SXSW Announces 2018 Gaming Awards Winners, Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes Game of the Year

Austin, TX - March 17, 2018 - SXSW® Gaming has announced the winners for the 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards. The winners in 24 different categories, were revealed during the fifth annual Gaming Awards ceremony, which was hosted by IGN producer and writer Alanah Pearce, and Blizzard’s World of Warcraft and esports broadcaster for H1Z1, Hearthstone and Call of Duty World League, Richard Campbell.

Award winner highlights include Game of the Year winner The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo); Mobile Game of the Year winner Fire Emblem Heroes (Nintendo, Intelligent Systems); Esports Game of the Year winner PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (Bluehole Studio Inc.); Tabletop Game of the Year winner Gloomhaven (Cephalofair Games); and Trending Game of the Year winner PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (Bluehole Studio Inc.).

Submissions for the SXSW Gaming Awards opened in August 2017 through the official Gaming Awards page and closed in December. Finalists for the SXSW Gaming Awards categories were selected and voted on by the SXSW Gaming Advisory Board and select staff, consisting of more than 40 industry experts well-versed in everything gaming and geek culture. Once finalists were revealed, the general public, along with the Advisory Board, were invited to cast their vote on IGN.com to help determine the winners in each category, which were unveiled and honored at tonight’s SXSW Gaming Awards ceremony.

2018 SXSW Gaming Awards Winners:

Excellence in SFX

Super Mario Odyssey

Excellence in Musical Score

NieR: Automata

Excellence in Technical Achievement

NieR: Automata

Excellence in Visual Achievement

Horizon Zero Dawn

Excellence in Animation


Excellence in Art


Excellence in Convergence

Star Wars Battlefront II

Excellence in Multiplayer

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Most Promising New Intellectual Property

Horizon Zero Dawn

Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game

Night in the Woods

Excellence in Gameplay

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Excellence in Design

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Excellence in Narrative

What Remains of Edith Finch

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award

Doki Doki Literature Club

Gamer’s Voice Award Video Game

Battlesloths 2025: The Great Pizza Wars

Gamer’s Voice Award Mobile Game

Tiny Bubbles

Gamer’s Voice Award Tabletop Game

Sol: Last Days of a Star

Gamer's Voice Award Virtual Reality Game


Trending Game of the Year

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Esports Game of the Year

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Tabletop Game of the Year


Virtual Reality Game of the Year

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Mobile Game of the Year

Fire Emblem Heroes

Video Game of the Year

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

My Nintendo North America/Japan/Europe - content update for March 17th, 2018

North America

- Kirby Star Allies: Find a Friend Heart on the Kirby Star Allies website. (1) – 25
- Kirby Star Allies: Find a Friend Heart on the Kirby Star Allies website. (2) – 25
- Kirby Star Allies: Find a Friend Heart on the Kirby Star Allies website. (3) – 25
- Kirby Star Allies: Find a Friend Heart on the Kirby Star Allies website. (4) – 25
- [PC/Mobile] Kirby Star Allies (Wallpaper): 50 (available until September 2nd)


- [3DS] RecoChoku: 1 Song Code: 250 (available until March 30th)


- [Wii U] 50% Discount on Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (Nintendo eShop): 900 (available until June 1st) [Europe / Australia]
- [Wii U] 50% Discount on Fire Emblem (Virtual Console): 35 (available until June 1st) [Europe / Australia]
- [Wii U] 50% Discount on Pullblox World (Nintendo eShop): 50 (available until June 1st) [Europe / Australia]
- [3DS] 20% Discount on Fossil Fighters Frontier (Nintendo eShop): 300 (available until June 1st) [Europe / Australia]
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: Gardening (Nintendo 3DS Theme): 20 (available until June 1st) [Europe / Australia]
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Colourful Pattern (Nintendo 3DS Theme): 20 (available until June 1st) [Europe / Australia]
- [3DS] Yoshi’s Springtime Siesta (Nintendo 3DS Theme): 20 (available until June 1st) [Europe / Australia]
- [Wii U / 3DS] 50% Discount on Donkey Kong 3 (Virtual Console): 25 (available until June 1st) [Europe / Australia]

North America - Screen for this week's eShop releases (March 17th, 2018)

These are all the official screens Nintendo released for this week's eShop additions. Any game that hit Switch, 3DS, or Wii U eShop this week will have screens in the album above.

CIRCLE Entertainment talks about moving from Wii U/3DS to Switch, plus future Switch plans

A portion of a Nintendo Life interview with CIRCLE Entertainment...

NL: CIRCLE recently started supporting Switch; how does this new console differ from say, the 3DS or Wii U in terms of development options and revenue potential?

CE: Well, I think the Switch picture is constantly evolving. 2017 will surely be looked back on as a bit of a bubble – in the first few months Nintendo actively curated and therefore controlled output to 3-6 new games a week, and eager new owners snapped up releases in huge numbers. By Fall / Winter, though, we started getting 20+ games a week, and that’s the norm now. So in terms of revenue potential the game has changed. You can have a smash hit like Enter the Gungeon or Celeste (based on their eShop chart placings), a reasonable result, or disasters are possible, where a game arrives with 20 others and dies a painful death. Of the two games I’ve been involved in so far we’ve had what (I think!) are reasonable results, helped by the fact that CIRCLE / Flyhigh are known quantities and that the games had appeal to specific audiences. Part of my job is to try and keep those interested in our stuff involved and intrigued about what’s next, and we have to keep pushing to release cool games.

Based on a bit of research I think the Switch is settling into numbers maybe reflective of the sorts of sales most would see on 3DS. There’s still loads of enthusiasm among early owners, which means that if your game is decent and you get the word out you might survive release windows with 20 other games. It’s scary, though, and outside of occasional big winners it’s a challenge for everyone.

As for development options, I can talk to the sorts of games we’re publishing in the future. There’s a mix of console games, PC games that’ll make their console debut on Switch, some exclusives, and some that originated on mobile. The last one often draws some grumbles, but I think the likes of VOEZ, Deemo and OPUS: The Day We Found Earth show that games with mobile origins can have a lot to offer. In March we have games previously on PC and, yes, mobile, on the way, but all actually suit the system. That’s the thing with Switch though, it’s whatever you want it to be – you can make games you think people should play on a TV, you can make ‘portable / handheld’ games, or use touch controls if you fancy that. As a result that means games can be really varied.

NL: Could you tell us what plans CIRCLE has for Switch in 2018?

CE: We've just released World Conqueror X, while OPUS: Rocket of Whispers and Shelter Generations are very close. We’ve got a pretty long list of games on the way, some global, some ‘Western’ and some Asia-only. One that is confirmed is Picontier, from some of the same talent as Kamiko, and we have a pretty interesting range of confirmed games on our super-secret spreadsheet. We’re also actively talking about others, and as always someone from the team will be at major expos and dev events to meet developers and talk about their games; we’ll be at GDC, for example, looking for cool games that can make a splash on Switch.

Nintendo shows off Zelda: Breath of the Wild LINE stickers

As far as I can tell, these look like the same stickers you can get for iOS as well. The big difference here is that they all come with sound effects, whereas the iOS versions are silent.

Japan - eShop charts for March 8th to 14th, 2018

Nintendo Switch eShop Charts

Golf Story
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
Hoshi no Kirby: Star Allies
Stardew Valley
Handy Mah-jongg
Overcooked: Special Edition
Splatoon 2
Human: Fall Flat
Dragon Quest Builders: Alefgard o Fukkatsu Seyo

Nintendo 3DS eShop Charts

Pocket Monsters Crystal
Tobidasu! Nyanko Daisensou
Ice Station Z
Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition
Charisou DX
Meitantei Pikachu
Symphony of Eternity
Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu e…
Chronus Arc

Wii U eShop Charts

Cube Life: Pixel Action Heroes
Minecraft: Wii U Edition
Touhoku Daigaku Mirai Kagaku Gijutsu Kyoudou Kenkyuu Center Kawashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu: Motto Nou wo Kitaeru Otona no DS Training
Super Mario 64
Hoshi no Kirby Super Deluxe
Mother 2: Gyiyg no Gyakushuu
Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken
Hoshi no Kirby Wii
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi

YIIK no longer coming to Wii U

For the longest time, Ackk Studios said they were going to bring their unique RPG YIIK to the Wii U. The game was announced quite some time ago, but still hasn't seen release. The plan is to get the game out this year, but unfortunately, the Wii U version is no longer happening. According to Ackk Studios, development was moved over to Switch due to circumstances beyond the company's control.

This week's European downloads - March 15 (Kirby, Clustertruck, WorldNeverland and more)

Nintendo eShop (Switch)

Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo, available March 16) - €59.99/£49.99

Kirby is back – and he’s finally on the Nintendo Switch console in HD! But this time, he’s not alone. Recruit enemies by hitting them with hearts, and gather helpers for a party of up to four characters. On top of that, you can join with up to three friends for a different kind of team-up action!

Last Day of June (505 Games, available March 16) - €19.99/£15.99
Last Day of June is inspired by Steven Wilson’s haunting song “Drive Home.” Recreated as an interactive adventure, Last Day of June takes players on a profound and poignant journey.

Determined to save his beloved and fueled by the power of grief, Carl introduces players to June’s last day. But as they interact with the narrative, players will progress from viewer to a character deeply intertwined in the story.

