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  1. Though we had previously gotten a "mini" Nintendo Direct in January, the one we had yesterday was effectively the first real substantial Nintendo Direct of the year. And what a Direct it was! I won’t cover every announcement here as there are plenty of other places to go for a detailed recap, including watching the actual video itself. Instead, I'll be analyzing what we saw and what it means, all starting with the video's biggest reveal. Super Smash Bros. is finally coming to Switch, and it’s likely not a port Let's be real here: Of everything Nintendo could have announced, Super Smash Bros. was one of the least suspected games. In fact, it was almost a given that it wouldn't be shown. Why? Because every past iteration of the game has been announced at E3, arguably the most important video game industry event of the year. The fact that they chose to reveal the game now instead of E3 is very interesting; perhaps Nintendo wants to it to have a greater mindshare among fans now rather than simply revealing it four months before launch. The strategy behind it makes sense; generate a ton of hype and let fans spread the word, then get even more info in June. You think people were excited for E3 before? They’re going to be ecstatic now that it’s guaranteed Smash will be the main showcase. And, oh yeah – the game is coming out this year as well. It was a well-played, strategic move on Nintendo’s part, and the reveal was pulled off excellently (the reflection of the Smash logo in the Inkling’s eye was a great touch). Those short few seconds will help sustain the hype for Nintendo and the Switch over the next few months as we wait to see what else they’ll reveal. Third parties are crushing it on Switch (or should I say "Crashing" it?) The Switch already pulled off some impressive third-party surprises in 2017. From Bethesda’s Skyrim, Doom, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus to Rockstar’s L.A. Noire and more, the Switch is getting the most third-party support it’s seen since the Gamecube’s heyday. But yesterday’s Direct was a clear affirmation that third-parties are continuing to take notice of the Switch’s success and that they’re largely here to stay this time around. Nowhere was this more evident than with the announcement of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – previously a PS4-exclusive – coming to Switch this year. Not only that but other powerhouse AAA titles like South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Okami HD, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, and even indie hits like Undertale are making their way over as well. Unless Nintendo does something to really botch up the 2018 release schedule, momentum will likely only keep building from here as more and more third parties square up to release their games and nab their own piece of the Switch pie. The Port, Remaster, and Collection Plan – How 3DS will be sustained Microsoft and Sony would probably be booed into oblivion if they announced as many ports, remasters, and collection/remixes as Nintendo announced, but there’s at least one good reason why the latter can get away with it for now. The Wii U was an unmitigated sales disaster and only the most hardcore Nintendo fans played whatever games came out on it. So, for most people, when it comes to these ports? This is all new material, baby, and that includes games like the much-lauded Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – all of which we’ll see before the end of this year. On a similar note, we finally have a good idea of Nintendo’s plan for the 3DS going forward. We saw some of this last year, but the recent Direct outlines the fact that 3DS will be sustained with ports, enhanced remasters/remakes, and collections/remixes. And why not? It’s clear that Nintendo will be focusing 90-95% of its creative efforts on Switch now, and releasing ports and remakes of older games will be the cheapest, fastest, and most effective way to ensure that 3DS players will still be thrown a bone every now and then. Not only that, but Nintendo has chosen some interesting games that even longtime fans will have a hard time ignoring. Luigi’s Mansion is something we haven’t seen since the game’s original release on Gamecube in 2001, so its arrival on 3DS – especially after its sequel, Dark Moon, released on the handheld in 2013 – is a much-welcomed addition to the library. WarioWare Gold is getting the same treatment that Nintendo gave to Mario Party: The Top 100 and Rhythm Heaven Megamix, where it’s essentially a compilation of the series’ best mini-games masquerading as a new game. Yet, it’s been years since we’ve gotten a new WarioWare title, so many fans are excited and willing to overlook that particular tidbit. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey is a bit of a headscratcher. Developer Alpha Dream released Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions – an enhanced remake of the very first game in the series with a new, added side story – just last year, and now they’re doing another remake? Let’s not forget that they skipped over the second game, Partners in Time, either. Personally, I would think that many fans are getting fatigued from this series with all of the releases in recent years, but apparently they must be selling. That said, there are still new 3DS games on the horizon with the likes of Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers, Detective Pikachu, and Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido. Also, I suspect Nintendo is holding back one or two other new 3DS titles for an E3 reveal – possibly a new 2D Zelda as one last hurrah for the series on the system. Aside from that, expect to see this trend of ports and remakes on the 3DS as the handheld (presumably) continues to die down in 2019. The future for Splatoon 2 is bright; it’s the closest thing Nintendo has to a Games-as-a-Service title now Splatoon 2 is, without a doubt, one of the biggest successes on Switch outside of Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. Plenty of players dismissed it as a 1.5 version when it was initially announced, but the amount of new content Nintendo continues to pour into it is staggering. Oh, and did I mention that the DLC has been 100% free? It’s no wonder that the game manages to maintain a steady playerbase to this day. And now with yesterday’s Direct, they’ve confirmed the 3.0 update will bring dozens of new items, three new courses, and a brand new rank (Rank X) among other things. But even more importantly, Splatoon 2 is getting its first paid DLC, which smartly introduces a new single-player campaign called 'Octo Expansion' instead of splintering the player-base with multiplayer content that’s locked behind paywalls. The new campaign is quite hefty to boot, with 80 missions in addition to new stories that shed light on the series’ different characters. Oh, and you’ll unlock access to Octoling characters in multiplayer after beating it. With the continuing DLC and Octo