ADDING VIDEO: Nintendo Invents and Reinvents Gaming for Everyone with Imaginative New Experiences

  ADDING VIDEO: 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 11, 2014

Watch Shigeru Miyamoto provide an early look at a slate of games he has in
development that use the Wii U GamePad controller in different and interesting

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

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.

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

“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
       *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

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
  *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.
  *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
  *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.
    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.


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
  *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
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

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
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
Yacht Club Games                Shovel Knight                     June 26

Nintendo 3DS
Activision                      Skylanders Trap Team              Oct. 5
Activision                      Transformers: Rise of the Dark    June 24
ATLUS                           Persona Q: Shadow of the          Fall
BANDAI NAMCO Games America,     ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red     July 8
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
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
Warner Bros. Interactive        LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham      Fall

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
ATLUS                           Citizens of Earth                 Fall
Big John Games                  Thorium Wars: Attack of the       August
Capcom                          Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney      Winter
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 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). For full details about Nintendo’s activities at E3, visit

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