Clustertruck (tinyBuild Games) - €14.99/£13.49
Clustertruck is a new kind of platformer on-top of a speeding highway!

Use agility and acrobatics through insane levels in a game of "the floor is lava" on top of unpredictable, speeding trucks!

The game only gets harder when dangers such as swinging hammers, lasers and flamethrowers are added!  

Coffin Dodgers (Wales Interactive) - €12.99/£9.99
Pimp up your mobility scooter and take on the Grim Reaper and his Zombie army in a race for your soul. Armed with a variety of homemade weapons and gadgets, battle your way through a 13 race Championship or face your friends in a 2-4 splitscreen multiplayer race, where only the most skilled racer will survive.

Tesla vs Lovecraft (10tons, available March 16) - €14.99/£12.99
Play as the enigmatic inventor Nikola Tesla! Use devastating weapons to mow down hordes of nightmarish monsters, collect mighty powerups to boost the carnage, and finally overwhelm your enemies with the immense firepower of the Tesla-Mech battle robot!

Danmaku Unlimited 3 (Doragon) - €8.99/£8.09
Take to the skies once more as the last defender of humanity against overwhelming odds! Lovingly built to be enjoyed by newcomers and genre veterans alike, Danmaku Unlimited 3 is a perfect medley of the best aspects of classic Bullet Hell shooters wrapped up in a modern and approachable package.

Spiral Splatter (Sometimes You) - €4.99/£4.49
Put your problem-solving skills to the test as you navigate over 100 levels and 11 different stages full of perplexing puzzles. Watch out for moving obstacles as you maneuver through each level. Think fast, if you’re too slow, the ghost may catch up to you. Hustle to reach the finish before your time is up!

Gem Smashers (TREVA) - €19.99/£17.99
Long ago, the Earth was devastated by a fearsome creature: the scientist IMBU and his henchmen robbed the Earth of all its energy and trapped its peaceful inhabitants in sparkling gemstones. Miraculously, three heroes escaped: BAU, BAM and BOM. They became the Gem Smashers – with impressive leaps and quick spins, they skillfully smash the colorful crystals to free their friends.

“AERO FIGHTERS 3” is a side-scrolling shooting game released in 1995 by VIDEO SYSTEM. Ten teams comprised of 14 humans and 2 animals have gathered from around the world and are flying on high-powered reciprocating engine planes, such as the ZERO FIGHTER, to save the world. The game offers route selection and multiple endings.

BINGO for Nintendo Switch (Starsign) - €4.99/£4.49
BINGO comes to Nintendo Switch!

4 bingo party games in one pack: Buzzer BINGO, Slide BINGO, BINGO Poker & Classic BINGO!

Enchanting Mahjong Match (D3 Publisher) - €4.99/£4.99
Enchanting Mahjong Match is one of the connecting game classics. The main goal of this game is to connect the identical tiles with lines and remove them from the board. In Enchanting Mahjong Match, The line can change direction only twice. Or less, of course. Also known as Mahjong Solitaire, Shisen-sho, Onet, Lianliankan.

Neonwall (JanduSoft) - €9.99/£8.99
Aim & shoot in this arcade game with the Joy-Con controllers.

Escape your way out of Neonwall by solving puzzles and overcoming a variety of challenging levels. Over the course of the game you will need a combination of skill, concentration and precision to be victorious.

Sparkle 3 Genesis (Forever Entertainment) - €4.99/£4.49 (€4.49/£4.04 until March 29)
Step into the amazing world of Sparkle and take the evolution into your own hands. Discover a surreal ocean thriving with life, with conditions perfect to grow and evolve. Play as a tiny Spark of life, and start a journey filled with quests and battles against powerful bosses. Collect micro-elements, complete missions and stand on top of the food chain!

The Long Reach (Merge Games) - €14.99/£12.99 (€13.49/£11.69 unt March 29)
The Long Reach takes place in New Hampshire, in the fictional town of Baervox. The game draws its inspiration from Lone Survivor and The Cave and all the classical adventures (except that The Long Reach is set in the present day). You don't play in a post-apocalyptic world or explore a fairy-filled fantasy world. You’re in the thick of it, just around the corner from the place where you buy your groceries.

WorldNeverland - Elnea Kingdom (althi) - €29.99/£26.99
The kingdom simulating game where you immigrate to an imaginary kingdom and enjoy your free life.

This is the latest game of the World Never Land (Nickname is WorNeva) series.

This is the imaginary kingdom that lives in the computer. You can walk wherever you wish to go.

Beautiful woods, river, farms, stock farms, mines, schools, churches, and castles...

And, it simulates the lives of the people who live there finely.

