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Here’s The US Nintendo Direct Roundup

One of Nintendo’s popular characters from the recently released Super Mario 3D World game is coming to two of its biggest titles of 2014 for Wii U. Rosalina will be playable in both Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8. Nintendo also launched NES Remix in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U, re-imagining parts of 16 classic NES games. A new game for Wii U developed by Tecmo-Koei that will feature the action-packed Warriors series set in the world of The Legend of Zelda was also revealed for launch in 2014.

This is a separate project from the new installment of The Legend of Zelda series that is in development for Wii U by longtime series producer Eiji Aonuma and his team. Nintendo made these announcements and revealed new information about a number of Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games during a Nintendo Direct announcement. To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit

“Today’s announcements reinforce that Nintendo systems are consumers’ best options for enjoying quality games now, and will continue to be in 2014,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president and COO. “From new upcoming games in the Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. series to original Nintendo eShop content like NES Remix, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS provide a combination of value and variety that only Nintendo can offer.”

Wii U News

  • Super Smash Bros.: Rosalina, who was introduced in the Super Mario Galaxy games for Wii and makes a surprise appearance in the new Super Mario 3D World for Wii U, will be a playable character, accompanied by her starry friend, Luma. The game will launch in stores and the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in 2014.
  • Mario Kart 8: New playable characters include Rosalina and various “Baby” Nintendo characters, like Baby Mario and Baby Luigi. New course settings include an airport, the desert and high in the clouds, and vehicles include UFOs, four-wheel ATV buggies, standard karts and bikes.
  • NES Remix: Select parts from 16 classic NES games have been remixed with new challenges. For example, players might be tasked with completing a familiar Super Mario Bros. stage while running to the left. Or they might encounter a revamped level of Donkey Kong that allows them to play as Link from The Legend of Zelda series. NES Remix includes Miiverse compatibility, so players with broadband Internet access can show off their skills, complete with cool 8-bit stamps. NES Remix is now available exclusively in the Nintendo eShop for $14.99.
  • Sonic Lost World: A new Nintendo-themed level is coming to the Nintendo eShop. Yoshi’s Island Zone is now available for free. Done in a Yoshi art style, the level has Sonic speeding through areas filled with pipes, coins, Shy Guys and Piranha Plants.
  • Dr. Luigi: The Year of Luigi continues to deliver surprises, with a new title starring Mario’s green-clad brother. Much like the classic puzzle game Dr. Mario, Dr. Luigi requires players to line up color-coded pills to destroy viruses. Dr. Luigi offers different skill settings and attacks in multiplayer games, and an original mode where the pills are, of course, L-shaped. The game comes with a Dr. Mario mode, Wii U GamePad compatibility and online play, so wannabe virus busters from all around the world can compete. Dr. Luigi launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Dec. 31 for $14.99.
  • Wii Sports Club: Launching today, golf becomes the third sport added to the Wii Sports Club lineup, joining bowling and tennis. In a move not possible on any other system, golf asks players to place the Wii U GamePad controller on the floor in front of their TVs. Players can then use a Wii Remote Plus to swing at the ball on the ground, just as they would a real golf ball, enabling more precise control with each stroke. When they take their swing, the ball flies from the screen of the GamePad to the TV screen in one fluid motion. Wii Sports Club – Golf includes the nine-hole course from the original Wii Sports game, in addition to a newly developed nine-hole course based on Golf US Course, a Famicom game that Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata helped develop more than 25 years ago. Wii U owners can play a free 24-hour trial of Wii Sports Club, which lets players sample all three sports. The trial offer is open to everyone, even to people who previously sampled the 24-hour free trial. A Club Pass for the full golf game, allowing unlimited access, can be purchased for $9.99. Boxing and baseball will be coming to Wii Sports Club in 2014.
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: Veteran Cranky Kong joins playable characters Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong as companions for Donkey Kong. Cranky Kong comes with his own set of special moves that allow him to bounce off enemies and obstacles using his cane. Players who collect 100 bananas in a stage can execute a new move called the KONG-Pow, which turns all enemies on the screen into items. Now that Cranky Kong is setting off on an adventure, instead of overseeing the in-game shop as he did in the Donkey Kong Country Returns game, the aptly named Funky Kong will assist players by offering them items for trade in the game. The game launches Feb. 21 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop.

