Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment together with TT Games have announced a release date for the upcoming Middle-earth adventure game LEGO: The Hobbit. Fans of the Tolkien franchise will be able to experience the first two Hobbit movies in LEGO-vision come April when it hits the Wii U, 3DS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC and Mac.
The action-packed video game is aiming to provide endless hilarity and in-game references to Peter Jackson’s blockbuster movies; An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug. LEGO: The Hobbit will launch on April 8 in North America and April 11 in Europe. And if you missed the latest amusing trailer, you can check it out here.
Nintendo of America and Nintendo Europe has announced that Mario Kart 8 will be arriving on the Wii U on May 30th. The company also revealed that all seven Koopalings are playable for the first time ever in Mario Kart 8.
We finally have a North American release date for Kirby Triple Deluxe on the Nintendo 3DS. The game will be arriving on May 5th which is the same date as Mario Golf: World Tour on the platform. Nintendo of America also uploaded a trailer for the game which can be seen above.
Nintendo Europe has announced via Twitter that the long-awaited Yoshi’s New Island will launch in Europe on March 14th. The company also published the official box-art for the game which can be seen above. Yoshi’s New Island also launches March 14th in North America.
Yoshi’s New Island launches March 14 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop. The game is being produced by Takashi Tezuka, the creative director of the original Yoshi’s Island for Super NES. Yoshi reunites with Baby Mario in a gorgeous landscape to help him to safety. Flutter jumps, ground pounds and egg throws all return, along with some new actions that use the unique features of Nintendo 3DS.
The Wii mini will be released in the U.S. on November 17th. The budget system, which has been available in Canada since 2012, will be packaged with a red Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk controller. One of the Wii console’s best-selling games, Mario Kart Wii, will also be bundled with the smaller Wii. Partly because it lacks Nintendo GameCube compatibility, an SD slot and Wi-Fi support, the Wii mini will retail for $99.
While Nintendo has yet to provide a definitive date for the release of its flagship title, Mario Kart 8, a retailer in the UK has identified April 25th as the date on which the game will become available. With Mario Kart Wii going down as one of Nintendo’s biggest selling games ever, anticipation for the latest game in the series cannot be underestimated.
The EAD Kyoto-developed Mario Kart 8 was prominently featured at the time of this year’s E3, with Nintendo unveiling the new feature of hover-powered karts in the game. Although Nintendo has not confirmed April 25th as the definitive date, a recent newsletter stated that the game would arrive sometime in April. Time will tell if the April 25th date proves to be true.
Speculation has been brewing about the Smash Bros release date as the computer and game site Newegg has once again posted a piece of information that has yet to be confirmed anywhere else. The website has posted that the release date for Smash Bros on 3DS will be May 16th of 2014. Their listing for the Wii U game, however, remains the same as it has been – the last date of 2014, since the year is all that has been confirmed by Nintendo. So far, there have been 17 fighters confirmed for the game, including Mega Man, Luigi, and The Villager from Animal Crossing. Do you think this new unconfirmed release date could be real? Let us know in the comments.
Many UK retailers, including GAME, have been ignoring the Pokemon X & Y release date of October 12th, selling it today, a full day early. GAME has apparently even sent out text messages to customers telling them their copy of X & Y is ready to sell. This news comes right as Nintendo has announced that breakers of the release date will be penalized, after some stores in Brazil were found guilty of the same practice.
For those stores, Nintendo has decided to hold future shipments of new games until after their release date. Only time will tell if they plan on issuing the same fate to UK retailers. With the sheer size of revenue that GAME produces, something tells us their penalty won’t be quite as harsh. Pokemon X & Y launches along with the new Nintendo 2DS console.
Nintendo of America has contacted me to say that the Wii U notification which stated that Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be due out November 8th was actually an error. The team says that the release date for the game will be announced in the future, presumably during a Nintendo Direct.