Here’s The November Nintendo Direct Roundup

During a Nintendo Direct presentation this afternoon, Nintendo dropped a moon-sized announcement: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, a remake of the beloved Nintendo 64 game, is coming exclusively to Nintendo 3DS in spring 2015. The Nintendo Direct video also revealed new details about amiibo functionality and upcoming games like Splatoon, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Code Name S.T.E.A.M. and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

“Now is the best time to be a Wii U and Nintendo 3DS owner,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “There’s something for everyone with a variety of quality, exclusive games already available and launching soon. From new IP in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker to unforgettable greats like The Legend of Zelda on the horizon, we have both classic and new franchises covered.”

Wii U

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC: The first pack of DLC for Mario Kart 8 launches on Nov. 13 and includes new courses, vehicles and characters from other Nintendo games like The Legend of Zelda, F-Zero andExcitebike. Players can buy and download from the in-game menu or in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
  • amiibo: In addition to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, multiple games will be compatible with amiibo, including Mario Kart 8 andHyrule Warriors in 2014, plus Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker,Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Yoshi’s Woolly World and Mario Party 10 in 2015. This amiibo functionality will be available to players in the following games when the first wave of figures launches on Nov. 21.
    • Mario Kart 8: When players tap Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Captain Falcon, Fox, Samus or Kirby amiibo figures on the Wii U GamePad controller, they will receive a Mii racing suit themed to that particular amiibo character. Players’ Mii characters can wear these detailed suits when racing in the game.
    • Hyrule Warriors: A Link amiibo figure gives players a special “Spinner” weapon in the action-packed Wii U game. Additionally, everySuper Smash Bros. series amiibo figure will grant randomly selected materials, weapons or rupees in the game.

    The first wave of amiibo starring characters like Mario, Link and Samus launches on Nov. 21, the same day as the Super Smash Bros. for Wii Ugame, and the second wave of six characters hits store shelves in December.

  • Splatoon: The four-on-four online multiplayer shooter also features a single-player mode, which pits a player’s squid-like Inkling character against an army of octopi equipped with an arsenal of ink weaponry. Splatoon will launch exclusively for Wii U in the second quarter of 2015.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X: In this new RPG from Monolith Soft, players embark on an epic quest in a new world. Using the city of New Los Angeles as a home base, players will embark on missions, collect items and take on requests from residents. Xenoblade Chronicles X – which features a bigger world than Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii – is scheduled to launch exclusively for Wii U in 2015.
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse: The newest game in the charming Kirby series finds the lovable pink puffball journeying through a world made of clay. Players guide Kirby along a rainbow line drawn on the Wii U GamePad controller’s touch screen. A new four-player multiplayer mode lets one player play as Kirby and focus on drawing rainbow lines on the GamePad, while the others control a trio of Waddle Dee characters that can collect items or carry Kirby around. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse launches for Wii U in February 2015.
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker: A new trailer for the game debuted during the Nintendo Direct and showed snippets of some of the 70+ levels players will encounter. The game also features different challenges that, once completed, will reveal additional content in the game. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker launches for Wii U on Dec. 5.

