Nintendo Systems Will Offer the Widest Array of Exclusive Games and the Most Fun and Compelling Experiences in 2013

Nintendo Systems Will Offer the Widest Array of Exclusive Games and the Most 
Fun and Compelling Experiences in 2013 
New Adventures in the Super Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Luigi, 
Pokémon and Pikmin Franchises All Coming This Year for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS 
LOS ANGELES, June 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Nintendo today unleashed a strong list of 
powerhouse games that will be available for Wii U this year, and provided 
first looks at key titles coming in 2014. These include some of the video game 
industry's most beloved franchises and characters, from Mario and Donkey Kong, 
to Luigi, Pikmin and Pokémon to The Legend of Zelda, Mario Kart and Super 
Smash Bros. 
Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata introduced many of the games during a 
Nintendo Direct announcement. To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, 
"Nearly every major piece of Nintendo IP will be represented on our platforms 
in 2013, with even more coming in 2014," said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of 
America's president and chief operating officer. "There's one fundamental 
truth in the video game industry: Software sells hardware. That was true with 
Wii and Nintendo DS, it's starting to happen with Nintendo 3DS and will be on 
display this summer and holiday season with Wii U. When gamers are making 
their purchasing decisions this year they're going to find that the games and 
experiences they want are either unique or entirely exclusive to a Nintendo 
In addition to all of the game experiences available right now at E3, Nintendo 
has partnered with Best Buy to bring four upcoming Wii U games to the public 
for the first time. Visitors to participating Best Buy stores will be able to 
play demo versions of Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, The Legend of Zelda: 
The Wind Waker HD and Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze. The games 
will be playable 4-8 p.m. local time on Wednesday, June 12, and 1-5 p.m. local 
time on Saturday, June 15. A complete list of participating stores can be 
found at 
Some of the key Wii U game info announced today by Nintendo includes: 

    --  Super Mario 3D World: For the first time ever, Nintendo has
        created a four-player Mario game set in a 3D world. The game,
        developed by the same team that created Super Mario 3D Land for
        Nintendo 3DS and the Super Mario Galaxy games for Wii, lets up
        to four players play as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad.
        Each character has his or her own unique characteristics, and
        people can play cooperatively or competitively. The new cat
        transformation turns characters into adorable felines that can
        scratch enemies and even scamper up the flagpole at the end of
        levels. Clear warp pipes add some new puzzle elements to game
        play. The game is scheduled to launch this December.
    --  Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: The first Wii U
        installment in the franchise comes from Retro Studios. The
        side-scrolling platformer has beautiful HD graphics that show
        fine details, such as Donkey Kong's fur. Dixie Kong joins the
        adventure, which features the Kongs swimming underwater and
        moving from the foreground to the background. This time, the
        camera changes perspective on certain levels to enhance the
        sense of motion and to deliver new experiences. The game is
        scheduled to launch this November.
    --  The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD: The classic Nintendo
        GameCube game has been enhanced with beautiful HD 1080p
        graphics. In one change from the original, the Tingle Tuner has
        been replaced by the Tingle Bottle, which uses the Wii U
        GamePad controller to post comments about the game to Miiverse.
        Comments from players wash up on the shores of beaches in the
        game. Players also have the option to sail faster than they did
        in the original version. The game is scheduled to launch this
    --  Mario Kart 8: The newest installment of the gold-standard
        racing game introduces an anti-gravity feature that has karts
        racing up walls and clinging to inverted tracks. Elements from
        previous Mario Kart games have made their return, including
        gliders and motorbikes. The game will support online
        multiplayer and will have deep integration with Miiverse. The
        game is scheduled to launch in spring of 2014.
    --  The Wonderful 101: This PlatinumGames original launches Sept.
        15. Players take on the role of Wonder-Red, leader of a group
        of superheroes. Individually they are overpowered by invaders
        from space. But by working together, they can transform into a
        fist or blade and unleash massive attacks on their enemy. The
        polished, over-the-top look and music evoke classic superhero
        comics and cartoons.
    --  Bayonetta 2: Developed by PlatinumGames, the game's title
        character has had a makeover that gives her a new hairstyle and
        costume. Her climactic abilities are more powerful and the
        action is as intense as ever. The game is scheduled to launch
        in 2014.
    --  A brand-new title developed by MONOLITH SOFTWARE INC.: Monolith
        Soft, the creative force behind The Xenoblade Chronicles, is
        creating an open world for players to explore. Players can ride
        human-shaped robots at certain points in the game, or use the
        robots to battle enemies in the sky. The game is scheduled to
        launch in 2014.
    --  Wii Party U: Enjoy board games and mini-games on the TV, play
        familiar tabletop games using the Wii U GamePad controller or
        transform your living room into a game show floor. No matter
        what kind of party you're throwing, Wii Party U offers
        something for everyone. The game is scheduled to launch this
    --  Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: The highly anticipated new entry
        in Nintendo's popular fighting franchise will arrive for Wii U
        in 2014.
    --  Wii Fit U: Although this game was previously announced to
        launch in spring or summer this year, it is now scheduled to
        launch this December.

Nintendo 3DS News
    --  Pokémon X and Pokémon Y: The first games in the core Pokémon
        series to appear on Nintendo 3DS launch worldwide on Oct. 12.
        The games introduce an 18(th) Pokémon type: Fairy-type Pokémon,
        and have an upgraded graphical look that is an artistic
        pinnacle for the franchise. A new feature called Pokémon-Amie
        lets players create a deeper connection with their Pokémon.
        Trainers can pet them, feed them and play mini-games with them,
        which makes their Pokémon more effective in battles.
    --  Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS: The hand-held counterpart
        to the Wii U version will also arrive in 2014.

