Nintendo Launches Animal Crossing Plaza on Wii U
New Details Announced for Other Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Titles
REDMOND, Wash. -- August 7, 2013
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 Pokémon
series on Wii U with Pokémon Rumble U and the story behind The Legend of
Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for Nintendo 3DS.
Animal Crossing Plaza Logo (Photo: Business Wire)
Animal Crossing Plaza Logo (Photo: Business Wire)
“The second-half of 2013 is packed with great games and great experiences for
Nintendo fans, from new entries in longstanding franchises to software that
highlights the many benefits of connecting our hardware to the Internet,” said
Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales &
Marketing. “We’re always on the lookout for new ways that our fans can
interact with their favorite game series, and Animal Crossing Plaza extends
the fun of the infectious series to Wii U.”
To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit
http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Some of today’s announcements
Wii U News
*Animal Crossing Plaza: A new application on Wii U for Animal Crossing fans
is now available for download for free in the Nintendo eShop. The service
will run through 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 for Nintendo 3DS, custom design QR Code patterns
via their SD cards and organize 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 favorite animal 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.
*Pokémon Rumble U: Players have the opportunity to befriend some of the Toy
Pokémon that they defeat in battle. People can play as, and do battle
against, every one of the 649 Pokémon that have appeared in the video
games through Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2. Pokémon
Rumble U also lets players bring the game into the real world with
optional, collectible NFC Figures that let them access Toy Pokémon with
Special Traits in the game by scanning them with the Wii U GamePad
controller. Players can purchase 18 different Figures exclusively through
GameStop stores once Pokémon Rumble U launches. These NFC Figures are not
required to see everything the game has to offer, but are a fun new way to
interact with Wii U. Pokémon Rumble U launches exclusively in the Nintendo
eShop on Aug. 29.
*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 games that Mario’s brother is starring in, such as Luigi’s
Mansion: Dark Moon for Nintendo 3DS and New Super Luigi U for Wii U.
*Sonic Lost World from SEGA: Launching exclusively for both Wii U and
Nintendo 3DS on Oct. 22, the game features radio-controlled gadgets that
can be created and customized on Nintendo 3DS and sent to a player’s Wii U
for use in cooperative multiplayer mode. Players use these gadgets to
destroy enemies and collect items.
*Rayman Legends from Ubisoft: Even Rayman likes to cosplay! The Wii U
version of the game will include 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 have access to select fan-favorite stages
from the previously released Rayman Origins game. Rayman Legends launches
*Art Academy: SketchPad: This application, headed to the Nintendo eShop on
Aug. 9, uses features from an upcoming edition of the Art Academy series
for Wii U to let users create original artwork that can be posted directly
*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 this
*Pikmin 3 on Miiverse: The recently released Pikmin 3 game allows players
to capture in-game images from the eye-level of diminutive Pikmin, and
post them directly to Miiverse. Nintendo is asking fans to post their most
creative captions for a series of Miiverse images that will be posted to
the Wii U Facebook page in the coming weeks. The top captions will be
highlighted for everyone to see and enjoy.
*The Wonderful 101: Stay tuned! A special installment of Nintendo Direct
dedicated to The Wonderful 101 is coming at 7 a.m. PT on Aug. 9. The game
launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Sept. 15.
Nintendo 3DS News
*Layton-Mania: The third game in the latest Professor Layton series will
launch in 2014, as will 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.
*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 it’s coming to the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS soon.
*Virtual Console Games: More classics are headed to Nintendo 3DS. The NES
version of Donkey Kong launches Aug. 15, followed by Tecmo Bowl in
September. Game Boy Color platformer Wario Land 3 is coming soon, and
Super Mario Bros. 3 will be released in the Nintendo eShop on both Wii U
and Nintendo 3DS later this year.
*Exclusive Animal Crossing: New Leaf Item at Nintendo Zone: Starting Aug.
11, owners of Animal Crossing: New Leaf can visit any Nintendo Zone
location to receive a Pumpkin Pie in-game item. Visit a Nintendo Zone,
then go to the post office in the game and ask about a present. Different
in-game items will be distributed every two weeks through late September.
*Mario & Luigi: Dream Team: The latest hand-held adventure for this super
sibling duo launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Aug. 11. While
exploring the two massive worlds of the real world and Luigi’s dream,
players can customize their play experience by equipping different badges
and gear that impart different benefits in battle. Players can also extend
their play experience by taking on Expert Challenges, such as dodging 10
consecutive enemy attacks to earn special gear.
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 http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu and
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