Nintendo Direct May 17th – Press Release

Nintendo Seals Exclusive Partnership with SEGA on Upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog Games

Nintendo Direct Also Announces Wii U Games Shown at E3 2013 to be Playable at Select Best Buy Stores

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The next title in SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog franchise will be exclusive to Nintendo’s Wii U home console and Nintendo 3DSportable system. Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata announced the details of a new partnership with SEGA during a new Nintendo Direct video announcement today. Sonic Lost World is a new action platforming game, and more information about it will be announced before the E3 2013 video game trade show begins on June 11.

The Nintendo Direct also announced Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games for Wii U, and revealed that additional SEGA Game Gear games would be coming to the Virtual Console service for Nintendo 3DS. Outside of SEGA news, Nintendo announced that select Wii U games featured at E3 2013 will soon be playable at participating Best Buy stores, the launch date for New Super Luigi U, new Pikmin 3 game details and additional information about a variety of previously announced Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games.

“The onetime rivalry between Mario and Sonic has grown into a friendship that has never been closer,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “These announcements in conjunction with SEGA demonstrate the commitment we have to bringing great games to the Wii U platform, and set the stage for our upcoming announcements at E3.”

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

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 newAnimal 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.

Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies headed to the West DIGITALLY Fall 2013

London, UK. — May 13, 2013 — Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today confirmed that Phoenix Wright™: Ace Attorney™ – Dual Destinies will be available to purchase digitally on Nintendo 3DS™ across Europe and North America in Autumn 2013.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, previously announced for the West as Ace Attorney™ 5, sees the return of courtroom hero Phoenix Wright. Set eight years since his last appearance in the courts, the first case in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies sees the action start in a destroyed court room. It’s down to Phoenix Wright and his team at the Wright Anything Agency to discover the cause of the destruction. Players will have to battle it out in court against Gaspen Payne, the younger brother of Winston Payne from previous Ace Attorney titles, as they defend the accused.

The much loved gameplay and features from previous titles in the Ace Attorney™ series return but for the first time in stunning 3D graphics, bringing the courtroom and characters to life and putting players directly in the heart of the action. Players will need to investigate each crime scene with the dynamic 3D visuals now making it possible to change views and zoom in on areas to uncover any hidden evidence or clues. In the court room the drama continues as players present their evidence, challenge witnesses and begin to unravel the truth behind each of the cases in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -Dual Destinies.

Joining Phoenix is the young Attorney Apollo Justice and new Associate Attorney Athena Cykes. Athena’s unique ability to psychoanalyse witnesses introduces a brand new element to proceedings. Using Athena’s ‘Mood Matrix’ players can detect the emotional state of a witness and tell whether they’re surprised, angry, happy or sad. Players can compare these feelings with the statement given by the witness, point out any contradictions between the two and challenge the witness testimony.

For the latest trailer, screenshots and artwork for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies visit the Capcom Europe Press Site www.capcomeuro-press.com


I am a bit saddened that the game will not be receiving a physical release, but the previous Ace Attorney game Ace Attorney Investigations sold so poorly, that Capcom did not bother releasing the sequel in North America. Capcom’s explanation for releasing the game on the Nintendo eShop only is because of lack of retailer interest.

I really wish Capcom would do a limited printing of the game via a Limited Edition box that includes the Phoenix Wright figure and a music CD, I would definitely pay up front for that like I did for the special edition of Ni No Kuni last June.

But thank you Capcom for giving Ace Attorney another chance in the west, I’ll be sure to spread the word because I absolutely love this series. Now can y’all bug Level 5 about the release of Professor Layton VS Ace Attorney, please? 🙂

Rumor: Leaks of Nintendo 3DS Conference game announcements

Monster Hunter exclusive for 3DS, supports online play.
A Yoshi side scroller for 3DS, developed by Good-Feel.
New game from WarioWare team.
Etrian Odyssey 3DS
Hatsune Miku 3DS, contains all songs from Project DIVA 1 and 2.
New 3DS color: solid silver.
Presentation on eShop demos; Super Mario Land 3D will have a downloadable demo.
The “new project” from Alchemist, the famous visual novel company, is an entirely new “moe mystery” for 3DS.
Ace Attorney 5, will supposedly include an Edgeworth scenario. AA: Investigations being phased in to main series?

