ADDING MULTIMEDIA Nintendo’s Wii U Ushers in New Age of Video Games with Integrated Second-Screen Experience

  ADDING MULTIMEDIA Nintendo’s Wii U Ushers in New Age of Video Games with
  Integrated Second-Screen Experience

  The Biggest Names in Video Games Bringing Their Best Franchises to Wii U;
  Company Provides Details about Social and Broader Entertainment Strategies
                        with Miiverse and Partnerships

Business Wire

LOS ANGELES -- June 05, 2012

Nintendo revealed a massive lineup of first- and third-party video games for
its upcoming Wii U home console today, including new games in the Super Mario
Bros., Pikmin, Wii Fit, Batman: Arkham City, Scribblenauts, Assassin’s Creed
and Just Dance franchises. The Wii U console launches this holiday season and
introduces the Wii U GamePad, a controller with a 6.2-inch touch screen that
redefines how people interact with their games, their entertainment and one
another. Video game publishers from around the world, including Ubisoft,
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Electronic Arts, SEGA, THQ and NAMCO
BANDAI Games Inc. are demonstrating how their biggest franchises are being
reimagined for Wii U.

Pikmin 3, the first original entry in the Pikmin franchise in nearly eight
years, includes new chall ...

Pikmin 3, the first original entry in the Pikmin franchise in nearly eight
years, includes new challenges, new characters and mysterious new Pikmin
types. The Wii U GamePad creates new player experiences for the real-time
strategy franchise by reinventing the control scheme and challenging players
in exciting new ways. (Photo: Business Wire)

In addition to the wide array of established brands shown during the Nintendo
All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012, Nintendo also revealed new games like
Nintendo Land, a Wii U game set in a virtual theme park with a dozen
attractions inspired by fan-favorite Nintendo franchises such as The Legend of
Zelda and Donkey Kong. Just as the motion-controlled games in Wii Sports
helped players discover the fun of the Wii console, Nintendo Land brings the
promise of the GamePad to life with a range of single-player and multiplayer

Nintendo Land introduces the entirely new dynamic of asymmetric game play,
where the images being displayed on the GamePad are entirely different than
what is seen on the TV. Giving the player with the GamePad different
information, viewpoints, advantages and objectives creates completely new
cooperative and competitive opportunities and enables novice and advanced
players to enjoy games together and not be forced to play above or below their
skill level.

“The GamePad doesn’t just introduce a new type of game play, it redefines an
entire dynamic. With asymmetric game play, multiple experiences are possible
in the same game at the same time. That’s transformative,”said Nintendo of
America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “While games are the focus of this
year’s E3, the Wii U story also includes the enhanced social connections and
integrated entertainment experiences created by the GamePad. We’re providing a
glimpse of that with the introduction of Miiverse and by revealing
partnerships with some of the biggest content providers on the planet.”

Mario will leap onto Wii U in New Super Mario Bros. U, a new side-scrolling
adventure that introduces new transformations for Mario and the ability for
players to play as their Mii characters. The game also introduces the new
Boost Mode, which can be used to add blocks, to help players avoid enemies,
enable Mario to discover secrets or allow multiple players working together to
perform a speed run in record time.

Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of a number of original and popular
Nintendo franchises, joined the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012 to
introduce Pikmin 3, the first original entry in the Pikmin franchise in nearly
eight years. The game includes new challenges, new characters and mysterious
new Pikmin types. The Wii U GamePad creates new player experiences for the
real-time strategy franchise by reinventing the control scheme and challenging
players in exciting new ways. Pikmin 3 also takes advantage of the HD
capabilities of Wii U to more elaborately depict the rich nature landscapes,
various creatures and the lovable Pikmin.

SiNG (working title) is a new interactive musical performance game for Wii U
that gets everyone at the party involved in the music. With dozens of popular
songs to choose from, everyone from novice singers and dancers to budding
stars can join in on the fun. The main performer holds the GamePad while
others in the room sing, dance and clap along with the music.

