Nintendo Reveals Holiday Lineup Info

As August draws to a close, Nintendo is looking past the end days of summer to bring us information on what to expect going into the 2014 holiday season.

Unfortunately, the big question on everyone’s mind– “When is Super Smash Bros. for Wii U coming out?”– remains unanswered, and as such, so too does the question of when the amiibo figures the game interacts with will be available. However, other release details have been afforded us, including the identities of the initial dozen– Mario, Peach, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Kirby, Fox, Marth, Villager, and Wii Fit Trainer– and that they will each be priced at $13.99, with pre-orders available now.

On the subject of Super Smash Bros., however, those who register both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions of the title through Club Nintendo will be eligible to receive Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U: Premium Sound Selection, a soundtrack CD packed with music taken from and inspired by the games. It’s not quite what I had in mind on that front, but a welcome step up nonetheless, and more details about this offer are coming in the future.

Oh, and in a separate announcement, Nintendo revealed that Shulk from the Xenoblade Chronicles franchise would be a playable character in both games:

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for Nintendo 3DS will be available in both stores and the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on November 21st. Not a lot was said, other than “Trainers will catch, battle and trade Pokémon as they immerse themselves into a grand tale that draws ever closer to the heart of the secrets behind Mega Evolution and the power of Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre.”

Just in time for Halloween, Bayonetta 2 (which also includes the first game and Nintendo cosplay options for the titular hero, of course) has a release date locked down for October 24th. “The game features over-the-top battles with wild weapons that take place in gorgeous set pieces,” notes the press release, and “a new snake transformation lets Bayonetta better navigate underwater.”

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker still has no release date, but those concerned about where to pre-order Hyrule Warriors from with regards to the pre-order downloadable content can rest a little easier: The details will come later, but all the costumes will be available to purchase in due time.

More immediately, though, “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 September 26th. People who buy the game will receive access to a free download that adds a new mode, a new weapon, and the option to select music to add to the Hyrule Warriors experience.”

While Pokémon Art Academy will be available for Nintendo 3DS on October 24th, the Wii U eShop-exclusive version of Art Academy is still only slated for “2014.”

On December 5th, NES Remix Pack— a two-in-one retail disc containing both NES Remix and NES Remix 2 (click for my respective reviews) will become available. The price given is $29.99 with a caveat that the Canadian price could change, while the Nintendo eShop versions will remain available for $14.99 each. On a personal note, I wish they’d released the disc sooner– I’ve loved both games and having them stored on my Wii U console is handy, but the classically-styled box would just look so good on my shelf.

On a related note: Fans have demanded it, and now they’re finally getting it… sort of. That same day, Ultimate NES Remix hits the Nintendo 3DS and will be available in stores and in the Nintendo eShop, also for $29.99 (similarly subject to change). “The game features rapid-fire challenges and mashups 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 series of challenges from three different games.”

As the first NES Remix contains 16 different games and the sequel features a dozen, it should be interesting to see what the Nintendo 3DS version pulls together for its offering– especially if they’re both the same price.

Fantasy Life will be available for the Nintendo 3DS at retail and in the Nintendo eShop on October 24th– a day with growing significance, apparently. “Fantasy Life lets players become the masters of their destinies as choices they make help determine their own 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.”

That same day, a downloadable content pack for the game will also be available. “Origin Island offers a new area that is 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.”

In a bit of a surprise, today marks the beginning of the availability of Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe and Kirby Fighters Deluxe, expanded stand-alone versions of two mini-games featured in May’s Kirby Triple Deluxe. “This version includes five new stages and a new team battle feature. Players who already own Kirby: Triple Deluxe with StreetPass data will get bonus content in both downloadable games.” I spoke of the two versions included in my review, but I’ll go into further detail should I find myself in a position to review the stand-alone releases and their expanded features.

On the indie game front, Curve Digital’s Stealth Inc 2 is slated for a fall release in the Wii U eShop and promises a mix of puzzle solving, action platforming, and stealth, as well as a “two-player co-op mode, level editor, off-TV play and Miiverse integration.” Ronimo Games’ side-scrolling action strategy game, Swords & Soldiers II, comes to the Wii U this holiday season.

In October, a system update for the Nintendo 3DS will yield new themes that can change the background, icons and folders, music, and sound effects of the Nintendo 3DS’s Home menu, purchasable from a new Theme Shop added to the menu. More details are still to come in the future.

In addition to the games, Nintendo is offering some new bundles for newcomers as well. The Super Mario 3D World Deluxe Set will be released in mid-September and include the Wii U console with physical copies of Super Mario 3D World and Nintendo Land for a suggested retail price of $299.99. Meanwhile, Walmarts across Canada will offer a special-edition Wii U bundle starting September 25th that includes the console and physical copies of Mario Kart 8 and Nintendo Land, also at a suggested retail price of $299.99. “This exclusive bundle will be available while supplies last.”

