Nintendo Unveils Release Schedule for First Part of 2013

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Nintendo of Canada has issued a press release which reveals many (but not all) of their first and third-party plans for game releases throughout the first half of 2013. Most are due for the first quarter of the year, and the list includes not only Nintendo 3DS and Wii U titles, but games for the Nintendo DS and Wii as well.

“During the holidays we saw new players respond positively to new game-play experiences using the Wii U GamePad controller and the true 3D of Nintendo 3DS,” said Nintendo of Canada’s Vice President and General Manager, Ron Bertram, in the press release. “With such a diverse lineup of games on the horizon, people will experience a variety of ways to play, whether they’re using the GamePad to scan for criminals or seeing ghosts in 3D on the Nintendo 3DS screen.”

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Kicking things off on February 4th is Fire Emblem: Awakening, a turn-based strategy RPG with fantasy elements and a free demo available in the Nintendo 3DS eShop today.

On the same day, Best Buy and Future Shop stores will be receiving an exclusive Fire Emblem: Awakening-themed Nintendo 3DS handheld bundle. In addition to featuring Fire Emblem: Awakening artwork on the blue hardware, it also comes with a 4GB SD card and the game pre-installed on it, all for $199.99.

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Arriving shortly thereafter on the Nintendo 3DS will be the latest in the hit Brain Age series, Brain Age: Concentration Training. Dr Kawashima is back, and he’s here to improve your brain in a whole new way: By teaching you how to block out distractions.

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If February sounds busy, then March will practically be overflowing. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate arrives first on March 5th, and picks up 25 years after the original Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, helping to pave the way for the upcoming sequel. You can check out my preview of the title here.

Want to slay more monsters? Then Capcom has the answer for you as Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate arrives on the Nintendo 3DS on March 19th. Over 200 quests await as you pursue various creatures, upgrade your equipment, and improve your skills.

Then on March 24th, a one-two punch of all-ages action arrives as both Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity both hit the system at the same time:

In addition to playing as a Pokémon, players explore ever-changing Mystery Dungeons as they build Pokémon Paradise and recruit more Pokémon to their team. There is also a deep and compelling story full of unexpected twists. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity makes the most of the features of the Nintendo 3DS system, such as the ability to use the system’s camera to open Magnagates – portals to new Mystery Dungeons in the real world.

As for Luigi, he’ll have his hands full with not one, but several different mansions full of ghosts to take on. Thankfully, he comes well-prepared with the newly-upgraded Poltergust 5000. Bustin’ may not make him feel good, but if you check out my preview, you can see I feel pretty good about it.

Clear of all of the March madness, April 21st shows us how LEGO City cop Chase McCain got his start in LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins, a prequel to the upcoming Wii U title.

And if there’s a better way to segue into the Wii U lineup, I haven’t seen it.

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Though Chase McCain’s origin won’t be told until April, you can dive into action on March 18th as LEGO City: Undercover hits the Wii U. You’ll get to pursue the notorious criminal mastermind Rex Fury with the aid of a variety of disguises and the Wii U GamePad in this exclusive title.

The next day, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate arrives on the Wii U, as well as on the Nintendo 3DS. Over 200 quests await as you hunt, learn, and grow in the pursuit of your monstrous quarry.

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Nintendo reassures us there is plenty more to come as well, as Game & Wario, The Wonderful 101, Pikmin 3, and Wii Fit U are all slated to arrive in the first half of the year. No release dates have been revealed, but will arrive at a later date. In the meantime, you can read my impressions of The Wonderful 101 here, Pikmin 3 here, and Wii Fit U here.

Prior to all of this, Nintendo will be releasing a “Wii U GamePad Accessory Set” for the MSRP of $12.99 on February 4th. Included in this set are a screen protector for keeping the GamePad dirt and scuff-free, a deluxe stylus for more comfortable touch screen play, and a cleaning cloth.

Read on to see the list of upcoming releases for all systems, including downloadable games from the respective eShops, as it currently stands.

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Publisher

Title

Available

Activision

The Amazing Spider-Man Ultimate Edition

March

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

March 26

Capcom

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

March 19

D3Publisher

The Croods: Prehistoric Party!

March 19

Electronic Arts

Need For Speed Most Wanted

March 19

Nintendo

LEGO® City: Undercover

March 18

SEGA

Aliens: Colonial Marines

Q1

Ubisoft Rayman® Legends

Feb. 26

Nintendo eShop for Wii U

Gaijin Games

BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien

Q1

Neko Puddle

Q1

SEGA The Cave

Jan. 22

TECMO KOEI AMERICA Corp. Fist of the North Star®: Ken’s Rage 2

Feb. 7

Two Tribes Toki Tori 2

Q1

Zen Studios Zen Pinball 2

Q1

Wii

D3Publisher The Croods: Prehistoric Party!

March 19

Talking Stick Games Kids Learn Pets and Vets Bundle

March 12

XSEED Games Pandora’s Tower

Spring

Nintendo 3DS

ATLUS (Index Digital Media, Inc.) Etrian OdysseyIV: Legends of the Titan

Feb. 26

Shin Megami Tensei®: Devil Summoner®: Soul Hackers

April 16

Capcom Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

March 19

D3Publisher The Croods: Prehistoric Party!

March 19

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate

March 5

Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 3D

Feb. 12

Little Orbit Monster High Skultimate Roller Maze

March 13

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. NARUTO® Powerful Shippuden

March 5

Nintendo Brain Age: Concentration Training

Feb. 10

Fire Emblem Awakening

Feb. 4

LEGO®  City Undercover: The Chase Begins

April 21

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

March 24

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity

March 24

SEGA Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

Feb. 12

Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS

Agetec, Inc.

Bloody Vampire

Jan. 31

Witch’s Cat

Jan. 31

Big John Games Coaster Creator 3D

Q1

Capcom Resident Evil®: The Mercenaries 3D

Q1

Disney Interactive Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue

Jan. 17

Maximum Games Deer Drive Legends

Jan. 17

Nicalis Ikachan

Q1

Guxt

Q1

Nintendo Tokyo Crash Mobs

Jan. 17

Fire Emblem Awakening DEMO

Jan. 17

Brain Age: Concentration Training DEMO

Jan. 24

Renegade Kid ATV Wild Ride 3D

Q1

Rising Star Games Jewel Master: Cradle of Egypt 2

March 19

Shin’en Nano Assault EX

Q1

Ubisoft Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Shadow Wars

Jan. 24

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® 3D

Q1

Nintendo DS

D3Publisher

The Croods: Prehistoric Party!

March 19

Talking Stick Games Kids Learn Animals Bundle

Feb. 26

Kids Learn Math and Spelling Bundle

Feb. 26

Kids Learn Pets and Horse Bundle

March 26

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