Wii Fit U is a new installment in the Wii Fit series, a brand that has sold
more than 40 million units worldwide. The game combines fun and fitness with
new exercises and activities, and incorporates the GamePad in unique ways.
It’s compatible with the existing Wii Balance Board, and Wii Fit and Wii Fit
Plus owners can transfer their existing workout data. Nintendo also revealed
the Fit Meter, an advanced activity monitor that will be packaged with the
game and enables users to track fitness activities throughout the day and
upload that data back into Wii Fit U.

In LEGO City: Undercover developed by TT Games and published by Nintendo,
players assume the identity of Chase McCain, an undercover detective armed
with clever disguises. As players run, drive and even fly through the city,
they’ll use the Wii U GamePad as a map, communicator and indispensable crime
scanner. This is the first time that the LEGO City play sets have come to life
on a gaming platform and it’s exclusively on the Wii U console.

Also exclusive to the Wii U is a new franchise from Ubisoft called ZombiU,
which puts players in the middle of London circa 2012 where an outbreak has
infected the population, destroying their humanity and turning them into
mindless monsters. Ubisoft will also bring the highly anticipated Assassin’s
Creed III to Wii U, as well as Just Dance 4, a new installment in the Just
Dance series.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is supporting Wii U with Batman: Arkham
City: Armored Edition, an enhanced version of Batman: Arkham City, which
includes new game play that makes distinct use of the unique features of the
GamePad. The publisher will also introduce Scribblenauts Unlimited for Wii U,
marking the first appearance of the imaginative Scribblenauts series on a home

Other Wii U games revealed during the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3
2012 include Mass Effect 3 from Electronic Arts, Darksiders II from THQ,
Aliens: Colonial Marines from SEGA, TANK! TANK! TANK! and TEKKEN TAG
TOURNAMENT 2 (working title) from NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc., Trine 2: Director’s
Cut from Frozenbyte and Rayman Legends, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013,
Sports Connection, Rabbids Land and Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth from

Nintendo also revealed details about Miiverse, a new network communication
system that lets gamers from around the world share experiences, discuss games
and discover new content. Using their personalized Mii characters, players
enter Miiverse and see games, applications or entertainment content that
either they have interacted with recently, expressed interest in learning more
about or that their friends are using or discussing. From here they can
challenge their friends to play together, ask a question about a difficult
level or discover new elements of their favorite games they never knew
existed. After a notable achievement or other share-worthy moment, players can
pause their game or application and seamlessly post messages to the Miiverse
community. Eventually Wii U owners will be able to join Miiverse from a
Nintendo 3DS, PC or any smartphone or Web-capable mobile device.

Nintendo also revealed details about its broader entertainment strategy and
the impact that the GamePad will have on how we find, interact with and watch
video content. The company is working with Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant
Video, and YouTube to bring video experiences to Wii U that will take
advantage of the integrated second-screen experience.

In addition to the 6.2-inch touch screen and dual analog sticks, the Wii U
GamePad also includes traditional buttons for gaming and the ability to
function as a TV remote. Users can change channels or adjust the sound,
whether they are playing games or just watching TV. The GamePad is tied to the
console and TV, providing a perfectly integrated experience, no matter how
it’s being used. Players can move games from the TV to the GamePad. Different
players can enjoy different experiences in the same game, depending on which
controller they opt to use.

The Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012 also featured games for the
portable Nintendo 3DS system, including Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, New Super
Mario Bros. 2 and Paper Mario: Sticker Star. More information about these and
other games will be announced during a separate hourlong presentation at 6
p.m. Pacific Time on June 6. Members of the public can watch the event online
at, or on Nintendo’s Facebook page at

A replay of the complete Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012, a
“virtual hands-on” video that gives consumers who can’t attend E3 a taste of
the Wii U experience and additional Wii U and game details can be found online
at or

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