REPLACING PHOTO Three Huge Franchises, One Epic Nintendo Launch Day

  REPLACINGPHOTOThree Huge Franchises, One Epic Nintendo Launch Day

New Games in the Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Mario Party Series
                              Launch on Nov. 22

Business Wire

REDMOND, Wash. -- November 19, 2013

Please note that the Zelda photo has been replaced.

Super Mario 3D World is the first 3D Mario platformer that lets up to four
players play together usi ...

Super Mario 3D World is the first 3D Mario platformer that lets up to four
players play together using Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad. (Photo:
Business Wire)

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For any Nintendo fan, Nov. 22 is going to be one of the best days of the year.
On Friday, three new games in three extraordinary franchises are launching on
the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems. Super Mario 3D World for Wii U, The Legend
of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems and
Mario Party: Island Tour, also for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, are all
launching in stores and in the Nintendo eShop. The games feature Nintendo
characters and experiences that can’t be played anywhere else, and demonstrate
how Nintendo is bringing value and variety to everyone for the holidays.

“Nintendo is making holiday shopping easy for everyone with the release of
three major games on one day,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s
executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “There is something for
everyone in this lineup. Super Mario 3D World is perfect for families, The
Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is a must-have for gamers and Mario
Party: Island Tour is great for kids of all ages.”

Super Mario 3D World is the newest game in the world-famous Super Mario Bros.
series. The Wii U game is the first 3D Mario platformer that lets up to four
players play together using Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad. Each
playable character has different abilities. For example, Luigi can jump higher
than the other characters and Princess Peach can float in the air for a
limited time. Super Mario 3D World introduces players to beautiful HD
graphics, numerous breathtaking worlds and never-before-seen power-ups like
the cat transformation. In multiplayer mode, one player is able to play using
the Wii U GamePad while up to three others can use various controllers like
the Wii Remote or the Wii U Pro Controller. For more information about Super
Mario 3D World, visit

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is the successor to fan-favorite
Super NES game The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which launched in
1992. Even though The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds takes place in
the same world as its classic predecessor, it is a new adventure, filled with
a new storyline and new dungeons. In this Nintendo 3DS game, Link must journey
between two worlds, Hyrule and Lorule, using a mysterious power that lets him
become a drawing on walls. Link’s ability to merge with walls allows players
to solve puzzles and explore dungeons in a new way. Players are also able to
buy or rent various items throughout the game, allowing them to explore
dungeons in any order they want, adding a new level of freedom to the game
play. For more information about The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds,

A legendary Nintendo 3DS XL bundle will also launch on Nov. 22. The bundle
includes gorgeous gold-and-black Nintendo 3DS XL hardware with the iconic
Triforce on the exterior, as well as a download code for The Legend of Zelda:
A Link Between Worlds at a suggested retail price of $219.99. The system is
gold-colored on one side and black on the other, beautifully representing the
two parallel worlds Link travels between in the game. For more information and
a list of retailers, visit

With Mario Party: Island Tour, players can take the party on the go! The game
is the next installment in the wildly fun Mario Party series, and the first on
Nintendo 3DS. Mario Party: Island Tour features mini-games with more unique
play styles than any other game in the Mario Party series. Players will
imitate voices of some of the most iconic characters from the Super Mario
Bros. universe using the built-in microphone on the Nintendo 3DS system, tilt
the system to hang glide and even adjust reality with AR Card play. Mario
Party: Island Tour also features Download Play, which means up to four
Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS owners can play together when in the same room –
even if only one person owns the game! For more information about Mario Party:
Island Tour, visit

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

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive
entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets
hardware and software for its Wii U^™ and Wii^™ home consoles, and Nintendo
3DS^™ and Nintendo DS^™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it
launched the Nintendo Entertainment System^™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.1
billion video games and more than 659 million hardware units globally,
including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as
well as the Game Boy^™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi^™ and
Nintendo DSi XL^™, Super NES^™, Nintendo 64^™, Nintendo GameCube^™ and Wii
systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known,
household names such as Mario^™, Donkey Kong^™, Metroid^™, Zelda^™ and
Pokémon^™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in
Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the
Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the
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