Nintendo Direct Video Details Newest Fun and Social Game Experiences for 2013 and Beyond

  Nintendo Direct Video Details Newest Fun and Social Game Experiences for
  2013 and Beyond

 New Power-Ups for Super Mario 3D World, New Downloadable Stages for Pikmin 3
         and New Kirby Nintendo 3DS Game Among Numerous Announcements

Business Wire

REDMOND, Wash. -- October 1, 2013

A new Nintendo Direct video revealed more than a dozen new ways that Nintendo
is delivering both variety and value to consumers in 2013 and beyond. Nintendo
unveiled key characters in the next installments of the Super Smash Bros. and
The Legend of Zelda series, new designs for Wii Remote Plus controllers in
honor of everyone’s favorite video game brothers and a variety of free and
paid downloads to expand the enjoyment of existing Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
games.

A new Nintendo Direct video revealed more than a dozen new ways that Nintendo
is delivering both var ...

A new Nintendo Direct video revealed more than a dozen new ways that Nintendo
is delivering both variety and value to consumers in 2013 and beyond. Nintendo
unveiled key characters in the next installments of the Super Smash Bros. and
The Legend of Zelda series, new designs for Wii Remote Plus controllers in
honor of everyone's favorite video game brothers and a variety of free and
paid downloads to expand the enjoyment of existing Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
games. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Nintendo is delivering unprecedented value and variety to consumers this
holiday season,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice
president of Sales & Marketing. “From shaking up the way players enjoy the
next Zelda adventure to providing fans with more content to enjoy in Pikmin 3,
we’re always looking for new ways to deliver the best entertainment experience
possible to consumers.”

To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit
http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Today’s announcements included:

Wii U News

  *Super Mario 3D World: The game contains a ton of fresh power-ups, like
    cherries that allow players to duplicate their characters, in addition to
    the series-first Cat transformation. A new website for the Nov. 22 game
    has launched. Visit it here: http://supermario3dworld.nintendo.com.
  *Super Smash Bros.: Sonic is confirmed as a playable character in the
    upcoming fighting game, which is scheduled to launch for Wii U and
    Nintendo 3DS in 2014.
  *Pikmin 3: The game is getting a free software update (broadband Internet
    access required) that provides players with a new Mission Mode stage.
    Other new Mission Mode stages are now available for the game as paid
    downloadable content. Additional downloadable stages will become available
    for purchase in the future. The game update also improves the global
    ranking feature, allowing players the ability to see the world’s highest
    scores at any time. Learn how to get the update at
    http://pikmin3.nintendo.com/.
  *New Wii Remote Plus Designs: Nintendo fans will have their choice of a
    Mario-themed controller or a Luigi-themed controller. These controllers
    will launch on Nov. 1 at a suggested retail price of $39.99 each.
  *Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games: The game launches
    exclusively for Wii U on Nov. 15. For the first time in the Mario & Sonic
    series, players from around the world can take the action online and
    compete with others from around the world (broadband Internet access
    required). Four events are playable online: Ski Cross, Snowboard Cross and
    Short Track Speed Skating, in addition to Winter Sports Champion Race, a
    Dream Event that combines Skiing, Ice Skating, Bobsleigh and Snowboard
    into a single event. Every time players win a medal in online game play,
    they will win points for their home country. The points can be viewed
    through persistent online rankings. The game will be available as
    standalone software in the Nintendo eShop and in stores for a suggested
    retail price of $49.99, or bundled with a Wii Remote Plus controller
    (which is required for some events) at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
  *Wii Party U: House Party mode places the focus on the Wii U system’s
    GamePad controller and couples its use with the Wii Remote controllers in
    unique, engaging and social ways. In Water Runners, for example, players
    scoop water from a stream displayed on the GamePad and must skillfully
    carry the water to a pitcher displayed on the TV.  The game launches Oct.
    25. The physical version of the game includes a Wii Remote Plus controller
    and the new Horizontal Stand for the Wii U GamePad, which allows players
    to use the GamePad in a more balanced and comfortable fashion with
    GamePad-exclusive Tabletop games such as Tabletop Baseball.
  *October Third-Party Releases:  Key third-party releases for Wii U in
    October include Just Dance 2014 from Ubisoft (Oct. 8), Skylanders SWAP
    Force from Activision Publishing (Oct. 13), LEGO Marvel Super Heroes from
    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Oct. 22), Batman: Arkham Origins
    from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Oct. 25), Sonic Lost World
    from SEGA (Oct. 29) and Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag from Ubisoft (Oct.
    29).
  *Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: In order to deliver the optimum
    gaming experience for fans, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will now
    launch in February 2014. Developed by Retro Studios, the series’ first Wii
    U installment stars Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong as they go
    head-to-head against invaders from the northern seas who have taken over
    Donkey Kong Island. Featuring intense side-scrolling action with dynamic
    camera angles, cooperative play for up to two players and beautiful HD
    graphics, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is the coolest Donkey Kong
    Country adventure yet.

