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This week's European downloads - August 17 (Sonic Mania, Jackbox, Chicken Wiggle and more)

Nintendo eShop (Switch)

Sonic Mania (SEGA USA) - €19.99/£15.99

Experience the ultimate celebration of past and future in Sonic Mania, an all-new 2D Sonic adventure running at a crisp 60FPS with stunning HD retro-style graphics. Multiple playable characters give you the ability to go explosively fast as Sonic, soar as Tails, or power through tough obstacles with Knuckles’ brute strength. You can re-live the Sonic of the past with an exciting new twist on classic zones while fighting against new bosses and Dr. Eggman’s evil robot army. Go head to-head with players in Competition Mode or play in Co-Op Mode with a friend. Sonic Mania was developed by Christian Whitehead, Headcannon, and PagodaWest Games in collaboration with Sonic Team. Welcome to Sonic Mania!

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition Demo (Ubisoft) - Free
Rayman rocks again on Nintendo Switch! Discover the ultimate experience of the acclaimed platformer with Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition Demo.

The Jackbox Party Pack (Jackbox Games) - €20.99/£18.99

For 1-100 players! Your phones or tablets are your controllers! Players play using their phones, tablets, or even computers as controllers – making it the perfect easy-in entertainment piece for your next game night or party. Once a game is started from the in-pack menu, players simply connect to the “jackbox.tv” web address on their device and then enter the on-screen room code to enter a game. No big mess of controllers needed! You’re gonna need more than one party for this. Note: The games included in this pack are in English only.

The Jackbox Party Pack 2 (Jackbox Games) - €20.99/£18.99
The sequel to the party game phenomenon The Jackbox Party Pack, featuring FIVE fresh, rib-tickling party games! Players play using their phones, tablets, or even computers as controllers – making it the perfect easy-to-join party starter. No extra controllers needed! And, spectators can join and affect some games by playing as Audience members! NOTE: This game is local play only. It’s a game-night riot in a box… without the box! Note: The games included in this pack are in English only.

ACA NEOGEO MAGICIAN LORD (HAMSTER) - €6.99/£6.29
MAGICIAN LORD is a side-scrolling action game released by SNK in 1990. This fantasy action game was one of the launch titles on NEOGEO. Control the magician Elta on a journey to save the world from Gal-Agiese, who came back to life once again.

Troll and I (Maximum Games) - €34.99/£24.99
Deep in the Nordic wilderness, a teenage boy named Otto is forced to flee his home after a band of brutal hunters rip through his village in search of a mythical creature rumoured to inhabit the forest. Now on the run for his life, Otto inadvertently finds and befriends the elusive creature being sought by the hunters. Thus begins the perilous adventure of Troll and Otto. Together, the unlikely friends embark on a journey through treacherous territory plagued with rivals. Natives to the forest, Troll and Otto must use their inherent skills to sneak, strategize, and battle their way back home. The forest is filled with unknowns, and teamwork is pivotal to staying alive.


Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Chicken Wiggle (Atooi) - €14.99/£13.49

The stars of Chicken Wiggle are an improbable duo: a young chicken and his best buddy – a wiggly worm – nestled in his backpack! Together, they team up for adventure to jump, peck, and worm-grapple across a myriad of perplexing platforming levels – full of fun gadgets, tricky hazards, and sneaky foes – determined to rescue their friends from the wicked witch in her sky towers.

SmileBASIC (SMILEBOOM) - €9.50/£8.00
SmileBASIC is a portable version of a programming language known as BASIC. BASIC is a programming language designed to help beginners learn to program. As soon as you start SmileBASIC, you can begin programming! When you're finished, you can play the game you made! Enjoy intuitive, trouble-free programming.

Little Adventure on the Prairie (Infinite Madaa) - €3.49/£2.99
A short and fun platforming adventure game. Venture through 12 levels of pure slaughter and mindlessly try to kill all the monsters that are facing you. Want to finish the last level from the first time without dying? Try using the different items throughout the levels to overcome all the monsters and obstacles easier.

Pic-a-Pix Colour - Small Puzzles 9 (Lightwood Games, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.99
Pic-a-Pix Colour - Large Puzzles 9 (Lightwood Games, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.99
SmileBASIC: Advanced Sound Processing Unit (SMILEBOOM) - €7.50/£6.25
SmileBASIC: Gold Membership (30 days) (SMILEBOOM) - €1.50/£1.25
SmileBASIC: Gold Membership (90 days) (SMILEBOOM) - €4.50/£3.75
SmileBASIC: Gold Membership (180 days) (SMILEBOOM) - €7.50/£6.25

