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LEGO City Undercover and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Head Wii U's Q1 Release Schedule in North America

by Tom Malina - January 17, 2013, 10:13 am EST
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Rayman Legends and Aliens: Colonial Marines are also due before the end of March.

Nintendo of America unveiled their release schedule for Q1 2013, confirming release dates for LEGO City Undercover, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and numerous other titles

LEGO City Undercover is touted as the flagship release, arriving in stores on March 18. As hero cop Chase McCain, players explore the vast open world of Lego City, performing parkour-style platforming, apprehending criminals and commandeering over 100 vehicles.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate then launches a day later, on March 19. As an updated HD remake of 2010's Monster Hunter Tri, Ultimate introduces several new monsters and gameplay enhancements, and allows for interactions with the 3DS version, which is out on the same day.

Other titles pegged for a March release include  Need for Speed: Most Wanted, also out March 19, and The Amazing Spider-Man: Ultimate Edition, both of which came out for rival platforms last year. In addition, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct will see release on March 26, while fellow first-person shooter Aliens: Colonial Marines is still scheduled for an unknown Q1 date.

Before all that, the previously delayed Rayman Legends has finally been confirmed for release on February 26. A three-level demo is already available to download from the Wii U eShop.

On the eShop digital software front, Double Fine's new adventure title The Cave is set to arrive very soon on January 22, followed two weeks later by Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 on February 7. Toki Tori 2, Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2 and Zen Pinball 2 are all also lined up for release in Q1.

Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Kick Off 2013 with New One-of-a-Kind Experiences

From an Exclusive LEGO Misson for Wii U to a Luigi's Mansion Sequel on Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo has Something for Everyone

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Every video game offers a different experience. But only on Nintendo systems do these experiences transform into moments of shared joy and fun. It’s the parent who pulls a game off the TV to play on the Wii U GamePad controller so the kids can watch cartoons. It’s the group of friends passing the GamePad around the room and then sharing their experiences on Miiverse. It’s the “you gotta see this” moment when people first experience glasses-free 3D and augmented reality on a Nintendo 3DS system.

The holiday season added many new Wii U and Nintendo 3DS owners who have already begun to discover these joyful moments together. Nintendo now builds on their enthusiasm with a fun lineup of games for early 2013.

“During the holidays we saw new players respond positively to new game-play experiences using the Wii U GamePad controller and the true 3D of Nintendo 3DS,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “With such a diverse lineup of games on the horizon, people will experience a variety of ways to play, whether they’re using the GamePad to scan for criminals or seeing ghosts in 3D on the Nintendo 3DS screen.”

New on Wii U

The Wii U home console launched to great acclaim on Nov. 18 with the largest lineup of games in Nintendo history. The fun continues into 2013 with the upcoming release of LEGO City: Undercoveron March 18. In this original LEGO game, exclusive to Wii U, players assume the role of Chase McCain, a tough-as-nails police officer who is a master of disguise. The massive, open world of LEGO City lets players explore the city using numerous vehicles from the real-life play sets to pursue criminal mastermind Rex Fury. On March 19, the fan-favorite Monster Hunter series descends on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. The action RPG’s expansive, gorgeous world features more to do than ever before. Players can hunt monsters, upgrade equipment and improve skills while they take part in more than 200 challenging quests.

Game & WarioThe Wonderful 101Pikmin 3 and Wii Fit U will arrive in the first half of the year. Additional information about launch timing for these games will be announced at a later date.

To ensure that Wii U users get the most out of their GamePad controller, Nintendo will be offering a Wii U GamePad Accessory Set to help owners protect their screens. The set will be available at stores on Feb. 4 for a suggested retail price of $12.99 and includes a Wii U GamePad screen protector that fits over the screen to protect it from scratches and dirt, an extra-large stylus for comfortable touch-screen game play and a cleaning cloth.

New on Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS hand-held system continues its momentum going into 2013. Launching on Feb. 4 is Fire Emblem Awakening, a fantasy turn-based strategy game for Nintendo 3DS. On the same day, Nintendo will release a special bundle of the Nintendo 3DS system that has Fire Emblem Awakeningpre-installed on the hardware. The blue hardware features Fire Emblem artwork and a 4GB SD memory card, and will be available at a suggested retail price of $199.99. A demo of Fire Emblem Awakening will be available today in the Nintendo eShop.

