Nintendo Details Three Final Nintendo Land Attractions

Nintendo today revealed additional information about Nintendo Land, a game for the new Wii U console that will give players of all ages a fun, immersive way to discover the one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences offered by the system in both single- and multiplayer game play. Using the Wii U GamePad controller in unique ways, Nintendo Land lets Wii U owners explore a virtual theme park made up of 12 Attractions based on fan-favorite Nintendo game worlds. Both the game and the console will launch across the United States on Nov. 18.

In addition to previously released information about Attractions like Mario Chase, Metroid Blast, Luigi’s Ghost Mansion, The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, Pikmin Adventure, Animal Crossing: Sweet Day, Donkey Kong’s Crash Course, Takamaru’s Ninja Castle and Balloon Trip Breeze, Nintendo has shared the following details about the three remaining Attractions:

  • Yoshi’s Fruit Cart: Using the GamePad touch screen and stylus, the player draws a path for the Yoshi Cart to follow through each course. However, only the view of the course displayed on the TV screen shows fruit that must be collected and obstacles that must be avoided along the way to the goal. This fun attraction is a great example of the kind of integrated second-screen game play made possible by Wii U and the GamePad controller.
  • Captain Falcon’s Twister Race: In this single-player Attraction based on the F-Zero racing franchise, players get a top-down view of the track on the GamePad, which is held vertically and turned to steer the vehicle through a winding, twisting track, as they try to hit checkpoints before time runs out. Driving across dash plates can provide a quick burst of speed, while obstacles like speed spikes, whirlwinds, other vehicles and even bombs can make for a dangerous run.
  • Octopus Dance: In this single-player Attraction, players use the GamePad to mirror dance moves performed by a deep-sea dance instructor. The goal is to always be watching one’s own movements from the back to more easily mirror dance moves, but the dynamic interaction between the GamePad and the TV adds a unique twist. Players must be ready to switch between the views offered on the TV screen and the GamePad screen, as sometimes one view is more useful than the other.

Nintendo Land comes included in the Wii U Deluxe Set console package, which will launch Nov. 18 at a suggested retail price of $349.99. Consumers can also purchase standalone Wii U hardware in the Wii U Basic Set, which carries a suggested retail price of $299.99. Nintendo Land will also be sold separately at a suggested retail price of $59.99, both in stores and as a download from the Nintendo eShop for Wii U.

Professor Layton And The Miracle Mask Brings An Eerie New Mystery To Nintendo 3DS

As Halloween revelers get ready to don their masks and celebrate all things eerie, Nintendo is introducing a spellbinding new tale that delivers mind-bending tricks and entertaining treats for fans of portable gaming. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is now available for the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL hand-held systems, adding a new installment to the fan-favorite Professor Layton series.

Players can immerse themselves in a mystery-rich storyline that includes new characters, a shadowy masked villain and hundreds of fun puzzles that can be solved using the Nintendo 3DS touch screen. Whether they’re veterans to the Professor Layton series or first-time sleuths, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will give all types of players an enthralling mystery to solve. What’s more, puzzle lovers can look forward to 365 additional downloadable puzzles starting Oct. 28 – players will receive one per day for a whole year, at no additional cost.

As they explore the game’s colorful settings, players will encounter a wide range of characters, many of whom hold valuable clues that can help solve puzzles and advance the mysterious storyline. The puzzles in Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask are more integrated into the storyline than ever before, letting players delve deeply into the Professor’s world. A mix of logic, visualization, spot-the-difference and other puzzle types will keep the action lively as players draw ever closer to revealing the masked villain’s identity. The additional 365 downloadable puzzles significantly extend the game’s replay value.

“This Halloween, we’re giving fans a spooky mystery that offers portable gaming fun all year round. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is the most immersive Layton mystery yet, and it’s the kind of uniquely entertaining, brain-teasing game that’s simply not available on any other system.”

- Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing.

Each time a player is presented with a puzzle in the game, the basic scenario is displayed on the Nintendo 3DS system’s top screen. Players then use the stylus on the touch-controlled lower screen to write, draw or drag objects as needed to solve the puzzle. Hint Coins can be collected and redeemed to provide help when players are stuck on a puzzle or elusive clue. There’s also space to write notes to help get through tricky puzzles, with the ability to use multiple pen colors. Players are rewarded for solving puzzles with Picarats, the in-game puzzle currency. The more accurate they are, the more Picarats they’ll receive. The game also includes minigames for an added layer of fun without the pressure of getting through the main storyline.