Special offers

Hit Ninja (Petite Games, New 3DS only) - €1.59/£1.43 (Ends August 31, normally €1.99/£1.79)
Pinball Breakout (nuGAME, New 3DS only) - €4.90/£4.20 (Ends September 14, normally €7.00/£6.00)
Collide-a-Ball (STARSIGN) - €0.99/£0.99 (Ends September 7, normally €1.99/£1.99)
Ping Pong Trick Shot (STARSIGN) - €0.99/£0.99 (Ends September 7, normally €1.99/£1.99)
Quiet, Please! (Nostatic Software) - €2.79/£2.39 (Ends August 24, normally €3.49/£2.99)
Fantasy Pirates (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.80/£1.80 (Ends September 14, normally €4.50/£4.50)
RV-7 My Drone (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.19/£1.19 (Ends September 14, normally €2.99/£2.99)
TOYS VS MONSTERS (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.59/£1.59 (Ends September 14, normally €3.99/£3.99)
VAN HELSING SNIPER ZX100 (EnjoyUp Games) - €2.66/£2.66 (Ends September 14, normally €6.66/£6.66)
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix AB) - €4.99/£4.49 (Ends August 24, normally €9.99/£8.99)
Sudoku Party (Lightwood Games) - €4.00/£3.60 (Ends August 31, normally €5.00/£4.50)
Word Search by POWGI (Lightwood Games) - €6.39/£4.79 (Ends August 24, normally €7.99/£5.99)


Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Pic-a-Pix Colour - Small Puzzles 9 (Lightwood Games, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.99

Special offers

FAST Racing NEO (Shin'en Multimedia) - €11.20/£8.20 (Ends September 7, normally €14.99/£10.99)
Laser Blaster (Petite Games) - €1.59/£1.43 (Ends August 31, normally €1.99/£1.79)
Star Splash: Shattered Star (Snails Animation) - €2.09/£1.79 (Ends September 7, normally €3.49/£2.99)
Sudoku Party (Lightwood Games) - €4.00/£3.60 (Ends August 31, normally €5.00/£4.50)
Word Search by POWGI (Lightwood Games) - €6.39/£4.79 (Ends August 24, normally €7.99/£5.99)

My Nintendo Rewards
Pokémon Rumble U (Nintendo) - 350 PP for 35% discount (Ends October 31)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team (Nintendo, DS VC) - 200 PP for 30% discount (Ends October 31)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team (Nintendo, GBA VC) - 200 PP for 30% discount


Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop
New themes will be available on August 18.

Kirby 25th Anniversary (Nintendo) - €1.99/£1.79

Kirby, Waddle Dee, Meta Knight, King Dedede and others appear in this lively theme to celebrate Kirby's 25th anniversary.

This week's North American downloads - August 17 (Minecraft Story Mode, Chicken Wiggle and more)

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

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure – Embark on a perilous quest across the Overworld, to the End and beyond. With a team of friends at your side, and a troubled land in need of heroes, your decisions – what you say and do – drive the story around you, so choose wisely! The Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure game includes all five episodes of Season One and all three episodes of the Adventure Pass. The game will be available on Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch on Aug. 22.

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.

Activities:

My Nintendo Rewards – The Flip Wars game for the Nintendo Switch console is now available. This tense multiplayer action game will have you stomping to flip over panels – and unwitting opponents! To win, flip the most panels to your color in local battles, online* or single-player. To celebrate the launch, we’re featuring My Nintendo rewards for players who love a good virtual battle.

Redeem your points for 30 percent off:
Tank Troopers (Nintendo 3DS): Choose a tank, pick troopers and battle your friends via local wireless**. Each trooper has a special ability, from electric shocks to healing. Deploy them tactically to win 30+ custom tanks with unique stats. Battle with bombs, on teams or in a free-for-all – but always fight! Fight! FIGHT!

The Wonderful 101 (Wii U): Developed by Platinum Games, play as Wonder Red, leader of the Wonderful 100. Unite your band of Wonderful Ones to morph into powerful transformations such as a fist, sword, glider and gun to battle invaders throughout Blossom City and across the world. The Wonderful 100 – and YOU – are the city’s best weapon.

You can also pick up the Smash Controller application on the Nintendo 3DS system for just 10 Gold Points. This application lets you use your Nintendo 3DS family system as a controller when playing the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U game – even without owning the Nintendo 3DS version of the game.

Plus, you can redeem points for Flip Wars and Tank Troopers wallpapers. Interested in more action-packed, battle-based games?

Also new this week:
The Jackbox Party Pack (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
The Jackbox Party Pack 2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
ACA NEOGEO Magician Lord (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Sky Ride (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Chicken Wiggle (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Alchemic Dungeon (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

Piczle Lines DX dev blog - Reworking the game from mobile platforms to Switch

The following comes from James Kay, founder and CEO of Score Studios...

I reached out to Rainy Frog, a Tokyo-based publisher with a history of releasing title on Nintendo platforms. With their help we quickly managed to register the game and get a couple of development kits fairly early.

The artists in no time at all managed to rejig the graphics and front-end to fit the landscape orientation of the Switch as opposed the portrait orientation of the mobile version, and we got to work on adding a new control scheme for Joy-Con input.

