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Nintendo Direct: Nintendo Details Another Huge List of Upcoming Games for 3DS, Wii U
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February 14, 2013, 17:22:36
Nintendo had some new game announcements today, making this a special Valentine's Day indeed, with lots of games for fans to look forward to.

The full press release is as follows:


REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 14, 2013 – After decades of playing second fiddle to the No. 1 video game hero, Luigi is getting some love from Nintendo. Nintendo has named 2013 the "Year of Luigi," thanks to the numerous appearances that Mario's timid, green-clad twin brother will be making in games this year. In a Nintendo Direct video, Nintendo provided details about games on the way that feature Luigi, as well as information about more than two dozen upcoming games, including content for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS across packaged and digital formats.

"Luigi is just the green tip of the iceberg of all the great news we have to share with Nintendo fans this year and beyond," said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's president and COO. "We're showing how Nintendo 3DS and Wii U continue to be a source of fun, entertainment and great surprises."

To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Today's announcements included:

The Year of Luigi

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon: The game that kicks off the Year of Luigi launches March 24 and will include additional multiplayer modes beyond the previously revealed Hunter Mode. Up to four players with their own Nintendo 3DS systems can team up via local wireless, pair up in Download Play or connect over the Internet to escape each floor within the time limit in Rush Mode and search for the hidden ghost dogs in Polterpup Mode (up to four game cards may be required).

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team: A new installment in the Mario & Luigi role-playing series is coming to Nintendo 3DS this summer. The game takes place inside the mind of a sleeping Luigi, who is a powerful, brave hero in his dreams.

New Super Luigi U: To continue the fun of New Super Mario Bros. U for Wii U, Nintendo is letting Luigi take over in new downloadable content that is coming in the Year of Luigi that provides alternate versions of the game's more than 80 stages. Players can freely change between the New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U stages. These Luigi-focused stages provide a whole new level of game-play challenge and will be available for purchase as a single download.

Fore!: Luigi and his Mushroom Kingdom neighbors are teeing up once again in Mario Golf: World Tour. The Nintendo 3DS game includes both simple controls and a deeper experience for golf fans, plus courses that range from traditional to those inspired by the Mushroom Kingdom. The game launches this summer.

Nintendo 3DS

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D: The smash-hit Wii game is getting a portable 3D makeover that makes the already-amazing layered graphics pop. The game launches this summer, but an exclusive 3D video is available now in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.

Turning Over a New Leaf: Animal Crossing: New Leaf launches in North America on June 9. It is the definitive version of Animal Crossing, with new features and general improvements across the entire game, including new species of animal neighbors, new ways to customize your house and town, and a new main street shopping area and model home showcase.

Animal Style: Style Savvy: Trendsetters is getting the Gracie Grace line of clothes, inspired by the fashion-forward giraffe from the Animal Crossing series. Owners of Style Savvy: Trendsetters can download the trendy free clothes via SpotPass. Additional fashions are planned to arrive via SpotPass, including in-game fashions based on the popular Japanese brand Liz Lisa.

The Chase Begins: LEGO® City Undercover: The Chase Begins launches April 21. The game is set two years prior to the action of the Wii U game, and follows the first case of rookie cop Chase McCain in a still-growing and -developing LEGO City.

Downloadable Games
: Nintendo announced a number of new games coming to the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS, including Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (coming soon), Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger (coming April 11), HarmoKnight from Game Freak (demo available March 14, full game on March 28) and Kersploosh! (coming March 7).

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move

Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger

Spreading Like Fire Emblem: Two new downloadable maps are now available for purchase at the Outrealm Gate on the world map in Fire Emblem Awakening. For $2.50, the Champions of Yore 3 map lets players battle against legendary characters such as Marth, Roy and Ike. Players who have already purchased the Champions of Yore map pack can now access this new map to earn a new playable character named Michaiah and a special skill that will increase all of a character's stats by two points. The Golden Gaffe map is the first in a second set of three maps, and is also now available for $2.50. It pits players against a group of very wealthy enemies, and is a great way to earn gold. Nintendo plans to release fresh downloadable content in the weeks and months ahead to keep the adventure going with more playable characters and class types. The Champions of Yore 1 map is available as a free download through March 6.

Virtual Console
: Two classic Game Boy Color games from Natsume, Harvest Moon and Legend of the River King, are on their way to the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in the coming months.

Buy and Register Nintendo 3DS XL, Get a Free Game: As a special promotion for people who have not yet purchased a Nintendo 3DS XL system, anyone who registers a Nintendo 3DS XL and either Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon or Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity between March 21 and April 30 will receive a code to download one of these five great games for free from the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS: Super Mario 3D Land, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, Star Fox 64 3D or Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! For more information, visit http://club2.nintendo.com/3ds-xl-promo.

