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  1. The last video presentation dedicated solely to the latest incarnation of Super Smash Bros. will be airing next Tuesday at 2pm PT / 5pm ET. According to Nintendo, the presentation will feature series creator Masahiro Sakurai talking about the addition of Cloud Strife to the fighting game's roster among other things. That doesn't mean we will never see Super Smash Bros. mentioned again in a Nintendo Direct, but the December 15th broadcast will be the final dedicated presentation. View full article
  2. The last video presentation dedicated solely to the latest incarnation of Super Smash Bros. will be airing next Tuesday at 2pm PT / 5pm ET. According to Nintendo, the presentation will feature series creator Masahiro Sakurai talking about the addition of Cloud Strife to the fighting game's roster among other things. That doesn't mean we will never see Super Smash Bros. mentioned again in a Nintendo Direct, but the December 15th broadcast will be the final dedicated presentation.
  3. The first Nintendo Direct of 2015 has come and gone, but the news it imparted sure leaves a lasting impact. The presentation, presided over by Nintendo’s global president Satoru Iwata, kicked off on one of the highest notes possible with a teaser reveal of the next Fire Emblem game for 3DS. We don’t have any additional details like its title or release date, but the lengthy teaser shows off a number of neat cutscenes, character designs, and a definite upgrade in the in-game battle environments. The next Fire Emblem title will be developed by Intelligent Systems, the same developers as Fire Emblem: Awakening. However, the storyline will be written by Shin Kibayashi, a highly experienced manga writer perhaps best known in North America for his detective series Kindaichi Case Files. Iwata then announced that the popular Japanese puzzle title Puzzles & Dragons Z would be making its way to western audiences along with Puzzles & Dragons Z Super Mario Bros. Edition. In the Puzzles & Dragons games, players run around and explore the game world while fighting villains and monsters by completing puzzles to perform attacks. The Super Mario Bros. Edition will have similar gameplay, adapted to the Super Mario universe. The combo bundle will release in May 2015. Pokemon Shuffle is a puzzle game available through the Nintendo eShop for free. Players match pokémon togehter to reduce the HP of a wild pokémon to zero within a given number of moves. Nintendo seems to be testing the waters of free-to-play game design with this title as players can also use items acquired in-game to help in a given level or can opt to purchase in-game items with eShop points. I’m not sure if I’m thrilled about this one, but the game looks fun and I can always just not play it. Have you been wishing that you could download Wii games on the WiiU? Well, Iwata’s got some news for you! It turns out that Nintendo was having trouble releasing digital Wii title on the WiiU due to the way they approached backwards compatibility with the WiiU. However, they’ve finally managed to circumvent their hardware to begin making Wii games available. Wii games compatible with a gamepad will be compatible with the WiiU touchscreen controller. The first Wii title to be digitally released on the WiiU is already out. Super Mario Galaxy 2 went live shortly after the Nintendo Direct concluded today. Punch-Out releases on January 22, followed by Metroid Prime: Trilogy on January 27. Each title will be discounted by 50% for the week following their initial release. After concluding his announcement of all that Wii on WiiU action, Iwata turned over the presentation to Nintendo of America’s Bill Trinen to talk about Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. The Kirby, King Dedede, and Metaknight Amiibos can be used once per day to grant in-game Kirby different abilities and appearances. Rainbow Curse will release on February 20. Trinen goes on to state that the next wave of Amiibo will release in February with eleven new types for people to go bananas over. The wave following the February wave will include Robin, Lucina, Pac-Man, Wario, Ness, and Charizard and will hit sometime this spring. On March 20, a new series of Super Mario Amiibo will launch alongside Mario Party 10. It will include: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, and Toad. Regardless of which series of Amiibo customers purchase, they will work in both Super Smash Bros. and Mario Party 10. If you’re confused about what Amiibo works with what game, check out Nintendo’s compatibility list. Keep in mind, though: If you use a figure containing Smash Bros. data with Mario Party 10, you will need to erase the Smash Bros. data. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will receive a small update on March 20that will add a hide-and-seek style mini game to a stage when the Toad Amiibo is used. Trinen briefly transitioned into discussing Splatoon. He discussed the main hub of the game where players can interact with each other, purchase new weapons and clothing, and how that affects gameplay. In other words, Splatoon still looks neat. It should be releasing sometime this May. New DLC is heading to Hyrule Warriors on February 5. Titled the Majora’s Mask Pack, players will be able to control Young Link on the field of battle as well as (hilariously) Tingle. The DLC will also include a new adventure map and three new costumes. Next, Trinen revealed a new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles X, which showed off the impressive visuals and gorgeous world of the upcoming WiiU JRPG. Trinen went into detail on Mario and Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Basically, players use stars to create levels. Stars are earned by beating levels. If players complete a level that they particularly enjoyed, they can tip the player who made that level to help them create more levels. The idea is pretty cool, but what’s even cooler is that players that purchase the WiiU version will also receive the 3DS version and vice versa. Bandai Namco took some time to announce that they were working on an untitled game that they couldn’t go into much detail about. The game is going by the name Project Treasure. It will be free and accessible for anyone with a WiiU internet connection. The gameplay will revolve around four player co-op and disarming traps, but that’s about all we know. Oh, and it will probably involve treasure in some capacity. Do you like Nintendo eShop games? I hope so, because Trinen blitzed viewers with a series of indie trailers. First, we have Elliot Quest, a pixel art platformer with a sick soundtrack about a boy trying to remove his curse of immortality. It releases this February. Blek releases this February, as well. Blek bills itself as a contemplative puzzle game and features award-winning visuals. Trinen also talks a bit about the JRPG influences of Citizens of Earth, the updated visuals and improvements of Gunman Clive 2, and a remastered, episodic version of 2009’s Moon Chronicles. Beyond that, Sega will release 3D remakes of Afterburner II, Fantasy