The old, the new and everything in between
Nintendo Direct presentations are some of the most exciting minutes for us gamers. Today’s presentation is the first Nintendo Direct since Tatsumi Kimishima was named the new Nintendo CEO, after the passing of the late Satoru Iwata. With expectations set high for Nintendo’s outlook, I was eager to see what Nintendo had planned for the remainder of 2015, moving into 2016. Even with the bar set high, Nintendo smashed my expectations and delivered forty-five minutes of awesome announcements. If you missed the presentation or were too busy running around the room in excitement, here’s what you missed!
Super Smash Bros. 4 x Final Fantasy – Cloud Strife storms into battle!
No, you definitely read that correctly. The day has finally come where Square Enix and Nintendo held hands to bring joy to gamers everywhere. The Final Fantasy universe has entered the fray with Cloud Strife being added into Smash 4 as a playable fighter! Cloud comes prepared with his limit breaks and a summon in the form of Odin, both staples of the Final Fantasy universe. He will also have an alternate costume, similar to his outfit from Advent Children. Along with Cloud, a new stage based on Midgar City from Final Fantasy is being added to Smash 4.
The date of Cloud’s arrival wasn’t announced. Nintendo also announced a “special broadcast” for Super Smash Bros. 4, scheduled for December 2016.
Final Fantasy Explorers
In more Final Fantasy news, Final Fantasy Explorers is coming to Nintendo 3DS on January 29th, 2016.
Explorers is an action-RPG that looks similar to a Final Fantasy themed Monster Hunter title. It supports online and local multiplayer game play for up to 4 people, where players can select from roles such as Tank, Support, Healer and Damage. With 20 professions, there seems to be a variety in game play and the game will allow you to switch between professions and transfer skills across different classes.
While you won’t play as a character from the Final Fantasy franchise, you will have access to a Trance ability that allows you to temporarily play as Final Fantasy characters such as Lightning or use the power of Summons.
The Western release of Final Fantasy Explorers will also receive all the downloadable content from the Japanese title, for free.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
Originally released for Gamecube and Wii, Twilight Princess is receiving a HD remake for the Wii U. It is scheduled for release on March 4th, 2016.
Changes to the title include enhanced graphics and Amiibo support. Wolf Link is a new Amiibo being released for Twilight Princess HD and will also be compatible with the new up-coming Zelda title. Twilight Princess will also support the five other Legend of Zelda Amiibos from the Smash Bros. roster.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros
Paper Jam Bros is the next title in the Mario & Luigi series and is scheduled for release on December 4th, 2015.
You get to play as Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario as you navigate through the world on a journey to defeat Bowser and his counterpart, Paper Bowser. Paper Mario can access hidden areas in the map and assist Mario and Luigi with his paper powers. You can also battle enemies as Paper Craft battles, because who doesn’t want to ride around as a massive Yoshi paper craft?
Paper Jam Bros also has Amiibo support, where battle cards can be unlocked to assist you in battle.
Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon
The next Pokemon Mystery Dungeon title is coming to the Nintendo 3DS on February 19th, 2016.
You and your team will adventure through the world trying to solve the mystery of Pokemon mysteriously turning into stone. All seven hundred and twenty Pokemon will be included in the game and you can fight alongside some of the Legendary Pokemon as well.
Star Fox Zero
The new Star Fox Zero game is finally here! Star Fox Zero is scheduled for release on April 22nd, 2016.
Nintendo showed two trailers for Star Fox Zero, showcase the characters and some of the new game play mechanics.
Hyrule Warriors Legends
Hyrule Warriors was released on Wii U some time ago, but now it is also coming to the Nintendo 3DS. It is scheduled for released on March 25th, 2016.
New content will be added to the 3DS version on release. Tetra, Toon Link and the King of Hyrule will join Skull Kid as new warriors. Linkle is also a new warrior, that resembles Link, but dual-wields crossbows. Overall, Linkle has a Bayonetta vibe to her.
