New Kid Icarus, Pokémon, Rhythm Heaven and Mario Party Games Are on the Way

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– 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 NightSky from 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.

 

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 system’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 Heaven™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 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.

 

Below is a partial list of upcoming games for Nintendo systems. Note that game titles and launch dates are subject to change.

-3DS Games-

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 Solid®: 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! (Shin’en Multimedia) – Q1 2012

Mutant Muddsâ„¢ (Renegade Kid) – Q1 2012

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasureâ„¢ (SEGA) – Early 2012

Mario Tennisâ„¢ (Nintendo) – 2012

Luigi’s Mansionâ„¢ 2 (Nintendo) – 2012

Professor Layton 5 (Nintendo) – 2012

 

-Wii Games-

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

PokéParkâ„¢ 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

Pandora’s Towerâ„¢ (Nintendo) – Q2 2012

Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradiseâ„¢ (Nintendo) – 2012

 

-DS Games-

Antipole (Saturnine Games) – 5th January 2012

Doodle Fit (Gamelion Studios) – January 2012

Hidden Object Show (Intenium Console GmbH) – January 2012 (Benelux)

Inazuma Eleven® 2 Firestorm – (Nintendo) – Q1 2012

Inazuma Eleven® 2 Blizzard – (Nintendo) – Q1 2012

Amoebattle (Grab) – Q1 2012

Flip the Coreâ„¢ (Engine Software) – Q1 2012

VICTORIOUSâ„¢ : Hollywood Arts Debut – (NAMCO BANDAI) – Q1 2012

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