Nintendo Direct: Nintendo Bringing Nintendo Network ID and Miiverse to Nintendo 3DS & More!

YouTube Arrives on Nintendo 3DS, Bravely Default Collector’s Edition Revealed

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– A December system update for the Nintendo 3DS portable system will allow users to combine their Nintendo eShop account balance for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Nintendo announced the news during a Nintendo Direct video released earlier today.

After the Nintendo 3DS system update, users can register their Nintendo Network ID for Wii U on their lmmNintendo 3DS systems and combine Nintendo eShop account balances. This will enable them to purchase Wii U software using the remaining balance on their Nintendo 3DS eShop accounts, and vice versa. Nintendo 3DS owners who do not own a Wii U system can also create their own Nintendo Network ID for the first time.

This system update will also mark the beginning of Miiverse support on Nintendo 3DS. With a Nintendo Network ID and a wireless Internet connection, users will be able to connect with players around the world to share their experiences and game tips through Miiverse on Nintendo 3DS. For more information and notices from Nintendo about the system update, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/nnid.

To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. An overview of the news discussed includes:

Nintendo 3DS News

  • YouTube will be launching this month for Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo 3DS owners with a broadband Internet connection will be able to watch all their favorite YouTube content on the go, browsing on the bottom screen while viewing on the top screen.
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
    • Today, Nintendo showed a new trailer for the game, and the first of four 15-second mini-trailers 3DS_ZeldaLBW_1113_Sceen_08for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds debuted on Nintendo’s Instagram page.
    • Nintendo detailed a number of characters, including Irene and her magic broom; Seres, who is trapped in a painting; and Gramps, who can help facilitate battles with other players encountered via StreetPass. Also: Milk Bar confirmed!
    • On Nov. 22, a new Nintendo 3DS XL bundle will launch at a suggested retail price of $219.99 that includes Nintendo 3DS XL hardware with gorgeous gold-and-black coloring and the iconic Triforce on the exterior, as well as a download code for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.
    • The game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Nov. 22 at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
  • Exclusive SpotPass Content at Nintendo Zone Locations: Anyone with a Nintendo 3DS who visits a Nintendo Zone location can receive StreetPass Mii Plaza data from the last six players to visit that location. Exclusive SpotPass content will be available at Nintendo Zone locations in November for Nintendo 3DS owners who also own the following games, including:
    • An Animal Crossing: New Leaf raccoon wall clock is available until Nov. 14.
    • An Animal Crossing: New Leaf cat tower available Nov. 15-28.
    • An Animal Crossing: New Leaf rolling suitcase available Nov. 29-Dec. 12.
    • A Super Mario 3D Land Mystery Box starting Nov. 22.

 

  • Mario Party: Island Tour: The game offers seven new game boards and 80 new mini-games, including some that use the motion controls of Nintendo 3DS, and the ability for four Nintendo 3DS owners to play all multiplayer game content with only one copy of the game via Download Play. The single player Bowser’s Tower has players playing through 30 floors of mini-games, with a boss battle every fifth floor. Additionally, players also can engage with other players who also have the game in StreetPass mini-game competitions. The game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Nov. 22 at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
  • The new Kirby game for Nintendo 3DS has a name: Kirby: Triple Deluxe. More information about the game will be announced in the future.
  • Bravely Default: A Collector’s Edition of the game will be available exclusively at select retailers. The bundle includes the game, an art book, a soundtrack CD and 34 augmented-reality cards. The Collector’s Edition and standard version of the game both launch on Feb. 7.
  • Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy: The final game in the second Professor Layton trilogy launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Feb. 28.

