REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 22, 2012 - Nintendo is loading 2012 with surprises for all kinds of gamers. Today Nintendo can confirm that the acclaimed role-playing game  The Last Story™ will come to North America for the  Wii™ console in 2012, published by XSEED Games. Nintendo also can reveal that  Xenoblade Chronicles™  will launch on April 6, complete with fan-chosen artwork that will be featured in the game's packaging.

"Together, these two games level up the excitement for RPG fans in America," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "Whether roaming the vast landscape of  Xenoblade Chronicles or choosing crossbows to battle with or against companions in  The Last Story, gamers will recognize these titles as benchmarks for the genre."

Remember also that  Rhythm Heaven™ Fever  for Wii launched Feb. 13, while  PokéPark™ 2: Wonders Beyond  launches Feb. 27 and   Mario Party™ 9 launches March 11. 

On the portable gaming side, a sporty new Mario™ game for the  Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system is on the way, and you don't need to be a pro athlete to jump into the action.  Mario Tennis™ Open, which launches May 20, offers immersive tennis action featuring everyone's favorite characters from the Mushroom Kingdom in classic Mario style. With its intuitive game play, even novice tennis players can enjoy playing the game with friends and family.  Mario Tennis Open also supports comprehensive online play, a first for the series. Players with a broadband Internet connection can play singles or doubles matches with friends near and far, or compete against single opponents of similar skill levels in Open Match mode. The game also supports leader boards and victory medals.

The parade of great games for Nintendo 3DS continues, particularly from third-party publishers. Games that launched during the past two weeks alone include  Resident Evil® Revelations from CAPCOM,  Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™ published by SEGA,  TEKKEN® 3D Prime Edition™ from NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. and  METAL GEAR SOLID® Snake Eater 3D from Konami Digital Entertainment. For more information and to see a listing of upcoming third-party games for Nintendo systems, visit http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew.

On March 23,  Kid Icarus™: Uprising  joins the Nintendo 3DS party, complete with online multiplayer battles. The 3D horror of  Spirit Camera™: The Cursed Memoir  ominously follows on Friday the 13th of April.

Lately the Nintendo eShop also has been on a roll, and today Nintendo unleashes  Dillon's Rolling Western™ . Players take on the role of an armadillo ranger named Dillon who must defend Old West villages against mysterious rock-like enemies using strategy and his own unique fighting skills. This original action tower defense game is available for $9.99. Nintendo 3DS owners can find many exciting games in the Nintendo eShop, including the critically acclaimed  Pushmo™ , the stylish swordplay of  Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword™  and  Mutant Mudds™, a classic 2D platformer with a 3D twist. 

Remember that Wii 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/wii or  http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

To watch a Nintendo Direct video of Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime discussing today's announcements, visit  http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo_direct. The video is also available at  http://www.youtube.com/nintendo for viewing and embedding on other sites.

For more information about Nintendo, visit  http://www.nintendo.com.

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™ home console, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.9 billion video games and more than 620 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ 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.com.  

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