At the Show

Additional games that were not mentioned in the Nintendo Direct but are 
playable at E3 include:

Wii U
    --  Pikmin 3: This game is in a genre all its own. Players take
        command of three explorers and a legion of adorable Pikmin in a
        fight for survival. By employing the unique abilities of these
        tiny Pikmin creatures, players will solve puzzles, battle
        dangerous predators and recover food needed to save the
        explorers' depleted home planet. The game launches Aug. 4.
    --  New Super Luigi U: Luigi takes centre stage in his first
        starring role in a platform adventure. Players can show off
        their skills as Luigi, complete with his trademark high jump
        and unique slide, as they experience more than 80 new courses
        set in the world of New Super Mario Bros. U. For people who
        already own New Super Mario Bros. U, the new Luigi content
        launches as downloadable content in the Nintendo eShop on June
        20. A stand-alone retail version of the game that does not
        require the original launches Aug. 25.
    --  Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games: The game
        includes a variety of events from the Winter Games, including
        bobsleigh, skiing, figure skating pairs and snowboard
        slopestyle - which will make its Olympic Games debut in Sochi,
        Russia. Different events might use the Wii Remote Plus
        controller, Wii U GamePad controller or both. In addition to
        realistic events, the game also includes Dream Events set in
        the worlds of Sonic and Mario that let players perform moves
        not possible in real life. Launch details and timing will be
        announced at a later date.

Nintendo 3DS
    --  The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds: This game takes
        place after the events of and in the same world as The Legend
        of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Link can now become a drawing to
        move along walls. This opens up ways to explore and puzzle
        elements that give Link access to locations he could not
        otherwise reach. The game is scheduled to launch this holiday
    --  Yoshi's New Island: The third game in the series offers classic
        Yoshi abilities while introducing new ones, such as giant Mega
        Eggs that Yoshi can use to mow down obstacles. The game
        features different worlds in a variety of art styles, including
        oil, watercolor and pastels. The game is scheduled to launch
        this holiday season.
    --  Mario & Luigi: Dream Team: Mario and Luigi embark on the
        adventure of their dreams in a hilarious action RPG that
        combines action in both the real world and inside Luigi's
        dreams. The game launches Aug. 11.

Third-Party Games

Nintendo's third-party partners are bringing their best creations to Wii U and 
Nintendo 3DS. A selection of the games on the way for Nintendo systems include 
(titles in bold are playable at Nintendo's E3 booth):

|          Title    |         Publisher   | Platform(s) |Release Date|
|Assassin's Creed IV|Ubisoft              |Wii U        |  10/29/2013|
|Black Flag         |                     |             |            |
|Batman: Arkham     |Warner Bros.         |Wii U        |  10/25/2013|
|Origins            |Interactive          |             |            |
|                   |Entertainment        |             |            |
|Batman: Arkham     |Warner Bros.         |Nintendo 3DS |  10/25/2013|
|Origins Blackgate  |Interactive          |             |            |
|                   |Entertainment        |             |            |
|Deus Ex: Human     |Square Enix, Inc.    |Wii U        |        2013|
|Revolution         |                     |             |            |
|-Director's Cut    |                     |             |            |
|Disney Infinity    |Disney Interactive   |Wii U, Wii,  |   8/18/2013|
|                   |                     |Nintendo 3DS |            |
|Disney's Planes    |Disney Interactive   |Wii U, Wii,  |    8/6/2013|
|                   |                     |Nintendo 3DS,|            |
|                   |                     |Nintendo DS  |            |
|Just Dance 2014    |Ubisoft              |Wii U, Wii   |   10/8/2013|
|Rayman Legends     |Ubisoft              |Wii U        |    9/3/2013|
|Scribblenauts      |Warner Bros.         |Wii U,       |   Fall 2013|
|Unmasked: A DC     |Interactive          |Nintendo 3DS |            |
|Comics Adventure   |Entertainment        |             |            |
|Shin Megami Tensei |ATLUS (Index Digital |Nintendo 3DS |   7/16/2013|
|IV                 |Media, Inc.)         |             |            |
|Skylanders SWAP    |Activision Publishing|Wii U, Wii,  |  10/13/2013|
|Force              |                     |Nintendo 3DS |            |
|Sonic Lost World   |SEGA                 |Wii U,       |Holiday 2013|
|                   |                     |Nintendo 3DS |            |
|Tom Clancy's       |Ubisoft              |Wii U        |   8/20/2013|
|Splinter Cell      |                     |             |            |
|Blacklist          |                     |             |            |
|Watch_Dogs         |Ubisoft              |Wii U        |  11/19/2013|

Additionally, third parties are also bringing strong digital-only content to 
the Nintendo eShop on Wii U in 2013. Some of these titles include Ballpoint 
Universe (Arachnid Games), DuckTales: Remastered (Capcom), Dungeons & Dragons: 
Chronicles of Mystara (Capcom), Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails (Dakko 
Dakko), Coaster Crazy Deluxe (Frontier Developments), Spin the Bottle: 
Blimpies Party (KnapNok Games), A World of Keflings (NinjaBee), Oddworld: New 
'N' Tasty (Oddworld Inhabitants), Mutant Mudds Deluxe (Renegade Kid), 
Cloudberry Kingdom (Ubisoft) and Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games).

To follow all of Nintendo's E3 activities, keep an eye on Nintendo's Facebook 
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