Mario Golf: World Tour and Kirby: Triple Deluxe Make May 2 a Day to Remember

  Mario Golf: World Tour and Kirby: Triple Deluxe Make May 2 a Day to Remember

          Two Hit Franchises Release on Nintendo 3DS on the Same Day

Business Wire

REDMOND, Wash. -- May 1, 2014

When you see two round objects rolling your way, don’t be alarmed: They’re
probably just a harmless golf ball and a familiar pink puffball. On May 2, the
Mario Golf: World Tour and Kirby: Triple Deluxe games are launching in stores
and in the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. It’s a double
dose of Nintendo! Both games are the next installments in their respective
franchises and the first of their series on Nintendo 3DS. Both games also
feature some of the most loved and iconic characters in the Nintendo universe.
And, best of all, both games are ridiculously fun.

On May 2, the Mario Golf: World Tour and Kirby: Triple Deluxe games are
launching in stores and in t ...

On May 2, the Mario Golf: World Tour and Kirby: Triple Deluxe games are
launching in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS family of
systems. (Photo: Business Wire)

“May 2 is going to be an outstanding day for Nintendo 3DS owners,” said Scott
Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing.
“Mario Golf: World Tour and Kirby: Triple Deluxe add two exclusive Nintendo
experiences to the already-incredible library of software found only on
Nintendo 3DS.”

Mario Golf: World Tour: Players can drive, swing and putt using their favorite
residents of the Mushroom Kingdom like Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, or
their Mii characters. Exciting courses that are filled with Warp Pipes or even
Piranha Plants await players in Mario Golf: World Tour, as well as more
traditional golf courses.

It wouldn’t be a golf game set in the Mushroom Kingdom if power-ups inspired
by the Super Mario Bros. series weren’t waiting to be activated. Mario Golf:
World Tour features plenty of items that can add an extra element of fun to
the game when used. The Dash Mushroom, for example, gives the golf ball extra
speed when it hits the ground; the Fire Flower burns through leaves and tufts
of grass; and the Bullet Bill power-up allows the ball to fly in a straight
line and ignore wind.

When not playing one of the numerous courses, players can wander the expansive
Castle Club and its luxurious grounds as a Mii character to purchase new gear,
visit the trophy room or take a break in the lounge to hang out with Mario and
friends. There are hundreds of pieces of gear to unlock in the game, including
shirts, pants, gloves, hats, golf clubs and golf balls. Each piece of gear can
enhance Mii characters’ golf attributes and add power or control to their
shots, according to their play style.

Mario Golf: World Tour also features extensive online multiplayer matches as
well as communities that players can customize with unique tournament rules.
During these matches, up to four players from all over the world with a
wireless broadband Internet connection can play together on the various
courses in the game. Players can choose either to take turns or to engage in
simultaneous play, meaning everyone takes shots at the same time. Either way,
players can use built-in emoticons to let rivals know how they’re feeling
about the game. This unique twist on traditional multiplayer matches adds a
level of fast-paced excitement to the proceedings.

In addition to being able to create their own custom tournaments, players can
also participate in online tournaments hosted by Nintendo to get all sorts of
new in-game gear. These scheduled events could range from nine-hole
tournaments to smaller-scale events such as longest-drive challenges,
coin-gathering challenges or even speed golf. Through SpotPass notifications,
players will be informed of upcoming tournaments, and all they need to do is
play the event and upload their scores before the event deadline. Nintendo is
even collaborating with Callaway Golf Company for a series of in-game
tournaments that begin on May 22. During these tournaments, players are
rewarded with exclusive Callaway in-game items like golf clubs and golf balls
just for participating.

Fans of the series can also expand their play options by purchasing up to
three packs of downloadable content as they release, which will add a total of
108 new holes and three playable Mushroom Kingdom characters. Through Toad’s
Booth in the game, the packs can be purchased individually at $5.99, or all
together at a discounted rate of $14.99 with the Season Pass. Players who
purchase the Season Pass will receive the packs as they become available and
also have instant access to a special Gold Mario playable character. Fans who
purchase all three packs separately will be able to get Gold Mario once all
packs are available. Players can even participate in Trial Tournaments to
sample courses from the downloadable packs available at that time, once they
download the Trial Pack from Toad’s Booth in the game.

Mario Golf: World Tour will launch in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on
Nintendo 3DS on May 2 at a suggested retail price of $29.99. Fans can also now
download the demo version in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo
2DS. For more information about the game, visit http://mariogolf.nintendo.com.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe: In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, players must help Kirby save
longtime rival King Dedede by traveling through numerous colorful worlds while
inhaling enemies, copying their abilities and jumping back and forth between
foreground and background in dynamic 3D side-scrolling levels.

Kirby’s legendary ability to copy enemies’ powers returns, allowing him to
inhale, spit and transform into new forms like the bow-wielding Archer and the
horn-sporting Beetle, as well as returning classics like Parasol, Hammer and
Sword. These forms each possess their own abilities and help Kirby make his
way through numerous challenges. New to the Kirby series and a highlight of
Kirby: Triple Deluxe is Kirby’s new, dramatic Hypernova ability. After
collecting Miracle Fruit, Kirby will be imbued with the ability to inhale
almost anything that stands in his way, including massive obstacles and entire
sections of levels. The Hypernova ability can also come in handy for solving
massive puzzles that Kirby might encounter throughout the game.

While taking a break from the action of the single-player adventure, up to
four friends can duke it out in the Kirby Fighters multiplayer battle mode via
local wireless or Download Play. Kirby Fighters finds players picking their
favorite copy abilities and using them in fighting-game style matches against
friends or the game’s AI (artificial intelligence). With Download Play
support, four friends can play together using only one game card. (Additional
Nintendo 3DS systems are required for multiplayer modes.)

Fans of collecting hidden items will love Kirby: Triple Deluxe. The game has
more than 250 keychains that are hidden in each stage. Every keychain is
inspired by the gorgeous character sprite art from classic Kirby games like
Kirby’s Dream Land and Kirby Super Star. Keychains can also be collected by
using the StreetPass functionality of the Nintendo 3DS system to tag other
players who also have the game.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe will also launch in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on
Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS on May 2 at a suggested retail price of $34.99.
For more information about the game, visit
http://kirby.nintendo.com/triple-deluxe/.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage
the content their children can access. For more information about this and
other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

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 4.2
billion video games and more than 669 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
company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

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