22 February 2012 – Whether you own a Nintendo 3DS ™ , Nintendo DS ™ or Wii™, the recent Nintendo Direct features something for everybody. If you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet then head over to www.nintendo.co.uk/nintendodirect to see Mr Iwata discuss some of the upcoming launches and content that is coming soon from Nintendo. Fans can also keep up to date with exclusive new game information and official Nintendo announcements by following the newly launched official Nintendo of Europe Twitter feed @NintendoEurope
In this latest Nintendo Direct, Mr Sakurai, the creative force behind the world famous Super Smash Brothers ™ and Kirby ™ series made an appearance to talk about his latest game Kid Icarus™: Uprising . He comments on one of the forthcoming 3 on 3 multiplayer battles, while using the unique difficulty system – the Fiend’s Cauldron – which rewards the gamers with stronger weapons, as well as on the innovative AR Card feature within the game. He will also introduce the StreetPass ™ functionality of Kid Icarus: Uprising, where players will have the ability to share one of their weapons with other Kid Icarus: Uprising owners. The selected weapon is turned into a Weapon Gem. Shared Weapon Gems can be converted into real weapons by paying Hearts. Players can also fuse Weapon Gems together by paying Hearts to create a more powerful Weapon.
Kid Icarus: Uprising will launch across Europe on March 23 rd with 6 Kid Icarus AR cards included, but there are more to collect to boost your collection. Those who pre-order the game will receive an extra pack containing 24 AR cards. The exclusive Kid Icarus AR Cards will also be available through Club Nintendo. For 250 Stars you’ll be able to get 2 packs containing 6 AR cards each. Watch out for extremely rare cards hidden in certain packs. And to get the freshest news, make sure to follow the official Kid Icarus Twitter feed @KidIcarusUK
Many Mario fans will be pleased to hear that Mario and friends will once again be serving up some fast paced action on court when MARIO TENNIS™ OPEN launches for Nintendo 3DS on the 25 th of May. For the first time in a Mario Tennis game, you will be able to compete against others in online matches. Players can earn points by winning matches and make their way up the leader boards that are included in the game. Will you be the next Mario Tennis champion?
However, for those of you who just can’t wait for Mario Tennis Open to launch, then there are two upcoming Mario announcements that will be of interest. As of today, Nintendo has launched an official Nintendo of Europe community for Mario Kart™ 7 owners. The community will be distributed to European owners of Mario Kart 7 today, so make sure to join. The official community code is 44-9597-2178-5848. For those who are playing SUPER MARIO™ 3D LAND on their Nintendo 3DS, check out the two Challenge Videos to learn new and surprising techniques. You can find them on the official website www.supermario3dland.co.uk and in the Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo 3DS system in 3D.
Rhythm Thief™ and the Emperor’s Treasure will also be available exclusively on Nintendo 3DS due to a new distribution deal between SEGA and Nintendo of Europe. You will be whisked off to Paris on a musical puzzle adventure like no other when this game launches across Europe on 5 th April. Only by sticking to the rhythm and solving a number of puzzles will you be able to crack the mystery behind the disappearance of the master thief, Raphael’s father.
If fighting games are your thing then the recently launched TEKKEN™ 3D PRIME EDITION on Nintendo 3DS will be right up your street, the game features all of the classic TEKKEN ™ action that fighting fans know and love and the full length 3D movie TEKKEN Blood Vengeance – all on one cartridge. Fans can watch an exclusive 3D trailer on Nintendo eShop to get a glimpse of how immersive 3D movies can be on Nintendo’s handheld system. Those who are still fighting off the infected and have immersed themselves within two player co-op in the brand new RAID mode for Resident Evil™ Revelations, and perhaps need a little help should make sure that they continue to carry their Nintendo 3DS around to collect the Nintendo Play Coins which can be traded in for weapon upgrades in game. And that isn’t all, fans can also look forward to a new game from the Fire Emblem series launching in 2012 for Nintendo 3DS along with some downloadable content being made available for this game such as additional maps.
