UNLEASH NEW EVOLUTIONS IN POKÉMON OMEGA RUBY AND POKÉMON ALPHA SAPPHIRE
New Nintendo 3DS Adventure Explores the Origins of Mega Evolution
REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 20, 2014 – Soaring high in the skies on the back of a majestic Pokémon, discovering the mysterious origins of Mega Evolution and releasing the primal powers of Legendary Pokémon. These are only a few of the new franchise features that players can experience for the first time in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, both launching exclusively for the portable Nintendo 3DS video game system on Nov. 21. With new Mega Evolutions of favorite Pokémon characters, new areas to explore and new ways to travel, fans who fell in love with the original Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire games will feel like they are embarking on their adventure through the Hoenn region for the first time.
“Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire kick off the holiday shopping season with games that both old and new Pokémon fans will love,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “The games let players explore and experience the world of Pokémon like never before, with hours of portable entertainment perfect for long holiday trips.”
While Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire provide fans of all ages with the classic game-play elements of catching, battling and trading Pokémon, the games contain many features never before seen in the Pokémon franchise. For the first time, the two Legendary Pokémon Groudon and Kyogre will undergo powerful transformations that rock the very region to its core as they become Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre. These Primal Reversions take the Legendary Pokémon back to their primal forms and grant each of them commanding looks and moves. In addition, after catching the Pokémon Latias or Latios, players can learn to Soar, allowing them to hop on the back of these Dragon- and Psychic-type Pokémon and fly high above the Hoenn region. This ability lets players access new areas and discover even more Pokémon, including very powerful Legendary Pokémon from previous games in the series.
Catching and battling with Pokémon in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire is just as fun as ever, but now it can be done in different ways. Using the new PokéNav Plus, players can navigate the world and locate Pokémon in the city, in the wild or even high up in the sky. Any time players are near Pokémon, the PokéNav Plus will show them information about that Pokémon. Players can even sneak up on Pokémon in the wild, making it much easier to catch them. Mega Evolutions, first introduced in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, return and now more Pokémon can evolve into this more powerful form. In a treat for fans who enjoy Pokémon lore, the mysterious origins of Mega Evolution reveal themselves in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.
As with previous games in the series, players can battle and trade Pokémon with friends and other players around the world with a wireless broadband Internet connection. Using the Player Search System, anyone can seek out Pokémon battles and interact with players with the touch of a button. Fans of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will also love to know that they can obtain the highly prized Eon Ticket to travel to a remote location to catch another Legendary Pokémon.
One of the unique features in the original Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire games was the ability to discover and set up personal Secret Bases. These Secret Bases return as Super-Secret Bases in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, and can be decorated with various items collected throughout the game. Fans who want to show off their beautifully decorated bases can invite friends to visit their Secret Bases using built-in communication features. And the customization aspects of the games don’t end there: Various Pokémon can be entered into in-game Pokémon Contest Spectaculars to show off their moves and win over the judges. Using Berries discovered in the game, players can make Pokéblocks to feed to their Pokémon, preparing these show stoppers to claim the top prize.
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will be available in stores, at Nintendo.com and PokemonCenter.com, as well as in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS on Nov. 21 at a suggested retail price of $39.99 each. For anyone who wants to pick up both games together, the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Dual Pack also launches on Nov. 21, exclusively at Best Buy retail stores, on BestBuy.com or on Amazon.com at a suggested retail price of $79.98. The Pokémon Dual Pack includes both games and a pair of in-game download codes that can be redeemed for 100 Potions each.
To learn how to receive a download code for the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version, visit http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/q-_odTxvSXW6AVesSiQazTQhq2lKENNc.
For more information about Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, visit http://www.pokemon.com/omegaalpha.
Remember that Nintendo 3DS 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/3ds.
SUPER SMASH BROS. FOR WII U AND AMIIBO TAKE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON BY STORM
The First Round of 12 amiibo and the Biggest Super Smash Bros. Game Ever Launch on the Same Day
REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 19, 2014 – 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.
“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.
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.
About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.2 billion video games and more than 673 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.
This week's Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - Face off against a massive roster of video game all-stars! Send your rivals flying with powerful attacks to earn new customizable equipment that trick out your fighter's moves and stats. Then power-up and train amiibo figures (each sold separately) to take on your friends. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be available on Nov. 21.
Watch_Dogs - Watch_Dogs tells the story of Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. The game lets players use Chicago as their weapon to exact their own style of revenge. Watch_Dogs takes advantage of the Wii U hardware with a detailed and interactive map of Chicago displayed on the Wii U GamePad controller, as well as off-TV play, letting gamers continue playing Watch_Dogs solely on the GamePad.
Virtual Console on Wii U
DK: King of Swing - In this Game Boy Advance adventure, grab, climb and swing on pegs as you charge and bash through enemies that block your way. Collect bananas and Crystal Coconuts in the five worlds of Adventure mode, or play some puzzling levels in single-player Jungle Jam mode. Find those medals and let the festivities begin!
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire - Soar high above the Hoenn region on an unforgettable quest to be the very best Pokémon Trainer. As you catch, battle and train a variety of Pokémon, you'll unleash powerful new Mega Evolutions. Seek out Legendary Pokémon from regions near and far while uncovering the secret powers of Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre.
Get a Smashing Soundtrack and Mewtwo DLC - For a limited time, buy and register both Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U to receive a special soundtrack CD and free Mewtwo DLC from Club Nintendo. The soundtrack CD offer runs Nov. 21 through Jan. 13, 2015. The Mewtwo DLC offer runs Nov. 21 through Mar. 31, 2015.
National StreetPass Weekend is back! - Swing by a Nintendo Zone hot spot with your Nintendo 3DS system from Nov. 26 through Nov. 30. We are mashing up StreetPass Relay Points across the U.S. and Canada so you can get up to six StreetPass tags from many different places. Collect puzzle pieces from Mii characters to fill up your puzzle panels in Puzzle Swap or pick up enemy tokens for StreetSmash in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Find a hotspot near you here: http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/nintendozone.
Nintendo eShop Sales:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Nordic Games is putting Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune and other fun games on sale starting at 9 a.m. PT on Nov. 25 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 2.
The Letter is more than 75 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $0.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov. 30.
Ping 1.5+ is 50 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.49) starting at 9 a.m. PT on Nov. 26 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 3.
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Big Hero 6 Battle in the Bay is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $19.99) starting Nov. 26 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 10.
Yumi's Odd Odyssey, Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns and other games from Natsume will be on sale starting at 9 a.m. PT on Nov. 25 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 1.
Disney Frozen: Olaf's Quest is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $19.99) starting at 9 a.m. PT Nov. 26 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 10.
The Keep is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $12.99 to $7.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec 4.
Classic Games Overload: Card & Puzzle Edition is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $19.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 1.
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D is more than 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) starting at 9 a.m. PT on Nov. 25 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 4.
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Nov. 25 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Mighty Final Fight - Nov. 27 (Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U)
Mario Pinball Land - Nov. 27 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
Ultimate NES Remix - Dec. 5 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Dec. 5 (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Also new this week:
The Amazing Spider-Man (Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS)
The Penguins of Madagascar (Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS)
Snake Den (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Alphadia Genesis (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
ZaciSa's Last Stand - Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Battleminer (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Fishdom H20: A Hidden Odyssey - Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)