Shoppers can purchase the packaged game as usual at retail locations nationwide. Or they can simply purchase and download the game on their own from the Nintendo eShop using a wireless broadband connection. Regardless of the purchasing method, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask sells at a suggested retail price of $39.99. Also, Club Nintendo members who download and register this game before Jan. 6, 2013, will receive a free download code for the Donkey Kong: Original Edition game. Donkey Kong: Original Edition has never been seen in the U.S. and is not available for purchase.

NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge For Wii U Arrives Nov. 18 With These Exclusive Features

When the revolutionary Wii U console launches across North America on Nov. 18, the lineup of available games will include a riveting action title with features unavailable on any other system. Nintendo has confirmed that NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge for Wii U will launch with new weapons and characters, a redesigned battle system and online multiplayer modes* that let fans savor the adventure together. The game is a powerhouse addition to what promises to be a spectacular software lineup for Wii U.

In NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge, the enigmatic warrior Ryu Hayabusa must fight to lift a curse that threatens to destroy him. Whereas the original NINJA GAIDEN 3 included only three weapons for players to choose from, this new version offers six weapons – Sword, Claws, Scythe, Dual Katana, Staff and Kusari-Gama – each with its own unique strengths. The number of available Ninpo has also been increased from one to three.

The following features and enhancements in NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge are exclusive to Wii U:

  • Ayane as a playable character: In previous versions of the game, Ayane appeared only briefly in one cut scene. Now players can help her progress through her own exclusive chapters using a special set of weapons and Ninpo attacks.
  • Character-progression system: Using Karma points earned during game play, players can upgrade weapons and Ninpo, learn new moves, increase their HP level and unlock new character costumes.
  • Ryu and Ayane playable in co-op mode: For the first time, players can use Ryu or Ayane to represent themselves in the game’s online co-op mode.
  • Test of Valor battle areas: Each chapter includes a hidden battle area called Test of Valor. Upon finding hidden Crystal Skulls, players will be transported to these areas to face down waves of enemies and classic NINJA GAIDEN boss characters with new moves.
  • Wii U GamePad Functionality: Using the Wii U GamePad, players can easily change weapons or Ninpo attacks, and also quickly reference the button inputs required for various combo attacks without ever stopping the action.
  • Additional Playable Characters: After the launch of the game, additional playable characters will become available as free downloadable content. More information about these characters will be revealed at a later time.
  • More Tenacious Enemies: The Wii U version of the game restores enemies’ ability to fight when severely wounded, requiring players to stay nimble with their battle strategies.

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB.

Pushmo Sequel ‘Crashmo’ First Footage

Crashmo launches Nov. 22 [in North America]. Players can embrace the laws of gravity and challenge themselves with a whole new kind of action-puzzle play in this exciting sequel to the critically acclaimed Pushmo. New gravity mechanics and gadgets like floating blocks, doors and move switches await, testing players’ skills as they push, pull and slide each puzzle’s colorful blocks in order to climb to the top. Just be careful where those blocks are moved—unsupported blocks will come crashing down. Crashmo contains lots of puzzles to test your brains, and enhanced puzzle-creation and -sharing features mean that even when all the puzzles are cleared, the fun never has to stop.

Get Donkey Kong: Original Edition For Free By Downloading Art Academy: Lessons For Everyone! Or Crosswords Plus From Nintendo eShop

Today’s launch of two new software titles will have people broadening their artistic horizons and deepening their love of creative wordplay. Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! and Crosswords Plus are now available for the portable Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL systems, giving consumers a variety of fun ways to learn about how to draw and paint or challenge their puzzle-solving skills anytime, anywhere.

Shoppers can purchase both packaged games as usual at retail locations nationwide. Or they can simply purchase and download the game on their own from the Nintendo eShop using a wireless broadband connection. Regardless of the purchasing method, both Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! and Crosswords Plus sell at a suggested retail price of $29.99 each. Also, Club Nintendo members who purchase either of these games through the Nintendo eShop and register them before Jan. 6, 2013, will receive a download code for the Donkey Kong: Original Edition game for free. This is a special version of Donkey Kong with content never before seen in the U.S. and is not available for purchase.

“Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! lets everyone learn about how to draw and paint creatively, regardless of their current skill levels. And Crosswords Plus is a blast whether you’re a vocabulary enthusiast or just love solving word puzzles. Both of these new titles offer something for everyone, whether you consider yourself a traditional gamer or not.”

-Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing