Nintendo News – Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Crystal 2DS Systems, NES Remix, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and more!

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Lots of Nintendo news this holiday season! I for one really want to check out Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker!

Captain Toad and Toadette Are Ready for Adventure in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The underdog hero Captain Toad needs help! He and Toadette will do anything for treasure. How else to explain the two intrepid explorers tackling near-insurmountable obstacles like smoldering volcanoes, rickety mine carts, haunted houses and even fire-breathing dragons? Talk about perseverance! In the Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker game, launching exclusively for the Wii U console on Dec. 5, players must muster their own courage to help Captain Toad and Toadette tackle maze-like levels full of tricks, traps and enemies.

In the Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker game, launching exclusively for the Wii U console on Dec. 5, players must muster their own courage to help Captain Toad and Toadette tackle maze-like levels full of tricks, traps and enemies. (Photo: Business Wire)

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker finds players donning their own trusty head lamps to journey through more than 70 colorful and imaginative levels. Each level is a self-contained puzzle full of surprising obstacles and creative challenges that can only be solved by viewing the world from different angles using the Wii U GamePad controller. With Super Gems and Power Stars hiding in every nook and cranny, power-ups ready to be grabbed and many unlockable secrets, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is overflowing with treasures of all types to track. And tracking treasure is what Captain Toad and Toadette do best.

“The already strong lineup of exclusive Wii U games available this holiday season grows even more with Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “This charming new IP joins the ranks of fun family franchises that can only be experienced on Nintendo systems.”

When the giant bird Wingo accidentally whisks Toadette away at the start of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, it’s up to Captain Toad to rescue her. But Captain Toad isn’t the only one doing the rescuing. When the roles are reversed and Captain Toad is later taken by Wingo, Toadette has to risk life and pigtails to save the captain. The goal of every stage is to find the coveted Power Star, but Captain Toad and Toadette can also gather hidden Super Gems, 1-Up Mushrooms and shiny gold coins. Players can also complete a specific challenge on each stage like “Slipped Past All the Shy Guys!” that will unlock additional levels in the game.

Equipped with a head lamp, backpack and fashion-forward kerchief, Captain Toad and Toadette look ready for adventure, but there’s that pesky problem of not being able to jump. But not to worry: Using creative thinking instead of fancy footwork, players have numerous ways to reach the Power Stars. They might need to pluck turnips to throw at enemies, ride in mine carts to reach the goal, grab helpful power-ups like the brick-breaking Super Pickax or multiplying Double Cherry, or spin the camera around to discover hidden passageways. Players can even tap the touch screen on the Wii U GamePad to deal with troublesome enemies. The amount of variety and creativity in the game is staggering and keeps getting better and better as the game progresses.

The adventure in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker doesn’t just end with the main story. Players that have Super Mario 3D World save data present on their Wii U systems can immediately unlock bonus content in the form of Super Mario 3D World-style stages. After completing the game, the Super Mario 3D World-style stages will also unlock for players who don’t have the save data. There are also “Mummy-Me” stages that find Captain Toad being chased by a mummy that resembles Captain Toad. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will even support amiibo functionality. Nintendo will reveal more details about this cool feature in the future.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will be available in stores, at Nintendo.com and in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U on Dec. 5 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. For more information about the game, visit http://captaintoad.nintendo.com.

Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu.

Nintendo Introduces Crystal Red and Crystal Blue Nintendo 2DS Systems

With a durable design and lower price point, Nintendo 2DS is a great first-time system for kids or anyone new to portable gaming. Its unique combination of video game fun and value will become even clearer on Nov. 21 when Nintendo launches new Crystal Red and Crystal Blue Nintendo 2DS systems at a suggested retail price of $99.99 each. Kids will love the slick semi-transparent design, and gamers of all ages will enjoy having access to a library of more than 3,000 games, including the recently launched Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and other great games like Mario Kart 7 and Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

The Crystal Red and Crystal Blue systems are launching alongside Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, the next great Pokémon adventures coming to retail stores, Nintendo.com and the Nintendo eShop at a suggested retail price of $39.99 each.

The Nintendo 2DS system plays all Nintendo 3DS games in 2D, is backward compatible with a huge library of Nintendo DS games and also offers the ability to download games from the Nintendo eShop. The system maintains many of the same hardware and connected features as Nintendo 3DS such as touch-screen controls, StreetPass, Miiverse and online multiplayer functionality. Without any hinges, Nintendo 2DS is an affordable, durable gaming system and offers a great entry point into the Nintendo hand-held experience.

For more information about Nintendo 2DS, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/2ds.