Nintendo 3DS News

  • Bravely Default: A free demo of the game launches in the Nintendo eShop on Jan. 2, but this is much more than a demo. It’s an exclusive story with hours of content not included in the main game. The full game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Feb. 7 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. If players with the full game close their system while the game is active, they might gather additional warriors via the StreetPass feature, but they also earn Sleep Points for every eight cumulative hours of down time. Sleep Points can then be used during battle to change equipment, revive a fallen party member, heal or unleash attacks beyond the game’s usual damage cap. Players who don’t want to wait for their Sleep Points to refill have the option of purchasing SP potions in the Nintendo eShop to refill all three Sleep Points at once. Also launching Feb. 7, a Collector’s Edition including the game, an art book, a soundtrack CD and 34 augmented-reality cards will be available via GameStop, Best Buy and at a suggested retail price of $49.99.
  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe: The game is a side-scrolling platformer, but players can move Kirby to the background and foreground to dodge enemies and solve puzzles. Kirby can also use a new Hypernova ability, which powers up his inhale ability and enables him to suck up everything in his path. The game includes more than 20 different copy abilities, including four new ones created for this game. Kirby: Triple Deluxe also includes two new game modes: Kirby Fighters lets up to four players pick one of 10 copy abilities for their Kirby and then fight to see which is the most effective in battle. Dedede’s Drum Dash asks players to press buttons in sync with Kirby music while jumping and collecting coins. The game is planned for 2014.
  • Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder: Everyone’s favorite helpful 4-inch-tall robot is back! This time Chibi-Robo has been tasked with helping a new museum get off the ground. Players are given silhouettes of needed objects, then use the Nintendo 3DS camera to find matching objects, known as NostalJunk, in the real world. Chibi-Robo will also help characters like superheroes and singing sponge-bears with various tasks, all while keeping an eye on his electricity reserves. The game also features community events called NostalJunk Challenges that focus on particular silhouettes, and give players opportunities to showcase their creativity and maybe earn a special outfit for Chibi-Robo to wear in the game. A demo will soon launch exclusively in the Nintendo eShop, with the full version landing on Jan. 9, 2014.
  • Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter:Pokémon Bank is software that lets players store up to 3,000 Pokémon from the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games. Poké Transporter is an application that lets players take the Pokémon they’ve caught through the years and transferred into Pokémon Black and Pokémon White, as well as Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, and transfer them into Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter launch Dec. 27. Players can download a 30-day free trial version anytime between launch and Jan. 31, 2014. Following the free trial, an annual usage fee will apply for Pokémon Bank. Anyone who accesses a Pokémon Bank box by Sept. 30, 2014, will receive the Pokémon Celebi as a special gift.

113 thoughts on “Here’s The US Nintendo Direct Roundup”

    1. Yes shovelware is always awesome ;) dronez love baby gamez like yoshi lolzz you wet your pants for this direct didn’t you drone ;) ??


      1. Not sure what’s more pitiful you in general, or your horrible “insult”. The fact that you need to use other people’s insults is quite hilarious. While I’m playing Yoshi and any of the game shown in the direct, you can have fun playing games without any story and gawk at the graphics that make you want to buy them in the first place. Also, LOL, why even put the ouya? Makes you look even more like a degenerate.

  1. they also forgot yoshi’s new island

    but I think it was pretty nice direct. wasn’t expecting much but hyrule warrios and rosalina were nice to see. also great mario kart trailer!

  2. Not bad, I was expecting an obscure character for Smash but didn’t expect Rosalina and that trailer was so dang misleading, I love Sakurai’s sense of humor. Another good direct Nintendp, that last few have been rather important

    1. The trailer suggested both a new Kirby Air Ride game and Kirby in Mario Kart. Mildly disappointed, but I love how he fooled us :P

      1. What are you talking about? :/

        I mean while Nintendo is out making money pleasing fans, your here on the internet attempting to troll and they are the dumb one?

        Whats wrong with 3 games, there is still another 3-5 that we will want info on that are coming in 2014.

        1. Dude, why are you here if you hate Nintendo so much?

          All you’re doing is showing that you’re a pathetic loser who has to try and bring others down to feel good about himself.

          No one likes you. At all. We have no positive feelings for you whatsoever.

