Nintendo Introduces Glasses-Free 3D Gaming, and Unleashes the Industry’s Best Franchises in Entirely New Ways
A Dream Lineup: Nintendo 3DS, Zelda, Donkey Kong Country, Kirby,
Mario, Golden Sun, GoldenEye, Mickey Mouse, Kid Icarus, Animal Crossing,
Nintendogs, PilotWings, Paper Mario …
LOS ANGELES — (BUSINESS WIRE) — June 15, 2010 —
Nintendo is raising the bar – again.
Nintendo changed the world of video games with touch-screen gaming on
the Nintendo DS™ in 2004. Nintendo then pioneered the
motion-controlled gaming revolution with the Wii™ console and
the Wii Remote™ controller back in 2006. Today the company
unveils an even more immersive gaming experience: Nintendo 3DS™.
At the E3 Expo today, Nintendo gave the world the first look
at a portable system that lets people view games in 3D, without the need
for special glasses. Nintendo also announced a substantial list of
upcoming games for Nintendo 3DS, the Wii console and the Nintendo DS
family of systems – a lineup that reads like a who’s who of some of the
greatest franchises in video game history with a completely new look and
“The additional dimension of depth in 3D makes it easier for players to
judge distances while giving developers a new tool to create games and
experiences that play with both height and depth,” said Nintendo video
game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, who pioneered the fully rendered 3D
video game world with Super Mario 64™.
Nintendo 3DS comes with a 3.53-inch top screen and a 3.02-inch bottom
touch screen. It has three cameras – one inner and two outer – to
deliver the 3D effect and take 3D pictures. It includes a motion sensor,
a gyro sensor and even a Slide Pad that allows 360-degree analog input.
At the E3 Expo, Nintendo showed attendees a range of games
and applications for Nintendo 3DS that reinvent some of the industry’s
most beloved franchises. These include:
Kid Icarus™: Uprising, the long-awaited
franchise follow-up to the NES™ classic.
Mario Kart™, which shows off the potential of
driving and tossing bananas in 3D.
nintendogs™ + cats, a new version of the
best-selling nintendogs franchise that lets players interact
even more with their virtual puppies – and kittens!
PilotWings Resort™, a flying simulation that lets
players soar above Wuhu Island.
Animal Crossing™, a new installment of the charming
StarFox 64™ 3D, a game that demonstrates the
true distance and depth of outer space using Nintendo’s well-known
Steel Diver™, a new submarine-navigation game from
Paper Mario™, which brings paper-based 2D
environments to life.
Nintendo 3DS also comes to market with the strongest third-party support
of any video game system in Nintendo history. Games on display at the
Nintendo booth at the E3 Expo include:
DJ Hero® 3D from Activision
RESIDENT EVIL® REVELATIONS from Capcom
The Sims™ 3 from Electronic Arts
HIDEO KOJIMA’S METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D “The Naked Sample” from
Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracles (name not final) from
RIDGE RACER® (name not final) from Namco
KINGDOM HEARTS franchise game from Square Enix
DEAD OR ALIVE® 3D (name not final) from Tecmo
SAMURAI WARRIORS® 3D from Tecmo Koei Games
Battle of Giants™: Dinosaur Strike from
Hollywood 61 (name not final) from Ubisoft
A sampling of other Nintendo 3DS games already in planning includes SUPER
STREET FIGHTER IV 3D Edition (name not final) from Capcom; Madden
NFL and FIFA Soccer games from Electronic Arts; CODENAME:
Chocobo Racing® 3D and a FINAL FANTASY ®
franchise game and from Square Enix; a NINJA GAIDEN®
(name not final) game from Tecmo Koei Games; Saint’s Row:
Drive By from THQ; Assassin’s Creed™Lost Legacy,
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon™ and Tom Clancy’s
Splinter Cell Chaos Theory™ from Ubisoft; and a Batman
game from Warner Bros. Additional games are in development by Atlus, AQ
Interactive, Disney Interactive Studios, Harmonix, Hudson Soft, Majesco,
Marvelous Entertainment, Rocket, SEGA, Takara Tommy and Take-Two
Nintendo also announced a substantial slate of games on the way for its
Wii console and Nintendo DS family of systems, with a list of characters
and franchises that appeal to all types of gamers.
”If the video game industry had an All-Star team, Nintendo’s games would
fill the starting lineup,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s
executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “The combination of
advanced interface and engaging game play broadens our appeal to all
audiences. This is evidenced perfectly at the E3 Expo this
year by the incredible new experience and controls that Wii MotionPlus
brings to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.”
The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward
Sword: The game marks a turning point for the franchise, as
the introduction of full motion controls enabled by the Wii MotionPlus™
accessory synchronizes player movements with Link’s actions while
offering the most intuitive play control of any Legend of Zelda
game to date. The game is scheduled to launch in 2011.
Donkey Kong Country™ Returns:
The classic franchise makes a return with new levels and updated
graphics, but with the same sense of fun and excitement of the
original. For the first time in the series, two people can play
through the entire game cooperatively. The game is scheduled to launch
this holiday season.
Kirby’s Epic Yarn™: Kirby’s entire
immersive world is created from different fabrics and textiles. Kirby
himself is made from yarn, which gives him the versatility to take the
shape of a car, submarine, parachute or UFO. The game is scheduled to
launch this fall.
Wii Party™: A party game that brings
the fun off the screen and into the living room. Players must perform
tasks in the real world to achieve success in the game. The game is
scheduled to launch this fall.
