43 posts tagged europe
Ace Attorney 5, Layton cheap in Europe starting Thursday ⊟
I’m a big fan of all eShop sales, even in regions I don’t live in. European 3DS owners will be able to pick up Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask for €29.99/£27.99 and Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies for €17.49/£13.99, from Feb. 20 through 27.
Dual Destinies was far from my favorite Ace Attorney but I still enjoyed it. And Miracle Mask is great! Image via Mirusagi.
Senran Kagura Burst’s “Life and Hometown Edition” ⊟
Yep, European publisher Zen United is really calling it that. I guess it sounds totally innocuous if you don’t get the reference to an infamous quote by producer Kenichiro Takaki – a quote, by the way, which is helpfully printed in Japanese on the shirt.
You can order it here for £49.99.
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Pokemon Bank online in Europe and Australia ⊟
For everyone who asks “what about Europe” when we post a new game release, here you go. Pokemon Bank is now online in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, officially marking the end of the eShop-destroying Pokemon Financial Crisis in those territories. Japan and Asia have had the service for a while, and we Slowkings in North America are still waiting.
According to Celebi, the free 30-day trial period is “redeemable until March 14th 2014.” Get on that! But… don’t destroy the eShop again!
Small victory for homebrew software in Europe ⊟
The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that it’s legal to circumvent encryption systems on your video game console, so long as you’re not doing it to play pirated games. So if you were to use unauthorized devices to run media programs or homebrew games, you won’t be breaking the law.
This issue came up in a lawsuit between Nintendo and Italian retailer PC Box, the latter of which had been bundling DSes and Wiis with devices that bypassed the consoles’ encryption security. PC Box was able to successfully argue that those devices enabled users to run unauthorized software (e.g. MoonShell media player, Homebrew Channel).
Rune Factory 4 cancelled in Europe ⊟
First spotted on Rice-Digital but later announced to other sites by MAQL, the European release of Rune Factory 4 has been cancelled. “While MarvelousAQL has made every effort to secure the title’s release for this territory, it is, unfortunately, not possible to do so at this time.”
One theory going around is that the cancellation has something to do with the closure of developer Neverland, but I don’t think so! The game is done, and I’m sure MAQL would be able to hire somebody to implement the localized text. My guess is the localization itself is the problem: it would be expensive to translate a text-heavy RPG (and its butler puns) into multiple languages, and the prospects of a fantasy farming RPG may just not be worth it.
MAQL going HAM with Senran Kagura's EU release ⊟
First off, Senran Kagura Burst will get a physical release in Europe, instead of the eShop-only treatment the brawler received in the U.S. Europe wins again.
And MAQL Europe isn’t half-stepping with the cover — this is the full step here. Offensive or not, I am in awe of the publisher’s nerve. While its parent company picked a relatively subdued design for Japan’s boxart, the publisher was like “go hard or go home” for the EU cover. It’s going hard.
There’s a European trailer for the game and what looks like a robust(y) community on the official site.
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Tell Nintendo UK why you love your 3DS to win a better one ⊟
"What kind of Nintendo 3DS hardware do you own? How does it fit into your life? What are your favourite games? Tell us all about it and we may feature your video on our channel!" That’s Nintendo UK’s prompt for its "Me & My 3DS" contest.
The catch: you have to be talking about why you love your 3DS… while thinking about the Year of Luigi 3DS XL you could win with your video. So, acting, basically. I mean, I guess all of our non-Luigi 3DS systems are cool… *tear falls on moustache*
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy out in Europe ⊟
Man, this is some Layton right here. It’s somehow epic and… low-key? Nothing else hits that combination in quite the same way. Too bad this is the last mainline Layton game, although I guess we can look forward to Layton vs. Ace Attorney and whatever this is.
Perhaps that’s why I never really think about the series unless I happen to be playing one of the games or see a trailer… at which point I feel like they’re just my favorite things. Since I’m in America, I’ll see you in 2014, Professor…
Bravely Default's European “Deluxe Collector's Edition” ⊟
Not only does Bravely Default come out in Europe this year – December 6, to be exact – it’ll be available in this incredible limited edition. The Deluxe Collector’s Edition comes with the game, an artbook, a soundtrack CD, a bunch of AR cards, and a figurine of the character Agnes. Pre-orders of either the regular or collector’s edition at GAME will also include a separate, smaller artbook. Deluxe Collectors will want both.
Speaking of additional opportunities to give Square Enix money, the “For the Sequel” version of the game (the one we’ll be getting) adds a microtransaction-based "Bravely Second" feature that allows you to temporarily stop time in battle a couple of times a day, with more “SP Drinks” available from the eShop.
Attention: Year of Luigi commemorative coins ⊟
Centuries from now, when we’ve fallen back into the dark ages, our empires collapsed and all but forgotten, the preferred form of currency will be Year of Luigi coins, traded in faded green velvet pouches.
Unfortunately, these are a Europe-only Club Nintendo prize for now, so your descendants might be screwed if they don’t find a way to get a hold of a Luigi coin stash.
Gold, limited edition The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL bundle releasing in Europe next month ⊟
This releases on November 22 for £199.99 ($319), and comes with a downloadable copy of the game. Retail copies of the game in Europe, by the way, have a reversible cover with the all-gold/U.S. art and a full-color version.
If this isn’t enough proof (along with the Fire Emblem 3DS XL bundle and the Chotto Mario handhelds) that Europe is winning the special edition systems war as far as Western territories go, Nintendo also intends to release the amazing Year of Luigi 3DS XL there on November 1 for £179.99 ($287).
I’m 98 percent sure Nintendo will bring the Zelda 3DS XL at least to the U.S. around Black Friday, just like it did with the Zelda 3DSes and DS Lites.
Etrian Odyssey IV comes to Europe August 30 ⊟
…with an eShop release a week later. Sure, North America gets Etrian Odyssey Untold just a couple months later, but at least Europe is catching up, sorta! And it’s not like you’re going to finish this one quickly.
A demo is up on the eShop today. It’s up in North America too, if you’re in that region and never got around to checking it out…