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Nintendo Direct Recap – The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past 2, Bravely Default, Pikmin 3 news, Wii U System Update, and more

Nintendo just finished their Nintendo Direct presentation for North America and Europe, and their were a ton of new games announced, along with some new information on previous games. Get it all below.

Via GoNintendo:

Mario and Luigi: Dream Team

Pillo Island. Mario and others are invited to this island for sight-seeing. Peach is kidnapped while others are touring the island. She is pulled into the dream world. The gate to this dream world appears when Luigi sleeps on a pillow with magical powers. Travel between the real world and dream world. Mario and Luigi work together in the real world. Team up for team attacks. New attacks for battle. More new actions and visual presentations that utilize the 3DS’ feature. In the dream world, interact with sleeping Luigi. Solve puzzles in the upper screen. Control a large number of Luigis in dreams to progress, including a giant Luigi tornado or rolling ball. Due out August 11th in stores and on eShop. Due out July 12th in Europe.

Mario Golf: World Tour

Features online play that includes real-time play and also lets you upload your scores. Friend communities and themed communities. Create special rules for online play specific to what you like. Local multiplayer as well. Due out this Summer

Japan getting Luigi-themed 3DS LL, marked with The Year of Luigi. Sold w/ Mario & Luigi RPG 4.

Mario Party

Heading to the 3DS. Features 7 game boards, each with their own set of rules. One board includes interactions with other players that are very important. Use items to interfere and to move yourself along. Another board features boosts to multiple your dice number. Another board that has you deciding whether you hide in safety or risk moving against a Bullet Bill that can take you out. Some games utilize unique features of 3DS. 80 minigames, new puzzle games and even AR card games. Due out this Winter.

New Super Luigi U

All 82 stages have been changed. Luigi has his unique powerful jump with leg wiggle. It is harder for him to stop after dashing. All courses start with 100 seconds on the timer. Many obstacles concentrated in shorter stages. Due out Summer 2013.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Features new mode to better suit the game balance to portable play. Difficulty balance has been adjusted in new mode to reflect this. This mode lets you get hit 3 times with each character. New Mode also features more items to help players out. There’s a portable DK barrel that can call Diddy out. Green balloons float you back up to the level if you fall. Crash Guard protects you through 2 crashes when riding a rocket or mine cart. New stages open after clearing the main game. Will be digital and retail.

New Yoshi’s Island

Coming to 3DS. Retains classic moves and adds in new features that utilize the 3DS’ feature. More details on this coming in the future.

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move

Upper screen displays paths and obstables the minis must deal with. Guide two characters as once. Huge amount of variety in puzzles, with over 180 different stages in 4 different modes. Upload your own stages. Download stages created by others. Due out May 9th, exclusively on eShop

Wii U system update confirmed for North America next week

System update. Press B button during startup to go directly to Wii mode. Quicker loading. Auto-updates. Standby feature allows you to download system update and install content even when the system is turned off. copy/move data between hard drives. Wii U virtual console service starts the day after the system update is available. Donkey Kong, Excitebike, Super Mario World, Mario Bros., Mario Bros. 2, Ice Climbers and Kirby all due out soon. Game Boy Advance and N64 games coming.

Pikmin 3 – Coming August 4th

Winged Pikmin can fly and carry items for you. Pikmin 3 launch date still not announced.

Earthbound coming to Wii U Virtual Console in North America and Europe by the year’s end.

Game and Wario

Showing off the Pirates minigame. Involves finding/blocking arrows being fired at you. Gamer gameplay brings WarioWare gameplay with a twist. Watch on the TV to keep an eye out for your mother, who is trying to catch you playing late at night on the GamePad. Includes multiplayer games as well. Some games you play on your own let others use the TV to help you. Due out digital and retail on June 23rd.

Europe: To celebrate the launch of #FireEmblem: Awakening this Friday, the first map released as add-on content will be free for 1 month!

– LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins is a prequel that lets you see LEGO City in a different light.
– new Swapnote content coming our way for select games.
– Animal Crossing 3DS XL for $220, confirmed for North America. Includes pre-installed version of the game.
– Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages/Seasons hitting 3DS VC on May 30th.
– Bravely Default confirmed for localization. Nintendo publishing in 2014.
– Professor Layton and the Arzan Legacy due out in 2014.
– Pikmin 3 hitting Japan on July 13th.
– Guild02 titles hitting 3DS eShop soon

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past sequel heading to 3DS!