Zone, Out Run, Fantasy Zone 2, and Thunder Blade over the course of the next few months. Etrian Mystery Dungeon combines Etrian Odyssey’s party building with the addicting dungeon crawling of the Mystery Dungeon series. We’ll be seeing this title release sometime during spring. Story of Seasons is essentially a combination of Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon. That should tell you pretty much everything you need to know about whether you’d be interested in it or not. Would you want to play the video game version of Jurassic Park, but instead of an amusement park gone horribly wrong, you dug up dinosaur bones, brought them back to life, and forced them to use their magic powers to fight? Well, Fossil Fighters Frontier will have you covered when March 20 rolls around. Reggie Fils-Aimé was then brought in to introduce the New Nintendo 3DS XL. The new handheld will play all the same titles as before, but includes hardware that will be able to play more advanced titles on the horizon like Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, which requires the upgraded processing power to run. The new system will include an additional control stick, shoulder buttons, 3D face tracking (so people won’t be disoriented from holding their device slightly off center), improved browsing and download speeds, a faster processor, and longer battery life. The New 3DS XL will launch on February 13. Somewhat perplexingly, the new system will not include an A/C adapter for recharging. Those will have to be purchased separately, though the new system is compatible with older adapters. Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. is a game about Abraham Lincoln leading a team of steam-powered warriors taken from American history, folklore, and literature to combat aliens. It is also made by the people who worked on Fire Emblem and Advanced Wars. The combat system looks vaguely reminiscent of Valkyria Chronicles combination of real-time and turn-based combat. In a nod to the development team’s history, Fire Emblem Amiibos will be compatible with Code Name S.T.E.A.M. through the New 3DS XL’s built-in NFC sensor. Code Name S.T.E.A.M. releases on March 13. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy+ will use the New 3DS hardware for full flight sim controls. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will be available this April. Monster Games, the team that ported Donkey Kong Country Returns from Wii to 3DS have been tasked with porting the massive JRPG to 3DS and integrating touchscreen controls. IronFall: Invasion will release on the eShop soon. It’s a third-person shooter that runs at 60 FPS from an indie studio composed of three people. The Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate New 3DS bundle will be available February 13 through Gamestop. A demo will also be coming soon that will allow people to both play through a tutorial introducing the world of Monster Hunter. The demo will also include local and online multiplayer to give players a taste of the full monster hunting experience. February 13 is also the day that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will release. Pre-ordering Code Name S.T.E.A.M. at Gamestop will net you a Majora’s Mask pin while supplies release. Oh, also there’s a limited edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL that will be sold on February 13 (seen above in that first image). No big deal. PHEW. We made it! That was a lot to digest. What do you fine people think of all of this gaming news? You can view the entire presentation yourself here.
  4. The first Nintendo Direct of 2015 has come and gone, but the news it imparted sure leaves a lasting impact. The presentation, presided over by Nintendo’s global president Satoru Iwata, kicked off on one of the highest notes possible with a teaser reveal of the next Fire Emblem game for 3DS. We don’t have any additional details like its title or release date, but the lengthy teaser shows off a number of neat cutscenes, character designs, and a definite upgrade in the in-game battle environments. The next Fire Emblem title will be developed by Intelligent Systems, the same developers as Fire Emblem: Awakening. However, the storyline will be written by Shin Kibayashi, a highly experienced manga writer perhaps best known in North America for his detective series Kindaichi Case Files. Iwata then announced that the popular Japanese puzzle title Puzzles & Dragons Z would be making its way to western audiences along with Puzzles & Dragons Z Super Mario Bros. Edition. In the Puzzles & Dragons games, players run around and explore the game world while fighting villains and monsters by completing puzzles to perform attacks. The Super Mario Bros. Edition will have similar gameplay, adapted to the Super Mario universe. The combo bundle will release in May 2015. Pokemon Shuffle is a puzzle game available through the Nintendo eShop for free. Players match pokémon togehter to reduce the HP of a wild pokémon to zero within a given number of moves. Nintendo seems to be testing the waters of free-to-play game design with this title as players can also use items acquired in-game to help in a given level or can opt to purchase in-game items with eShop points. I’m not sure if I’m thrilled about this one, but the game looks fun and I can always just not play it. Have you been wishing that you could download Wii games on the WiiU? Well, Iwata’s got some news for you! It turns out that Nintendo was having trouble releasing digital Wii title on the WiiU due to the way they approached backwards compatibility with the WiiU. However, they’ve finally managed to circumvent their hardware to begin making Wii games available. Wii games compatible with a gamepad will be compatible with the WiiU touchscreen controller. The first Wii title to be digitally released on the WiiU is already out. Super Mario Galaxy 2 went live shortly after the Nintendo Direct concluded today. Punch-Out releases on January 22, followed by Metroid Prime: Trilogy on January 27. Each title will be discounted by 50% for the week following their initial release. After concluding his announcement of all that Wii on WiiU action, Iwata turned over the presentation to Nintendo of America’s Bill Trinen to talk about Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. The Kirby, King Dedede, and Metaknight Amiibos can be used once per day to grant in-game Kirby different abilities and appearances. Rainbow Curse will release on February 20. Trinen goes on to state that the next wave of Amiibo will release in February with eleven new types for people to go bananas over. The wave following the February wave will include Robin, Lucina, Pac-Man, Wario, Ness, and Charizard and will hit sometime this spring. On March 20, a new series of Super Mario Amiibo will launch alongside Mario Party 10. It will include: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, and Toad. Regardless of which series of Amiibo customers purchase, they will work in both Super Smash Bros. and Mario Party 10. If you’re confused about what Amiibo works with what game, check out Nintendo’s compatibility list. Keep in mind, though: If you use a figure containing Smash Bros. data with Mario Party 10, you will need to erase the Smash Bros. data. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will receive a small update on March 20that will add a hide-and-seek style mini game to a stage when the Toad Amiibo is used. Trinen briefly transitioned into discussing Splatoon. He discussed the main hub of the game where players can interact with each other, purchase new weapons and clothing, and how that affects gameplay. In other words, Splatoon still looks neat. It should be releasing sometime this May. New DLC is heading to Hyrule Warriors on February 5. Titled the Majora’s Mask Pack, players will be able to control Young Link on the field of battle as well as (hilariously) Tingle. The DLC will also include a new adventure map and three new costumes. Next, Trinen revealed a new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles X, which showed off the impressive visuals and gorgeous world of the upcoming WiiU JRPG. Trinen went into detail on Mario and Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Basically, players use stars to create levels. Stars are earned by beating levels. If players complete a level that they particularly enjoyed, they can tip the player who made that level to help them create more levels. The idea is pretty cool, but what’s even cooler is that players that purchase the WiiU version will also receive the 3DS version and vice versa. Bandai Namco took some time to announce that they were working on an untitled game that they couldn’t go into much detail about. The game is going by the name Project Treasure. It will be free and accessible for anyone with a WiiU internet connection. The gameplay will revolve around four player co-op and disarming traps, but that’s about all we know. Oh, and it will probably involve treasure in some capacity. Do you like Nintendo eShop games? I hope so, because Trinen blitzed viewers with a series of indie trailers. First, we have Elliot Quest, a pixel art platformer with a sick soundtrack about a boy trying to remove his curse of immortality. It releases this February. Blek releases this February, as well. Blek bills itself as a contemplative puzzle game and features award-winning visuals. Trinen also talks a bit about the JRPG influences of Citizens of Earth, the updated visuals and improvements of Gunman Clive 2, and a remastered, episodic version of 2009’s Moon Chronicles. Beyond that, Sega will release 3D remakes of Afterburner II, Fantasy Zone, Out Run, Fantasy Zone 2, and Thunder Blade over the course of the next few months. Etrian Mystery Dungeon combines Etrian Odyssey’s party building with the addicting dungeon crawling of the Mystery Dungeon series. We’ll be seeing this title release sometime during spring. Story of Seasons is essentially a combination of Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon. That should tell you pretty much everything you need to know about whether you’d be interested in it or not. Would you want to play the video game version of Jurassic Park, but instead of an amusement park gone horribly wrong, you dug up dinosaur bones, brought them back to life, and forced them to use their magic powers to fight? Well, Fossil Fighters Frontier will have you covered when March 20 rolls around. Reggie Fils-Aimé was then brought in to introduce the New Nintendo 3DS XL. The new handheld will play all the same titles as before, but includes hardware that will be able to play more advanced titles on the horizon like Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, which requires the upgraded processing power to run. The new system will include an additional control stick, shoulder buttons, 3D face tracking (so people won’t be disoriented from holding their device slightly off center), improved browsing and download speeds, a faster processor, and longer battery life. The New 3DS XL will launch on February 13. Somewhat perplexingly, the new system will not include an A/C adapter for recharging. Those will have to be purchased separately, though the new system is compatible with older adapters. Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. is a game about Abraham Lincoln leading a team of steam-powered warriors taken from American history, folklore, and literature to combat aliens. It is also made by the people who worked on Fire Emblem and Advanced Wars. The combat system looks vaguely reminiscent of Valkyria Chronicles combination of real-time and turn-based combat. In a nod to the development team’s history, Fire Emblem Amiibos will be compatible with Code Name S.T.E.A.M. through the New 3DS XL’s built-in NFC sensor. Code Name S.T.E.A.M. releases on March 13. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy+ will use the New 3DS hardware for full flight sim controls. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will be available this April. Monster Games, the team that ported Donkey Kong Country Returns from Wii to 3DS have been tasked with porting the massive JRPG to 3DS and integrating touchscreen controls. IronFall: Invasion will release on the eShop soon. It’s a third-person shooter that runs at 60 FPS from an indie studio composed of three people. The Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate New 3DS bundle will be available February 13 through Gamestop. A demo will also be coming soon that will allow people to both play through a tutorial introducing the world of Monster Hunter. The demo will also include local and online multiplayer to give players a taste of the full monster hunting experience. February 13 is also the day that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will release. Pre-ordering Code Name S.T.E.A.M. at Gamestop will net you a Majora’s Mask pin while supplies release. Oh, also there’s a limited edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL that will be sold on February 13 (seen above in that first image). No big deal. PHEW. We made it! That was a lot to digest. What do you fine people think of all of this gaming news? You can view the entire presentation yourself here. View full article
  5. Much like last year's E3, Nintendo has opted out of a live stage presentation in favor of what it has dubbed a "Digital Event." One might assume that digital event is PR speak for a longer Nintendo Direct, but Nintendo hasn't exactly confirmed what this event will be like. This could be taken as Nintendo trying to distance itself from the competition and taking a safer position. On the one hand they'll probably be able to avoid PR nightmares like what happened for Microsoft last year when Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 would be $100 cheaper and poked fun at Microsoft's used game policies. On the other hand they also won't be able to reap the benefits of lording features and prices over the competition. Whether this will be good or bad for the Big N remains to be seen, but one thing is abundantly clear: Their announcement video with Mega64 is awesome. What do you think about Nintendo foregoing a press conference event? Good, bad, or ugly?
