Today Nintendo fans received a number of big, exciting announcements out of the latest Japanese Nintendo Direct, but Nintendo of America also confirmed a number of bits for North America as well.
Amiibo, the little interactive figures based on different Nintendo characters, have officially been priced at $12.99 each and are now available for pre-order at select retailers. The first twelve Amiibo figures to launch will be Mario, Donkey Kong, Peach, Yoshi, Link, Samus (in her power suit), Villager, Kirby, Fox, Pikachu, Marth, and Wii Fit Trainer. No release date has been announced just yet, so stay tuned for more info to come.
New Hardware Bundles
The Wii U will be receiving two new bundles soon, the first of which will be a Super Mario 3D World Deluxe Set, which will include a Wii U console, Super Mario 3D World, and Nintendo Land for $299.99.
Walmart will also have an exclusive bundle that includes a Wii U console and a physical version of Mario Kart 8 along with Nintendo Land, and it will also be available for $299.99. Both bundles will be available starting mid-September.
Also coming are three new 2DS bundles featuring Electric Blue, Crimson Red, or Sea Green 2DS handhelds along with a download code for Mario Kart 7. Each will retail for $129.99.
Previously, we had known a number of the release dates for upcoming games such as Hyrule Warriors releasing on September 26, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS releasing on October 3, Bayonetta 2 releasing on October 24, and Pokemon: Omega Ruby and Pokemon: Alpha Sapphire releasing on November 21, but now we have a few new dates to add.
Pokemon Art Academy now has a release date of October 24 and will teach players how to paint their favorite Pokemon using a variety of toolsl
Ultimate NES Remix is coming to 3DS via retail and eShop on December 5th and will feature remixed, rapid-fire challenges across 16 classic NES games. It's unclear if this one is merely borrowing selections from both NES Remix 1 and 2, but it sounds as if this is not a collection of both of those games in their entirety.
NES Remix Pack is coming to Wii U via retail and eShop also on December 5th and this will be a collection of the two previously released NES Remix games. It will also be $29.99 while each of the two individual games will remain at $14.99 each on the eShop.
Fantasy Life is coming to 3DS on October 24th. This Level 5-developed RPG/simulator features the ability to control your character's destiny as you choose one of many different Life Classes that will give them a unique perspective on the world.
Unfortunately, both Captain Toad Treasure Tracker and Art Academy for Wii U still do not have specific release dates but they are still slated for release before the end of the year.
Upcoming 2015 Games
NOA also reiterated that the following games are planned for a 2015 release.
For Wii U:
The Legend of Zelda (working title)
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Yoshi's Wooly World
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Star Fox (working title)
Mario Maker (working title)
Project Giant Robot
Mario vs. Donkey Kong (working title)
Mario Party 10
Fossil Fighters Frontier
Monster Hunter 4
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