Plantera Deluxe Demo (Ratalaika Games) - Free
In the world of Plantera you grow your own garden and breed plants and animals to earn coins with their produce.

Use the coins to buy new plants and animals, and also special items and garden expansions.

Watch everything grow, help planting and harvesting, buy new things, and defend your garden from sneaky magpies, rabbits, foxes, and wolves.

Raise your level and the productivity of your plants and animals!

Earn more and more, and create your own dream garden!

TorqueL -Physics Modified Edition- Demo (Active Game Media) - Free
The new TorqueL -Physics Modified Edition- has been released with updated physics following an update to the game engine, whilst still providing the same experience as the original TorqueL game.

TorqueL is a curiously unique 2D rotation-action game, in which you proceed by rotating or extending a box with characters inside.

Sometimes simply rotating or extending the box is not enough, and you have to find the right combination of rotatation and extension to jump or climb over obstacles.

Vostok Inc. Demo (Wired Productions) - Free
Do you love money? You’re the newly appointed CEO of Vostok Inc. As a greedy, space-capitalist your ultimate goal is to make as much as you can.

Raise some start-up capital by twin-stick blasting enemies, asteroids and anything else that gets in your way; then embrace your new-found quest for moolah as you colonise, explore and exploit over 40 planets across 6 unique solar systems. Harvest planetary resources and rescue executives to multiply your profit margin, all while you stay blissfully entertained with a whole host of captivating retro mini games that will keep you coming back for more.

Downloadable Content

Pic-a-Pix Deluxe - Small Puzzles 3 (Lightwood Games) - €1.99/£1.99

An additional pack of 45 new puzzles in smaller sizes. (10 10x10 puzzles and 35 15x15 puzzles)

Pic-a-Pix Deluxe - Mixed Puzzles 3 (Lightwood Games) - €1.99/£1.99
An additional pack of 30 new puzzles across all sizes. (5 10x10 puzzles, 6 15x15 puzzles, 9 15x20 puzzles and 10 20x20 puzzles)

Pic-a-Pix Deluxe - Large Puzzles 3 (Lightwood Games) - €1.99/£1.99
An additional pack of 30 new puzzles in larger sizes. (15 15x20 puzzles and 15 20x20 puzzles)

WorldNeverland - Elnea Kingdom: Cosmetics set (Magical Makeup, Hair Catalog) (althi) - €3.99/£3.59
Magical Makeup "Change yours or a friend's appearance. One-time use."

Hair Catalog "Change the hairstyle of you and your friend to special one. One-time use."

You can buy it at any time in the game shop when you purchase it.

WorldNeverland - Elnea Kingdom: High Speed Anklet Set (Anklet of Light, Anklet of Hermes) (althi) - €1.99/£1.79
Anklet of Light: Travel as fast as lightning when equipped.

Anklet of Hermes: Travel at two times normal speed when equipped.

You can buy it at any time in the game shop when you purchase it.

WorldNeverland - Elnea Kingdom: Hair Dye Set A (Lt. Brown, Lavender, Cream, Cherry Blossom)") (althi) - €1.99/£1.79
Change hair color for yourself or friends. Rare, one-time use.

You can buy it at any time in the game shop when you purchase it.

WorldNeverland - Elnea Kingdom: Glasses Set A (Wellington Glasses, Square Frames, "Color: Red, Blue, Purple") (althi) - €1.99/£1.79
Wellington Glasses with a stylish, red frame that create a nice look.

Square Frames with cute blue frames that look quite formal.

You can buy it at any time in the game shop when you purchase it.

WorldNeverland - Elnea Kingdom: Luxury Wedding Attire Set (White, Pink, Blue) (althi) - €4.99/£4.49
Male: Old-Fashioned Coat / Female: Luxury Lace Wedding Dress


Deep Ones (Sometimes You) - €4.99/£4.49 (€4.49/£4.04 until April 11)

Pre-Order until 11.04.2018 14:59 CEST

Game description: The main protagonist of this story suffers a crash on his submarine. The great red octopus is the reason of this, his will of destroying every traveler that he encounters may seem unbeatable, but Diver isn't exactly as simple as he looks. He is encouraged to walk along the bottom of the ocean, plunge into the depths of the darkest corners, to rip and tear through the thick plants of sea weed and fight with the most unknown creatures of the world that is beneath, just to get his submarine back in his command. On his path, he will witness many beautiful landscapes of the scenery and will acquire many trustworthy allies, all of which will also enrich his stories that will be worthy of telling about... That is, of course, if you'll be able to help him survive and triumph over the evil.

Metropolis: Lux Obscura (Sometimes You) - €7.99/£7.19 (€7.19/£6.47 until April 4)
Pre-Order until 04.04.2018, 14:59 CEST

Game description: This city is rotten to the core. You can’t even tell night from day in this hell where big money runs everything. And the best way to prove you’re right is with brute force.

