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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

11 th June 2012 – Get ready for a graphic game with a twist as Art of Ink comes to Nintendo DSiWare this week. Working in one of the coolest tattoo studios in town, use your Stylus as a tattoo machine which will allow you to get creative on your clients’ skin and leave them with a piece of stylish body artwork.

But it doesn’t end with the art – you’ll have to contend with the colourful array of characters that enter your studio looking for their own personalised tattoos. The more creative and accurate designs you draw the more your reputation will grow, until rival tattoo artists will challenge you to prove your artistry. Once you’ve defeated them you’ll be able to see their strengths and build your own until you just may be the best tattoo artist around.

Blast into action with your favourite blue hedgehog in the SEGA Game Gear classic Sonic Blast™, coming to the Nintendo eShop. Playing as the legendary Sonic, or as his sturdy friend and rival Knuckles, it’s your job to retrieve the stolen Chaos Emeralds from the evil genius Robotnik. You must overcome a maze of traps, devilish robots and intimidating scenery, before taking on the mighty Robotnik. To do this, you’ll need all the new moves and special power-ups at your disposal.

And if you haven’t had enough action, take a stand with the deadly female samurai, Akane, as she battles overwhelming odds to find her missing brother in the visually stunning Samurai Sword Destiny TM. Danger dogs Akane every step of the way in this dangerous quest, where she must battle fearsome foes, combat deadly ambushes and invade the rooftops of enemy castles.

Check out all the latest offerings which are available for download this Thursday via Nintendo eShop and the Wii Shop Channel below.

Title Platform Available on Price Point Further Info Contact

Samurai Sword Destiny TM  (UFO Interactive) Nintendo 3DS (Download Software) Nintendo eShop 


£5.40 (UK Only) Andrew Wang

[email protected]

Game Description: You are going to need all the help you can get if Akane is going to have a fighting chance against the forces standing in her way to find her missing brother. Thankfully, there are dozens of upgrades, which may just make the difference.

Sonic Blast TM  (SEGA) Nintendo 3DS (Virtual Console) Nintendo eShop 


£4.50 (UK Only) Amy White

[email protected]

Game Description: You can play as Sonic or Knuckles in this classic title which comes complete with 14 classic levels. The game is full of power-ups, special advantages like Sonic’s new Boost Blast, allowing you to reach hidden areas and Knuckles super climbing skills to help you gain extra points, and even hidden levels.

Art of Ink (Sabarasa) Nintendo 3DS

(DSiWare) Nintendo eShop €8

£7.20 (UK Only) Javier Otaegui

[email protected]

  Nintendo DSi (DSiWare) Nintendo DSi Shop 800 Nintendo DSi Points  

Game Description: Keep your clients happy enough and you may even be able to open your own tattoo parlour – and customise it just the way you like. 


The SpotPass™ feature on Nintendo 3DS allows you to automatically receive a host of exciting content such as 3D videos for Nintendo Video , notifications, add-on data for your software and system updates without lifting a finger. SpotPass content can be received automatically and free of charge from thousands of supported public Wi-Fi access points across Europe and through wireless broadband internet connections at home. It works even if the system is in Sleep Mode.

Available this week, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS owners, is the fifteenth and final in a series of popular Shaun the Sheep 3D clips created exclusively in 3D by Aardman Animations, the multi-award winning creators of Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit. In the final clip titled, Lamb Salsa , the farmer conducts a spontaneous musical performance by the Animals without knowing a thing about it!  

Keep up to date with all the official Nintendo announcements and exclusive new game information by following the official Nintendo of Europe Twitter feed @NintendoEurope.


Note to Editors:

The Nintendo eShop is a digital store for Nintendo 3DS owners that provides access to a wide variety of free & paid for downloadable content each Thursday, which includes –

  • Original 3D software
  • Virtual Console - A range of games from classic platforms including Game Boy™, NES™, and SEGA Game Gear
  • Extensive library of Nintendo DSiWare™games.

Visitors can also view video game trailers, screenshots and product information for games, including those available at retail locations.

In order for Nintendo 3DS owners to gain access to the Nintendo eShop, a system update must be performed via a wireless broadband internet connection. To perform the free and simple recommended system update, Nintendo 3DS users can simply:

  • Start the “System Settings” from the Home Menu,
  • Select “Other Settings” and scroll the page right to select “System Update.”

Those who perform the system update will gain access to the Nintendo eShop and will be able to download the Nintendo Video™ application for free, providing access to a range of new and exclusive 2D and 3D video content on their Nintendo 3DS system.

The system update will also provide users with access to Nintendo Zone and a free Internet Browser, the ability to receive SpotPass content from supported public WiFi hotspots across Europe, as well as providing Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL owners the ability to easily transfer most of their previously purchased Nintendo DSiWare games to their Nintendo 3DS systems.

Users can also add funds to their virtual wallets using their credit card or a Nintendo eShop Card, browse the selections and then click to download the games they want.

Nintendo eShop Cards are now being roll out at various stores across Europe. You have the choice of several denominations for Nintendo eShop Cards.

As with any pre-paid option, the Nintendo eShop Cards are activated at the point of purchase. When a user purchases a card at any sales point, the code will be activated and the credit will become available. The 16-digit code on the reverse side can be entered into any one of the following:

  • Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS
  • Wii Shop Channel
  • Nintendo DSi Shop

Afterwards, you can begin shopping immediately.

As the Nintendo eShop, Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop are continually updated with games and applications each Thursday; make sure you keep checking the Nintendo eShop, Nintendo DSi Shop, Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo Channel for all the latest news and releases on already available and upcoming games and applications.

Nintendo 3DS offers Parental Controls so that parents can control the level of 3D their children can view on the Nintendo 3DS as well as the content they can access. Nintendo 3DS also features a 3D depth slider which lets players turn off or adjust the level of 3D they want on the 3D Screen, two built-in screens for different functionality, a Circle Pad which provides a full 360 degrees of direction, a built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor. It is equipped with three cameras (two of which are facing outwards to allow the taking of 3D pictures and 3D videos), houses a 2GB SD Memory Card and is compatible with AR Cards which come packaged with Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo 3DS is also backwards compatible with all existing Nintendo DS games, which can be played in 2D on your Nintendo 3DS system. For more information about these features and other options, visit:

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™ 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 3.9 billion video games and more than 630 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.