Super Mario 3D World, Mario Party: Island Tour, and Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds all launch on Nov. 22
November 22nd is going to be a fun day for any Nintendo fan as the company is entering uncharted territory. Nintendo has three top tier franchises releasing new games in the franchises history. These games show how variety is key in the Nintendo game library and these games will be available for download as well as in-store purchase.
“Nintendo is making holiday shopping easy for everyone with the release of three major games on one day,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “There is something for everyone in this lineup. Super Mario 3D World is perfect for families, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is a must-have for gamers and Mario Party: Island Tour is great for kids of all ages.”
Super Mario 3D World is the first multi-player 3D Mario game and the first installment of a Mario adventure-type game for the Wii U. 3D World will remind people of Super Mario Brothers 2 with each playable character having different abilities, like Luigi being able to jump higher or Princess Toadstool being able to float. The addition of the Cat Suit/power up and HD graphics is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s being brought to the Mario universe.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is considered a sequel to the Super NES Zelda classic, A Link to the Past. The game takes place in the same Hyrule as the SNES game but the story is totally different. The player will be able to rent weapons so they can play the game with the items they think they’ll need for a specific dungeon. Similar to the Light World/Dark World traveling in A Link to the Past, this time around Link( or Steve, in my game) will travel between the lands of Hyrule and Lorule. There will be a special 3DS XL that will launch with the game on November 22nd and will come with a download code for A Link Between Worlds. The system is Gold on one side and Black on the other which represents Hyrule and Lorule.
The third and final game releasing on November 22nd is Mario Party: Island Tour, the next installment in the Mario Party series. It will be the first time a Mario Party game is on a handheld system in quite some time. The game will have some of the most innovative mini games the series has ever seen. Some will have players performing their best character impressions and some might make use of the gyro-sensor in the 3DS to tilt and move something on screen. Island Tour will also make use of Download Play where up to 4 3DS/2DS owners can play in the same room and here is the best part, not everyone needs to own the game.
November 22nd could go down as one of the best days Nintendo has ever had, sales-wise. It will also signal the start of the Christmas season for the Big N and will show if Nintendo is going to be able to dig themselves out of the hole they’re in financially. If the reviews that are in already for Mario 3D World and LOZ: Link Between Worlds, Nintendo is going to be just fine.