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Wii U Ushers in New Age of Video Games with Integrated Second-Screen Experience

 

The Biggest Names in Video Games Bringing Their Best Franchises to Wii U; Company Provides Details about Social and Broader Entertainment Strategies with Miiverse and Partnerships

LOS ANGELES--(June 5, in the year of our Lord 2012)-- Nintendo revealed a massive lineup of first- and third-party video games
for its upcoming Wii U home console today, including new games in the Super Mario Bros., Pikmin, Wii
Fit, Batman: Arkham City, Scribblenauts, and Just Dance franchises. The Wii U console
launches this Christmas season and introduces the Wii U GamePad, a controller with a 6.2-inch touch screen
that redefines how people interact with their games, their entertainment and one another. Video game
publishers from around the world, including Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Electronic
Arts, SEGA, THQ and NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. are demonstrating how their biggest franchises are being
reimagined for Wii U.

In addition to the wide array of established brands shown during the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @
E3 2012, Nintendo also revealed new games like Nintendo Land, a Wii U game set in a virtual theme park
with a dozen attractions inspired by fan-favorite Nintendo franchises such as The Legend of Zelda and
Donkey Kong. Just as the motion-controlled games in Wii Sports helped players discover the fun of the
Wii console, Nintendo Land brings the promise of the GamePad to life with a range of single-player and
multiplayer experiences.

Nintendo Land introduces the entirely new dynamic of asymmetric game play, where the images being
displayed on the GamePad are entirely different than what is seen on the TV. Giving the player with the
GamePad different information, viewpoints, advantages and objectives creates completely new cooperative
and competitive opportunities and enables novice and advanced players to enjoy games together and not be
forced to play above or below their skill level.

“The GamePad doesn’t just introduce a new type of game play, it redefines an entire dynamic. With
asymmetric game play, multiple experiences are possible in the same game at the same time. That’s
transformative,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “While games are the focus
of this year’s E3, the Wii U story also includes the enhanced social connections and integrated
entertainment experiences created by the GamePad. We’re providing a glimpse of that with the
introduction of Miiverse and by revealing partnerships with some of the biggest content providers on the
planet.”

Mario will leap onto Wii U in New Super Mario Bros. U, a new side-scrolling adventure that introduces
new transformations for Mario and the ability for players to play as their Mii characters. The game also
introduces the new Boost Mode, which can be used to add blocks, to help players avoid enemies, enable
Mario to discover secrets or allow multiple players working together to perform a speed run in record
time.

Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of a number of original and popular Nintendo franchises, joined
the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012 to introduce Pikmin 3, the first original entry in the
Pikmin franchise in nearly eight years. The game includes new challenges, new characters and mysterious
new Pikmin types. The Wii U GamePad creates new player experiences for the real-time strategy franchise
by reinventing the control scheme and challenging players in exciting new ways. Pikmin 3 also takes
advantage of the HD capabilities of Wii U to more elaborately depict the rich nature landscapes, various
creatures and the lovable Pikmin.

SiNG (working title) is a new interactive musical performance game for Wii U that gets everyone at the
party involved in the music. With dozens of popular songs to choose from, everyone from novice singers
and dancers to budding stars can join in on the fun. The main performer holds the GamePad while others
in the room sing, dance and clap along with the music.

Wii Fit U is a new installment in the Wii Fit series, a brand that has sold more than 40 million units
worldwide. The game combines fun and fitness with new exercises and activities, and incorporates the
GamePad in unique ways. It’s compatible with the existing Wii Balance Board, and Wii Fit and Wii Fit
Plus owners can transfer their existing workout data. Nintendo also revealed the Fit Meter, an advanced
activity monitor that will be packaged with the game and enables users to track fitness activities
throughout the day and upload that data back into Wii Fit U.

In LEGO City: Undercover developed by TT Games and published by Nintendo, players assume the identity of
Chase McCain, an undercover detective armed with clever disguises. As players run, drive and even fly
through the city, they’ll use the Wii U GamePad as a map, communicator and indispensable crime scanner.
This is the first time that the LEGO City play sets have come to life on a gaming platform and it’s
exclusively on the Wii U console.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is supporting Wii U with Batman: Arkham City: Armored Edition, an
enhanced version of Batman: Arkham City, which includes new game play that makes distinct use of the
unique features of the GamePad. The publisher will also introduce Scribblenauts Unlimited for Wii U,
marking the first appearance of the imaginative Scribblenauts series on a home console.

Other Wii U games revealed during the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012 include TANK! TANK! TANK! and TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 (working title) from NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc., Trine 2: Director’s Cut from  Frozenbyte and Rayman Legends, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013, Sports Connection, Rabbids Land and Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth from Ubisoft.

Nintendo also revealed details about Miiverse, a new network communication system that lets gamers from
around the world share experiences, discuss games and discover new content. Using their personalized Mii
characters, players enter Miiverse and see games, applications or entertainment content that either they
have interacted with recently, expressed interest in learning more about or that their friends are using
or discussing. From here they can challenge their friends to play together, ask a question about a
difficult level or discover new elements of their favorite games they never knew existed. After a
notable achievement or other share-worthy moment, players can pause their game or application and
seamlessly post messages to the Miiverse community. Eventually Wii U owners will be able to join
Miiverse from a Nintendo 3DS, PC or any smartphone or Web-capable mobile device.

Nintendo also revealed details about its broader entertainment strategy and the impact that the GamePad
will have on how we find, interact with and watch video content. The company is working with Netflix,
Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and YouTube to bring video experiences to Wii U that will take
advantage of the integrated second-screen experience.

In addition to the 6.2-inch touch screen and dual analog sticks, the Wii U GamePad also includes
traditional buttons for gaming and the ability to function as a TV remote. Users can change channels or
adjust the sound, whether they are playing games or just watching TV. The GamePad is tied to the console
and TV, providing a perfectly integrated experience, no matter how it’s being used. Players can move
games from the TV to the GamePad. Different players can enjoy different experiences in the same game,
depending on which controller they opt to use.

The Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012 also featured games for the portable Nintendo 3DS system,
including Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Paper Mario: Sticker Star. More
information about these and other games will be announced during a separate hourlong presentation at 6
p.m. Pacific Time on June 6. Members of the public can watch the event online at http://e3.nintendo.com,
or on Nintendo’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/nintendo.

A replay of the complete Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3 2012, a “virtual hands-on” video that
gives consumers who can’t attend E3 a taste of the Wii U experience and additional Wii U and game
details can be found online at  http://www.youtube.com/nintendo.

For more information about Nintendo, visit http://www.nintendo.com.