Nintendo 3DS

  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D: One of the most talked-about games in the history of The Legend of Zelda series is coming to Nintendo 3DS. Launching in spring 2015, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D brings Link’s suspenseful, intricate quest through the mysterious world of Termina to a hand-held system for the first time with enhanced 3D graphics and added features for a smoother game experience.
  • Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.: From Intelligent Systems, the creators of the Fire Emblem and Advance Wars series, comes Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., a turn-based tactical action RPG that features characters like … Abraham Lincoln? That’s right: Abraham Lincoln leads a team of newly revealed playable characters like Tiger Lily and Tom Sawyer. Each character in the game possesses special abilities, like Tiger Lily’s healing and Tom Sawyer’s gadgets, that help players complete missions across well-designed battlefields. Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will launch exclusively for Nintendo 3DS in spring 2015.
  • Ultimate NES Remix: The NES Remix series comes to Nintendo 3DS, combining 16 of the top NES games from the NES Remix and NES Remix 2 games on Wii U. Famicom Remix Mode offers challenges from the Japanese version of NES Remix, featuring slightly different sound effects and backgrounds, and in Speed Mario Bros., players can play through the original Super Mario Bros. ramped up to super speed. Ultimate NES Remix also features online leaderboards, allowing players to compare scores in challenges with others in their region. The nostalgic game launches for Nintendo 3DS on Dec. 5.
  • Persona Q Edition Nintendo 3DS XL: In honor of the Nov. 25 launch of the ATLUS role-playing game Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, GameStop will be the exclusive retailer for the Persona Q Edition of the Nintendo 3DS hardware. The design evokes the essence of Persona Qwith styling on the front of the iconic Grimoire – the tome used by the attendants of the Velvet Room and containing information on the many Personas – and the new style of character art represented on the back. It will be available at a suggested retail price of $199.99. (The Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth game will be sold separately. Both the Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth: Wild Cards Premium Edition and Limited Standard Edition versions of the game will be available for a limited time only.)

Wii U & Nintendo 3DS

  • PIKMIN Short Movies: Last month, Shigeru Miyamoto premiered PIKMIN Short Movies, a series of animated short films he directed that takes place in the Pikmin universe. These short films are now available as one paid download in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. As a supplement to the movies (in addition to popcorn, of course), a free demo version for Pikmin 3 is also now in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
  • Sonic Boom: A free demo for Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, the new Sonic the Hedgehog game launching exclusively for Nintendo 3DS on Nov. 11, is now available in the Nintendo eShop. The free demo for exclusive Wii U game Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (also launching on Nov. 11) will be available on Dec. 4. In addition, a new Nintendo 3DS Home Menu theme and Puzzle Swap panel inspired by Sonic Boom are both coming to Nintendo 3DS on Nov. 11.
  • Indie games!: Nintendo’s support for indie developers continues with a host of indie games coming to both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. In addition, fans will be able to discover a CommanderVideo trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U based on the classic character from the Bit.Trip series, as well as download a new Nintendo 3DS Home Menu theme based on hit indie game Shovel Knight. Many of the creative indie games coming to Wii U and Nintendo 3DS include the following:
    • Runbow from 13AM Games (Wii U) – 2015
    • Chromophore: The Two Brothers Director’s Cut from Ackk Studios LLC (Wii U) – Winter
    • Citizens of Earth from ATLUS (Wii U, Nintendo 3DS) – Winter
    • Nihilumbra from BeautiFun Games (Wii U) – Winter
    • The Swapper from Curve Digital (Wii U) – Nov. 6
    • Thomas Was Alone from Curve Digital (Wii U) – Nov. 25
    • Proun+ from Engine Software (Wii U) – Winter
    • Trine Enchanted Edition from Frozenbyte (Wii U) – Winter
    • Chariot from Frima Studio Inc. (Wii U) – Winter
    • A.N.N.E. from Gamesbymo (Wii U) – Winter
    • Gunman Clive 2 from Hörberg Productions (Wii U) – Winter
    • SteamWorld Heist from Image & Form (Wii U) – Spring 2015
    • Affordable Space Adventures from KnapNok Games (Wii U) – Q1 2015
    • Gone Home from Midnight City (Wii U) – Winter
    • High Strangeness from Midnight City (Wii U) – Winter
    • forma.8 from MixedBag (Wii U) – Winter
    • A World of Keflings from NinjaBee (Wii U) – Nov. 13
    • Tengami from Nyamyam Ltd. (Wii U) – Nov. 13
    • Treasurenauts from Renegade Kid (Nintendo 3DS) – Q1 2015
    • Xeodrifter from Renegade Kid (Nintendo 3DS) – Q4
    • Swords & Soldiers II from Ronimo Games BV (Wii U) – Winter
    • Beatbuddy from THREAKS (Wii U) – Q1 2015
    • Sportsball from TOO DX (Wii U) – Nov. 6
    • 6180 the moon from Turtle Cream (Wii U) – Winter
    • Rive from Two Tribes (Wii U) – 2015

 

Nintendo Direct Coming Wednesday, November 5

Nintendo has announced that a new Nintendo Direct will be coming on Wednesday, November 5. The Direct will cover and provide updates for upcoming Wii U and 3DS games, so we’re likely to hear more on Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, as well as new information on Amiibo and what games they are compatible with. Nintendo of Japan has confirmed the Direct will cover games up until Spring 2015. You can watch the feed on the official Nintendo website here, or via a designated YouTube stream at 2pm (PT) or 5pm (ET) in the US, 10pm (BST) in the UK, 11pm (CET) for Europe, and 7am (Nov. 6) for Japan.

Nintendo Unveils Over 50 Features For Super Smash Bros Wii U (Nintendo Direct Roundup)

Nintendo has unleashed a deluge of information about Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, including an eight-player mode, special offers for fans who get both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions and a variety of options and surprises exclusive to the Wii U version. Nintendo revealed these and many more details in a live-streamed video announcement named Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: 50 Must-See Things

Some of the topics covered in the video include:

  • Eight-Player Mode: In a first for the series, a special mode lets eight players fight simultaneously in local multiplayer. This option appears only in the Wii U version, and lets players compete on special, larger stages to accommodate all the characters.
  • amiibo Figures: Once a player touches an amiibo figure to the NFC touchpoint on the Wii U GamePad, the character joins as a “Figure Player”. The amiibo figures can gain levels to become stronger as they gain experience through battling and are fed equipment by the player. Players can also have amiibo fight each other, and amiibo will bring you presents from the battles they fight in.
  • Online Multiplayer: This time it’s possible to team up locally with a friend to compete “With Anyone” online, amongst other options. In the future, players will be able to set up customised Tourneys and there will also be Official Tourneys. Voice Chat with Friends through the GamePad before and after battle, on the Fighter Selection and Results screens.
  • Custom Stage Creation: The touch screen of the Wii U GamePad makes it easier than ever for players to build their own stages and, after a future update, share them with friends and other players around the world.
  • Controls: The Wii U version features more controller options than any other game in the series, such as the Nintendo GameCube Controller through the GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U, amongst others. In addition, players who own the Nintendo 3DS version of the game can use their Nintendo 3DS or 2DS systems to control the action on the TV screen in Smash Mode on the Wii U version.
  • Importing Fighters: Fans of the Nintendo 3DS version of the game can immediately benefit from the fruits of their smashing labours. Players can import custom Nintendo 3DS fighters (including Mii Fighters) to the Wii U game, along with their customised equipment, costumes and hats.
  • Special Soundtrack Offer: Everyone who registers both the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. on Club Nintendo during the promotional period will receive a two-disc soundtrack of music from the games.
  • Mewtwo: This veteran fighter will be made available as free downloadable content in Spring 2015 for anyone who registers both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the game with Club Nintendo during the promotional period*.
  • Modes: The Wii U version of the game offers many new modes and different ways to play that keep players coming back for more, including:
    • Smash Tour: A fighting party game that looks like a board game. Players use items, spin a wheel and advance around the map. Up to four players can compete at once as they navigate the board and gain fighters and power-ups they can use in a final battle.
    • Special Orders: In Master Orders, the more difficult the order from Master Hand you undertake, the higher your reward – but you only get to try once. In Crazy Orders, you pay to enter and battles get harder the longer you survive. Will you know when to stop and reap your rewards?
    • Special Smash Mode: Players can customise battles and play any way they like.
    • Coin Battles: Players compete to collect coins from other players.
    • Stamina Matches: Players fight until their hit points reach zero.
    • Classic Mode: One or two players fight through a series of battles and advance as long as they survive. Many random events can shake things up, and players can adjust the intensity settings. The more difficult the game, the greater the rewards.
    • All-Star Mode: Unlike in the Nintendo 3DS version, opponents appear in reverse chronological order, and two players can battle through this mode together.
    • Event Mode: One or two players take on set character and theme-based battles. Clearing stages helps players see the way forward.
  • Masterpieces: This menu gives players a peek into the past lives of some of the Super Smash Bros. characters. Players can play cut-down versions of selected characters’ greatest games.
  • Stages: The Wii U game offers more stages, with more variety, than any game in the series. There is now an expanded version of the original Battlefield stage named Big Battlefield. The Great Cave Offensive, based on the underground labyrinth found in Kirby Super Star, challenges players to avoid potentially lethal danger zones – or throw their opponents into them. The Jungle Hijinxs stage, based on Donkey Kong Country Returns, features dual-plane battles with a foreground and background, and blast barrels that shoot players from front to back and vice versa. After launch, a new Miiverse stage will feature players’ posts from Miiverse, where posts will appear in-game to cheer on the fighters.
  • My Music: The game includes hundreds of songs and jingles that players can listen to, as well as settings to customise what music plays during gameplay. Players add songs to their library by collecting CDs that appear while smashing or after completing challenges.
  • Movies: When players clear Classic or All-Star Mode, they’ll be treated to a brief movie featuring whichever fighter they used. Every fighter has a movie, so it’ll be a challenge to view them all. Additionally, HD versions of the new fighter introduction videos are available to watch.
  • Ridley: Fans have been clamouring for Ridley to appear in a Super Smash Bros. game for a while and now they’re getting their wish – but true to form, Ridley appears in an unexpected way. Players will find him in the Metroid series-inspired Pyrosphere stage, but he does more than just hassle players. If one player attacks Ridley enough, Ridley will join that fighter’s side and attack others. Players (including the one on Ridley’s side) can KO Ridley to earn the point for match results. If Ridley consumes the energy to the side of the ledges, he will become Meta Ridley – and all the more vicious!
  • Characters: The Wii U version offers players 40 characters plus Mii Fighters from the start. Each character’s moves match those found in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, so players who hone their skills in the portable game will have an edge over opponents in the console version of the game.

