EarthBound is Now Available; Enhancements to Nintendo Zone Announced

  EarthBound is Now Available; Enhancements to Nintendo Zone Announced

         Nintendo Direct Mini Reveals Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Updates

Business Wire

REDMOND, Wash. -- July 18, 2013

At long last, Super NES classic EarthBound is now available as a Virtual
Console game in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U for $9.99. Nintendo announced its
availability during today’s Nintendo Direct Mini video. Nintendo also revealed
that Nintendo Zone locations will be getting StreetPass enhancements to let
players connect with one another, and reminded people about this weekend’s
Pikmin 3 demo program at select GameStop and EB Games stores.

“Not only do Wii U owners have a big lineup of great games on the way like
Pikmin 3 and The Wonderful 101, but they also have access to Virtual Console
classics like EarthBound,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive
vice president of Sales & Marketing. “If you haven’t already, this is a great
time to jump into the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U experience.”

To view the Nintendo Direct Mini in its entirety, visit

Information in today’s Nintendo Direct Mini included:

  *EarthBound Launches: EarthBound is available right now for $9.99 in the
    Nintendo eShop for Wii U.
  *Pikmin 3: The head-to-head battle mode features 12 different stages with
    three different variations per stage. Players might want to grow lots of
    Pikmin quickly, while others want to make quick-hit guerrilla attacks to
    grab prizes. Every battle is different, as players adapt to different
    variables, stages and opponents. Players who go through Story Mode,
    Mission Mode and co-op Mission Mode and have broadband Internet access
    will be able to compare scores and stats with other players from around
    the world. Pikmin 3 launches Aug. 4 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop.
  *GameStop Demo program: Nintendo had a great response to its hands-on demos
    of four upcoming Wii U games at more than 100 Best Buy stores during E3.
    As a result, Nintendo is bringing Pikmin 3 to more than 250 GameStop
    locations in the United States and EB Games stores in Canada on July 20
    and July 21. Fans who pre-purchase a digital version of Pikmin 3 at any
    GameStop store this weekend will be able to download the game on Aug. 3 –
    one full day before it launches. For more details about the pre-purchase
    program and to see a list of participating U.S. GameStop locations, visit Canadians can visit
    to find participating EB Games locations.
  *Nintendo Zone StreetPass Enhancement: In a few weeks, Nintendo 3DS owners
    will be able to visit any Nintendo Zone location to have virtual
    StreetPass encounters with other Nintendo 3DS owners in a relay format.
    Whenever a Nintendo 3DS owner goes to a Nintendo Zone location and has the
    StreetPass feature enabled, they will be able to StreetPass with the last
    person to visit that location. This enhancement gives everyone more
    opportunities to StreetPass with other players. Best of all, visitors will
    be able to get StreetPass data for all their StreetPass games at once.
    There are more than 29,000 Nintendo Zone locations across North America at
    locations like Best Buy, Simon Malls, Future Shop and at AT&T Wi-Fi
    Hotspots, which can be found at places like Starbucks, McDonalds, Barnes &
    Noble and AT&T retail stores, among others. In addition to StreetPass,
    Nintendo 3DS owners can connect their systems to the Internet for online
    play, Nintendo eShop shopping or just to check for SpotPass data or system
  *New Downloadable Nintendo eShop Games: Three great games are coming to the
    Nintendo eShop in the next few weeks. Capcom is bringing DuckTales:
    Remastered to Wii U with hand-drawn, animated sprites, original Disney
    character voice talent and richly painted level backgrounds from the
    classic cartoon TV series. Cloudberry Kingdom from Ubisoft is a platformer
    with a random level generator that gives players a new challenge every
    single time. The difficulty level can match any need and adapt to the
    physics of each playable character. In Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party
    from KnapNok Games, two to eight players sit around the Wii U GamePad
    controller and dance, spin, grab, jump, hide, pump, pass and squeeze their
    way through a series of fun mini-games.
  *Animal Crossing: New Leaf Image Share Reminder: Hold down the L and R
    Buttons at any time in Animal Crossing: New Leaf to snap a picture of the
    game screen and save it to the SD card. Players can then access the
    Nintendo 3DS image share website through the Nintendo 3DS browser to
    upload the pictures directly to their social media accounts like Twitter,
    Facebook and Tumblr.
  *Fire Emblem Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei IV Promotion: Anyone who
    registers both Fire Emblem Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei IV  at Club
    Nintendo by Aug. 31 will receive a code that can be redeemed for a $30
    credit in their Nintendo eShop account. Both games are available in stores
    and from the Nintendo eShop.

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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