On the portable side of things, Nintendo will be offering three new Nintendo 2DS bundles. For $129.99 each, you can get an Electric Blue, Crimson Red or Sea Green Nintendo 2DS system with a code to download Mario Kart 7 from the Nintendo eShop. The three bundles will be available beginning in early October.

Finally, there are more than 60 third party offerings to come across the various platforms, all summed up by this handy chart:

 

Publisher

Title

Release Date

Wii U

Activision

Skylanders Trap Team

October 5

BANDAI NAMCO Games America, Inc.

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2

October 14

Disney Interactive

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition)

September 23

Little Orbit

Penguins of Madagascar

November 25

Little Orbit

Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue

November 4

Mobot Studios

Paper Monster Recut

September

SEGA

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric

November 18

Ubisoft

Just Dance 2015

October 21

Ubisoft

Watch Dogs

2014

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

November 11

WayForward Technologies

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse

2014

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

Ackk Studios LLC

Chromophore: The Two Brothers Director’s Cut

Q4

Arachnid Games

Ballpoint Universe: Infinite

Fall

ATLUS

Citizens of Earth

November 4

BeautiFun Games SL

Nihilumbra

Winter

Breakfall

STARWHAL: Just the Tip

Q1 2015

Curve Digital

Lone Survivor

Q4

Curve Digital

Stealth Inc 2

Fall

Curve Digital

The Swapper

Q3

Frima Studio Inc.

Chariot

Fall

Image & Form

SteamWorld Dig

August 28

KnapNok Games

Affordable Space Adventures

Q1 2015

Midnight City

Costume Quest 2

October 7

Midnight City

Gone Home

Q4

Natsume Inc.

Alphadia Genesis

2014

Nnooo

Cubemen 2

September 4

Nyamyam Ltd.

Tengami

Fall

Over the Moon Games

The Fall

August 26

Rain Games

Teslagrad

September

Ronimo Games BV

Swords & Soldiers II

Q4

Slightly Mad

Project CARS

2015

Turtle Cream

6180 the moon

Q4

WaterMelon

Pier Solar and the Great Architects

Fall

Nintendo 3DS

Activision

Skylanders Trap Team

October 5

Activision

The Legend of Korra: A New Era Begins

October 28

ATLUS

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

November 25

BANDAI NAMCO Games America, Inc.

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2

October 14

BANDAI NAMCO Games America, Inc.

Saban’s Power Rangers Super Megaforce

October 28

BANDAI NAMCO Games America, Inc.

TENKAI KNIGHTS: Brave Battle

October 7

Capcom

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Early 2015

EA

EA SPORTS FIFA 15

September

GameMill

Big Hero 6

October 28

Little Orbit

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom

November 18 

Little Orbit

Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue

November 4 

Little Orbit

Penguins of Madagascar

November 25

Little Orbit

Winx Club: Saving Alfea

Fall

Majesco

Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appetit!

September 16

Marvelous USA (XSEED Games)

Story of Seasons

Winter

Natsume Inc.

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley

October

SEGA

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal

November 11

Square Enix, Inc.

THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL

September 16

Ubisoft

Petz Beach

October 14

Ubisoft

Petz Countryside

October 14

Ubisoft

Poptropica: Forgotten Islands

October 14

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

November 11

 

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

ATLUS

Citizens of Earth

November 4

Big John Games

Cube Creator 3D

Q1 2015

Big John Games

Lionel Trains 3D

Q1 2015

Big John Games

Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter

August 28

Capcom

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Trilogy

Winter 

Choice Provisions

Woah Dave!

Fall

CINEMAX

The Keep

September

Goodbye Galaxy Games

Tappingo 2

September 4

Hörberg Productions

Gunman Clive 2

Fall

Inti Creates Co. Ltd.

Azure Striker GUNVOLT

August 29

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival

September 25

Nnooo

Blast ’Em Bunnies

Q1 2015

Renegade Kid LLC

Moon Chronicles (ep. 2)

Q4

Renegade Kid LLC

Treasurenauts

Q4 

Renegade Kid LLC

Xeodrifter

Q4

WayForward Technologies

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse

2014


“Nintendo’s holiday offerings demonstrate a combination of fun franchises and great value,” said Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager, Ron Bertram. “With Wii U and Nintendo 2DS hardware bundles, classic names like Super Smash Bros., Bayonetta, and Pokémon, new IP like Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and amiibo, everyone will find something to love about Nintendo this holiday season. Whether people are shopping for themselves or they’re prepping their gift lists, Nintendo has them covered.”

Finally, Nintendo has released the following trailer to highlight past, present, and future Wii U releases. Enjoy!

Some things just feel right: The Nintendo Entertainment System’s legendary pack-ins were Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt, while the Super NES came with Super Mario World. Other Nintendo consoles have adopted the Bros. as their pack-in later in their lifespans in the years since, and now the Wii U is joining them.

Today, Nintendo of Canada has put those rumors to rest by announcing that as of November 1st, consumers will have the option of purchasing a new Wii U “Mario & Luigi” Deluxe Set. For $299.99, you get the black 32GB version Wii U console with a GamePad controller, and both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U on one disc. Also contained on the disc are some bonus videos, the contents of which have yet to be revealed.

