WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Jan. 16, 2014) - Join Mario and friends for a party in the clouds in Mario Party: Island Tour launching across Europe for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on 17th January. It's never been easier to get the party started in multiplayer as Mario Party: Island Tour only requires one copy of the game to be enjoyed with up to three other friends* using the Nintendo 3DS system's Download Play feature. Whether you're a fan or new to the series, this latest instalment of the madcap virtual board game has plenty for everyone, with 7 brand new game boards, 80 addictive minigames and a variety of modes for family and friends to enjoy.
Choose from a range of beloved Nintendo characters to play as, such as Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach and Toad, and party across 7 uniquely themed game boards each with different goals and play styles. For instance, play chicken with Banzai Bills on Banzai Bill's Mad Mountain and try your luck to see whether risky moves get you to the finish first, or collect boosters to tune up your rocket and race to the finish on Rocket Road. Each game board is jam-packed with its own range of special cards or dice that could turn the tide of the game and are won through exciting minigames. In Mario Party: Island Tour it's always your party, so you can choose whether more skill or luck will be required when you pick a game board of your preference, or even determine the difficulty level of the minigames.
Alternatively, jump straight into minigame mayhem in a dedicated mode, competing with friends or playing solo across 80 minigames full of variety. All-new minigames integrate the unique features of the Nintendo 3DS system in fun new ways, such as the microphone in Soundalike Star Show, where you try to impersonate favourite Nintendo characters, while in Ready, Aim, Fuzzy! you use motion controls to target your bow and arrow and try to take out as many Fuzzies as possible.
There are also brand new AR minigames that use the? Card that is bundled with every Nintendo 3DS system, to conjure an augmented reality where a special range of minigames can be played. For instance, there's a tower that you need to physically move 360° around to see all the obstacles so you can climb it, or play against others to attack a mass of waddling Goombas; all of which appear before your eyes in augmented reality on your Nintendo 3DS system.
Many features can also be enjoyed solo, from playing against computer controlled characters across many of the game boards to the brand new single player Bowser's Tower mode, which challenges you to reach the top as you try your hand at minigames of ever-increasing difficulty: succeed to advance up one floor, else it's game over. There are even boss battles unique to this mode, such as a fight against a stack of Goombas, with plenty more colourful challenges on your way to the top. In addition, StreetPass is employed in a mode where you can meet Mii characters of other Mario Party: Island Tour players and battle their favourite Nintendo character in random minigames to earn Mario Party Points that you can use to purchase unlockables at the in-game shop.
Kick off the Mario Party: Island Tour in the clouds on 17th January 2014, available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems as both a digital download from the Nintendo eShop, and a packaged version at retail.
*Each player requires a Nintendo 3DS family system.
For further details:
Mario Party: Island Tour Game Page http://www.nintendo.co.uk/mariopartyislandtour
Super Mario Hub http://www.nintendo.co.uk/mario
Nintendo 3DS Guided Tour http://guidedtour.nintendo.co.uk
Nintendo 3DS (UK) on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Nintendo3DSUK
Nintendo UK on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/NintendoUK
Nintendo of Europe on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendoeurope
Nintendo UK on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendouk
About Nintendo 3DS:
Nintendo 3DS family consists of a Nintendo 3DS system, Nintendo 3DS XL system (both with a 3D feature) and a Nintendo 2DS system (no 3D feature). Nintendo 3DS family offers Parental Controls so that parents can control the content their children can access and the games they can play. Additionally, devices with a 3D feature allow parents to control the level of 3D their children can view and also provide a 3D depth slider which lets players turn off or adjust the level of 3D they want on the 3D Screen. Nintendo 3DS family also features two built-in screens for different functionality, a Circle Pad which provides a full 360 degrees of direction, a built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor. It is equipped with three cameras (two of which are facing outwards to allow the taking of 3D pictures), houses a 2GB/4GB SD Memory Card and is compatible with AR Cards which come packaged with Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo 3DS family is also backwards compatible with all existing Nintendo DS games, which can be played in 2D on your Nintendo 3DS system.
The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.1 billion video games and more than 659 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe.