Published on April 18th, 2013 | by Darik Kirschman5
A smorgasbord of 3DS info, crumbs for Wii U
You kids and your fancy Nintendo Directs! Back in the day, Nintendo usually only revealed information about their games in two ways: E3, which is still true to this day — being the gigantic, all encompassing media blow-out that it has become, and SpaceWorld — a Nintendo-only trade show that hasn’t been seen since 2001. Now the Big N routinely drops new game announcements and details every few months, with fans eagerly anticipating each Nintendo Direct in hopes that Satoru Iwata and The House of Mario will bring them presents. Yet again, they delivered — mostly.
Nintendo has been keeping the 3DS train a-rollin’ with fantastic games being released left and right and the latest Nintendo Direct shows that trend will continue for the foreseeable future. New titles were announced, previous games were given firm release dates and new trailers and Luigi continues to be the way-cooler Mario Bro. It’s disappointing, then, that Nintendo seems to have forgotten that the Wii U is on store shelves. Fans can only hope that the company’s near-silence on the odd tablet-console hybrid is due to keeping their cards close until E3 2013 — where Nintendo will have to contend with both the PlayStation 4 and the Next Xbox. Still, there were a few tidbits of Wii U love in between the sheer tidal wave of 3DS awesomeness. So hit the jump and check it all out!
Up first is a brand new Yoshi’s Island title for the 3DS! Not much is really known about the game right now, aside from the fact that it exists, is a sequel to one of the greatest platformers of all time. The art style seems to be a blend of both Yoshi’s Island on the SNES and the inferior (but still totally adorable and fun) Yoshi’s Story on the N64. With both this new Yoshi’s Island and the Wii U’s Yarn Yoshi, it looks like Luigi might have some competition from the lovable green dinosaur…thing for title of “Nintendo’s Favorite Green Character.”
Square-Enix is teaming up with Nintendo to finally publish the 3DS RPG, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy. While it may have a silly name — one that ranks among the top of even Square-Enix’s usually incredibly ridiculous naming conventions — the game looks gorgeous and received quite the positive reviews upon release in Japan. RPG junkies looking for their next fix should be happy and the Augmented Reality aspects of Bravely Default should help it stand out from the JRPG crowd!
The game series that helps ruin friendships and cause many a bruised arm returns, this time on the 3DS. Mario Party 3DS hopes to reinvigorate a series that, quite frankly, has been run ragged. Each board comes with its own unique twist and set of rules, meaning party-goers will feel at least some changes depending on which set is chosen. Expect the usual star-stealing shenanigans and Luigi domination (it is his year, after all).
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team was announced way back in January, but it now has a firm release date! Luigi will be snoozing in stores on August 11th. Iwata was kind enough to show us another trailer, and with it more information about the setting, story and characters was revealed. The inhabitants of Pi’llo Island (haha, get it — Pi’llo, Pillow? — amazing) look suitably adorable and the new, three-dimensional battle moves the Bros. can dish out seem fun.
Finally, Nintendo unleashed their big bombshell game announcement at the very end of the Nintendo Direct — a brand new Legend of Zelda, set in the same Hyrule as the one in A Link to the Past on Super Nintendo. This new title keeps the same top-down view as its predecessor, but with the 3DS’ ability to showcase depth, dungeons and the over-world pop out quite beautifully. The most shocking part about the whole thing? The Legend of Zelda 3DS is due out in North America by the end of 2013! Truly, Nintendo fans are going to be spoiled this upcoming holiday season.
Of course, Nintendo sprinkled in a few Wii U announcements, such as Earthbound finally, finally being re-released in both North America and Europe as part of the Wii U Virtual Console — which itself is coming next week alongside the previously announced Wii U Spring Update. The update will allow for faster load times and other nifty features, such as the ability to download updates and install them even while the console is off. Pikmin 3 was given a (hopefully) firm release date of August 4th in North America, gracing fans with its presence after years of waiting. Make no mistake though, this Nintendo Direct was all about the 3DS — here’s hoping that the Big N has plenty of tricks up its sleeve when E3 comes, as the Wii U could certainly use some good news.