Nintendo Direct for October 1, 2013: Wii U/3DS updates, Link Between Worlds, Kirby 3DS and more
As you can probably guess, Nintendo has more news to share regarding the games it will be releasing this year and beyond. And as you can also probably guess, it was all revealed in a new Nintendo Direct video.
Starting things off was a lengthy new trailer for Super Mario 3D World that gave a clearer picture of how the game will play, the many power-ups that will be available, and the numerous little shake-ups to the Mario formula that will be found. It actually made much more excited for the game than I already am, and now I can’t wait for the game’s release on November 22.
After finishing off the Mario-centric news with the announcement of Mario and Luigi-themed Wii Remote Plus that will be released on November 1, the video moved on to Wii Party U, showing some of the creative ways its minigames will use Wii Remotes together with the GamePad. The next bit of news, unfortunately, wasn’t as good, as it was a confirmation of a change of release plans for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. In order to give Retro’s platformer time to receive some extra polish, the game will now launch in February 2014.
Then came rather big news for fans of the Mario & Sonic series. Coming November 15, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be the first game in the series to incorporate online multiplayer, with four events allowing players to challenge others around the globe. What’s more, in the spirit of the Olympics, the game will group players’ scores by country, with better scores leading to higher ranks for their countries.
Wrapping up the Sonic news was the confirmation that the Blue Blur will be among the fighters in next year’s Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros for Wii U. Not that that’s too surprising to hear, but still, it’s nice to see Sonic in action.
Switching gears from news on upcoming releases, the video turned its attention towards one of the Wii U’s biggest already-released titles, Pikmin 3. It was announced that the game will be getting DLC in the form of new levels for the game’s Mission Mode, starting with a $1.99 mission pack. A game update will also bring in a free new mission and revamped leaderboards that show the highest score for each mission.
After that, the Nintendo Direct took a break from first-party titles and gave a brief detailing for several third-party Wii U/3DS titles, including Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl, Just Dance 2014, Skylanders SWAP Force, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies. There was also big news for indie game fans, as the video revealed that Nintendo will participate in the IndieCade indie game festival this week in Los Angeles.
Returning to first-party matters, Nintendo revealed a number of special content for 3DS owners, such as a new, special Zelda-themed shirt that can be found in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. In addition, the handheld’s StreetPass capabilities will be enhanced, allowing users to access more data at Nintendo Zone locations than ever before. Which is good, considering new content will be released for games like Kid Icarus: Uprising, Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.
While everything that came up until this point was pretty standard news, the next piece of news, regarding The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, was pretty shocking. In short, the game will be doing away with some longtime series conventions, such as using items found in dungeons to clear those dungeons. Not only will players be able to access most of the game’s items from a shop at the beginning of the game, they will also be able to tackle the dungeons in whatever order they so choose. Also, I think there’s going to be a dark Zelda, so that’s pretty awesome as well.
The Nintendo Direct ended with one final big announcement. Next year, Kirby will finally make his 3DS debut in a new side-scroller filled with bright visuals and 3D elements. At the moment, that’s really all we know, but more information on the title should be released soon.
So there you have it. What do you think of the news the Big N dished out today? Feel free to let us know in the comment box below, and have a look at the Nintendo Direct in its entirely while you’re at it.
Source: Nintendo Direct
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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