          We’ll play Nintendo as much as we want. Because we’re doing something that we enjoy. But you’re wasting your life sitting at that keyboard and copypasting the same, invalid arguments.

          Do something productive with your life. Get a job. Get a house. Get a girlfriend. Because I guarantee that if you keep on doing this, you’ll just die a sad lonely death, regretting that you never did anything productive with your life.

  3. Racing at an terminal…. interesting. I bet the next Need for Speed, will just continue to race on roads and cities. I also want Dr. Luigi.

  4. I’ll give my short opinion on all announcements

    Hyrule Warriors: Like I already said, Dynasty Warriors + Zelda. Nothing grounbreaking and its only purpose is to hype the actual Zelda Wii U

    Kirby Triple Deluxe + Yoshi’s Island: Look fun, but that’s it. Meaning it won’t offer any new experience, thus it’s gonna be a rent for me.

    Chibi-Robot: Meh, never cared for the game. I’ll give them some points for trying something different though.

    Bravely Default: Now THAT’S something I’m really looking forward too. Funny how the president of NOA talks about the most japanese looking game of the bunch

    Pokemon: I don’t think I could care any less

    Sonic Lost World: Can’t judge since I didn’t play the game but I suppose free DLC is always a good thing

    Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze: Yes we get it Iwata, this game is coming out and you want people to buy it.

    Wii Sports Club: (Flat what)

    Dr.Luigi: Dr.Mario except it looks much easier. Sorry, but even replacing the red guy with Luigi I’m still not interested.

    NES Remix: I can already play all of those on virtual console, one or two additions wouldn’t justify a purchase for me.

    Smash Bros+ Mario Kart 8: Those were both good looking trailers and I’m slowly getting interested in Smash Bros 4…but at the end of the day I’d only play those two games whenever I invite friends. In other words, still doesn’t give me an incentive to buy a Wii U.

    Overall, I suppose it was a decent Direct…though I admit my expectations were somewhat low.

    1. “NES Remix: I can already play all of those on virtual console, one or two additions wouldn’t justify a purchase for me.” YOU ARE HOPELESS

      1. Hopeless because I’m not hyped by a collection of games that have been around for decades, except with a few tweeks here and there? I don’t think I’m the one being hopeless here.

        1. (Keep in mind that I wouldn’t call you hopeless for being excited for NES Remix, but because you think everyone should be as hyped as you are for it)

        2. did you even watched the gameplay video?, it’s not a tweak here and thare, it actually plays like wario ware so yes, hype!

    2. Hyrule Warriors doesn’t have to be groundbreaking. Nintendo does not have to “break the ground” with every game they make. If you can’t have fun with an existing idea/formula than there is something wrong with YOU not Nintendo or any other video game company.

      The way you analyze everything makes me think that you don’t “want” to like the Wii U or Nintendo’s products. It sounds like your pushing away and want Nintendo to personally come to you and draw you back in with something (but you don’t say what).

      Instead of over thinking everything, just buy a Wii U. There are plenty of games to play. The way you are thinking, you will never get one. It doesn’t sound like you’ll ever be satisfied.

      1. On the contrary, I REALLY want to be interested in the Wii U. I’m loving my 3DS and I’m not worried in the slightest about Nintendo when it comes to handheld gaming (even though the games I enjoyed the most on it were games they merely published but that’s off-topic).

        Sadly, the current library of the console is unappealing to me, therefore I don’t wanna invest on a Wii U if none of the games would keep my interest longer than a few hours. Monolith’s X and the SMT/Fire Emblem crossover are currently the only games that I consider buying the system for and, again, Nintendo is only publishing those; they have nothing to do with the actual development.

        The reason I’m cynical about the way they’re currently handling things is because I know they’re capable of doing much better, and because I hold video games on a high standards; asking a game to be fun is the same as asking your food to be edible, it needs to offer more than that.
        The fact that many gamers who were once diehard Nintendo fans are slowly losing interest shows the possibility that the fault doesn’t only lie in the consumers.

    1. $15 is too expensive. But, the game(games?) look really cool. I will definitely get it, if it ever goes on sale or something.

