Nintendo Unveils New Information about Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

  Nintendo Unveils New Information about Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros.
  for Wii U

  NES Remix Launches, Tecmo-Koei Warriors-Zelda Game Headed to Wii U in 2014

Business Wire

REDMOND, Wash. -- December 18, 2013

One of Nintendo’s popular characters from the recently released Super Mario 3D
World game is coming to two of its biggest titles of 2014 for Wii U. Rosalina
will be playable in both Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8. Nintendo also
launched NES Remix in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U, re-imagining parts of 16
classic NES games. A new game for Wii U developed by Tecmo-Koei that will
feature the action-packed Warriors series set in the world of The Legend of
Zelda was also revealed for launch in 2014. This is a separate project from
the new installment of The Legend of Zelda series that is in development for
Wii U by longtime series producer Eiji Aonuma and his team. Nintendo made
these announcements and revealed new information about a number of Wii U and
Nintendo 3DS games during a Nintendo Direct announcement. To view the Nintendo
Direct in its entirety, visit

Mario Kart 8 screenshot (Photo: Business Wire)

Mario Kart 8 screenshot (Photo: Business Wire)

“Today’s announcements reinforce that Nintendo systems are consumers’ best
options for enjoying quality games now, and will continue to be in 2014,” said
Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president and COO. “From new upcoming
games in the Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. series to original Nintendo
eShop content like NES Remix, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS provide a combination of
value and variety that only Nintendo can offer.”

Some of today’s announcements included:

Wii U News

  *Super Smash Bros.: Rosalina, who was introduced in the Super Mario Galaxy
    games for Wii and makes a surprise appearance in the new Super Mario 3D
    World for Wii U, will be a playable character, accompanied by her starry
    friend, Luma. The game will launch in stores and the Nintendo eShop on Wii
    U and Nintendo 3DS in 2014.
  *Mario Kart 8: New playable characters include Rosalina and various “Baby”
    Nintendo characters, like Baby Mario and Baby Luigi. New course settings
    include an airport, the desert and high in the clouds, and vehicles
    include UFOs, four-wheel ATV buggies, standard karts and bikes.
  *NES Remix: Select parts from 16 classic NES games have been remixed with
    new challenges. For example, players might be tasked with completing a
    familiar Super Mario Bros. stage while running to the left. Or they might
    encounter a revamped level of Donkey Kong that allows them to play as Link
    from The Legend of Zelda series. NES Remix includes Miiverse
    compatibility, so players with broadband Internet access can show off
    their skills, complete with cool 8-bit stamps. NES Remix is now available
    exclusively in the Nintendo eShop for $14.99.
  *Sonic Lost World: A new Nintendo-themed level is coming to the Nintendo
    eShop. Yoshi’s Island Zone is now available for free. Done in a Yoshi art
    style, the level has Sonic speeding through areas filled with pipes,
    coins, Shy Guys and Piranha Plants.
  *Dr. Luigi: The Year of Luigi continues to deliver surprises, with a new
    title starring Mario’s green-clad brother. Much like the classic puzzle
    game Dr. Mario, Dr. Luigi requires players to line up color-coded pills to
    destroy viruses. Dr. Luigi offers different skill settings and attacks in
    multiplayer games, and an original mode where the pills are, of course,
    L-shaped. The game comes with a Dr. Mario mode, Wii U GamePad
    compatibility and online play, so wannabe virus busters from all around
    the world can compete. Dr. Luigi launches exclusively in the Nintendo
    eShop on Dec. 31 for $14.99.
  *Wii Sports Club: Launching today, golf becomes the third sport added to
    the Wii Sports Club lineup, joining bowling and tennis. In a move not
    possible on any other system, golf asks players to place the Wii U GamePad
    controller on the floor in front of their TVs. Players can then use a Wii
    Remote Plus to swing at the ball on the ground, just as they would a real
    golf ball, enabling more precise control with each stroke. When they take
    their swing, the ball flies from the screen of the GamePad to the TV
    screen in one fluid motion. Wii Sports Club – Golf  includes the nine-hole
    course from the original Wii Sports game, in addition to a newly developed
    nine-hole course based on Golf US Course, a Famicom game that Nintendo
    Global President Satoru Iwata helped develop more than 25 years ago. Wii U
    owners can play a free 24-hour trial of Wii Sports Club, which lets
    players sample all three sports. The trial offer is open to everyone, even
    to people who previously sampled the 24-hour free trial. A Club Pass for
    the full golf game, allowing unlimited access, can be purchased for $9.99.
    Boxing and baseball will be coming to Wii Sports Club in 2014.
  *Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: Veteran Cranky Kong joins playable
    characters Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong as companions for Donkey Kong. Cranky
    Kong comes with his own set of special moves that allow him to bounce off
    enemies and obstacles using his cane. Players who collect 100 bananas in a
    stage can execute a new move called the KONG-Pow, which turns all enemies
    on the screen into items. Now that Cranky Kong is setting off on an
    adventure, instead of overseeing the in-game shop as he did in the Donkey
    Kong Country Returns game, the aptly named Funky Kong will assist players
    by offering them items for trade in the game. The game launches Feb. 21 in
    stores and in the Nintendo eShop.