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You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in the Wii U Deluxe Digital Promotion, which gets you ten percent back in points on purchases you make from the Nintendo eShop, which are then converted into credit in $5 increments.

“Mario and Luigi are two of the biggest heroes in video games,” said Nintendo of Canada’s Vice-President and General Manager, Ron Bertram, in a press release. “This new Wii U configuration gives people instant access to not one, but two of the most well-received Wii U games. It’s another example of the tremendous value and variety that Nintendo is offering consumers this holiday season.”

The previous pack-in, Nintendo Land, is certainly a fine game, but one might argue that it isn’t quite what the Wii U needs to help move units. As a separate game, then, one must then ask whether it’s worth $60 to enjoy– or at least, that used to be the case. According to Engadget, Nintendo Land is also seeing a price drop to $30, a much better value– especially to those who feel uncertainty.

In my personal opinion, all three are great games, though I have to admit I have a tendency to lean a little more towards Mario and Luigi as preferences go (save for where Balloon Trip is concerned). To see what I think of each, though, check out my review for Nintendo Land here, the mega-review for New Super Mario Bros. U here, and New Super Luigi U here.

Recently, Nintendo of Canada held their Holiday 2012 preview event to allow members of the press to become a little more familiar with the variety of product offerings which Nintendo and their third-parties will be offering this holiday season for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

While I did spend a little time with the latter, most of my focus was on the upcoming Wii U. That said, I can say that Crashmo is looking like a great sequel to the already-stellar Pushmo, and Fluidity: Spin Cycle is looking like a great follow-up to the original WiiWare title.

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At the Wii U press conference on Thursday, Nintendo revealed that one of the games available on the November 18th launch day of the new system would be Nintendo Land, which will be sold separately and included with the Deluxe Set bundle. To that end, new videos have been released, with the above showing off several of the attractions available in the title, including the newly-revealed “Mario Chase,” “Pikmin Adventure,” and “Metroid Blast.”

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In addition to the launch date and price of the Wii U, Nintendo has also revealed a list of games which are planned to be released during the “launch window” of November 18th, 2012 through March 31st, 2013. However, the only games confirmed to be available on the Wii U’s launch day so far are Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U.

According to Kotaku, Wii U games will cost $59.99, the same price as most other high-definition, current-generation titles. Of course, I imagine that as usual, certain titles can be priced lower as “value titles” or for other reasons.

Below, you will find a list of publishers and what they are aiming to bring to the table during the Wii U launch window.

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For those interested in learning more about the Wii U, Game Informer‘s new issue (pictured above) has exclusive coverage of Nintendo’s upcoming game console for all to read. In addition, they are also hosting a month of exclusive stories and videos on GameInformer.com. Following is a bit of what the issue contains.

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You might remember that a couple of weeks ago, I brought you my impressions of every game I could get my hands on at Nintendo of Canada’s recent post-E3 event. Which, I sadly confess, wasn’t quite all of them.

Two games I didn’t get to spend much– if any– time with at all were Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition and ZombiU, both for the upcoming Wii U platform. Fortunately, the fine folks at G4TV Canada have also posted their hands-on experience with the Wii U from the event, and while it is all condensed into one article, they did get to talk a bit more about Batman. In addition, they also spent time with Pikmin 3, Project P-100, Rayman Legends, and Nintendo Land, so you can compare what we have to say to draw your own conclusions.

Our coverage of Nintendo of Canada’s post-E3 event from Toronto has now concluded. If you’re just now finding the site or simply want a quick reference to find one of the articles, then this post is for you!

Two other games were also available at the event, but I unfortunately did not get to spend much, if any, time with them: Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition and ZombiU, both for the Wii U. From what I saw, both looked impressive, and the short time I had with Batman was fun, but not quite enough to form a full impression from. Plus, not having played the releases on the other platforms for which it’s available, I could probably not offer a very thorough impression.

At the end of Nintendo of Canada’s post-E3 event held in Toronto last week, I had the opportunity to speak with a representative from Nintendo of Canada, Mr. Matt Ryan. After sampling many of the games on the event’s show floor, I brought up several different topics to him in the hopes of covering as much ground as possible in the short time we had.

Well, “short” being relative; I could probably go on all day, if given the chance. Nonetheless, I learned some interesting things during our discussion, which I am now pleased to share with all of you.

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Nintendo Land is the big game Nintendo is pushing this year, and sadly, one of the games I got to spend the least time exploring at the company’s post-E3 event. The problem in this case is that several of the games are multiplayer, and that involves getting people together and switching roles when you’re done, but actually getting to switch games when you’ve played both parts is a bit trickier as people begin to swap in and out.

Even so, I did get a pretty good bit of hands on with three of the five games available in the demo, which make up less than half of the 12 total games that will be available on the disc when it comes out this holiday season. So while I can’t say much about Animal Crossing: Sweet Day or The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, here is what I did get to enjoy.

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