The holiday season fast approaches, and now comes the time for the heavy hitters in the video game industry to line up their space on the shelves and become a twinkle in a child’s eye on Christmas morning. As Nintendo is the headliner in their philosophy of family-friendly game, they need to have a strong lineup for the Wii U and 3DS. Despite the lack of Zelda proper, Nintendo’s lineup is still decent, if not amiibo-heavy.
As detailed on their official website, Nintendo has announced their current plans for 2015 in North America that includes games for the Wii U and 3DS as well as upcoming amiibo. Some of these dates were previously announced, but we did get some new ones.
Starting off, Walmart will be offering an exclusive Super Mario Maker Wii U bundle that includes a copy of the game, the Idea Book and the 30th Anniversary Mario Modern Color amiibo. It will launch the same day as the game, September 11th, for $300.
Shovel Knight will also be getting a physical release for Wii U and 3DS in October, with both versions priced at $24.99
As for the remainder of the Wii U library, here’s what we’ve got as far as release dates and prices;
- Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack – August 30th for $64.99.
- Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack – September 20th for $74.99.
- Lego Dimensions Starter Pack – September 27th for $99.99.
- New Super Mario Bros. U/Luigi U Bundle – October 16th for $59.99.
- Yoshi’s Wooly World – October 16th for $49.99. Yarn Yoshi amiibo individually for $16.99 or Green Yoshi and Game Bundle for $59.99.
- Just Dance 2016 – October 20th for $49.99.
- Guitar Hero Live – October 20th for $99.99.
- Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water – October 22nd for $49.99, eShop-exclusive. The game will be free-to-start with the Prologue, Chapter 1 and most of Chapter 2.
- Star Fox Zero – November 20th for $59.99.
- Xenoblade Chronicles – December 4th for $59.99.
- Devil’s Third – December 11th for $59.99.
- Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival – Holiday 2015. Launching alongside Isabelle, Digby, K.K., Reese, Cyrus, Tom Nook, Mabel, and Lottie amiibo.
- Mario Tennis Ultra Smash – Holiday 2015.
Nintendo hasn’t forgotten about the 3DS yet, but this lineup is considerably weaker. The game release dates and prices we have are;
- Skylanders SuperChargers Racing Starter Pack – September 20th for $64.99.
- Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – September 25th for $39.99. 100 amiibo cards launch the same day. Physical version includes an amiibo card, Digital version includes HOME Menu theme. Cards will be available in 6-pack sets for $5.99. 3DS NFC Reader also available for $19.99, and bundle including game, one card and NFC Reader available for $49.99.
- Chibi-Robo: Zip-Lash – October 9th for $29.99, Chibi-Robo amiibo Bundle for $39.99.
- The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes – October 23rd for $39.99.
- Yo-Kai Watch – November 6th for $39.99.
- Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon – November 20th for $39.99.
Besides the amiibo already mentioned, we got some more launch dates and reveals of new amiibo. Individual amiibo are regularly priced, but the exceptions will be listed. Currently, the remaining amiibo for 2015 are;
- Remaining Smash Bros. amiibo – Zero Suit Samus, Bowser Jr., Dr. Mario. Olimar, and Ganondorf on September 11th. Mr. Game and Watch, Duck Hunt, and R.O.B. on September 25th. Mewtwo on November 13th. Falco on November 20th.
- Mii Fighter 3-Pack – November 1st for $34.99, includes Mii Brawler, Mii Swordfighter, and Mii Gunner.
- Mega Yarn Yoshi – November 15th for $39.99, giant green Yarn Yoshi amiibo that is functionally similar to the other Yarn Yoshis.
Well, that’s a lot of information to absorb without any pomp and circumstance, but it’s nice to get a look at how Nintendo’s lineup is organized. It’s also nice to see some variety with how games are being presented, with Fatal Frame’s extended demo being a standout to me.
Although i’ll be sure to pick up quite a few of these due to personal taste, it’s still pretty sparse (you know it’s bad when one of your gap-fillers is a bundle of the two long-since-released New Super Mario Bros. games). It may be enough for Nintendo to have a successful holiday season, but I have a feeling that this lineup won’t have the longevity Nintendo’s hoping for.Source: Nintendo