NINTENDO DIRECT SUMMARY
Nintendo kicked off its Nintendo Direct broadcast with a glimpse at a brand new Fire Emblem game. Nintendo promises completely new game content and brand new challenges the like of which have never been seen in the franchise before.
Players can affect the world around them in Fire Emblem by decisions they make, both in battle and dialogue options. Shin Kibayashi, a Japanese manga story writer, has worked with Nintendo in creating the plot for the game.
Nintendo also announced that Puzzle & Dragons Z and Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros Edition will both be coming to Europe in May of 2015. Both games will be available as a dual pack title in both retail stores and available as a download from the Nintendo eShop.
Another title that looks as though it will be equally as addictive is Pokémon Shuffle, a free to play game with paid content that will be arriving next month in February 2015.
In Wii U news, select Wii titles will be made available via the Nintendo eShop with Super Mario Galaxy 2 being made available from today. Donkey Kong Country Returns will be added on January 22, 2015, and the Metroid Prime Trilogy will be added on January 29, 2015. Select Wii titles that use the Wii pro controller will be compatible with the Wii U tablet.
The downloadable Wii titles will be £17.99/€19.99 each, however, for one week after each release they will available for half price at £8.99/€9.99. Other popular titles such as Pandora’s Tower, Sin and Punishment Star Successor, and Kirby’s Adventure Wii will be made available in the future.
Nintendo also announced six new amiibo figures, five of which are characters that have already been released, but these new ones are in different stances.
There will also be a Toad amiibo that will be compatible with Captain Toad Treasure Tracker. Toad will unlock a new hide and seek mode for Treasure Tracker where you must find pixel art toys hidden in the levels.
The software update for Captain Toad Treasure Tracker that will allow the use of the Toad amiibo will be available on March 20, 2015 alongside the release of the new amiibos. Nintendo also gave the release date for the Robin, Lucina, Wario, Charizard, Ness, and Pacman amiibos, which will hit store shelves on April 24, 2015.
Mario Party 10 will be launching for Wii U on March 10, 2015. It will feature new modes, such as the Bowser party mode, Free-play mode, and an amiibo party mode.
The Rosalina, Donkey Kong, Wario, Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Bowser, and Yoshi amiibos will all be compatible with Mario Party 10. The amiibos are used in the game as board game pieces, players make their way around themed boards.
Each character has its own special traits, and players can equip power-ups to their amiibos. A Mario Party 10 bundle that comes with the new Mario amiibo will also launch on March 20, 2015.
It came as no surprise that Bandai Namco made an appearance in the Nintendo Direct today as the company had tweeted earlier to prompt fans to watch the broadcast.
A free to play download title for Wii U was unveiled, sort of, no title or release date were given, the game was only referred to as Project Treasure. Players must obviously be connected to the internet to be able to download the title, however, all we know at present is that it will be “coming soon“.
Splatoon also featured in the Nintendo Direct broadcast, with more information on equipment and weapons being released, as well as the introduction of the Splatoon plaza.
We were also shown some stunning footage of Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U. This game will be a massive open-world RPG where players can explore the vast world seamlessly.
The characters within the game crash-land on a planet named Mira and must adapt and survive to create a new life there. More details have been promised for the near future. You can watch the trailer below:
Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars was highlighted once more and is in-keeping with the Mario vs Donkey Kong style where you must use touch controls to guide Mario toys about the levels.
Players will be able to create their own levels and share them with other players online. You’ll also be able to support players that create levels you like by gifting them with stars, these stars can be used to purchase various parts to build new levels.
Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars is launching for both Wii U and 3DS on March 20, 2015 via the Nintendo eShop, download codes will also be available via retail outlets.
Anyone who purchases the Wii U version will be given a free code for the 3DS version and vice versa. That means you can keep playing even while on the move, or alternatively, you can choose to give your spare code to a friend so they can join in on the fun too.
Mii Verse will be getting a bit of change as it ditches its old guide Marty for some fresh blood. The new guides to Mii Verse will be Erika and Chris, you can see this fairly strange news explained in an equally strange video just below:
The New 3DS and New 3DS XL were given a release date and will be arriving in Europe on February 13, 2015. On release, the New 3DS will be available in black and white, whereas the New 3DS XL will be available in metallic black and metallic blue.
The new consoles feature a more stable 3D functionality, a screen that is 1.2x larger than the 3DS system, as well as new control options with its new ZR, ZL, and C stick controls. It also has improved CPU performance and supports amiibo with its built-in NFC chip.
The New 3DS can be customised with interchangeable face plates, 12 sets will be available at launch with more planned to be released shortly afterwards. Regrettably, the New 3DS XL can not be customised in this way. Charging cradles will be sold separately and will be available in black and white.
Nintendo announced a new video on demand service for the Wii U, the Nintendo Anime Channel. Players can enjoy great anime series such as Kirby, Pokémon, and Inazuma Eleven and new content will be added regularly. The free app will be available as of February 13, 2015.
Codename STEAM made another appearance, this is a strategy game set in a world where everything is powered by steam.
Each agent has their own special weapons and actions, as well as a special attack that uses no steam that can not be used as often. It was also announced that all of the Fire Emblem amiibos will be compatible with Codename STEAM; Robin, Lucina, Ike.
Marth can all appear in the game as special guest characters that have their own special attacks too. Codename STEAM is scheduled to release on May 15, 2015.
Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy + was also announced, an improvement on the original game, this updated version will also be compatible with the New 3DS and New 3DS XL.
The extra controls on these new consoles mean that the game can be even more enjoyable than ever before. Certain amiibos will also function with the game, such as Fox, Link, and Mario. When used, these amiibos give the planes appropriately themed skins. Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy is expected in February 2015.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be launching on February 13, 2015. In addition, there will be a limited edition New 3DS XL console available on the same day that comes with the game pre-installed.
Nintendo announced that demo codes would be sent out today via email, I imagine to lucky Club Nintendo members. Any one who receives a code will also receive three extra codes to give to friends.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D was announced for the New 3DS and New 3DS XL, it will not work with any other 3DS/2DS model. This game is a remake of the original Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii with added content such as a 3D model viewer and juke box mode.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D launches on April 2, 2015 and will also be made available via the Nintendo eShop.
The highly anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will be arriving on February 13, 2015. In addition, a Majora’s Mask limited edition New 3DS XL will be launching the same day that comes pre-installed with the game. You can see the rather beautiful console in the video below:
Lastly, IronFall: Invasion for 3DS was announced, the Nintendo eShop download title will be available in February 2015. The game features 60 FPS and 6 players.
That’s the round-up of the Nintendo Direct for today, alternatively you can watch the whole broadcast for yourself just below: