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Press Release: Five Sports, One Package: Wii Sports Club Launches in Stores on July 25

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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.

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 Wiihome 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 670 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.ca.

Press Release: Nintendo Unveils New Information About Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

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NES Remix Launches, Tecmo-Koei Warriors-Zelda Game Headed to Wii U in 2014

VANCOUVER, B.C., Dec. 18, 2013 – One of Nintendo’s popular characters from the recently released Super Mario 3D World game is coming to two of its biggest titles of 2014 for Wii U. Rosalina will be playable in both Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8. Nintendo also launched NES Remix in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U, re-imagining parts of 16 classic NES games. A new game for Wii U developed by Tecmo-Koei that will feature the action-packed Warriors series set in the world of The Legend of Zelda was also revealed for launch in 2014. This is a separate project from the new installment of The Legend of Zelda series that is in development for Wii U by longtime series producer Eiji Aonuma and his team. Nintendo made these announcements and revealed new information about a number of Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games during a Nintendo Direct announcement. To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct.



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Press Release: Fitness That Fits Your Life: Free Wii Fit U Trial Starts November 1

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Fitness That Fits Your Life: Free Wii Fit U Trial Starts November 1

Nintendo is giving Wii U owners the chance to get fit for free. Starting November 1, Wii U owners who own a Wii Balance Board accessory and have access to a broadband Internet connection will be able to download a free trial version of Wii Fit U from the Nintendo eShop. The trial software is not an abbreviated version of the game – it’s the full Wii Fit U experience. The trial will be downloadable from the Nintendo eShop between November 1, 2013, and January 31, 2014, and will work for 31 days from when it is first played.

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Press Release: The Wii U GamePad is the Life of the Party in Wii Party U

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New Game Showcases the Unique and Fun Experiences of Wii U


VANCOUVER, B.C., Oct. 24, 2013 – It’s time to RSVP for the best video game party ever. On October 25, the Wii Party U game launches for the Wii U console, bringing with it more than 80 mini-games, multiple party modes for people of all ages and unique game play that shows off the creative power of the Wii U GamePad controller. The game offers a party for every kind of player – from board games centred on the television to tabletop games that can be played exclusively on the GamePad (no TV required!). Wii Party U turns any living room into a party.

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Press Release: Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Launch Worldwide on October 12 for Nintendo 3DS

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The Next Generation of Pokémon Introduces an Amazing New Adventure, Powerful Mega Evolutions and a Spectacular New World to Explore

VANCOUVER, B.C., Oct. 9, 2013 – Fans around the world are about to experience a major evolution to the Pokémon series of video games. On October 12, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, the newest installments in the world-famous series, are launching for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, including the new Nintendo 2DS system, which also launches on October 12. In the games, players can discover new Pokémon, interact with them like never before, connect with Trainers around the world and explore an entirely new region that is brought to life with stunning new visuals. Read more

Press Release: Nintendo Direct Video Details Newest Fun and Social Game Experiences for 2013 and Beyond

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New Power-Ups for Super Mario 3D World, New Downloadable Stages for Pikmin 3 and New Kirby Nintendo 3DS Game Among Numerous Announcements

VANCOUVER, B.C., Oct. 1, 2013 – A new Nintendo Direct video revealed more than a dozen new ways that Nintendo is delivering both variety and value to consumers in 2013 and beyond. Nintendo unveiled key characters in the next installments of the

Super Smash Bros. and The Legend of Zelda series, new designs for Wii Remote Plus controllers in honour of everyone’s favourite video game brothers and a variety of free and paid downloads to expand the enjoyment of existing Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games.

“Nintendo is delivering unprecedented value and variety to consumers this holiday season,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “From shaking up the way players enjoy the next Zelda adventure to providing fans with more content to enjoy in Pikmin 3, we’re always looking for new ways to deliver the best entertainment experience possible to consumers.” Read more

Press Release: Nintendo Gives Consumers A Chance to Get Fit For Free with Wii Fit U

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Wii Sports Club Delivers a New Wii Sports Experience on Wii U

