Nintendo Announces Fall Lineup Release Dates

This morning, Nintendo of America unleashed a deluge of announcements, including release dates on key holiday titles, newly announced bundles, and some amiibo surprises. The information-packed press release deems this a holiday of “gaming fun for everyone”.


On September 11th, in addition to all previous announcements, Super Mario Maker was confirmed to get a Wii U console bundle. For $299.99, the package includes the console, the game and an Idea Book, and the 8-bit Modern Mario amiibo. It will retail exclusively at Wal-Mart and on in North America.

On October 22nd, Fatal Frame: Maiden of the Black Water will be digital-only. The horror title developed by Koei Tecmo will launch in a ‘free-to-start’ model. Players can download the prologue, Chapter 1, and a portion of Chapter 2 for free, and the full game can be purchased in-game or from the eShop for $49.99. The game will be available at retail in Europe in a Limited Edition pack.

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November 20th will be this fall’s “Nintendo Day”, with the simultaneous launches of Star Fox Zero on Wii U and Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon on 3DS. Star Fox will retail for $59.99, Pokémon for $39.99

Rounding out the holidays in December is a pair of hardcore-focused games. Xenoblade Chronicles X finally launches in North America on December 4th, while Devil’s Third releases on December 11th.

Amiibo Festival

Other games with uncomfirmed release dates include Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash and Animal Crossing amiibo festival (along with its line of amiibo). Mario Tennis launches in Europe on November 20th.


Beyond game announcements, Nintendo also confirmed a line of amiibo release dates. In addition to the line of Yarn Yoshi amiibo launching on October 16th, a Mega Yarn Yoshi will launch on November 15th. It towers over the regular amiibo. It offers the same functionality as all Yarn Yoshi (a co-op partner in Wooly World), but at three times the price: it will retail for $39.99, making it the most expensive amiibo to date.

For Smash Bros. amiibo, November belongs to them. The Mii Fighter trio will launch as a triple pack on November 1st, Mewtwo will release on November 13th, and the Falco amiibo will launch alongside Star Fox Zero, making it the last Smash Bros. amiibo outside of DLC fighters to get released worldwide. No status on retail exclusivity for these figures has been announced as of yet.

Nintendo’s holiday line-up began this past Friday will the launch of LBX: Little Battlers eXperience for 3DS. Things begin to ramp up with a 2DS price drop on August 30th and on September 11th with Super Mario Maker.

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