Nintendo Unveils Deep and Diverse Software Lineup for Early 2012

New Kid Icarus, Pokémon, Rhythm Heaven and Mario Party Games Are on the Way

REDMOND, Wash.--()--As some people hunker down for a long winter’s nap, Nintendo is getting things fired up. The first quarter of 2012 offers great new installments in popular franchises for both the Nintendo 3DS system and the Wii console. Nintendo has something for everyone, from family fun to three-dimensional adventure.

On the Nintendo 3DS system, Capcom’s Resident Evil® Revelations launches on Feb. 7. In a new chapter of the hit survival-horror franchise, players fight a new enemy and virus in 3D without the need for special glasses. METAL GEAR SOLID® 3D Snake Eater from Konami arrives in the first quarter of 2012. The game is a re-interpretation of METAL GEAR SOLID 3: Snake Eater, and offers a rich jungle world with customizable stealth and camouflage options. On March 23, the epic odyssey Kid Icarus: Uprising soars into stores and lets players help the winged warrior Pit fight Medusa and her Underworld Army.

The Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS will also be busy with a variety of downloadable offerings. Dillon’s Rolling Western brings tower-defense strategy and touch-screen driven action to the Old West. Armadillo ranger Dillon defends pioneer villages against waves of attacking rock monsters using gun towers, defensive structures and his own exciting attack abilities. In Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword, players travel to ancient Japan and guide a young warrior as he battles waves of enemy soldiers. Players must identify the enemy’s attack, dodge and counter-attack with the mystical Sakura Sword to win the battle. The critically acclaimed VVVVVV and NightSky from Nicalis, mind-bending action of Mighty Switch Force from WayForward and immersive 3D visuals of Mutant Mudds from Renegade Kid round out a diverse selection of downloadable games.

Nintendo is also introducing an optional accessory that gives Nintendo 3DS owners a second analog stick to control compatible games. The Circle Pad Pro will launch in the United States on Feb. 7. It will be sold through GameStop stores and online at at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The Circle Pad Pro is a comfortable cradle that holds the Nintendo 3DS system while adding an analog Circle Pad on the system’s right side. The attachment also adds additional shoulder buttons to give it a feel more akin to traditional console controllers. It is designed as an optional accessory and is compatible with Resident Evil Revelations and METAL GEAR SOLID 3D Snake Eater.

On the Wii console, Rhythm Heaven Fever arrives on Feb. 13 at a suggested retail price of $29.99 in the United States. The game asks players to test their rhythm in more than 50 easy-to-learn, tough-to-master minigames to prove they’ve got the groove. Two weeks later on Feb. 27, PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond lets players take on the role of Pikachu and his Pals — Oshawott, Snivy and Tepig — as they try to make it through PokéPark and discover the secrets of a mysterious new world. On March 11, Mario and friends reunite for a new party game adventure in Mario Party 9, which introduces new game-play elements to the series such as boss battles and vehicular travel across a wide assortment of stages.

Below is a partial list of upcoming games for Nintendo systems. Note that game titles and launch dates are subject to change.

Nintendo 3DS

Publisher     Game     Available
2K Play     Nicktoons MLB 3D     March
Capcom     Resident Evil® Revelations     Feb. 7
Konami Digital

Entertainment, Inc.

    METAL GEAR SOLID® 3D Snake Eater     Q1
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2012     January

Games America Inc.

    TEKKEN 3D Prime Edition     February
    Tales of the Abyss®     Feb. 14
Nintendo     Kid Icarus: Uprising     March 23
Published by SEGA® of America     Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games     Feb. 14
SEGA® of America     CRUSH3D     Q1
Ubisoft     NCIS The Video Game (Based on the TV Series)     March 6
    Horses 3D     March 6
    Funky Barn     Q1
    Rayman® Origins     Q1

Nintendo eShop

Publisher     Game     Available
Collecting Smiles     Colors! 3D     Q1
Nicalis     VVVVVV     Q1
    NightSky     Q1
Nintendo     Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword     Q1
    Dillon’s Rolling Western     Q1
    Kirby’s Block Ball     Q1
Renegade Kid     Mutant Mudds     Q1
Shin’en Multimedia     Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH     Q1
    Jett Rocket Super Surf     Q1
WayForward     Mighty Switch Force     Q1
Zen Studios     Zen Pinball     Q1


Publisher     Game     Available
2K Sports     MLB 2K12     March 6
GameMill Entertainment     Country Dance Special Edition     Feb. 1
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.     Karaoke Joysound     Q1
Nintendo     Rhythm Heaven Fever     Feb. 13
    PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond     Feb. 27
    Mario Party 9     March 11


Publisher     Game     Available
Nicalis     La Mulana     Q1

Nintendo DS Family

Publisher     Game     Available
2K Sports     MLB 2K12     March 6
ATLUS     Shin Megami Tensei®: Devil Survivor 2     February
GameMill Entertainment     Silverlicious     March 20
    Xia Xia     March 20
    Gogo’s Crazy Bones     March 20
Mentor Interactive     Chess for Kids     Feb. 14
    NARABA: The Labyrinth of Light     Feb. 21
    NARABA: The Mysterious Palace     Feb. 21

Nintendo DSiWare

Publisher     Game     Available
Cosmigo     Box Pusher     Q1
Cypronia     Cake Ninja     Q1

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Andrew Kelly
Eileen Tanner


Andrew Kelly
Eileen Tanner