Two Zelda Games, Mario, Mario Kart and Other Fan-Favorite Franchises Planned for Wii U

  Two Zelda Games, Mario, Mario Kart and Other Fan-Favorite Franchises Planned
  for Wii U

 Nintendo Outlines Its Vision for Wii U, Including Launching Virtual Console
  and How Miiverse and Second-Screen Gaming Features Will Continue to Evolve

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REDMOND, Wash. -- January 23, 2013

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata unleashed Wii U news in an installment of
Nintendo Direct today as he outlined Nintendo’s future plans for the console.
Iwata revealed how the Wii U launch lineup will be bolstered by a long list of
top game franchises headed for the new console. These are games that longtime
players and newcomers alike will love to play, and everyone will be
experiencing them in new ways, thanks to the integrated second-screen
experiences enabled by the Wii U GamePad controller. Iwata also detailed a
number of enhancements designed to make the Wii U game experience more social,
even if people are not playing in the same room.

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“The fun of video games is not only just playing games, but also sharing
experiences together with people – even though they live far away, their skill
levels are different or their experience does not happen at the same time,”
Iwata said. “We want Wii U to be the system that brings everyone together.”

To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit
http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. The many announcements included:

Game News

  *Two Zelda Games: Eiji Aonuma, the producer of The Legend of Zelda series,
    revealed two entries in the series for Wii U.
  *Super Mario is on His Way: The Nintendo EAD Tokyo Software Development
    team that created the Super Mario Galaxy games for Wii and Super Mario 3D
    Land for Nintendo 3DS is working on a new 3D Mario action game for Wii U.
    The game is scheduled to be playable at this year’s E3.
  *Buckle Up!: Nintendo is also working on a new installment of the hit Mario
    Kart franchise. This game is also planned to be playable at E3.
  *Yarn Yoshi: The team that created Kirby’s Epic Yarn is hard at work on the
    first console game to feature Yoshi as the main character since 1998’s
    Yoshi’s Story for Nintendo 64. Takashi Tezuka, director of Yoshi’s Island
    and Yoshi’s Story, is supervising the development of the new game, which
    is set in a fanciful world of yarn and textiles.
  *Wii Fit U Communities: New features coming to Wii Fit U include letting
    players create user communities on Miiverse from within the game.
    Community members can discuss exercises, BMI or weight changes and other
    health topics with other players as a way to encourage one another to
    reach their fitness goals. Similar functionality for other games is also
    planned.
  *Pikmin 3 Photos: The upcoming Pikmin 3 game includes a feature that lets
    players use the Wii U GamePad as a camera to share the same perspective as
    Pikmin and take close-up pictures of landscapes and creatures in the game
    and share them in Miiverse.
  *The Party Continues: A new installment in the Wii Party franchise is
    planned to launch this summer. The game features various play styles,
    including one that lets both players compete head-to-head using just the
    GamePad.
  *RPG Mashup: Nintendo has begun many collaborations with outside
    development partners to bring the best franchises and experiences to Wii
    U. In one such partnership, Nintendo and Atlus are working on a
    collaboration that features the Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei
    franchises. A video trailer for the game was shown in the Nintendo Direct.
  *A New Game from Monolith Soft: Tetsuya Takahashi and the team at Monolith
    Soft that worked on Xenoblade for Wii are working on a new game. A video
    trailer for the game was shown in the Nintendo Direct.
  *More on the Way: Iwata shared a new trailer for The Wonderful 101. That
    game and GAME & WARIO are scheduled to launch in the first half of 2013.
    Iwata also showed a new video for Bayonetta 2. That game and the new Super
    Smash Bros. installment are still on the way, but will need more
    development time before details can be revealed.

Virtual Console

  *Virtual Console for Wii U: A spring system update will add Virtual Console
    software to the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. The service will launch right
    after the spring update and will include a selection of NES and Super NES
    games, with Game Boy Advance games to be added in the future. The prices
    for NES and Super NES Virtual Console games for Wii U will be the same as
    they were for the Virtual Console on Wii. People who have already
    purchased the Wii version of a certain NES or Super NES Virtual Console
    game and transferred it to their Wii U console can buy the enhanced Wii U
    version of the same game for the reduced price of $1 for NES games and
    $1.50 for Super NES games.
  *Classic Games for 30 Cents! To celebrate the 30^th anniversary of the
    release of the Famicom in Japan (which was known as the NES in the United
    States), Nintendo is making one NES or Super NES game available each month
    now through July at the anniversary price of just 30 cents. Each game will
    be available at that price for 30 days, and the first is the NES game
    Balloon Fight, which is now available in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U.

Social and System Enhancements

  *Miiverse Expands to Smartphones: Starting this spring, people will be able
    to browse Miiverse from their smartphones. Initially the experience will
    be browser-based, but Nintendo plans to create a dedicated Miiverse app in
    the future.
  *System Updates: Two major updates are on the way, one in the spring and
    one in the summer. The updates will introduce a wide range of
    functionality, such as Virtual Console capabilities and shortening the
    time it takes users to launch software or return to the menu screen.

Remember that Wii U features 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/wiiu. Standalone versions of the
trailers for The Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2, the new game from Monolith Soft
and the collaboration featuring the Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei
franchises can be found at http://www.youtube.com/nintendo.

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^™ and Wii^™ home consoles, and Nintendo
3DS^™ and Nintendo DS^™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it
launched the Nintendo Entertainment System^™, Nintendo has sold more than 4
billion video games and more than 637 million hardware units globally,
including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as
well as the Game Boy^™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi^™ and
Nintendo DSi XL^™, Super NES^™, Nintendo 64^™, Nintendo GameCube^™ and Wii
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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