The NES Remix Series Heads to a Hand-Held System for the First Time

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Cuff your acid-wash jeans and tease up that hair: It’s time to head back to the days of two-button controllers and game paks. On Dec. 5, the best (8-)bits from the NES Remix and NES Remix 2 games kick it portable style in Ultimate NES Remix. Here’s the 4-1-1: The Nintendo 3DS game features a fast-paced series of challenges from 16 of Nintendo’s finest NES games like Super Mario Bros. 3, Metroid and Kid Icarus. Have you ever wanted to use Princess Peach to rescue Princess Peach? Collect coins with Samus? Or help Link from Zelda II: The Adventure of Link battle a Hammer Bro? If so, then this game is, like, totally for you! On the same day, NES Remix Pack for Wii U launches in stores, combining previous digital-only games NES Remix and NES Remix 2 in one convenient physical package.
On Dec. 5, the best (8-)bits from the NES Remix and NES Remix 2 games kick it portable style in Ulti …

“Even decades later, NES games are once again making a big splash this holiday season,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Whether you’re buying gifts for the fan in the family who fondly remembers the NES, or introducing these classic Nintendo games with a twist to younger players, Ultimate NES Remix and NES Remix Pack make great retro-flavored stocking stuffers.”

With Ultimate NES Remix, even fans who have played both NES Remix and NES Remix 2 on Wii U will find new features and modes to enjoy. Famicom Remix Mode offers challenges from the Japanese version of NES Remix, featuring different sound effects and backgrounds. Fans of speed runs and time trials will be amped to try out Speed Mario Bros., a super-fast version of the original Super Mario Bros. that speeds up Mario, enemies and even the music!

Each challenge in Ultimate NES Remix has its own leaderboard, meaning players with broadband Internet access can compare their best times or top scores with other players in their regions. And when you see a “replay button” on the Best Time leaderboard, you can watch a replay to study the game play of some of the top players in that challenge. In addition, a new random challenge is available every day. These daily challenges encourage you to regularly check in with the game, hone your skills and see how you stack up against others on the online leaderboards. If you have friends registered on your Nintendo 3DS system you can also compare clear times or top scores. Challenges will change color depending on how you do against your friends.

Ultimate NES Remix will be available in stores, at Nintendo.com or in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on Dec. 5 at a suggested retail price of $29.99. Purchase the game and you will also receive a rad Famicom theme from the Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS while supplies last. (If you purchase the game in stores you will find the Famicom theme download code inside the game booklet. Those who purchase the game in the Nintendo eShop will find the download code for their free theme on their eShop receipt.) Shoppers who want to pick up NES Remix Pack for Wii U can do so exclusively in retail stores on Dec. 5 at a suggested retail price of $29.99.

For more information about Ultimate NES Remix and NES Remix Pack, visit http://nesremix.nintendo.com. Remember that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and amiibo Take This Holiday Season by Storm

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– This holiday season is all about Mario. And Link. And Yoshi. And Samus. And Kirby. And…well, a lot of classic video game characters. That’s because Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and the first round of amiibo figures, Nintendo’s first foray into the toys-to-life category, are both launching on Nov. 21, right in time for the holiday shopping season. Nintendo’s favorite characters are going to be everywhere, whether on the battlefields of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, on store shelves as must-have amiibo figures or at the top of everyone’s holiday wish lists.
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“Launching Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and amiibo on the same day kicks off the holiday shopping season with a bang…and a smash,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “With a wide range of amiibo figures to choose from and a new Super Smash Bros. game on Wii U with more features than ever before, shopping for the Nintendo fan on your list will be easy this year.”

With amiibo, Nintendo is letting people experience games in fun new ways. By tapping an amiibo figure to the Wii U GamePad controller, gaming’s most recognizable characters can be used in different ways in many compatible games. Some games, like Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, will save data to the amiibo, while other games, like Mario Kart 8 and Hyrule Warriors, will give you bonus content just for tapping an amiibo to the GamePad. There’s no need to purchase an additional portal accessory!

When the first round of amiibo launches on Nov. 21, 12 characters will be available: Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager, Pikachu, Kirby and Marth. Zelda, Luigi, Diddy Kong, Little Mac, Pit and Captain Falcon amiibo will be released in December, with additional figures launching throughout 2015. Individual amiibo can be used across multiple compatible games, a first for the toys-to-life category. For example, players who own a Link amiibo can use it as a fighting partner in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, to get a fun racing suit for their Mii characters in Mario Kart 8 and to access a special weapon in Hyrule Warriors. For more information about amiibo compatibility, visit http://www.amiibo.com.

