Little Mac Joins the Super Smash Bros. Cast; Mario Kart 8 Launches May 30 with Koopalings

  Little Mac Joins the Super Smash Bros. Cast; Mario Kart 8 Launches May 30
  with Koopalings

        Nintendo Direct Video Details News for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

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REDMOND, Wash. -- February 13, 2014

Nintendo detailed major announcements for its Wii U home console and Nintendo
3DS portable system in the first Nintendo Direct of 2014. Launch dates and
details for multiple games were revealed, including new characters in Super
Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, and Mario Kart 8 for Wii U. Nintendo
also announced specifics about the addition of Game Boy Advance games to the
Wii U Virtual Console service. NES Remix 2 is also on the way, complete with a
Luigi-themed surprise. And a pair of games coming to the Nintendo eShop on
Nintendo 3DS – Steel Diver: Sub Wars and Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball –
demonstrate unique new ways for players to acquire add-on content. To view the
Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit

Little Mac joins Super Smash Bros. (Photo: Business Wire)

Little Mac joins Super Smash Bros. (Photo: Business Wire)

Some of today’s announcements included:

Wii U News

  *Mario Kart 8: For the first time ever in any game, all of Bowser’s seven
    Koopalings are playable characters. Players with a taste for being bad can
    get ready to challenge gravity on the race track with Iggy, Larry, Lemmy,
    Ludwig, Morton, Roy and Wendy. The game launches in stores and in the
    Nintendo eShop on May 30.
  *Super Smash Bros. for Wii U:  Little Mac, the hero of the Punch-Out!!
    boxing games, will make his first appearance as a playable character in
    the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game. The game will launch in stores and in
    the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in 2014.
  *Game Boy Advance Games: Portable classics will start making their way to
    the Wii U Virtual Console in April, starting with fan favorites such as
    Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Yoshi’s Island: Super
    Mario Advance 3. Additional games will follow every month.
  *Bayonetta 2: A new trailer for the title from Platinum Games showed off
    some new game features. The game is scheduled to launch later this year.
  *New game-play footage was shown for the in-development title from MONOLITH
    SOFT INC. The game’s battle system is based on Xenoblade Chronicles for
    Wii. Additional updates will be announced in the future.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

  *NES Remix 2:  This second installment of the mashup of classic Nintendo
    games features challenges from later NES games like Super Mario Bros. 3,
    Kirby’s Adventure and Metroid. Just like NES Remix, the sequel includes
    stages from the original games with new challenges, as well as modified
    stages that introduce new elements. The game is scheduled to be available
    April 25 for $14.99. Best of all, players can unlock a free bonus game:

       *Super Luigi Bros.: This is a full game based on a challenge from NES
         Remix. It contains all the levels from the original Super Mario Bros.
         game, only now it stars Luigi and requires players to navigate
         familiar levels in an unheard-of way – by running to the left! The
         game even incorporates Luigi’s signature high jump. It’s a fun new
         spin on a classic game.

  *Child of Light: In this RPG from Ubisoft, players take on the role of
    young Princess Aurora, who is on a quest to retrieve three sources of
    light from the evil queen. She must fight monsters and solve puzzles to
    progress. She is assisted by her firefly companion Igniculous, who can
    heal party members during battles and write messages in light to interact
    with other players. The game is scheduled to launch April 30 for $14.99.

