Saturday, 8 December 2012

Nintendo’s European release schedule dates 50+ games

An exciting time to be a Nintendo console owner.

6th December 2012 – Hot on the heels of the European Wii U launch, Nintendo looks ahead at what new software is on the horizon for Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL players to enjoy this Christmas, into the new year and beyond. With a diverse range of games for both platforms soon to launch, there will be something for every Nintendo 3DS and Wii U owner to enjoy.

Those Wii U players who just want to carry on the party season into 2013 can do so with SiNG PARTY which launches on 18th January 2013. SiNG PARTY is an all-new singing and dancing game that lets singers face the crowd and will create an instant party in your living room thanks to the Wii U GamePad. If you prefer a more intense, high-speed action experience, then look no further than NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge which launches for Wii U on 11th January 2013. With more weapons and Ninpo types, a new character progression system, a redesigned battle system, a new character, two-player online co-op gameplay using Ryu and Ayane and add-on content available for download, NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge will present the ultimate challenge to even the biggest Ninja Gaiden series fan.

Players will be able to continue their Wii U experience as they take on the role of ace cop Chase McCain and use a mixture of parkour skills, special undercover disguises and the unique functionality of the Wii U GamePad to investigate a huge open world as LEGO City: Undercover makes its way to Europe in early 2013. If you want to take a sneak peak into Q2 then only one word is needed… Pikmin. Pikmin 3 is on its way to Wii U in Q2 2013, so keep an eye out for more news in the near future.

Two games will be receiving dual releases in early 2013 as Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Scribblenauts Unlimited both arrive on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS simultaneously, in March 2013 and on 8th February 2013 respectively. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is the most expansive Monster Hunter yet, with more than 2,000 new weapons and pieces of armour to collect as well as many new monsters to hunt. With the Wii U version supporting 1080p Full HD and online multiplayer, and the Nintendo 3DS version utilising 3D visuals and providing local multiplayer, there will be a unique and stunning world for players familiar with the series or new to it to explore and enjoy. Players who own a copy of each version can even carry their save data from one version to the other and vice versa. Scribblenauts Unlimited lets you play as the popular returning main character Maxwell. Let your imagination run wild whilst using the Object Editor to create your own items and decide the way they behave in the world, as you try to find inventive ways to solve puzzles whilst exploring a brand new open world environment like never before. Exclusive to the Wii U version is the addition of Nintendo characters and objects from the Mario and Zelda series.

Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL players can also look forward to Paper Mario: Sticker Star launching tomorrow on 7th December 2012. Fans won’t have to wait too long before Mario’s brother Luigi makes an appearance as in March 2013 Luigi’s Mansion 2 will make its debut. It’s up to Luigi, armed with his ghost-grabbing Poltergust 5000 vacuum cleaner, to explore a number of spooky mansions and capture all manner of ghosts run amok. These ghosts won’t give up without a fight though and there are some fiendish puzzles to solve along the way. The 8th of March sees the return of familiar face: ‘Dr Kawashima’s Devilish Brain Training: Can you stay focused?’ is set to confront your grey matter with the doctor’s most difficult challenges to date. In this new title the goal is to retrain your brain with an emphasis on concentration skills and focus, which may be of big help in today’s world full of distractions!

Taking a sneak peak into Q2, two games which have proved popular in Japan are making their way over to Europe. Animal Crossing (Provisional Title) for Nintendo 3DS and Fire Emblem: Awakening will be launching in Europe in Q2 2013, so continue to keep an eye out as more details on these games will be revealed.

Aside from the games available in retail outlets, there will also be a number of new games launching for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS owners to enjoy via Nintendo eShop.

Wii U

NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge (Nintendo): 11th Jan 2013
SiNG PARTY (with Microphone) (Nintendo): 18th Jan 2013
Marvel Avengers™: Battle for Earth (UBISOFT): 24th Jan 2013
Scribblenauts Unlimited (Nintendo): 8th Feb 2013
NBA2K13 (Take Two): 11th Feb 2013
Rayman© Legends (UBISOFT): 28th Feb 2013
F1 Race Stars (Codemasters Software Limited): 1st Mar 2013
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Capcom Distributed by Nintendo): March 2013
The Croods: Prehistoric Party (NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe): March 2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines™ (SEGA): Q1 2013
Need for Speed™ Most Wanted (EA): Q1 2013
LEGO City: Undercover (Nintendo): Early 2013
Pikmin 3 (Nintendo): Q2 2013

