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Nintendo Announces Release Dates for First Half of 2013

by Blogger ‎01-20-2013 10:19 PM - edited ‎01-20-2013 10:37 PM



Nintendo has unveiled their release schedule for early 2013, including firm dates for much anticipated games such as LEGO City Undercover, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.  Release windows were also given for many games first shown at last year's E3, including Game & Wario, The Wonderful 101, Pikmin 3, and Wii Fit U


Additionally, Nintendo has compiled a list of upcoming third-party game releases, which includes many games fans have been waiting for such as Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Rayman Legends, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow -- Mirror of Fate.


The launch date schedule includes Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS.  Let's take a look at what to expect in early 2013!


Nintendo announced dates (or release windows) for thirty-two games expected to release in early 2013 across all their gaming platforms.  The breakdown is a dozen games for Wii U, three for Wii, thirteen for Nintendo 3DS, and four for Nintendo DS. 


Here's the announced release schedule:


Wii U

  • The Amazing Spider-Man Ultimate Edition,  March
  • The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct,  March 26
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate,  March 19
  • The Croods: Prehistoric Party!,  March 19
  • Need For Speed Most Wanted,  March 19
  • Lego City: Undercover,  March 18
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines,  Q1
  • Rayman Legends,  Feb. 26
  • Game & Wario, First Half of 2013
  • The Wonderful 101, First Half of 2013
  • Pikmin 3, First Half of 2013
  • Wii Fit U, First Half of 2013


  • The Croods: Prehistoric Party!,  March 19
  • Kids Learn Pets and Vets Bundle,  March 12
  • Pandora’s Tower,  Spring

Nintendo 3DS

  • Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan,  Feb. 26
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers,  April 16
  • The Croods: Prehistoric Party!,  March 19
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate,  March 5
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 3D,  Feb. 12
  • Monster High Skultimate Roller Maze,  March 13
  • Naruto Powerful Shippuden,  March 5
  • Brain Age: Concentration Training,  Feb. 10
  • Fire Emblem Awakening,  Feb. 4
  • Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins,  April 21
  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon,  March 24
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity,  March 24
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed,  Feb. 12

Nintendo DS

  • The Croods: Prehistoric Party!,  March 19
  • Kids Learn Animals Bundle,  Feb. 26
  • Kids Learn Math and Spelling Bundle,  Feb. 26
  • Kids Learn Pets and Horse Bundle,  March 26


Nintendo's announcement was followed by new information on their key game releases and links to the official game websites.  Here's a look at Nintendo published game releases for early 2013:



LEGO City Undercover

Release Date: March 18. 2013

Official Website: click here


LEGO City Undercover is an original game in the popular LEGO series, exclusive to Nintendo Wii U.  The game stars Chase McCain, an undercover cop who is a master of disguises.  In this open-world adventure, players will use his various moves to track down and apprehend criminals.  A Nintendo 3DS LEGO City game is also in the works, scheduled for release on April 21.




Game & Wario

Release Date: First half of 2013

Official Website: click here


Game & Wario continues the Wario tradition with fun and interesting micro-games that take advantage of the unique capabilities of the Wii U GamePad.  Some of the micro-games include Arrow, where players hold the GamePad vertically to fire arrows at swarming enemies, and Shutter, which turns the GamePad into a camera that must be used to take photos of hidden criminals before time runs out.




The Wonderful 101

Release Date: First half of 2013

Official Website: click here


The Wonderful 101 is an action title developed by acclaimed development studio Platinum Game, known for hits such as Bayonetta and MadWorld.  In the game, aliens have invaded Earth and it's up to a group of tiny heroes to combine their strength to save the planet. 




Pikmin 3

Release Date: First half of 2013

Official Website: click here


The sequel to the popular Nintendo GameCube is almost here.  In this real-time strategy game, players will take command of a group of diminutive Pikmin creatures as they attempt to complete various tasks such as destroying barriers, discovering objects, and defeating enemies.