Wii U News

  • Super Mario 3D World: Nintendo announced WiiU_SM3DW_Rosalina_03new information about Super Mario 3D World, including the ability to play as Rosalina from Super Mario Galaxy, a Luigi Bros. bonus game that is more easily accessed for players who have New Super Luigi U save data on their systems and Captain Toad levels, which challenge players to collect five stars without jumping.
  • Pikmin 3 Downloadable Content: On Dec. 2, a third round of new Mission Mode stages is on the way that challenges players to lead their Pikmin efficiently to complete as many tasks as possible within the time limit. The eight new stages that will be available for purchase include four “Collect Treasure” WiiU_Pikmin3_DLC3_Scrn04stages and four “Battle Enemies” stages with locations as varied as beaches, the inside of someone’s house during a party, a construction site and a mysterious factory. In one stage players can control Captain Olimar, the main character from Pikmin and Pikmin 2. Louie even makes an appearance. The third round of Pikmin 3 Mission Mode downloadable stages will be available in the Nintendo eShop for $4.99. A software update is required to play the new stages. People who update their software will receive one “Collect Treasures” stage and one “Battle Enemies” stage for free.
  • Animal Crossing Plaza: The Wii U gathering place for Animal Crossing fans is being upgraded with two new features:
    • After users perform a software update, they can customize their Miiverse posts using 50 different Animal Crossing stamps. Users can combine multiple stamps or add hand-drawn messages to decorate posts they have already stamped. They can even partially erase a stamp and redraw it any way they like.
    • Nintendo is also adding a ranking feature to display the results of monthly polls. November’s question is “Who would make the best secretary?” and December’s theme will be “Who is the neighbor of the year?”
    • Additional features, including the ability to register and interact with your town residents, are also being added.
  • YouTube Application Update: After users perform a software update, they will be able to use the YouTube application to watch videos on the GamePad controller or search for YouTube content while another video is playing on the TV.
  • Wii Fit U: A free trial of the game is available in the Nintendo eShop now through Jan. 31. Wii U owners with a Wii Balance Board accessory and a broadband Internet connection can download the trial and play it for free for 31 days. Users can make the trial permanent by buying and syncing a Fit Meter to the software. Fit Meter accessories are available at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The full Wii Fit U game launches in stores on Jan. 10, just in time to help people fulfill their fitness-related New Year’s resolutions.

Remember that Wii U 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/wiiu or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

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Mario and Sonic Go for the Gold in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

New Olympic Winter Event Snowboard Slopestyle Makes its Debut in Wii U Game

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– With the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, fast approaching, Mario and Sonic have been training extra hard to make sure they are ready for the biggest competition of the year. The two iconic video game characters are teaming up with their friends in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games launching on Nov. 15 for the Wii U console. In the game, some of the most loved characters from the Mario and Sonic universes like Mario, Sonic, Princess Peach and Tails compete in Olympic Winter Events like snowboard slopestyle, which is making its debut in both the game and the real-life Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, as well as over-the-top Dream Events that can only exist in the world of video games. And for the first time in the Mario & Sonic series, players with a broadband Internet connection can compete in select events online against other players around the world, earning points for their home countries.

“Two of the biggest names in video games are teaming up again for another Olympic Games-sized competition,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Everyone in the family will be up off the couch, joining in the fun with all the other Olympic hopefuls.”

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games contains unique and intuitive controls using both the Wii U GamePad and Wii Remote Plus controllers. In the four-man bobsled, one player can stand at the front of a line and use the GamePad like a steering wheel, while the other players stand behind him or her and use Wii Remote Plus controllers to lean into each turn on the track. In pairs figure skating, two players will swing, twist and pose in sync while sometimes holding the same Wii Remote Plus controller to perform cooperative moves. In biathlon, players must switch between the GamePad and Wii Remote Plus controllers to shoot and ski, respectively. And in snowboard slopestyle, players race down a slope on a snowboard, performing jumps and tricks using the touch screen on the GamePad controller to score points.

In addition to events that will be featured in the actual Olympic Winter Games, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games features a selection of Dream Events that take place in the fantastical worlds of Mario and Sonic. These events feature extreme actions and power-ups, like Roller Coaster Bobsleigh, which finds players speeding down the icy, looping Speed Highway level from the Sonic the Hedgehog series and Snow Day Street Hockey, which takes place in the tropical setting of Delfino Plaza from the Super Mario Sunshine game.

Players can compete online with up to four players all over the world in four fun events: ski cross, snowboard cross, speedskating and Winter Sports Champion Race, which combines many sports into one epic event. Every time players win a medal in online game play, they will win points for their home country, which can be viewed through persistent online rankings.