  6. Much like last year's E3, Nintendo has opted out of a live stage presentation in favor of what it has dubbed a "Digital Event." One might assume that digital event is PR speak for a longer Nintendo Direct, but Nintendo hasn't exactly confirmed what this event will be like. This could be taken as Nintendo trying to distance itself from the competition and taking a safer position. On the one hand they'll probably be able to avoid PR nightmares like what happened for Microsoft last year when Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 would be $100 cheaper and poked fun at Microsoft's used game policies. On the other hand they also won't be able to reap the benefits of lording features and prices over the competition. Whether this will be good or bad for the Big N remains to be seen, but one thing is abundantly clear: Their announcement video with Mega64 is awesome. What do you think about Nintendo foregoing a press conference event? Good, bad, or ugly? View full article
  7. Yesterday, in a nearly hour long Nintendo Direct broadcast, Nintendo divulged many new tidbits of information on the upcoming fighting title coming to 3DS and Wii U. One of the biggest bombshells came at the beginning of the broadcast. Unlike what many people assumed, the two games will not be launching simultaneously. The 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. will be released this summer, while the Wii U version will be released sometime this winter. I'd be willing to bet good (none of that filthy bad money) money that gamers can expect the Wii U version to launch close to the holidays. For anyone worried about the technical performance of the 3DS version of Smash Bros., worry no more. It was confirmed that all fighters will run in 60 frames per second, even while 3D viewing is enabled. The summoned creatures from items like assist trophies will run in 30 FPS, but every player character will move in 60 FPS regardless of what else is happening on screen. There will also be substantial differences between the two versions. While both the 3DS and Wii U will have the same roster of fighters, they will have separate stages. Even stages of the same name in both will be tweaked and have different layouts in the two games. While the Wii U version will have a music player similar to the one found in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the 3DS will be limited to two songs per stage. There will be some kind of connectivity between the 3DS and Wii U versions, but what form that will take and how extensive it will be remains to be seen. More details should roll out around E3. The online multiplayer was revealed as well. Players will now be able to choose from two game modes: For Fun or For Glory. For Fun allows players to be put into games with random stages, all items on, with smash battles, and only wins are recorded. For Glory takes place on Final Destination, no items, 1v1 battle are possible, and both wins and losses are recorded. Of course, when playing with friends over the internet, players will be able to customize their settings to whatever they desire. Also, Final Destination has received an upgrade. Almost every stage now has a Final Destination form, giving more visual variety to one of the most iconic Super Smash Bros. arenas. Instead of having an online ranking system, players will accumulate Global Smash Power, which can be used to brag show your friends how good of a smasher you are. Nintendo insists that GSP will not be what matches you up against opponents, the stat tracker for that will be hidden. New fighters were also confirmed and shown off in great detail: Mega Man, Little Mac, Rosalina, Animal Crossing Villager, and Wii Fit Trainer. Characters that previously had multiple forms will now have a single form and move set. Meaning Samus, Zero Suit Samus, Sheik, and Zelda are now separate, playable characters. After the presentation concluded, the Pokémon Greninja was also revealed to be joining the cast. Finally, the 3DS version was shown to have a unique game mode called Smash Run. Players are thrown into a random dungeon full of monsters and pitfalls where they need to collect various stat-boosting power-ups within a five-minute time frame. After those 5 minutes are up, players are thrust into a battle against each other where they must make the best of the stats they accumulated in the dungeon. Overall, Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U are looking to be entertaining next-gen evolutions of one of the most popular fighting game series of all time. If you have the time, you can watch the Nintendo Direct for yourself below. View full article
  8. Yesterday, in a nearly hour long Nintendo Direct broadcast, Nintendo divulged many new tidbits of information on the upcoming fighting title coming to 3DS and Wii U. One of the biggest bombshells came at the beginning of the broadcast. Unlike what many people assumed, the two games will not be launching simultaneously. The 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. will be released this summer, while the Wii U version will be released sometime this winter. I'd be willing to bet good (none of that filthy bad money) money that gamers can expect the Wii U version to launch close to the holidays. For anyone worried about the technical performance of the 3DS version of Smash Bros., worry no more. It was confirmed that all fighters will run in 60 frames per second, even while 3D viewing is enabled. The summoned creatures from items like assist trophies will run in 30 FPS, but every player character will move in 60 FPS regardless of what else is happening on screen. There will also be substantial differences between the two versions. While both the 3DS and Wii U will have the same roster of fighters, they will have separate stages. Even stages of the same name in both will be tweaked and have different layouts in the two games. While the Wii U version will have a music player similar to the one found in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the 