While there were no GBA games on eShop after all, this Nintendo Direct episode did not disappoint, though Nintendo of Europe may need to look into those technical difficulties – the stream went offline briefly after just ten minutes of broadcasting and the stream seemed to have cut off prematurely. Still, we had Nintendo of Europe’s Twitter still keeping us updated like nothing had happened.
Former president of Nintendo Australia and current president of Nintendo of Europe, Satoru Shibata once again hosted this episode. Though much of the information (specifically the release dates) will only apply to European gamers, there’s a lot here that may interest our US readers, as you can likely expect these games/bundles in your territories at some point.
First, here’s some Pokemon news. The Pikachu 3DS XL, which is already available in Japan, is now coming to Europe! It will be releasing in limited quantities and no doubt everyone will want their hands on the yella fella, so get in quick if you plan on buying one. No word on a US release yet, but it wouldn’t be too hard to imagine at somepoint. It’s coming later this year.
Pokefans will also want to mark October 12th on their calendars, as this is the date Black and White 2 hit Europe, with eShop app Pokemon Dream Radar coming on the same day.
By far the most exciting announcement for me personally was that of a Pullblox sequel (Pushmo in the States), called Fallblox. My favourite game on eShop, I’ve been playing Pullblox all year due to its addictive nature and amazing amount of levels. Things are even more complicated than before, as blocks can now fall down and you can flip the camera to push and pull both sides of the structure.
Next up was New Style Boutique which, while unlikely to appeal to many outside of the casual female demographic, was worth the announcement to see photos of Shibata-san sporting different threads.
Hana Samurai looked like an interesting hack and slash touch-screen title, which emphasised sword-fighting action with “timing and precision”. That’s coming in October 11th.
A sequel to the WiiWare game Hydroventure (Fluidity in US) was announced, titled Hydroventure: Spin Cycle.
For 6 weeks from today, Europe can get a discount on a different Nintendo eShop title each week. The first three are Pullblox, Colors 3D and Potzol’s Puzzle.
Stay tuned, as we have way more announcements to report. You can catch the games in motion if you missed them, as Nintendo have already uploaded the broadcast to YouTube.