Link can become a drawing a move along walls. Same world of Link to the Past, new storyline and dungeons. Top-down view. 3D video available on 3DS eShop today. Available holiday 2013.

Shin Megami Tensei IV heading to Europe.

  • ch777ch

    This is de reason, why I have still faith in the Wii U and in Nintendo.
    The 3DS was exactly as "doomed" at the beginning as the Wii U is "doomed" now.
    So everybody can imagine, how the Wii U is doing in a year from now.

    (Sorry for my bad english. My native language is german)

    • Furious Francis

      Your English is fine. And yes I agree with you, everybody doomed the 3DS, and now look at it. The same will happen for Wii U, you can count on it.

  • Silver

    Wow as someone who wasn't too excited for a 3DS focused direct, I sure am happy now.

    -Yoshi's Island – One of my favorite games as a kid, this is a day one buy. PUMPED!
    -Link to the Past Remake – Another HUGE favorite, also a day one buy. PUMPED!
    -Already decided I'd be getting Mario, and Luigi Dream Team.
    -Donkey Kong 3D, Loved the Wii version, but I've always wanted that game on a portable. The lack of motion controls is also a plus.

    In 3DS news alone I was happy, but we also got some great Wii U news.
    -The much wanted system update is finally here, along with the virtual console! I can't wait to sink into that.
    -I don't buy any DLC besides expansions. New Super Luigi U qualifies as that, so I'll be getting it.
    -Never really followed Earthbound, but I've heard nothing but good things about it. So I'm getting it.

    Only kinda meh news was that Pikmin 3 is so far away, but we have more than enough games coming to Nintendo systems in the mean time to keep me happy. It really is a good time to be a Nintendo fan, and with E3 around the corner. I don't know if ill be able to handle the financial trouble ill be in after getting all these games. Haha!

    • Furious Francis

      Yeah, the 3DS is a beast. I think it's the best handheld ever, and is a must own for any gamer.

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  • sergio111293

    Mario&Luigi Dream Team, Yoshi's Island 3DS, Bravely Default, Shin Megami Tensei IV, AND A Link To The Past Sequel!
    Holy shit, this really is the best Handheld ever made! They should've just called it the Super Nintendo 3DS. XD
    EARTHBOUND!!! lol
    I wished they would've talked more about the Wii U, but I think its pretty obvious that they're gonna stay quiet about it until E3 & they're getting all of the 3DS stuff out of the way so they have more time at the event. 😉
    Regardless, this was one of the Best Nintendo Directs ever!

  • RicardJulianti

    While it stinks that Pikmin 3 has been delayed all the way to friggin August 4, at least we know the date now. I still expect a Wii U Nintendo Direct next week or at least by the end of the month. W101 is still up in the air [listed as "Coming Soon" in the eShop], Wii Fit U and Mii Party "need" to be talked about, the investor meeting is on Wednesday and while the 3DS news is pretty big, they just released a new system that needs a lot of love. It's a bit frustrating, but I guess if they keep some VC titles rolling out (EARTHBOUND!!!) I'll be okay. Sales are still going to be crap if they don't have anything to release and investors will probably be getting antsy.

    The Link to the Past sequel looks incredible. I really like the chalk drawing aspect but I do hope it isn't the main theme for the Wii U Zelda whenever that is out. The attention they are giving to the DKCR remake has me excited for WWHD. They seem to understand that people don't want just a straight port and add value to the new version.

    Nothing against Animal Crossing, but that XL is ugly. I'm still going to have to wait until there is a 3DS color scheme I like or bite the bullet for Zelda. I don't get why NA hardly has any options (just "okay" ones imo) while Japan has just about every one you can think of. Maybe if NA had some more attractive choices, it would sell better over here.

    That guy from the Nintendo Treehouse is a bit creepy…

    • Furious Francis

      Nintendo is saving all of their big guns of E3 on Wii U. No need for investors to get worried. Nintendo needs to promote the game they have now on Wii U, which they did, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Lego City Undercover.

      I think E3 is just going to be awesome from a games standpoint. It's going to have so much content. People are gong to rush out and buy Wii U's shortly after, btw, I read your article again. And damn that's a good piece. Just had to tell you again. Thanks you so much for your hard work man. I really appreciate it.

      • RicardJulianti

        I agree that they are saving their big guns for E3 and I know I'll have plenty to play with the VC (I never had a SNES so that'll be awesome) and Monster Hunter, but investors will care far more about the sales numbers and financial statement than "What is Nintendo hiding?" It would also be easier to make trolls shut their faces if they had talked about W101 coming out before June (which I fully believe it will still) On the flip side, I don't exactly have Scrooge McDuck piles of cash lying around to buy a ton of games, so it works out. I just really want W101 already.

