Nintendo Announces New Games in The Legend of Zelda, Yoshi’s Island Series, and, at Long Last … EarthBound

  Nintendo Announces New Games in The Legend of Zelda, Yoshi’s Island Series,
  and, at Long Last … EarthBound

             2013 Continues to Heat Up for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

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REDMOND, Wash. -- April 17, 2013

In a new Nintendo Direct video announcement today, Nintendo revealed another
massive list of news for its Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems. Topping the list
for many gamers is an entirely new Nintendo 3DS game in The Legend of Zelda
series set in the world of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The game
is scheduled to launch this holiday season. Fans will also be excited to hear
that a new game in the Yoshi’s Island series is also being developed for
Nintendo 3DS. And, after 20 years, EarthBound is finally returning to North
America. The game is scheduled to be released this year on the Virtual Console
service for the Wii U home console.

“Nintendo 3DS and Wii U continue to evolve into some of the best bets in
gaming,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “We’ve had an
incredible 2013 so far with titles such as Fire Emblem Awakening and Luigi’s
Mansion: Dark Moon, and the rest of 2013 and beyond is even better.”

To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit Today’s announcements included:

Nintendo 3DS News

  *A New Game in The Legend of Zelda Series: Nintendo developers are working
    on a new game set in the world of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past,
    which launched for Super NES in 1992. The game makes use of the 3D
    abilities of Nintendo 3DS, and allows Link to become a drawing and move
    along walls. A 3D video of the new game is now available to download in
    the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. The game is scheduled to launch this
    holiday season.
  *Yoshi’s Island: The third installment in the beloved franchise is making
    its way to Nintendo 3DS. Yoshi and Baby Mario are back with flutter jumps,
    ground pounds and egg throws, plus a host of new actions that use the
    unique features of Nintendo 3DS. More details about the game, as well as
    launch timing, will be announced in the future.
  *Mario & Luigi: Dream Team: The game takes place on a mysterious island,
    and challenges Mario to go between the real world and Luigi’s dreams to
    rescue Princess Peach. The game will be available in stores and in the
    Nintendo eShop on Aug. 11.
  *Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D: This hand-held update of the smash-hit for
    Wii adds eight new stages that players can enjoy after they have completed
    the main game, as well as a New Mode optimized for hand-held play with new
    items and mechanics. The game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop
    on May 24.
  *Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move: This Nintendo eShop exclusive
    challenges players to place tiles on the bottom screen to guide the Mini
    Marios to their goal on the top screen. The game offers more than 180
    stages in four different modes. Players can also create and share their
    own stages, and play those created by other players around the world. The
    game will launch on May 9.
  *Animal Crossing: New Leaf Hardware Bundle: A special Nintendo 3DS XL
    system featuring designs from Animal Crossing: New Leaf that comes
    pre-installed with the new game will be available on launch day, June 9,
    at a suggested retail price of $219.99.
  *Mario Golf: World Tour: Players who connect their Nintendo 3DS systems to
    the Internet can play competitive real-time multiplayer matches against
    others across the globe. They can also use the community feature to find
    others to golf with. The game is scheduled to launch this summer.
  *The Legend of Zelda – Two Classic Games: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of
    Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons will soon be available for
    the first time since their original release on Game Boy Color in 2001.
    Originally developed by Capcom, the games are headed to the Virtual
    Console service for Nintendo 3DS. The games are interconnected: Playing
    one unlocks secrets in the other. The games are scheduled to launch in the
    Nintendo eShop on May 30.
  *Party Like it’s the Year of Luigi: A new game in the Mario Party series is
    scheduled to launch for Nintendo 3DS this winter. The game features seven
    different game boards, each with its own set of rules. The game offers 81
    new mini-games that test speed, concentration and luck. In addition to the
    board game elements, players will be able to play mini-games exclusively
    or try their hands at a 30-floor tower climb, AR Card games and StreetPass
  *Bravely Default: This role-playing game from Square Enix adds a new
    risk-reward twist to the genre: Players can skip a turn in battle to do
    more damage in later turns. The game includes AR functions, multiple
    endings and unique wireless features. Nintendo has partnered with Square
    Enix to publish the game in North America in 2014.
  *Professor Layton is Back: The third game in the second Professor Layton
    trilogy, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, includes more than 500
    puzzles and is scheduled for a 2014 launch.
  *A Nintendo eShop Trio from LEVEL-5: LEVEL-5 has assembled a collection of
    Japan’s top developers to create original games that will be headed to the
    Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS soon. THE STARSHIP DAMREY, from Kazuya
    Asano and Takemaru Abiko, puts players in a suspenseful adventure where
    they will have to search for any information available to discover the
    truth about their circumstances. In BUGS vs. TANKS! from Mega Man creator
    Keiji Inafune, players control a tiny customizable tank in battle against
    swarms of giant bugs. In Kaz Ayabe’s ATTACK OF THE FRIDAY MONSTERS! A
    TOKYO TALE, players will take the role of a young boy who lives where the
    giant monsters from Japan’s 1970s TV shows come to life every Friday.
  *Shin Megami Tensei 4: When this game launches on July 16 from ATLUS, every
    copy in the initial shipment will be a Limited Edition Box Set that
    includes a 176-page Strategy & Design Book containing the official starter
    strategy guide and full-color artwork ranging from concept art to in-game
    pieces to never-used designs; the Shin Megami Tensei Music Collection CD
    that offers tracks specially selected from across the 20-plus-year history
    of the SMT series; and a deluxe-sized Collectible Slipcase featuring key
    art designed by character designer Masayuki Doi.

Wii U News

  *You Are Not Dreaming – This is Real: Nintendo fans rejoice: EarthBound is
    coming to the Wii U Virtual Console this year. The original game was
    created by Shigesato Itoi and released on Super NES in 1995.
  *New Super Luigi U: Wii U owners who purchase this downloadable content for
    New Super Mario Bros. U (a copy of the game is required) will get 82
    updated stages and a new adventure featuring Luigi, who can jump higher
    than Mario, yet has trouble stopping after a dash. Many stages start with
    only 100 seconds on the timer, and quicker stages are populated with many
    obstacles. New Super Luigi U is scheduled to be released this summer
    during the Year of Luigi.
  *System Update: Next week’s update will add new functions and enhance
    existing ones. It shortens loading times when switching between
    applications or returning to the Wii U Menu.
  *New Features: Shortly after the system update, Nintendo will launch the
    Virtual Console service and Wii U Panorama View.
  *Game & Wario: Each game in Game & Wario uses the Wii U GamePad in a unique
    way. Game & Wario will be available in stores and the Nintendo eShop on
    June 23.
  *Pikmin 3: In addition to new Rock Pikmin, the new game also introduces
    flying Winged Pikmin that follow the player and can carry items in the
    air. The game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Aug. 4.
  *Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Update: A game update for the Wii U version of
    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate from Capcom is now available for download. The
    update enables off-TV play using the Wii U GamePad, and allows players
    from North America and Europe to join each other’s online games. A
    selection of videos introducing players to the game’s game-play mechanics
    can be found at

Remember that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults
manage the content their children can access. For more information about this
and other features, visit and

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