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  Business Wire  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.  Remember that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. 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