Animal Crossing: New Leaf makes its American debut at SXSW

We almost don't want to tell you this for fear of bringing even more of the world to Austin's crowded hotels, eateries, and highways this weekend, but Nintendo's got some cool stuff to show off at SXSW Gaming from March 8-10.

Most exciting is a "guided demo opportunity" of this year's 3DS relax-em-up Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the first time it'll be playable in North America. Other 3DS games on display include Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Gates to Infinity, Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate, and eShop games Kersploosh! and HarmoKnight.

New Wii U games to be shown at SXSW include Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, Lego City Undercover, and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. SXSW Gaming will take place at the Palmer Events Center, and is open to the public.
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Nintendo Gives Fans a Backstage Pass to Fun at SXSW With Top 2013 Games

Attendees Can Experience More Than 10 Unreleased Games for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS at Upcoming Event

SXSW 2013
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Visitors to this year's SXSW Gaming Expo will be able to go behind the scenes to experience an exciting lineup of unreleased games and experiences from Nintendo for both the new Wii U home console and the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system, from the latest installments of classic franchises to new software that lets players interact with one another in fresh and exciting ways. The three-day event will feature the public debut for several Nintendo 3DS games in North America, including a guided demo opportunity with Animal Crossing: New Leaf, as well as playable demos for Nintendo eShop titles HarmoKnight and Kersploosh! Visitors can also play unreleased Wii U titles like the open-world fun of LEGO® City Undercover, the high-octane racing of Need for Speed Most Wanted U from Electronic Arts and the team-based action of Monster Hunter Ultimate from Capcom.

"Hearing about upcoming games is one thing, but with Nintendo the proof is always in the playing," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "SXSW is where fans of all types of entertainment and technology come together, and we'll have games on hand to excite every type of visitor."

The SXSW Gaming Expo is open to the public and runs March 8-10 at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas, 78704. The Nintendo booth is #500, where visitors can find game demos and giveaways (while supplies last).

Wii U games and applications scheduled to be shown include:

Pikmin 3 from Nintendo
The Wonderful 101 from Nintendo
LEGO® City Undercover from Nintendo
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate from Capcom
Need for Speed Most Wanted U from Electronic Arts
Wii Street U powered by Google from Nintendo
New Super Mario Bros. U from Nintendo
Nintendo Land from Nintendo
Nintendo 3DS games scheduled to be shown include:

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon from Nintendo
Animal Crossing: New Leaf from Nintendo (guided demonstration)
LEGO® City Undercover: The Chase Begins from Nintendo
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity from Nintendo
Kersploosh! from Nintendo
HarmoKnight from Nintendo
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate from Capcom
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate from Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
Fire Emblem Awakening from Nintendo
Remember that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit and

About Nintendo: 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, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4 billion video games and more than 651 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii 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 America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company's website at

This article was originally published on Joystiq.