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Nintendo Confirms Release Dates For Fall First-Party Lineup

In conjunction with the Wii U price drop and 2DS announcements, Nintendo has confirmed the dates and prices for its fall 2013 titles. Here's when you can expect both The Legend of Zelda titles, Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, and more.

Here's the info straight from Nintendo.

Wii U

  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD: Launches Sept. 20 (downloadable) and Oct. 4 (packaged) at a suggested retail price of $49.99.
  • Wii Party U: Launches Oct. 25 bundled with a Wii Remote Plus controller and stand at a suggested retail price of $49.99.
  • Super Mario 3D World: Launches Nov. 22 at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: Launches Dec. 6 at a suggested retail price of $49.99.
  • Wii Fit U: Launches this holiday season. Further details, including launch date, pricing, and bundling information, will be revealed at a later date.
  • Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games: Launches this holiday season. Further details, including launch date and pricing, will be revealed at a later date.

Here are a number of third-party Wii U titles on the way this fall:

  • Rayman Legends (Sept. 3)
  • Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (Sept. 24)
  • Just Dance 2014 (Oct. 8)
  • Skylanders SWAP Force (Oct. 13) 
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Oct. 22) 
  • Sonic Lost World (Oct. 22)
  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag (Oct. 29) 
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (Nov. 5)
  • Watch Dogs (Nov. 19)

Nintendo 3DS

  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds: Launches Nov. 22 at a suggested retail price of $39.99.
  • Mario Party: Island Tour: Launches Nov. 22 at a suggested retail price of $39.99.

Additionally, Nintendo has conveniently shared the launch dates of a number of third-party titles:

  • Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (Sept. 24)
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril (Oct. 22) 
  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (Oct. 25)
  • Skylanders SWAP Force (Oct. 13)
  • Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! (Nov. 19) 
  • Sonic Lost World (Oct. 22)

 

Our Take
I'm glad to have some of these dates finally. I'm eager to pick up Wind Waker HD and Link Between Worlds. Some of the pricing decisions are interesting, with first-party Wii U prices fluctuating between $49.99 and $59.99. The price discrepancy is even broader when you consider that Wii Party U comes with a Wii Remote Plus and still carries the lower price point. Nintendo has put a premium price tag on Mario 3D World, while Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze will come in $10 lower.

It's hard not to read into the pricing a bit and infer something about Nintendo's perception of the titles' relative quality. We'll have to wait for reviews to see if retail price has any relation to enjoyment, though.

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