TLDW: Everything Important from Today’s Nintendo Direct
Whatever your prefered gaming platform, it’s hard to deny that Nintendo are fantastic at hyping their new and existing properties. The recent choice to live stream pre-recorded Nintendo Direct videos to Twitch has helped tremendously in getting across news and having an exciting pedestal to announce new games from.
So to save you from watching the whole conference from earlier today, we’ve put it all in one handy article to quickly look at – gosh darn we’re awesome.
- The legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask remake has been confirmed for 3DS and 2DS in 2015. Everybody and their Nan was expecting this, but after 14 years since Majora’s original release, it’s a great chance to get interested in this very obscure title in the series.
- A gigantic collection of games were announced for the 3DS eShop like Shovel Knight and The Swapper. videos are out there for the European and American line ups and release dates, with Australian and New Zealand info coming soon. Seriously look at your Steam library, yep, half of those are going to be on the 3DS.
- New IP from the makers of the Fire Emblem series gets game play footage and more details after the initial June 2014 reveal – Code Name S.T.E.A.M. The release window is Spring 2015 on 3DS. Which in Australia means Autumn, because magic.
- Ultimate NES Remix combines the content of the first and second game, and launches for the 3DS 5/12/2014. If you buy the game, you’ll also get a free retro inspired theme for your 3DS.
- The upcoming Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker had its features detailed, 70 plus levels and more. Available 5/12/2014 on Wii U. New trailer.
- Kirby and the Rainbow Curse will have a 4 player co-op mode and have Amiibo support. Releases February 2015.
- Some of the Amiibo functionality for the already released Mario Kart 8 was detailed. Costumes corresponding to the Amiibo figure will be available for Mii characters in the game. A trailer was also released, showing game play of the new DLC characters, Karts and tracks in pack one. DLC Pack 1 releases on November 13 for $7.99. (Yank money) With pack 2 releasing later and featuring the Villager from the Animal Crossing series.
- Hyrule Warriors had Amiibo functionality detailed as well. This includes new weapons, but also the promise of all Amiibo figures being compatible with the game.
- Splatoon, the ink and team based shooter first shown at this year’s E3 was revealed to have a single-player mode, and details of its premise outlined. The current release window is the 2nd quarter of 2015 on Wii U. A new trailer showed off both multi-player and single-player modes. It’s unclear whether energy drink and potato chip brand related promotional material and exclusive DLC will be available at launch. (kappa)
- Released just after the Nintendo Direct finished are some short Pikmin themed animated movies from Shigeru Miyamoto – his first involvement with an animation project. Accompanying this is a free demo for Pikmin 3 as extra incentive to get interested in the series. Available on both Wii U and 3DS.
- Duck Hunt is getting a port to the Wii U Virtual Console. As if you weren’t pissed at that dog enough already.
- Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U will release next year. Sequel to a critically acclaimed JRPG on the Wii that no-one played. Looks really ambitious and is a possible challenger for Final Fantasy XV. The quantity of hot blooded Shonen protagonists is sure to be the deciding factor in sales and critical reception.
By the way, it was great to see Satoru Iwata well again, and a fairly exciting set of announcements to boot. If you still feel like watching the entire event, here it is embedded just below.