Nintendo eShop Sale: Nintendo 3DS owners can now buy and download select games from the Nintendo eShop at a discounted price for a limited time. These include BIT.TRIP SAGA from Aksys Games; Crashmo, Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword and Ketzal's Corridors from Nintendo; Fractured Soul from Endgame Studios; and Mutant Mudds from Renegade Kid. One game will be available at the reduced price each week. Visit http://www.nintendo.com to see the full schedule.

Castlevania Demo: A demo of Konami's Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate hits the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS on Feb. 28. The full digital game download launches on March 5.

Wii U

Zelda Miiverse Community: Nintendo is launching a Miiverse community dedicated to The Legend of Zelda series today, letting fans discuss the past, present and future of this timeless franchise.

LEGO® City Comes to Life: LEGO City® Undercover launches March 18. Nintendo revealed some new sections of the game, including LEGO City Airport, Kings Court and Paradise Sands.

City Mapping: The Wii Street U powered by Google application is now available as a free download for a limited time from the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. The application taps into the Google Maps service and allows users to get a 360-degree view of locations around the world using the Wii U GamePad.

Razor's Update
: A new, free update to Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge later this month includes one new costume each for Ryu Hayabusa, Ayane, Momiji and Kasumi, as well as 25 new Ninja Trials missions.

Third-Party Games:

BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien from Gaijin Games is coming to Wii U in February. It features narration by Charles Martinet, and a demo is planned for the Nintendo eShop soon.

• This month, Zen Pinball 2 from Zen Studios introduces a number of pinball tables, including Marvel Pinball and Plants vs. Zombies Pinball. The game will be available as a free download in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U with additional tables available for purchase.

• Soon Two Tribes will release Toki Tori 2, a puzzle/platforming game that will support off-TV game play on the Wii U GamePad. A level editor will be released at a later date.

Need for Speed Most Wanted U from EA is arriving on Wii U on March 19 as the first third-party title to incorporate Miiverse functionality into the game play. Exclusive features include a new Co-Driver mode for local co-op play, Off-TV mode to play on the Wii U GamePad and the Ultimate Speed Pack included at no additional charge. The Ultimate Speed Pack includes 25 additional High Speed Races and Speed Runs, five of the world's fastest production cars and more than 70 new speed-themed milestones, plus stacks of additional rewards and unlocks.

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct from Activision is coming to Wii U on March 26 with a unique style of game play that blends first-person action with resource management for a focus on surviving the undead nightmare.

Injustice: Gods Among Us from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment launches on April 16. The game includes Off-TV play and lets players battle as some of their favorite heroes and villains, like Batman, The Flash, Superman, The Joker, Lex Luthor and Wonder Woman.

Coming to Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

Capcom's Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate launches for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on March 19. A Wii U player can connect with up to three Nintendo 3DS players to create a hunting party. People can play the game on Wii U and then transfer their data to the Nintendo 3DS to continue the hunt. A demo will be available in the Nintendo eShop on both platforms on Feb. 21.

Disney Infinity from Disney Interactive is coming to Wii U and Wii this summer. For the first time, players will use real-world interactive figures to activate original, story-driven adventures in the game worlds, also known as "Play Sets." At any time, players can also access their personal "Toy Box" and use the items to create one-of-a-kind Disney adventures featuring any combination of characters, environments and items across all franchises featured in the game. Disney Infinity will also be available on Nintendo 3DS.

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Posted: 02/14/13, 17:22:36  - Edited by 
 on: 02/15/13, 03:24:06    
Why not sign up for a (free) account and create your own content?
kriswright said:
"Why would anyone play with anyone but the Princess? She can flyyyyyyyy!"

*GASP* Is this a new one?!

...NO, its the same old one.....


Posted by 
 on: 02/15/13, 02:27:07  - Edited by 
 on: 02/15/13, 02:27:54
The Dream Direction should release another New Age song at some point. True.

Posted by 
 on: 02/15/13, 02:29:37
I think people are getting grumpy..

Sooo..Jargs (or anyone else), how is that Street thing?!

Posted by 
 on: 02/15/13, 02:35:42
That Kersploosh! game sounds like it has some real, um, depth to the gameplay.

Posted by 
 on: 02/15/13, 02:46:29
The DKC port is surprising. I don't think I'll be getting it, but it's cool they're porting it. That bodes well for a Wii U sequel.

