Today, if Nintendo were a rapper it would say “We go hard” and drop the mic. There was a ton of news from Nintendo Direct yesterday, mostly about the 3DS and a bunch of games that I’m excited for.
This is Luigi’s year. Satoru Iwata, Global President of Nintendo, mentioned four new games featuring the Tito Jackson of the franchise. Mario & Luigi Dream Team (August 11), a game where Princess Peach is kidnapped and brought into a dream world. Players will control Mario as he goes back and forth between reality and Luigi’s dreams. In some of the gameplay they showed, there’s more Luigis than should ever appear at once. He also brought up Mario Golf World Tour (Summer) mentioning a bunch of online features that should make the game more customizable and a new Mario Party (Winter) game with some new modes. Super Luigi U (Summer) is dlc for the Wii U and features the same map as Super Mario Bros. U but each level is different. The game has Luigi’s signature jump, so the levels are designed to take that into consideration.
The biggest news for me was the announcement of a new game set in the world of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past which was on SNES. The game is top down and uses the 3D a lot to have Link travel between floors. It looks good and I’m glad I have a 3DS. No exact date was given but it is supposed to be out this holiday season. Hey, holiday season… hurry up.
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (May 30) will be available for the first time since 2001 on Game Boy Color.
The Animal Crossing:New Leaf hardware bundle will be out June 9, for $219.99, and has a new 3DS XL bundle that looks pre-ty sweet.
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (May 24) will have players traveling from left to right as well as “front to back.” The 3D is supposed to play a big role in this game and features difficulty changes specifically made for the handheld version. Since people play in shorter spans of time the “New Mode” version has more health and items to make the game easier. You can still play the original Wii version.
A new Yoshi’s Island game was shown but the gameplay was short and no announce date was mentioned. Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (May 9) looks like it should be a lot of fun. The objective is to put tiles on the bottom screen which will guide Mario on the top screen. There’s over 180 different stages and it’s possible to upload and download created stages.
Bravely Default, a role playing game from Square Enix has an interesting twist. You have to decide whether or not to skip a turn for the chance to do more damage later in the battle. That’s a cool concept, and with multiple endings and wireless support I can see people spending a lot of time on this one.
LEVEL-5 has three games coming out that I’m buying immediately. The Starship Damrey, BUGS vs. TANKS, and Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale. Bugs vs. Tanks is from Kejii Inafune, the creator Mega Man, looks insane. You control miniature World War II tanks fighting bugs. Need I say more? Attack of the Friday Monsters! features Kaiju monsters and that’s all I need to see to sell me on the game. Giant monsters come to life every Friday. I don’t know what that means but I’m in.
ATLUS’ Shin Megami Tensei 4 will be out July 16 and comes with a Limited Edition Box, a strategy and design book and sountrack.
Soon we’ll have a Lego City Undercover prequel which tells the story of Chase McCain as a rookie and in 2014 we’ll wrap up the second Professor Layton trilogy with Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy containing over 500 puzzles.
The focus of the Wii U portion of the event was the game pad and rightfully so. Nintendo failed to sell the public on the appeal of the new controller the way they did with the Wii. Some new mini games were shown from Game & Wario which didn’t look that good and will most likely only get a few people to drop the money on a Wii U.
They did update fans on the Spring system update which will be out next week. The loading times will be shorter and add features like being able to copy data from two USB drives and auto install while playing other games. Downloading games while the console is off is also included and has to be a really convenient feature.
The Virtual Console will be available next week, the day after the update. They showed games from the SNES, NES and Gameboy which should make Retro fans happy. The games can be played on the gamepad and supports the Miiverse community. Nintendo is working to bring N64 and Gameboy Advance games to the eShop.
While showing Pikmin 3 (August 4), the Winged Pikmin was shown. It can fly and carry items in the air which means there will be a lot of different possibilities missing from the previous games.
In Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, an update is now available that allows you to play on the GamePad and have other players join your game.
It’s a good time to own a 3DS but still seems like the Wii U has a long way to go before it winds up in my living room. What did you think about Nintendo’s announcements?