Nintendo Invents and Reinvents Gaming for Everyone with Imaginative New Experiences

  Nintendo Invents and Reinvents Gaming for Everyone with Imaginative New   Experiences   At E3, Nintendo Showcases Interactive Figures Called ‘amiibo,’ a New Action          Game Genre and New Ways to Play Its Fan-Favorite Franchises  E3 Expo 2014  Business Wire  LOS ANGELES -- June 10, 2014  Nintendo’s video games have always had an element that can put great big smiles on people’s faces: It’s that special Nintendo magic. It’s that certain undefinable something that makes people’s eyes light up, whether they’ve been playing for decades or they’re picking up a game for the first time. At this week’s E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles, Nintendo is showcasing the invention and reinvention of video game experiences – from unique new ways to play to new takes on fan-favorite games and franchises.  Splatoon is a four-on-four multiplayer action game that drops players into a battle arena that two t ...  Splatoon is a four-on-four multiplayer action game that drops players into a battle arena that two teams strive to claim as their own. (Photo: Business Wire)  Interactive figures called “amiibo,” scheduled to arrive this year, can be used with multiple Nintendo games, bringing a touch of Nintendo’s magic to the toys-to-life category. With the addition of amiibo to a solid lineup of games on the way, there has never been a better time to own a Wii U or Nintendo 3DS system.  “Nintendo has always represented a unique source of video game entertainment for the widest range of gamers,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president and chief operating officer. “We create timeless games with twists and turns that provide hours of enjoyment for fans of all ages, and this year with the introduction of amiibo, we’re pushing the creative envelope forward in compelling new ways.”  New Ways to Play: The toys-to-life category as a whole is extremely strong on Nintendo platforms, and Nintendo’s approach with amiibo adds another dimension to the category. Not only can amiibo interact with a particular game, but a single amiibo will continue to entertain in surprising ways, as they can be designed to be compatible across multiple games. Additionally, the Wii U GamePad controller shines in a slate of unique interactive games from Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto.    *amiibo: Figures of Nintendo characters can interact with multiple future     Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games in unique new ways, providing fresh game-play     experiences and a great value for consumers with compatibility across     multiple games. Fans can buy and collect amiibo, to bring them closer to     the games and characters they love. By the end of the year, Nintendo’s     foray into the toys-to-life category will inject energy into the genre.     Nintendo will launch amiibo with around 10 figures. More will be launched     during the holiday season and throughout 2015. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U     will be the first game to support amiibo. Other games that will support     amiibo include Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Party     10 and Yoshi’s Woolly World, with more to come. A new NFC reader/writer     being designed for Nintendo 3DS is scheduled to launch in 2015.   *Games from Shigeru Miyamoto: Shigeru Miyamoto provides an early look at a     slate of games he has in development that use the Wii U GamePad controller     in different and interesting ways designed to unlock the full potential of     the Wii U console.         *Mario Maker (working title) offers up a Super Mario Bros. dream: the          ability for players to use the Wii U GamePad to design levels from          scratch. Place blocks and enemies anywhere and play through the          level. With the tap of an icon, users can even switch the visual          style between a classic 8-bit Super Mario Bros. look and the world of          New Super Mario Bros. U in the E3 version. The game is scheduled for          the first half of 2015.        *Star Fox (working title) turns the Wii U GamePad into the view from          the cockpit of Fox McCloud’s Arwing fighter. While the TV shows the          perspective from behind the Arwing, players can also use the gyro          sensors of the GamePad to intuitively and independently target          enemies. Players can instantly switch between the Arwing and          Landmaster tank with the press of a button, and the game also          introduces a new helicopter-type vehicle. The game is scheduled for          2015.        *Project Giant Robot lets players use the touch screen to build a          giant robot. Once complete, the GamePad becomes a cockpit from which          players control the robot as they try to knock opponents over. A          unique combination of button and motion control adds leverage and          momentum to their robotic punches. The game is scheduled for the          first half of 2015.        *In Project Guard the goal is to stop a robot invasion using a          security system of 12 cameras as a last line of defense. Players          mount a dozen security cameras around a perimeter before the          invasion, and then monitor all 12 as the robot army invades. Cameras          also can blast lasers, so players must look, search and shoot quickly          if they want to survive the onslaught. The innovative use of the          two-screen game play makes for a thrilling spectator experience,          allowing anyone in the living room to join in on the fun as an          additional set of eyes. The game is scheduled for 2015.    *Nintendo GameCube controller for Super Smash Bros.: Many Super Smash Bros.     fans grew up playing Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo GameCube     system, and some will always prefer that system’s controller. The Nintendo     GameCube controller also could be used in Super Smash Bros. Brawl for Wii.     To honor that devoted loyalty to a classic way to play, Nintendo is     introducing an adapter that lets up to four original Nintendo GameCube or     WaveBird controllers work with Wii U. The adapter will be available at a     suggested retail price of $19.99. Nintendo is also launching a retro     Nintendo GameCube controller with Super Smash Bros. markings at a     suggested retail price of $29.99. Additionally, Nintendo is offering a     special bundle that includes Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, one special     Nintendo GameCube controller and one adapter at a suggested retail price     of $99.99. All of these items are scheduled to launch the same day as     Super Smash Bros. for Wii U this holiday season.  New Game Play: When creating new ways to play, Nintendo has been known to come up with new IP that invents a new genre. Sometimes Nintendo brings its magic to an existing category and reinvents it the Nintendo way.    *Splatoon: Splatoon is a four-on-four multiplayer action game that drops     players into a battle arena that two teams strive to claim as their own.     Players of each team spray ink on the ground around them while blotting     out the opposing team members in turf war competitions. Each character can     turn into a squid-like character and swim through his or her own team’s     ink – gliding up and down walls and under floors – with ease. Using     intuitive controls made possible with the Wii U GamePad’s gyro sensor     makes it easy to look around and aim, and the on-screen map displays the     entire arena at a glance, both of which feel great and redefine     multiplayer action. Splatoon is targeted to launch in the first half of     2015.  Fan-Favorite Characters and Franchises Come to Life in New Ways: Nintendo continues to reinvent the franchises that fans love and keep them fresh. Nintendo has exclusive characters and franchises that suit every taste.    *The next installment in The Legend of Zelda franchise: The newest game in     the franchise, scheduled for 2015, introduces the first truly open world     in a game from the series. Players can roam Hyrule Field or set off on a     trek to distant mountains if they prefer. Players can get to any area they     can see from virtually any direction. That’s one of the ways the game     breaks with franchise norms and introduces new ways to play.   *Super Smash Bros.: The famed fighting franchise appears for the first time     in HD on Wii U this holiday season, and on a portable system for the first     time on Nintendo 3DS on Oct. 3. New characters, items and arenas add a     freshly reinvigorated look and feel. As classic Nintendo characters     interact wirelessly in the game, amiibo will add a different dimension to     game play.  Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be available at a suggested     retail price of $59.99, while the Nintendo 3DS version will be available     at a suggested retail price of $39.99.   *Yoshi’s Woolly World: Yoshi looks like he has been knit from a ball of     yarn and placed on the TV screen. This gorgeous HD Wii U game, planned for     the first half of 2015, is filled with rich textiles like felt, yarn and     cotton that look good enough to touch.   *Kirby and the Rainbow Curse: This Wii U Kirby adventure, planned for 2015,     is set in an HD, stop-motion clay-like world. Everything is made from clay     and placed perfectly in a gorgeously sculpted landscape. Touch-screen     drawing mechanics with more variations in functions build on the  controls     of the fan-favorite Nintendo DS game Kirby’s Canvas Curse in this new     game.   *Hyrule Warriors: The game artfully merges the world of The Legend of Zelda     and the style of Dynasty Warriors into one legendary hack-and-slash Wii U     adventure. Players control hero Link or Princess Zelda, or might opt to     play as Impa or Midna in their debut as playable characters. Familiar     locations from The Legend of Zelda world subtly change to reflect the art     styles of their original games. The game is scheduled to launch on Sept.     26.   *Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire: Get ready to embark on a     new adventure through the Hoenn region. Players will catch, battle and     trade Pokémon as they seek answers to the mystery behind Primal Groudon     and Primal Kyogre and their possible connection to Mega Evolutions. With     new challenges to overcome and incredibly powerful Pokémon to encounter,     these games are a true evolution in the Pokémon series.   *Sonic Boom (SEGA): The Sonic Boom franchise comes exclusively to Nintendo     platforms this November with Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for Wii U and Sonic     Boom: Shattered Crystal for Nintendo 3DS. Both titles will feature the     “blue blur” as you’ve never seen him before, as Sonic and his friends     embark on two new adventures focused on action, exploration and teamwork.   *Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom): Launching exclusively on Nintendo 3DS     in early 2015, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be the newest installment in     the popular Monster Hunter series. Along with an expanded set of moves and     two new weapon types, players will be able to join the hunt with friends     over the Internet via Wi-Fi.  In addition to the games listed above, some of the other games for Nintendo platforms featured at E3 this week include:  Wii U    *Bayonetta 2 (October 2014): Brimming with intricate battles that take     place in, on and all over epic set pieces, Bayonetta 2 finds the sassy     heroine battling angels and demons in unearthly beautiful HD. Maniacal     magic, warped weapons and some serious attitude make up Bayonetta’s deadly     arsenal. Best of all, the original Bayonetta game comes bundled with the     retail packaged version of Bayonetta 2, complete with some Nintendo     surprises and Nintendo cosplay options for Bayonetta.   *Mario vs. Donkey Kong (working title) (2015): The charming Mario vs.     Donkey Kong puzzle series makes its way to Wii U. This HD entry takes full     advantage of the touch screen on the GamePad controller as players guide     the Minis (including Mini Luigi) to safety. The game also features a     near-limitless puzzle-creation mode that allows fans to share puzzles and     leave comments on Miiverse.   *Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Holiday 2014): The fan-favorite Captain     Toad levels from Super Mario 3D World have inspired a game of their own.     The intrepid Captain Toad sets off on an adventure through a wide variety     of clever, colorful and fun levels that require players to use the GamePad     to change their perspective to guide him to coins, gems, stars and safety.   *Mario Party 10 (2015): A Mario Party becomes a Bowser Party as the player     with the GamePad becomes everyone’s fire-breathing nemesis. During “Bowser     Party” mode, one player gets to be the fire-breathing Koopa King and wreak     havoc during the mini-games, while other players try to dodge his attacks.     Players can also enjoy classic Mario Party style game play as well.   *Art Academy (working title) (2014): Art Academy on Wii U is a robust     download-exclusive application that makes it easy for anyone to learn the     basics of drawing or get in-depth with more advanced lessons. The Wii U     GamePad makes a great canvas to learn, create and share with the most     in-depth, robust lessons the series has ever offered.   *Xenoblade Chronicles X (2015): The next massive sci-fi role-playing game     from Monolith Soft, the creators of Baten Kaitos and Xenoblade Chronicles,     comes exclusively to Wii U. A terrible intergalactic war leaves just a     handful of Earth survivors trying to live in a beautiful yet hostile     environment.   *Skylanders Trap Team (Activision): With Skylanders Trap Team, Portal     Masters seek out and defeat the most wanted villains in all of Skylands,     pulling them out of the game and into living rooms by capturing them in     magical Traps, truly bringing Toys-To-Life^™ and life-to-toys. Players can     then send villains back into the game where they play as the villains to     fight for good. The Wii U version will be playable at the Nintendo booth.     Skylanders Trap Team will be available for the Wii U, Wii and Nintendo 3DS     systems on Oct. 5 in North America.   *Just Dance 2015 (Ubisoft): Just Dance 2015 is the latest in the world’s     No. 1 dance game franchise and will be available worldwide in October     2014. Fans can dance along to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams and “Summer” by     Calvin Harris while using the fun interactive features like World Dance     Floor, the online multiplayer feature and the new Community Remix feature     that brings Just Dance fans into the actual game play.  