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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THE Wii U GAMEPAD IS THE LIFE OF THE PARTY IN Wii PARTY U
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.
POKÉMON X AND POKÉMON Y LAUNCH WORLDWIDE ON OCTOBER 12 FOR NINTENDO 3DS
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
NINTENDO DIRECT VIDEO DETAILS NEWEST FUN AND SOCIAL GAME EXPERIENCES FOR 2013 AND BEYOND
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
NINTENDO GIVES CONSUMERS A CHANCE TO GET FIT FOR FREE WITH WII FIT U
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
NINTENDO 3DS IS BEST-SELLING VIDEO GAME PLATFORM FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT MONTH
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
NINTENDO OFFERS UNRIVALED VALUE AND VARIETY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH LOWER Wii U PRICE, ZELDA Wii U BUNDLE AND NEW NINTENDO 2DS PORTABLE
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.
ZELDA SYMPHONY RETURNS TO TORONTO!
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.
NINTENDO 3DS IS BEST-SELLING VIDEO GAME PLATFORM FOR THIRD STRAIGHT MONTH
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
HELP LUIGI’S DREAMS COME TRUE IN MARIO & LUIGI: DREAM TEAM
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.
STRING OF MAJOR MONTHLY RELEASES FOR Wii U KICKS OFF WITH PIKMIN 3
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.
NINTENDO SEALS EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH SEGA ON UPCOMING SONIC THE HEDGEHOG GAMES
Nintendo Direct Also Announces Wii U Games Shown at E3 2013 to be Playable at Select Best Buy Stores
REDMOND, Wash., May 17, 2013 – The next title in SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog franchise will be exclusive to Nintendo’s Wii U home console and Nintendo 3DS portable system. Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata announced the details of a new partnership with SEGA during a new Nintendo Direct video announcement today. Sonic Lost World is a new action platforming game, and more information about it will be announced before the E3 2013 video game trade show begins on June 11.
The Nintendo Direct also announced Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games for Wii U, and revealed that additional SEGA Game Gear games would be coming to the Virtual Console service for Nintendo 3DS. Outside of SEGA news, Nintendo announced that select Wii U games featured at E3 2013 will soon be playable at participating Best Buy stores, the launch date for New Super Luigi U, new Pikmin 3 game details and additional information about a variety of previously announced Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games.
“The onetime rivalry between Mario and Sonic has grown into a friendship that has never been closer,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “These announcements in conjunction with SEGA demonstrate the commitment we have to bringing great games to the Wii U platform, and set the stage for our upcoming announcements at E3.”
To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Today’s announcements included:
Wii U News
• Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games: The game includes a variety of events from the Winter Games, including curling, skiing, figure skating pairs and snowboard slopestyle – which will make its Olympic debut in Sochi, Russia. Different events might use the Wii Remote Plus controller, Wii U GamePad controller or both. In addition to realistic events, the game also includes those set in the worlds of Sonic and Mario that let players perform moves not possible in real life. Launch details and timing will be announced at a later date.
• Experience Games from Nintendo’s E3 Booth at Best Buy: Exclusively at participating Best Buy locations in the United States and Canada, consumers will be able to play some of the unreleased Wii U games featured at E3 while the event is occurring in Los Angeles. Details about locations and which games will be featured will be revealed in the coming weeks.
• New Super Luigi U: The Year of Luigi-themed downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. U offers players 82 updated courses. But it also includes a new playable character in multiplayer mode: Nabbit, who steals items from Toad Houses. Nabbit can’t power up, but also won’t take damage when he touches enemies. New Super Luigi U will be released as downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. U in the Nintendo eShop on June 20 for $19.99. But in honor of the Year of Luigi, Nintendo is also offering a standalone packaged version of New Super Luigi U that doesn’t require New Super Mario Bros. U on Aug. 25 at a suggested retail price of $29.99.
• The Wonderful 101: The mass-action adventure from Platinum Games launches Sept. 15. Additional details will be announced after E3.
• Pikmin 3: New playable characters Alph, Brittany and Charlie recruit the Pikmin creatures to help them gather fruit so that they can return with the seeds to save their home, Planet Koppai. Players can divide activities among the different characters, and explore separate areas in the same map with different groups of Pikmin. Using the GamePad (known as the KopPad in the game), players can view the overall map and grasp what each character and Pikmin are up to. Players also can choose their preferred control option: GamePad in conjunction with the TV, Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk combo or GamePad only in off-TV mode. Players can also use the Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk with the GamePad as a second-screen monitor. Pikmin 3 launches Aug. 4.
• GAME & WARIO: The game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop June 23 at a suggested retail price of $39.99, and includes a number of games from WarioWare, Inc., that use the GamePad in different ways. Newly revealed games include: Island, which lets two to five people launch little creatures called Fronks onto islands in the sea to score points; Patchwork, a puzzle game that tests players’ pattern-recognition skills; and Kung-Fu, which challenges players to help Young Cricket navigate a course safely using the forward-looking view on the TV and the top-down view on the GamePad. A new Iwata Asks feature offers more details about the game at http://iwataasks.nintendo.com.