Two Dragon Quest games in a single year? It’s a dream come true!Nintendo has announced that both Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King will be coming to the Western Nintendo 3DS market in 2016.
Fire Emblem Fates
The next installment in the Fire Emblem series may confuse you a little bit. Fire Emblem Fates has two versions: Birthright and Conquest. Each version is a full game and a full story by itself. However, it is recommended to play through both versions to understand the full story, as each version is a different perspective of the same conflict. After purchasing one version, the other will be available at a discounted price on the Nintendo eShop. A third campaign, Revelation is an additional story that is available separately and can only be purchased from the Nintendo eShop.
It is scheduled for release in 2016, but no specific date was announced.
Xenoblade Chronicles X
No new information was released for Xenoblade Chronicles X, but a release date of December 4, 2015 was confirmed.
New Legend of Zelda Title
While Nintendo didn’t announce any additional information, they did confirm a new Zelda title coming in 2016. This is the title that was originally scheduled for 2015, but was eventually delayed. We’ll bring you more information when it comes!
Nintendo has stated that Splatoon will continue to receive new content until at least January 2016. The next batch of new content will be land on November 14th, 2015.
Two new stages will be added to the game, Museum D’alfonsino and Mahi-mahi Resort. Museum D’alfonsino has rotating circles scattered through out the map, giving you a better vantage point and will contain pieces of famous artwork from the squid world. Mahi-mahi Resort is a poolside resort map that is filled with water and despite being a squid, unfortunately you can’t swim. Mahi-mahi Resort has a second stage, where the water drains away, revealing new areas to fight over.
30 new pieces of character gear will also be included in the new content.
Announced earlier this year, Pokken Tournament is coming to the Wii U for the Western market. It is currently scheduled for a release in Spring 2016.
The only new information announced today was a bonus Shadow Mewtwo Amiibo card that will come with every first-run copy of Pokken Tournament. This Amiibo card will unlock Shadow Mewtwo as a playable character in the game.
Picross is the latest title in the Pokemon free-to-start series. It is scheduled for a December 2015 release.
Like previous Pokemon free-to-start games, it involves successfully solving puzzles to collect different Pokemon. You can use your collected Pokemon to assist you with future puzzles.
Pokemon Red, Blue, Yellow
Nintendo is bringing back the old-school Pokemon titles to modern day consoles. Pokemon Blue, Red and Yellow will be available through Virtual Console on the 3DS. It will be released on the same day as the original Pokemon game launch, February 27th, 2016.
The games will still support player-to-player trading, using the wireless communication features of the 3DS instead of the Linkcable.
The Legends of Zelda: Triforce Heroes DLC
Triforce Heroes, a Legends of Zelda spin off title will receive additional downloadable content, called The Den of Trials. The content will be available for free on December 3rd, 2015.
The Den of Trials will contain a thirty stage dungeon, where you must defeat every single enemy in each stage to progress. Two new uniforms will also be added to Triforce Heroes. Fierce Diety allows you to shoot in four directions and Lineback Uniform lets you see the loot hidden in treasure chests before you open them.
Nintendo is offering a free trial of the game on November 14th, 2015 from 8AM to 11:59PM (GMT).
The Legends of Zelda on Virtual Console
To wrap up the Legend of Zelda news, it was announced that both Phantom Hour Glass and Spirit Track from the NDS are being brought to the Virtual Console on Wii U. These will be available from the November 19th, 2015.
Bravely Second: End Layer
Bravely Second is the sequel to Bravely Default and is set a few years after the events of it. An exact release date has not been confirmed, but has been announced as Q1’2016.
Megaman Legacy Collection
Nintendo is bringing the first 6 Megaman titles to the Nintendo 3DS. It is scheduled for release on February 23, 2016. Nintendo will also be releasing a gold Megaman Amiibo as well.
If you’d like to watch the entire Nintendo Direct presentation yourself, here it is.