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Hundreds of AR Cards Releasing Alongside Kid Icarus: Uprising

by Alex Culafi - March 15, 2012, 7:08 am PDT
Total comments: 8 Source: (Press Release)

Club Nintendo isn't the only one giving out free cards.

There will be "hundreds of AR cards to collect" when Kid Icarus: Uprising releases on March 23, as stated by Nintendo.

In addition to the previously reported Club Nintendo promotion (offering three cards free to users), and six random cards (out of 20) releasing with the physical game, Nintendo has revealed several other outlets to obtain cards from.

Visiting select GameStop locations during special gameplay sessions on April 14 grants players five AR cards, including Eggplant Wizard, Skyscraper Club, Fireworks Cannon, Minos, and the Fiend’s Cauldron. Those who are among the first to purchase the game from Nintendo World in New York will be given the Three Sacred Treasures card.

In addition, magazines @Gamer, Nintendo Power, and Game Informer will be offering special cards in their April issues. Nintendo Power subscribers get a pack of three cards, including Poseidon, Thanatos - God of Death and Medusa (Battle). Game Informer issues will include The Power of Flight, and @Gamer includes Pit, Pandora - The Goddess of Calamity and Samurai Blade.

Furthermore, PAX East, WonderCon, and GameStop-sponsored tournaments will be distributing packs of AR Idol cards. European Club Nintendo users can also receive two packs of AR cards (with six random cards each) for 250 Stars. Whether these packs include the bulk of these "hundreds of cards" is unknown.

Hundreds of AR Cards to Collect in Kid Icarus: Uprising

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo has revealed new details about how to discover and collect hundreds of special AR Cards to use with Kid Icarus: Uprising, which will launch exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS system on March 23. The cards feature characters, enemies, bosses, weapons and items that appear in Kid Icarus: Uprising. The game recognizes these specially designed AR Cards when viewed using the built-in camera of the Nintendo 3DS. Viewing an AR Card with the game also unlocks the AR Card’s corresponding Idol, which reveals additional information about that card. Players can even snap photos when the AR Card characters come to life and then view them within Nintendo 3DS Camera.

Here is more information about how consumers in the United States can collect these special AR Cards in the coming weeks (quantities are limited, available while supplies last):

Included with Kid Icarus: Uprising: Every copy of Kid Icarus: Uprising will come packed with a selection of six randomly chosen AR Cards from a set of 20 possible AR Cards.

Exclusive Club Nintendo Giveaway: As a special treat for Club Nintendo members, three AR Cards will be given away starting today. Members can receive the Great Reaper, Palutena and Drill Arm cards by visiting http://kidicarusuprising.nintendo.com. Consumers without an existing Club Nintendo membership simply need to sign up to receive these three cards.

Retail: By visiting select GameStop locations and participating in Kid Icarus: Uprising game-play sessions on April 14 from 1-4 p.m., players will receive five AR Cards, including Eggplant Wizard, Skyscraper Club, Fireworks Cannon, Minos and the Fiend’s Cauldron. Consumers who purchase the game on March 23 at Nintendo World in New York will receive the Three Sacred Treasures card as a special gift.

Publications: A selection of AR Cards will also be available through several magazines. In the April issue of Game Informer, subscribers will receive the Power of Flight card. Nintendo Power will feature a pack of three cards including Poseidon, Thanatos - God of Death and Medusa (Battle) in its April issue. Best Buy will also offer three special cards, including Pit, Pandora - The Goddess of Calamity and Samurai Blade in the April issue of @Gamer, its in-store magazine.

Events: At several upcoming events, Nintendo will be handing out packs with a random selection of AR Cards while supplies last. WonderCon (March 16-18, Anaheim, Calif.) and PAX East (April 6-8, Boston) attendees are encouraged to stop by the Nintendo booth for special AR Card packs. Additionally, Nintendo is hosting upcoming Kid Icarus: Uprising multiplayer tournaments at GameStop locations in Los Angeles and New York. Tournament attendees will also receive special AR Card packs. Visit http://kidicarusuprising.nintendo.com for more details.

Consumers who pre-order Kid Icarus: Uprising at GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon.com and Nintendo World will receive a bonus download code for 3D Classics: Kid Icarus, a re-mastered 3D version of the NES original. The download code will be given to customers who pre-ordered Kid Icarus: Uprising when they purchase the game, and must be redeemed by June 20, 2012. Retailers may require a deposit for pre-orders. Kid Icarus: Uprising will carry a suggested retail price of $39.99 in the United States.

Talkback

geoMarch 15, 2012

So a regular plebe can theoretically get about 26 (stealing their buddy's cards + club nintendo + 3 magazines).  The other announced ones are from events that you have to live near.  The other "hundreds" surely can't be in those events, can they? 

