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.
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.
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.