Fore! Love! Strike! Home run! TKO! All five of these phrases are going to echo through the homes of Wii U owners everywhere when the five-sports-in-one packaged version of Wii Sports Club hits stores on July 25 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. With Wii Sports Club, the millions of people who fell in love with Wii Sports can now hop off their couches and get active with new versions of the five original classic sports – Tennis, Bowling, Golf, Baseball and Boxing – enhanced with online multiplayer and optimized for play with the Wii U GamePad controller.
Wii Sports Club feels like a new experience, with the addition of crisp high-definition graphics and Wii MotionPlus technology, as well as creative uses of the Wii U GamePad. For example, in Wii Sports Club – Baseball, the pitcher aims a fastball, change-up or curveball by moving the GamePad around in real space and pressing a button to throw. If the ball gets hit in the air, the player holds the GamePad to track and catch the fly ball – just like they would with a baseball glove! In Wii Sports Club – Golf, players place the GamePad on the floor. The ball will appear on the GamePad controller’s screen and then “fly” to the TV screen when players take their golf swing using the Wii Remote Plus controller.
Using the game’s new online multiplayer mode, players no longer have to wait for a reunion or holiday gathering to play with friends and family members who live far away. Gamers from all over the country who own the game and have a broadband Internet connection can play Wii Sports Club together. Players also can join a club to represent their regions and build online communities with fellow club members by sending tips, pep talks and other messages via Miiverse.
There are so many new features in Wii Sports Club that players will feel like they are playing the game for the first time. The added GamePad features elicit the same “You have to try this!” reactions generated after playing the original Wii Sports.
Digital versions of all five Wii Sports Club games will also be available in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U starting at 6 p.m. PT on June 26.
Square Enix has announced a firm launch date for its upcoming rhythmic adventure, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call. Due for release on September 16 in North America, the Final Fantasy-themed title will launch with two special versions of the 3DS game.
As the first of the two special versions, the Collector’s Edition features the grandest selection of extra goodies and includes a special 3DS collector’s pouch, 5-track Theatrhythm Remix CD, a 20-track “Best of Theatrhythm” CD and an exclusive set of five premium collectacards. The Limited Edition version is also up for grabs and features the 5-track Remix CD previously mentioned. The publisher has also stated that every player who pre-orders the game will automatically receive the limited edition.
If you’re looking to pre-order the special Collector’s Edition, you can do so through Square Enix’s online store, here. Only 5,000 copies of the Collector’s Edition are available to purchase and will retail for the recommended price of $69.99.
Nintendo of America has listed precisely which games Nintendo fans can download this week on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShop. There’s everything from Mega Man to Klonoa: Empire of Dreams. This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
- Nintendo eShop on Wii U
- Mario Kart 8 – Feel the rush as your kart rockets across the ceiling. Race upside-down and along walls on anti-gravity tracks in the most action-fueled Mario Kart game yet. Take on racers across the globe and share videos of your greatest moments via Mario Kart TV (broadband Internet access required for online features).Mario Kart 8 will be available on May 30. Click here to check out a trailer for the game.
- Ittle Dew – Adventuress Ittle Dew and her sidekick, Tippsie, crash onto a strange island filled with loot and mysterious inhabitants. It quickly dawns on the duo that this might become their biggest adventure yet. Experience devious puzzles, timeless game play and lots of exploration in this puzzling adventure game. Click hereto check out a trailer for Ittle Dew.
- Virtual Console on Wii U
- KLONOA: Empire of Dreams – Emperor Jillius has banned dreaming, and finds Klonoa guilty of breaking the law. To win back his freedom, Klonoa and his friend, Huepow, must journey across the empire to defeat four nightmarish monsters. Platform your way through 40 stages filled with puzzles, useful items and bad guys in a fight to restore dreams.
- Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
- Mega Man Xtreme 2 – It’s Mega May! Every Thursday in May, a different Mega Man game will launch in the Virtual Console section of the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. The final Mega May release is Mega Man Xtreme 2, which originally launched on the Game Boy Color system in 2001. Join Mega Man X and Zero as they solve a mysterious case involving Reploids being turned into empty shells. As the investigation leads deeper into a research facility, the two partners will discover that all souls are up for grabs. Click hereto check out a trailer for the game.
- New Nintendo eShop Cards
- $10 Nintendo eShop Cards including Photos with Mario – There’s a new way to have fun with your favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters. A special-edition series of $10 Nintendo eShop Cards lets you use your Nintendo 3DS system to play and pose with Mario, Princess Peach or a Goomba using character cards and the Photos with Mario application, at no additional cost. Not only do you get $10 to spend on downloadable games in the Nintendo eShop on both Nintendo 3DS or Wii U, but you also get a cool way to create fun photos on your Nintendo 3DS system. Choose your favorite character (or collect all three!) exclusively at Target retail stores. For details, visit http://www.nintendo.com/photoswithmario.
- Nintendo Promotion
- Nintendo eShop Sale
- Get up to 33 percent off Pushmo and Crashmo – See where it all started before the Pushmo World game comes out for the Wii U console. From May 28 at 9 a.m. PT to June 13 at 8:59 a.m. PT, the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS is offering the first two games,Pushmo and Crashmo, at up to 33 percent off their regular prices. For details, visit http://www.nintendo.com/eshop/offers.
Also new this week:
- LEGO The Hobbit – LEGO The Hobbit is being reduced to $39.99 from $49.99 starting June 2 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
Nintendo of America has now confirmed the Pushmo series will be arriving on the Wii U next month. Earlier today, Europe announced Pullblox World would be making its way onto the home console on June 19, now North America can get in on the push and pull block action as well when Pushmo World launches on the same day in the eShop for $9.99.
North America will also receive the special promotional discount on the previous 3DS titles Pushmo and Crashmo. Starting from May 28 9 a.m. PT until June 13 8.59 a.m., Pushmo will be available for $4.69, while Crashmo will be discounted to $5.99. However, there’s no mention from NoA on a Pushmo World discount for early purchases, so it appears it’s only available for Europe at the moment. Nintendo of America’s marketing VP Scott Moffitt said the following:
“Pushmo and Crashmo are two of the most well-received games ever released exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Pushmo World makes it easy for players to create and share their own puzzles, and it’s a joy to experience Mallo’s colorful world in HD for the first time.”
Atlus has issued another eShop sale in North America on select 3DS titles. If you’ve yet to bite the bullet and purchase Devil Survivor Overclocked, Soul Hackers or Code of Princess, you’ll be pleased to hear they are all on sale. From now until June 2, all three titles – which are usually $29.99 – will be discounted to $14.99. The new eShop sale takes over Atlus’ Etrian Odyssey sale which ended yesterday.
Shortly after Europe’s confirmation for Pokemon Art Academy, Nintendo of America has also confirmed the art title’s release. However, the drawing app will release this Fall in the US, without a specified date for the Nintendo 3DS game, so North American fans will have to wait just a few months longer. With over 40 Pokemon to draw, you can take a look at what’s in store for Pokemon Art Academy with more information, here. Nintendo of America’s VP in sales and marketing, Scott Moffitt, said the following in support of the title:
“The Pokémon characters themselves are among the most endearing and enduring aspects of thePokémon video games, with everyone having their own favorite. Pokémon Art Academy lets fans deepen their connection with these iconic characters by providing detailed lessons teaching how to draw them on their Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS in a straightforward and enjoyable way.”
Mario Kart 8’s release date is just around the corner and comes with a lovely red case for those in North America, but apparently so does Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS. Spotted by an eagle-eyed member on NeoGaf, new copies of Mario Kart 7 will be sold to the gaming public with a matching red case. Though there’s been no official confirmation from Nintendo of America for a cross-promotion, Mario Kart 7’s red casing suits it to a tee. We’ll keep our eyes out for more information from Nintendo in the mean time.