        This is what I expect Nintendo's E3 to be like: http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view/1056553/bullet-bi

        Hopefully they are able to say "Available [insert ridiculously close date]" a lot. Much like they did with NSMB2……but better. WWHD in July, Pikmin in August, Something in September whether it is Yoshi or some surprise 3rd party title or MiiSports, Mario Kart in October, Mario in November, and Retro's title just in time for Xmas. Granted, that is very optimistic, but not entirely unrealistic. Iwata did say that they have unannounced titles that just might see a release this year.

        Thanks, I have read it a few times myself, haha. I never expected it to reach nearly as many views as it has, it's completely mind boggling to me.

        • Furious Francis

          I agree, a release date for The Wonderful 101 would have been nice. But at least we got Pikmin 3 and Game and Wario Dated. Pikimin 3 will move consoles. It's all about marketing, and I think Nintendo is going to have a great strategy for that game.

          • RicardJulianti

            I like how Iwata said they would be talking more about the game over the next months….maybe info once a month? That will definitely get the hype ball rolling.

            Reggie spoke to GamesIndustry.biz about all of the announcement stuff. 3DS game sales have surpassed 20 million in the US alone apparently. Sales being up 55%….and the pace of games it going to "ramp up dramatically" over the next 9 months.

            He also talked about the Wii U, "What I would say about Wii U – and what Mr. Iwata has said – is that the pace of launches has been slower than we hoped. But as we prepare for E3, the pace of launches for Wii U is going to dramatically increase."

            Notice the wording there….not "Soon after E3" or "Later this year" or even "We have a large amount of stuff planned for E3"….but "As we prepare for E3" there will be a dramatic increase in launches.


  • rickmodus

    Ow my Goodnes!!!! Oldskool link to the past Zelda 3ds, bravely default. cant wait to get my hands on both of these. The Wiiu is shaping up nicely, no single regret purchasing this console._With square enix onboard the 3ds it would be hilarious the release date for FFversus 13 would be a Wiiu exclusive LoL =D

  • matthewbmatthew1

    I just watched the UK and Europe Nintendo Direct presentation and the game that I'm looking forward to the most is Mario Golf: World Tour, as I've still got a lot of fond memories of playing Mario Golf 64. The Legend of Zelda on the 3DS looks excellent too – so many good games but not enough money to buy them all. 😐

    • Furious Francis

      Just what I was thinking. There are so many games, there is no way I can buy all this. The Zelda game looks really good. I want that now!

      Mario Golf is always fun.

  • donzaloog

    This Direct was amazing. Earthbound finally comes to the West. A Link to the Past sequel. And so much more!

  • koopzilla

    It's only a Virtual Console game, and it may be a bold statement, but I believe Earthbound will sell systems. We are getting GBA games too, why not Mother 3 as well?

    I have some of the VC games announced, I hope the upgrade from the Wii VC games for $1 or whatever also goes into effect that day.

    I was very pleased with this ND, and I wasn't really expecting much out of it.

    • Furious Francis

      Yeah, Earthbound was big. But I think the Wii U update was big news as well. It's adding a ton of features that makes the system far more attractive. And the games are coming at just the right time. I was upset there was still no release date for Pikmin 3 or The Wonderful 101. However, Bravery Default coming over from Square Enix & Nintendo was cool. Maybe Nintendo can get Final Fantasy Versus on the Wii U as well.

      • koopzilla

        I heard August 4th for Pikmin 3, much later than I wanted, but I'm still very excited, it's my most wanted Wii U game in the forseeable future.

        Yeah the updates are a great thing too, I've been waiting for that.

        Bravely default, a sequel to my favorite Zelda, A Link To the Past, Mario&Luigi 4 news, Animal Crossing, theres a ton of stuff I'm really excited for. Oh, and Mario Golf, I don't play sports games, but that's the one I just can't get enough of. This makes me really excited for E3. To think with all this great stuff, that they must be waiting for the really big stuff til E3, it's gonna be epic.

        • Furious Francis

          August 4th for Pikmin 3? That's later than expected but makes sense. At least we don't have to wait till the fall. But the game should come out in May.

          Miyamoto likes his games perfect though… so we have to wait till it's done. The flying Pikmin looks really cool.

      • AndrewKV

        NoA's Twitter just announced August 4 as Pikmin's launch date.