Nintendo Keeps Fans Smiling with New Mario Adventure and Kirby Anniversary Collection

  Nintendo Keeps Fans Smiling with New Mario Adventure and Kirby Anniversary
  Collection

 New Super Mario Bros. 2 Game, Kid Icarus Videos and System Update Headed to
   Nintendo 3DS; Wii Owners to Celebrate 20 Years of Kirby Fun with Special
                            Compilation Game Disc

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REDMOND, Wash. -- April 21, 2012

Nintendo fans will have no shortage of reasons to celebrate this year, thanks
to a wealth of upcoming games and content for both the Nintendo 3DS hand-held
system and the Wii console. Nintendo today revealed plans to launch New Super
Mario Bros. 2, a new side-scrolling Mario adventure for Nintendo 3DS, this
summer. Later in the year, Nintendo will mark the 20^th anniversary of the
Kirby game series with a special compilation game disc for the Wii system.
Other content on the way includes a system update for Nintendo 3DS, re-runs of
the popular Kid Icarus anime videos as well as the May 20 launch of Mario
Tennis Open.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 is a traditional side-scrolling adventure game
featuring Mario, Luigi and loads of other favorite characters from the popular
Mario series. The game was created specifically as a pick-up-and-play
experience that can be instantly enjoyed by players of all skill levels on the
Nintendo 3DS system. The game will launch across North America in August.

To celebrate the 20^th anniversary of the cute-but-powerful Kirby character,
Nintendo will release a special anniversary software disc for Wii later this
year. The disc will contain a variety of previously released, fan-favorite
Kirby games. Additional Kirby anniversary activities will be revealed at a
later date.

“A new Mario game and a big Kirby celebration will help make 2012 an
especially great year for Nintendo fans,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of
America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Whether they’re
playing at home on Wii or using Nintendo 3DS to have fun on the go, players
can look forward to experiencing some of our biggest franchises in exciting
ways.”

On April 25, a system update for Nintendo 3DS will give users new functions to
explore. By downloading this update, users can create folders on the system’s
HOME Menu to organize their content. This new feature is designed to make it
easier than ever for players to access their favorite downloadable games,
videos and demos. With this update, users will also get helpful
recommendations in the Nintendo eShop for titles they may like. Other elements
of the system update include the ability to update select software, such as a
Mario Kart 7 update coming in mid-May that will resolve shortcut exploits in
the game.

Also for Nintendo 3DS, a recent series of Kid Icarus anime videos will return
to the Nintendo Video service starting April 28.

For even more hand-held fun, Nintendo fans can look ahead to the May 20 launch
of Mario Tennis Open for Nintendo 3DS, which invites players to step onto the
court with Mario and his friends for fast-paced tennis action and a mix of
remarkable new tennis challenges. Players can play as their own customized Mii
characters and choose from approximately 200 special items, including rackets
and tennis gear that not only enhance their character’s appearance but also
modify their abilities. Players can also suit up their Mii characters with
outfits that both resemble and offer the skills of popular Nintendo
characters. They can also swing into action in local and wireless Internet
multiplayer modes that let families and friends play together.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS and Wii feature parental controls that let adults
manage the content their children can access. For more information about this
and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3dsor
http://www.nintendo.com/wii.

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 620 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
America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s
operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo,
please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

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