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Nintendo Download August 25th

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop
GARGOYLE’S QUEST – The Ghoul Realm is threatened once again. As the gargoyle Firebrand, you are destined to become the Red Blaze – the same powerful force that fought back the Destroyers so long ago. (For Nintendo 3DS™)

Nintendo Video™
Blue Man Group, “Upgrade Your Life” – Ding Dong! It’s the Upgrade Your Life Kit via special delivery for Blue Man Group! Hit the red button to change your world and upgrade to 3D with a flip of a switch! Available Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. PT.
(For Nintendo 3DS)

Moving Still – No surprises at the starting point, no surprises at the point of arrival. To feel the monotony of a recurring journey made too many times. Available Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. PT. (For Nintendo 3DS)

Virtual Console™
The Ignition Factor™ – Take control of a brave firefighter as he battles to save people from towering infernos and flame-filled factories. Can you keep your cool and save everyone in a constantly changing environment? (For Wii™)

Also new this week:
Let’s Create! Pottery (Nintendo eShop / Nintendo DSiWare™)
Magical Whip: Wizards of Phantasmal Forest (Nintendo eShop / Nintendo DSiWare)
Calculator (Nintendo eShop / Nintendo DSiWare)
Kyotokei (demo version) (WiiWare™)

To view this week’s Nintendo Download in its full graphical version, please visit: http://www.news2know.net/nintendo/download2tH8kS2a.php

Well, Gargoyle’s Quest sounds interesting, guess I’ll check it out. 🙂

Hyuusuton video – Stage 1 Infinite HP Rock


I just bought a game from the Japanese Nintendo 3DS eShop called Hyuusuton. I recorded a video of the first stage using my iPhone, so I apologize for the quality in advance (and my poor skills at the game!).

In Hyuusuton, you control a falling rock with the circle pad and try to navigate it through the pathway avoiding any obstacles that come your way. You’ll encounter stuff such as moving plywood, various foods like crackers, some stars, and much more. You can get a successful speed boost if you make it through what looks like a donut hole without touching the edges. It has really interesting techno-ish music, so it shouldn’t bother you.

The game is so far only available on the Japanese eShop for ¥500, which is about $5 or $6 depending on the exchange rate. If a western publisher picks it up for release, we’ll be sure to let you know. I’ll maybe try and record more videos of the game in the near future if I have the time.

Nintendo Video now available in North America

The Nintendo Video application has just been activated for download on the Nintendo eShop. It only takes a few seconds to download the app, but the videos will take a while probably due to all the traffic.

Here is a list of the videos currently available:

Sunday Jog
A short animated film about two joggers who set out for a stroll on a beautiful Sunday morning. They are alarmed by what appears to be an earthquake – which quickly reveals itself to be much more.

Dinosaur Office
They’re dinosaurs. In an office. Rawr!

Captain America trailer
Captain America: The First Avenger in which Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers for an experimental program that turns him into the super soldier known as Captain America

What is Nintendo Video?
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Nintendo Download July 14th


This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured games:

Nintendo eShop
Netflix – This free downloadable application allows Netflix members with an unlimited streaming plan, a Nintendo 3DS™ system and a broadband Internet connection to instantly watch TV shows and movies on their Nintendo 3DS. (For Nintendo 3DS)

Nintendo eShop and Nintendo DSiWare™
Extreme Hangman 2 – If you guess the word correctly, the hangman lives. If you guess wrong, the hangman dies. You’re only allowed a limited number of misses, so guess carefully.
(For Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo DSi™)

Nintendo eShop and Nintendo DSiWare
AfterZoom – AfterZoom turns the camera of your Nintendo DSi or Nintendo 3DS system into a virtual microscope. Explore your surroundings and discover new forms of life.
(For Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo DSi)

Nintendo eShop
Game & Watch™ Gallery – Enjoy four different games from the classic Game & Watch Gallery series: Manhole, Fire, Octopus and Oil Panic. Original and revised versions of each game are included.
(For Nintendo 3DS)

Also new this week:

• Baseball (Nintendo eShop)

• Puzzle Fever (Nintendo eShop, Nintendo DSiWare™)

• Just SING! 80s Collection (Nintendo eShop, Nintendo DSiWare)

• 3D Pixel Racing (WiiWare™)

• Super Earth Defense Force (Wii Virtual Console™)

To view this week’s Nintendo Download in its full graphical version, please visit: http://www.news2know.net/nintendo/download-071411.php