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Nintendo Direct: Exclusive SEGA Partnership, E3 2013 Wii U games playable at Best Buy, and more...
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May 17, 2013, 18:54:30

Today's announcements included:

Sega and Nintendo partner to bring upcoming Sonic games exclusively to Wii U/3DS

To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct.

Full press release:

Wii U News

• Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games: The game includes a variety of events from the Winter Games, including curling, skiing, figure skating pairs and snowboard slopestyle – which will make its Olympic debut in Sochi, Russia. Different events might use the Wii Remote Plus controller, Wii U GamePad controller or both. In addition to realistic events, the game also includes those set in the worlds of Sonic and Mario that let players perform moves not possible in real life. Launch details and timing will be announced at a later date.

• Experience Games from Nintendo's E3 Booth at Best Buy: Exclusively at participating Best Buy locations in the United States and Canada, consumers will be able to play some of the unreleased Wii U games featured at E3 while the event is occurring in Los Angeles. Details about locations and which games will be featured will be revealed in the coming weeks.

• New Super Luigi U: The Year of Luigi-themed downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. U offers players 82 updated courses. But it also includes a new playable character in multiplayer mode: Nabbit, who steals items from Toad Houses. Nabbit can't power up, but also won't take damage when he touches enemies. New Super Luigi U will be released as downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. U in the Nintendo eShop on June 20 for $19.99. But in honor of the Year of Luigi, Nintendo is also offering a standalone packaged version of New Super Luigi U that doesn't require New Super Mario Bros. U on Aug. 25 at a suggested retail price of $29.99.

• The Wonderful 101: The mass-action adventure from Platinum Games launches Sept. 15. Additional details will be announced after E3.

• Pikmin 3: New playable characters Alph, Brittany and Charlie recruit the Pikmin creatures to help them gather fruit so that they can return with the seeds to save their home, Planet Koppai. Players can divide activities among the different characters, and explore separate areas in the same map with different groups of Pikmin. Using the GamePad (known as the KopPad in the game), players can view the overall map and grasp what each character and Pikmin are up to. Players also can choose their preferred control option: GamePad in conjunction with the TV, Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk combo or GamePad only in off-TV mode. Players can also use the Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk with the GamePad as a second-screen monitor. Pikmin 3 launches Aug. 4.

• GAME & WARIO: The game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop June 23 at a suggested retail price of $39.99, and includes a number of games from WarioWare, Inc., that use the GamePad in different ways. Newly revealed games include: Island, which lets two to five people launch little creatures called Fronks onto islands in the sea to score points; Patchwork, a puzzle game that tests players' pattern-recognition skills; and Kung-Fu, which challenges players to help Young Cricket navigate a course safely using the forward-looking view on the TV and the top-down view on the GamePad. A new Iwata Asks feature offers more details about the game at http://iwataasks.nintendo.com.

• Resident Evil Revelations: Capcom's horror-survival game is launching in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on May 21. The game originally released for Nintendo 3DS, and the Wii U version offers players updated HD graphics, GamePad controls and new game content. Players can use the GamePad to view the map and change items using the touch screen without pausing their progress. Or they can play the full game on the GamePad in off-TV mode, or play with the Wii U Pro Controller. The game is Miiverse-compatible, and a demo version is currently available in the Nintendo eShop.

Nintendo 3DS News

• SEGA Game Gear: Games from the classic hand-held system are headed to the Virtual Console service. These include:
• Columns
• Crystal Warriors
• Defenders of Oasis
• Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
• G-LOC: Air Battles
• Shining Force II: The Sword of Hajya
• Sonic Blast
• Sonic Drift 2
• Sonic Labyrinth
• Sonic the Hedgehog
• Sonic the Hedgehog 2
• Tails Adventure
• Vampire: Master of Darkness

• Inside the Treehouse with Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Because of the vast amount of content in the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Leaf game, Nintendo's Treehouse localization team is hosting an ongoing video series to talk about the franchise and many of the fun features of the new game. The videos will be available on Nintendo's YouTube channel and in the Nintendo eShop on a regular basis leading up to the game's June 9 launch. Additionally, a new Animal Crossing panel for Puzzle Swap is now available for StreetPass Mii Plaza, and fans also might find a special Animal Crossing-themed message on Swapnote.

• Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D: This game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on May 24 and includes all the fun of the original Wii game, now optimized for portable play. It also includes eight new unlockable levels that are each based on one of the eight worlds from the original game. These levels will challenge players with new elements like platforms that force them to move at a faster pace, large drops of tar falling from the ceiling and giant rotating stone gears that can alter the level itself.