Expansion, Nintendo appears to have a pretty clear roadmap for Splatoon 2 and values it as one of their biggest properties to keep supporting. I’m willing to bet Octo Expansion may not be the last paid DLC either; if new free DLC continues past this year, they’ll likely use the paid expansions to help fund the free updates for multiplayer while keeping the paid stuff to non-essential, optional features. Nintendo’s roadmap into 2019 and beyond Yesterday’s Direct obviously didn’t reveal everything this year has to offer, but we did get a look at a good chunk of it. Here are the most important things we now know about where the company is heading with its strategy. Nintendo is rallying around Super Smash Bros. as its big title for 2018 There will, of course, be other games coming this Fall, but these other titles will likely act as supporting games. This will probably include the still-unnamed Yoshi title that was revealed last year in addition to the new Fire Emblem. Beyond that, perhaps we'll get a Mario Party or other tertiary title? If anything, the biggest question mark is now Animal Crossing. Will we finally see it a new one for Switch at E3? Or will Nintendo save it for 2019? If Metroid Prime 4 is positioned as next year's major game, it stands to reason that it probably won't matter whether Animal Crossing releases this year or next. We’ll find out for sure in three months whether we’ll see it in 2018 or not. Switch’s lineup will likely continue to be padded with ports for the next year or two Nintendo has done an impressive job releasing at least one big game a month for Switch since its launch. But if it wants to maintain that schedule, it’ll need to rely on ports to do it, simply because new games take time to develop and it likely can't sustain that kind of momentum with them. Case in point, this spring we’re getting four ports; Bayonetta 1 and 2 have already released, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition are coming in May. That leaves April as the only month without a first-party title for now (January also had nothing). As for the second half of the year, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is the only confirmed port so far; it’ll be releasing in July. Don't be surprised if we get at least one or two more before the end of 2018. Nintendo will, for the first time in a while, be able to rely on third parties to help fill the gap between first-party releases For the last five years (at the very least), Nintendo has turned to indie games to help fill in gaps while their own first-party titles were being polished for release. This was largely out of necessity since most of the third-party support for the Wii U trickled off fast in 2013. But with the advent of Switch, third-parties are back in a big way and are releasing some of their popular titles on the platform, making the wait between big first-party titles like Smash Bros. a little easier. Also, let’s not forget the onslaught of indie games that have been coming consistently every Thursday since the end of last Summer or so. 3DS is being wound down with smaller games and ports This was expected, but what’s surprising is how Nintendo is actually keeping the 3DS alive longer than most expected. With this in mind, we'll likely see the platform being kept alive with ports and smaller games until 2020 when it’s either retired or succeeded by something else. That said, the future is looking pretty good for Nintendo. While it's hard to say whether the Switch will hit its goal of selling 20 million units for the year of fiscal 2018 (it will easily pass that number in total sales to date) it definitely looks a lot more plausible with the impending arrival of Super Smash Bros. and the gauntlet of other great games coming our way soon. What are your thoughts on the recent Direct? Has it changed your outlook on Switch this year?
  2. In a surprise (or not so surprising?) Nintendo Direct Mini this morning, a number of interesting third-party games were announced for the Nintendo Switch with releases happening this year. Check out the trailers from the newest games that were announced below! The World Ends With You: Final Remix was easily the biggest surprise -- it's an enhanced version of the original DS game that's been updated with HD visuals, a new epilogue that reveals new story beats, and the option to play via touchscreen or via Joy-Con. Some 8 years removed from its original release, fans had almost given up hope of seeing a new entry in the series. While Final Remix isn't quite that, it's great to see Square-Enix possibly gearing up to do more with the series with this announcement. Dark Souls: Remastered was also announced, marking the series first foray onto a Nintendo console. It will include the Artorias of the Abyss DLC in addition to improved framerate and resolution and will release on May 25. SNK Heroines ~Tag Team Frenzy~ -- a fighting game featuring popular female characters from various past SNK games ~ was one of the more unique titles announced and is coming this Summer. Fan-favorites like King of the Fighters' Mai Shiranui, Athena Asamiya, Leona Heidern, and Yuri Sakazaki were all confirmed to be a part of the roster, and you'll be able to dress them up in a variety of costumes and items as well. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana was also announced in what was a fairly strong showing for NIS America. This eighth installment in the series features series protagonist Adol on a deserted island that's inhabited by large, vicious beasts. You'll need to build a base, find other shipwreck survivors if you hope to make it out alive. Ys VIII launches this Summer (you can read Barrel's review of the PS4 version from last year for his opinion on the game). Payday 2 was a game that was previously announced but shown off in a complete form here. You'll be able to join up with friends either locally or online to pull off heists. Other Switch-exclusive features include HD Rumble (which you'll be able to feel the rumbles of explosions and such) and a new character named Joy who wears a custom LED light mask. You can look for the game on February 27. Fe, a new 3D platformer from Zoink Games (Stick it to the Man) and EA, was announced and shown off. You'll run, jump, and glide through a dark Nordic forest to explore a world full of secrets, legends, and mystical characters. The game launches on February 16. And last but not least, Celeste was the lone indie game to be shown off (I guess if you don't count Payday 2 as one). Labeled a "pure action platformer," you'll guide protagonist Madeline as she jumps, climbs, and dashes her way through each stage. Also announced were unlockable B-side chapters that offer even more of a challenge. Celeste launches on January 25. Overall, not a lot of third-party announcements, but it's incredibly likely you'll be a hearing a lot more either directly from publishers in the coming months or in more mini directs like this one leading up to E3. What were your thoughts on the third-party games announced during this mini Direct?
