Nintendo has announced a variety of items as part of today’s Nintendo Direct presentations, including launch targets for several first and third party titles.
Wii Fit U will launch in the first half of 2013, and as announced at this year’s E3 will come with the Fit Meter electronic pedometer.
Pikmin 3 has suffered an unexplained delay to the second quarter of 2013. The game was one of the titles originally scheduled to fall within the Wii U’s launch window, which ends in March of next year.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon received two release targets. The 3DS effort is set for a spring 2013 arrival in North America, and a more specific March 2013 launch for Europe. The game had previously suffered a delay from a 2012 holiday release to the first half of 2013.
3DS title Animal Crossing: New Leaf will land in the UK, and supposedly other parts of Europe, in the second quarter of 2013 following its recent release in Japan.
One item of particular note is the news that 3DS eShop game Rhythm Hunter HarmoKnight by Pokemon developer Game Freak is getting a North American release.
Beyond the Pokemon franchise, a Game Freak developed title making it outside of Japan is rare. The game, which will be shortened to HarmoKnight, launched in Japan back in September. No word on if it will arrive in any other regions.
North American Wii U launch title Scribblenauts Unlimited will hit Europe on February 8th (cool, an actual release date instead of just a target). The game’s launch window in Europe before today’s announcement was 2013, so that’s a bit less vague.
Wii U party game Game & Wario is slated for Q1 2013. The title, revealed back in June, is a spinoff of the WarioWare series that allows up to five players at the same time to take part in over a dozen minigames.
Caught your breath? Alright, back to it.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate on 3DS will launch in Europe during March 2013, 3DS title Fire Emblem: Awakening will launch in North America on February 4th, 2013, and the 3DS remake of PSOne title Dragon Quest/Warrior 7 is scheduled for release in Japan next Feburary as well.
The US localization of 3DS game Brain Age: Concentration Training has been pushed back to February 10th, 2013. It suffers over a two month delay from its original release date of December 3rd, 2012.
Finally, the apps.
The Google Street View app is heading to Wii U in Japan and North America, scheduled to make its debut on the eShop in Q1 2013. The app will apparently be free between the end of Jaunary and March of next year, and then will come at a cost from that point on.
Then there’s the Panorama View app, which allows players to look around videos in 3D space. The app, which was originally shown as a tech demo at E3 2011, will arrive on the Wii U eShop next spring as a paid download.
No price points were revealed for either application, but a free demo will be released alongside the full version of the Panorama View app when it arrives.