For Wii U owners who do not yet own a Wii Remote Plus or just want to add a cool, blue controller to their collections, the Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games bundle with Wii Remote Plus controller can be purchased in stores at a suggested retail price of $59.99. The standalone game can also be purchased in stores or in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U for $49.99.

For more information about Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, visit http://www.olympicvideogames.com/en_US/.

Remember that Wii U 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/wiiu.

DUCKTALES: REMASTERED Flies to Retail Stores Beginning Today

It’s time to solve a mystery, or re-write history, as Capcom is excited to announce that the disc-based version of DuckTales: Remastered is available now in retail store shelves across North America. Fans of the digital version, or new players who have yet to experience the nostalgic re-imagining of the iconic title, can now pick up this disc-based alternative for $19.99 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U.

To help celebrate this quack-tastic event, the team has put together an all new “Duckstep” video that is guaranteed to shake your tail feathers.

Originally released in 1989 on the Nintendo Entertainment System , DuckTales was widely acknowledged as one of the generation’s seminal platform titles. DuckTales: Remastered once again follows the adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his nephews – Huey, Dewey and Louie, as they explore different themed worlds on their search for five legendary treasures.

The development team at WayForward have taken the levels and layout from the original release and expanded on them to significantly enhance the gameplay experience; but where this update truly impresses is its graphics and sound. All of the visuals from the 8-bit game have been beautifully re-created as hand-drawn and animated sprites, across a backdrop of luscious, re-envisioned level backgrounds. Furthermore, original Disney Character Voices talent, including some from the cartoon TV series, bring in-game characters to life with charm and wit, while the classic melodies of the original soundtrack are given a modern twist.

Youmacon 2013 Gaming Room

One of the biggest Youmacon 2013 surprises for me was the game room. Originally we stopped in as a way to waste time, but we ended up spending a few hours at the gaming oasis. Aside from the loud music of the rave and the craziness that was the After-Dark panels, the gaming room was filled to the brim with classic and modern arcade games. Everything from rhythm to fighting, home consoles to Virtual Reality was stuffed into the perfectly sized room. There was a huge setup for PC gamers where they hosted the League of Legends stream, an entire section of wall dedicated to Super Bomberman, and a ton of rhythm games.
Check out our gallery, and if you can, check out Youmacon 2013 next year and pop into the game room!

New Pikmin 3 “Battle Enemies!” DLC Available!

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Fantastic new challenges in the world of Pikmin 3 are only a download away. Starting today, new challenges in the “Battle Enemies!” mission type in Pikmin 3 can be purchased as downloadable content in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U for only $1.99. One stage is free, and is available via an automatic software update.

The pack of four stages is based on locations from the game’s Story Mode and is crawling with tons of WiiU_Pikmin3_DLChostile creatures. Like all the other stages in Mission Mode, these new challenges can be played solo or cooperatively with a friend. High scores earned in this mode will be displayed on a global rankings leaderboard, encouraging friendly competition with other players all around the world.

To purchase the new downloadable content, Wii U users with broadband Internet access need to select “downloadable content” from the Pikmin 3 page in the Nintendo eShop and follow the instructions to confirm their purchase. Once purchased and downloaded, players can access the new stages from the Mission Mode menu in Pikmin 3 after the game has been restarted.

WiiU_Pikmin3Pikmin 3 is the latest installment in the fan-favorite Pikmin series. Designed by Shigeru Miyamoto, the game finds three space explorers leading an army of adorable Pikmin on a quest to find supplies for their home planet. The new stages in “Battle Enemies!” mark the second set of downloadable content in Pikmin 3. Additional downloadable content for Mission Mode launched earlier this year in the Nintendo eShop.

For more information about Pikmin 3, visit http://pikmin3.nintendo.com.

Youmacon Championships & Extra Life

Youmacon here in detroit is doing some awesome stuff this weekend, raising money for needy kids!
Check out the below info and check it out, there’s some great stuff, and for a great cause!
“There are a lot of kids who aren’t able to play games with their friends because they are patients in hospitals. Youmacon proudly supports the efforts of Extra Life, a charity which is raising money for children’s miracle network hospitals. Our current goal is to raise $1,500 for Beaumont Children’s Hospital. We believe video games can help bring a brighter future to Beaumont’s patients, and you can help prove that by donating to our campaign.