3DS will be limited to two songs per stage. There will be some kind of connectivity between the 3DS and Wii U versions, but what form that will take and how extensive it will be remains to be seen. More details should roll out around E3. The online multiplayer was revealed as well. Players will now be able to choose from two game modes: For Fun or For Glory. For Fun allows players to be put into games with random stages, all items on, with smash battles, and only wins are recorded. For Glory takes place on Final Destination, no items, 1v1 battle are possible, and both wins and losses are recorded. Of course, when playing with friends over the internet, players will be able to customize their settings to whatever they desire. Also, Final Destination has received an upgrade. Almost every stage now has a Final Destination form, giving more visual variety to one of the most iconic Super Smash Bros. arenas. Instead of having an online ranking system, players will accumulate Global Smash Power, which can be used to brag show your friends how good of a smasher you are. Nintendo insists that GSP will not be what matches you up against opponents, the stat tracker for that will be hidden. New fighters were also confirmed and shown off in great detail: Mega Man, Little Mac, Rosalina, Animal Crossing Villager, and Wii Fit Trainer. Characters that previously had multiple forms will now have a single form and move set. Meaning Samus, Zero Suit Samus, Sheik, and Zelda are now separate, playable characters. After the presentation concluded, the Pokémon Greninja was also revealed to be joining the cast. Finally, the 3DS version was shown to have a unique game mode called Smash Run. Players are thrown into a random dungeon full of monsters and pitfalls where they need to collect various stat-boosting power-ups within a five-minute time frame. After those 5 minutes are up, players are thrust into a battle against each other where they must make the best of the stats they accumulated in the dungeon. Overall, Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U are looking to be entertaining next-gen evolutions of one of the most popular fighting game series of all time. If you have the time, you can watch the Nintendo Direct for yourself below.
  9. Sonic, Rayman, Luigi, Pokémon, Professor Layton, and Zelda, for your quick stop on what was covered during yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, look no further! We’ve got you covered. Satoru Iwata, global president of Nintendo, began the proceedings by digging into the upcoming Sonic Lost World. The Wii U title will feature three speeds, accommodating players of all skill levels and adding a greater degree of control over the blue hedgehog. Iwata also revealed that Sonic will be able to use “color powers” giving sonic different abilities like tunneling through dirt or transforming into a bird-creature. A 3DS version of the title will also be available. Players will be able to link a 3DS copy of Lost World with a Wii U version, importing player-created radio-controlled vehicles, which they can control on the Wii U using their 3DS. This effectively means that two friends who own the 3DS and Wii U versions can play co-operatively on the Wii U version. Sonic Lost World will release October 22. Iwata moved on to discuss Rayman Legends, which was supposed to release at the beginning of this summer, but was pushed back to the beginning of fall to release across all platforms besides the Wii U. Basically, this section of the Direct was to say, “Hey, remember how cool this game looked several months ago? It is still coming out and it still has unique Wii U GamePad functionality!” So, to reiterate, up to five players can cooperate to beat the various levels, four players on controllers and one on the GamePad. The GamePad player will have access to unique ways to influence the game world unavailable to other players. The only bit of real information was that there will be downloadable Mario and Luigi costumes for the Wii U version. Rayman Legends releases September 3 The Direct then spent some time on Ark Academy SketchPad, a downloadable software program from the eShop that will allow users to use the Wii U GamePad to create artwork. Users will be able to take screenshots of their art and share it with other users via Nintendo’s online services. Though Ark Academy launches August 9, community support will be available a few days later. Iwata also mentioned briefly that Nintendo is working on another Ark Academy title that will include detailed drawing lessons. Following the announcement regarding Ark Academy, Erik Peterson from the Treehouse division of Nintendo of America came on to discuss North American releases of Nintendo titles. Peterson kicked things off with a reminder that Pikmin 3 released and has a way of taking in-game screenshots with the GamePad controller. Players can then caption and share these pictures. If this doesn’t sound like a recipe for the kind of mischief that Nintendo has notoriously cracked down upon, I don’t know what does. Peterson also made sure to remind everyone that the Mario and Luigi Dream Team will be released on August 11 for the 3DS. Pokémon Rumble U was revealed and discussed shortly after Peterson gave an overview of Dream Team. The Wii U eShop title features frantic toy Pokémon vs. toy Pokémon action over the course of 70 levels. Following each level players will have a chance of befriending the Pokémon defeated in battle. All 649 Pokémon that have appeared through Black version 2 and White version 2 will be present and playable. Players will be able to buy figurines at participating retailers and transport them into the game via a scanner on the Wii U GamePad, similar to the popular Skylanders series. Peterson assured everyone that these figurines are completely optional and will not be necessary to see everything. Pokémon Rumble U hits the digital shelves August 29. Other downloadable titles are heading to the 3DS eShop. Retro classics like the original