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Nintendo releasing 60Hz F-Zero onto Europe's Wii U Virtual Console


European Wii U owners get to play F-Zero at the same speed as North Americans - always handy with a racing game - when the SNES classic arrives on the Wii U's Virtual Console this week. The news of the 60Hz version coming to Europe follows the criticism Nintendo received last month for releasing a 50Hz version of Balloon Fight.

Games running at 50Hz, which they used to in Europe because over there older TV sets only displayed the lower refresh rate, run noticeably slower than their 60Hz counterparts, as clearly demonstrated by audio and side-by-side comparisons.

F-Zero isn't the only Nintendo download racing into Europe this week. Demos for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (both on 3DS and Wii U), Trine 2: Director's Cut on Wii U, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate on 3DS are speeding their way there, as is a full-blown releases for NightSky on 3DS.

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20th February 2013 – Check out this week's newest downloadable offerings from Nintendo:
Title Platform Available on Price Point

Monster Hunter™ 3 Ultimate Demo
(Demo) Nintendo eShop Free Nintendo PR

Nintendo 3DS
(Demo) Nintendo eShop
Game Description: Take up arms and venture into a world of spectacular surroundings and challenging monsters in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. With all-new monsters, equipment and weapons and over 200 action-packed quests to tackle, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is the most expansive game in the series to date. In this action RPG, take more than just satisfaction from your hard-fought victories: carve conquered monsters to gain their bones, horns, hides and more, then have them fashioned into weapons and armour to steel you for the even tougher battles ahead. It is the hunter's way.

Trine 2™: Director's Cut Demo
(Frozenbyte) Wii U
(Demo) Nintendo eShop Free

Wii U
(Download Software)
Nintendo eShop Continued sale: -25% until 07/03/2013 (€12.49, was €16.99) (£9.99, was £13.99)
Game Description: Trine 2: Director's Cut is more than just your average side-scrolling platform game. Combining mind-bending puzzles with thrilling combat action, the gameplay offers a challenge that's sure to appeal to everyone. Explore fantastical locations displayed in superb high-definition graphics and experience a rich story full of bravery and villainy – all while fighting enemies and solving physics-based puzzles that make use of realistic fire, water and gravity effects.

Mighty Switch Force!™ Hyper Drive Edition
(WayForward) Wii U
(Download Software)
Nintendo eShop -50% until 28/02/2013 (€4.99, was €9.99) (£4.49, was £8.99)

Game Description: Meet Patricia Wagon, cybernetic police officer on a mission to put the Hooligan Sisters back behind bars. By activating her Siren Helmet, Patricia can shift the machine matrix of Planet Land, altering the world around her. Use your wits and trusty Pellet Shooter to blow crime away!

(Nintendo) Wii U
(Virtual Console) Nintendo eShop (€0.30) (£0.30)

Game Description: Part of the Family Computer 30th Anniversary Campaign.
In the year 2560, the greatest racing competition is the F-ZERO championship. Pilots from across the galaxy risk their lives in a high-speed battle of turbo-charged hovercraft. Taking full advantage of the Super NES's 'Mode 7™' effect, F-ZERO redefined racing games with its smooth, fast graphics and thrilling gameplay. It also featured one of the most famous soundtracks in video games, and introduced players to the likes of Captain Falcon and Samurai Goroh.
This is a release of the US-NTSC version of the game running at 60Hz.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate Demo
(Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH) Nintendo 3DS
(Demo) Nintendo eShop Free
An ancient evil rises once more and two generations of heroes will meet their fate as the classic Castlevania series comes to Nintendo 3DS. Over two decades after Gabriel Belmont's quest to destroy the Lords of Shadow, the Belmont clan once again finds its fate intertwined with evil. Consumed by darkness, Gabriel has now become Dracula and only his ancestors have the power to stop him. Fight evil across two different eras and help lead Trevor and Simon Belmont as they each battle their own destiny and set out to avenge their family against the prince of darkness, Gabriel... nay, Dracula himself!

(Nicalis) Nintendo 3DS
(Download Software)
Nintendo eShop (€9.99) (£8.99)

NightSky is an action-puzzle game that offers an ambient gameplay experience unlike any other on Nintendo 3DS with cerebral challenges that fill uniquely designed picturesque worlds. Each of these worlds is broken into different areas in which the player must manoeuver a sphere by using realistic physics to advance. NightSky also offers a formidable challenge for hardcore players, with an unlockable Alternative mode. The original soundtrack by experimental jazz musician Chris Schlarb will further heighten the surreal 3D experience.

For further details:
Wii U website

Nintendo 3DS Guided Tour:
Nintendo eShop website
Wii U (UK) on Facebook

Nintendo 3DS (UK) on Facebook
Nintendo UK on Twitter
Nintendo UK on YouTube

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About Nintendo:
The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U & Wii home console, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has sold more than 4 billion video games and more than 651 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL, as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Super NES, Nintendo® 64 and Nintendo GameCube systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe.

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