Nintendo Direct Micro Roundup (6/1/15)
Like Lucas, yesterday's Nintendo Direct Micro came out of nowhere, and it'll likely be our last batch of news before E3. Here's a quick rundown of everything you missed:
Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash
It’s never too late to change careers – just ask Chibi-Robo, who’s about to switch from mechanical maid to amateur platformer in an all new 2D adventure. In Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash, the eponymous robot can swing his trademark plug to attack enemies, reach objects, grapple to faraway ledges, and solve environmental puzzles. The game comes packaged with a Chibi-Robo amiibo, which can be used to improve your plug tossing speed and distance. Additionally, completing a stage levels up your amiibo, which unlocks in-game items. The game launches this October, so you better start camping outside of Toys ‘R Us now.
Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure
In an effort to expand their ever-growing medical practice, Drs. Mario and Luigi are coming to your 3DS just in time for E3. Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure, the newest entry in the long-running series, includes both standard Dr. Mario and Dr. Luigi modes, as well as a brand new mode featuring the titular miracle cure. Once you fill up the gauge next to the pill bottle, you can use the miracle cure item to eradicate entire rows, columns, or areas of viruses. In the game’s local and global competitive multiplayer mode, players can use other in-game items to disrupt their opponents. Such disruptions include prohibiting pill rotation, reversing controls, and increasing pill drop speed. Miracle Cure also includes co-op multiplayer and download play. The game releases on June 11th and can be pre-downloaded in the eShop right now.
Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon
Some people like to make Pokémon beat the crap out of each other. Others like to solve their Pokémon's problems. If you’re in the latter group, you’re going to love Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, which launches this winter. You’ll play as a Pokémon (you can choose from 20) and explore dungeons inhabited by other Pokémon. Fortunately, they can say more than just their names in this series, so solving their problems is actually feasible. All 700+ Pokémon will appear in the game, but there’s a small chance you’ll only ever see Pidgey.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Though their war ended long ago, Mario and Sonic still find ways to fight. The latest iteration of the Olympic series takes the mascots and their crews to beautiful Brazil where they’ll compete in a number of events, including the 100 meters, rhythmic gymnastics, table tennis, and soccer. Certain sports, however, are restricted to a specific version; Wii U and 3DS owners get rugby sevens and golf, respectively.
Well that was quick. After just one weekend, enough squids/kids have reached level 10 in Splatoon to unlock Ranked Battle (which as of now only includes Splat Zones). Players can also purchase an all-new weapon, the N-Zap ’85, modeled after the original NES Zapper gun. Lastly, the Port Mackerel map has been added to the Turf Wars rotation. Splat on, my friends.
Art Academy: Home Studio
Want to be the next Picasso? Then buy real paint. If you’re satisfied wowing the people of Miiverse, however, then check out Art Academy: Home Studio. The game features a wide variety of new art lessons and the option to view 360-degree landscapes for inspiration. Additionally, artists can now upload time-lapse replays of their drawings on YouTube for others to observe and admire. The game launches June 25th and can be pre-purchased right now in the eShop.
LBX: Little Battlers eXperience
Little Battlers eXperience (LBX) is based on the Nicktoons show about palm-sized robots that battle each other in cardboard dioramas. Basically, it’s the third grade arts and crafts project you never knew you always wanted. In the game, you can customize your own personal robot using 130 LBX models and 4,000 unique robot parts and battle with up to 6 players via local wireless. LBX releases later this summer on August 21st.
Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition Updates
Mild spoilers ahead…
Just a few updates for those enjoying the newly released Puzzle & Dragons game(s) on 3DS. In the Super Mario Bros. Edition, those who complete the first 8 worlds will unlock an additional 8 worlds featuring new playable characters, including Rosalina, Princess Peach, Bowser, Bowser Jr, and the Koopalings. In P&D: Z, you can similarly access an entire second continent of content once you finish the main game. Additionally, starting today, P&D: Z players can explore new dungeons via weekly online distributions. Each dungeon holds a special monster you can earn for your team.
Bravely Second: End Layer
Unsurprisingly, Bravely Second: End Layer is coming to the West and keeping its ridiculous name. Though the game has a brand new story and protagonist, it features the same highly strategic turn-based battle system of its predecessor, as well as some returning characters. Look for it in 2016.
Were you satisfied with yesterday's Nintendo Direct Micro? Or did it leave you wanting more? No, worries - E3 is just around the corner! Be sure to check back for our coverage in a few weeks!