The basics were ported in a matter of a couple of weeks, in large part thanks to Unreal’s platform agnostic approach to its toolset. Of course, no project is ever as easy as it looks, and Piczle Lines DX for Switch too ran into a couple of snags.

Full blog here

Super Mario Odyssey - Twitter content update for Aug. 17th, 2017


Make sure you click on that tweet to see the full image. It's got Mario hiding all the way at the top of the flagpole. He's certainly not one to be afraid of heights!

Pokemon Sun/Moon - Register Now for the 2017 No Holds Barred Competition

If you’re looking for all-out battles, register now for the 2017 No Holds Barred Online Competition. Nearly the whole Pokédex is eligible for you to include on your team. Plus, you can use duplicate Pokémon and duplicate items. And every Pokémon will be set to Lv. 100 for the duration of the battles. The complete list of eligible Pokémon is available in the competition regulations.

All qualified participants in the 2017 No Holds Barred competition will receive 50 Battle Points. Players must complete at least one battle to qualify.

To register, log on to your account from the PGL homepage and select Online Competitions in the main menu. You’ll then be able to read and accept the regulations on the PGL. You’ll need a Pokémon Trainer Club account, your own Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon video game, and a Battle Team of eligible Pokémon. Accept the regulations on the Pokémon Global Link by Thursday, August 24, at 23:59 UTC, and get ready to battle!

The competition goes from Friday, August 25, at 00:00 UTC, until Sunday, August 27, at 23:59 UTC.

Good luck in the 2017 No Holds Barred Online Competition, Trainers!

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Event at GameStop 8/19

Still haven’t gotten your hands on Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon? Here's a chance to experience the fun and discover all-new Pokémon as a Pokémon Trainer in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon this Saturday, August 19th at select GameStop stores from 12pm – 3pm (local time). Come early and be one of the first 100 attendees to receive a FREE Tapu Bulu, Legendary Guardian poster. In addition to game demos, a special character distribution featuring Salazzle, the Poison-and-Fire type Pokemon will be available.

Check out participating locations here

3 generations of a family have lined up for Switch lotteries 12 weeks straight with no luck, but are still having fun

This is a little heartbreaking, but more heartwarming! A family was interviewed on Japanese television about their hunt to get a Switch. They've been lining up for Switch lotteries for 12 weeks now, and have struck out each time. The thing is, the family doesn't mind too much! The children, grandparents, and parents all get to spend time together while waiting in line, and it's become a bit of a tradition! The gang even goes out for dinner after their weekly attempt. We wish them good luck in their future efforts, and hope they find a way to continue the family gathering even when a Switch has been obtained!

Pokemon GO - Shiny Pichu, Raichu also available in the wild

In shocking Pokémon GO news, Shiny Pichu, Shiny Pikachu, and Shiny Raichu have recently been discovered! They were first encountered in Yokohama, Japan, during the Pikachu Outbreak event, where Trainers encountered and caught millions of Pikachu. Now the Shiny Pokémon are popping up all over the globe. You can tell your Pichu, Pikachu, or Raichu is Shiny because it will be a slightly darker and more orange color than usual.

Keep an eye out for the Shiny versions of Pichu, Pikachu, and Raichu when you get up and GO in Pokémon GO!

3DS eShop charts - Aug. 16th, 2017

Software

1. Miitopia
2. Pokemon Yellow
3. Kirby Triple Deluxe
4. Super Mario Bros. 3
5. Pokemon Red
6. Super Mario World
7. 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure
8. Kirby’s Blowout Blast
9. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo
10. Kirby’s Dream Land 2
11. Kirby’s Dream Land
12. Pokemon Blue
13. Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
14. Zelda: A Link to the Past
15. Mario Kart 7
16. Super Mario Bros.
17. Tomodachi Life
18. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
19. Super Metroid
20. Kirby’s Blowout Blast

Videos

1. Hey! Pikmin Crash Trailer
2. Miitopia Launch Trailer
3. Miitopia “Look Up, Look Down” Trailer
4. Kirby’s Blowout Blast Launch Trailer
5. Hey! Pikmin Look-Out Trailer
6. Super Mario Maker for 3DS Overview Trailer
7. Super Mario Odyssey E3 2017 Trailer
8. Hey! Pikmin “Hey Helper” Trailer
9. Team Kirby Clash Deluxe – Ready for Launch
10. Pokemon Gold/Silver Return to the Virtual Console
11. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle E3 2017 Trailer
12. 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure Video
13. Kirby Triple Deluxe Launch Trailer
14. Pokemon Sun/Moon Special Demo Version Video
15. Kirby: Planet Robobot Overview Trailer
16. Pokemon Rumble World Trailer
17. Mario Kart 7 Video
18. Ever Oasis Launch Trailer
19. Pokemon Sun/Moon Top 7 Features
20. Super Smash Bros. Final Video Presentation