Nintendo 3DS    *Pokémon Art Academy (October 2014): In Pokémon Art Academy, players take     on the role of a young aspiring artist who enrolls in the Pokémon Art     Academy to learn how to draw Pokémon under the tutelage of Professor Andy.     Through novice lessons, the players are taught the basics of art, from     simple shapes to coloring, and are introduced to various tools and     techniques they will use to create art.   *Fantasy Life (October 2014): Players embark on the adventure of their     dreams as they craft, cast, battle and role-play. The innovative Life     system lets players change to one of 12 Life classes at virtually any time     to access different abilities. The huge fantasy landscape is filled with     surly dark paladins, slick pirate captains and others who share a taste     for the unknown.   *THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL (Square Enix, Inc.): Combining     hallmark FINAL FANTASY music with role-playing game (RPG) elements, the     new THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL will come to North America on     Sept. 16, 2014, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS system.  Third-Party  Nintendo’s third-party partners are bringing fantastic and original creations to Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Additionally, independent developers are also bringing strong digital-only content to the Nintendo eShop. A number of these indie titles will be showcased within the Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3 program throughout the course of the show. These titles include:    *Affordable Space Adventures (KnapNok Games): The GamePad is your control     panel in this exclusive 2D side-scrolling spaceship simulator that     requires players to configure all the systems in order to fly around     undetected on an alien planet.   *Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (DrinkBox Studios): The game     is an action-platformer set in a magical Mexican-inspired world. The game     features melee combat, a dimension-switching mechanic and cooperative     same-screen multiplayer.   *Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games): For Shovelry! Run, jump and dig in this     lighthearted, classic adventure platformer. Launching June 26, Shovel     Knight will include exclusive Miiverse functionality for Wii U, and the     Nintendo 3DS version will feature an exclusive Battle Arena mode utilizing     StreetPass.   *Swords & Soldiers II (Ronimo Games BV): This Wii U exclusive     side-scrolling strategy game, the sequel to the award-winning 2009 WiiWare     game Swords & Soldiers, is set to launch this holiday season.  A selection of the games scheduled to release in 2014 for Nintendo systems include the following:  Publisher                      Title                            Release Date Wii U Activision                      Skylanders Trap Team              Oct. 5 Activision                      Transformers: Rise of the Dark    June 24                                 Spark BANDAI NAMCO Games America,     PAC-MAN and the Ghostly           October Inc.                            Adventures 2 Disney Interactive              Disney Infinity: Marvel Super     Fall                                 Heroes (2.0 Edition) Little Orbit                    Falling Skies: The Game           Sept. 23 Little Orbit                    How to Train Your Dragon 2        June 10 Midnight City                   Costume Quest 2                   October SEGA                            Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric         November Ubisoft                         Just Dance 2015                   October Ubisoft                         Watch_Dogs                        2014 Warner Bros. Interactive        LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham      Fall Entertainment  Nintendo eShop on Wii U Ackk Studios LLC                Chromophore: The Two Brothers     Q4                                 Director’s Cut Arachnid Games                  Ballpoint Universe: Infinite      Summer ATLUS                           Citizens of Earth                 Fall BANDAI NAMCO Games America,     ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red     July 8 Inc. BeautiFun Games SL              Nihilumbra                        Summer Breakfall                       STARWHAL: Just the Tip            Q3 Curve Digital                   Lone Survivor                     Q4 Curve Digital                   Stealth Inc. 2                    Q3 Digital Lounge                  Another World – 20^th             Summer                                 Anniversary Edition DrinkBox Studios                Guacamelee! Super Turbo           Summer                                 Championship Edition Frima Studio Inc.               Chariot                           Fall Fuzzy Wuzzy Games Inc.          Armillo                           Summer Gamesbymo                       A.N.N.E                           2014 Image & Form                    SteamWorld Dig                    Fall KnapNok Games                   Affordable Space Adventures       Fall Natsume Inc.                    