Nintendo 3DS News

  *A New Kirby Game: A new side-scrolling installment in the Kirby series
    launches in 2014, and features Kirby moving not only from left to right,
    but also from the foreground to the background. Kirby also gets an “inhale
    everything” ability that can be used in specific parts of each stage to
    help him clear anything blocking his path. More details about this game
    will be available in the future.
  *The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds: Many of the most essential
    items in the game will be available early on at a shop run by a new
    character named Ravio. Ravio lets players rent or buy items before they
    head off to their next dungeon adventure, meaning players will have more
    freedom to explore dungeons in the order they want. The game launches in
    stores and the Nintendo eShop on Nov. 22 at a suggested retail price of
    $39.99.
  *Bravely Default: This highly acclaimed fantasy role-playing game developed
    by Square Enix introduces a new battle system, bringing deep, strategic
    combat to Nintendo 3DS. Bravely Default will launch in the first quarter
    of 2014, and will feature an updated UI system and new content not
    included in the original Japanese release. A new trailer providing an
    updated look at the game is now available at www.nintendo.com,
    www.youtube.com/nintendo and in the Nintendo eShop.
  *Animal Crossing: New Leaf: The Nintendo Direct video offers owners of
    Animal Crossing: New Leaf a QR Code featuring a pattern of the shirt that
    Link wears at the beginning of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD.
    Players just need to go to the Able Sisters shop in their towns and ask to
    use the sewing machine. Then they can scan the QR Code with their Nintendo
    3DS systems to get the in-game shirt. Fans who want to access the QR Code
    can view the Nintendo Direct at www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct and pause
    the video during the Animal Crossing: New Leaf segment.
  *Exclusive Nintendo Zone StreetPass Offers: A previous Nintendo Direct
    announced that Nintendo 3DS owners who have enabled the StreetPass feature
    and visit Nintendo Zone locations would receive StreetPass data from the
    previous visitor. Later this month, owners will receive data from the last
    six visitors, making it even easier for them to maximize their
    connections. Throughout 2013, Nintendo is offering free exclusive content
    to Nintendo 3DS owners at Nintendo Zone locations, including:

       *Available now through Oct. 14: Fedora Chair furniture for Animal
         Crossing: New Leaf owners. A Sushi Platter will become available
         starting on Oct. 15.
       *Additional content for Mario Kart 7, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Super
         Mario 3D Land, as well as special Gold Pants Mii character
         distributions, will become available later this year.

  *October Third-Party Releases:  Key third-party releases for Nintendo 3DS
    in October include Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl from ATLUS
    (Oct.1), Skylanders SWAP Force from Activision Publishing (Oct. 13), LEGO
    Marvel Super Heroes – Universe in Peril from Warner Bros. Interactive
    Entertainment (Oct. 22), Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate from Warner
    Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Oct. 25) and Sonic Lost World from SEGA
    (Oct. 29). In anticipation of the game’s Oct. 24 release, a demo version
    of Nintendo eShop exclusive Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies
    is available for download in the Nintendo eShop.

Additional Information

  *Wii U System Update: A new Wii U system update is now available for
    download. The update delivers the ability to output audio and video to the
    GamePad in Wii Mode, a more streamlined experience when adding Friends and
    other improvements. For a full list of changes, please visit
    http://support.nintendo.com/wiiu/updatesummary.

Remember that Wii 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 or
http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

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