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Nintendo Direct Recap: Monster Hunter 4 on 3DS, Little Mac on Smash Bros.
Nintendo had a busy day today, with the latest of their Nintendo Direct releases packing in a bunch of new information about the Japanese game company’s upcoming titles for the Wii U and 3DS this spring.
For news on their previously announced games, the Direct kicked off with a new trailer for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS featuring a new character in Little Mac from Punch-Out!! Also announced today were the Koopalings (Larry, Morton, Wendy, Iggy, Roy, Lemmy, and Ludwig) as playable characters in Mario Kart 8.
Nintendo revealed handful of brand new titles in today’s release, as well. For 3DS, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate was easily the biggest reveal of the day. But alongside Monster Hunter on the 3DS, we were also shown Pokemon Battle Trozei (A match-three puzzle game for 3DS), Steel Diver: Sub Wars (a sequel to the 3DS launch title), Inazuma Eleven (a Japanese Soccer RPG), Weapon Shop de Omasse (A Level 5 placing you in the role of an apprentice in a JRPG’s blacksmith shop), and Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball (A collection of baseball mini-games).
For Wii U, NES Remix 2 was announced, within the game being a right-to-left version of Super Mario Bros. featuring Luigi titled Super Luigi Bros. Also revealed were the first Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games we can expect on the eShop; Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi: Super Star Saga, and Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3.
All of the release dates given for upcoming 3DS are as follows:
- Steel Diver: Sub Wars – Today (February 13, 2014)
- Inazuma Eleven – Today (February 13, 2014)
- Weapon Shop de Omasse – February 20, 2014
- Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy – February 28, 2014
- Yoshi’s New Island – March 14, 2014
- Pokemon Battle Trozei – March 20, 2014
- Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball – April 2014
- Mario Golf: World Tour – May 2, 2014
- Kirby Triple Deluxe – May 2, 2014
- Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – Early 2015
And the announced release dates for upcoming Wii U games are:
- Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze – February 21, 2014
- NES Remix – April 25, 2014
- Child of Light – April 30, 2014
- GBA Virtual Console – April 2014
- Mario Kart 8 – May 30, 2014
- Bayonetta 2 - 2014
To see all of the trailers shown today in the Nintendo Direct, head over to Nintendo’s Youtube channel.
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Mario Kart 8 Coming May 2014
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced at briefing earlier today that Mario Kart will be coming to Wii U this May.
The game was announced at E3 2013 and was revealed to be coming sometime in Spring 2014. With Mario Kart Wii, the most-recent console version of the franchise, being the company’s best-selling game of all-time (not bundled with a system at launch), Nintendo is hoping for this latest installment to give the struggling Wii U a much needed shot in the arm.
Is Mario Kart 8 the answer to the Wii U’s troubles? We’ll find out this May.
Nintendo’s Wii U E3 Demos at a Best Buy (Hopefully) Near You
Nintendo announced previously that they were abandoning the traditional E3 press conference this year in favor of releasing their own Nintendo Direct videos online independently on June 11th, during the expo. Along with this, they announced that the Wii U games being shown off during E3 would be playable at select Best Buy stores throughout the United States simultaneously. Today, Nintendo and Best Buy revealed the locations that they will have these playable demos available.
Here, you can search for a Best Buy location near you that will be hosting the Wii U demos as well as having deals on Wii U products and some “Luigi loot.”
Be sure to check back to VGN on June 11th for the announcements and details from Nintendo’s E3 presentation, as well as other E3 updates, and try to get your hands on some new games at Best Buy on June 12th and 15th.
Nintendo Announces New Games For The Wii U
Satoru Iwata, in his early morning Nintendo Direct video from early this morning gave Nintendo fans and Wii U what we have been waiting for since first picking up the console: the promise of games.
Iwata first teased that Nintendo EAD (Nintendo’s team behind the Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 3D Land titles) has been hard at work on a new 3D Mario title for the Wii U, and also teased that a new Mario Kart is in development. Both of these titles as well as the new Super Smash Bros. title will all be at E3 this year.
Next, Iwata dropped the bombshell! But not really. He actually just announced that there is a new party game that looks a lot like a Mii version of Mario Party coming out soon. IT had an interesting looking game where you use Wii-motes and the Gamepad as a game of Twister for your fingers. It may be fun, as Nintendoland surprised us as actually being a great game at launch, but we want the goods. And Iwata delivered.
Next, we finally got to see Nintendo’s next iteration of one of their beloved IPs in the form of Yoshi’s Epic Yarn (an official title wasn’t given, but that’s what I’m calling it!), a game developed by the team that gave us the often under-appreciated Kirby’s Epic Yarn, as well as the project director of Yoshi’s Island and Yoshi’s Story. The mash-ups of the Epic Yarn aesthetic and traditional Yoshi mechanics all with a greater sense of depth than Kirby’s fabric adventure and even more breathtaking visuals.
Next, Iwata revealed Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem title. No gameplay details were given yet, but he says he’ll talk about it, and more games, in greater depth at a future event or in another Nintendo Direct.
Iwata then allowed Eiji Aunoma to come out and talk about the new Zelda Wii U title that is in development. He outright said no visuals could be shown yet (E3???) but talked about the team’s goals for the title, as well as the game’s themes. Mr. Aunoma says that the team’s main goal for the game is to rethink the conventions of Zelda; specifically “playing through dungeons in a specific order” and “playing by yourself.” He then showed us still of what Nintendo is offering to bide the time until we get this new Zelda entry: an HD remake of Wind Waker!
Finally, Iwata showed us a trailer of X, an absolutely gorgeous new title from Monolith Soft, the creators of Xenosaga and Baten Kaitos, that looks very much alike a Monster Hunter-type game, where you and a group of friends will fight giant monsters and dinosaurs and bugs (i.e. possibly the best game ever).
For those keeping track, that’s 7 new titles we have to look forward to from Nintendo. New 3D Mario, Mario Kart, Wii U Party, Yoshi’s Epic Yarn, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, a new unconventional Zelda, and X. Top that off with an HD remake of one of the best games Nintendo’s ever released and finally getting to see a new Smash Bros., it’s hard to deny that the Wii U has a bright future ahead of it.