Jon Lockhart walked through the prison gates a free man, after spending years imprisoned as the supposed murderer of an old friend. He returned once more to the city where it all started intent on figuring out who it was that framed him for the murder and make them pay in blood for the crime. It'd take some work with the key witness dead, but that just meant he'd have to flush out every rat from hiding.

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (WayForward) - €16.22/£14.59
Pre-Order until 20.03.2018, 00:59 local time

Game description: Embark on a brand new adventure with Shantae, the hair-whipping belly dancing genie. When she loses her magic, Shantae must team up with her nemesis, the nefarious pirate Risky Boots in order to save Sequin Land from an evil curse. As a pirate, Shantae gains new weapons to advance her quest, slay monsters, battle epic bosses…and hopefully get her magic back in the bargain!  But can she really trust her deadliest enemy?

Toki Tori (Two Tribes Publishing) - €4.99/£4.49 (€4.49/£4.04 until April 13)
Pre-Order until 30.03.2018, 09:59 CEST

Game description: Take control of Toki Tori, a surprisingly heroic chicken, as he puzzles his way through 80+ levels spread over 5 unique worlds.

Toki Tori isn’t very athletic, he can’t even jump! Luckily he has some great tools at his disposal, including the Telewarp, Freeze-o-Matic and InstantRock.

Creative thinking and problem solving are required to collect all eggs in each level, but don’t worry! When you get stuck, you can always rewind the time. And if all else fails, use the Wildcard to skip a level.

NO THING (Forever Entertainment) - €1.99/£1.79 (€1.79/£1.61 until March 29)
Pre-Order until 22.03.2018 14:59 CET

Game description: The year is 1994 and it is the future.

NO THING is a minimalistic surreal action game set in a totalitarian regime of future.

Tells the story of an office clerk who is sent with an important message to the Queen of Ice.

OPUS: Rocket of Whispers (Flyhigh Works) - €8.99/£6.19 (€8.09/£5.57 until March 22)
Pre-Order until 22.03.2018, 23:59 local time

Game description: “Once we fire the rocket, will these ghosts finally leave me?”, asked the man.

“Of course. Our goal, after all, is to return them to the cosmos”, the witch replied.

Throughout OPUS: Rocket of Whispers you will play as two survivors of an apocalyptic plague. Help them achieve the unimaginable goal of building a rocket, so they can return the deceased to their cosmic homeland through the ancient tradition of space burials.

Gal*Gun 2 (Pqube) - €49.99/£44.99
Pre-Order until 13.04.2018, 07:59 local time

Game description: The Craziest Shooter Yet!

Help swarms of girls escape their demon possessions by using your Pheromone Shot gadget for euphoric exorcisms.

Special offers
NBA 2K18 (2K) - €34.99/£27.49 (ends April 5, normally €69.99/£54.99)
NBA 2K18 Legend Edition (2K) - €49.99/£42.49 (ends April 5, normally €99.99/£84.99)
NBA 2K18 Legend Edition Gold (2K) - €74.99/£59.99 (ends April 5, normally €149.99/£119.99)
WWE 2K18 (2K) - €29.24/£25.99 (ends April 5, normally €44.99/£39.99)
WWE 2K18 Digital Deluxe Edition (2K) - €38.99/£34.79 (ends April 5, normally €64.99/£57.99)
Rock 'N Racing Off Road DX (Enjoy Up Games) - €5.99/£5.39 (ends April 2, normally €7.99/£7.19)
LOST SPHEAR (SQUARE ENIX) - €34.99/£27.99 (ends March 22, normally €49.99/£39.99)
Spelunker Party! (SQUARE ENIX) - €14.99/£12.49 (wnds March 22, normally €29.99/£24.99)
BUTCHER (Crunching Koalas) - €6.99/£6.29 (ends March 22, normally €9.99/£8.99)
Death Squared (SMG Studio) - €10.00/£9.59 (ends March 20, normally €12.50/£11.99)
Frederic: Resurrection of Music (Forever Entertainment) - €2.99/£2.69 (ends March 22, normally €5.99/£5.39)
Frederic 2: Evil Strikes Back (Forever Entertainment) - €2.49/£1.99 (ends March 22, normally €4.99/£3.99)
I am Setsuna (SQUARE ENIX) - €19.99/£14.99 (ends March 22, normally €39.99/£29.99)
Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition (Crunching Koalas) - €6.99/£6.29 (ends March 22, normally €9.99/£8.99)
Mecho Tales (Arcade Distillery) - €3.39/£2.99 (ends March 22, normally 8.49/£7.49)
Plague Road (Arcade Distillery) - €5.00/£4.79 (ends March 22, normally €12.50/£11.99)
Poly Bridge (Dry Cactus) - €10.49/£9.44 (ends March 29, normally €14.99/£13.49)
Putty Pals (Harmonious Games) - €7.64/£6.75 (ends March 22, normally €8.50/£7.50)
Vostok Inc. (Wired Productions) - €11.99/£10.39 (ends April 12, normally €14.99/£12.99)
Bleed (Digerati) - €11.49/£10.79 (Permanent, was €14.99/£13.49)

