New Link to the Past, Mario Party, and Earthbound highlight latest Nintendo Direct
A Nintendo Direct video aired today, therefore it should come as no surprise that Nintendo was generous with the big announcements. And while there was plenty of news regarding Wii U and titles from third-party developers, it was the 3DS where the biggest announcements were at.
Let get the biggest of the big out of the way right now: there’s a brand new Legend of Zelda game coming to the 3DS. The notable thing about this new title is that it will be set in the world of one of the series’ most renowned titles: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (in other words, not a remake). The game, which will released this holiday season, will feature a more classic top-down perspective, an original story, unique dungeons, and the new ability to turn Link into a drawing to move across the surface of walls.
Along with the new Zelda, the 3DS will soon be home to a new installment in the Yoshi’s Island series (flutter jumps and babies. Yay!) and a new Mario Party title set for release this winter. Both games will make use of the handheld’s special features (like AR Card games and StreetPass battles in the new Mario Party).
The Big N also dropped details on previously announced games. Coming August 11, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team will task Mario with hopping between the real world and the world of Luigi’s dream to save a (once again) kidnapped Princess Peach. Mario Golf: World Tour, meanwhile, will allow players around the world to compete with one another in real-time multiplayer matches when it releases this summer. Nintendo also touched upon the 3DS re-release of Donkey Kong Country Returns (which launches on May 24), revealing that the game will add eight new stages, increased health, and a handheld-friendly New Mode with new items and features.
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Thorough as Nintendo Direct videos usually are, it’s also no shock to see that eShop news was dropped. Along with detailing the previously-announced Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, the Big N confirmed the May 30 eShop release date for two classic Legend of Zelda games, Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons.
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Last, but not least, on the 3DS front is the third party announcements, and they were a dozy. Not only Nintendo revealed that the Square Enix RPG Bravely Default: Flying Fairy would be coming stateside next year, it confirmed a new trio of eShop titles from Level-5, similar to previous releases like Liberation Maiden, Aero Porter, and Crimson Shroud. Level-5 will also release the next Professor Layton game, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, in 2014. In addition, the release date for Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei IV, July 16, was revealed, along with a Limited Edition that will come with a 176-page strategy guide/artbook and a soundtrack featuring tunes from across the SMT series history.
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Moving on to the Wii U, Nintendo revealed that next week’s system update will give users the ability to transfer data between USB drives and download software in the background while playing other games, as well as enable the Wii U to continue downloading software if after it is switch off. Not to mention, it will also bring faster load times.
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Shortly following the update, the Wii U Virtual Console will finally launch, bringing a slew of classic titles to the Wii U (without the hassle of trying to transfer them from the Wii). And the first new addition that was announced for the service was one that fans have wanted for a long time: the 1995 SNES RPG Earthbound.
And finally, Nintendo announced release dates for some the most highly-anticipated Wii U games. June 26 will see the launch of Game & Wario, while August 4 will be the day that Pikmin 3 (and the newly-announced Winged Pikmin) arrives on store shelves.
Also, important news for Wii U players of Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate. A new update is available that will enable off-TV play with the GamePad, as well as allow players in North America and Europe to join each other in online games.
In short, Wii U and 3DS owners have plenty to look forward to in 2013 and 2014, especially for those with 3DSs. And to top it off, there’re still more juicy details to be found in today’s Nintendo Direct, which you can watch in its entirety in the video below.
Source: Nintendo Direct
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A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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