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.
Nintendo 3DS Publisher Game Available 2K Play Nicktoons MLB 3D March Capcom 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 Nintendo 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 Ubisoft NCIS The Video Game (Based on the TV Series) March 6 Horses 3D March 6 Funky Barn Q1 Rayman® Origins Q1
Nintendo eShop Publisher Game Available Collecting Smiles Colors! 3D Q1 Nicalis VVVVVV Q1 NightSky Q1 Nintendo Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword Q1 Dillon’s Rolling Western Q1 Kirby’s Block Ball™ Q1 Renegade Kid Mutant Mudds Q1 Shin’en Multimedia Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH Q1 Jett Rocket Super Surf Q1 WayForward Mighty Switch Force Q1 Zen Studios Zen Pinball Q1
Wii Publisher Game Available 2K Sports MLB 2K12 March 6 GameMill Entertainment Country Dance™ Special Edition Feb. 1 Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. Karaoke Joysound Q1 Nintendo Rhythm Heaven Fever Feb. 13 PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond Feb. 27 Mario Party 9 March 11
WiiWare™ Publisher Game Available Nicalis La Mulana Q1
Nintendo DS™ Family Publisher Game Available 2K Sports MLB 2K12 March 6 ATLUS Shin Megami Tensei®: Devil Survivor™ 2 February GameMill Entertainment Silverlicious™ March 20 Xia Xia™ March 20 Gogo’s Crazy Bones™ March 20 Mentor Interactive Chess for Kids Feb. 14 NARABA: The Labyrinth of Light Feb. 21 NARABA: The Mysterious Palace Feb. 21
Nintendo DSiWare™ Publisher Game Available Cosmigo Box Pusher Q1 Cypronia Cake Ninja Q1