Nintendo 3DS News

  *Yoshi’s New Island:  Yoshi gets to bash and thrash his environment by
    throwing around Mega Eggdozers and Metal Eggdozers. Yoshi also can
    transform into a variety of objects, such as a jackhammer or a submarine,
    both of which can be manipulated using the Nintendo 3DS gyro controls. A
    certain type of star even transforms him into Super Yoshi, giving him the
    ability to fly through the sky or run along walls and ceilings. Players
    who are having trouble completing a level might see the appearance of
    Flutter Wings, which let Yoshi fly through the air. Yoshi’s New Island is
    scheduled to launch March 14 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on
    Nintendo 3DS.
  *Mario Golf: World Tour: In addition to previously announced multiplayer
    features, the game will also include the Castle Club, a single-player
    clubhouse area that offers a variety of areas to help players hone their
    skills. The Castle Club includes golf courses, tournaments, training
    areas, shops, locker rooms and a café. A training area lets them focus on
    specific aspects of their game, such as putting. Players can customize
    their Mii characters using items sold at the shop, including clubs, golf
    balls and clothing. Different combinations of gear can affect a player’s
    performance. Mario Golf: World Tour is scheduled to launch May 2 in stores
    and in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
  *Kirby: Triple Deluxe:  Kirby has always had the power to inhale his
    enemies and take on their abilities. Each copy ability can let him do a
    variety of actions and moves, depending on which buttons are pressed. The
    game includes a huge number of collectibles for players to find, from
    hidden 8-bit keychains to Sun Stones. The game takes advantage of the
    StreetPass feature to deliver better items to players. Kirby: Triple
    Deluxe is scheduled to launch May 2 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on
    Nintendo 3DS.
  *Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy:  The game includes the series’
    famous mind-bending puzzles as well as collectible items and scavenger
    hunts that can be shared via StreetPass. The game launches Feb. 28 in
    stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
  *Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Hunt alongside friends online in the most
    dynamic Monster Hunter game ever. Capcom’s action RPG is coming to North
    America in early 2015 with more content and options than ever before.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

  *Steel Diver: Sub Wars:  AVAILABLE NOW! This strategic first-person shooter
    is the successor to Steel Diver. It features more tactical action game
    play than typical shooters, as players are asked to navigate heavy-duty
    submarines while staying one step ahead of their enemies. People can
    compete in local four-on-four team sub battles and go online to battle
    submariners from around the world (as long as each person downloads the
    game for him- or herself). A free version that features two basic
    submarines, the beginning of the single-player mission mode and
    multiplayer features is now available for download. An upgrade to the full
    Premium version of the game is also available for purchase within the
    in-game menu for $9.99.
  *INAZUMA ELEVEN: AVAILABLE NOW! In this soccer-themed RPG, players help
    their team go from underdogs to champions by training, learning new skills
    and recruiting the best players around. High-tension soccer battles
    require players to marshal all their teammates’ special moves, from
    flaming tornado kicks to mind-bending acrobatics. The INAZUMA ELEVEN
    franchise has passionate fans in Japan and Europe, and it makes its North
    American debut today. The game is now available for download for $19.99.
  *Pokémon Battle Trozei: This fast-paced Pokémon puzzle game has players
    matching Pokémon to clear them while battling and collecting other
    Pokémon. The game includes every single known Pokémon – more than 700 of
    them – from Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.
    Caught Pokémon can be used by players during battles to help them and will
    even grow in strength and inflict greater damage the more they are used.
    The game also features four-player co-op play, and is scheduled to be
    available March 20 for $7.99.
  *Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball:  Ex-pro baseball player and dog Rusty Slugger
    owns a sports shack. He’s broke with 10 puppies to feed, so he offers a
    variety of baseball mini-games for sale, themed around the simple
    pleasures of baseball. Players can bat, pitch, catch and even umpire. The
    initial software containing a part of the first mini-game is free, but
    players can purchase additional mini-games in a unique way: by haggling to
    lower the real-world price for each downloadable game. Additional games
    start at $4 apiece, but giving Rusty items or listening to his problems
    might improve his mood and motivate him to offer steep discounts. The game
    is scheduled to launch in April.
  *WEAPON SHOP de OMASSE: This is the fourth and final game in what is known
    in Japan as the GUILD01 series, which has delivered games like LIBERATION
    MAIDEN and CRIMSON SHROUD to the Nintendo eShop. In comedian Yoshiyuki
    Hirai’s tribute to classic role-playing games, players are tasked with
    managing a weapon shop inside an RPG. Players tap the touch screen in time
    with music to forge their weapons. Optimal timing and forge temperatures
    lead to better weapons for heroes to take on quests. The stronger the
    weapons, the more successful the heroes. The game is scheduled to be
    available Feb. 20 for $7.99.

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