There are also plenty more downloadable offerings from Nintendo eShop to be made available in the coming weeks. But today Nintendo 3DS owners can download Dillon’s Rolling Western™ - an action tower defence game set in the Old West. Starring Dillon, a ranger armadillo, you must use a mixture of stylus based combat and tower defence strategy to stop the rock monsters from eating the villages’ livestock. Head over to the Nintendo eShop now to check out the 3D trailer. If you fancy getting your hand on something a little more cute and cuddly then the nintendogs ™ + cats Nintendo 3DS demo could be right up your street. Bond with your fluffy friend, as you try to take care of and play with your very own puppy or kitten, in this trial version of one of Nintendo’s best selling franchises. Also keep an eye out on the Nintendo eShop as Nintendo will for the first time be bringing SEGA Game Gear games to Nintendo 3DS, as part of its Virtual Console service offering from March onwards.
Coming to Nintendo 3DS later in Q2 is a game created by the Project Zero series development team. Spirit Camera™: The Cursed Memoir is a truly unique horror experience that utilises all of the features of the Nintendo 3DS system to truly bring the frights to life. Use the accompanying “purple diary” – a 16-page AR Book included with the game - to view ghostly images and interact with the world like never before. European Horror fans will also be interested to know that Project Zero™ 2: Wii Edition* will be coming to Europe.
Fans of action packed RPGs can look forward to the launch of a limited edition Pandora’s Tower™ on 13 April exclusively for Wii. The limited edition offers fans a premium steel book casing and a beautiful 32 page art book, showcasing the best imagery of the game. Hot off the heels of The Last Story™ , Pandora’s Tower is the latest in a line of story driven, action RPGs to launch for Wii and features real-time combat, motion controls, a unique relationship mechanic and multiple possible endings depending on your style of play.
For those who are already playing or wish to play The Last Story; keep an eye out for the Director’s Cut trailer which can be viewed at www.nintendo.co.uk/nintendodirect. The exclusive ‘making of video’ featuring the creator of the game, Hironobu Sakaguchi, editing the exclusive new ‘Directors Cut’ trailer will also be made available soon. Wii owners who prefer to tap out a beat will love Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise™ launching across Europe in 2012. The game features a series of minigames all using simple button controls and rhythm, make sure to get your dancing shoes on to win.
The popular Inazuma Eleven® franchise is returning for Europe on 16 th March in the form of two games: Inazuma Eleven® 2 Firestorm and Inazuma Eleven® 2 Blizzard which can be played on your Nintendo DS family of consoles and Nintendo 3DS (in 2D).Both games will be distributed by Nintendo of Europe and feature more football based RPG action with a strong blend of strategy and an engrossing storyline that fans of the series have come to know and love.
Head over to www.nintendo.co.uk/nintendodirect to watch the full Nintendo Direct or keep up to date with the latest announcements by following @NintendoEurope – The official Nintendo of Europe Twitter feed.
Below are just some of the upcoming games which will be launching across Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS family of consoles and Wii, as well as a taster of some of the offerings which will be available to download from Nintendo eShop, Nintendo DSi Shop and Wii Shop Channel.
