Nintendo Announces Exciting New Games in The Legend of Zelda & Yoshi’s Island Franchises
WINDSOR, England, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
New Nintendo Direct focuses on the increasing roster of Nintendo 3DS games
scheduled for release in 2013
In a new Nintendo Direct video announcement today, Nintendo revealed a whole host of
news in relation to Nintendo 3DS
[http://www.nintendo.co.uk/Nintendo-3DS/Nintendo-3DS-94560.html ]. Topping the list for
many gamers is a new Nintendo 3DS game in The Legend of Zelda series set in the world of
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The game is scheduled to launch towards the end
of the year. Fans will also be excited to hear that a new game in the Yoshi’s Island
series is being developed for Nintendo 3DS.
In keeping with the Year of Luigi theme, this Nintendo Direct announcement featured
additional information on upcoming Nintendo 3DS games starring Luigi, including Mario &
Luigi: Dream Team Bros., Mario Golf: World Tour, and a new instalment in the Mario Party
series. On Wii U meanwhile, further details were released on New Super Luigi U, due for
release this summer.
To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit
Today’s announcements included:
Nintendo 3DS News
. A new game in The Legend of Zelda series: Nintendo developers are working on a new
game set in the world of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which launched for Super
NES in 1992. The game makes use of the 3D abilities of Nintendo 3DS, and allows Link to
become a drawing and move within walls. A 3D video of the new game will be available in
the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS shortly after Nintendo Direct. The game is scheduled
to launch towards the end of the year.
. A new Yoshi’s Island game: The third instalment in the beloved franchise is making
its way to Nintendo 3DS. Yoshi and Baby Mario are back with flutter jumps, ground pounds
and egg throws, plus a host of new actions that use the unique features of Nintendo 3DS.
More details about the game, as well as launch timing, will be announced in the future.
. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros.: The game takes place on a mysterious island, and
challenges Mario to go between the real world and Luigi’s dreams to rescue Princess Peach.
The game will be available in stores and in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS on 12th
. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
This handheld update of the original smash-hit for Wii adds eight new stages that players
can enjoy after they have completed the main game, as well as a New Mode optimised for
handheld play with new items and mechanics. The game launches in stores and in the
Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS on 24th May.
. Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move: This Nintendo eShop exclusive challenges
players to place tiles on the bottom screen to guide the Mini characters to their goal on
the top screen. The game offers more than 180 stages in four different modes. Players can
also create and upload their own stages, and play those created by other players around
the world. The game will launch on 9th May.
. Animal Crossing: New Leaf Hardware Bundle: A special Nintendo 3DS XL system
featuring artwork from Animal Crossing: New Leaf that comes pre-installed with the new
game will be available on launch day, 14th June. You can also keep up to date with latest
news on the game via the official Twitter and Facebook feeds.
. Mario Golf: World Tour: Players who connect their Nintendo 3DS systems to the
Internet can play competitive real-time multiplayer matches against others across the
globe. They can also use the community feature to find others to play golf with. Mario
Golf: World Tour is scheduled to launch this summer.
. Two games in The Legend of Zelda series for Virtual Console: The Legend of Zelda:
Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons are headed to the Virtual
Console service for Nintendo 3DS. The games were originally developed by Capcom and
released on Game Boy Color in 2001. The games are interconnected, as playing one unlocks
secrets in the other. The games are scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo
3DS on 30th May.
. Party like it’s the Year of Luigi: A new game in the Mario Party series is scheduled
to launch for Nintendo 3DS this winter. The game features seven different game boards,
each with its own set of rules. The game offers 81 new minigames that test speed,
concentration and luck. In addition to the board game elements, players will be able to
play minigames exclusively or try their hand at AR Card games and a lot more.
. Bravely Default (temp. title): Nintendo has revealed the game will be released in
Europe later this year.
. Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy: The third game in the second Professor Layton
trilogy sees the Professor travelling the world, solving the riddles of an ancient
civilisation. The game will be released in Europe later this year.
. A Nintendo eShop trio from LEVEL-5: LEVEL-5 has assembled a collection of Japan’s
top developers to create original games that will be headed to the Nintendo eShop for
Nintendo 3DS soon. THE STARSHIP DAMREY, from Kazuya Asano and Takemaru Abiko, puts players
in a suspenseful adventure where they will have to search for any information available to
discover the truth about their circumstances. In BUGS vs. TANKS! from Mega Man creator
Keiji Inafune, players control a tiny customisable tank in battle against swarms of giant
bugs. In Kaz Ayabe’s ATTACK OF THE FRIDAY MONSTERS! A TOKYO TALE, players will take the
role of a young boy who lives where the giant monsters from the TV shows of Japan’s 1970s
come to life every Friday.
. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Developed exclusively for Nintendo 3DS, and now announced for
Europe, the game features 3D dungeons, voiced dialogue and StreetPass functionality.
Wii U News
. EarthBound: Available since March as one of the NES 30th Anniversary Virtual Console
games in Japan, the game is set to release in Europe on Wii U Virtual Console, with a
launch date to be announced at a later date. The original game was created by Shigesato
Itoi for the Super NES, but was never released in Europe.
. New Super Luigi U: Wii U owners who purchase this downloadable content for New Super
Mario Bros. U (a copy of the game is required) will get 82 updated courses and a new
adventure featuring Luigi, who can jump higher than Mario, yet has trouble stopping after
a dash. Many stages start with only 100 seconds on the timer, and quicker stages are
populated with many obstacles. New Super Luigi U is scheduled to be released this summer
during the Year of Luigi.
. Wii U Spring System Update: Next week’s update will add new functions and enhance
existing ones, and will shorten loading times when switching between applications or
returning to the Wii U Menu. On the day after the System Update becomes available, Wii U
Panorama View will be available from the Nintendo eShop for Wii U, with a free demo also
released. In addition, the Wii U Virtual Console service will begin.
. Pikmin 3: In addition to new Rock Pikmin, the new game also introduces flying Winged
Pikmin that follow the player and can carry items in the air. The game will be launching
in just a few months, so stay tuned!
For further details:
Nintendo Direct website http://nintendo.co.uk/nintendodirect
Nintendo Direct on Ustream http://www.ustream.tv/NintendoUK
Nintendo 3DS (UK) on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Nintendo3DSUK
Wii U (UK) on Facebook http://facebook.com/WiiU.co.uk
Nintendo UK on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/NintendoUK
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Nintendo UK on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendouk
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