Donkey Kong (August 15), Tecmo Bowl (sometime before football season starts), Wario Land 3 (August 29), and Super Mario Bros. 3 (later this year) will be making their way to the eShop over the course of this year. While Peterson wasn’t able to reveal much information, he did confirm that Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy will be coming next year as well as the long awaited Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney. Satoru Iwata took over the briefing once again. This time, he was dropping some interesting new tidbits regarding The Legend of Zelda series. He began by pointing out that the logo for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds had not one, but two triforces, one that we are familiar with and another that appears as a shadow. He hinted that this shadow triforce might play a large role in A Link Between Worlds. Iwata also went into a bit more detail about how The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and A Link Between Worlds are related. A Link Between Worlds takes place far in the future, many years after A Link to the Past. The main character is not the same Link, but an entirely new Link. While the normal world of A Link Between Worlds is the same as A Link to the Past, the “other” world seen in the trailers and gameplay from A Link Between Worlds, might not be the Dark World from A Link to the Past. A bit confusing, I know, but whatever the Zelda continuity, A Link Between Worlds is coming to 3DS this November. Iwata also discussed a few of the changes Nintendo has included in the HD version of The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker. The team has fine-tuned the collection in the last half of the game, presumably making it a bit easier and including less backtracking. They’ve also adjusted wind control actions, which can now be adjusted in any direction instead of fumbling repeatedly with that dang wind baton when you get the direction wrong. Finally, they added a high-speed sailing mode to alleviate some of the tedium players experienced sailing the long stretches of empty ocean. Windwaker HD will be available this October. Luigi was also confirmed for the Wii U and 3DS Super Smash Bros. titles, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but I suppose it is nice to know nonetheless. Following the success of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Iwata announced a new Animal Crossing community on Wii U and a downloadable Animal Crossing Plaza for the Wii U. Animal Crossing Plaza allows players to share screenshots with other players, send messages, see residents from other towns, share clothing designs, post about specific animals, and see updates from your 3DS town. You can download the Plaza now on Wii U. Finally, Iwata concluded yesterday’s Nintendo Direct by announcing that the Platinum Games title Wonderful 101 will be receiving its own Nintendo Direct this Friday August 9, 7 AM PT. As always, you can view the latest Nintendo Direct for yourself. What do you guys think? Interested in a Wii U or 3DS? Is Nintendo doing what it needs to in order to succeed? Let us know in the comments!
  10. Sonic, Rayman, Luigi, Pokémon, Professor Layton, and Zelda, for your quick stop on what was covered during yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, look no further! We’ve got you covered. Satoru Iwata, global president of Nintendo, began the proceedings by digging into the upcoming Sonic Lost World. The Wii U title will feature three speeds, accommodating players of all skill levels and adding a greater degree of control over the blue hedgehog. Iwata also revealed that Sonic will be able to use “color powers” giving sonic different abilities like tunneling through dirt or transforming into a bird-creature. A 3DS version of the title will also be available. Players will be able to link a 3DS copy of Lost World with a Wii U version, importing player-created radio-controlled vehicles, which they can control on the Wii U using their 3DS. This effectively means that two friends who own the 3DS and Wii U versions can play co-operatively on the Wii U version. Sonic Lost World will release October 22. Iwata moved on to discuss Rayman Legends, which was supposed to release at the beginning of this summer, but was pushed back to the beginning of fall to release across all platforms besides the Wii U. Basically, this section of the Direct was to say, “Hey, remember how cool this game looked several months ago? It is still coming out and it still has unique Wii U GamePad functionality!” So, to reiterate, up to five players can cooperate to beat the various levels, four players on controllers and one on the GamePad. The GamePad player will have access to unique ways to influence the game world unavailable to other players. The only bit of real information was that there will be downloadable Mario and Luigi costumes for the Wii U version. Rayman Legends releases September 3 The Direct then spent some time on Ark Academy SketchPad, a downloadable software program from the eShop that will allow users to use the Wii U GamePad to create artwork. Users will be able to take screenshots of their art and share it with other users via Nintendo’s online services. Though Ark Academy launches August 9, community support will be available a few days later. Iwata also mentioned briefly that Nintendo is working on another Ark Academy title that will include detailed drawing lessons. Following the announcement regarding Ark Academy, Erik Peterson from the Treehouse division of Nintendo of America came on to discuss North American releases of Nintendo titles. Peterson kicked things off with a reminder that Pikmin 3 released and has a way of taking in-game screenshots with the GamePad controller. Players can then caption and share these pictures. If this doesn’t sound like a recipe for the kind of mischief that Nintendo has notoriously cracked down upon, I don’t know what does. Peterson also made sure to remind everyone that the Mario and Luigi Dream Team