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Wii U/Nintendo 3DS - Nintendo eShop maintenance incoming later today

Services impacted
Wii U: Nintendo eShop (all online services)
Nintendo 3DS: Nintendo eShop (all online services)
Web: buying games from the Nintendo Homepage (all online services) [Japan-only]

Times
Europe: February 27th (9PM) to February 28th (1AM)
UK: February 27th (8PM) to February 28th (12AM)
North America (EST): February 27th (3PM to 7PM)
North America (PST): February 27th (12PM to 4PM)
Japan: February 28th (5AM to 9AM)

This week's European downloads - March 2 (Zelda BOTW, SEGA 3DS sale and more)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo, available March 3) - €69.99/£59.99

Forget everything you know about The Legend of Zelda games. Step into a world of discovery, exploration, and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across fields, through forests and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the ruined kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning open-air adventure.

Ghost Blade HD (2Dream, available February 28) - €8.99/£8.09
Ghost Blade HD is an intense bullet-hell shoot 'em up game, with satisfying and addictive score-based gameplay, with its tradition going back to the shooting games of the 1990s era. Designed with a modern graphic style and special effects, Ghost Blade also features an awesome 2-player mode! Ghost Blade HD Is easy to learn, yet hard to master.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild- Expansion Pass (Nintendo, Add-on Content available March 3) - €19.99/£17.99

Minecraft: Wii U Edition Fallout Battle Map Pack (Mojang, Add-on Content available March 1) - €2.99/£2.39

Special offers

Baila Latino (O2 GAMES) - €12.93/£10.33 (Ends March 30, normally €19.90/£15.90)
Fit Music for Wii U (O2 GAMES) - €9.68/£8.06 (Ends March 30, normally €14.90/£12.40)
Luv Me Buddies Wonderland (O2 GAMES) - €9.68/£8.06 (Ends March 30, normally €14.90/£12.40)
COLOR BOMBS (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)
JACKPOT 777 (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)
PANDA LOVE (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)
PENTAPUZZLE (RCMADIAX) - €3.00/£2.74 (Ends March 30, normally €4.49/£4.09)
PIXEL SLIME U (RCMADIAX) - €2.00/£1.80 (Ends March 30, normally €2.99/£2.69)
SHOOT THE BALL (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)
SHOOTY SPACE (RCMADIAX) - €2.00/£1.80 (Ends March 30, normally €2.99/£2.69)
SPLASHY DUCK (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)
SUPER ROBO MOUSE (RCMADIAX) - €3.00/£2.74 (Ends March 30, normally €4.49/£4.09)
TAP TAP ARCADE (RCMADIAX) - €1.33/£1.19 (Ends March 30, normally €1.99/£1.79)
TAP TAP ARCADE 2 (RCMADIAX) - €2.00/£1.80 (Ends March 30, normally €2.99/£2.69)
TITANS TOWER (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)
TOUCH SELECTIONS (RCMADIAX) - €2.00/£1.80 (Ends March 30, normally €2.99/£2.69)
Spy Chameleon (EnjoyUp Games) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 20, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Wicke Monsters Blast! HD PLUS (CORECELL) - €1.99/£1.79 (Ends March 9, normally €7.99/£7.19)
Turtle Tale (Saturnine Games) - €1.49/£1.24 (Ends March 23, normally €2.99/£2.49)
Word Logic by POWGI (Lightwood Games) - €7.19/£6.39 (Ends March 16, normally €8.99/£7.99)
The Rivers of Alice: Extended Version (Delirium Studios) - €3.99/£3.59 (75% off if you own The Delusions of Von Sottendorff and his Square Mind, €1.99 / £1.79. Normally €7.99/£7.19, ends March 16)


Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Brave Dungeon (INSIDE SYSTEM) - €4.99/£4.49

Syega are powerful crystals that grant humans the ability to use magic. Some crystals are so powerful they have to be contained in specially prepared vessels; these are known as Magic Items. Join intrepid adventurer Al as she explores the dangerous labyrinths of Belfer Island in search of powerful Magic Items. Along the way Al will join forces with strong allies and face even stronger enemies. Can Al conquer the imposing dungeon known as Godshill and find the ultimate Magic Item?