• Resident Evil Revelations: Capcom’s horror-survival game is launching in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on May 21. The game originally released for Nintendo 3DS, and the Wii U version offers players updated HD graphics, GamePad controls and new game content. Players can use the GamePad to view the map and change items using the touch screen without pausing their progress. Or they can play the full game on the GamePad in off-TV mode, or play with the Wii U Pro Controller. The game is Miiverse-compatible, and a demo version is currently available in the Nintendo eShop.
Nintendo 3DS News
• SEGA Game Gear: Games from the classic hand-held system are headed to the Virtual Console service. These include:
• Crystal Warriors
• Defenders of Oasis
• Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
• G-LOC: Air Battles
• Shining Force II: The Sword of Hajya
• Sonic Blast
• Sonic Drift 2
• Sonic Labyrinth
• Sonic the Hedgehog
• Sonic the Hedgehog 2
• Tails Adventure
• Vampire: Master of Darkness
• Inside the Treehouse with Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Because of the vast amount of content in the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Leaf game, Nintendo’s Treehouse localization team is hosting an ongoing video series to talk about the franchise and many of the fun features of the new game. The videos will be available on Nintendo’s YouTube channel and in the Nintendo eShop on a regular basis leading up to the game’s June 9 launch. Additionally, a new Animal Crossing panel for Puzzle Swap is now available for StreetPass Mii Plaza, and fans also might find a special Animal Crossing-themed message on Swapnote.
• Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D: This game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on May 24 and includes all the fun of the original Wii game, now optimized for portable play. It also includes eight new unlockable levels that are each based on one of the eight worlds from the original game. These levels will challenge players with new elements like platforms that force them to move at a faster pace, large drops of tar falling from the ceiling and giant rotating stone gears that can alter the level itself.
• A Legendary Sale: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons arrive on the Virtual Console service for Nintendo 3DS on May 30. Because playing the games together unlocks so much additional content, Nintendo is offering them for just $4.99 each for the first three weeks after launch. After this promotion expires, the games will be available for $5.99 each.
• Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move: The game, which launched May 9 exclusively in the Nintendo eShop, challenges players to place tiles on the bottom screen to guide the Minis to their goal on the top screen. The game includes more than 180 stages, but also dramatically extends the fun of the game by letting players create their own stages and share them with others. Players can opt to try a random user-created level or one created by their friends. They can also select from the most popular levels overall or search the top levels of the week.
Another Nintendo Direct focused on future Wii U content will air around the time of E3 2013.
Remember that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS feature 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 and http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.
Press Release: The Kalos Region and More Never-Before-Seen Pokemon from Pokemon X and Pokemon Y Introduced
THE KALOS REGION AND MORE NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN POKÉMON FROM POKÉMON X AND POKÉMON Y INTRODUCED
Four Brand-New Pokémon, the New Region, and Official Package Art Revealed for the First Time
BELLEVUE, Wash.—May 14, 2013—When Pokémon fans begin their thrilling 3D adventure in Pokémon X or Pokémon Y this October, they will be transported into an entirely new region called Kalos. A mysterious place that is shaped like a star, Kalos is a region where players will encounter beautiful forests, thriving cities, and many never-before-seen Pokémon. The central city of this breathtaking region is Lumiose City, a metropolis featuring a tower that is set to become an iconic structure in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.
While exploring the Kalos region, Trainers will encounter many new Pokémon that they can battle, catch, and add to their Pokédex. A Trainer is only as good as the Pokémon he or she befriends. Seven new Pokémon debuting in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y were introduced earlier this year—and today, four additional Pokémon are being revealed for the first time. These Pokémon add to the more than 640 Pokémon that have been encountered in previous games.
• The cowardly Pokémon Helioptile, a Normal- and Electric-type Pokémon, can generate enough electricity through sunbathing to power machinery. But wise Trainers won’t be deterred by Helioptile’s lack of bravery. It knows Parabolic Charge, a brand-new move where Helioptile attacks everything around it. Helioptile’s HP is restored by half the damage taken by those hit.
• Fletchling, a Normal- and Flying-type Pokémon, sings with a beautiful chirp that is sure to delight any Trainer. Although it is known to be very friendly, Fletchling will suddenly unleash relentless attacks once it’s in battle. For example, when it uses its Fire-type move Flame Charge in battle, in addition to doing damage, Fletchling’s Speed increases every time.
• With a leaf always in its mouth and an intimidating glare that is rarely effective, Fighting-type Pokémon Pancham shows its playful side when it lets out a little smile when its head is pat. Pancham can learn a brand-new move, Parting Shot, which not only lowers an opponent’s Attack and Special Attack, but also allows Pancham to switch out for another Pokémon in a Trainer’s party during battle.
• Pokémon X and Pokémon Y introduce a new method of transportation—riding the brand-new Pokémon, Gogoat. This large Grass-type Pokémon is a reliable way to travel certain parts of Lumiose City. In battle, it can use Horn Leech to recover HP equal to half the damage dealt by this move.
These brand-new Pokémon and others caught in the Kalos region will be added to a player’s Pokédex that, for the first time, will be divided into three unique areas within the region. There is much to explore in the Kalos region, and many Pokémon to encounter when Pokémon X and Pokémon Y debut worldwide this October. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months!
For more information about Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, including an official map of the Kalos region and Pokémon art, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y package shots, and a special video featuring Helioptile, Fletchling, Pancham, and Gogoat, please visit Pokemon.com.
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