Mario™ Sports Mix: A
collection of four amazing sports – Mario style. Players can compete
with their favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters in basketball,
volleyball, hockey and dodgeball. The game is scheduled to launch in
PokéPark™ Wii: Pikachu’s
Adventure: The first Pokémon adventure game on the Wii console
puts Pikachu™ at the center of a fun, expansive area filled
with adventure, Attractions and Pokémon. Players take on the role of
Pikachu and interact with Pokémon and compete in Skill Games and
Attractions, such as races, battles and other challenges, to save the
PokéPark from disaster. The game is scheduled to launch this holiday
Samurai Warriors™ 3:
Players can choose from more than 35 playable samurai characters, many
based on actual figures from Japanese history. Each samurai has
different skills and weapons, and each one offers a different
perspective on the overall story of the unification of Japan. The game
is scheduled to launch on Sept. 27.
GoldenEye 007™ from Activision: The
original revolutionized first-person shooters, and this Wii-exclusive
sequel features four-player split-screen competition or up to eight
players competing online. It’s the signature GoldenEye
experience for a new era, and is scheduled to launch this fall.
Disney Epic Mickey from Disney Interactive Studios: In
this Wii exclusive, players take Mickey Mouse on an epic journey of
creativity and discovery. In Wasteland, an alternate world with lands
inspired by Disney’s animated films and theme parks, players use paint
and paint thinner to change the world and affect the outcome of the
game. The game is scheduled to launch this holiday season.
NBA JAM from Electronic Arts: In this revival of the
classic franchise with vintage game play, the Wii-exclusive sequel
includes new features that bring outrageous moves and over-the-top
hoops action to new levels. The game is scheduled to launch this
Just Dance 2® from Ubisoft: The
second installment of the popular franchise features hot dance moves
choreographed by experts in every style of music. Up to eight players
can compete or, for the first time, two players can dance side by side
as a duo. It’s a nonstop dance party only available on Wii this fall.
Sonic Colors™ from SEGA: In Sonic’s
latest adventures, he blasts through obstacles like never before as he
uses colored power-ups to boost his abilities and speed through
stages. The game is scheduled to launch this holiday season.
New Carnival Games® from 2K Play: This
sequel to the multimillion-selling original features more than 30 new
games and 300 new prizes, plus multiplayer action for every game. Only
available on Wii this September.
Nintendo DS Family:
Pokémon Ranger™: Guardian Signs:
The third installment in the action-packed Pokémon Ranger
series lets players take on the role of a Pokémon Ranger tasked with
protecting Pokémon, people and nature. With new Ranger Signs to call
powerful Pokémon, including Legendary Pokémon, and the addition of
multiplayer missions, players investigate the nefarious actions of the
Pokémon Pinchers, who have been disrupting the peace by chasing and
catching Pokémon. The game is scheduled to launch this fall.
Golden Sun™: Dark Dawn:
A classic role-playing game branches out with a new look, countless
adventures and heroic battles. The game picks up 30 years after the
first two games in the series left off with amazing graphics and
beautifully animated summoning abilities that span both Nintendo DS
screens. The game is scheduled to launch this holiday season.
Dragon Quest® IX: Sentinels of
the Starry Skies™: For the first time, this
storied franchise is appearing exclusively on the Nintendo DS family
of systems. Character customization, cooperative multiplayer
adventuring and an epic story make for a one-of-a-kind experience. The
game is scheduled to launch on July 11.
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future™:
This third installment in the series includes more than 165 puzzles
and even more animated sequences and voice acting than the previous
game. The game is scheduled to launch on Sept. 20.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong™: Miniland
Mayhem: Players use the stylus to draw red girders and control
items like ladders, pipes, springs and conveyor belts. The goal is to
bring the Mini Toys to the door. Using an intuitive tool kit, players
can create new level maps and share them with the public. The game is
scheduled to launch this holiday season.
Super Scribblenauts™ from Warner Bros.
Interactive Entertainment: The sequel to the smash-hit original
includes 120 new levels, the ability to use more than 10,000
adjectives, a hint system and a level editor for players to create
their own levels and objectives. The game is scheduled to launch in Q4.
Ghost Trick™: Phantom Detective
from Capcom: Players are transported into the spirit world of a murder
victim who has lost his memory and returned as a ghost. Players must
possess and manipulate objects to solve puzzles and the mystery. The
game is scheduled to launch this fall.
Rock Band® 3 from MTV
Games: The franchise makes its first appearance on Nintendo DS with a
stylish interface that puts players into the Rock Band universe
like never before. Eight play modes challenge players in guitar, bass,
drums, keyboards and vocals, and both co-op and competitive
multiplayer options are available. The game is scheduled to launch
this holiday season.
Okamiden™ from Capcom: Players
use a brush to draw bridges into existence, traverse canyons and
connect winding paths through space. This sequel to Okami
follows the story of an adorable wolf pup that fights off a new threat
that has drained vibrant colors from the world. The game is scheduled
to launch in 2011.
FINAL FANTASY®: THE 4 HEROES OF
LIGHT™ from Square Enix: This first original FINAL
FANTASY game for the Nintendo DS family of systems uses charming
storybook visuals and a fun, intuitive combat system. Players can
customize their characters and up to four players can join forces for
cooperative play. The game is scheduled to launch on Oct. 5.
Sonic Colors™ from SEGA: The portable
version of the game doubles the excitement and action by using both
screens as a giant, unified landscape. The game is scheduled to launch
this holiday season.
For the duration of the E3 Expo, Nintendo will provide fans
with exclusive videos and Nintendo content on the Nintendo E3 Network.
People can visit
to watch developer interviews, get all the information about new games
and see coverage coming directly from the show floor. The same exclusive
content also will be streamed through the Nintendo Channel to Wii owners
who have a broadband Internet connection.
Remember that Wii and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let
adults manage the content their children can access. For more
information about these and other features, visit
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™ home
console and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since
1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™,
Nintendo has sold more than 3.4 billion video games and more than 565
million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii,
Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™,
as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™,
Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ 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
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