Nintendo Launches Animal Crossing Plaza for Wii U Consoles
New details announced for other Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 08/07/13 -- Animal
Crossing fans are getting a new place on Wii U where they can talk
about their towns and share images with players from all over the
world. Nintendo announced the free Animal Crossing Plaza application
during today's Nintendo Direct presentation. Nintendo also discussed
a variety of other topics about Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games,
including the debut of the Pokemon series on Wii U with Pokemon
Rumble U and the story behind The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between
Worlds for Nintendo 3DS.
To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit
http://nintendo.co.uk/nintendodirect. Some of today's announcements
Wii U News
- Animal Crossing Plaza: A new application on Wii U for Animal
Crossing fans is being made available for download for free on
Nintendo eShop today. The service will run through to the end of
2014, and allows Animal Crossing fans from around the world to meet,
interact and exchange information through the Animal Crossing
Miiverse community. Players can import images they took in Animal
Crossing: New Leaf on Nintendo 3DS as well as custom design QR Code
patterns from their SD Cards, and organise them in albums. Players
also can post messages to Miiverse with those images. The QR Code
patterns posted can also be directly scanned and used in Animal
Crossing: New Leaf. Players can select their favourite animals in the
Animal Crossing Plaza to post about those specific animals or view
posts only about them. If players want to see more posts, they can
jump directly to the Animal Crossing series Miiverse community from
Animal Crossing Plaza.
- Pokemon Rumble U: As with previous instalments in the Pokemon
Rumble series, players control toy versions of Pokemon. Players can
play as, and do battle against, every one of the 649 Pokemon that
have appeared in the video games up to Pokemon Black Version 2 and
Pokemon White Version 2. The game features a special password system
that allows users to unlock certain Pokemon, and these will be shared
on Nintendo's official Facebook and Twitter accounts, the game's
official website, plus other channels. Pokemon Rumble U launches
usively on Nintendo eShop on 15th August.
- Challenger Approaching!: Luigi has been confirmed as a playable
character in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash
Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo is calling 2013 "The Year of Luigi"
due to the high number of luigi games that Mario's brother is
starring in, such as Luigi's Mansion 2 for Nintendo 3DS and New Super
Luigi U for Wii U, and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Luigi's
first ever appearance in a videogame.
- Sonic Lost World from SEGA: Launching for both Wii U and Nintendo
3DS on 18th October, the game features radio controlled gadgets which
can be created and customised on the Nintendo 3DS version of the
game, and sent to the Wii U version for use in cooperative
multiplayer mode. Use these gadgets to destroy enemies, collect items
- Rayman Legends from Ubisoft: Even Rayman likes to cosplay! The Wii
U version of the game not only assigns a different role to the player
using the Wii U GamePad in multiplayer, it also includes a special
bonus: players will be able to unlock a Mario costume for Rayman and
a Luigi costume for Globox. Players on the Wii U version will also be
able to unlock many of the stages from the previously released Rayman
Origins game. Rayman Legends launches 29th August.
- Art Academy: SketchPad: This application, headed to Nintendo eShop
on 9th August, utilises features from an upcoming edition of the Art
Academy series for Wii U to let users create original artwork that
can be posted directly to Miiverse.
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD: This reinvented HD version
of the Nintendo GameCube classic features several adjustments that
enhance the overall play experience, such as faster sailing. The game
launches on 4th October.
- The Wonderful 101: Stay tuned! A special instalment of Nintendo
Direct dedicated to The Wonderful 101 is coming at 16:00 CEST on 9th
August. The game launches in stores and on Nintendo eShop on 23rd
- A newly released trailer showcased a range of games headed to
Nintendo eShop on Wii U, highlighting titles in a range of different
genres from independent developers in Europe and Australia.
Nintendo 3DS News
- Layton-mania: The last game in the second Professor Layton trilogy,
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, will launch on 8th November.
Early in 2014, Professor Layton will feature in a new crossover
adventure co-starring Capcom's Phoenix Wright in Professor Layton vs.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds: The game's logo
represents one of its key plot points: Link will undergo a new
adventure across two worlds. In one world, the iconic Triforce
exists, while the shadowy Triforce in the logo suggests the existence
of another Triforce in a different world from where Link lives.
Taking place long after the events of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to
the Past, some of the game's scenery will be familiar to fans of the
series, while its puzzles and dungeons are new. The Legend of Zelda:
A Link Between Worlds launches this November.
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Welcome a Friend Promotion: Starting
today, if you register Animal Crossing: New Leaf with Club Nintendo
by 7th September, you'll be able to receive a Recommendation Code.
You can then give this Recommendation Code to a friend. If your
friend registers a Nintendo 3DS XL between 7th August and 7th
October, and enters this Recommendation Code, your friend will be
able to claim a free Download Code for Animal Crossing: New Leaf on
- KORG M01D: Based on the famous KORG M1 music workstation, KORG M01D
offers over 340 sounds to choose from, plus a powerful sequencer to
create your own songs and sounds, before saving them as MIDI data to
import to a digital audio workstation. KORG M01D launches on Nintendo
eShop this Autumn.
- SteamWorld Dig: Set in a world run by robots, get ready for a
unique action platformer combining the visual styles of westerns and
steampunk when SteamWorld Dig arrives on Nintendo eShop today.
- Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan: This RPG from Atlus
releases on 30th August.
- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers: Another upcoming
RPG release for Nintendo 3DS, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner:
Soul Hackers releases on 13th September.
- Super Mario Bros. 2 arrives on Virtual Console: The platforming
classic Super Mario Bros. 2 becomes available to download as a
Virtual Console title for Nintendo 3DS today. Its sequel, Super Mario
Bros.3, is headed for Nintendo eShop on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
later this year.
- Summer Carnival '92: RECCA: This notoriously hard-to-find Famicom
game was originally designed for a games festival in Japan in the
summer of 1992. It's remembered as being one of the most challenging
shooters ever created, and while it wasn't featured in today's
Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo of Europe can confirm it's
coming to Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on 15th August.
- Mario Golf: World Tour: While not featured in the Nintendo Direct
EU presentation, please note that this game will now be delayed,
launching in 2014.
For further details:
Nintendo Direct website http://nintendo.co.uk/nintendodirect
Nintendo Direct on U
Wii U (UK) on Facebook http://facebook.com/WiiU.co.uk
Nintendo 3DS (UK) on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Nintendo3DSUK
Nintendo UK on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/NintendoUK
Nintendo of Europe on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendoeurope
Nintendo UK on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendouk
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