  3. Today's Nintendo Switch was quite a doozy. For 45 minutes, we watched as Nintendo announced game after game that would be coming to 3DS and Switch, and they definitely had their share of surprises, even if there may not have been a megaton. Here's a quick look at the biggest news coming out of the event if you missed it. Kirby Battle Royale announced for 3DS in 2018 Remember at the start of the year when Nintendo announced a multiplayer-focused Kirby game that would be coming later? Turns out it was delayed a tiny bit, and will instead be one of the first new 3DS games out in 2018 when it hits on January 19. Titled 'Kirby Battle Royale,' it's a single- and multiplayer-focused fighter that sees Kirby battling it out alongside other Kirbys (Kirbies?) in various modes. Mario Party: The Top 100 surprise announced for release in November on 3DS This was one that sort of came out of left field. Technically, it's not a full-fledged new Mario Party, but it does contain some of the series' best minigames to play through. And while it doesn't support online play, it does offer local download play, so you can play with three other friends on just one game cart. Mario Party: The Top 100 launches on Nov. 10 on 3DS. Minecraft is coming to 3DS too?? Okay, this one was legit surprising, especially considering that 3DS is in its twilight right now. Yes, Minecraft is coming to the handheld, but only the New Nintendo 3DS, not the original. This version features Survival and Creative modes, five skin packs, and two texture packs. Also surprising: the game actually released today, but only the digital version. A physical version is releasing at a later date. Atlus bringing the heat with four upcoming 3DS games When all is said and done with the 3DS, let everyone remember that Atlus was by far one of the biggest and most productive publishers on the handheld. Even in its late hour, the 3DS is getting four more RPGs from the Persona publisher, and they are as follows: The Alliance Alive Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux We've actually known about all four, and two of them are remakes/remixes of previous games, but it's still nice to know they're coming. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 finally has a confirmed release date, and it's coming before year's end And you thought it wouldn't make it this year! To be fair, I was iffy on whether it would release as well, but Nintendo assured as that all was good and well with the game as it will officially make landfall on the Switch on December. Also, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be getting a special edition that includes a sound selection CD, a special metal game case, and a 220-page hardbound art book all for $99.99. A Nintendo Switch Pro Controller themed around the game will also be available for $74.99, and boy does it look snazzy. The Kirby Switch game is revealed as Kirby Star Allies Remember that Kirby game that was in development for Switch? It's now called Kirby Star Allies, and you'll be able to recruit up to three enemies as allies (with either friends playing or CPU) and mix abilities to create new powers. Did I mention that it looks like a continuation of Kirby's Return to Dreamland? Because it does, and that can only be a good thing. Anyhow, the game is coming to Switch in the Spring. BETHESDA IS BRINGING 'WHAT' TO SWITCH??? Easily one of the biggest surprises of the Direct, bar none, was the announcement that Bethesda would be bringing both DOOM and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus to the Switch. You heard that right, this is not a drill! DOOM will be arriving first this Fall, while Wolfenstein II will be releasing in 2018. Square Enix reveals more about Project Octopath Traveler Another game that got way too little screentime in the Nintendo Direct from earlier this year was Project Octopath Traveler, a curious yet beautiful game from the same developer that brought us Bravely Default. And, with a brand new video showcasing what the game is about, Square Enix dropped a bomb on everyone, revealing that the game looks pretty darn amazing. The developers have utilized a mix of 2D and 3D visuals to create a new aesthetic that they're referring to as HD 2D (huh), and you'll be able to choose one of eight different characters and play through their own unique story. Oh, and there's a demo on the eShop as we speak, so be sure to check it out and see what the fuss is all about. And it's coming in 2018. Yes, we know, Super Mario Odyssey still looks amazing (and why isn't it out yet?) At this point, if you're not convinced Super Mario Odyssey looks amazing, I'm not sure what else I can do. And I'm pretty sure I don't have to convince anyone else that's already looking forward to it, so I'll say that what they showed was -- once again -- pretty fantastic stuff, showcasing a few new worlds that you can expect to see, story details, and more. Be sure to check it out in the Nintendo Direct video above. Oh, and a Super Mario Odyssey-themed Switch bundle is in the works for this Fall, featuring special Mario-themed red Joy-Con controllers, a special carrying-case, a Switch console, and a download code for the game all for a cool $379.99. Other news revealed Yeah, there was something other stuff announced too that wasn't quite as big as the stuff above, but if you want to hear about it, here we go: Splatoon 2 is getting new DLC soon, including the returning Kelp Dome stage, a new stage called Snapper Canal, and an extra-large Brella weapon. ARMS is adding new playable fighter Lola Pop by way of a new update today. Fire Emblem Warriors is getting a new character in the form of Lyndis (or 'Lyn'), the protagonist from Fire Emblem on GBA. Snipperclips Plus was announced as an expanded version of the original game, and it includes more than 30 new stages, new challenges, and new features. Existing owners can purchase the new content as DLC for $9.99. It's all coming on Nov. 10, and a physical version is in the works as well. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is arriving on Switch on Nov. 17. Dragon Quest Builders is coming to Switch in Spring 2018. NBA 2K18 is coming to Switch on Sept. 15. EA Sports FIFA 18 is coming to Switch on Sept. 29. WWE 2K18 is coming to Switch sometime soon. Square Enix's Lost Sphear is coming to Switch on Jan. 23. Flip Wars is getting a new update that adds a new stage, new mechanics, local wireless multiplayer, class matches, and a new online battle mode. Morphies Law, a new multiplayer shooter is launching first on Switch as a console exclusive this Fall. Arena of Valor, a free-to-start MOBA with a roster of more than 35 heroes, will be available for beta test this Winter on Switch. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Champion amiibo are all set to release on Nov. 10. Each character will unlock a special headgear for Link based on their Divine Beast. Further functionality will be detailed later. Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millonaire's Conspiracy is set to release on Oct. 6 on 3DS. Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is set to release on 3DS in November. To watch the Nintendo Direct in full, check out the source link below. Source: Nintendo Direct What are your thoughts on the news from this Nintendo Direct?
  4. Welcome to the seventy-ninth week of my Pokémon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed last week's, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday. Victini will be available via the Nintendo Network until September 24th. Every single Mythical Pokémon will be distributed during a specific month for the remainder of this year. Now may be your only chance for a really long time, to actually catch them all! -------------------------------- Choose Your Buddy The Nintendo Direct that happened yesterday brought some interesting Sun & Moon news. The Alolan Rattata is almost certain to become a meme in its own right -- that mustache makes it kind of resemble an old-timey comic book villain. And there“s the poor Ditto on the receiving end of Snorlax“s special Z-Attack, Pulverizing Pancake. Interesting that they chose to pack in a special kind of Z-Move as the "Launch Window Mystery Gift". In the past, it“s been a Pokémon -- like Genesect & Victini in the Black & White days, and Torchic and Shiny Beldum from 6th Gen. With the versatility you can see in , it looks like Z-Moves are going to be a competitive game-changer, in my opinion. There“s not a whole lot else to get to this week. Pokémon Snap didn“t come out today, like I thought it would -- likely because of both Axiom Verge on Wii U & Skyward Sword wildly overshadowing it. Maybe next week? Oh, and more Pokémon Sun & Moon news is confirmed for September 6th -- so maybe next week“s IV will be much more jam-packed. One last thing of note, though: something interesting was datamined from Pokémon GO. A future update could see the addition of “Buddy Pokémon” -- a concept that borrows a bit from HeartGold & SoulSilver, in practice. As per the findings: if I select a Pikachu I caught, it“ll walk beside me and gather Pikachu Candy, using the same method as one does to hatch eggs. This would feel most welcome, honestly -- as it allows folks who have only seen one kind of a certain Pokémon [like me and Vulpix] to let that one walk beside them and get its respective candy to help evolve or power it up. It also addresses something I did about a month ago -- it gives you the opportunity to interact with your Pokémon after you catch them, outside of gyms. While it“s a subtle thing at best, and it“s not actually here yet -- I think the whole concept of Buddy Pokémon is absolutely a step in the right direction. Here“s to more updates that move to better communicate the philosophies of the main games. GO still feels a little too much like a departure, to me personally. That does it for this week! How do y“all feel about the Alolan Rattata, or this reported “Buddy Pokémon” deal? What news awaits us in just a few days?