Mario Golf: World Tour ~Gimme (if there's an RPG mode)

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon ~Gimme

Animal Crossing: New Leaf ~I'm hoping the title 'New Leaf' is indicative that this game is really going to significantly evolve the series. I haven't bought an AC title since the GCN game and I'm ready for a new one. If so....GIMME!

Haha that's great.

Posted by 
 on: 02/15/13, 02:51:09
Good stuff, good stuff. Nintendo Direct delivers again. Focusing on Luigi will provide a very small bit of novelty, I guess. I'm kind of shocked that they're doing ANOTHER 3DS Mario RPG. Like, who planned that release schedule? But I'm sure it'll be awesome.

I was totally pumped for DKCR3D, until I realized that it was a port. (WHY?) But, overall, a very pleasant set of announcements.


Posted by 
 on: 02/15/13, 02:52:16
I'm still stoked about that DKCR port. Why not? That game is awesome and I'd love to have a portable version.

If it had online multiplayer, it'd be a day one purchase. But, of course, it won't. Because.

Posted by 
 on: 02/15/13, 02:54:09
It IS pretty awesome. But ports don't make me happy.

The vast majority of the time, the original is still sitting, shrinkwrapped, on my shelf!

Posted by 
 on: 02/15/13, 03:24:33
If I don't have to use motion controls to blow petals off flowers it is completely awesome. I may actually finish the game now. If it has new maps it will be beyond awesome. It may actually be a quick way for them to put a small team on the game to learn the hardware in preparation for a future release without devoting the whole studio to it.

Posted by 
 on: 02/15/13, 03:44:27
I saw Donkey Kong and got really excited. Bummer that it's a port and not a new game.

Posted by 
 on: 02/15/13, 03:54:32
I dunno why a new Mario and Luigi game this year is surprising to anyone....they're very good games and they must sell well. That game could seriously sell a new 3ds to me.... and if I buy in that time period I'd get one of those games for free??? ugh so tempting

Posted by 
 on: 02/15/13, 04:29:09  - Edited by 
 on: 02/15/13, 04:39:14
Donkey Kong County on 3DS!... oh, but it's a port...

More lazy, half effort bullshit. No thanks.

Posted by 
 on: 02/15/13, 05:59:20
All previous Donkey Kong Country games have been ported to handhelds.

Posted by 
 on: 02/15/13, 06:06:54

Well, it's cool for non-Wii owners...

I am tempted to get it again if it's A.) priced right B.) had SOME kind of additional content or flare

but I am not sure of either so... nice 3D or not, i'm on the fence.

but HOLY MOLY I am excited for Mario Golf 3DS. When I was watching this ND at work today, I had to literally hold back a gasp and a scream of joy at the announcement. I don't care about a RPG element cause I never played the other one... but I would love it probably.


New Leaf clearly is something above and beyond the past installments. I am beyond excited. My girlfriend and I will love playing together! And we will love playing with all you negative worlders.

As for Luigi's Mansion... I wasn't interested much at the first trailer a long time ago, but wow, every trailer continues to impress me further. The latest from today blew me away to the point of making me finally break down and preorder that thing. Wooo!!! Nintendo = Love.

Posted by 
 on: 02/15/13, 06:07:44  - Edited by 
 on: 02/15/13, 06:11:39

Nintendo doesn't have unlimited resources. Making a new DKC game on 3DS would divert resources from other things. If they had made a new DKC but not Mario and Luigi, for example, would that be less lazy to you? Or if Retro did that instead of something for Wii U?

Posted by 
 on: 02/15/13, 06:11:14  - Edited by 
 on: 02/15/13, 06:11:45
Aw man...

...We could have a Negative World Tour....

(Or a Negative World Open)

Posted by 
 on: 02/15/13, 06:13:15  - Edited by 
 on: 02/15/13, 06:13:35
They could have found another developer to handle development of new levels using the assets of the Wii game.

Some of you are excited? Great. I'm passing.

Posted by 
 on: 02/15/13, 06:18:40
Just get Artoon to work on new DKCR levels. It's that easy.

Posted by 
 on: 02/15/13, 06:26:09
@Guillaume ...are you serious? Their Yoshi's Island DS was kind of so so.

Posted by 
 on: 02/15/13, 06:32:36
What I would really like to see Nintendo do is make a handheld Animal Crossing and a console Animal Crossing compatible with each other somehow. Connectivity basically. I thought maybe they would do that with the DS and Wii but it didn't happen. These would be the perfect systems to do it with. If they do.....oh man.....I almost shudder thinking about it. My AC obsession will live again.

Posted by 
 on: 02/15/13, 07:35:12  - Edited by 
 on: 02/15/13, 07:35:57
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