will be released on August 11 for the 3DS. Pokémon Rumble U was revealed and discussed shortly after Peterson gave an overview of Dream Team. The Wii U eShop title features frantic toy Pokémon vs. toy Pokémon action over the course of 70 levels. Following each level players will have a chance of befriending the Pokémon defeated in battle. All 649 Pokémon that have appeared through Black version 2 and White version 2 will be present and playable. Players will be able to buy figurines at participating retailers and transport them into the game via a scanner on the Wii U GamePad, similar to the popular Skylanders series. Peterson assured everyone that these figurines are completely optional and will not be necessary to see everything. Pokémon Rumble U hits the digital shelves August 29. Other downloadable titles are heading to the 3DS eShop. Retro classics like the original Donkey Kong (August 15), Tecmo Bowl (sometime before football season starts), Wario Land 3 (August 29), and Super Mario Bros. 3 (later this year) will be making their way to the eShop over the course of this year. While Peterson wasn’t able to reveal much information, he did confirm that Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy will be coming next year as well as the long awaited Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney. Satoru Iwata took over the briefing once again. This time, he was dropping some interesting new tidbits regarding The Legend of Zelda series. He began by pointing out that the logo for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds had not one, but two triforces, one that we are familiar with and another that appears as a shadow. He hinted that this shadow triforce might play a large role in A Link Between Worlds. Iwata also went into a bit more detail about how The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and A Link Between Worlds are related. A Link Between Worlds takes place far in the future, many years after A Link to the Past. The main character is not the same Link, but an entirely new Link. While the normal world of A Link Between Worlds is the same as A Link to the Past, the “other” world seen in the trailers and gameplay from A Link Between Worlds, might not be the Dark World from A Link to the Past. A bit confusing, I know, but whatever the Zelda continuity, A Link Between Worlds is coming to 3DS this November. Iwata also discussed a few of the changes Nintendo has included in the HD version of The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker. The team has fine-tuned the collection in the last half of the game, presumably making it a bit easier and including less backtracking. They’ve also adjusted wind control actions, which can now be adjusted in any direction instead of fumbling repeatedly with that dang wind baton when you get the direction wrong. Finally, they added a high-speed sailing mode to alleviate some of the tedium players experienced sailing the long stretches of empty ocean. Windwaker HD will be available this October. Luigi was also confirmed for the Wii U and 3DS Super Smash Bros. titles, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but I suppose it is nice to know nonetheless. Following the success of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Iwata announced a new Animal Crossing community on Wii U and a downloadable Animal Crossing Plaza for the Wii U. Animal Crossing Plaza allows players to share screenshots with other players, send messages, see residents from other towns, share clothing designs, post about specific animals, and see updates from your 3DS town. You can download the Plaza now on Wii U. Finally, Iwata concluded yesterday’s Nintendo Direct by announcing that the Platinum Games title Wonderful 101 will be receiving its own Nintendo Direct this Friday August 9, 7 AM PT. As always, you can view the latest Nintendo Direct for yourself. What do you guys think? Interested in a Wii U or 3DS? Is Nintendo doing what it needs to in order to succeed? Let us know in the comments! View full article
  11. Today in a streamed Nintendo Direct, Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata was pleased to unveil a business partnership with former rival Sega. Cementing this new connection was the revelation of a new Sonic title called Sonic Lost World for WiiU and 3DS, a new WiiU Mario & Sonic at the Olympics title for this year’s Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the announcement that the Nintendo E-Shop would soon be selling Sega GameGear titles. From that starting point, the Direct broadcast went on to divulge more information on various upcoming titles. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages will be sold via the E-Shop beginning May 30 for $5.99 each, but will be on sale for first month for 4.99 apiece. A couple minutes were devoted to discussing Mario and Donkey Kong Minis on the Move’s level creator and level sharing systems. Nintendo also announced a video series on Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The new Animal Crossing releases on June 9. More info was shared on Game and Wario (something involving creatures called… Fronks). The latest WiiU Wario title will retail at a $39.99 price point on June 23. In a surprise move, Nintendo also announced that New Super Luigi U, previously DLC only for New Super Mario Bros. U, would also be receiving a standalone retail version. The DLC content will be priced at $19.99, while the version available in stores will be $29.99. Also showcased was the addition of a new character called Nabbit, who will help ease the difficulty of the title for less experienced players. Iwata also hinted at upcoming info for the mysterious Platinum Games title The Wonderful 101, which will be released September 15. Reggie Fils-Aime, president and COO of Nintendo of America, concluded the Nintendo Direct by revealing that during the week of E3, people will be able to play select unreleased WiiU titles at Best Buy stores. You can view the full Nintendo Direct broadcast below.
