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Pikmin 2 Wii Release Date Announced

Donkey Kong Country Returns and others are also receiving price cuts.

Nintendo announced via press release yesterday that two popular titles will be augmenting the Nintendo Selects collection. Chief among the two is the recently announced US release of Pikmin 2 for the Nintendo Wii. The GameCube favorite will be released on June 10, 2012 and will retail for $19.99. Pikmin 2's primary upgrade are new controls that take advantage of the Wii Remote.

Mario Power Tennis is the second title to be added to the list, which like Pikmin 2, is a port of a GameCube game outfitted with new motion controls retailing for $19.99. Though not coming to the Selects line, both Donkey Kong Country Returns and Super Smash Bros. Brawl will be dropping in price to $29.99.

Other games in the Nintendo Selects collection include Super Mario Galaxy, Mario Strikers Charged, Punch-Out!!, Super Paper Mario, Wii Sports, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Mario Super Sluggers.

Press Release


Pikmin 2 Makes Its U.S. Wii Debut, Joins Mario Power Tennis in Nintendo Selects

Nintendo is adding two great games to the Nintendo Selects value collection for the Wii console on June 10 with Mario Power Tennis and Pikmin 2, a Nintendo GameCube classic making its U.S. debut on Wii. Nintendo Selects games are available at a suggested retail price of $19.99.

Separately, two of the best-selling Wii games of all time will be getting new prices: Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Donkey Kong Country Returns each will be available at a suggested retail price of $29.99. The value pricing provides shoppers with a great way to expand their game collections with some of the hottest Wii games around.

Pikmin 2 has updated controls optimized for the Wii console as players help brave Captain Olimar and his assistant, Louie, salvage treasures and return them to their home planet. In addition to the original red, blue and yellow Pikmin from the first game, players can also take command ofpurple and white Pikmin, creating a wealth of new strategic options. Additionally, Pikmin 2 features a frantic, two-player split-screen multiplayer battle mode, for which additional accessories are required and are sold separately.

Mario Power Tennis lets players power up their tennis game by swinging the Wii Remote to smack powerful forehands and backhands. Players can take on the role of their favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters and play on imaginative courts not possible in the real world, including a court littered with Mario-style power-ups. As players win tournaments, clear minigames or challenge Gimmick Courts, they unlock new characters, courts and challenges. Up to four players can compete in wild multiplayer action.

The fan-favorite Super Smash Bros. Brawl features dozens of characters from numerous Nintendo games and franchises in a battle royale. Up to four players can battle in the same room or over a broadband Internet connection. To date the game has sold nearly 5.5 million in the United States alone.

Donkey Kong Country Returns is a new take on the classic platforming, barrel-blasting and banana-hoarding franchise. The game features the first simultaneous cooperative game-play mode for the series, allowing both novice and skilled players to play the game together. Players run, jump, climb and defeat enemies through diverse environments until they retrieve Donkey Kong's stolen banana hoard. The game has sold more than 2.5 million in the United States.

Other games in the Nintendo Selects collection include Super Mario Galaxy, Mario Strikers Charged, Punch-Out!!, Super Paper Mario, Wii Sports, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk and Mario Super Sluggers.


 

Comments

Esteban Cuevas Staff Alumnus

05/15/2012 at 08:12 AM

Waiting for DKCR and Brawl to drop in price has paid off!

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Nick DiMola Director

05/15/2012 at 10:24 AM

Glad to see Pikmin 2 releasing at such a reasonable price. I'll definitely be looking into a purchase.

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

05/15/2012 at 10:31 AM

You don't have the GC version?

Nick DiMola Director

05/15/2012 at 10:51 AM

Oh, I definitely do... I just like this version better. Wii controls definitely improve the title.

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

05/15/2012 at 10:55 AM

Fair enough. I haven't had the chance to try the Pikmin games with Wii controls, but something tells me come November (hopefully) I will get the chance to.

Matt R Staff Alumnus

05/15/2012 at 01:13 PM

Now even more people can ignore one of the best games ever made.

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