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SUPER SMASH BROS., amiibo AND POKÉMON STAR IN NINTENDO’S END OF YEAR LINE-UP

29 th August 2014 – Nintendo has prepared a bumper line-up of new games and products on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems for the end of 2014. The line-up includes new entries from some of the biggest series in gaming, plus new amiibo interactive figures featuring some of gaming’s most iconic characters.

The first 12 amiibo interactive figures are today confirmed as being Mario, Peach, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Kirby, Fox, Marth, Villager and Wii Fit Trainer, with more on the way in the future.

Along with amiibo, here’s what lies in store for Nintendo fans leading up to the end of 2014:

·         Major Series: Nintendo has four games from two of the most well-known series launching this year:

o       Super Smash Bros. : The Wii U game and the first portable game in the series are getting ready for their debuts. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS launches on 3 rd October, with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U following winter 2014. As another offering for fans, those who register both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the games in Club Nintendo – before a set time - can claim the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U: Premium Sound Selection, a free soundtrack CD* packed with tunes taken from and inspired by the games. Further details on the timings pertaining to this offering will follow at a later date. Also in a separate announcement this morning, Nintendo revealed that Shulk from the Xenoblade Chronicles series will be a playable character in both games.

o       Pokémon : Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for Nintendo 3DS hit stores and Nintendo eShop on 28 th November, and are a complete re-imagining of Pokémon Ruby Version and Pokémon Sapphire Version, games which Pokémon fans first enjoyed when they launched in 2003 for Game Boy Advance. Now, players will catch, battle and trade Pokémon as they seek answers to the mystery behind Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre and their possible connection to Mega Evolutions. With new challenges to overcome and incredibly powerful Pokémon to encounter, these games are a true evolution in the Pokémon series.

·         Interactive amiibo Figures: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, which launches winter 2014, will be the first game with full integration of amiibo. Other games that will support amiibo include Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Party 10 and Yoshi’s Woolly World, with more to come. More details on amiibo functionality and an official launch date will be revealed shortly.

·         Bayonetta 2 : The witch is back in October in the game that features over-the-top battles with wild weapons in gorgeous locations, with a new story that takes Bayonetta on a journey to inferno to save her friend’s soul. The original Bayonetta game is also available as a standalone on Nintendo eShop, or in a bundle with the retail packaged version of Bayonetta 2. Remade for Wii U, Bayonetta comes complete with some Nintendo cosplay options for the powerful heroine.

·         Hyrule Warriors Add-on Content: This mashup of Dynasty Warriors and The Legend of Zelda series already includes a large amount of content. Nintendo plans to support the game for the long run with more content to help players expand their adventures even farther. That program kicks off when the game launches on 19 th September with a free download that adds a fun new mode, weapon and the option to select music.

·         Ultimate NES Remix: Available in stores and on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS on 7 th November, the game features rapid-fire challenges and mash-ups from a selection of 16 of Nintendo’s finest 8-bit games. Regional online leaderboards will let players see how they stack up against others in their area, and Championship Mode offers a gauntlet of challenges from three different games.

·         Fantasy Life Add-on Content: Available in stores and on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS on 26 th September, Fantasy Life lets players become the masters of their destinies as every choice they make determines their unique Fantasy Life. Players can easily change their Life Class at any time and experience how each offers a new perspective on the world. Local and online multiplayer options let friends share the adventure, the exploration and the bounty. An add-on content pack called Origin Island – available from launch - will extend the Fantasy Life adventure even further. Origin Island offers a whole new area home to an ancient culture and powerful enemies, additional story content, new ranks to achieve in Life Classes, access to even more powerful equipment and two new varieties of pets to adopt: birds and dragons.

·         New Themes for Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu: Following a system update planned in October, Nintendo will be introducing new HOME Menu themes that allow Nintendo 3DS and 2DS owners to personalise their systems by changing the menu background, icons and folders, and music and sound effects. Themes will be available for purchase from a Theme Shop that will be added to the HOME Menu. Stay tuned for more details coming in the future.

·         Indie Games: A number of great downloadable games, many of which are exclusive to Nintendo eShop, are on their way this year:

o    Curve Digital’s Stealth Inc 2 combines the best elements of puzzle solving, action platforming and stealth gameplay into a game that’s all about hiding in the shadows. The game launches exclusively on Wii U in Q4. The game includes a two-player co-op mode, level editor, off-TV play and Miiverse integration.

o    Swords & Soldiers II is a side scrolling action strategy game from Ronimo Games launching in Q4 2014 exclusively on Wii U. The game includes 20 story missions and lets players buy units, cast spells and build structures to overwhelm enemies on a 2D battleground.

o    Azure Striker GUNVOLT from Inti Creates launches this winter exclusively on Nintendo 3DS. Featuring the talents of Keiji Inafune, the creator of the Mega Man series, the game takes the best aspects of Japanese 16-bit classics and updates them with new play mechanics and slick graphics. For a limited time, the game comes with a free digital copy of the 8-bit nostalgia-fuelled Mighty GUNVOLT as well.

o    Also releasing in 2014 is the critically-acclaimed Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games, coming to Nintendo eShop for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

·         Third-Party Games: More than 50 games from Nintendo’s third-party partners are launching before the end of year, with the likes of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for Wii U, and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for Nintendo 3DS both launching on 21 st November. Both games introduce a unique and epic adventure as Sonic and team work together to stop the evil villain Lyric. Players can play as multiple characters, each with their own abilities, as they explore, fight and speed through an undiscovered land.

Publisher Title Release Date
Wii U
Activision Skylanders Trap Team Oct. 10
BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 Oct. 3
Disney Interactive Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Autumn
Little Orbit Penguins of Madagascar Nov. 25
Little Orbit Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Nov. 4
SEGA Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Nov. 21
Ubisoft Just Dance 2015 Oct. 23
Ubisoft Watch Dogs 2014
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Nov. 14
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
ATLUS Citizens of Earth Q4
BANDAI NAMCO Games Project CARS 2015
BeautiFun Games Nihilumbra Winter
Curve Digital Lone Survivor Q4
Curve Digital Stealth Inc 2 Q4
Curve Digital The Swapper Q4
Frima Studio Inc. Chariot 2014
Image & Form SteamWorld Dig Aug. 28
KnapNok Games Affordable Space Adventures Q1 2015
Little Orbit Falling Skies: The Game TBA
Ludosity Ittle Dew Q4
Midnight City Costume Quest 2 Oct. 7
Midnight City Gone Home December
Midnight City High Strangeness Q4
Nnooo Cubemen 2 Sept. 4
Nyamyam Ltd. Tengami Autumn
Rain Games Teslagrad Sept. 2014
Ronimo Games BV Swords & Soldiers II Q4
Shin’en Art of Balance September
Threaks Beatbuddy Q1 2015
Two Tribes Rive Q1 2015
WaterMelon Pier Solar and the Great Architects Autumn
Yacht Club Games Shovel Knight 2014
ZEN Studios Kickbeat Special Edition Sept. 16
Nintendo 3DS
Activision Skylanders Trap Team Oct. 10
NISA Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Nov. 28
BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 Q4
BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe Saban’s Power Rangers Super Megaforce Nov. 29
BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe TENKAI KNIGHTS: Brave Battle Sep. 19
Capcom Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Early 2015
EA EA SPORTS FIFA 15 September
Little Orbit Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom Nov. 18 
Little Orbit Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Nov. 4 
Little Orbit Penguins of Madagascar Nov. 25
Little Orbit Winx Club: Saving Alfea Sept. 23
SEGA Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal Nov. 21
Square Enix THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL Sept. 19
Ubisoft Petz Beach Oct. 16
Ubisoft Petz Countryside Oct. 16
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Nov. 14
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
ATLUS Citizens of Earth Q4
ATLUS Shin Megami Tensei IV 2014
Capcom Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Trilogy Winter 
Gaijin Games Woah Dave! Autumn
Goodbye Galaxy Games Tappingo 2 Q4
Hörberg Productions Gunman Clive 2 Autumn
Inti Creates Azure Striker GUNVOLT Winter
Nnooo Blast ’Em Bunnies 2015
Renegade Kid Moon Chronicles (ep. 2) 2015
Renegade Kid Treasurenauts 2015
Renegade Kid Xeodrifter 2015
WayForward Technologies Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse 2014
Yacht Club Games Shovel Knight 2014

 

·         Looking Ahead: Nintendo has an array of great games on the way for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. In 2015, Wii U will see the arrival of a new instalment in The Legend of Zelda series, Splatoon, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Devil’s Third, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Yoshi’s Woolly World, Kirby(working title), Star Fox (working title), Mario Maker (working title), Project Giant Robot, Project Guard, Mario vs. Donkey Kong (working title), Mario Party 10, and Art Academy (working title). On the portable side, in 2015 Nintendo 3DS will see the launch of a new NFC reader/writer that will interact with amiibo figures, as well as the arrival of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., and Fossil Fighters: Frontier.

For further details:

Wii U website http://wiiu.co.uk

Wii U (UK) on Facebook http://facebook.com/WiiU.co.uk

Nintendo 3DS Guided Tour http://guidedtour.nintendo.co.uk

Nintendo 2DS Website http://www.nintendo.co.uk/nintendo2ds

Nintendo 3DS (UK) on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Nintendo3DSUK

Nintendo UK on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/NintendoUK

Nintendo of Europe on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendoeurope

Nintendo UK on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendouk

Nintendo Official UK Store http://store.nintendo.co.uk

Nintendo UK Media Assets Library (registered users only) http://assetslibrary.nintendo.co.uk

*Club Nintendo Terms and Conditions apply

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