Today’s Nintendo Direct was, like normal, a doozy. Below we will go over what was announced on this video, and the video itself will be listed at the bottom.
- Mario & Luigi: Dream Team to be released on August 11th on 3DS and on the e-shop
- Mario Golf: World Tour will feature competitive multiplayer against players across the globe with real time play and local multiplayer. It also features leaderboards and tournaments. A community feature is also involved, similar to the ones found in Mario Kart 7. Launch date: This summer.
- Mario Party 3DS announced. Very similar to previous titles, but features new mini games (81 of these), new boards (7 of these) and items. Coming this winter.
- New Super Luigi U, DLC for New Super Mario Brothers U, where you can have Luigi as the main protagonist. Luigi can jump higher than Mario and run faster, but it is harder for him to stop after dashing. All courses also have only 100 seconds on the clock, forcing you to play smarter and faster, with a focus on replay-ability. Scheduled to release this Summer.
- Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, a remake of the Wii title, has new features that will optimize it’s capabilities on the Wii U. More of a focus on gamers likely playing for shorter periods of time (as opposed to how long people would play the original on Wii) with a new mode to make it less challenging. It still comes with the original mode though, and comes with 8 new levels. Launching on May 24 in retail and the E-Shop.
- New Yoshi Island game announced for 3DS, and keeps many of the series previous features while introducing new ones that work well with the 3DS’ features. No release date given, but expect more in the future (E3?).
- Mario & Donkey Kong: Mini’s on the Move is coming to the E-Shop exclusively. It is an action-puzzle title, with focus on the 3DS’s dual screen features to guide multiple characters. They touted the over 180 different stages and allows for community creation of stages. Available only on the E-Shop on May 9th.
- The Wii U Spring system update will be released next week. It should decrease load times, and add new features, like moving data between USB drives. Allows the installing of software in the background and automatically receive updates without starting the software. Also features a new Standby mode allowing you to download updates. The Wii U Virtual Console will launch the day the update is available.
- All Wii Virtual console titles will be available on Wii U, They are also working to bring GBA and N64 titles to the system in the future.
- Pikman 3 will launch on August 4, and they showed off a new Pikman type: Flying Pikman called Winged Pikman. They follow the player in the air, and can carry items in the air.
- Earthbound (aka Mother 2) will finally be available on the virtual console in NA and Europe later this year. The release date will be announced later.
- Game & Wario coming to WiiU, which focuses on using both the controller and tv. The uses seem very creative and I’ll let you check those out for yourself. It will be in stores and on the E-shop on June 23rd
- Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins on 3DS is a prequel to Lego City Undercover. The game shows Chase McQueen’s rise through the ranks of the police force. Coming April 21st to both retail and the E-Shop.
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf launches on June 9th in stores and E-Shop. It will also have a 3DS hardware bundle with the game installed already. Price: 219.99
- Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages & Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons will both be coming to 3DS virtual consoles on May 30th. They feature the same inter-connectivity of the original releases.
- Bravely Default from Square Enix, a formerly Japan exclusive, will be available for 3DS in 2014.
- A new Professor Layton title is coming in 2014. It will feature 500 new puzzle and will conclude the second Layton saga.
- Multiple new titles from Level 5 Studios are coming to 3DS. One title is The Starship Damarey, another is called Bugs vs Tanks coming from Keiji Inafune, and the final is Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale. I won’t explain these titles in full, but all seem quite interesting. No release date was given, but they said “Coming soon”.
- Shin Megami Tensei IV will launch in the US on July 16th.
- A sequel to The Legend of Zelda: A link to the Past was announced. It will feature 2.5D gameplay where multi-leveled dungeons will be a norm. Link can also become a drawing in this title on move across the walls, which will allow for new puzzle solving. It will be launching this Holiday season.
Overall this was an incredibly impressive presentation from Nintendo which even has me (as a current DS owner) want to upgrade to the 3DS and maybe even the WiiU. Like the 3DS before it I think people are counting out the WiiU far too early. Nintendo seems to not like to launch many amazing games with there console but then dump a barrel full of them on is in the years following (including Pokemon X & Y which will likely be why I upgrade). The presentation can be seen in full below. I highly recommend watching it.
by, Bobby Marquardt