This morning“s Nintendo Direct presentation was certainly...something else. At the end of the presentation, I“m honestly not sure whether I“m set to spend money on a brand new Nintendo system or on some therapy. For those of you who didn“t catch the broadcast that ended just a little while ago, here“s all the important pieces of information in one place! Without further ado:
The presentation opened with footage of the latest Fire Emblem game for Nintendo 3DS (seen above). At first I thought we were looking at the long-awaited Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, but as it turns out: this is a brand new game for Nintendo hand-helds from the team behind Fire Emblem Awakening. According to Iwata, this game will feature brand new mechanics never before seen in the franchise. It“s good to see Fire Emblem getting some love in North America and Europe right away; we've come a long way since the days when Awakening“s localization was questionable.
After the Fire Emblem reveal, several minutes were devoted to some puzzle games coming to Nintendo 3DS! The first of which is something we“ve known about for a little while, Puzzle & Dragons Z and Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition are coming to North America as a set, in one box. The game(s) will be available in North America around May 2015. The second is a brand new PokÃ©mon puzzle game reminiscent of PokÃ©mon Trozei. PokÃ©mon Shuffle is free to play (with a paid content model, of course) on the Nintendo eShop, and is coming in February.
This next bit is huge news. Games originally available on Wii like Super Mario Galaxy 2, Punch Out, and Metroid Prime Trilogy are going to be downloadable on the Wii U very soon. In the case of Super Mario Galaxy 2, it“s going to be available today. Punch Out is coming on January 22nd, and Metroid Prime Trilogy is coming on January 29th. Nintendo“s aim with making these games available as digital download seems to be a way to create Wii games with Gamepad support, as well as make harder to find games like the Metroid Prime Trilogy and hopefully Xenoblade Chronicles, eventually available to everyone.
A hard date for Wave 3 amiibos was not given during the presentation (you can still expect those next month, though), but a new wave of Super Smash Bros. amiibos was announced. You can grab Lucina, Robin, Pac Man, Ness and Wario this spring. Also announced this morning: a brand new series of amiibos from Super Mario Bros. Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Peach, Yoshi and (for the first time) Toad will be available on March 20th, 2015. The Toad amiibo will be compatible with an update coming to Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker in March.
Ten amiibo will be compatible with Mario Party 10, a game that got a bit of coverage and new information this morning. Several new modes of play were outlined.
After Mario Party 10, more information about Splatoon was revealed. The game“s central hub world was shown for the first time, and Mr. Trinen spent several minutes explaining some features about the game including character customization and more. This game is targeted for May 2015.
Majora's Mask fans and Hyrule Warriors fans alike will be excited for this next bit of DLC-related news. Tingle is coming as a playable character to Majora's Mask-themed DLC coming to Hyrule Warriors! His main weapon of choice is his balloon.
After talking up Splatoon, a brand new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles X was shown (above) featuring wildly impressive visuals and some story bits. The game is still targeted for 2015 in North America, but Japan actually got a release date: April 29th, 2015.
We haven“t heard new information about Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars since E3 of last year, but that changed today. This game will be available for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, but for the first time ever...Nintendo is offering a download code for the opposite system“s version upon your initial purchase of the game! That“s right folks...this new Mario vs. Donkey Kong game is essentially cross-buy! It“s going to be available on March 5th.
The second major arc of the Direct was focused on games coming from third-party developers. I think one a handful of people are going to be interested in is Project Treasure, a co-op game for Wii U coming from Namco-Bandai. Other games mentioned in this bit of time include Eliot Quest (whose gameplay and visuals seem inspired by Kid Icarus, in my opinion), Blek, Citizens of Earth, Gunman Clive 2, the remaining episodes of Moon Chronicles from Renegade Kid, the SEGA 3D Classics I told you guys about a few months back, Etrian Mystery Dungeon, and Story of Seasons.
Before passing things over to Reggie Fils-Aime, the new Fossil Fighters game for Nintendo 3DS was shown. Fossil Fighters Frontier (above) will be available on March 20th, 2015.
And now for the moment many have been waiting for. Reggie announced the New Nintendo 3DS XL for North America this morning, as well as its release date of February 13th, 2015. Looks like that GameStop poster that leaked was right...which means yes, both Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Majora“s Mask 3D are coming February 13th as well. Here“s the thing, though: both of those games are being celebrated with the release of Limited Edition New 3DS XL systemsâ€¦.one for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and one for Majora“s Mask 3D, respectively. The latter sold out in 15 minutes, long before I could even tell you guys about it!
A few bits of info not related to the system itself or those two games were revealed during the final arc of the Nintendo Direct. First of all: Fire Emblem amiibos will be compatible with Codename S.T.E.A.M. You can use Marth, Ike, Robin and Lucina amiibos to bring those characters to your game! And don“t worry, you folks hesitant to buy Marth on eBay: a reprint of Marth is happening soon.
Xenoblade Chronicles for the New Nintendo 3DS XL was confirmed for North America during the presentation as well. The game has been announced for April in North America, but Europe and Japan both got a concrete date of April 2nd, 2015. I presume North America won“t be waiting long. The game is being worked on by Monster Games, the same folks who ported Donkey Kong Country Returns to Nintendo 3DS a ways back. Also: Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+ has been announced for February 13th, 2015. View the official PR for the game here.
What“s the major down-swing that has many Nintendo fans in North America talking? There is no New Nintendo 3DS [regular size] in North America; only the New 3DS XL has been confirmed. That“s right. Reggie spent some time detailing the system (including its use of MicroSD cards instead of regular SD cards, and the fact that System Transfer information will be made available soon), but made no mention of the smaller option. That means all the nifty face-plates available to Europe and Japan won“t be a thing in North Americaâ€¦.at least for now! The system will be available for $199.99, and pre-orders are available now.
So much new information. What was your favorite part of the new Nintendo Direct? I“ll be updating this post live with assets and appropriate links as I grab them from Nintendo and other places. In the meantime, if you missed the presentation, I“ve embedded it below.
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