop Music!

SWEET MUSIC (Umusic online France) - €1.99/£1.79
"Soft and sweet folk atmosphere"

YOU ROCK (Umusic online France) - €1.99/£1.79
"Drums and electric guitars: feel the rock spirit!!"

Music Trio (Umusic online France) - €3.99/£3.59
"Three music styles! What's your mood today?"

GIRLS PACK (Umusic online France) - €3.99/£3.59
"Three themes pack: Rock, Ballerina and I love Music!"

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Aperion Cyberstorm (Apriori Digital) - €12.50/£10.99 (€11.25/£9.89 until February 15)

Unleash destruction alone or with your friends in the 2D twin-stick bullet hell Aperion Cyberstorm! Find new Elements and Abilities, and mix them for more destructive power – Beat your enemies with plasma-coated spiral rockets, scrap them with electric mines, or overwhelm them off with devastating lasers. Travel to vast hostile worlds in Campaign to find your old team. Push through the factions standing in your way to the truth. Also, with cooperative play, experience an added challenge as the enemies you fight become tougher. Good luck.

Special offers

Breakout Defense 2 (nuGAME) - €4.89/£4.19 (Ends March 8, normally €6.99/£5.99)
Inside My Radio (Seaven Studio) - €2.99/£2.59 (Ends March 1, normally €14.99/£12.99)
Midnight 2 (Petite Games) - €1.59/£1.43 (Ends February 22, normally €1.99/£1.79)

This week's North American downloads - February 8 (DQ Builders, Owlboy and more)

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

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
Dragon Quest Builders – Gather, craft and build the kingdom of your dreams to restore the ruined world of Alefgard. As the legendary Builder, you’ll construct rooms, towns and defenses while fighting monsters. In Terra Incognita, build freely, share creations online, battle in an arena and access exclusive content to the Nintendo Switch version of the game—gather special materials with the Great Sabrecub to unlock retro customization options, including the Dragon Quest Game Pak (Nintendo Account required. Online services and features, including online gameplay, are free until the paid Nintendo Switch Online Service launches in 2018). Dragon Quest Builders will be available on Feb. 9. A free demo version of the game is available now for download in Nintendo eShop.

Owlboy – Owlboy is a story-driven platform adventure game in which you can fly and explore a world in the clouds. Pick up your friends, and bring them with you as you explore the open skies. Overcome great obstacles and even greater enemies when Owlboy launches on Feb. 13.

Aegis Defenders – Explore, build and defend in this unique mashup of action-platformer and tower-defense-strategy. Play as a team of Ruinhunters searching for the one thing that can save their village: a legendary weapon known as Aegis.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology – Unlock the time-traveling power of the White Chronicle once again in Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology. This beloved classic is an expanded version of the original Nintendo 3DS game, and contains a great deal of added gameplay/story content, an updated presentation and new ways to experience the adventure. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology launches on Feb. 13.

Nintendo eShop sales:

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

Also new this week:
ACA NEOGEO 2020 SUPER BASEBALL (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Aperion Cyberstorm (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Arcade Archives CRAZY CLIMBER (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
ATOMIK: RunGunJumpGun (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Disc Jam (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Mercenaries Saga Chronicles (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Feb. 13
Pic-a-Pix Deluxe – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Premium Pool Arena (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
The Fall Part 2: Unbound (Nintendo eShop on Switch) – Available Feb. 13
The Longest Five Minutes (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Feb. 13
The Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Aperion Cyberstorm (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
IMAGEFIGHT (Virtual Console on Wii U)
IMAGEFIGHT 2 (Virtual Console on Wii U)

Nintendo Europe - Coming soon: spend My Nintendo Gold Points in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

Since the launch of My Nintendo in 2016, Nintendo fans have benefitted from a range of rewards, including in-app items, exclusive discounts and more. An update to the service is coming soon, and is set to reward Nintendo Switch players in a new way.

Starting in early March, you’ll be able to spend any Gold Points you’ve accumulated in My Nintendo when purchasing Nintendo Switch software from Nintendo eShop on your device, or even via this website! You can pay for the remaining balance with Nintendo eShop funds, or any other payment method available in Nintendo eShop.

Once earned, Gold Points remain valid until the last day of the month in the following calendar year. For example, any Gold Points you earned in March 2017 will remain valid until the end of March 2018.

For more details, please visit the My Nintendo website, and keep your eyes peeled for more information in the coming weeks.