|Nintendo 3DS Download Software - Dillon’s Rolling Western (Nintendo)||22 nd February 2012|
|Nintendo 3DS Demo – nintendogs™ + cats (Nintendo)||22 nd February 2012|
|Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console - Punch-Out!! ™ (Nintendo)||1 st March 2012|
|Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console - Super Mario Bros ™ (Nintendo)||1 st March 2012|
|Carnival Games Wild West 3D (2K Play)||2 nd March 2012|
|50 Classic Games (Avanquest)||2 nd March 2012 (UK, Ireland)|
|Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D (KONAMI)||8 th March 2012|
|BEN 10 Galactic Racing (NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S.)||16 th March 2012|
|Rayman Origins (Ubisoft)||16 th March 2012|
|Kid Icarus ™ : Uprising (Nintendo)||23 rd March 2012|
|BIT.TRIP SAGA (Rising Star Games)||23 rd March 2012 (Pan-Europe)|
|Farming Simulator 2012 3D (astragon Software GmbH)||29 March 2012|
|Hundle & Katzen 3D – Tierisch verspielt (dtp young entertainment GmbH)||30 th March|
|Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console - Dr Mario ™ (Nintendo)||March 2012|
|Nintendo 3DS Download Software - Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! (Shin’en Multimedia)||March 2012|
|Rhythm Thief ™ & the Emperor’s Treasure (Nintendo)||5 th April 2012|
|Jewel Master – Cradle of Rome 2 (rondomedia Marketing & Vertriebs GmbH)||24 th April (Germany, Switzerland, Austria)|
|Secrets of the Titanic (Avanquest)||27 th April (UK, Ireland)|
|Nintendo 3DS Download Software - SpeedThru: Potzol’s Puzzle ™ (Nintendo)||April 2012|
|BATTLESHIP the videogame (Acitvision)||April 2012|
|The Hidden (Majesco Entertainment Europe – distributed by 505)||April 2012|
|Pet Zombies (Majesco Entertainment Europe – distributed by 505)||April 2012|
|Face Racers (Majesco Entertainment Europe – distributed by 505)||April 2012|
|Nano Assault (Majesco Entertainment Europe – distributed by 505)||April 2012|
|Nintendo 3DS Download Software - 3D Solitaire (Zen Studios)||April 2012|
|Azada (dtp entertainment AG (distributor))||11 th May 2012 (Germany, Switzerland, Austria)|
|4 Elements(dtp entertainment AG (distributor))||11 th May 2012 (Germany, Switzerland, Austria)|
|Junior Games 3D (rondomedia Marketing & Vertriebs GmbH)||29 th May 2012 (Germany, Switzerland, Austria)|
|MARIO TENNIS ™ OPEN (Nintendo)||25 th May 2012|
|Boulder Dash XL 3D (Reef Entertainment)||June 2012|
|Spirit Camera ™ : The Cursed Memoir (Nintendo)||Q2 2012|
|Harvest Moon: The Tale Of Two Towns (Rising Star Games)||Q2 2012|
|Shifting World (Rising Star Games)||Q2 2012|
|Super Black Bass 3D (Rising Star Games)||Q2 2012|
|Jewel Master: Cradle of Rome 2 (Rising Star Games)||Q2 2012 (Pan-Europe except G.A.S)|
|Crash Time 3DS (PQube)||Q2 2012|
|Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console - Toki Tori (Two Tribes)||Q2 2012|
|Nintendo 3DS Download Software - Art of Balance TOUCH! (Shin’en Multimedia)||Q2 2012|
|Nintendo 3DS Download Software - Colors! 3D (Collecting Smiles)||Q2 2012|
|Nintendo 3DS Download Software - Mutant Mudds (Renegade Kid)||Q2 2012|
|Nintendo 3DS Download Software - Picross e (Jupiter)||Q2 2012|
|Nintendo 3DS Download Software - Marvel Pinball 3D (Zen Studios)||Q2 2012|
|The Amazing Spider-Man (Activision)||Q2 2012|
|Luigi’s Mansion ™ 2 (Nintendo)||2012|
|Professor Layton 5 (Nintendo)||2012|
Nintendo DS family of consoles
|Jewel Master: Cradle of Persia (Rising Star Games)||9 th March 2012 (Pan Europe except G.A.S)|
|Inazuma Eleven ® 2 Firestorm (Nintendo)||16 th March 2012|
|Inazuma Eleven ® 2 Blizzard (Nintendo)||16 th March 2012|
|Jewel Quest 5 – The Sleepless Star (dtp entertainment AG (distributor))||23 rd March 2012 (Germany, Switzerland, Austria)|
|Nintendo DSiWare - Cave Story (Nicalis)||March 2012|