  5. Just a bunch of baby games only baby games are interested in. Gone is the old more diversified Nintendo with Mr. Yamauchi in charge and this is the Iwata Nintendo that only caters to babies and casuals. Baby game this and baby game that. Yawn. I miss the good old days when Nintendo was a much more diversified company who made all sorts of different type of games that appealed to the ones who have never been interested in the Mario and whatnot games. The old Nintendo who actually had 3rd party support (it is a fact that the Gamecube had more 3rd party support during it’s first year than what the Wii U had in it’s first year). The old Nintendo where you could actually play sports games like Fifa and NFL and wrestling games. The variety is gone, now it the same type of games that only appeal to babies. The awesome games from Rare (Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Conker, Jet Force Gemini), the exclusive games from the excellent relationship they had with Factor 5, Eternal Darkness, even games like Wave Race and 1080°, Excitebike64, the Metroid games from Retro (now the brilliants in charge put Retro to work on another 2D baby game). Now all Nintendo outputs are rehashes of the same old baby games and 3rd party support is zero.

    1. “Just a bunch of BABY GAMES only BABY GAMES are interested in”

      Epic fail…

      Take that pacifier out of your hole of disposable waste and crawl back to your birthgiver…

  6. Pretty good direct, highlights for me were dat Zelda trailer, smash trailer and mk8 trailer and Bravley default news :]

    1. Loving that new smash trailer…but I FUCKING CALLED IT YESTERDAY’!!! Said there would be a trailer and I was right. Hope we get a another next month

      1. Yeah that cut scene was hot too, I thought it was Kirby air ride 2 at first or Kirby in Mario kart but then I saw Rosalina and was like HYPE!! Also I would wait a little longer for another trailer, dont wanna reveal too much till the release date gets close

        1. Rainbow road needs to be a stage. Also her design is very well done. Her attack style looks like a mix of ice climbers and the pikmin I can see her being used by pros in the future

          1. For me I saw a mixture of Zelda and peach fighting style but she looks like she’ll be top tier lol she’s definitely one of the chars im going to use

        1. Lolz at least ps4 has gamez unlike da ScamU ;)


  7. hyrule warrios?Really?Now they throw even More Shovelware on the market to fill the Big holes.Lets see
    hyrule warrios 21 Nov.2014
    Zelda U>2015
    Ya Cool story Nintendo Before you throw shit at Your fans better get your shit fixed Fucking Dumbtendo.And All you guys that Hype up X and Bayonetta 2 just wait till 2015.Nintendo got so much in their Pipeline…Oh yes Shovelware.No hate just saying.

    1. Your such a lame troll. You don’t speak for Zelda fans! Or Nintendo fans! We are all going to have ablast with Hyrule Warriors!

        1. Umm… I will gladly go eat friggen cake?

          I’ll also be having a super fun time with Smash Bros next year. Looks like I’m set for life with that game.:)

    2. Cursing would indicate some hateful thoughts. It seems all you do is troll the site and try and gain attention because your xbox one or ps4 is boring. While the Zelda game looks a little odd, the other games that will be coming out are more than able to make up for it. Besides that zelda game could be some sort of test to see if gamers like the graphics.

      1. Ohh The games that suppose to be out by Now? HAHAHA DELAYTENDO dont give you the games U WANT they rather throw Games at the Kiddos that dont Know shit about good Old NIntendo.Fucktard!

        1. That direct didn’t claim that any of the games will be out by the end of 2013. Quit shit posting, you’re only digging yourself deeper.

        2. Ignoring Pikmin 3, W101, Lost Words (not my type of game) are already out. Also ignoring Nintendo never promised us Super Smash, Mario Kart, X or Bayonetta 2 to launch in 2013.

        3. Just your regular gamer

          You’re just insufferable aren’t you. Do you try getting attention on this website because of the lack of attention you receive from your parents?

        4. Least Nintendo has a reason for delaying their games. What was Ubisoft’s reason for delaying Rayman Legends for Wii U again?

  8. This was actually a really good Nintendo Direct. I wish it had something on Bayonetta, but oh well… I GOT ROSALINA!!! :D

      1. Wouldn’t “WiiToastU” declare that the Wii U is burning the other systems? You misspelled a word as well, you can’t seem to stop amazing me. Your degeneracy is almost overwhelming!

  9. Lolzzzz look at all da babies excited for more scam u games lolzz rehash 2014


    1. Hahaha I disagree with you cause well your sort of a douche but your trolling skills are on a expert level look at how many people you pissed off congrats you have a big penis.