Permanent Conditional Discount
Grid Mania (QubicGames) - €3.19/£2.87 for owners of Tactical Mind (normally €3.99/£3.59)
Tactical Mind (QubicGames) - €2.39/£2.15 for owners of Grid Mania (normally €2.99/£2.69)
NO THING (Forever Entertainment) - €0.99/£0.89 for owners of Millie / Qbik / Frederic 2: Evil Strikes Back / Frederic: Resurrection of Music / Hollow / Violett / Sparkle 3 Genesis / Sparkle 2 EVO (normally €1.99/£1.79)
Sparkle 3 Genesis (Forever Entertainment) - €1.24/£1.12 for owners of Sparkle 2 EVO (normally €4.99/£4.49)
Sparkle 3 Genesis (Forever Entertainment) - €2.49/£2.24 for owners of Millie / Qbik / Frederic 2: Evil Strikes Back / Frederic: Resurrection of Music / Hollow / Violett (normally €4.99/£4.49)
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Yacht Club Games) - €15.00/£13.50 for owners of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (normally €24.99/£22.49)

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Witch & Hero 3 (CIRCLE Ent.) - €3.99/£3.59

To save the lost Little Witch from the Demon Lord, the Witch and Hero must fight together!

Witch and Hero 3 is an action game where you control the Witch, Hero and Little Hero at the same time.

The two Heroes are physically strong and will keep fighting no matter how many times they're beaten.

The Witch, however, is vulnerable and even weaker in stone form; if she goes down the game is over.

Special offers
BOX UP (RCMADIAX, New 3DS only) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends April 11, normally €1.49/£1.39)
BRICK RACE (RCMADIAX, New 3DS only) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends April 11, normally €1.49/£1.39)
COLOR CUBES (RCMADIAX, New 3DS only) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends April 11, normally €1.49/£1.39)
CUP CRITTERS (RCMADIAX, New 3DS only) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends April 11, normally €1.49/£1.39)
GALAXY BLASTER (RCMADIAX, New 3DS only) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends April 11, normally €1.49/£1.39)
SHOOT THE BALL (RCMADIAX, New 3DS only) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends April 11, normally €1.49/£1.39)
Breakout Defense 2 (nuGAME, New 3DS only) - €4.89/£4.19 (ends April 12, normally 6.99/£5.99)
FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS (Square Enix) - €19.99/£14.99 (Ends March 22, normally €39.99/£29.99)
THEATRHYTHM Final Fantasy Curtain Call (Square Enix) - €19.99/£14.99 (Ends March 22, normally €39.99/£29.99)
Atlantic Quest (Joindots) - €1.74/£1.24 (ends March 29, normally €6.99/£4.99)
Jewel Match 3 (Joindots) - €1.74/£1.24 (ends March 29, normally €6.99/£4.99)
Safari Quest (Joindots) - €1.74/£1.24 (ends March 29, normally €6.99/£4.99)
Secret Agent Files: Miami (Joindots) - €1.99/£1.49 (ends March 29, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Murder on the Titanic (Joindots) - €1.99/£1.49 (ends March 29, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Pazuru (Joindots) - €1.49/£0.99 (ends March 29, normally €5.99/£3.99)
Ash (CIRCLE Ent.) - €1.99/£1.99 (ends March 29, normally €3.99/£3.99)
GLORY OF GENERALS (CIRCLE Ent.) - €3.49/£2.99 (ends March 29, normally €6.99/£6.09)
Glory of Generals The Pacific (CIRCLE Ent.) - €3.49/£3.39 (ends March 29, normally €6.99/£6.89)
Karous - The Beast Of Re:Eden - (CIRCLE Ent.) - €2.99/£2.89 (ends March 29, normally €5.99/£5.89)
Toy Defense (CIRCLE Ent.) - €1.99/£1.59 (ends March 29, normally €3.99/£3.19)
Dan McFox: Head Hunter (Lightwood Games) - €1.49/£1.19 (ends March 29, normally €2.49/£1.99)
Epic Word Search Collection (Lightwood Games) - €4.79/£3.59 (ends March 29, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Epic Word Search Collection 2 (Lightwood Games) - €4.79/£3.59 (ends March 29, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Epic Word Search Holiday Special (Lightwood Games) - €4.79/£3.59 (ends March 29, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Link-a-Pix Colour (Lightwood Games) - €4.79/£4.19 (ends March 29, normally €7.99/£6.99)
Pic-a-Pix Colour (Lightwood Games) - €3.00/£2.70 (ends March 29, normally €5.00/£4.50)
Phil's Epic Fill-a-Pix Adventure (Lightwood Games) - €4.79/£3.59 (ends March 29, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Splat The Difference (Lightwood Games) - €3.00/£2.70 (ends March 29, normally €5.00/£4.50)
Word Logic by POWGI (Lightwood Games) - €5.39/£4.79 (ends March 29, normally €8.99/£7.99)
Word Puzzles by POWGI (Lightwood Games) - €5.39/£4.79 (ends March 29, normally €8.99/£7.99)
Word Search 10K (Lightwood Games) - €4.79/£3.59 (ends March 29, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Word Search by POWGI (Lightwood Games) - €4.79/£3.59 (ends March 29, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Worcle Worlds Word Search 10K (Lightwood Games) - €5.39/£4.79 (ends March 29, normally €8.99/£7.99)
Sudoku Party (Lightwood Games) - €3.00/£2.70 (ends March 29, normally €5.00/£4.50)
Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB) - €5.99/£5.39 (ends March 22, normally €7.99/£7.19)
Turtle Tale (Saturnine Games) - €1.99/£1.66 (Ends March 29, normally €2.99/£2.49)

Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop
The following themes will be released on March 16.

Hello Kitty hawaian style (Sanrio) - €0.99/£0.89
"Hello Kitty in hawaian style surrounded by flowers"

Camouflage Kitty (Sanrio) - €0.99/£0.89
"Kitty on a camouflage texture"

Hello Kitty is playing with her friends (Sanrio) - €0.99/£0.89
"Hello Kitty is having fun playing with her friends. Find her!"

Hello Kitty: Iconic among her bows (Sanrio) - €0.99/£0.89
"Hello Kitty is iconic, surrounded by her red bows"

Jurassic Cubs run in the wood (Animundi) - €0.99/£0.89
"Saro and Stego run along the path but Stego is tired."

Roy likes Spring (Animundi) - €0.99/£0.89
"Roy is happy because the flowers bloom in the Spring."

Easter with Jurassic Cubs (Animundi) - €1.49/£1.39
"Jurassic Cubs have fun with Easter Egg. Scroll the touch-screen."

JC 3pack Number 12 (Animundi) - €2.49/£2.29
"Three fantastic Jurassic Cubs' themes"

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Toon War (Lemondo Games) - €9.99/£8.50

Toon War is a twin stick shooter game with colorful and vivid graphics. Your mission is to liberate peaceful villages from evil forces, eliminate enemies and win over dangerous bosses.

Special offers
COLOR CUBES (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends April 11, normally €1.49/£1.39)
CUP CRITTERS (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends April 11, normally €1.49/£1.39)
BRICK RACE (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends April 11, normally €1.49/£1.39)
I C REDD (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends April 11, normally €1.49/£1.39)
JACKPOT 777 (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends April 11, normally €1.49/£1.39)
PANDA LOVE (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends April 11, normally €1.49/£1.39)
SPLASHY DUCK (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends April 11, normally €1.49/£1.39)
SHOOT THE BALL (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends April 11, normally €1.49/£1.39)
TITANS TOWER (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (ends April 11, normally €1.49/£1.39)
Dragon Skills (Joindots) - €1.99/£1.69 (ends March 29, normally €7.99/£6.79)
Joe's Diner (Joindots) - €1.99/£1.49 (ends March 29, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Jones on Fire (Joindots) - €1.49/£1.14 (ends March 29, normally €5.99/£4.59)
Queen's Garden (Joindots) - €1.74/£1.37 (ends March 29, normally €6.99/£5.49)
Sweetest Thing (Joindots) - €1.74/£1.37 (ends March 29, normally €6.99/£5.49)
FullBlast (EnjoyUp Games) - €2.99/£2.69 (ends April 12, normally €5.99/£5.39)
Grand Prix Rock 'N Racing (EnjoyUp Games) - €3.99/£3.59 (ends April 12, normally €7.99/£7.19)
Mr. Pumpkin Adventure (CIRCLE Ent.) - €1.99/£1.99 (ends March 29, normally €3.99/£3.99)
Pic-a-Pix Colour (Lightwood Games) - €3.00/£2.70 (ends March 29, normally €5.00/£4.50)
Sudoku Party (Lightwood Games) - €3.00/£2.70 (ends March 29, normally €5.00/£4.50)
Turtle Tale (Saturnine Games) - €1.99/£1.66 (Ends March 29, normally €2.99/£2.49)
Word Logic by POWGI (Lightwood Games) - €5.39/£4.79 (ends March 29, normally €8.99/£7.99)
Word Party (Lightwood Games) - €9.59/£8.99 (ends March 29, normally €15.99/£14.99)
Word Puzzles by POWGI (Lightwood Games) - €5.39/£4.79 (ends March 29, normally €8.99/£7.99)
Word Search by POWGI (Lightwood Games) - €4.79/£3.59 (ends March 29, normally €7.99/£5.99)