While each of us can be heroes in the games we play, by contributing to extra life, we can be heroes in real life. Join the thousands of gamers who do. Please help Youmacon support the children of Beaumont! Thank you!”

Check out the action right here, and open you wallet wide!

Nintendo shuts down SpotPass service for SwapNote

Thank you for your support.

 

Nintendo has learned that some consumers, including minors, have been exchanging their friend codes on Internet bulletin boards and then using Swapnote (known as Nintendo Letter Box in other regions) to exchange offensive material. Nintendo has been investigating ways of preventing this and determined it is best to stop the SpotPass feature of Swapnote because it allows direct exchange of photos and was actively misused.

 

Nintendo always wants to provide a positive experience for all consumers and limit the risk of any inappropriate activity or misuse of a service. We feel it is important on this occasion to take this action.

 

We are very sorry for any inconvenience to the many consumers who have been using this service responsibly; however this decision was made considering the point that many minors also use this feature of Swapnote. Thank you for your understanding.

Nintendo will continue to work to ensure more consumers are aware of our Parental Control features, which allow parents to manage their children’s experience on our systems. For more information, please click here.

 

  • Service stop date: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, 7 p.m. PT
  • Service being stopped: Nintendo 3DS software Swapnote – Sending and receiving notes using SpotPass
  • Affected regions: All regions where the service was offered

 

Special Notes services are also stopped

The Legend of Zelda and Pikmin Headline Entertaining New Shows for Nintendo Video

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo Video is ready to launch a fresh lineup of great new shows for the fall. The free video application for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems will debut new short-form videos starting Nov. 1 that will continue into 2014. Five new series have been slated, including two featuring The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and Pikmin 3.

Owners who have downloaded the Nintendo Video application from the Nintendo eShop will automatically receive the new shows on their device, including:

  • The Legend of Zelda: The Misadventures of Link: This original series of comedic shorts shows Link, the series’ star, in a new and hysterical light. His surroundings will be familiar to fans of the series, since the shorts are based on The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD game for the Wii U console.
  • Pikmin Nature Documentaries: These “nature documentaries” explore the wonderful world of the tiny Pikmin. The animations, highlighted by dramatic voiceover work, are a tongue-in-cheek take on safari nature shows.
  • Bravest Warriors: The latest hit show created by Pendleton Ward, the mind behind Adventure Time, follows four teenage heroes-for-hire as they warp through galaxies to save adorable aliens and their worlds using the power of their emotions. The series is produced by Frederator Studios and launched on the Cartoon Hangover channel on YouTube. New episodes of Bravest Warriors will appear every Friday on Nintendo Video.
  • Wildheart Riukiu: This new series of 3D shorts comes from the creator of Meat or Die, which has already amassed more than 5 million views on Nintendo Video. Wildheart Riukiu incorporates charming 16-bit graphics with some not-so-charming, but hilarious, characters. Think ninja puppets.
  • Bee and PuppyCat: A Cartoon Hangover Shorts fan favorite, this two-part series by Natasha Allegri follows Bee, an out-of-work 20-something who has a life-changing collision with a mysterious creature she names PuppyCat.

“This latest set of great new shows for Nintendo Video gives fans a unique way to enjoy two of their favorite Nintendo franchises, in addition to hand-picked series from some of the most imaginative and successful creators in the world of animation,” said Tony Elison, Nintendo of America’s senior director of Business Development.

Fred Siebert, founder and executive producer of Frederator Studios, producer of the new Bravest Warriors series, said, “Cartoon Hangover is honored to be part of Nintendo’s entry into the new golden age of TV innovation.”

Since launching in July 2011, Nintendo Video has delivered a variety of premiere and exclusive videos automatically to Nintendo 3DS owners. The Nintendo Video application is available to download for free from the Nintendo eShop.

For more information about Nintendo Video, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/nintendo-video. Remember that Nintendo 3DS 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/3ds.

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