As some people hunker down for a long winter’s nap, Nintendo is getting things fired up. The first quarter of 2012 offers great new installments in popular franchises for both the Nintendo 3DS™ system and the Wii™ console. Nintendo has something for everyone, from family fun to three-dimensional adventure.
On the Nintendo 3DS system, Capcom’s Resident Evil® Revelations launches on Feb. 7. In a new chapter of the hit survival-horror franchise, players fight a new enemy and virus in 3D without the need for special glasses.METAL GEAR SOLID® 3D Snake Eater from Konami arrives in the first quarter of 2012. The game is a re-interpretation of METAL GEAR SOLID 3: Snake Eater, and offers a rich jungle world with customizable stealth and camouflage options. On March 23, the epic odyssey Kid Icarus™: Uprising soars into stores and lets players help the winged warrior Pit fight Medusa and her Underworld Army.
The Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS will also be busy with a variety of downloadable offerings. Dillon’s Rolling Western™ brings tower-defense strategy and touch-screen driven action to the Old West. Armadillo ranger Dillon defends pioneer villages against waves of attacking rock monsters using gun towers, defensive structures and his own exciting attack abilities. In Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword™, players travel to ancient Japan and guide a young warrior as he battles waves of enemy soldiers. Players must identify the enemy’s attack, dodge and counter-attack with the mystical Sakura Sword to win the battle. The critically acclaimed VVVVVV and NightSkyfrom Nicalis, mind-bending action of Mighty Switch Force from WayForward and immersive 3D visuals of Mutant Mudds™ from Renegade Kid™ round out a diverse selection of downloadable games.
Details about distribution in Canada for the Circle Pad Pro will be announced shortly.
On the Wii console, Rhythm Heaven™ Fever arrives on Feb. 13 at a suggested retail price of $29.99 in Canada. The game asks players to test their rhythm in more than 50 easy-to-learn, tough-to-master minigames to prove they’ve got the groove. Two weeks later on Feb. 27, PokéPark™ 2: Wonders Beyond lets players take on the role of Pikachu™ and his Pals — Oshawott™, Snivy™ and Tepig™ — as they try to make it through PokéPark and discover the secrets of a mysterious new world. On March 11, Mario™ and friends reunite for a new party game adventure in Mario Party™ 9, which introduces new game-play elements to the series such as boss battles and vehicular travel across a wide assortment of stages.
Nicktoons MLB 3D – March
Resident Evil® Revelations – Feb. 7
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
METAL GEAR SOLID® 3D Snake Eater – Q1
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 – January
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
TEKKEN 3D Prime Edition™ – February
Tales of the Abyss® – Feb. 14
Kid Icarus: Uprising – March 23
Published by SEGA® of America
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™ – Feb. 14
SEGA® of America
CRUSH™3D – Q1
NCIS The Video Game (Based on the TV Series) – March 6
Horses 3D – March 6
Funky Barn – Q1
Rayman® Origins – Q1
Colors! 3D – Q1
VVVVVV – Q1
NightSky – Q1
Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword – Q1
Dillon’s Rolling Western – Q1
Kirby’s Block Ball™ – Q1
Mutant Mudds – Q1
Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH – Q1
Jett Rocket Super Surf – Q1
Mighty Switch Force – Q1
Zen Pinball – Q1
MLB 2K12 – March 6
Country Dance™ Special Edition – Feb. 1
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
Karaoke Joysound – Q1
Rhythm Heaven Fever – Feb. 13
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond – Feb. 27
Mario Party 9 – March 11
La Mulana – Q1
Nintendo DS™ Family
MLB 2K12 – March 6
Shin Megami Tensei®: Devil Survivor™ 2 – February
Silverlicious™ – March 20
Xia Xia™ – March 20
Gogo’s Crazy Bones™ – March 20
Chess for Kids – Feb. 14
NARABA: The Labyrinth of Light – Feb. 21
NARABA: The Mysterious Palace – Feb. 21
Box Pusher – Q1
Cake Ninja – Q1
Remember that Wii and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wii andhttp://www.nintendo.com/3ds.
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Source: Nintendo Canada Press Release
Looking for something fun and exciting to do this holiday season? From November 13th to December 18th, Nintendo is inviting fans to meet Mario™ as he makes his way across Canada to showcase his latest games. Be among the first to play the new Super Mario™ 3D Land and Mario Kart™ 7 games on the Nintendo 3DS™ system, and receive your very own souvenir photo with Mario himself!
This is the perfect opportunity for fans to get exclusive hands-on time with Nintendo 3DS and play two highly anticipated new titles.
Where will Mario be warping to next? From November 13th to December 18th Mario will be touring select cities throughout Canada greeting fans at City Landmarks, sports arenas, retail storefronts, and even Holiday Parades!
Here’s where and when you will find Mario in your neighborhood:
- November 13 – Comic Con* at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver from 1:00pm-3:00pm PST
- November 13 – Vancouver Giants* at Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver from 6:15pm-10:00pm PST
- December 2 – Bright Nights in Stanley Park from 5:00pm-9:00pm PST
- December 3 – Nintendo’s Holiday Mall Tour at Metropolis at Metrotown from 11:00am-2:00pm PST
- December 3 – Best Buy Metrotown, 4805 Kingsway Street, Burnaby from 3:00pm-5:30pm PST
- December 4 – Rogers Santa Claus Parade from 10:00am-12:00pm PST (pre-parade appearance)
- December 17 – Breakfast with Santa at the Vancouver Convention Centre* from 8:30am-11:30am PST
- December 18 – Breakfast with Santa at the Vancouver Convention Centre* from 8:30am-11:30am PST
- December 17 – Roundhouse Lodge*, Whistler Mountain, Whistler Blackcomb from 10:00am-3:00pm PST
- December 18 – Rendezvous Lodge*, Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler Blackcomb from 10:00am-3:00pm PST
- December 9 – Calgary Hit Men* at Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary from 6:15pm-10:00pm MST
- December 10 – Nintendo’s Holiday Mall Tour at Cross Iron Mills from 11:00am-6:00pm MST
- December 11 – Nintendo’s Holiday Mall Tour at Cross Iron Mills from 11:00am-6:00pm MST
- November 25 – Best Buy Edmonton South, 9931 19th Avenue NW, Edmonton from 3:00pm-5:30pm MST
- November 25 – Future Shop South Edmonton Common, 1320 99th Street NW, Edmonton from 11:00am-1:30pm MST
- November 26 – Edmonton Oil Kings* at Rexall Place, Edmonton from 6:15pm-10:00pm MST
- November 27 – West Edmonton Mall from 11:30am-4:00pm MST
- November 20 – Toronto Santa Claus Parade from 10:00am-12:00pm EST (pre-parade appearance)
- November 27 – Future Shop, Trinity Common, 149-70 Great Lakes Drive, Brampton from 11:00am-1:30pm EST
- November 27 – Best Buy Downsview, 695 Wilson Avenue, North York from 3:00pm-5:30pm EST
- December 10 – Nintendo’s Holiday Mall Tour at Square One Shopping Centre from 11:00am-5:00pm EST
- November 18 – Best Buy Marche Central, 8871 De L’Acadie Boulevard, Montreal from 11:00am-1:30pm EST
- November 18 – Future Shop Montreal-Centreville, St. Catherine Street, Montreal from 3:00pm-5:30pm EST
- November 19 – La Récréathèque*, Laval from 11:00am-6:00pm EST
- November 20 – La Récréathèque*, Laval from 11:00am-6:00pm EST
*These events may charge a fee for entry
—Nintendo Press Release—
New Platforming Adventure Includes Powerful Super Abilities and Multiplayer Action
Nintendo’s iconic Kirby character is known as one of the most talented heroes in the world of video games. In his latest console adventure, the mighty pink protagonist is unleashing some impressive new moves and abilities. Launching yesterday exclusively for the Wii system, the Kirby’s Return to Dream Land game lets players guide Kirby through a captivating series of side-scrolling worlds, as he inhales enemies to copy their abilities and battles through colourful environments in search of hidden items. What’s more, the game introduces new Super Abilities that allow Kirby to obliterate enemies and obstacles like never before, as well as multiplayer options that let up to three additional friends jump in at any time and enjoy the platforming action together.
With a delightful storyline designed to please new and longtime fans of the Kirby franchise, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land finds the heroic pink puff striving to help recover pieces of a spaceship that has crash-landed on Kirby’s home planet of Popstar. When Kirby encounters foes, he can inhale them to absorb their abilities – wielding a lasso or swinging a sword, for example. Inhaling special enemies can also grant Kirby Super Abilities that let him wipe out vast landscapes or an entire screen’s worth of enemies in one stroke, while a Super Inhale move allows him to spit out enemies or objects as giant projectiles. As many as three additional players can join in the fun, playing as differently colored Kirbys or as other favorite characters from the series: Meta Knight, King Dedede or Waddle Dee. (Additional controllers are required for multiplayer game play and are sold separately.)
“Kirby’s Return to Dream Land is a must-play for new and experienced fans, and it’s only available on the Wii console,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “As friends and family gather together this holiday season, they’ll have a blast discovering Kirby’s new Super Abilities and teaming up to defeat enemies.”
Kirby and the other playable characters in Kirby’s Return to Dream Land have their own unique abilities that can be combined in fun ways. Players can coordinate their actions into powerful team attacks, or they can make Kirby inhale and spit out other characters to knock down foes in battle. Players hold the Wii Remote™ controller sideways to control Kirby as he floats, swims, climbs and slides through a wide range of in-game environments – from lush forests to sandy beaches.
Kids are being encouraged to take inspiration from Kirby and come up with their own dream Super Ability they would use to help others. By visiting http://kirby.nintendo.com/returntodreamland/superabilities, they can download a special Kirby coloring sheet for illustrating and describing their Super Ability and send it to Nintendo. Some of these dream Super Abilities will be posted in a virtual gallery on the website. A companion site hosted by Scholastic at http://scholastic.com/stacks also invites fans to take a Kirby quiz to determine which Super Ability is best suited to their personality. These activities are part of a larger initiative to provide the Starlight Children’s Foundation with Starlight Fun Center™ mobile entertainment units for hospitals across the United States.
Kirby’s Return to Dream Land is offered at a suggested retail price of $49.99 in Canada. The Wii system is available separately in two different console bundles, each offered at a suggested retail price of $149.99 in Canada.
Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access.
For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wii.
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