On Friday, Nintendo held a Nintendo Direct showcasing games both new and old. Just like the one before it, this Nintendo Direct was hosted by Satoru Iwata. Let’s jump in. Here we go!
Mario and Sonic at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games (Wii U)
Do you know where Sochi is? Iwata did. It’s in Russia guys. And it’s relatively warm. Odd.
But hey, we don’t need any more geography in our Nintendo Direct, so let’s actually hear about the game!
In production for the Wii U, the latest Mario and Sonic game looks quite nice. Everything is nicely detailed and enhanced. It will feature many… well… Winter games! Some games utilize the Wii U gamepad as well. Iwata used curling as one example, where the player with the gamepad could draw on the court so other players could see the preferred strategy.
Something new to the series is dream events. These events are built in the worlds of both Sonic and Mario, allowing things that aren’t possible in real life. There are also mixed events that offer multiple different sports in the same race.
Please stay tuned for more news on this new title.
Sonic: Lost World (Wii U/3DS)
Very recently, Nintendo entered a world-wide partnership with Sega over the Sonic franchise. The new title is an action adventure platforming game. It will launch exclusively on the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS.
We will see more information prior to E3
Sega Game Gear Titles (3DS eShop)
Nintendo announced more Game Gear titles for the Nintendo 3DS virtual console. The following games will be coming very soon:
- Crystal Warriors
- Sonic Blast
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- Sonic The Hedgehog
- Sonic The Hedgehog 2
- Defenders of Oasis
- Tails Adventure
- Shining Force II: The Sword of Hajya
- Sonic Drift 2
- G-Loc Air Battle
- Sonic Labyrinth
- Vampire: Master of Darkness
The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Ages/Oracle of Seasons (3DS eShop)
Iwata handed the direct over to JC Rodrigo from the Nintendo Treehouse.
As you all know, the duo Zelda GameBoy color games, Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons will be coming on May 30th. Because Nintendo wants as many people to enjoy these two games, for the first three weeks, they will be $4.99 each instead of $5.99 each.
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (3DS eShop)
JC showcased the game’s stage creation mode, and the sharing capabilities within it. You can create and then share all creations, and there are many ways to find other people’s creations. You can search at Random, view the top levels of the week, the most popular levels overall, or view levels made by friends who own the game. You can also favorite a level after you complete, which increases its popularity.
The newest Mario and Donkey Kong is already available on the 3DS eShop.
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS)
JC took a moment to talk about the new levels in the 3D remake of Donkey Kong Country Returns. They are all based on the worlds from the original game, and features many special challenges.
DKCR3D launches May 24th.
Animal Crossing New Leaf (3DS)
Since there is so much to the Animal Crossing series (and believe me, there is), Nintendo has created a video series that goes into detail on many aspects of the game. In the videos, they reminisce about the past installments and New Leaf. You can view them here or on the 3DS eShop on a regular basis.
Also, for those with a 3DS, check both your Streetpass Mii Plaza and Swapnote apps. You’ll find a special Animal Crossing puzzle panel in the plaza, and new stationary in Swapnote.
Animal Crossing New Leaf jumps out on June 9th.
Game and Wario (Wii U)
Giving us another look at Wario’s newest game, he showcased a game called Island. The game requires 2-5 players, but only one gamepad. This is because you pass it to the next player when you are done with your turn. You and other players take turns using the gamepad’s touch screen as a slingshot to shoot creatures known as Fronks. Your objective is to shoot them at an island in the sea to earn points, or to try to knock other player’s Fronks off.
Another game called Patchwork feature’s our favorite twin Ninjas; Kat and Anna. It involves taking puzzle pieces and putting them in a grid. It challenges the player both visually and tests your pattern recognition skills. This game uses the gamepad.
Kung Fu, another mini-game, is an auto-jump platformer. Taking the role of Young Cricket, you must jump along the platforms to the goal. While on the TV screen it just shows the character jumping from a side view, on the gamepad it shows a top-down view. You must move and tilt the gamepad to get to the end goal.
Game and Wario lunches June 23rd with a suggested retail price of $39.99.
Resident Evil: Revelations (Wii U)
Handing the camera back to Mr. Iwata, Iwata began to discuss the newest Resident Evil. Resident Evil: Revelations originally launched for the 3DS, but it is soon coming to the Wii U with updated graphics, new game content and new mechanics. It utilizes the Wii U gamepad for many different aspects of the game, including the map and the inventory. Also, you can play the full game on just the Wii U gamepad, or even use the Wii U Pro Controller. The remake also includes Miiverse functionality, so you can see death messages, and people can tag certain enemies with voice clips.
Resident Evil: Revelations launches for the Wii U, along with the PS3, 360 and PC on May 21st.
New Super Luigi U (Wii U)
The new DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U featuring everyone’s favorite green ghostbuster has new details ready for us. Since Mario does not appear in this DLC, players can play as Luigi, Blue Toad, Yellow Toad, and now, Nabbit. Nabbit features different mechanics from the other players. For starters, he cannot power up. However, he cannot take damage.
New Super Luigi U will launch as DLC on June 20th.
ALSO, the DLC will be available as a stand-alone version in stores on August 25th. This version will NOT require the original game.
The DLC version will be $19.99 and the Packaged Version will be $29.99.
The Wonderful 101 (Wii U)
The Wonderful 101 launches on September 15th.
Pikmin 3 (Wii U)
Iwata started talking about Pikmin 3 by announcing that Olimar will not be the main character. Instead, the game will feature three characters, names Alph, Brittany and Charlie (ABC, get it?). They set out on their adventure in search of food, but accidentally land on a planet and discover Pikmin. Food is their recourse, and you use the Pikmin to bring the seeds back to their spaceship. After extracting the seeds, they can be converted to juices which act as food for the characters as they explore. If you run out of food, you can search for more at any time, but only from dawn until dusk.
Players can divide activities between the three characters to progress their exploration. If you make mistakes as you play, you can either start an area over, or even go back and replay a previous day. There is no limitation of the days like the first game.
It has been confirmed that we can use the Wii U gamepad with Pikmin 3. The gamepad turns into what Iwata calls a KopPad. The KopPad shows the map, but only the areas you have explored. You can also use the screen to scroll around the area, or even direct a character to a certain area in one touch. At the end of each day, you can see a replay of the entire day on the map.
There are several different ways to play the game. You can use the Wii U gamepad, which is similar to playing previous titles on the Gamecube. It can be played on the Wii U gamepad in off-screen mode. The game is also compatible with the Wii U Pro Controller. Also, the Wiimote and Nunchuck can be used like in the Wii re-release of Pikmin 2. A nifty feature is that you can use the gamepad as a screen and play with the Wiimote without the use of a TV.
Pikmin Releases August 4th
Nintendo’s Plans for E3
Iwata hands the show over to the Regginator, who has E3 news for us. He tells us that this year at E3, instead of focusing on software, it’s all about the games. Usually at E3, there are games on the show floor that only attendees can play. However, Nintendo has made a deal with Best Buy to give people at home a chance to play these games. Now, during the week of E3, you can go to a select Best Buy and play certain demos of games only at E3.
That’s all for the Nintendo Direct! What was your favorite thing about it? Leave a comment down below!