  5. Today's Nintendo Direct brought quite a bit of new information our way. While no information was given about NX, Nintendo had plenty to spill on new games coming to both Wii U and 3DS, including announcements on some brand new titles. Check out the headlines below: Project Guard becomes Star Fox Guard; will be bundled with Star Fox Zero Remember Project Guard? It was a quirky concept that Shigeru Miyamoto introduced an E3 or two back that utilized the Wii U gamepad as a sort of security monitor that would have the player tracking different cameras around a complex of sorts while making sure enemy units didn't get past them. Anyhow, that concept has finally been realized as a real game that is now called Star Fox Guard in which players will set up 12 cameras to find and defeat enemies who are plaguing the mining site of Slippy's uncle, Grippy (yes, really). The game will offer 100 levels and the ability to create and share your own online, and will be included with the physical retail release of Star Fox Zero, all for $59.99 on April 22. You'll also be able to buy it standalone on the eShop for $15. Paper Mario: Color Splash announced for Wii U Hey, we predicted this last year (better late than never, right?)! Anyhow, after rumors abounded recently, it was confirmed today that a new Paper Mario game is indeed in the works for Wii U, and it's called Paper Mario: Color Splash. The game takes place on Prism Island, where the island itself has been drained of color, so it's up to Paper Mario to restore its color with his hammer. Apparently there is a battle mode, but not much has been shown of it just yet. However, the game is being referred to as an action adventure game, so this may be more of an extension of Paper Mario: Sticker Star than it is of the early RPG games in the series. Stay tuned for more information at a later date. New Super Mario Maker DLC adding keys, skewers, and more Super Mario Maker is the gift that keeps on giving as the Direct revealed that new DLC is coming that will allow you to shake a Thwomp in order to turn into a giant skewer (like the ones in Super Mario World). Also, keys are finally being added, meaning you'll need to find them to unlock certain doors in levels. Finally, a Super Expert mode will add six additional levels to play through, and 12 more Mystery Mushroom costumes are also on the way. Atlus' Fire Emblem spin-off finally has a name ...and it's called Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (the last part is pronounced "sharp eff-ee"). I... still kinda don't get what this one is about, but apparently J-pop and fashion figure greatly into it, and it's still an RPG at its heart. In any case, expect to hear more about it soon as it's releasing on Wii U on June 24. Bandai Namco's Lost Reavers coming in April We first heard about Lost Reavers when it was announced as a free-to-play joint called Project Treasure last year. Now it's finally coming to Wii U on April 28, with a beta starting on April 14. It plays as a co-op action game where you'll team with other players online to fight zombies, solve puzzles, and find treasure. There's also a skill-based system and level progression for your characters, so if that appeals to you, keep an eye out when it launches in late April. Kirby returns to 3DS with Kirby: Planet Robobot and a new amiibo line Yep, a new Kirby game is upon us. This time Kirby will put on mech suits to dish out punishment against invaders that have mechanized Dream Land. Additionally, while piloting the mech, it will absorb any abilities that Kirby sucks up from enemies. Neat! The game will also contain a mode called Team Kirby Clash that allows up to four players with four different roles to team up against bosses and earn experience points that they can use to level up. Finally, a new Kirby amiibo line is coming! The new amiibo line features a Kirby variant with him riding a star, a Meta Knight variant, a Dedede variant, and an amiibo debut for Waddle Dee. Both Kirby: Planet Robobot and the four new amiibo figures will be releasing on June 10. Metroid Prime Federation Force coming this Spring Yup, it's still alive. After a less than welcoming reception from fans when it was announced at E3 last year, Nintendo confirmed that Metroid Prime: Federation Force is alive and well. A new trailer was showcased for the game, in addition to being confirmed for a late Spring release. Rhythm Heaven Megamix bringing the series' biggest hits to 3DS We knew it was coming sooner or later since it launched in Japan last year, but now it's official -- Rhythm Heaven Megamix is coming stateside and will offer 30 new rhythm games as well as 70 ones handpicked from previous entries in the series -- including the never-before-released-in-US GBA game. Rhythm Heaven Megamix is coming to 3DS later this year. Capcom localizing Monter Hunter X as Monster Hunter Generations in North America Another game we knew was coming sooner or later. Monster Hunter Generations is the follow-up to last year's Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and will feature crossover Fire Emblem costumes and bonus content if you have Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate save data present on the 3DS you play the game on. Monster Hunter Generations launches later this Summer. Medli and a season pass heading to Hyrule Warriors Legends On March 25, players will get to delve back into Hyrule Warriors Legends with brand new characters. One of those new characters was revealed to be Medli, who will be available as free DLC. Also, a transfer code will be made available to those who buy the game that will allow them to download the five new characters to the Wii U version of Hyrule Warriors. Additionally, players can buy a Season Pass for four upcoming DLC packs for the game; the first of which will include a new costume for Ganondorf. SNES Virtual Console games coming to New 3DS For the longest time, Nintendo fans have wanted Super NES Virtual Console games on 3DS, and now it's going to happen, albeit on New Nintendo 3DS exclusively. Super Mario World, F-Zero, and Pilotwings are currently available to buy on the New 3DS eShop right now. Then on March 24, Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Kart and EarthBound will join the lineup, with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid and Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy“s Quest coming on April 14. The New Nintendo 3DS will enable a "Perfect Pixel" version of these games, enabling them to play in their native resolution, looking better than ever. Best of the rest Splatoon is getting some updates that will add some fixes and balances to weapons and matchmaking. Disney Art Academy is coming to 3DS on May 13. It is exactly what it sounds like. Bravely Second: End Layer is coming to 3DS on April 15. Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked members will receive a special 16 digit code to access the demo early on March 7. It will then go public on March 10 and allow players to transfer bonuses into the full game when they buy it. Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past was given a new trailer but no specific release date just yet. It's still planned for Summer 2016. Fire Emblem Fates: Revelations is launching digitally for $19.99 on March 10 for those who don't have the Special Edition. Two new maps are being released for purchases today at the Dragon's Gate, and Royal Royale will be coming on March 17, with new maps coming every week thereafter until April 21. Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 is coming to 3DS this Summer and includes Gunvolt's rival Copen as a playable character. As a promotion, the original Azure Striker Gunvolt is on sale for $9.99 on the 3DS eShop until June 1. Pocket Card Journey is a new game coming to 3DS courtesy of Game Freak, which meshes Solitaire with horse racing. It launches in May. Mini Mario and Friends amiibo Challenge is a free game coming to 3DS and Wii U that will let you use amiibo to play as 1 of 11 characters with their own specifically designed levels to play through. You'll be able to play the game through a download code provided with the purchase of an amiibo on March 25, or you can download it for free on the eShop starting April 28. Isabelle amiibo figure will be available for purchase separately on June 10, along with an alternate figure featuring her Summer outfit on the same day. Series 4 of the Animal Crossing amiibo cards will be available for purchase on June 10. Which announcements are you most excited about?
  6. Jason Clement

    Nintendo Direct 3DS SNES VC

    From the album: Editor's Gallery

  7. Welcome to the forty-sixth week of my Pokémon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed the last one, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday. -------------------------------- Where It All Began... The Pokémon Company have occasionally said “we like to do the unexpected”. They were certainly true to their word last night during the Nintendo Direct. I was ready for “Pokémon Z”...and to be honest, given the anime and Events going on lately, I still am. Instead of getting a new main-line Pokémon game announcement, though, it was all about the old. Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow are coming to the 3DS Virtual Console in North America and Europe on the fabled 20th Anniversary date, February 27th, 2016. Japan“s getting those three and Green, plus physical goodies. I“d be mad about that, but... if I really wanted ”em, I could just import, thanks to owning a Japanese 3DS. Before I get sidetracked: Wow. I never thought I“d see the day, due to limited technology, incompatibility with previous Generations, and that pesky Game Link Cable. But, the Virtual Console releases will alleviate that concern by allowing players to trade between each other using 3DS wireless communications. Interesting. That means we can totally achieve the same dream we had when we were kids, on the same games as when we were kids... in the modern era. That“s pretty nifty! It yields a few speculative questions, though, and I“ll get to those shortly. Right out of the gate, though: Which versions will you be getting when the games release, if you“re planning on jumping in? You gonna be like every person I know ever and get Yellow Version because Pikachu walks behind you and is freaking adorable? Will you be getting an additional version as well, to catch unobtainable Pokémon? I“m going to just stick with Yellow myself. If the Mew/Ditto glitch is intact, I“ll just use it to obtain the 8 Pokémon (not counting evolutions) I can“t get. It“ll be interesting to see if their promise to stay true to the originals also means leaving them as incredibly broken as they were in their day. (MISSINGNO, anyone?) I'm optimistic about that. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX still has several of its game-crashing glitches like this one. The real fun will begin after those games release, though. If they sell well, could we see Gold, Silver and Crystal? Now that the three original games will exist on the 3DS Virtual Console, could the same wireless communication be employed to make a conceivable Wii U N64 Pokémon Stadium release happen, so things like the Surfing Pikachu can be obtainable? It“ll be interesting to see how far the original games will go, in terms of intertwining past and present. Of course I“m also excited about Pokkén Tournament. Glad to know amiibo collectors will get something out of its release, too. Pokémon Picross isn“t really my bag, though, because Picross has never meshed well with me. Still--at the end of the day, their willingness to embrace the past instead of announce "Pokémon Z" doesn“t mean the series is dead, or something. Lots of Twitter folks were salty over the fact that we still don“t have a new game. It“s coming. Just need to revise my earlier prediction from “sometime in November” to “sometime around February”. You know they“re going to do more to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the franchise besides releasing Pokémon GO! and the old games. Now that they“ve delivered a nostalgic curve-ball, I don“t know what to expect. And hey! This time next week, I“ll be playing Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon. Awesome! It“s really a good time to be a Pokémon fan. How are you all who got to the end of this feeling? Same as me, or upset about no “Z”? Be sure to share!
  8. Jonathan Higgins

    Nintendo Direct Recap: November 12, 2015

    And so it goes. The first Nintendo Direct since E3, and since the passing of Mr. Iwata, took place just hours ago. In summation, I“d call it everything the people disappointed by Nintendo“s E3 Direct could have hoped for, plus a few unexpected twists. A majority of the presentation covered games announced during E3, but gave them concrete release dates...plus a little extra flare, in some cases. The presentation began with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD being announced officially. It has a release date of March 4th, 2016 and comes bundled with--wait for it--a Midna & Wolf Link amiibo. This amiibo isn“t the only one compatible with the game (all the Smash Bros. Zelda characters seem to be), but Reggie mentioned that the Wolf Link amiibo“s data will somehow be transferrable to The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, which is still planned for 2016 and got a bit of new footage featuring a cloaked Link on Epona. In the realm of new things coming to already announced games: Pokkén Tournament is still confirmed for Spring 2016, but they had new information to share. There“s a Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card that will come with first-run editions of the game. It“s gonna be full retail price at $59.99 here in the states. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is coming on January 22nd, 2016. Hyrule Warriors: Legends with newly announced character “Linkle” (the long-rumored girl Link) is coming on March 25th, 2016. Star Fox Zero is coming April 22nd, 2016. There“s three important release dates for games you saw at E3. I“ll give some others a little special attention: Fire Emblem: Fates has a bit of an explanation to it. As it was in Japan, there are two versions of the game: Conquest and Birthright. You can purchase one at regular retail price, then the other digitally for only $19.99 when you“re ready to experience it. There“s also a third dubbed Revelations which will be available in the near future. For Fire Emblem fans, a special edition will be available that includes all three games, an artbook and a cool 3DS XL pouch for $79.99. It's coming on February 19th, 2016. New content is coming to both Splatoon and Tri Force Heroes. Splatoon“s new bits include over 40 pieces of new gear coming first--today, at 5 PM PT, 8 PM ET. Tomorrow at 6 PM PT, there“s a new stage coming called Museum d“Alfonsino. Even more stages and features will be added in future updates through January. A Nintendo Treehouse Splatoon Tournament will happen in December, too. Tri Force Heroes“ big update is coming on December 2nd, and adds Linebeck“s Uniform and Fierce Deity Armor outfits. The first outfit allows you to see items in chests before you open them. The second makes you even more powerful than you were before, with four beams that shoot from your sword. Also new to the update is the Den of Trials, with 30+ stages. The update will also make it easier to get Friendly Tokens, and easily blacklist players who leave during online gameplay. Oh, right. In December, a new Web portal will offer “a more robust search function to find and filter levels in Super Mario Maker”. Okay. Okay. I hope you were ready for something awesome there. Both 3DS Dragon Quest remakes are officially confirmed for North America and Europe, coming in 2016. That“s right--Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Journey of the Cursed King are a thing outside of Japan! I can“t believe it either. I always held out hope, but I never really expected it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZABoeaMm9KM Speaking of things I never would have expected...and returning to Pokémon briefly: The original Red, Blue and Yellow versions are coming to the 3DS Virtual Console on February 27th, 2016. Everything about the originals will be preserved, except: you“ll be able to trade Pokémon using the 3DS“s infrared communication. Nice! If old classics aren't enough for you, Pokémon Picross is a new free-to-play venture coming in early December. Here's a trailer for that, too. The amiibo figures for Lucas from Smash, and several Animal Crossing series amiibos like Resetti and Blathers are coming on January 22nd, 2016. That“s also when you“ll be able to purchase Series 2 of the Animal Crossing amiibo cards. The end of the presentation had an indie sizzle reel and the kinds of stuff Direct Faithful have come to expect. But here“s the grand finale: Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII is confirmed DLC for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U. I“m not the biggest fan of VII these days, but my inner-child most definitely was brought out in full force when the Smash cut began with the Final Fantasy VII opening music. Wow. By the way, a Special Smash Bros presentation is happening in December, so look forward to that...which will probably house a release date for Cloud, and more. Here“s the full Direct. What were your favorite parts? What news has you the most excited? Be sure to let us know!
  9. If you haven't heard, Nintendo mentioned that Nintendo Directs would still continue on, though they made no announcement about when the next one would be. I'm not sure we've ever seen Nintendo's new president Tatsumi Kimishima talk before, so it's hard to say whether he'd be a good fit or not for taking over Iwata's role in Nintendo Directs. That said, would you be interested to see him take over that role? Or would you rather someone else at the Japanese headquarters take over? OR would you rather see NOA take over entirely for North American Nintendo Directs? Honestly, I'd like to see NOA take over full-time, with possible small snippets and segments featuring some of the branch from NCL (Nintendo Japan). Reggie, Bill Trinen, Damon Baker, and some of the other Treehouse peeps have shown that they can carry a Direct, so it seems obvious to me that they would be the ones to carry on Directs for North America. What do you think? Should Kimishima preside over Directs in the same way Iwata did? Or would you rather someone else take over?
  10. Nintendo of America decided to follow Japan“s lead yesterday by revealing a surprise Nintendo Direct Micro just moments ago. It“s best to just watch the presentation to see everything for yourself (including English variants of some of the trailers I mentioned yesterday, like Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon). But for those who don“t have seventeen minutes to spare, here“s a quick recap: Chibi Robo: Zip Lash, the new Chibi Robo game I mentioned yesterday that comes with a brand new Chibi Robo amiibo, is coming to North America this October. The amiibo will be packaged in an exclusive Chibi Robo: Zip Lash bundle. Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure is a brand new Dr. Mario game for Nintendo 3DS. It has plenty of new gameplay options to make multiplayer modes more interesting than ever before. It“s coming on June 11th, 2015. You can pre-purchase it right now! As aforementioned, the first trailer for Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon has an English variant now. You can choose from twenty starter Pokémon to be, and to be your partner. And all known Pokémon are indeed in the game. Trinen called it “the ultimate version of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series” and said “there will always be an adventure waiting for you every time you play”. He again confirmed the game for a Winter release in North America. Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was announced after that. For the first time in 112 years, Golf has been reintroduced as an olympic sport. Wonder who has the longer drive between Mario and Sonic. Next up: the NES Zapper, seen in pamphlets since the game“s release, is coming to Splatoon. Along with it comes a new multiplayer map and Rankled Battles. The best part? That“s all coming tonight, at 7 PM PT, 10 PM ET. Art Academy: Home Studio was announced after that. You can do stuff like upload a time-lapsed video of your art“s creation on YouTube. It“s available for pre-purchase now, and will be out on June 25th. Project Treasure“s debut trailer is….right here! So, remember the Nintendo World Championships 2015? They“re still happening. But more noteworthy: Bill Trinen said one of the games involved in the competition is...a secret to everybody. That“s a Zelda reference. I“m guessing we“ll either see Zelda Wii U at the event, or a brand new Zelda game that somehow involves competitive play? Who knows, but I guess we“ll find out on June 14th! Little Battlers Experience was announced, too. It“s coming on August 21st, 2015. New content was announced for Puzzle & Dragons Z + Super Mario Bros. Edition after that. Check here for more. And last, but certainly not least? Remember that trademark from earlier? Bravely Second is now officially confirmed for the West--both North America and Europe, mind you--in 2016. That's a wrap! Here's the full presentation! Plenty of surprises this morning. Which announcement from this Nintendo Direct Micro has you the most excited? Be sure to let us know!
  11. A brand new Chibi Robo game was announced during this morning“s Nintendo Direct in Japan. The game“s coming out there later this year and...it will launch alongside a Chibi Robo amiibo! The new game, called something along the lines of “Lasso Action Guru Chibi Robo” is a platformer where you“ll use Chibi Robo“s plug like a whip and collect orbs to extend the plug“s reach. The Chibi Robo amiibo can be used and leveled up in the game, but not many details were given beyond that. The game“s debut footage has been provided below. Of course, there“s no word on the game“s western release. But E3 is just around the corner, and we did get Chibi Robo: Photo Finder here, eventually. Are you a fan of the Chibi Robo series, and excited for this new game (and amiibo)? Be sure to let us know below!
  12. It might not be the most exciting news to most who watched today's Nintendo Direct, but to some, new additions to StreetPass Mii Plaza on 3DS are definitely something to cheer about. On April 16, StreetPass Mii Plaza will receive a major update that adds two new games as well as something called "StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium." The first game is called Ultimate Angler. As the name implies, this game will be focused on fishing. There will be over 150 fish, plus "legendary monsters, to catch with bait you receive from the people you StreetPass! Battleground Z, on the other hand, is an action game that has you go against hordes of zombies. As for StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium, this service will offer new features such as StreetPass birthdays and the ability to store your favorite Miis that you've StreetPassed in a special VIP room. Each game, as well as StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium, will be available for $4.99 each. If you wish to buy both Ultimate Angler and Battleground Z, then you can buy them as a bundle for the discounted price of $7.99. Source: Do you enjoy StreetPass Mii Plaza? Will you be buying these new additions?
  13. 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. http://youtu.be/C3boz2E5_sc 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 Pokémon puzzle game reminiscent of Pokémon Trozei. Pokémon 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 systems….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 America….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. Be sure to share your thoughts with us!
  14. Nintendo Directs are really my favorite thing. Ever since I first started dabbling in this whole “writing about games” thing, I“ve always found that live presentations and convention settings are where I absolutely thrive. So, of course I“m excited that Nintendo of America, Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of Japan have announced a new Nintendo Direct for January 14th (this Wednesday)! I may or may not be flailing around like Kermit the frog. This new Direct, according to the announcement(s), will focus on Wii U and 3DS games releasing in Spring 2015. It begins broadcasting at 9 AM ET, 6 AM PT. For those of you unfamiliar: think of Nintendo Direct(s) like a miniature version of E3 Press Conferences. Nintendo has done things like announce EarthBound for the Virtual Console in North America and Europe through these things, or debut Kirby Triple Deluxe and what would become A Link Between Worlds. Crazy things have happened! With that in mind: What are some of your predictions for the upcoming Direct? I suspect we“ll see concrete release dates for Majora“s Mask 3D, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Yoshi“s Woolly World and more. And I also suspect that the New 3DS will finally be revealed to North America. Might we get a concrete date for the Xenoblade Chronicles port that was announced in Japan a few months back? I“m so excited to cover this on Wednesday! And I“m excited to hear some of your predictions, so be sure to sound off below!
  15. It was only just a few weeks ago that we got a Nintendo Direct detailing 50 new things about Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and now we'll be getting another one tomorrow detailing "upcoming titles for 3DS and Wii U," according to the press release. While Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will likely be talked about a bit since they are still releasing before year's end, there's a very good chance that this Direct will also be our first glimpse into 2015's Q1 lineup with (hopefully) a surprise or two thrown in. If you want to find out exactly what will be announced, tune in to this link tomorrow (Nov. 5) at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET. Source: Press Release What do you think Nintendo will talk about and/or announce during tomorrow's Direct?
  16. It's almost time for another Nintendo Direct, but this time it'll be based on Platinum Games' upcoming Bayonetta 2. While there was a good amount of info spilled on the game during the Treehouse Live @ E3 event, expect to hear all of the major details laid bare tomorrow. Interestingly enough, Bayonetta 2 also marks the first time a Nintendo Direct has been centered on an M-rated game; it'll be interesting to see how that's handled in comparison to previous Directs. In any case, be there Thursday afternoon/evening at 3pm PST/6pm EST at this link if you're interested in hearing more about the game. Are you looking forward to hearing more about Bayonetta 2?
  17. That's right, tomorrow at 9AM EST/6AM PST, there will be a Nintendo Direct. The focus of this direct is on Wii U and 3DS games coming out during the Spring. We actually don't know much about Nintendo's line-up beyond February, when Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Bravely Default are released, so the Direct may have a slew of new game announcements and release dates for some of the titles we already know about. You can view the Nintendo Direct here. What are you hoping to see at tomorrow's Nintendo Direct?
  18. Amongst the talk of games and Reggie chastising his workers in an elevator, today's Nintendo Direct had a few announcements for the actual system as well. The 3DS will receive an update in December, and two major additions will be brought with it. First, Miiverse will finally hit the portable, making it so that 3DS owners can use the social device as well. For those that haven't tried it on the Wii U yet, Miiverse is an application that allows you to share handwritten notes and screenshots (usually involving video games), sort of like a mix of SwapNote and Twitter. It's also worth noting that this application will be accessible even while you're playing a game, so you don't have to quit in order to access Miiverse. Second, since Miiverse works with Nintendo Network IDs, these account systems will be making it onto the 3DS as well. For those that have a Wii U, they can log onto the 3DS with their current NID, and those that do not can still create a new username and password. This is important because, after the update, you will no longer be able to download free applications and demos without having an NID. You can still purchase paid content, however, and there's a reason why... With the advent of the NID on the 3DS, your virtual wallets on the systems will now be combined. So, instead of having a 3DS monetary amount and a Wii U monetary amount, you'll have a singular wallet that you can use for both systems. No, you still cannot share Virtual Console titles or anything like that, but this makes it seem one step closer.
  19. Nintendo Directs are something of a treat for Nintendo fans, but the last couple of shows have been a little disappointing to them. However, the Nintendo Direct scheduled for Wednesday may hold some excitement for 3DS fans. Tomorrow's Nintendo Direct (which begins at 11AM EST/8AM PST) will focus on 3DS titles releasing in early 2014. That's likely to include the long-awaited RPG Bravely Default, but whatever else might be featured in the Direct is still up in the air. You can watch the Nintendo Direct tomorrow here. What games are you hoping to hear about at the Nintendo Direct?
  20. Today's Nintendo Direct started with a bang, with Satoru Iwata introducing a brand new trailer for the upcoming Super Mario 3D World for Wii U. The trailer is the first to really give us a broad look at the scope of the game's levels and challenges, and it also reveals a few new power-ups as well. We already knew about the game's headlining power-up, being the Cat transformation, but now there's also a cherry that will create a doppelganger for the character, a cannon-like helmet/hat that shoots cannonballs, a Goomba hat, what looks to be Kuribo's iceskate, and more. Super Mario 3D World will release on Nov. 22. Check out the full trailer below and let us know what you think!
  21. Jason Clement

    Next Nintendo Direct Scheduled During E3

    In the past, Nintendo usually announced Nintendo Direct presentations only a day or two before they actually happened, but this time they're giving everyone plenty of notice for their next one which is scheduled for their usual time slot in the past when they would normally have a E3 press conference. That is, the Tuesday morning after Microsoft and Sony have their conferences the day before; this year, that day falls on June 11. Like the last Direct, this one is slated to focus on upcoming Wii U software for the Fall and beyond. Nintendo has already confirmed that they will be showing off new information and have playable versions of new 3D Mario, Mario Kart, and Super Smash Bros. games, and it's likely they'll have a slew of other games to announce as well. So mark your calendars for June 11, 2013 at 7am PST/10am EST if you plan to see what Nintendo has in store for E3 and the Fall. Are you excited for Nintendo's announcements?
  22. So if you haven't heard yet, Nintendo will be hosting another Nintendo Direct presentation tomorrow, this time focusing on the Wii U lineup for the rest of Spring and the Summer. I suppose this means that they'll have another one detailing the Fall line-up later on. Anyhoo, given how past NDs have gone, we can probably expect them to tease a few surprise announcements and such. Anyone have any predictions? Perhaps we can even see who gets the most predictions correct! Here are mine - SEGA's new Sonic title will be announced Wonderful 101 will get a release date (maybe September) New Mario and Mario Kart will be teased, but are mostly saved for next Nintendo Direct First look at Super Smash Bros. U X Coming in 2014 At least one big surprise announcement; another franchise/sequel coming exclusive to Wii U 30 for 30 gets extended with at least 6 more games until the end of the year Yarn Yoshi Dated for 2014 One classic Nintendo franchise is returning: My guess is F-Zero
  23. Part of the focus of this morning's Nintendo Direct was Nintendo's partnership with Sega, and that partnership resulted in the announcement of the next game in the iconic Sonic the Hedgehog series--Sonic: Lost World. Very little was revealed during this Nintendo Direct, but the game has been confirmed to be a Nintendo exclusive, coming to the Wii U and 3DS. More information will supposedly be revealed before E3, so you can expect everyone's favorite blue hedgehog to make an appearance in the next Nintendo Direct. Are you excited about this new Sonic game announcement?
  24. While today's Nintendo Direct was mainly about the Wii U, there was still some news to share about the 3DS this morning. After a bit of a dry spell, Nintendo has announced that more Game Gear titles are coming to the 3DS Virtual Console. These games are: Columns Crystal Warriors Defenders of Oasis Dr. Robotnik“s Mean Bean Machine G-LOC: Air Battles Shining Force II: The Sword of Hajya Sonic Blast Sonic Drift 2 Sonic Labyrinth Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Tails Adventure Vampire: Master of Darkness Remember that these are the Game Gear versions of games, so titles like Sonic the Hedgehog aren't quite the Genesis classics you know, but actually different portable versions. It's an interesting spread of games, with something bound to please everyone. No release window was announced for the games, but it's at least known that the NA eShop will be getting these games. Are there any Game Gear games you're looking forward to owning on the 3DS?
  25. Today's Nintendo Direct brought with it a plethora of announcements, some seemingly bigger than others, but most of it being exciting news nonetheless. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed that a new Yoshi's Island game will be coming to the 3DS. It will be the third entry in the series, following the original SNES title and 2006's DS entry, and it looks to be consistent in keeping with the visual style of the series and carries over many of the abilities from previous games in addition to ones that we don't know about just yet. No official title or release date has been confirmed just yet, and Iwata did not say whether it was a 2013 title, so it seems likely that it may be a 2014 title. A new entry in the Mario Party series was also announced for 3DS, complete with new power-ups and seven all new boards with new features. More info will be revealed on it later on in the year, but we know that it'll be released sometime this Winter. New information was made available on Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, such as the inclusion of a mode that is optimized for portable play and makes things a bit easier for the player, as well as the original, more difficult mode available on the Wii version. In addition, 8 new levels will be included, along with local wireless co-op, and you can look forward to playing it on May 24 (through retail or on the 3DS eShop). Nintendo also shed light on when we can expect to see the The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (which were previously announced earlier in the year to be coming). Both will be available for purchase on the 3DS eShop on May 30. Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, which we saw announced in February's Nintendo Direct, will also be available on the 3DS eShop on May 9. The game will feature over 180 different stages and the ability to create custom levels as well as sharing them. Professor Layton & The Azran Legacy has been confirmed to be coming to North America in 2014, and it will feature some 500 puzzles and will be the last game in the second trilogy of Layton games. It's also been said in the past that this may be the last game to feature Hershel Layton as the protagonist as well. Finally, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team has an official release date of August 11. The story focuses on Mario and Luigi's adventure on Pillow Island as Peach mysteriously gets sucked into Luigi's Dream World. As such, you'll enter Luigi's dreams (by having Luigi sleep on fall asleep on special pillow stones) as Mario and manipulate Luigi's face in order to affect changes in the dream world's levels. A full list of the games and their release dates/windows can be found below. 3DS eShop only Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move - May 9 The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages - May 30 The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons - May 30 3DS Retail and eShop Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D - May 24 Animal Crossing: New Leaf - June 9 Mario & Luigi: Dream Team - August 11 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2 (tentative title) - Fall 2013 Mario Party (tentative title) - Winter 2013 Bravely Default: Flying Fairy - 2014 Professor Layton & The Azran Legacy - 2014 Yoshi's Island 3DS (tentative title) - TBA Which upcoming 3DS titles are you most looking forward to?