Nintendo Direct on 2-13-14 Recap!

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Nintendo did a long Direct today to talk about this Spring’s Wii U and 3DS games.  You can watch the Direct here, if you are more for words I have you covered below.  Any games with available trailers are hyperlinked in their names.

  • We started the show off with the reveal of Little Mac being a new fighter for Super Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS.  He will come with a power-up meter which allows him to gain a KO punch over time.  Could this be OP?  Maybe.  We’ll have to see when Smash releases later this year.
  • Mario Golf World Tour‘s singleplayer mode called Castle Club was detailed.  You play as your Mii and can customize him/her with different clothes clubs and balls.  Each of those clubs and clothes combos give you different abilties.  The Castle Club will allow you to sharpen your skills before taking on friends.  Coming to the 3DS on May 2nd.
  • Kirby Triple Deluxe was shown next.  Iwata went into detail on how each ability you absorb can do multiple things.  Like the horn-head allows you to carry an enemy with you on the horn.  Their are new collectibles called key-chains in the game, and they can be gained through Street Pass as well as in game.  Coming to 3DS on May 2nd as well.
  • Yoshi’s New Island features no level timer, tho if Baby Mario gets away you have to save him in time.  Yoshi can also get transformation that allow him to gain wings or become a jackhammer (not joking).  It launches on 3DS on March 14th.
  • A new free-to-play Steel diver game called Subwars was revealed.  It’s a first person shooter style submarine battle game.  It’s a free-to-play game that gives you two subs to begin with, and a premium version giving you the complete 18 subs.  The free version seems like a mere trial if anything.  Available now on 3DS eShop.
  • Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball is a free-to-play minigame collection which gives you one game to start, and then you can buy the remaining ones.  Interestingly, you can haggle with the game for a lower price.  You can haggle by talking and by offering items you earn in-game.  It launches on the 3DS eShop in April.
  • Pokemon Battle Trozei announced for the 3DS, and it is seems a lot like a Candy Crush Pokebattler.  It features up to four player online play, and coming to the 3DS on March 20th.
  • Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is Emmy’s final adventure with the Professor.  They have added a Street Pass function which allows you to get treasure you otherwise couldn’t.  Coming to the 3DS on February 28th.
  • Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate is coming to the 3DS in America in 2015, and will feature four player online co-op.
  • You can manage a weapon shop inside an RPG in Weapon Shop de Omasse.  You craft the hero’s weapons and armor, and if you screw up, they likely won’t survive their quest.  Coming to the 3DS eShop on February 20th.
  • Inazuma Eleven, the much loved soccer RPG, is on the 3DS eShop right now.
  • Treasurenauts, Shovel Knights, Moon Chronicles, 1001 Spikes, and Retro City Rampage all coming to the Nintendo 3DS eshop.
  • Child of Light, the Ubisoft platformer RPG, is coming to the Wii U eShop on April 20th.
  • Nintendo showed off the launch trailer for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and it features DK riding a Rhino into a tornado.  It’s coming to the Wii U on February 21st with leaderboards.
  • Seven Koopalings are joining Mario Kart 8, which launches on the Wii U on May 30th.
  • New footage of Monolith’s new Wii U exclusive codenamed X was shown.  It featured a fight where players battle a small monster on foot, and then seamlessly jumped into a mech to fight a much bigger monster.  No release date or window was given.
  • The final game shown was Bayonetta 2.  In the new trailer we see that you may be playing as a new character, at least for a little while, during the game.

It was an impressive overall Direct, but once again lacked in the Wii U department.  Yes we saw more from Smash, and X, but their were no real release dates, no new titles, and no hype for the fledgling console.  The 3DS on the other hand got a ton of great games, and I’m probably going to be buying both Kirby and Mario Golf on the 2nd of May.  What did you guys think of the Direct?  Let me know in the comments below!

by, Bobby Marquardt

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