Nintendo Unveils Heroes, Mystery and Motion in Second-Quarter Video Game Lineup Roster Includes The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D with Master Quest, Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust and Wii Play: Motion with Wii Remote Plus
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nintendo of America today revealed a diverse lineup of new video games set to launch during the second quarter of 2011. Whether they’re playing at home on the Wii™ system, having fun on the go with the Nintendo DS™ family of systems or discovering the new Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system, consumers will have a wide variety of engaging, inclusive experiences to choose from as Nintendo and its publishing partners unleash more than 50 games in the coming months.
“Games like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Wii Play: Motion offer exciting additions to some of Nintendo’s most popular franchises, while our third-party partners continue to provide blockbuster gaming experiences for Nintendo systems.”
A June 19 launch date has been set for The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D, a re-mastered edition of one of the most acclaimed installments in The Legend of Zelda series, created exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS system. Wii owners, meanwhile, can look forward to the June 13 launch of Wii Play™: Motion, which includes 12 new motion-controlled games and will be packaged with a black Wii Remote™ Plus controller. Upcoming games also include Mystery Case Files™: Dust to Dust™ for the Wii system, which combines the seek-and-solve fun of the puzzle-based series with adventuresome story elements, multiplayer modes and the intuitive motion control of the Wii Remote™ controller.
“Following a tremendous launch for Nintendo 3DS, our roster of upcoming games for Wii and all of our hand-held systems will keep the momentum going strong into summer,” said Marc Franklin, Nintendo of America’s director of Public Relations. “Games like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Wii Play: Motion offer exciting additions to some of Nintendo’s most popular franchises, while our third-party partners continue to provide blockbuster gaming experiences for Nintendo systems.”
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D brings a completely re-mastered version of an epic entry in the beloved The Legend of Zelda game series to Nintendo’s newest hand-held system, Nintendo 3DS. The game couples phenomenally enhanced graphics with stunning, glasses-free 3D visuals to bring to life the daring adventures of its hero, Link™. A streamlined touch-screen interface and newly implemented motion controls provide a fresh and intuitive feel as players immerse themselves in the tale of the creation of Hyrule and the struggle for control of its all-powerful ancient relic. The game will also feature new challenges not included in the original game. The Legend of Zelda veterans can look forward to the Master Quest – a second quest with revamped puzzles and redesigned dungeons that feature the same graphical and interface upgrades as the main game. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a masterful improvement on one of the landmark releases in video game history.
With the June 13 launch of Wii Play: Motion, Wii owners will be twisting, turning and enjoying themselves like never before, whether they’re newcomers to the console or have already discovered the fun of the popular Wii Play game. From catching a gust of wind by tilting an umbrella to fending off garden pests by swinging a mallet, each of the 12 included games will have players smiling wide as they use their Wii Remote Plus controller (or Wii Remote with Wii MotionPlus™ accessory) in a variety of interesting, sometimes unexpected ways. Wii Play: Motion comes packaged with a Wii Remote Plus controller – which combines the original Wii Remote controller with the precision of Wii MotionPlus – to deliver great value, precise motion control and immersive social fun that anyone in the household can pick up and instantly enjoy.
Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust brings the intrigue and sleuthing of Big Fish Games’ Mystery Case Files series to the Wii system for the first time. The game transports players to the enigmatic Malgrave Island, where they must hunt for hidden objects and solve puzzles to collect a magically powerful dust scattered across the island. Anyone can delve quickly and easily into the game’s rich seek-and-solve action, using the Wii Remote controller to examine multi-layered hidden-object scenes, locate cleverly concealed items and obtain inventory items that will help to overcome brain-teasing obstacles. Multiplayer features allow players to team up and crack the case together or face off in a competitive hunt for hidden objects. (Additional controllers are required for multiplayer features and are sold separately.) No matter who’s playing, it’ll take sharp eyes and a keen mind to get to the bottom of Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust.
Third-party publishers will offer a spectacular range of new software for Nintendo systems in the months to come. Among the upcoming games for the Wii console are Konami Digital Entertainment’s Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2 and Disney Interactive Studios’ LEGO® Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game. Nintendo 3DS users can look forward to a May launch for TECMO KOEI’s DEAD OR ALIVE® Dimensions, while Warner Bros. Interactive’s Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters is set to launch simultaneously for Wii, Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo DS family of systems on June 7.
Below is a partial list of upcoming games for Nintendo systems. Note that game titles and launch dates are subject to change.