After tapping an amiibo figure in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the amiibo appears on the selection screen as a custom version of the character in the game. Players don’t control the amiibo character itself; the character acts as the players’ battle companion, fighting alongside or against them. Players can use amiibo as a partner, brawl with them in teams or have amiibo battle each other. In a first for the franchise, a special mode in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U lets up to eight players battle simultaneously on select stages in local multiplayer. And these battles can be a combination of real-life players and amiibo – one player vs. seven amiibo, four vs. four or even an all-amiibo battle with eight amiibo characters duking it out for victory! As players battle, amiibo gradually level up and learn how to fight through battles with players, other amiibo characters and computer players.

Even without the added fun of amiibo, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is easily the most robust version of Super Smash Bros. ever created. Coming off the heels of the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS game, the first portable entry in the series, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U offers even more fun and exclusive content than ever before. In addition to a giant roster of classic video game characters and all the fighting action that fans of the series have fallen in love with over the years, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U offers plenty of new modes and stages that aren’t found anywhere else that will keep fans playing the game throughout the holiday season and well into 2015.

Among the almost-too-numerous-to-count new features in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the ability to use the touch screen of the Wii U GamePad to create custom stages. Players who own the Nintendo 3DS version of the game can even use their Nintendo 3DS systems to control the action on the TV screen, in addition to Nintendo GameCube controller support and a variety of other available control options. (The GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U accessory is required for GameCube controller support.) Nintendo recently premiered a video that detailed these, and more than 50 other, new features unique to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The must-watch video can be viewed in its entirety by visiting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0BBGzfw0pQ.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will launch in stores, at Nintendo.com and in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U at a suggested retail price of $59.99. Wii U owners can pre-purchase Super Smash Bros. for Wii U directly from the Nintendo eShop or by purchasing a download code for the game from participating retailers. At the time of pre-purchase, much of the game’s data will be pre-loaded to the purchaser’s Wii U system if it is in Standby mode. As soon as the game launches in the Nintendo eShop at midnight Eastern time on Nov. 21, the final data needed to unlock the full game will automatically download if the Wii U system is in Standby mode.

Fans who can’t wait to play the game with a Nintendo GameCube controller can purchase the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U game bundled with the new GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U accessory and a custom Super Smash Bros. GameCube controller at a suggested retail price of $99.99. Individual amiibo figures will launch in stores on Nov. 21 at a suggested retail price of $12.99 each.

For more information about amiibo, visit http://www.amiibo.com. For more information about Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, visit http://www.smashbros.com/us/.

Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu.

Avoid the Rush: Consumers Can Now Pre-Load Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– It’s no secret that video game fans are beyond eager to get their hands on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. To help shoppers avoid the day-one rush, Nintendo is offering a few ways for people to get their hands on the game as soon as possible after it launches in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
Starting now, Wii U owners can pre-purchase Super Smash Bros. for Wii U directly from the Nintendo e …

Starting now, Wii U owners can pre-purchase Super Smash Bros. for Wii U directly from the Nintendo eShop or by purchasing a download code for the game from participating retailers. At the time of pre-purchase, much of the game’s data will be pre-loaded to the purchaser’s Wii U system if it is in Standby mode. As soon as the game releases in the Nintendo eShop at midnight Eastern time on Nov. 21, the final data needed to unlock the full game will automatically download.

Super Smash Bros for Wii U has also been available for pre-order on Nintendo.com. Today Nintendo announces that these pre-orders will also support the same pre-load capability. Within 72 hours of the game’s release date, people who have pre-ordered the digital version of the game on Nintendo.com using their Nintendo Network ID will be emailed a redemption code. Once they redeem the code, they will also be able to pre-load the game.

These pre-purchase and pre-load options offer a tremendous benefit to players, who will be among the first people able to play the game once it arrives on their Wii U systems.

For more information about the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U game, visit http://www.smashbros.com/us.

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4 comments

Catherine December 13, 2014 - 6:01 pm

Nobody leverages its past quite like Nintendo … though it has taken its lumps through the years, it is a very strong brand due to Mario and the gang!

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JanetGoingCrazy December 14, 2014 - 10:43 pm

Oh wow, thanks for all the news! My son loves his Nintendo DS, but I think it’s time for some new games for him!

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Heather December 15, 2014 - 12:07 am

Im sure that this kind of ga,oh my gaming system is in my kids futures. It looks great for the back seat on a road trip.

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Kristin December 15, 2014 - 6:23 pm

Oh Mario…I can’t believe I loved him as a child and now my kiddo does!

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