Alphadia Genesis                  Winter Neko Entertainment              Wooden Sen’SeY                    Summer Nicalis                         90s Arcade Racer                  Summer Nnooo                           Cubemen 2                         Q3 Nyamyam Ltd.                    Tengami                           Summer Rain Games                      Teslagrad                         2014 Ronimo Games BV                 Swords & Soldiers II              Q4 Slightly Mad                    Project CARS                      Q4 Turtle Cream                    6180 the moon                     Q3 WaterMelon                      Pier Solar and the Great          Q3                                 Architects Yacht Club Games                Shovel Knight                     June 26  Nintendo 3DS Activision                      Skylanders Trap Team              Oct. 5 Activision                      Transformers: Rise of the Dark    June 24                                 Spark ATLUS                           Persona Q: Shadow of the          Fall                                 Labyrinth BANDAI NAMCO Games America,     ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red     July 8 Inc. BANDAI NAMCO Games America,     PAC-MAN and the Ghostly           October Inc.                            Adventures 2 BANDAI NAMCO Games America,     Saban’s Power Rangers Super       Fall Inc.                            Megaforce BANDAI NAMCO Games America,     Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle      October Inc. Capcom                          MONSTER HUNTER 4 ULTIMATE         2015 EA                              EA SPORTS FIFA 15                 September Focus Home Interactive          Farming Simulator 2014            June 24 Gamemill                        Big Hero 6                        Oct. 28 Little Orbit                    Adventure Time: The Secret of     Nov. 18                                 the Nameless Kingdom Little Orbit                    Cartoon Network: Backlot Party    Oct. 28 Little Orbit                    How to Train Your Dragon 2        June 10 Little Orbit                    Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue      Nov. 4 Little Orbit                    Disney Violetta: Rhythm & Music   Sept. 19 Little Orbit                    Winx Club: Saving Alfea           Sept. 23 Majesco                         Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appetit       October Marvelous USA (XSEED Games)     Story of Seasons                  Winter Natsume                         Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley     Fall SEGA                            Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal     November Square Enix, Inc.               THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY         Sept. 16                                 CURTAIN CALL Warner Bros. Interactive        Scooby Doo! & Looney Tunes        August Entertainment                   Cartoon Universe: Adventure Warner Bros. Interactive        LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids           Summer Entertainment Warner Bros. Interactive        LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham      Fall Entertainment  Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS ATLUS                           Citizens of Earth                 Fall Big John Games                  Thorium Wars: Attack of the       August                                 Skyfighter Capcom                          Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney      Winter                                 Trilogy Gaijin Games                    Woah Dave!                        Summer Goodbye Galaxy Games            Tappingo 2                        Summer Hörberg Productions             Gunman Clive 2                    Fall Konami Digital Entertainment,   Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel        September Inc.                            Carnival Mojo Bones Ltd.                 Siesta Fiesta                     Summer Nnooo                           Blast ’Em Bunnies                 Q4 Renegade Kid LLC                Treasurenauts                     Q4 Renegade Kid LLC                Moon Chronicles (ep. 2)           Q3 WayForward Technologies         Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse    Summer Yacht Club Games                Shovel Knight                     June 26                                                                     Nintendo made many of its announcements during the Nintendo Digital Event, which can be viewed at http://e3.nintendo.com. Nintendo will be delivering news throughout the run of the three-day show via a variety of methods, including Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3, the Super Smash Bros. Invitational and Nintendo’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (#Nintendo). 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