|Naraba World: Le Mysterieux Palais (Micronet, distributed by Nemopolis)||March 2012 (France, Belgium, Switzerland)|
|Naraba World: Le Labyrinthe de Lumiere (Micronet, distributed by Nemopolis)||March 2012 (France, Belgium, Switzerland)|
|2 in 1: Meine Tierarztpraxi & Meine Tierpension 2 (dtp young entertainment GmbH)||30 th March 2012|
|Secrets of the Titanic (Avanquest)||6 th April (UK, Ireland)|
|Little Charlie Bear (Avanquest)||13 th April (UK, Ireland)|
|BATTLESHIP the videogame (Acitvision)||April 2012|
|Treasures of Montezuma 2 (dtp entertainment AG (distributor))||11 th May 2012 (Germany, Switzerland, Austria)|
|Mahjong Mysteries: Legends of Atlantis (Avanquest)||18 th May 2012|
|Pippi Longstocking (PAN Vision)||8 th June 2012 (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark)|
|Jewel Link Chronicles – Legends of Atlantis (Avanquest)||29 th June (UK, Ireland)|
|Mozart und die Anhanger des Loki (Nemopolis)||June 2012 (Germany)|
|Marie-Antoinette and the Disciples of Loki (Nemoplis)||June 2012 (UK)|
|Disney. Pixar Brave (Disney)||June-August 2012|
|The Amazing Spider-Man (Activision)||Q2 2012|
|Nintendo DSiWare - Amoebattle (Intrinsic Games)||Q2 2012|
|To-Fu Collection (Rising Star Games)||Q2 2012|
|Jewel Master: Cradle of Persia (Rising Star Games)||Q2 2012|
|The Last Story ™ (Nintendo)||24 th February 2012|
|The Last Story ™ Limited Edition (Nintendo)||24 th February 2012|
|Wicked Monsters Blast (PQube)||24 th February 2012|
|Mario Party ™ 9||2 nd March 2012|
|Cabela’s Big Game Hunter 2012 (Activision)||16 th March 2012|
|Poke Park ™ 2: Wonders Beyond (Nintendo)||23 rd March 2012|
|We Sing Pop! (Nordic Games Publishing)||23 rd March 2012|
|Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle (dtp entertainment AG (distributor))||23 rd March 2012 (Germany Switzerland, Austria)|
|BIT.TRIP COMPLETE (Rising Star Games)||23 rd March 2012 (Pan – Europe)|
|The Ultimate Battle of the Sexes_Quiz & Play (dtp young entertainment GmbH)||30 th March 2012|
|Nickelodeon Dance (2K Play)||30 th March 2012 (UK,FR,SP, Benelux, Australia, NZ)|
|Summer Stars 2012 (Deep Silver)||30 th March 2012|
|Back to the Future The Game (Deep Silver)||30 th March 2012 (PAL)|
|Wii Virtual Console - Mega Man x (CAPCOM)||March 2012|
|Turbo Trainz (Mastertronic)||12 th April 2012 (France)|
|Pandora’s Tower ™ (Nintendo)||13 th April 2012|
|Pandora’s Tower ™ Limited Edition (Nintendo)||13 th April 2012|
|Wii Virtual Console - Metal Slug 3 (D4 Entertainment)||April 2012|
|WiiWare - La-Mulana (Nicalis)||April 2012|
|BATTLESHIP the videogame (Activision)||April 2012|
|Disney.Pixar Brave (Disney)||June – August 2012|
|Athletics Tournament (PQube)||Q2 2012|
|The Amazing Spider-Man (Activision)||Q2 2012|
|Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise ™ (Nintendo)||2012|
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*Project Zero 2: Wii Edition is made in cooperation with TECMO KOEI GAMES CO., LTD
Nintendo DSiWare is available on Nintendo 3DS (via Nintendo eShop), and Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL (via Nintendo DSi Shop) handheld consoles.
Nintendo 3DS offers a Parental Lock which controls the level of 3D their children enjoy and the content they can access. Nintendo 3DS also features a 3D depth slider which lets players turn off or adjust the level of 3D they want, two built-in screens for different functionality, a Circle Pad which provides a full 360 degrees of direction, built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor, equipped with three cameras, housing a 2GB SD Memory Card and is compatible with AR Cards which come packaged with Nintendo 3DS and also sold separately. For more information about these features and other options, visit: www.nintendo3ds.co.uk
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