Saturday, April 19, 2014

Nintendo Joins with the National Park Foundation to Support the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll


WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo of America announced today that it will join with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to bring fun, active-play video games to the White House Easter Egg Roll.

Nintendo will be at the event with Wii Fit U and Wii Sports Club, two Wii U games that ask players to get up off their couches and get active. The two games align with this year’s theme of the event, “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” which encourages children and families to live healthier and more active lifestyles. Visitors can play Wii Fit U and Wii Sports Club on the Ellipse before they head over to the nearby South Lawn of the White House. In addition, Mario and Luigi costumed characters will also be on site to greet guests, take photos with fans and cheer on families as they play.

The White House Easter Egg Roll, which takes place in President’s Park on the South Lawn of the White House, supports the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to help kids grow up healthy and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. In addition, the official White House Easter Eggs, sold by the National Park Foundation and benefiting America’s national parks, are available at easter.nationalparks.org.

Find more information about the National Park Foundation at www.nationalparks.org. Join the national park community by visiting www.facebook.com/nationalpark and www.twitter.com/goparks.

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 669 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.


ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.

Nintendo Download Highlights New Digital Content for Nintendo Systems

Super Mario Bros. 3 joins the Virtual Console on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
(Photo: Business Wire)

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Fight the forces of darkness in Golden Sun. (Photo: Business Wire)
  • Virtual Console on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 – April is a month to remember with classic games launching each week! This NES classic, one of the most well-known and beloved video games of all time, is now available as a Virtual Console title on both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems. Follow Mario and Luigi as they leave the Mushroom Kingdom to travel to the seven distinct worlds that neighbor it. Help the famous brothers fly above the action using the Super Leaf, swim faster by donning the Frog Suit or defeat enemies using the Hammer Bros. Suit. Are you ready to experience gaming bliss? Click here to check out the trailer for Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
  • Golden Sun –Forces of darkness are pursuing the lost art of Alchemy. As they draw ever closer to their foul purpose, mankind hangs in the balance. You and your companions are the last hope. In the Golden Sun game, use noble weapons, magical Psynergy and elemental creatures known as Djinn to get the upper hand in dangerous battles. Combining Djinn in different ways will allow you to create powerful spells and attacks against deadly foes. Can you prevent the oncoming darkness? Click here to check out the trailer for Golden Sun.
  • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity –Whether you’re a veteran of the Super NES version or a racing rookie, you’ll need some practice laps to master this Game Boy Advance classic. Master 20 different tracks across four difficulty levels to prove you’ve got what it takes to rank among the galaxy’s most elite racers. Put the pedal to the metal and get busy boosting, bumping and jumping your way to intergalactic glory. Click here to check out the trailer for F-Zero: Maximum Velocity.
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity arrives on the Virtual Console for Wii U.
(Photo: Business Wire)

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
  • LEGO The Hobbit – In LEGO The Hobbit, follow the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he is recruited by the Wizard Gandalf to aid Thorin Oakenshield and his Company of Dwarves. The Wii U game will be available on April 22.

Nintendo eShop Sale

  • Classic Games Overload – Starting today through 9 a.m. PT on May 1, get Classic Games Overload for 50 percent off in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.

Also new this week:

  • Flowerworks HD: Follie’s Adventure (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
  • My First Songs (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
  • Bit Boy!! ARCADE (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • Smash Cat Heroes (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

Price reductions:

  • Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag™ (Nintendo eShop on Wii U) – Starting April 21, the price of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is being reduced from $59.99 to $39.99.
  • ZombiU™ (Nintendo eShop on Wii U) – Starting April 21, the price of first-person horror game ZombiU is being reduced from $59.99 to $29.99.

In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new titles weekly to the Nintendo eShop for the Wii U system as well as the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL systems, to the Nintendo DSi™ Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and to the Wii™ Shop Channel for the Wii console.

The Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service that features games, applications and videos. Users can add money to their account balances by using a credit card or by purchasing a Nintendo eShop Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. All funds from one card must be loaded in the Nintendo eShop on either Wii U or Nintendo 3DS, but can be used in either Nintendo eShop if the systems are linked to a single Nintendo Network account.

The Wii Shop Channel offers games and applications and uses Wii Points™, which can be purchased via the Wii Shop Channel. The Nintendo DSi Shop offers games and applications and uses Nintendo DSi Points™, which can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Wii Points Card™ and Nintendo DSi Points Card™ can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one card must be redeemed in either the Wii Shop Channel or the Nintendo DSi Shop, respectively. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.

Remember that Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage some of the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu, http://www.nintendo.com/wii, http://www.nintendo.com/3ds or http://www.nintendo.com/ds.

International Tournaments Put the “World” in Mario Golf: World Tour


REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- When Mario Golf: World Tour launches for the Nintendo 3DS system on May 2, it will feature robust regional and worldwide online tournaments hosted by Nintendo, as well as custom tournaments that can be created by players.

All players who own the game and have a wireless broadband Internet connection can enter the Nintendo-hosted tournaments by simply checking their SpotPass notifications for upcoming and available tournaments, playing in the event and uploading their scores before the event deadline.

Players can even monitor their progress by checking the leaderboards to see where they stand. Tournaments can be accessed in Mario Golf mode or using one of the entry machines in the new Castle Club.

There will be a variety of different tournaments, ranging from larger competitions to smaller-scale events like longest-drive challenges, coin-gathering challenges or even speed golf.