Nintendo 3DS News

  *Bravely Default: A free demo of the game launches in the Nintendo eShop on
    Jan. 2, but this is much more than a demo. It’s an exclusive story with
    hours of content not included in the main game. The full game launches in
    stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Feb. 7 at a suggested retail price of
    $39.99. If players with the full game close their system while the game is
    active, they might gather additional warriors via the StreetPass feature,
    but they also earn Sleep Points for every eight cumulative hours of down
    time. Sleep Points can then be used during battle to change equipment,
    revive a fallen party member, heal or unleash attacks beyond the game’s
    usual damage cap. Players who don’t want to wait for their Sleep Points to
    refill have the option of purchasing SP potions in the Nintendo eShop to
    refill all three Sleep Points at once. Also launching Feb. 7, a
    Collector’s Edition including the game, an art book, a soundtrack CD and
    34 augmented-reality cards will be available via GameStop, Best Buy and at a suggested retail price of $49.99.
  *Kirby: Triple Deluxe: The game is a side-scrolling platformer, but players
    can move Kirby to the background and foreground to dodge enemies and solve
    puzzles. Kirby can also use a new Hypernova ability, which powers up his
    inhale ability and enables him to suck up everything in his path. The game
    includes more than 20 different copy abilities, including four new ones
    created for this game. Kirby: Triple Deluxe also includes two new game
    modes: Kirby Fighters lets up to four players pick one of 10 copy
    abilities for their Kirby and then fight to see which is the most
    effective in battle. Dedede’s Drum Dash asks players to press buttons in
    sync with Kirby music while jumping and collecting coins. The game is
    planned for 2014.
  *Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder: Everyone’s favorite helpful 4-inch-tall robot is
    back! This time Chibi-Robo has been tasked with helping a new museum get
    off the ground. Players are given silhouettes of needed objects, then use
    the Nintendo 3DS camera to find matching objects, known as NostalJunk, in
    the real world. Chibi-Robo will also help characters like superheroes and
    singing sponge-bears with various tasks, all while keeping an eye on his
    electricity reserves. The game also features community events called
    NostalJunk Challenges that focus on particular silhouettes, and give
    players opportunities to showcase their creativity and maybe earn a
    special outfit for Chibi-Robo to wear in the game. A demo will soon launch
    exclusively in the Nintendo eShop, with the full version landing on Jan.
    9, 2014.
  *Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter: Pokémon Bank is software that lets
    players store up to 3,000 Pokémon from the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games.
    Poké Transporter is an application that lets players take the Pokémon
    they’ve caught through the years and transferred into Pokémon Black and
    Pokémon White, as well as Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, and
    transfer them into Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Pokémon Bank and Poké
    Transporter launch Dec. 27. Players can download a 30-day free trial
    version anytime between launch and Jan. 31, 2014. Following the free
    trial, an annual usage fee will apply for Pokémon Bank. Anyone who
    accesses a Pokémon Bank box by Sept. 30, 2014, will receive the Pokémon
    Celebi as a special gift.
  *Yoshi’s New Island: The game launches this spring, and will be produced by
    Takashi Tezuka, the creative director of the original Yoshi’s Island for
    Super NES.

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manage the content their children can access. For more information about this
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