Parascientific Escape - Gear Detective (CIRCLE Ent.) - €5.00/£4.79
Parascientific Escape~Gear Detective~' is a sequel to 'Parascientific Escape~Cruise in the distant seas~’, where the player is required to find clues and solve puzzles to escape certain situations using PSI abilities. The story follows Detective Kyosuke Ayana, who has the ability of chronokinesis, which allows him to look back in time in a limited field of view, for up till 5 days back. Detective Ayana is hired to find a serial killer threatening the quiet neighbourhood of Camellia Hills - but soon finds himself in much bigger trouble as he investigates the crime scenes.

Special offers
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (SEGA) - €19.99/£14.99 (Ends March 9, normally €39.99/£29.99)
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure (SEGA) - €22.49/£19.99 (Ends March 9, normally €44.99/£39.99)
SEGA 3D Classics Collection (SEGA) - €20.09/£16.74 (Ends March 9, normally €29.99/£24.99)
Super Monkey Ball 3D (SEGA) - €9.99/£7.49 (Ends March 9, normally €19.99/£14.99)
3D After Burner II (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Altered Beast (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Ecco the Dolphin (SEGA) - €2.24/£2.04 (Ends March 9, normally €4.49/£4.09)
3D Fantasy Zone (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Fantasy Zone 2 (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Galaxy Force II (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Gunstar Heroes (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Out Run (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Shinobi III Return of the Ninja Master (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Space Harrier (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Streets of Rage (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Streets of Rage 2 (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Super Hang On (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
3D Thunder Blade (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (Ends March 9, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Luv Me Buddies Wonderland (O2 GAMES) - €9.68/£8.06 (Ends March 30, normally €14.90/£12.40)
The Delusions of Von Sottendorff and his Square Mind (Delirium Studios) - €6.49/£5.84 (75% off if you own The Rivers of Alice, €3.24/£2.92. Normally €12.99/£11.69, ends March 16)
Word Logic by POWGI (Lightwood Games) - €7.19/£6.39 (Ends March 16, normally €8.99/£7.99)
Turtle Tale (Saturnine Games) - €1.49/£1.24 (Ends March 23, normally €2.99/£2.49)
Kutar Concert Staff (CIRCLE Ent.) - €0.69/£0.69 (Ends March 16, normally €0.99/£0.99)
Kutar Jump Rope (CIRCLE Ent.) - €0.69/£0.69 (Ends March 16, normally €0.99/£0.99)
Kutar Magic Ball (CIRCLE Ent.) - €0.69/£0.69 (Ends March 16, normally €0.99/£0.99)
Kutar Quiz (CIRCLE Ent.) - €0.69/£0.69 (Ends March 16, normally €0.99/£0.99)
Kutar Tube Rider (CIRCLE Ent.) - €0.69/£0.69 (Ends March 16, normally €0.99/£0.99)
10-in-1: Arcade Collection (Gamelion) - €0.99/£0.89 (Ends March 16, normally €1.99/£1.79)
Crazy Kangaroo (Gamelion) - €0.99/£0.94 (Ends March 16, normally €1.99/£1.79)
Hazumi (Gamelion) - €1.34/£0.99 (Ends March 16, normally €2.69/£1.99)
League of Heroes (Gamelion) - €1.99/£1.79 (Ends March 16, normally €3.99/£3.59)
Monster Shooter (Gamelion) - €2.00/£1.60 (Ends March 16, normally €4.00/£3.20)
Pick-A-Gem (Gamelion) - €1.49/£1.39 (Ends March 16, normally €2.99/£2.79)
PIX3D (Gamelion) - €1.99/£1.79 (Ends March 16, normally €3.99/£3.59)
Rage of the Gladiator (Gamelion) - €3.49/£3.14 (Ends March 16, normally €6.99/£6.29)
SpeedX 3D (Gamelion) - €1.49/£1.34 (Ends March 16, normally €2.99/£2.69)
SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition (Gamelion) - €0.99/£0.89 (Ends March 16, normally €1.99/£1.79)
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix AB) - €4.99/£4.49 (Ends March 30, normally €9.99/£8.99)
Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers (GameMill) - €19.99/£14.99 (Permanent, was €29.99/£19.99)


