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

  ADDING MULTIMEDIA 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

E3 Expo 2013

Business Wire

LOS ANGELES -- June 11, 2013

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.

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of
America's president and ...

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of
America's president and chief operating officer, addresses the crowd during
the Wii U Software Showcase @ E3 2013 on June 11, 2013 in Los Angeles. The
Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is the video game industry's premier trade
show. (Photo: Business Wire)

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 October.
  *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 October.
  *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 center 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.
    The game is scheduled to launch this November.

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 November.
  *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 in 2014.
  *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
Assassin’s Creed IV     Ubisoft                 Wii U                Oct. 29
Black Flag
Batman: Arkham          Warner Bros.
Origins                 Interactive             Wii U                Oct. 25
Batman: Arkham          Warner Bros.
Origins Blackgate       Interactive             Nintendo 3DS         Oct. 25
Deus Ex: Human
Revolution              Square Enix, Inc.       Wii U                2013
-Director’s Cut
Disney Infinity         Disney Interactive      Wii U, Wii,          Aug. 18
                                                Nintendo 3DS
                                                Wii U, Wii,
Disney’s Planes         Disney Interactive      Nintendo 3DS,        Aug. 6
                                                Nintendo DS
Just Dance 2014         Ubisoft                 Wii U, Wii           Oct. 8
Rayman Legends          Ubisoft                 Wii U                Sept. 3
Scribblenauts           Warner Bros.            Wii U,  Nintendo
Unmasked: A DC          Interactive             3DS                  Fall 2013
Comics Adventure        Entertainment
Shin Megami Tensei      ATLUS (Index
IV                      Digital Media,          Nintendo 3DS         July 16
Skylanders SWAP         Activision              Wii U, Wii,          Oct. 13
Force                   Publishing              Nintendo 3DS
Sonic Lost World        SEGA                    Wii U, Nintendo      Holiday
                                                3DS                  2013
Tom Clancy’s
Splinter Cell           Ubisoft                 Wii U                Aug. 20
Watch_Dogs              Ubisoft                 Wii U                Nov. 19

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).

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