Nintendo and Southwest Airlines surprised a full flight today, giving every single Customer on board a free Wii U console. More than 100 passengers on flight 1883 from New Orleans to Dallas Love Field received Nintendo’s HD video game system after they were greeted upon arrival by Mario himself. Mario surprised the Customers with a special announcement during the flight, and Nintendo and Southwest Airlines representatives were on board to share in the fun.
The surprise kicked off a larger partnership between Nintendo and Southwest that will bring big smiles to thousands of travelers through the fun and interactive entertainment of Nintendo video game systems and games during this busy holiday season. As the official video game partner of Southwest Airlines, Nintendo is setting up Wii U Gaming Lounges in some of Southwest’s most heavily trafficked airports between now and Dec. 22. Passengers can pass the time before boarding by playing Super Mario 3D World and other newly released games, if their travels take them through the following airports: Dallas Love Field, Chicago (Midway), Denver, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and St. Louis. Up to four players can join the fun at each game kiosk for free.
“No one is better than Nintendo and Southwest Airlines at bringing friends, families and fun together,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “As Southwest’s video game partner, our aim is to bring smiles to travelers and Southwest Employees through the fun of Nintendo video games.”
Consumers nationwide can also join the fun. Between now and Dec. 25, visitors to http://www.southwest.com/nintendo can enter for a chance to win one of 30 prize packages containing a pair of Southwest Airlines roundtrip tickets and one Wii U system. A new winner will be selected every day. Visit the website for full rules and details.
Nintendo of America has confirmed via today’s Nintendo Direct presentation that Bravely Default will be coming to North America on February 2nd exclusively to the Nintendo 3DS. Bravely Default now introduces the Brave and Default system to the RPG formula for unprecedented strategy choices. Explore deep customization, new ways to StreetPass, and an epic story in BravelyDefault, coming 2/7/14. There will also be a collectors edition available upon release.
Nintendo of America has confirmed to GameSpot that the discontinuation of the Wii in Japan won’t affect availability of the console in the United States. The company told the publication that the original Wii will be available to purchase in the United States during the all important holiday season. Nintendo Japan announced a few days ago that it was discontinuing the console and that gamers would have to purchase one second-hand.
“The announcement that the Wii console has been discontinued is specific to Japan. There is no change in the status of Wii in the United States, and it is available for purchase this holiday season.”
Nintendo is launching a new Wii U Deluxe Set that puts the focus on value, and highlights the two biggest names in video games: Mario and his brother, Luigi. Available in stores on Nov. 1, the Wii U Deluxe model will come with two games – New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U – all on one disc. The new configuration will sell at the low suggested retail price of $299.99, and replaces the existing Wii U Deluxe Set, which included Nintendo Land. For fans who want to experience the uproarious fun of Nintendo Land, the game can still be purchased separately in stores and as a download in the Nintendo eShop at a new low suggested retail price of $29.99, also beginning Nov. 1.
The beautiful, limited-edition Wii U Deluxe bundle that comes with a download code for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, a gorgeous GamePad controller adorned with art inspired by The Legend of Zelda series and a download code for a digital copy of Hyrule Historia is also still available at a suggested retail price of $299.99 while supplies last.
“Mario and Luigi are two of the biggest heroes in video games,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “This new Wii U configuration gives people instant access to not one, but two of the most well-received Wii U games. It’s another example of the tremendous value and variety that Nintendo is offering consumers this holiday season.”
New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U are two of the best games on Wii U. The games offer players two separate platforming adventures – one starring Mario and one starring Luigi – each filled with dozens of creative levels. Both Mario and Luigi control differently, giving each game a distinct feel and challenge. Both games showcase the refreshing originality and game play that can only be found on Nintendo systems.
Nintendo of America announces the hiring of a new vice president of Human Resources. Robyn Corr began work at Nintendo of America’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash., on April 29, and is in charge of employee welfare, compensation, benefits, recruiting, learning and development, organizational development, payroll and HR systems. She reports to Flip Morse, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of Corporate Resources.
Corr comes to Nintendo from Starbucks Coffee Company, where she has worked since 1998, most recently as vice president of Partner Resources. In that role, she developed strategies that allowed the company to build on leadership capabilities, develop talent and assess and identify future leaders to ensure organizational effectiveness. Prior to Starbucks, Corr held HR positions at Texaco Refining & Marketing Inc.
“Robyn Corr brings a wealth of experience to Nintendo. Effective human relations is vital to growing and maintaining any organization, and we’re lucky to be able to access her years of excellence in this field.”
Nintendo of America have confirmed via its official Facebook page exactly which titles gamers will be able to download when the Wii U Virtual Console launches later this week. The lineup includes classics such as Super Mario World, F-Zero and Kirby’s Adventure. You can see the full list of Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo games, below.
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
* Balloon Fight
* Donkey Kong Jr.
* Ice Climber
* Kirby’s Adventure
Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
* Super Mario World
By popular demand, “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” concert series is returning with “Season 2″ to eight cities from last year’s tour and is coming soon to even more locations in North America. Based on one of the most popular and beloved video game series of all time, the tour features live orchestral performances of theme music from Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda franchise. The newly announced dates include:
- Returning due to popular demand:
- Atlanta; Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre; June 6
- San Francisco; Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall; June 10
- Montreal; Place des Arts; June 14
- Los Angeles; Greek Theatre; June 12
- Austin, Texas; Long Center; June 29
- Philadelphia; The Mann Center for the Performing Arts; July 25
- Toronto; Sony Centre for the Performing Arts; Sept. 7
- Seattle; Benaroya Hall; Sept. 12
- Newly coming to:
- Baltimore; Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall; July 27
- Grand Rapids, Mich.; DeVos Performance Hall; Oct. 19
Nintendo of America has just announced via a press release that Donkey Kong Country Return 3D is also coming to North America on May 24th. Nintendo Europe announced earlier today that the Wii port is coming to Europe on May 24th as well. The game is under development by Monster Games who are the developers of Nintendo 3DS launch title Pilotwings Resort.
Nintendo of America is offering a special bonus for people who buy both a Nintendo 3DS XL system and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity. Anyone who registers a Nintendo 3DS XL system and either Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity or Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon with Club Nintendo between March 21 and April 30 will receive a code to download one of five Nintendo 3DS games for free: Super Mario 3D Land, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, Star Fox 64 3D or Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive!
There has been quite a bit of confusion regarding Nintendo Network ID’s being tied to one specific console. The only way to move your Nintendo Network ID to another console is to contact Nintendo of America who have a transfer tool which allows your account to be moved if your original system is broken. One Wii U owner sent his faulty Wii U console back to Amazon for a replacement and soon realised that he couldn’t get his Nintendo Network ID back. Here’s what Nintendo of America told online gaming publication Kotaku.
“Nintendo of America’s repair process includes the transferring of the Nintendo Network ID to a new Wii U console if a replacement system is needed,”