Nintendo Releases Highly-Anticipated Games

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Nintendo released updates to the top-selling Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon franchises last night. The games join other blockbuster titles in the company's holiday line-up.

Good morning and Happy Friday. Nintendo released three new products last night, and I stopped by the Nintendo World Store here in New York City to check them out. Here’s what you should know.

First up, the new games. With Super Smash Bros for Wii U and remakes of two Pokémon titles, Nintendo is doing what it does best: refreshing classic game franchises for their next-generation consoles. Early reviews have been very positive, with CNET saying Super Smash Bros “should be the one staple in every Wii U library.”

But fans at the launch event last night were even more excited for the updated Pokémon titles, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Pokémon Omega Ruby. The Nintendo 3DS reboots bring improved graphics and gameplay to the top-selling Pokémon games originally released for Gameboy in 2002.

The other big release of the night was Amiibo, a collection of figurines that interact with popular Nintendo games. The toys are something entirely new for Nintendo, and it’s unclear how successful they will be. But at $15 a pop, Amiibo could help the company turn its sales numbers around (even if each gamer only picks up one or two).

2014 has been a strong year for Nintendo. Sales of the company’s Wii U consoles are way up and they already have two blockbuster releases under their belt: Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. There’s never been a better time to buy a Nintendo console, and I think the company has a bright holiday quarter ahead.

Drew Rapp

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