New Kid Icarus, PokÃ©mon, Rhythm Heaven and Mario Party Games Are on the Way
REDMOND, Wash.â€“(BUSINESS WIRE)â€“ As some people hunker down for a long winterâ€™s nap, Nintendo is getting things fired up. The first quarter of 2012 offers great new installments in popular franchises for both the Nintendo 3DSâ„¢ system and the Wiiâ„¢ console. Nintendo has something for everyone, from family fun to three-dimensional adventure.
On the Nintendo 3DS system, Capcomâ€™s Resident EvilÂ® 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 SOLIDÂ® 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 Icarusâ„¢: 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. Dillonâ€™s Rolling Westernâ„¢ 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 Swordâ„¢, players travel to ancient Japan and guide a young warrior as he battles waves of enemy soldiers. Players must identify the enemyâ€™s attack, dodge and counter-attack with the mystical Sakura Sword to win the battle. The critically acclaimed VVVVVV and NightSky from Nicalis, mind-bending action of Mighty Switch Force from WayForward and immersive 3D visuals of Mutant Muddsâ„¢ from Renegade Kidâ„¢ round out a diverse selection of downloadable games.
Nintendo is also introducing an optional accessory that gives Nintendo 3DS owners a second analog stick to control compatible games. The Circle Pad Pro will launch in the United States on Feb. 7. It will be sold through GameStop stores and online at http://www.gamestop.com at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The Circle Pad Pro is a comfortable cradle that holds the Nintendo 3DS system while adding an analog Circle Pad on the systemâ€™s right side. The attachment also adds additional shoulder buttons to give it a feel more akin to traditional console controllers. It is designed as an optional accessory and is compatible with Resident Evil Revelations and METAL GEAR SOLID 3D Snake Eater.
On the Wii console, Rhythm Heavenâ„¢Fever arrives on Feb. 13 at a suggested retail price of $29.99 in the United States. The game asks players to test their rhythm in more than 50 easy-to-learn, tough-to-master minigames to prove theyâ€™ve got the groove. Two weeks later on Feb. 27, PokÃ©Parkâ„¢ 2: Wonders Beyond lets players take on the role of Pikachuâ„¢ and his Pals â€” Oshawottâ„¢, Snivyâ„¢ and Tepigâ„¢ â€” as they try to make it through PokÃ©Park and discover the secrets of a mysterious new world. On March 11, Marioâ„¢ and friends reunite for a new party game adventure in Mario Partyâ„¢ 9, which introduces new game-play elements to the series such as boss battles and vehicular travel across a wide assortment of stages.
Below is a partial list of upcoming games for Nintendo systems. Note that game titles and launch dates are subject to change.
Resident Evilâ„¢ Revelations (Capcom) – 27th January 2012
Nintendo 3DS Circle Pad Pro – 27th January 2012
CRUSHâ„¢ 3D (SEGA) – January 2012 (About time, too)
3D Game Collection (Mastertronic) – January 2012
VVVVVV (Nicalis) – January 2012
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Gamesâ„¢ (SEGA) – February 2012
One Piece Unlimited Cruise Special (NAMCO BANDAI Games S.A.S.) – 10th February 2012
SpeedThru: Potzol’s Puzzle (Nintendo) – February 2012
Kid Icarusâ„¢: Uprising (Nintendo) – March 2012
Landwirtschafts-Simulator 2012 (astragon Software GmbH) – 31st March 2012 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
Metal Gear SolidÂ®: Snake Eater 3D (KONAMI) – Winter
PAC-MANâ„¢ Party 3D (NAMCO BANDAI Games S.A.S.) – Q1 2012
BEN 10â„¢ Galactic Racing (NAMCO BANDAI Games S.A.S.) – Q1 2012
TEKKENâ„¢ 3D Prime Edition (NAMCO BANDAI Games S.A.S.) – Q1 2012
Crash Time 4 (PQube) – Q1 2012
3D Classics: Kid Icarusâ„¢ (Nintendo) – Q1 2012
Colors! 3D (Collecting Smiles) – Q1 2012
Dillon’s Rolling Westernâ„¢ (Nintendo) – Q1 2012
Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! (Shinâ€™en Multimedia) – Q1 2012
Mutant Muddsâ„¢ (Renegade Kid) – Q1 2012
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasureâ„¢ (SEGA) – Early 2012
Mario Tennisâ„¢ (Nintendo) – 2012
Luigiâ€™s Mansionâ„¢ 2 (Nintendo) – 2012
Professor Layton 5 (Nintendo) – 2012
Boom Streetâ„¢ (Nintendo/Square Enix) – 6th January 2012 (Spain, Germany, Portugal, Italy – 23rd December 2011)
The Last Storyâ„¢ (Nintendo) – 24th February 2012
Mario Partyâ„¢ 9 (Nintendo) – March 2012
PokÃ©Parkâ„¢ 2: Wonders Beyond (Nintendo) – March 2012
Winter Sports 2012 (PQube) – Q1 2012
We Sing Pop (Nordic Games Publishing AB) – Q1 2012
We Sing 80’s (Nordic Games Publishing AB) – Q2 2012
La-Mulana (Nicalis) – Q1 2012
Pandoraâ€™s Towerâ„¢ (Nintendo) – Q2 2012
Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradiseâ„¢ (Nintendo) – 2012
Antipole (Saturnine Games) – 5th January 2012
Doodle Fit (Gamelion Studios) – January 2012
Hidden Object Show (Intenium Console GmbH) – January 2012 (Benelux)
Inazuma ElevenÂ® 2 Firestorm – (Nintendo) – Q1 2012
Inazuma ElevenÂ® 2 Blizzard – (Nintendo) – Q1 2012
Amoebattle (Grab) – Q1 2012
Flip the Coreâ„¢ (Engine Software) – Q1 2012
VICTORIOUSâ„¢ : Hollywood Arts Debut – (NAMCO BANDAI) – Q1 2012