Nintendo Direct, 1/14/15: An XL Amount of News
Ladies and gentlemen, 46 minutes for a Nintendo Direct is a long time… so long, in fact, that you may have forgotten a thing or two (or twelve). To jog your memory, here’s a “brief” rundown of everything from Wednesday morning’s stream.
The New Nintendo 3DS
The good news? It’s coming out February 13th here in the U.S. The bad news? No standard model with swappable faceplates, only the XL model…for now. The ugly news? No AC adapter in the box. Currently, you can preorder it in either red or black, in addition to Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (GameStop exlusive) and Majora’s Mask special edition models. And by preorder I mean begrudgingly pay 3 times face value on eBay because you’re a sucker for all things Nintendo. Check out our rundown of the all that the New 3DS has to offer here.
Yes, there’s a new Fire Emblem game in development! No, it’s no Fire Emblem X Shin Mengami Tensei! So far, it looks fairly similar to Fire Emblem Awakening (in all the right ways), with a less medieval and more Japanese art direction. Also, characters now have actual feet (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, shame on you). The game, currently on track for a summer release in Japan, is titled “The Latest in the Fire Emblem Series.” Just kidding. Although, it’s not like Smash Bros. ever got an actual name…
What’s that sound? Why it’s the sound of your wallet crying in pain. Behold, Wave 4 of the Smash Bros. amiibo collection has been announced. New challengers include: Ness, Charizard, Wario, Pac-Man, Lucina, and Robin, all slated for “Spring” release (which will apparently be staggered like Wave 2). Also, Wave 3 was re-confirmed to release in “February.” Thanks to these vague release windows, I can look forward to explaining amiibo over the phone to many a Best Buy representative.
Additionally, on March 20th, Nintendo will launch its second set of amiibo, the Super Mario line, to coincide with the launch of Mario Party 10. New figures include Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Yoshi, and Toad.
Also, scalpers be damned! Nintendo plans to restock Marth later this year.
Lastly, Smash Bros. 3DS amiibo support will come via a February update.
Mario Party 10
The latest entry in the long-running video board game series launches March 20th and includes amiibo support for 9 characters: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Yoshi, Toad, Rosalina, Wario, and Donkey Kong. Using amiibo will unlock “amiibo Party” mode, as well as a few character specific boards. For a limited time (read: 30 seconds), you can purchase a copy of Mario Party 10 bundled with a Mario amiibo from the new Super Mario amiibo line.
The brand new Toad amiibo will unlock Toad sprites in each Captain Toad level, which the player must search high and low to find. Mostly low, though, because Captain Toad is super short and can’t jump.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
The game releases February 20th and includes its own amiibo support. Kirby provides unlimited “Star Dash,” King Dedede provides extra health, and Meta Knight provides a more powerful dash. All provide additional adorableness.
Kooloo Limpah! Gesundheit! God bless you! Which of these phrases is not like the other? Probably the one in a made up language. Anyway, Tingle fans rejoice. The arguably creepiest Zelda character is coming to Hyrule Warriors, along with Young Link, in next month’s Majora’s Mask DLC (dated February 5th). Tingle uses his balloon to battles enemies, while Young Link can transform into Fierce Deity Link for a brief period to mow down foes. Now we wait for the inevitable Dampe DLC…
Code Name S.T.E.A.M.
As previously announced, Code Name S.T.E.A.M. releases on March 13th. New 3DS owners will be able to use the C-stick to control the camera, which is actually a really important feature in the game. Also, so as not to be excluded from the amiibo party, Code Name S.T.E.A.M. will support all Fire Emblem amiibo (Marth, Ike, Robin, and Lucina) by adding these characters to the player’s S.T.E.A.M. roster. Strangely, these are the most normal characters in Code Name S.T.E.A.M. so far.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
On Dawn of the First Day, also known as February 13th here in America, the N64 classic will be available to new and returning fans. Like Code Name S.T.E.A.M., Majora’s Mask takes advantage of the New 3DS’ C-stick for full 360-degree camera control. Also, those who pre-order Code Name S.T.E.A.M. at GameStop will get a free Majora’s Mask pin. As with all things Nintendo, limited quantities expected.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Like Code Name S.T.E.A.M. and Majora's Mask 3D, MH4U utilizes the New 3DS’ C-stick for full 360-degree camera control. A demo for the game should be arriving on the eShop shortly, although some lucky Club Nintendo members have already been emailed codes. MH4U won’t be released until February 13th, but check your Spotpass notifications for a new Puzzle Swap panel. Lord knows I’ve given up all hope of ever finishing my panels.
Although I’m still not quite comfortable with the idea of squids that can transform into tweens, I’m eagerly awaiting this game’s May release. The Direct introduced us to Splatoon’s multiplayer tower/hub and highlighted the many customization options available for player appearance and equipment loadout. I’m glad Nintendo continues to emphasize the online component of Splatoon – let’s hope this strategy bodes well for future multiplayer games. Also, totally digging that colorful ‘90s vibe – quite tubular.
JPRG fans were treated to a double dose of Xenoblade this week. First, we saw a brand new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles X on the Wii U; the game is still on target for a 2015 release, but the lack of English voice acting at this stage is slightly worrisome. Also, the New 3DS exclusive port of Wii’s Xenoblade Chronicles was confirmed for North America… and is coming out this April!
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars
Wait, does that title actually mean something? Well, yes – players earn stars for completing user-created levels and can tip these stars to the level creator so that he/she can create even more imaginative levels. More importantly, this is Nintendo’s first official cross-buy promotion in the U.S. Players who buy the Wii U version of the game can download the 3DS version for free (and vice versa). Now if only they implement that with the entire Virtual Console library.
Puzzles and Dragons Z/Super Mario Bros. Edition
The popular mobile match-three puzzle/RPG series is coming to 3DS… twice. That’s right – you get two games on one cartridge. And a significant bump in your investment portfolio if you happened to own Nintendo stock when this announcement was made.
Basically Puzzles and Dragons with Pokemon. Also “free-to-play,” even if Nintendo will never call it that.
Wii Games on Wii U
Although Nintendo still hasn’t figured out how to put N64 or GameCube games on the Wii U, they managed to put Wii games on the eShop. Right now, you can purchase Super Mario Galaxy 2 straight to your Wii U home screen. On January 22nd and 29th you can download Punch-Out!! and Metroid Prime Trilogy, respectively. Each game will be $10 for the first week of its release. Also, any Wii game that uses the classic controller can alternatively be controlled using the GamePad.
A brand new 3DS eShop title, a 3rd person cover-based shooter, which is apparently “coming soon.” The game will feature a single player campaign, as well as 6-player online and coop gameplay.
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy Plus
Coming to 3DS on February 13th. The game is essentially a re-release of a 2011 3DS game with updated controls that take advantage of the New 3DS’ C-stick, ZR an ZL buttons, and amiibo functionality.
A mystery Namco-developed “free-to-download” coop multiplayer game. That’s quite literally all we know.
Fossil Fighters: Frontier
Coming to 3DS in NA on March 20th. It’s basically Jurassic Park without the horrible, horrible consequences.
- -Gunman Clive 2
-Moon Chronicles Ep: 2-4
-Citizens of Earth
-Story of Seasons
-Etrian Mystery Dungeon
-Sega 3D Classics: After Burner II, Fantasy Zone, Fantasy Zone II, Outrun, and Thunder Blade
That's all of it! Excited? Disappointed? Hopelessly caught in the middle?
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