Nintendo is also collaborating with Callaway Golf (a global golf gear manufacturer) to host its own series of special in-game tournaments that will begin on May 22.

The tournaments will be activated using the SpotPass feature, and all players who participate will receive in-game digital Callaway Golf items such as golf clubs and golf balls, which will enhance the players’ stats when used by their Mii characters.

Winners of all in-game tournaments – including the Callaway tournaments – are determined by the highest submitted score, and winners will receive in-game coins that can be used to acquire more gear in Toad’s Shop in Castle Club.

Starting at launch, a schedule for select tournaments will be available at http://mariogolf.nintendo.com/tournaments.

In addition to tournaments, the Mario Golf: World Tour game rounds out its suite of online multiplayer features by letting players create public or private communities.

Want to play a multiplayer match with only Birdo as a playable character?

Want to limit the number of Ice Flower item shots players can use?

Want to slow down the wind on golf courses like DK Jungle, Bowser’s Castle and Sky Island?

By creating communities and private tournaments, players can customize every aspect of the multiplayer experience to form a vast amount of fun new challenges.

Players eager to tee off in Mario Golf: World Tour will get a chance to try the game before launch when a downloadable demo is released in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on April 24.

Mario Golf: World Tour will launch in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on May 2 at a suggested retail price of $29.99. For more information about the game, visit http://mariogolf.nintendo.com.

Monster Energy's Carolina Rebellion Announces Band Performance Times & Friday Night Campground Party Details

LIMITED NUMBER OF CAMPING PACKAGES STILL AVAILABLE


Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion has announced band performance times for the mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival, which proudly returns to Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina May 3 & 4. The massive weekend festival lineup includes Avenged Sevenfold and Kid Rock, along with Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and many more.

The festival has also announced details for the Friday Night Campground Party, presented by Bud Light and The FOX in Charlotte. The Friday Night Campground Party is open to those with Carolina Rebellion camping or hotel packages and will feature performances from Red, White & Crue (9:50 PM), Eve To Adam (8:40 PM) and Cadaver Dogs (7:30 PM). Doors open at 6:30 PM for the Friday Night Campground Party. A limited number of Friday Night Campground Party tickets will also be available at Charlotte area Hooters Restaurants beginning April 21, courtesy of Bud Light (while supplies last). The festival campground opens at Noon on Friday, May 2 and closes at Noon on Monday, May 5.

Band performance times for Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion are as follows (subject to change):

Saturday, May 3
Doors open at 11:30 AM.

Monster Energy Carolina Stage

  • 1:00 PM Adelitas Way
  • 2:45 PM Black Label Society
  • 4:55 PM Anthrax
  • 7:15 PM Volbeat
  • 9:50 PM Avenged Sevenfold


Monster Energy Rebellion Stage

  • 12:25 PM Trivium
  • 2:00 PM Black Stone Cherry
  • 4:05 PM Killswitch Engage
  • 6:20 PM Seether
  • 8:45 PM Rob Zombie


Jägermeister Stage

  • Noon Truckfighters
  • 1:35 PM Devour The Day
  • 3:30 PM Kyng
  • 5:45 PM Thousand Foot Krutch
  • 8:10 PM Fozzy


Sunday, May 3
Doors open at 12:30 PM.

Monster Energy Carolina Stage

  • 2:00 PM Hellyeah
  • 3:40 PM Theory of a Deadman
  • 5:40 PM A Day To Remember
  • 7:55 PM 311
  • 9:55 PM Kid Rock


Monster Energy Rebellion Stage

  • 1:25 PM Nothing More
  • 3:00 PM Fuel
  • 4:55 PM Alter Bridge
  • 7:00 PM Staind
  • 8:50 PM Five Finger Death Punch


Jägermeister Stage

  • 1:00 PM Gemini Syndrome
  • 2:35 PM Twelve Foot Ninja
  • 4:20 PM Redlight King
  • 6:25 PM Of Mice & Men


Fans can save by buying tickets early, before weekend ticket prices increase on April 21 at Noon Eastern Time. The ticket price increase details are as follows:

  • Weekend GA – From $119 + fees to $139 + fees
  • Weekend GA 4-Pack – From $399 + fees to $449 + fees
  • Single Day Ticket – From $79.50 + fees to $99.50 + fees

A few camping packages are still available for Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion, but hotel packages are now sold out. The last day for advance shipping is Sunday, April 20 at 11:59 PM. All orders purchased beginning 12:01 AM on Monday, April 21 will be placed in “WILL CALL.”

For more information on Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion, visit:

Website: www.CarolinaRebellion.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/carolinarebellion
Twitter: @cRebellion

Nintendo Brings Its Best New Games to WonderCon


REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Fans will be able to get their hands on five of the hottest new and upcoming games from Nintendo at WonderCon, some of which will be playable before they launch nationwide in stores and in the Nintendo eShop. Nintendo is making five games playable at the event, which takes place April 18-20 in Anaheim, Calif. These games represent some of entertainment’s most well-known and best-loved characters and franchises. The games are:

  • Mario Kart 8 for Wii U, launching May 30
  • Mario Golf: World Tour for Nintendo 3DS, launching May 2
  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe for Nintendo 3DS, launching May 2
  • Yoshi’s New Island for Nintendo 3DS, available now
  • Disney Magical World for Nintendo 3DS, available now

For more information about Nintendo, visit http://www.nintendo.com. Disney Magical World is developed by BANDAI NAMCO Studio Inc.