    1. You love those Scam games on the ScamU dOnt You drone ;)??? $15 for 30 year old baby gamez is a great price on the ScamU ;)

      1. You think you’re being smart? You think that people are going to listen to a lame, pathetic, life wasting troll like you?

        Go and get a fucking life.

      2. $15 is a great price for multiple classics, especially compared to the $60 you happily throw at your companies so you can play the exact same COD game with better blood animations.

  10. I was very pleased with this Direct. I’ve always wanted an action game but my idea that I had a while ago was for Nintendo to team up with Platinum Games and give Byrne (Spirit Tracks) his own anti-hero action game. Hyrule Warriors should hold us over until we get Zelda U which will probably not be released any earlier than Fall 2015. I really like the Battle Kirby bonus mode in Kirby Triple Deluxe and am extremely excited for it. Yoshi’s New Island is still looking great and can’t wait for that to come out either. Bravely Default is probably my most wanted 3DS game of 2014 and I like that Celebi will be included with Pokemon bank, even the free trial. Don’t care much for Wii Sports Club but I will still try it. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is looking better than ever and I am really hyped about that game. Dr. Luigi looks like a lot of fun since I’m a Dr. Mario addict. Rosalina in Smash Bros. was a very welcome announcement and I really look forward to playing as her and beating the crap out of Bowser to get revenge. The new Mario Kart 8 trailer was really good and I can’t wait for that game to come out. The Sonic DLC looks dope and I can’t believe it’s free too. 2014 looks like a great year for gaming.

  11. The 2nd Sonic Lost World DLC must have something to do with Zelda, I saw a Triforce shape on the wall Sonic was running on when they gave out the hint.

  12. Who’s the guy who said these Directs never announce anything new? Whoever he was, I bet he feels really silly right now.

  13. I wonder if this site had a 21+ over age limit if it would shut down?

    Anyway. Decent Nintendo Direct. B+. Not too bad. Tecmo-Koei needs to just put that Dynasty Warrior engine out to pasture. I like the idea of a Zelda-themed beat-em up but that looked like a PS2 game. Mario Kart 8 looks insane. .

  14. This Nintendo Direct was the best one they’ve broadcasted in a while. So many great announcements. A lot of them were genuinely exciting too. These games all look immensly fun. And…dat Hyrule Warriors. D: I’m just overwhelmed by all this fucking great Nintendo news today.

  15. Rosalina and the baby characters aren’t new to Mario Kart… although Rosalina is new to Smash, it’s a shame for more Mario characters but I have no problems with her and really excited to test her out and see if she’ll be easy to work with. The MAIN problem is that Sakurai had to milk his little Kirby in the spotlight once again! I’m glad that he’s not in her artwork on her Smash website page, glad to see it go to better use on characters like Fox and WiiFit but of course Mario’s there. Should’ve put Marth or something, not the main or milked characters. Sakurai can’t enjoy his games without his cup of milk like Sandy Claws….

    1. What? He basically trolled us at the start with the Mario Kart Kirby thing. That was just clever… not milking anything.

    2. I was actually happy when Kirby slid 100 feet on his face in the trailer- I like to think of it as just desserts for all the Kirby bias in Brawl. I do question some of Sakurai’s choices for fighters in Smash Bros. (why he chose Wolf over Krystal when she was significantly more wanted is beyond me, for one example), and even though I do think the Mario series has enough character representation already, I can’t deny Rosalina looks promising.

  16. If there’s the option for more than one character to be in Hyrule Warriors, here’s what I’m hoping:

    Impa (Younger Version)
    Vaati (A realistic version)
    Midna (With her very own Twili weapon)
    Skull Kid (with or without Majora’s Mask)
    Fierce Deity Link (An alternate version)
    General Onox
    Orca (Again a realistic version of Toon Link’s trainer)
    Takamaru (As a special guest due to his appearance in Samurai Warriors 3 and Murasame’s connection to Zelda)

    Other than that, I can’t think of any other Zelda character that could be in this game.

  17. There were a few interesting things about this one, Rosalina being playable is neat (wasn’t quite expecting her to be playable, I thought she might be an Assist Trophy). And Hyrule Warriors looks neat, but I’m a bit worried about how much this game will resemble Zelda. One of the better Directs, I’d say, but still overall pretty meh like usual.

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