Nintendo Reveals Mario Kart 8 Launch Date of 30th May on Wii U
Nintendo Direct also announces launch dates for anticipated Nintendo
3DS titles such as Mario Golf: World Tour, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, plus
immediate release of Steel Diver: Sub Wars
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 02/14/14 -- A whole host
of launch dates and new game details for upcoming Wii U and Nintendo
3DS titles were revealed today as part of the first Nintendo Direct
broadcast in 2014.
This Nintendo Direct put a spotlight on a selection of upcoming
titles for Wii U owners. From 30th May, start your engines when Mario
Kart 8 brings the family-favourite franchise to Wii U - this time
with Bowser's minions on board as drivers! Today's broadcast also
delivered new footage of anticipated Wii U titles such as Bayonetta 2
by PlatinumGames, as well as the new game in development by MONOLITH
SOFTWARE INC. Additional surprises on show were the announcement of
NES Remix 2, bringing new retro challenges and a Luigi-themed spin on
a cherished classic to Nintendo eShop, plus the reveal of Little Mac
from the Punch Out!! series as a playable character in both Super
Smash Bros for Wii U as well as its handheld sibling.
In addition to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, the Nintendo 3DS
family of systems will continue to bolster its broad software line-up
into 2014 with titles for all tastes and ages. Both Mario Golf: World
Tour and Kirby: Triple Deluxe are set to tee off in May, while Yoshi
is getting his own Nintendo 3DS XL Yoshi Special Edition(i) console
to accompany the launch of Yoshi's New Island on 14th March. Over on
Nintendo eShop, underwater warfare has arrived in the shape of Steel
Diver: Sub Wars, now available as a free download, while a different
type of battle will take place in Pokemon Link: Battle!, available as
a downloadable title from 13th March.
With more details on Game Boy Advance titles launching from April on
Wii U Virtual Console, as well as star appearances by Donkey Kong,
Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright all part of today's broadcast,
the year 2014 is set to offer a host of memorable gameplay
experiences for owners of Nintendo systems. Today's Nintendo Direct
can be viewed in its entirety at:
Highlights from today's Nintendo Direct broadcast included:
- Mario Kart 8: Put the pedal to the metal in gravity-defying courses
on 30th May when Mario Kart 8 launches in stores and on Nintendo
eShop for Wii U. This time around, take to the starting grid with
Bowser's minions, with all available as playable characters for the
first time ever. Will Iggy, Larry, Ludwig, Morton, Roy and Wendy pip
Mario & Co to the podium?
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: With Super Smash Bros. launching in
stores and on Nintendo eShop for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in 2014,
prepare to don the gloves and go for the KO when Little Mac of
Punch-Out!! fame is introduced as a new challenger.
- Bayonetta 2: A new trailer for Bayonetta 2 showcased the Umbran
Climax, a single, powerful attack that allows Bayonetta to release
all her accumulated magic power. Like in the original Bayonetta, the
use of Witch Time will prove all-important in dodging enemy attacks
at the last possible moment. Bayonetta 2 is coming to Wii U later
- A new title developed by MONOLITH SOFTWARE INC.: New footage of the
title currently in development showed a battle scene with the player
entering a human-shaped robot to fight a giant beast out in the wild.
More updates on the game will be announced in the future.
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: Swinging into stores and on
Nintendo eShop for Wii U on 21st February, today's Nintendo Direct
revealed a new extended trailer showcasing what lies in store in this
latest KONG adventure.
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
- NES Remix 2: This second instalment 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 launch on Nintendo eShop for Wii U on 25th
April. Best of all, it includes 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 Super Mario Bros.
original 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: This RPG from Ubisoft takes the perspective of
Aurora, a young princess on a quest to retrieve three sources of
light from the evil Queen. Expect vile monsters and legendary
creatures in a world inspired by fairy tales when the game releases
on Nintendo eShop for Wii U on 1st May.
- Game Boy Advance titles coming to Wii U Virtual Console: Including
Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and Yoshi's Island:
Super Mario Advance 3, Game Boy Advance games are set to release on
Wii U Virtual Console from April onwards. More titles will be
released over time.
- Mario Golf: World Tour: In addition to previously announced
multiplayer features, the game will also include the Castle Club, a
single-player clubhouse hub 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 cafe. A
training area lets them focus on specific aspects of their game, such
as putting. Players can customise 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 on 2nd May for Nintendo 3DS.