Wii Fit U

Release Date: First half of 2013

Official Website: click here

The Wii Fit craze finally hits the Wii U with new exercises and unique incorporation of the Wii U GamePad into select activities.  In addition to compatibility with the Wii Remote and Wii Balance Board, Wii Fit U will come packaged with an all-new small peripheral called the Fit Meter that keeps track of your daily activity.




Fire Emblem Awakening

Release Date: February 4, 2013

Official Website: click here

The Fire Emblem series has been around for a long time now, and fans should be excited for the series first entry into 3D.  Fire Emblem Awakening will tell a deep and involving story in rich 3D visuals and movies.  On the battlefield your allies can combine their powers, form relationships, and even marry each other -- each having a significant effect on the gameplay.



Brain Age: Concentration Training

Release Date: February  10, 2013

Official Website: click here

The Brain Age series made its debut on the Nintendo DS and its brain training exercises proved to be quite addicting.  This latest iteration attempts to combat our distracted attentions with concentration training to help us refocus our minds on tasks that are important.



Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

Release Date: March 24, 2013

Official Website: click here

Luigi is back for some more ghostly puzzle-solving action in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.  Using his flashlight and Poltergust 5000 ghost-sucking vacuum, Luigi must explore a haunted mansion and rid it ghosts with the help of Professor E. Gadd. 



Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity

Release Date: March 24, 2013

Official Website: click here

The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon spin-off series is back with a brand new entry.  There are over 20 dungeons filled with Pokémon, treasure, and fun places to explore.  Each of the dungeons have different characteristics and Pokémon that can be found and recruited onto your team.  Using the Nintendo 3DS camera players can discover entrances to new dungeons by scanning everyday objects around them.  Up to four players can join up locally for co-operative multiplayer action.

(Japanese Trailer)



Nintendo has an excellent line-up for early 2013, particuarly for Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.  Let us know in the comments which game(s) stand out the most for you. 


Some of the above games are already available on for pre-orders.  To take a look, please visit the product pages below:


SKU: 10207628

Control and direct your Pikmin to accomplish a huge variety of tasks in Pikmin 3 for Nintendo Wii U. Delivering the classic strategy gameplay Pikmin games are known for, this title utilises the dual-screen configuration of the Nintendo Wii U to allow you marshal your resources easier than ever before, keeping an eye on your Pikmin with ease.


SKU: 10207450

Whip yourself into shape with ease thanks to Wii Fit U, the latest entry in the amazingly successful Wii Fit franchise. Engage in a huge range of physical activities like yoga, strength training and many more using the Wii Balance Board and Wii U GamePad, while the included pedometer lets you track your progress even more clearly.


SKU: 10236970

Fire Emblem: Awakening is a fun, tactical RPG for the Nintendo 3DS that stars Chrom - the prince of the Holy Kingdom of Ylisse. In a complicated and tense era, the close country of Plegia has been taken over by an evil force led by a man who claims to be the Hero-King. Chrom must go head to head with him to defeat the force and bring back peace to the lands.


SKU: 10238079

Enjoy the latest addition to the Fire Emblem saga with this limited edition Fire Emblem: Awakening 3DS bundle. Pre-loaded with a 4GB memory card that contains a digital copy of Fire Emblem: Awakening, this blue 3DS console sports an exclusive graphic from the game as well as exclusive box art, making it perfect for collectors and hardcore gamers alike.


SKU: 10172225

Join Luigi on a spooky quest to once more rid his mansion of ghosts and Boos in Luigi's Mansion 2 for Nintendo 3DS. Sequel to the cult Game Cube classic, this game once again puts the magic vacuum in Luigi's hands as he goes on a quest to suck up each individual ghost. Explore hidden rooms and uncover some chilling secrets in this fun-filled title.


by MiniMaharu Emerging Expert on ‎01-22-2013 01:17 PM

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