Brain Age: Concentration Training for Nintendo 3DS arrives on Feb. 10 to build on the mainstream appeal of the celebrated Brain Age series with new challenges to help players concentrate as they block out distractions. A demo will also be available in the Nintendo eShop on Jan. 24. On March 24, fans of the original Luigi’s Mansion have reason to celebrate with the release of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. In this game, a timid Luigi travels through more mansions and captures more ghosts using his upgraded Poltergust 5000. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity also hits the Nintendo 3DS system on March 24. In addition to playing as a Pokémon, players explore ever-changing Mystery Dungeons as they build Pokémon Paradise and recruit more Pokémon to their team. There is also a deep and compelling story full of unexpected twists. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity makes the most of the features of the Nintendo 3DS system, such as the ability to use the system’s camera to open Magnagates – portals to new Mystery Dungeons in the real world. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate comes to Nintendo 3DS on March 5. This sequel takes place 25 years after Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and follows the famous Belmont clan as they set out to find and destroy the ruthless Dracula. The action-filled game features multiple playable characters and combines both 2D classic side-scrolling game play with full 3D areas. On April 21, another entry in the LEGO City: Undercover series arrives on Nintendo 3DS. LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins is a prequel to the Wii U game, and follows the exploits of Chase McCain as a rookie cop.

Below is a partial list of upcoming launch dates in the United States and Canada. Note that game titles and launch dates are subject to change.

Wii U
Publisher  Title  Available
Activision  The Amazing Spider-Man Ultimate Edition  March
  The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct  March 26
Capcom  Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate  March 19
D3Publisher  The Croods: Prehistoric Party!  March 19
Electronic Arts  Need For Speed Most Wanted  March 19
Nintendo  LEGO® City: Undercover  March 18
SEGA  Aliens: Colonial Marines  Q1
Ubisoft  Rayman® Legends  Feb. 26
Nintendo eShop for Wii U
Gaijin Games  BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien  Q1
Neko  Puddle  Q1
SEGA  The Cave  Jan. 22
TECMO KOEI AMERICA Corp.  Fist of the North Star®: Ken’s Rage 2  Feb. 7
Two Tribes  Toki Tori 2  Q1
Zen Studios  Zen Pinball 2  Q1
D3Publisher  The Croods: Prehistoric Party!  March 19
Talking Stick Games  Kids Learn Pets and Vets Bundle  March 12
XSEED Games  Pandora’s Tower  Spring
Nintendo 3DS
ATLUS (Index Digital Media, Inc.)Etrian OdysseyIV: Legends of the Titan  Feb. 26
  Shin Megami Tensei®: Devil Summoner®: Soul Hackers  April 16
Capcom  Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate  March 19
D3Publisher  The Croods: Prehistoric Party!  March 19
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate  March 5
  Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 3D  Feb. 12
Little Orbit  Monster High Skultimate Roller Maze  March 13
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.  NARUTO® Powerful Shippuden  March 5
NintendoBrain 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
SEGA  Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed  Feb. 12
Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS
Agetec, Inc.Bloody Vampire  Jan. 31
  Witch’s Cat  Jan. 31
Big John Games  Coaster Creator 3D  Q1
Capcom  Resident Evil®: The Mercenaries 3D  Q1
Disney Interactive  Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue  Jan. 17
Maximum Games  Deer Drive Legends  Jan. 17
NicalisIkachan  Q1
  Guxt  Q1
NintendoTokyo Crash Mobs  Jan. 17
Fire Emblem Awakening DEMO  Jan. 17
  Brain Age: Concentration Training DEMO  Jan. 24
Renegade Kid  ATV Wild Ride 3D  Q1
Rising Star Games  Jewel Master: Cradle of Egypt 2  March 19
Shin’en  Nano Assault EX  Q1
UbisoftTom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Shadow Wars  Jan. 24
  Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® 3D  Q1
Nintendo DS
D3Publisher  The Croods: Prehistoric Party!  March 19
Talking Stick GamesKids Learn Animals Bundle  Feb. 26
Kids Learn Math and Spelling Bundle  Feb. 26
  Kids Learn Pets and Horse Bundle  March 26
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