- Kirby: Triple Deluxe: In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, expect over 20
different types of copy abilities including the Beetle, Circus and
Archer granting Kirby a wide range of moves. Hunt down Sun Stones in
order to progress through the adventure, and collect 8-bit key chains
hidden within levels or get them from other players. The game takes
advantage of StreetPass functionality to deliver better items to
players. Kirby: Triple Deluxe will launch on Nintendo 3DS on 16th
- Yoshi's New Island: Flutter-jumping its way to stores and Nintendo
eShop for Nintendo 3DS on 14th March, Yoshi's New Island will feature
big eggs called Mega Eggdozers, as well as Metal Eggdozers that
enable Yoshi to venture underwater. Using the gyro controls of the
Nintendo 3DS console, maneuver a Submarine Yoshi or Jackhammer Yoshi,
while transforming into a "Super Yoshi" lets you fly like a shooting
star or run along walls and ceilings at will! Players who are having
trouble completing a level might see the appearance of Flutter Wings,
which let Yoshi fly through the air. In a final piece of Yoshi news,
a Nintendo 3DS XL Yoshi Special Edition(i) will also release on 14th
March, with the design incorporating the familiar green and white of
- Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Akihiro Hino from
LEVEL-5 spoke about the game in advance of its launch in stores and
on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS on 28th March. Fans looking to get
a dose of puzzle-solving can try out a puzzle demo at the game's
newly launched website, or go behind the scenes via a new Iwata Asks
- Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Following on from the recent
announcement by Capcom, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be coming to
Nintendo 3DS in Europe in early 2015. In addition to online play, the
game will also allow players to hunt monsters in dynamic new ways.
- Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl: An upcoming Atlus title
coming to Europe, Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl will be
released in stores and on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS on 2nd May,
with a special demo of the game available on Nintendo eShop from 18th
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
- Pokemon Link: Battle!: In this new Pokemon action puzzle
instalment, every known Pokemon - over 700 - are set to feature!
Match Pokemon to clear them while battling against and collecting
others, and create bonds with your Pokemon to make them inflict
greater damage to your opponents in battle. Pokemon: Link Battle!
will also offer 4-player co-op play, and releases on Nintendo eShop
for Nintendo 3DS on 13th March.
- Steel Diver: Sub Wars: Available as of today on Nintendo eShop for
Nintendo 3DS is the successor to the submarine action game, Steel
Diver. A tactical first-person shooter, Steel Diver: Sub Wars
challenges you to stay one step ahead of your enemies, including
single-player missions, the ability to stage competitive 4-on-4 team
battles, plus local and online multiplayer modes. Players can now
download the game for free and enjoy two submarine types, the
beginning of the single-player mission mode, plus the entire
multiplayer mode. Upgrading to the paid Premium Version will open up
the full single-player experience and a greater variety of submarines
- Nintendo Pocket Football Club: Exclusive to Nintendo eShop for
Nintendo 3DS and releasing on 17th April, Nintendo Pocket Football
Club puts players at the helm of their very own football club, with
decisions ranging from how to best train a squad to scouting new
players. Help players progress and fulfill their potential with the
help of training cards, and unlock special card combos to boost their
stats even further. In addition, share players with friends to help
strengthen each other's line-up, and keep an eye out for the game's
website from launch to see how your team's performance fares against
friends or other managers. A new Iwata Asks interview on Nintendo
Pocket Football Club is now available.
- Weapon Shop de Omasse: The fourth and final title from what is
known in Japan as the Guild01 series, Weapon Shop de Omasse tasks
players with managing a weapon shop inside a classic RPG, with
blacksmith Oyaji and apprentice Yuhan forging and renting out weapons
to heroes, instead of going on the quests themselves. The heroes rely
upon the quality of your weapons to defeat characters such as the
Evil Lord - if the heroes fail, you won't get paid. Weapon Shop de
Omasse releases on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS on 20th February.
- LEVEL-5 game sale: To celebrate the release of Weapon Shop de
Omasse, from today until 23rd February (23:59 local time), the
following previously released Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS titles
from LEVEL-5 will be on sale, priced at GBP 2.69 - ATTACK OF THE
FRIDAY MONSTERS! A TOKYO TALE; CRIMSON SHROUD; LIBERATION MAIDEN;
AERO PORTER; THE STARSHIP DAMREY; BUGS vs. TANKS!
For further details:
Nintendo Direct website http://nintendo.co.uk/nintendodirect
Nintendo Direct on Ustream http://www.ustream.tv/NintendoUK
Nintendo UK Online Store http://store.nintendo.co.uk/
Wii U (UK) on Facebook http://facebook.com/WiiU.co.uk
Nintendo 3DS (UK) on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Nintendo3DSUK
Nintendo UK on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/NintendoUK
Nintendo of Europe on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendoeurope
Nintendo UK on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendouk
Iwata Asks hub http://www.iwataasks.co.uk
(i)Please note that the Yoshi's New Island software is not included.
(ii)Depending on the Wii U hardware pack you own and your use of it,
an additional storage device may be required to download software
from Nintendo eShop.
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