VANCOUVER, B.C., Sept. 18, 2013 – Nintendo is offering Wii U owners a chance to download a full version of Wii Fit U for free. Starting Nov. 1, Wii U owners can download a complete version of the game and get a head start on their New Year’s fitness goals by trying out all the activities found in the game for a full month – at no cost. All users need is a Wii Balance Board and a Wii U system with a broadband Internet connection. Consumers can keep their trial copies of Wii Fit U at no additional cost by simply purchasing and syncing a Fit Meter to the game. Nintendo announced the special offer along with a number of items related to active gaming during a Nintendo Direct video. To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Read more

Press Release: Nintendo 3DS is Best-Selling Video Game Platform for Fourth Straight Month

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Sept. 12, 2013

Fueled by a strong start for Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and the continued strength of games such as Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Nintendo 3DS™ finished August as the best-selling video game system in the U.S. for the fourth consecutive month. More than 6.47 million units of Nintendo 3DS software have been sold so far in 2013, an increase of nearly 30 percent over the same time frame last year. Read more

Press Release: Nintendo Offers Unrivaled Value and Variety this Holiday Season with Lower Wii U Price, Zelda Wii U Bundle and New Nintendo 2DS Portable

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Top Nintendo Video Games Get Launch Dates Through the End of 2013

VANCOUVER, B.C., Aug. 28, 2013 – Nintendo outlined a campaign that will offer consumers unprecedented levels of value and variety this holiday season. That proposition includes:

  • A $50 price drop for the Wii U Deluxe Set to a new suggested retail price of just $299.99, effective on Sept. 20.
  • A limited-edition Wii U bundle featuring The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD launching on Sept. 20.
  • The introduction of Nintendo 2DS, an entry-level dedicated portable gaming system that plays all Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS games in 2D. Nintendo 2DS launches Oct. 12, the same day as Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, at a suggested retail price of $129.99.
  • Dates for an outstanding lineup of Q4 video games for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

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Press Release: Zelda Symphony Returns to Toronto

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Back by Popular Demand, “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” Returns to the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Sept. 7 with Breathtaking New Material

(San Francisco, CA) August 26, 2013 – As part of the global “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” tour for 2013, the acclaimed concert will revisit the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on September 7 and once again thrill music lovers and Zelda enthusiasts with Second Quest, including fresh and exciting new material exploring additional chapters from the Zelda franchise. Those new to Symphony of the Goddesses will also have the opportunity to experience the beautifully orchestrated four-movement symphonic work from last season, which chronicles fan-favourite moments from the franchise’s rich and storied history, carefully and expertly timed with a gorgeous, larger-than-life orchestral score.  

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Press Release: Nintendo 3DS is Best-Selling Video Game Platform for Third Straight Month

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Aug. 15, 2013

Nintendo 3DS continued to build momentum in 2013 and finished as the best-selling video game system in the U.S. for the third consecutive month. A strong second month for Animal Crossing: New Leaf helped sales of Nintendo 3DS hardware and software increase by 14 and 45 percent, respectively, over the same time frame last year. Read more

Press Release: Help Luigi’s Dreams Come True in Mario and Luigi: Dream Team

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Explore Luigi’s Imagination in a Hilarious Nintendo 3DS Adventure 

VANCOUVER, B.C., Aug. 8, 2013 – The Year of Luigi is going strong, and the celebration of the 30th anniversary of everyone’s favourite younger brother continues with Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS system on Aug. 11. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team puts players inside the head of Luigi … literally! In the game, players journey into the imaginative dreams of Luigi to help save Pi’illo Island from a mysterious villain. Using the touch screen on the Nintendo 3DS system, players can manipulate a sleeping Luigi to make fantastical things happen in the dream world, such as altering the dream world environment and growing Luigi to gargantuan size. In his dreams, Luigi also has amazing powers called Luiginary Attacks, such as spawning hundreds of Luigis to form towers, giant hammers and wrecking balls to do battle with a host of nightmares. 

“For 30 years, Mario and Luigi have formed the cornerstone of the video game industry,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “Original and quality experiences like Mario & Luigi: Dream Team make now the best time to own a Nintendo 3DS.” 

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is the fourth game in the charming Mario & Luigi series and builds on the clever game play the series is known for. But what sets Mario & Luigi: Dream Team apart from its predecessors is the ability to jump into Luigi’s dreams, where anything is possible. At certain points in the game, game play will shift from controlling both brothers in the isometric 3D real world of Pi’illo Island to controlling Mario and Dreamy Luigi through the side-scrolling vistas of Luigi’s dreams. Although the real brothers are separated during these sequences in the dream world, players still help them work together. By manipulating a sleeping Luigi on the touch screen, players help Mario overcome obstacles in the dream world on the top screen. Additionally, Mario pairs up with Dreamy Luigi to unleash fantastical attacks where hundreds of Luigis morph into shapes to defeat enemies. The game play in these sequences is wild and constantly surprising, and takes full advantage of the unique features of the Nintendo 3DS system. 