Publisher Game Available Activision Transformers™: Dark of the Moon™ Stealth Force Edition June 14 Deep Silver, Inc. Get Fit with Mel B Spring Disney Interactive Studios LEGO® Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game May Disney•Pixar Cars 2: The Video Game Summer Graffiti Entertainment, Inc. Reader Rabbit® Preschool April Reader Rabbit® Kindergarten April Reader Rabbit® 1st Grade April Reader Rabbit® 2nd Grade April Konami Digital Entertainment Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2 Spring NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. ExerBeat™ April 26 Nintendo Wii Play™: Motion June 13 Mystery Case Files™: Dust to Dust™ June 27 SEGA Thor™: God of Thunder May 3 The Conduit™ 2 April 12 THQ Inc. Rio April 12 SpongeBob SquigglePants April 12 Kung Fu Panda® 2 May 24 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters June 7
Nintendo DS Family
Publisher Game Available Activision Transformers™: Dark of the Moon™ AUTOBOTS™ June 14 Transformers™: Dark of the Moon™ DECEPTICONS™ June 14 Squinkies April 12 Bergsala Lightweight LLC Loving Life with Hello Kitty® and Friends May 10 Deep Silver, Inc. Duke Nukem: Critical Mass Q2 Disney Interactive Studios LEGO® Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game May Disney•Pixar Cars 2: The Video Game Summer Easy Interactive Hollywood Files June 14 Picture Puzzle Collection May 17 Match 3 Madness May 3 Konami Digital Entertainment Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s World Championship 2011 May 10 Majesco Entertainment Cake Mania Main Street May SEGA Thor™: God of Thunder May 3 THQ Inc. Rio April 12 Paws & Claws Pampered Pets 2™ April 19 Kung Fu Panda® 2 May 24 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment LEGO® Battles: Ninjago Spring Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters June 7
Publisher Game Available Activision Transformers™: Dark of the Moon™ Stealth Force Edition 3D June 14 Aksys Games Localization, Inc. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II May 24 Crave Games Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion May 24 D3 Publisher Dream Trigger™ 3D April Disney Interactive Studios LEGO® Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game May NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. DualPenSports™ May PAC-MAN® & Galaga® DIMENSIONS June Nintendo The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D June 19 NIS America, Inc. Cave Story 3D June 28 TECMO KOEI AMERICA CORP. DEAD OR ALIVE® Dimensions May THQ Inc. SpongeBob SquigglePants May 17 Ubisoft Entertainment Driver® Renegade Spring Rabbids® Travel in Time April 10 Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® 3D April 10 James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes™ June 7 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters June 7
Hey, this really is news! I'm pumped about the Master Quest confirmation. And I'm looking forward to more MotionPlus. Even if the concepts never get developed into full games, I enjoy these sampler platters of what could have been.
Don't care about the Hide-and-Seek game. Those are weird, because they're kind of boring for longtime gamers, but also too difficult for kids who love I Spy. I guess they are just targeted at adult browser gamers. Other than the first-party stuff, that Wii list fucking sucks.
Also, I have too many Wiimotes, WTFFFF. And why is it black again?!
Why so late? Why was this not a thing earlier? Seems weird. Seems weird because I don't know why they'd be releasing it so late in the Wii's lifecycle unless one of two things:
A) The Wii 2 is still very far off.
B) (And this sudden thought is very, very interesting) What if the Wii 2 uses the Wiimote Plus standard? That's not something I ever considered, but think about it, it makes sense. You've already got a buttload of people comfortable with the Wii Remote, it works fine (maybe toss in a wireless nunchuck), and then it's almost a gateway into the next console.
Hrm. Looks like the 3DS is the only system getting anything I'm interested in. Namely, BlazBlue and Dead or Alive. It's good to see fighting games showing up on Nintendo's portables again. The DS had so few fighting games, it made me sad. I mean, what was there was good, but those games were far and few between. Looks like the 3DS is picking up where the GBA left off, so I'm quite happy about that!
@-JKR- That might be the ONLY possible explanation for shipping so many Wiimote+ units - with game bundles, as the standard controller... I think you've hit the nail on the head. And bluetooth is a universal standard.
What do you think this horrible Wii list says about the timing of the Wii's successor? Announcement at E3, arrival early next year? It can't hit Holidays, unless Skyward Sword is another multiplatform Zelda. On the other hand, if Wii 2 is backwards compatible, it wouldn't be beyond the realm of possibility.
@GameDadGrant Whaaaat? R U sure? I thought Majora's Mask WAS bundled, along with DK64. Only Pak-optional games (Turok, Perfect Dark) weren't bundled, right?
@warerare Yeah, for the same retail price. One thing Nintendo wouldn't want anyone to do is pick up a game (or, worse, receive one for Christmas) and then not be able to play it.
You guys don't know how long I've been sitting on this (Wii Play: Motion), thinking that Nintendo once again changed the release and are going to make me look like an idiot. I've heard GREAT things about this game and I'll be able to get hands-on with it very soon. Yeah, I'm excited.
And this is before the E3 reveals, which are gonna be great.