• A Legendary Sale: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons arrive on the Virtual Console service for Nintendo 3DS on May 30. Because playing the games together unlocks so much additional content, Nintendo is offering them for just $4.99 each for the first three weeks after launch. After this promotion expires, the games will be available for $5.99 each.

• Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move: The game, which launched May 9 exclusively in the Nintendo eShop, challenges players to place tiles on the bottom screen to guide the Minis to their goal on the top screen. The game includes more than 180 stages, but also dramatically extends the fun of the game by letting players create their own stages and share them with others. Players can opt to try a random user-created level or one created by their friends. They can also select from the most popular levels overall or search the top levels of the week.

Another Nintendo Direct focused on future Wii U content will air around the time of E3 2013.

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Posted: 05/17/13, 18:54:30  - Edited by 
 on: 05/17/13, 21:40:08    
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Thanks for putting it all together, Roy.

Looks like I will be hanging out at Best Buy next month.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 19:04:48
WHOA! That's a megaton!! E3 games/demos at Best Buy??? No way they plan to let us play MK or 3D Mario, could they????

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 20:11:52
New Sonic exclusive to Wii U/3DS, eh? Shame, I was really enjoying playing the new releases in 1080p at a framerate that didn't tank every 12 seconds. The console versions of Generation were passable, at best. Sigh...

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 21:21:35
@Xbob42 The Wii U CAN be used to play games, sometimes.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 21:31:02
Sweet! Game Gear love! I'm still waiting for Tail's Adventure and Vampire over here.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 21:36:28
carlosrox said:
WHOA! That's a megaton!! E3 games/demos at Best Buy??? No way they plan to let us play MK or 3D Mario, could they????

Seems like that's exactly what they're doing. TAKING IT TO THE STREETS!

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 21:36:43
But not as good as a Microsoft Windows PC, so why bother?

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 21:38:24
Sounds like something they really need to do, to push units. I hope it works.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 21:40:09
What if they offer a special edition Wii U bundle, like a Black Friday deal, at the same time?! Maybe the Deluxe unit with Super Luigi Bros. packed in for $299? I'd bite!

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 21:42:52

Indeed. Let's spread the MS Word to every heathen Nintendo message board we know, fellow Steam apostles.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 21:44:26
The fact that you can get Luigi U for DLC or as a stand alone retail purchase is fantastic! Even the price makes me happy.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 21:45:30
Guillaume said:

Indeed. Let's spread the MS Word to every heathen Nintendo message board we know, fellow Steam apostles.

I will Excel at spreading that. Everyone can Access it soon, and the Outlook is positive.

Uh, Power Point. Fuck.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 21:46:46
Something like that could be a pretty good move. I just hope their pre-E3 shenanigans will give us some megatons to give people more of an incentive to invest.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 21:48:40
Zero said:
@Xbob42 The Wii U CAN be used to play games, sometimes.

You're missing the point. Sega sucks dick at optimizing their games for consoles. All their recent Sonic titles have had issues with massive framerate drops and shitty visuals. Nintendo games don't suffer from this because they put actual polish into their titles. The recent Sonic titles were great on PC because you could brute force your way beyond the horrible optimization.

But, please, twist my words some more.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 22:33:29

Well at least they just have to optimize their game for the one platform now.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 23:47:11
@Guillaume Maybe. But knowing Sonic Team that'll still be asking the world from them. They need to realize a smooth framerate for what is, in essence, a racing-platformer game is really important! If they can get the framerate consistent at 60 (and none of those weird half-second pauses every once in a while like in Generations) then it's all good.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 23:50:51
Nintendo is publishing though, and Nintendo as a publisher has MAGIC. Stephen can confirm this.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 23:57:50
Am I the only one interested in the new Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympics? I actually liked the first game... got all the gold medals for every character.

Posted by 
 on: 05/18/13, 05:16:48
Mop it up said:
Am I the only one interested in the new Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympics? I actually liked the first game... got all the gold medals for every character.

The first game(s?) didn't interest me at all, but the new one actually looks really interesting. Particularly since they included non-real events, too.

Posted by 
 on: 05/18/13, 07:12:47
Zero said:
Nintendo is publishing though, and Nintendo as a publisher has MAGIC. Stephen can confirm this.

Indeed. That is, if it gets Super Mario Galaxy-level MAGIC and not New Super Mario Bros. "magic."

Posted by 
 on: 05/18/13, 07:13:49
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