  12. Today in a streamed Nintendo Direct, Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata was pleased to unveil a business partnership with former rival Sega. Cementing this new connection was the revelation of a new Sonic title called Sonic Lost World for WiiU and 3DS, a new WiiU Mario & Sonic at the Olympics title for this year’s Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the announcement that the Nintendo E-Shop would soon be selling Sega GameGear titles. From that starting point, the Direct broadcast went on to divulge more information on various upcoming titles. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages will be sold via the E-Shop beginning May 30 for $5.99 each, but will be on sale for first month for 4.99 apiece. A couple minutes were devoted to discussing Mario and Donkey Kong Minis on the Move’s level creator and level sharing systems. Nintendo also announced a video series on Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The new Animal Crossing releases on June 9. More info was shared on Game and Wario (something involving creatures called… Fronks). The latest WiiU Wario title will retail at a $39.99 price point on June 23. In a surprise move, Nintendo also announced that New Super Luigi U, previously DLC only for New Super Mario Bros. U, would also be receiving a standalone retail version. The DLC content will be priced at $19.99, while the version available in stores will be $29.99. Also showcased was the addition of a new character called Nabbit, who will help ease the difficulty of the title for less experienced players. Iwata also hinted at upcoming info for the mysterious Platinum Games title The Wonderful 101, which will be released September 15. Reggie Fils-Aime, president and COO of Nintendo of America, concluded the Nintendo Direct by revealing that during the week of E3, people will be able to play select unreleased WiiU titles at Best Buy stores. You can view the full Nintendo Direct broadcast below. View full article
  13. In a Nintendo Direct video, which can be viewed here, Reggie Fils-Aime, the president and COO of Nintendo of America, shared that a direct sequel to the classic top-down Legend of Zelda adventure is coming to the 3DS. The new title will make use of the 3D features on the handheld to incorporate vertical levels and the ability to transform into a 2D wall drawing into its puzzle solving mechanics. We are incredibly excited to see more details on the title which are likely to be revealed during E3 in June. The press announcement also included a slew of information regarding previously announced titles. Satoru Iwata touched on the story details of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS), the wireless features of Mario Golf World Tour (3DS), the changes New Super Luigi U brings to the New Super Mario Bros. U (DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U on the WiiU), the differences between the Wii version of Donkey Kong Country Returns and the remake coming to 3DS, and a new flying pikmin type in Pikmin 3. Other new game announcements were made as well. A new Mario Party title, a downloadable Mario vs. Donkey Kong game called Minis on the Move, and a third installment in the Yoshi’s Island series (which is well worth being excited about as well) were announced for 3DS. Mr. Iwata discussed the console update for the WiiU. The update will improve load times, allow users to transfer data between two hard drives, automatically install software, and allow gamers to download and install updates even when the system is turned off. The WiiU Virtual Console will launch the day after the update goes live next week. When the service launches, classic titles like Balloon Fight, Mario Bros., Punch Out, Super Mario Bros. 2, F-Zero, Super Metroid, Excite Bike, Kirby Super Star, Super Mario World, all of which can be played on the WiiU gamepad. Iwata added that Nintendo is working on bringing Game Boy Advance and N64 titles to the WiiU virtual console. Most importantly for Virtual Console fans, Iwata announced that Earthbound will finally be making its way to Europe and North America in response to fan outcry at the Japanese only release of the title in March. Bill Trinen from the Treehouse branch of Nintendo then came on to demonstrate gameplay from the upcoming Game & Wario, discuss features in the newest Monster Hunter, and showcase a 3DS sequel to Lego City Undercover. Trinen also announced that numerous Japanese releases are being brought overseas for 3DS. Among these titles are Square Enix’s Bravely Default Flying Fairy (see image below), a wide variety of Level 5 titles such as Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, The Starship Damrey, Bugs vs. Tanks, and Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale. Atlus also announced an incredibly lavish Shin Megami Tensei IV release for the 3DS this summer. For more information, you can watch the Nintendo Direct press release here (if you are only interested in the Legend of Zelda announcement, skip to 35:10).
  14. In a Nintendo Direct video, which can be viewed here, Reggie Fils-Aime, the president and COO of Nintendo of America, shared that a direct sequel to the classic top-down Legend of Zelda adventure is coming to the 3DS. The new title will make use of the 3D features on the handheld to incorporate vertical levels and the ability to transform into a 2D wall drawing into its puzzle solving mechanics. We are incredibly excited to see more details on the title which are likely to be revealed during E3 in June. The press announcement also included a slew of information regarding previously announced titles. Satoru Iwata touched on the story details of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS), the wireless features of Mario Golf World Tour (3DS), the changes New Super Luigi U brings to the New Super Mario Bros. U (DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U on the WiiU), the differences between the Wii version of Donkey Kong Country Returns and the remake coming to 3DS, and a new flying pikmin type in Pikmin 3. Other new game announcements were made as well. A new Mario Party title, a downloadable Mario vs. Donkey Kong game called Minis on the Move, and a third installment in the Yoshi’s Island series (which is well worth being excited about as well) were announced for 3DS. Mr. Iwata discussed the console update for the WiiU. The update will improve load times, allow users to transfer data between two hard drives, automatically install software, and allow gamers to download and install updates even when the system is turned off. The WiiU Virtual Console will launch the day after the update goes live next week. When the service launches, classic titles like Balloon Fight, Mario Bros., Punch Out, Super Mario Bros. 2, F-Zero, Super Metroid, Excite Bike, Kirby Super Star, Super Mario World, all of which can be played on the WiiU gamepad. Iwata added that Nintendo is working on bringing Game Boy Advance and N64 titles to the WiiU virtual console. Most importantly for Virtual Console fans, Iwata announced that Earthbound will finally be making its way to Europe and North America in response to fan outcry at the Japanese only release of the title in March. Bill Trinen from the Treehouse branch of Nintendo then came on to demonstrate gameplay from the upcoming Game & Wario, discuss features in the newest Monster Hunter, and showcase a 3DS sequel to Lego City Undercover. Trinen also announced that numerous Japanese releases are being brought overseas for 3DS. Among these titles are Square Enix’s Bravely Default Flying Fairy (see image below), a wide variety of Level 5 titles such as Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, The Starship Damrey, Bugs vs. Tanks, and Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale. Atlus also announced an incredibly lavish Shin Megami Tensei IV release for the 3DS this summer. For more information, you can watch the Nintendo Direct press release here (if you are only interested in the Legend of Zelda announcement, skip to 35:10). View full article
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