Wii U eShop

Funky Barn (Wii U Download Software) (Tantalus): 6th December 2012
Mighty Switch Force!™ Hyper Drive Edition (Wii U Download Software) (WayForward Technologies, Inc.): 6th December 2012
Toki Tori 2 (Wii U Download Software) (Two Tribes): 20th December 2012
Zen Pinball 2 (Wii U Download Software) (Zen Studios): December 2012
BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Wii U Download Software) (Gaijin Games): Q1 2013
Mutant Mudds™ Deluxe (Wii U Download Software) (Renegade Kid): Q1 2013
The Cave (Wii U Download Software) (SEGA): Q1 2013


Paper Mario: Sticker Star (Nintendo): 7th December 2012
Scribblenauts Unlimited (Nintendo): 8th February 2013
Wreck-It Ralph (Activision): 8th February 2013
Super Black Bass (Koch Media): 15th February 2013
Viking Invasion 2 – Tower Defense (Bigben Interactive): 22nd February 2013
Crash City Mayhem (Ghostlight Ltd): 22nd February 2013
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (Ghostlight Ltd): 22nd February 2013
Imagine™ Champion Rider 3D (UBISOFT): February 2013
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (SEGA): February 2013
Dr Kawashima’s Devilish Brain Training: Can you stay focused? (Nintendo): 8th March 2013
Puzzler World 2013 (Ideas Pad Ltd): 8th March 2013
Jewel Master: Cradle of Egypt 2 (Just for Games): 13th March 2013
The Hidden (Majesco Entertainment Europe): 13th March 2013
Pet Zombies (Majesco Entertainment Europe): 13th March 2013
Face Racers (Majesco Entertainment Europe): 13th March 2013
Nano Assault (Majesco Entertainment Europe): 13th March 2013
Hello Kitty Picnic with Sanrio Friends (Majesco Entertainment Europe): 13th March 2013
Monster High™: Skultimate Roller Maze (Little Orbit Europe Ltd): 13th March 2013
Mystery Murders: Jack the Ripper (Avanquest Software Publishing Ltd): 15th March 2013
Puzzler Brain Games (Ideas Pad Ltd): 29th March 2013
Funfair Party Games (Avanquest Software Publishing Ltd): 29th March 2013
Midnight Mysteries: The Devil on the Mississippi (Avanquest Software Publishing Ltd): 29th March 2013
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo): March 2013
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Capcom – Distributed by Nintendo): March 2013
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (Konami): March 2013
The Croods: Prehistoric Party (NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe): March 2013
ATV Fever (Enjoy Gaming Ltd): March 2013
Hello Kitty Picnic (505 Games): Q1 2013
3DS Jewel Quest 4 – Heritage (Media Sales and Licensing): Q1 2013
3DS Jewel Quest Mysteries 3 –The Seventh Gate (Media Sales and Licensing): Q1 2013
Fire Emblem: Awakening (Nintendo): April 2013
Animal Crossing (temp name) (Nintendo): Q2 2013

3DS eShop

The “DENPA” MEN: They Came By Wave (Nintendo 3DS Download Software) (Genius Sonority): 6th December 2012
CRIMSON SHROUD™ (Nintendo 3DS Download Software) (Level-5 International America, Inc.): 13th December 2012
Hydroventure: Spin Cycle (Nintendo 3DS Download Software) (Nintendo): 13th December 2012
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (Virtual Console – NES) (Nintendo): 27th December 2012
escapeVektor (Nintendo 3DS Download Software) (Nnooo): December 2012
Nano Assault EX (Nintendo 3DS Download Software) (Shin’en Multimedia): December 2012
Ghosts’n Goblins (Virtual Console – NES) (Capcom): 3rd January 2013
Tokyo Crash Mobs (Nintendo 3DS Download Software) (Nintendo): 17th January 2013
Fractured Soul (Nintendo 3DS Download Software) (Endgame Studios): January 2013
PICROSS e2 (Nintendo 3DS Download Software) (JUPITER): January 2013
NightSky (Nintendo 3DS Download Software) (Nicalis): Q1 2013
ATV Wild Ride™ 3D (Nintendo 3DS Download Software) (Renegade Kid): Q1 2013
HarmoKnight (Nintendo 3DS Download Software) (Nintendo): March 2013
Harvest Moon® (Virtual Console – Game Boy Color) (Natsume): Q1 2013
Legend of the River King™ (Virtual Console – Game Boy Color) (Natsume): Q1 2013
Pinball: Revenge of the Gator (Virtual Console – Game Boy) (Nintendo): Q1 2013
MEGA MAN™ 2 (Virtual Console – NES) (Capcom): Q1 2013
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (Virtual Console – NES) (KOEI TECMO): Q1 2013