This week's North American downloads - March 15 (Kirby Star Allies, Attack on Titan 2 and more)

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

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
Kirby Star Allies – When a new evil threatens Planet Popstar, Kirby will need a little help from his … enemies?! By making friends out of Kirby’s foes, up to three players can drop in or out of the adventure at any time. With new and expanded copy abilities, classic Kirby action is deeper than ever. Combine abilities with elements such as ice or fire to create new friend abilities. The Kirby Star Allies game will be available on March 16. (Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Game, system, and some accessories sold separately.)

Attack on Titan 2 – Experience the immense anime story alongside Eren and his companions as they fight to save humanity from the threat of the deadly human-devouring Titans. Try your hand at operating the omni-directional mobility gear, maneuvering and flying through the sky to counter the Titans, and feel the thrill and satisfaction of battling giant opponents. The Attack on Titan 2 game will be available on March 20.

New DLC:

Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion – INKoming DLC! Play as an Octoling for the very first time in this large-scale downloadable content for the Splatoon 2 game. This full-on single-player adventure launches this summer and spans 80 missions starring Agent 8, a new character who awakens on a dark subway platform. Navigate this mysterious underground test facility in a desperate battle to reach the surface of Inkopolis. Escape from these twisted depths, and you’ll finally be able to join multiplayer matches as an Octoling! You may think you know everything about the world of Splatoon, but these waters run deep, and so does the lore. Octo Expansion launches this summer, but players can purchase this content in advance today for $19.99 for immediate access to special octo-themed in-game gear. (The full game is required to use the DLC. Additional games and systems required for multiplayer mode.)

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 http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.


Mario Jumps to Google Maps – We’ve collaborated with the team at Google to let Mario accompany you on all your driving adventures with Google Maps. Just remember to practice safe driving on the road – we don’t encourage throwing bananas or red shells at other drivers in real life. Navigate with Mario in Google Maps and share your #MarioMaps experience with us. Check out the limited-time event before it ends March 17 at 9 p.m. PT.

My Nintendo March Rewards – My Nintendo is celebrating March with Mario-themed rewards! Redeem your points and get these rewards:

Mario’s Mighty Mustache Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu theme
Mario Wallpaper (red)
Mario Wallpaper (white)

Official Prima eGuides for the Super Mario 3D Land and Paper Mario: Sticker Star games
You can redeem your points to get discounts on these great games and keep the MAR10 Day celebration going all month long:

30 percent discount on Paper Mario: Sticker Star (Nintendo 3DS)
30 percent discount on Mario Party 10 (Wii U)
40 percent discount on New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo 3DS)
40 percent discount on Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (Nintendo 3DS)
30 percent discount on Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (Nintendo 3DS)
40 percent discount on Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo 3DS)
30 percent discount on Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)
40 percent discount on Dr. Luigi (Wii U)
40 percent discount on Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure (Nintendo 3DS)

Also new this week:
ACA NEOGEO Aero Fighters 3 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Bad Dudes (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available March 21
BINGO for Nintendo Switch (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Clustertruck (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Deep Ones – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available March 19
Enchanting Mahjong Match (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Gem Smashers (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Kona (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
Last Day of June (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available March 16
Neonwall (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Plantera Deluxe – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available March 20
Sparkle 3 Genesis (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Tesla vs Lovecraft (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available March 16
Swim Out (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
The Long Reach (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
TorqueL -Physics Modified Edition- – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Vostok Inc. – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
WorldNeverland – Elnea Kingdom (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Europe - Toon War coming to Wii U eShop this week

Toon War is a twin stick shooter game with colorful and vivid graphics.

Your mission is to liberate peaceful villages from evil forces, eliminate enemies and win over dangerous bosses.

Main Game Features:

Play as a military vehicle or a drone
Numbers of levels offering different gameplay types and pace
Play in different types of worlds, including snow, water and air landscapes
Enjoy the various set of gameplay as you win the boss fights playing regular, runner, and survival modes.
Rescue the hostages
Defuse the bombs
Character updates and customization:

Different types of primary and secondary weapons
Armor updates
Speed and endurance updates
More you play powerful you get. Enjoy the the game in single player mode or with your friend in 2 player co-op mode