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FIVE SPORTS, ONE PACKAGE: Wii Sports Club LAUNCHES IN STORES ON JULY 25
Online Multiplayer, Enhanced GamePad Controls and High-Def Graphics Among New Features in Wii U Game
VANCOUVER, B.C., July 24, 2014 – It’s a full count. One more out will win you the game. Standing on the pitcher’s mound, you study the batter and aim for the outside corner. You take a deep breath and unleash the baseball toward home plate. The ball curves just as you planned. Suddenly and unexpectedly, the bat cracks and the ball soars into the air. You thrust your arms in the air, poised to catch the fly ball. Catch it and the game is over. You win. The ball falls closer and closer to your outstretched hands …
While this sounds like an intense game of real-life baseball, it is actually the experience anyone can have using the GamePad controller in Wii Sports Club, which arrives in stores on July 25. The Wii U game includes updated and reimagined versions of Tennis, Bowling, Golf, Baseball and Boxing from the original Wii Sports game for Wii, with each sport using Wii MotionPlus technology and new GamePad features for enhanced control.
The implementation of the Wii U GamePad controller brings some surprising and fun features to Wii Sports Club. In Baseball, for example, the pitcher aims a fastball, curveball, screwball or splitter by simply moving the GamePad around in real space and pressing a button to throw. If the ball gets hit in the air, players use the GamePad to follow and catch the fly ball – just like they would with a baseball glove. In Golf, players place the GamePad on the floor to see the ball they are about to hit on the screen of the GamePad. It will appear on the same surface shown in the game – on the fairway, in a sand trap or in the rough. After players swing their Wii Remote Plus controllers like a real golf club, the ball will “fly” from the GamePad screen to the main TV screen and toward the virtual pin. The added GamePad features elicit the same “You have to try this!” reactions generated after playing the original Wii Sports game.
“With so many features packed into Wii Sports Club, players of all ages will feel like they are playing the game for the first time,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “Wii Sports Club is the definitive version of Wii Sports and the perfect showcase for the unique game-play experiences enabled by the Wii U GamePad controller.”
In a new online multiplayer mode, gamers from the same region who own the game and have a broadband Internet connection can play Wii Sports Club together. Players also can join a club to represent their regions and build online communities with fellow club members by sending tips, pep talks and other messages via Miiverse.
The retail version of Wii Sports Club launches in stores on July 25 at a suggested retail price of $44.99. The digital versions of all five sports are now available and can be purchased in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. A 48-hour free trial of all five sports is also available in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U until Dec. 31.
For more information about Wii Sports Club, visit http://wiisportsclub.nintendo.com.
Wii U 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/wiiu.
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Wii U eShop
Nintendo 3DS eShop
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- Pick-A-Gem – $
- Scooby Doo & Looney Tunes Cartoon Universe: Adventure – $
Nintendo eShop Sales and Price Reduction
- Chubbins is being reduced to $3.99 from its previous price of $5.99
- Poker Dice Solitaire Future will be 50% off ($0.99) until 9 a.m. PST on August 6.
- Trine 2: Director’s Cut will be 60% off until 9 a.m. PST on August 12.
- 3D Game Collection, Gardenscapes, Jewel Match 3 and more Joindots games will be on sale until 9 a.m. PST on August 14.
This latest Wii U system update adds some “most wanted” features and, of course, improvements to system stability.
First, and perhaps the most wanted feature, Wii U owners can now perform a system transfer from one Wii U to another Wii U. This new feature can be found in the System Settings menu and will transfer all software and data to a new Wii U. Nintendo has posted an in-depth guide explaining the system transfer.
Last, but not least, you can now navigate the Nintendo eShop using the Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller, or the Classic Controller.
Here is the official run down of the latest system update:
Version 5.1.0 U, available via an Internet connection, includes the following improvements:
- Wii U to Wii U System Transfer
- Users can now transfer (move) all software and data from one Wii U to another
- A “System Transfer” option has been added within System Settings
- Click here for additional information on this feature
Changes to Nintendo eShop:
- Users can now navigate the Nintendo eShop using a Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller, or Classic Controller
Improvements to system stability and usability:
- Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience
Super Toy Cars will be launching on the Nintendo eShop on Thursday, July 24. This combat racing game will be available for $7.99 and features 16 cars, 12 tracks, five different events for each track, a career mode, multiplayer, and a track editor.
The Great Fox – from Star Fox Assault – makes an appearance in the new Super Smash Bros. game. It will likely be a stage as Sakurai has stated that little fighters will be seen running on top.
Robin’s Nosferatu will not only deal damage, but will also recover Robin’s damage, which happens to be a first for the series.
Today, Sakurai is showing off one of the many ways characters can be K.O.-ed.
Nintendo 3DS eShop
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Nintendo eShop Sales
- SteamWorld Dig (Review) will be 50% off until 9 a.m. PST on July 31.
- Little Inferno will be 50% off until 9 a.m. PST on July 24.
- escapeVektor (Review) will be $3.99 until 9 a.m. PST on July 31.
- Snow Moto Racing 3D will be $3.99 until 9 a.m. PST on August 21.
- ATLUS Games – Shin Megami Tensei IV, Shin Megami: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, and more – will be on sale from 9 a.m. PST on July 21 through 9 a.m. PST on Aug. 4.