Nintendo eShop (New 3DS)

Special offers

Hyperlight EX (CatfishBlues Games) - €0.99/£0.89 (Ends March 16, normally €4.99/£4.59)
BOX UP (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)
BRICK RACE (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)
CUP CRITTERS (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)
GALAXY BLASTER (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)
SHOOT THE BALL (RCMADIAX) - €0.99/£0.93 (Ends March 30, normally €1.49/£1.39)


Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop
All themes available on March 3.

Hello Kitty with her friends (Sanrio) - €0.99/£0.89
Hello Kitty celebrates Women's Day with her friends

Hello Kitty and diamonds (Sanrio) - €0.99/£0.89
Hello Kitty plays with diamonds

Famitsu's most wanted - Feb. 2nd to 8th, 2017

1. [PS4] Dragon Quest XI – 949 votes
2. [3DS] Monster Hunter XX – 702 votes
3. [PS4] Final Fantasy VII – 676 votes
4. [3DS] Dragon Quest XI – 594 votes
5. [SWI] Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 490 votes
6. [PS4] Musou Stars – 360 votes
7. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III – 342 votes
8. [SWI] Splatoon 2 – 262 votes
9. [3DS] Fire Emblem Echoes – 249 votes
10. [PS4] Horizon Zero Dawn – 236 votes
11. [3DS] The Alliance Alive – 210 votes
12. [PS4] Blue Reflection – 209 votes
13. [PS4] Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age – 207 votes
14. [WIU] Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 206 votes
15. [3DS] The Snack World – 204 votes
16. [SWI] Super Mario Odyssey – 201 votes
17. [PS4] New Hot Shots Golf – 200 votes
18. [PS4] Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash – 197 votes
19. [PS4] Tekken 7 – 177 votes
20. [PS4] Ace Combat 7 – 176 votes
21. [PS4] Gran Turismo Sport – 159 votes
22. [PS4] The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III – 142 votes
23. [SWI] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 138 votes
24. [3DS] Pikmin – 116 votes
25. [3DS] The Great Ace Attorney 2 – 106 votes
26. [PSV] Dungeon Travelers 2-2 – 105 votes
27. [PS4] Ys VIII – 102 votes
28. [3DS] Lady Layton – 99 votes
29. [SWI] Dragon Quest XI – 97 votes
30. [SWI] Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – 90 votes

Japan - Pokemon Sun/Moon Shiny Tapu Koko distribution announced


- distribution gives out a serial code that allows players to receive a special Shiny Tapu Koko
- first time that Tapu Koko has been available as a Shiny Pokémon
- event runs at 7SPOTs in 7-11 stores from March 17th to April 9th

Nintendo Badge Arcade - North American update for Feb. 26th, 2017

Nintendo Badge Arcade

- 1 returning set of Super Mario Maker badges
- 4 returning sets of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD badges

Thanks to AlienboyVA for the heads up!

Another behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World animated shorts

The Play Nintendo website has put up a sister feature to the original Japanese feature that detailed the creation of the Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World animated shorts. There's not too much new info in there, but it's all in English this time around!

Feature here

Redesigned eShop Cards Hit Japan

Reddit user Skifeur has snapped a pic of some brand-new eShop cards you can get in Japan. No word on whether these redesigns will surface in North America or Europe, but we sure hope so! Thanks to Lightvisions for the heads up.