Nintendo Direct for 5-17-13: Tons of Pikmin 3 information, E3 demos coming to Best buy and much more!

Nintendo had some huge announcements in today’s Pre-E3 Nintendo Direct, focusing on the Wii U titles.  I’ve written a summary of what all happened during the Direct, but the video can be seen in it’s entirety below.

  • Nintendo will show a Nintendo Direct during the week of E3 (This will be considered their main press conference)
  • Mario & Sonic at the 2014 Winter Olympics will be coming to the Wii U, featuring new games like Hurling, Figure Skating and the Biathlon.  It will use the Wii-mote plus and Wii U gamepad.  New mixed events (combining many types of Olympic competition) and dream events (events taking place in the world of Sonic and Mario allowing for even crazier moments) coming as well.  No release date announced.
  • Nintendo has entered into a worldwide partnership with Sega for the Sonic the Hedgehog Franchise.  From sources on other sites it seems that Nintendo consoles will now be the exclusive home of Sonic for the foreseeable future.  Sonic: Lost World, a new “action-adventure platforming game” will be coming to Wii U and 3DS.  No release date given, but new information will be given around E3.
  • New Sega titles will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS vitrual console in the near future.  Some of the titles are Sonic the Hedgehog, Crystal Warriors, Shining Force 2, and Sonic Labyrinthine.  There are many more but I only listed a few, mostly Sonic titles.  They will also be showing new Sega Game Gear content on the Eshop soon.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons will be available on May 30th on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.  They will be $5.99 each, but for the first three weeks after launch they will cost $3.99 each.
  • In Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, their will be 8 new levels that were not in the original Wii version.  Each level will be based on one of the levels in the original game (I assume this to mean the N64 version).  It’s available in retail and eShop on May 24th
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be available on June 9th, and the Nintendo Treehouse localization team will be releasing videos in anticipation for the launch.  It is being described as the team reminiscing about the series and talking about the new game.  One episode can be found here. Videos will also be on the eShop.
  • Game and Wario, coming to the Wii U on June 23rd for 39.99, was shown off.  The new game will feature many of new mini-games like Island; a 2-5 player game where players try to get a higher score by launching “Fronks” onto a island by using the gamepad.
  • Resident Evil: Revelations will be on Wii U on May 21st and feature updated graphics and an all new Infernal mode.  Think of Infernal mode as a hardcore mode, where the locations of enemies, items and enemy difficulties are all changed.  It will also feature new controls using the gamepad, and you can play the full game using just the gamepad in off TV mode.
  • The DLC for New Super Mario Bros U, New Super Luigi U, will not feature Mario as a playable character.  Instead players can play as Luigi, Blue Toad, Yellow Toad and Nabbit.  Nabbit will be familiar to those who have played New Super Mario Bros U, as they thief who you had to chase throughout stages.  Nabbit takes no damage from enemies, so they advise choosing Nabbit if you find the gameplay challenging.  New Super Luigi U will be released on the eShop on June 20th for $19.99, and a retail standalone version, that does not require the original title, will be available for 29.99 on August 25th.
  • The Wonderful 101, from the great team at Platinum Games, will launch on September 15th,  More details will be shown between now and launch.
  • In Pikmin 3, you will play as one of 3 new main character: Alph, Charlie or Brittany (Note: No Olimar).  Their home planet is currently facing doomsday due to a food shortage and these three are sent into space in search of food to return to the planet.  The group crash lands and meets the Pikmin on a mysterious planet.  The groups goal is to collect fruit which can be used as their new food resource.
    • You use the Pikmin’s help to capture the fruit and have to eat some of it each day in order to survive.  You play as all three characters in order to increase the number of tasks you can complete. The gamepad’s touch screen will also act as a map for the player in an almost RTS-esc way.  Allowing you to direct the characters however you see fit
    • The game can be played with the Gamepad, Pro Controller or Wiimote/Nunchuck combo.  It can also be played on just the gamepad, by using either the gamepad itself or the Wiimote/Nunchuck combo.  The game will release on August 4th for the Wii U.
  • “We want to make E3 for the people”, Reggie Fils-Aime said, announcing a partnership with Best Buy by giving demos of unreleased Wii U games at over 100 retail locations during the week of E3.  More information will be coming in the next few weeks.

Overall this presentation was less impressive than Nintendo’s last Direct, but gave us quite a bit to salivate over.  Pikman 3 looks like it will move some systems for them, though i could see Super Luigi U confusing many parents out there.  The new exclusive partnership with Sonic could be great for both of them if the games turn out as good as I know they can be.  The E3 for the People partnership with Best Buy will also be great, and allow smaller sites like this one to give you feedback on the demos that would normally only be shown at E3 (Expect an article on each demo).    With more information coming soon at E3, I think things are looking up for Nintendo.

By, Bobby Marquardt


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