The trademark humour and sharp writing that fans love about the Mario & Luigi series is not only back in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, it’s better than ever, with a whirlwind of laugh-out-loud moments involving the large, quirky cast of characters that populate Pi’illo Island and the over-the-top action in Luigi’s dreams. The massive game is bursting at the pajama seams with personality.

Fans who are familiar with the classic game-play features of the Mario & Luigi series will feel right at home with Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, as staples of the series such as using both brothers to battle enemies to earn experience points, leveling up to increase stats and customizing Mario and Luigi’s gear make a welcome return, along with some new features to discover as well. 

In addition to retail stores, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team can also be purchased and downloaded in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Also launching on Aug. 11 is the new black Nintendo 3DS XL system, joining the currently available range of colors – blue, red and pink. Fans who are joining the Nintendo 3DS family for the first time can do it in style with this new system. 

For more information about Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, visit http://marioandluigidreamteam.com

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.

Press Release: String of Major Monthly Releases for Wii U Kicks off With Pikmin 3

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The Long-Awaited Sequel Touches Down With New Pikmin Types, Gorgeous HD Graphics and a Variety of Single- and Multiplayer Modes

VANCOUVER, B.C., Aug. 1, 2013 – The sense of discovery from exploring a beautiful alien planet. The exhilaration of battling an imaginative array of strange creatures. The heartache of losing some of your devoted Pikmin to a hostile world. The satisfaction of leading an army of loyal Pikmin to victory. These are some of the feelings experienced when playing Pikmin 3, launching in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Aug. 4, exclusively for the Wii U console. From the mind of Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of iconic series like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong, Pikmin is back… and the intergalactic adventure of a lifetime is about to begin.

Pikmin 3 tells the story of three space explorers – Alph, Brittany and Charlie – who crash land on an alien planet and must collect fruit for their starving home planet. To accomplish their goal of collecting fruit, the explorers must gather and lead an army of different Pikmin creatures, battle the local wildlife and work to solve puzzles, all before the sun goes down at the end of each day.

There are five types of Pikmin, and each has a unique ability: Red Pikmin are immune to fire, Blue Pikmin can survive in water and Yellow Pikmin can withstand electricity. New Pikmin types appearing for the first time include Rock Pikmin, large Pikmin that can break objects and inflict more damage when thrown; and Winged Pikmin, a pink variety that can fly and carry items above certain obstacles. Players must strategically use the different Pikmin types to solve puzzles, overcome obstacles and fight in boss battles.

Pikmin 3 is the first in a string of major Wii U games that will launch between now and the end of the year,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “The game has something for everyone – from fast-paced action and strategy to engaging multiplayer modes and great replay value.”

Pikmin 3 offers several unique uses for the Wii U GamePad controller. In game play, the GamePad can be used as a map of the game world, allowing players to see a top-down view of the action and reference various data points, helping them to plot out their movements. The GamePad can also be used to take pictures at the eye level of Pikmin in a new, first-person camera mode. This perspective is a great way to get a true view of what the explorers and Pikmin see. Once snapped, the pictures taken in this mode can be posted to Miiverse with an accompanying personalized message, allowing players with broadband Internet access a chance to share their adventure with friends.

While the main Story Mode offers players hours of game play, Pikmin 3 also features additional single-player and multiplayer modes to enjoy. In Mission Mode, one or two players are tasked with earning the most points in select levels by gathering treasure, defeating enemies and battling towering bosses. In the frenetic Bingo Battle, two players compete in arenas, collecting items to achieve “four in a row” on an on-screen bingo card. To help turn the tide of battle and add a fun twist to the proceedings, players can even gather cherries to earn spins on a personal roulette wheel to activate bonuses like extra Pikmin and rocks that fall on their opponent’s forces. White Pikmin and Purple Pikmin from Pikmin 2 both appear exclusively in Mission Mode and Bingo Battle.

For more information about Pikmin 3, visit http://pikmin3.nintendo.com.

Remember that 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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