Are they going to gauge the popularity of the game, then start selling the cards separately if it's a success?


KlonoahedgehogMarch 15, 2012

I wonder if the Gamestop Gameplay sessions will be for Puerto Rico too, i want more cards but i don't live in the states.  :-\

Bman87301March 15, 2012

Quote from: geo

Are they going to gauge the popularity of the game, then start selling the cards separately if it's a success?

Very unlikely. AR Cards are too easy to duplicate to make selling them even remotely viable in today's world. Nintendo is undoubtedly aware of this and is counting on the AR images being traded freely across the Internet. That's probably why they're making so many-- to make impossible to go to any one place to get them all at once. The point behind this is to encourage people to go out in search of the images to scan, it was never about the physical cards. This is nothing new, Nintendo already used this same basic strategy before (albeit, on a much smaller scale) with the AR images for Pokédex 3D.

I'm absolutely astounded over how many people don't seem to be figuring this out on their own. Are people really that slow, or do they just think Nintendo is?

ejamerMarch 15, 2012

I'm astounded that some people don't understand the demand for printed physical cards, even though multiple posters here have stated that they enjoy collecting cards, find real value in having physical copies that don't have to be printed out using privately owned equipment, and find NoAs baffling decision NOT to take our money both silly and frustrating.


Just because you like the idea of collecting "virtual cards" (ie: scanned images of actual cards) doesn't mean that other people do.  More importantly, it doesn't mean that other people won't willingly and happily pay Nintendo more cash than those cards are actually worth.


Anyway, retort all you want.  I'm sure you will.  This has all been discussed before ad nauseum in the other thread:
http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/forums/index.php?topic=37172.0

Bman87301March 16, 2012

Quote from: ejamer

I'm astounded that some people don't understand the demand for printed physical cards, even though multiple posters here have stated that they enjoy collecting cards, find real value in having physical copies that don't have to be printed out using privately owned equipment, and find NoAs baffling decision NOT to take our money both silly and frustrating.


Just because you like the idea of collecting "virtual cards" (ie: scanned images of actual cards) doesn't mean that other people do.  More importantly, it doesn't mean that other people won't willingly and happily pay Nintendo more cash than those cards are actually worth.


Anyway, retort all you want.  I'm sure you will.  This has all been discussed before ad nauseum in the other thread:
http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/forums/index.php?topic=37172.0

What you seem to be missing is that it costs money to market and sell physical stock. You can't mass produce and sell something at retail if there isn't a mainstream enough demand for it. My point wasn't that there wouldn't be ANYONE willing to pay for these physical cards (that's what eBay is for), just not enough to make commercial sales remotely viable since they'll be so easily duplicated.

Also keep in mind, the decision to sell isn't solely Nintendo's to make either. Nintendo can manufacture as many cards as they wish, but in order to sell at retail they're going to need retailers to participate as well, which they won't be willing to take the risk to do if they know the cards will be easily counterfeited. Not to mention, Nintendo would be hurting their reputation by even attempting to sell them anyways, since most of those who would end up buying them would be doing so unaware they could ALSO get them for free on the Internet, and once they found out, would feel like Nintendo cheated them. There's no logical reason to expect Nintendo to sell these cards.

My point has always been that most people on here making posts complaining how Nintendo is limiting the distribution by not selling them, don't seem to either be realizing that these cards' entire functionality can be easily reproduced and inevitably will be distributed across the Internet for free, or just naively think that Nintendo doesn't realize that fact.

I think you're hung up over the choice of words I used in an earlier post, where I emphasized the paper would be worthless-- again, I was referring to functionality. It's probably my own fault for coming off condescending, so I don't blame you for being defensive and eager to disprove me. But that doesn't change the fact that there's no realistic chance of Nintendo ever selling these at retail-- they aren't even charging reward coins for the cards they're giving away through Club Nintendo.

C-OlimarMarch 16, 2012

@Bman87301 Amazon Germany are selling packs of 24 cards seperately, so you sir, are the slow one.

Bman87301March 16, 2012

Quote from: C-Olimar

@Bman87301 Amazon Germany are selling packs of 24 cards seperately, so you sir, are the slow one.


Actually, those are meant to be part of a pre-order bonus. I guess Amazon Germany must have a surplus of stock they need to get rid of if they're also selling them off separately. But that's apparently Amazon Germany's choice, not NOE's. They're not for sale anywhere else so it seems that NOE at least intended them to be free and aren't selling them themselves, so my point is still valid.

CericMarch 16, 2012

I wonder if they'll ship to US.


I can't seem to find them on Amazon AR.

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