Smash Bros Wii U Nintendo Direct Coming Thursday October 23rd

Nintendo of America and Nintendo Europe have announced that we’re getting a Super Smash Bros Wii U Nintendo Direct this week. Visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. ET, 23:00 GMT, for a live-stream event focused on 50 new things in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, which is launching on Nov. 21 in US and December 5th in Europe.

Nintendo Japan To Hold Monster Hunter 4G Direct On October 8

Nintendo of Japan has announced a new Monster Hunter 4G Direct will be available to view later this week. With the popular RPG from Capcom due to launch on the Nintendo 3DS this weekend – October 11 –  in Japan, it’s great timing for those fans who want a little extra hype before queuing up for its release. For western fans, you can still tune into the broadcast here on October 8 – local times can be found below – and watch the latest trailers. If you missed the most recent trailer, make sure you check it out here. Monster Hunter 4G for the Nintendo 3DS will be released in North America and Europe early next year.

US (PDT) 3am
US (EDT): 6am
UK: 12pm
Europe: 1pm
Japan: 8pm

Nintendo Europe Will Also Be Holding Bayonetta 2 Nintendo Direct On Thursday

Today Nintendo announced that a new Bayonetta 2 Direct will be taking place, offering an in-depth look at Bayonetta 2 for Wii U. The new Nintendo Direct will be streamed from the Nintendo Direct website at 23:00 BST on 4th September in the UK. The Nintendo Direct will also air in the United States on September 4th at 3pm PT.

Nintendo America Announces Bayonetta 2 Nintendo Direct On September 4th

Nintendo of America has tweeted that it’s holding a Bayonetta 2 themed Nintendo Direct on Thursday, September 4th. The event will be broadcast at 3pm PT and is set to include plenty of new Bayonetta 2 details. We already know that the game is scheduled to launch in North America on October 24th.

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