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Nintendo Direct Roundup For September 1st 2016

Nintendo unlocked a treasure trove of information for its portable Nintendo 3DS system today. In a Nintendo Direct video, Nintendo discussed more than a dozen games for the system, including a StreetPass Mii Plaza update and some Nintendo eShop exclusives that launch today. Among the highlights were a portable Super Mario Maker game launching this year, Pikmin and Yoshi’s Woolly World games launching in 2017, and a newly announced Mario Sports Superstars game for 2017. Nintendo also revealed awesome new amiibo figures for Yoshi’s Woolly World on Nintendo 3DS and The Legend of Zelda, as well as a new set of amiibo cards for Animal Crossing fans.

After emerging as the best-selling video game system in the United States in July, Nintendo 3DS has clear momentum going into the fall, the holiday season and 2017,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With so much news about the system hitting at once, everyone should find something to love. If you haven’t already, it’s a great time to jump into the fun of Nintendo 3DS.”

To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Some of the new information announced today included:

Pikmin for Nintendo 3DS (name not final): A new side-scrolling Pikmin adventure game unlike Pikmingames of the past is coming to Nintendo 3DS. Pikmin follow Olimar around, and players tap the touch screen where they want to throw them. This is designed as an action game that makes players think fast and use every Pikmin to overcome anything that stands in their way. The game is scheduled to launch in 2017.

The Legend of Zelda: Fans will have plenty of chances to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary series this fall. A sampling of the products on the way includes:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, previously released on the Wii console, launches for the Virtual Console service today in Nintendo eShop for Wii U.
  • This holiday season Nintendo will release four special amiibo figures: 8-Bit Link, Ocarina of Time Link and a two-pack that includes both Toon Link and Zelda from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. These amiibo will work the same as Super Smash Bros. series Link, Toon Link and Zelda amiibo, and will also have special functionality in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild when it launches next year.
  • The original game that launched the Zelda franchise will be included when the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition launches on Nov. 11.

Mario Sports Superstars: This five-sport compilation is scheduled to launch next spring. The game includes full-fledged versions of baseball, tennis, golf, horse racing and 11-on-11 soccer games. The game includes single-player tournaments for each sport, plus local and online multiplayer modes.

Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS: Now Nintendo 3DS owners will have access to a near-unlimited wealth of Super Mario courses to play! Players can also create courses with nearly all the tools available in the original Wii U version, along with interactive lessons. In a feature unique to the Nintendo 3DS version, friends who each have their own game and system can collaborate on level designs by sharing them with one another locally before they’re complete. While courses can’t be shared online, players can connect to the internet to download and play select courses from the Wii U version. Additionally, the game—which is scheduled to launch Dec. 2—includes 100 Nintendo-designed courses with new challenges, like collecting every coin or defeating all enemies.

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World: This gorgeous Wii U game is making its way to Nintendo 3DS. This version contains some new features, plus every stage available in the original. Exclusive new stages focus on Poochy: Players must time Poochy’s jump to collect beads, and Poochy Pups as they head for the goal. Poochy Pups are curious little helpers who jump on suspicious spots to indicate where players should look for secrets and collectables. Nintendo and Japanese stop-motion animation studio Dwarf are collaborating on 30 animated shorts featuring Yoshi and Poochy that will be included in the Nintendo 3DS version of the game. A yarn amiibo figure of Poochy will launch at the same time as the game on Feb. 3, 2017.

StreetPass Mii Plaza: A new update adds a Quick Plaza to streamline StreetPass gameplay. StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium members can now use the new “Line” feature to hold up to 100 encountered players’ Mii characters instead of 10. Five new, fast-paced StreetPass games are also launching at $2.99 each: Slot Car Rivals, Market Crashers, Feed Mii, Mii Trek and Ninja Launcher. Everyone who downloads the StreetPass Mii Plaza update can choose to get either Slot Car Rivals or Market Crashers for free, while the four other new games will be available in a special discounted bundle for just $8.99. All of this launches shortly after the Nintendo Direct.

Picross 3D Round 2: In this new version of the puzzling favorite, blocks can be painted with two colors of paint to reveal more elaborate shapes. Using the numbers as hints, players can search for the hidden object in more than 300 puzzles. Tapping compatible amiibo figures might uncover secret Nintendo characters. A free demo will be available shortly after the Nintendo Direct in Nintendo eShop, along with the full game at $29.99.

Ever Oasis: Koichi Ishii of Grezzo is the producer and the director of the game, and character design is done by famed illustrator Yoshinori Shizuma. Ever Oasis takes place in a sprawling desert with the oasis at its heart. Travelers with different wants, needs and wishes will visit the oasis. Players must head into the desert and locate dungeons. Allies with specific weapons and unique skill sets will join and strengthen the team. Items claimed in the desert can be used as materials to craft items to sell at shops in the game, or give to certain travelers. The game is scheduled to launch in 2017.

TANK TROOPERS: This newly announced game lets players customize their tank through special characteristics of tank-pilot Troopers, enabling abilities such as hitting enemies with a freeze attack, launching paint balls to block the opponents’ views or using electric shocks to stall rival tanks where they stand. The game offers a six-person multiplayer mode, along with Download Play as well.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice: The new game puts the legendary attorney in the Kingdom of Khura’in, where mysterious séance trials decide the fate of all defendants. The game includes puzzling mysteries to solve, a striking cast of characters and new investigation techniques. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice launches Sept. 8 exclusively in Nintendo eShop.

Hyrule Warriors Legends: The third DLC pack, the Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks Pack, will be available today in the in-game Extras menu. The pack is available for $6.99, or players can buy the Legends of Hyrule Pack Season Pass for $14.99, including the first three DLC packs, and the fourth once it’s released.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf: A free new update for the 2013 game hits this fall and expands the game by adding compatibility with the Animal Crossing series amiibo and select figures from other series. Fans can also watch for 50 new Animal Crossing amiibo cards to arrive on Dec. 2. The cards feature villagers who did not appear originally and give players a chance to bring them into their towns. Also on Dec. 2, people who haven’t yet picked up the game can purchase a version called Animal Crossing: New Leaf Welcome amiibo!, which includes the update and an amiibo card. For more details, watch for an Animal Crossing-themed Mini-Direct this fall.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon: Some of the Pokémon found in the Alola Region have unique looks adapted to the region’s native environment, such as Alolan Rattata. A new element called a Z-Move is an extremely powerful skill initiated when Pokémon and Trainer unleash their full powers together. The type of Z-Move a Pokémon can use depends on the type of Z-Crystal the player gives that Pokémon. As a bonus, anyone who buys one of the games when they launch on Nov. 18 and connects a Nintendo 3DS family system to the internet before Jan. 11, 2017, will receive Munchlax in the game, along with a “Snorlium Z” crystal to unlock the special Z-Move known as Pulverizing Pancake. For more details, visit http://www.Pokemon.com/SunMoon.

Mario Party Star RushThink fast and have a blast with a variety of ways to party with Mario, Toad and more! The game features seven modes, including Toad Scramble, a mode with open maps to push your strategy, fast-paced mini-game gantlet Coinathon or Mario Shuffle, in which players maneuver three pieces to their opponent’s side of the board. In Toad Scramble, everyone plays as a Toad, but Mushroom Kingdom allies are waiting around the board to team up and take down bosses in mini-games. The game is also compatible with the Super Mario series amiibo figures. The game releases alongside seven new amiibo for purchase separately, including Daisy, Waluigi and glow-in-the-dark Boo, on Nov. 4.

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past: This renewed classic has been completely remade with many hours of new content. The StreetPass feature allows players to swap Traveller’s Tablets to access special dungeons and items. Through online distributions, players can encounter new monsters, explore new dungeons and even obtain unique items. Anyone who pre-orders the game before it launches Sept. 16 exclusively on Nintendo 3DS will receive a free Dragon Quest VII menu theme.

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice: The Nintendo 3DS game includes modes for both single-player and two-player competitions. With a return to speed, the game harnesses the tone of the popular Sonic Boom animated series and also forges a new path in order to tell its own story. The game launches exclusively on Nintendo 3DS on Sept. 27 and comes with a three-episode Sonic Boom DVD.

YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits and YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls: Travel to the past to witness the origin of the Yo-kai Watch and put an end to an age-old war between two Yo-kai factions! Discover the Yo-kai Watch Model Zero, which gives players two new tactics that make for more strategic battles. Each version also has many unique Yo-kai. Hailing from ancient Japan, the leader of the Bony Spirits faction is Arachnus, who harbors a spidery secret. As for Fleshy Souls, the leader is Toadal Dude, the essence of a toad who lived for several centuries thanks to his fresh sense of style. The initial production run of the retail versions of the game will come with a physical medal that unlocks a new Soultimate Move for Jibanyan. The digital versions come with the ability to battle and befriend Robonyan F or Sailornyan. The free demo version arrives in Nintendo eShop in mid-September and the full games launch on Sept. 30.

Disney Magical World 2: Live your dream life alongside classic Disney characters in six Disney-themed worlds! Anyone who pre-purchases the title in Nintendo eShop or at select retailers will receive three in-game Frozen outfits free for characters like Elsa, Anna and Olaf. The game launches Oct. 14.

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse: The game, which launches Sept. 20, is now available for pre-order. This sequel shows another side to the story, and takes players into the events that follow. All first-run retail versions of the game contain a metal emblem set as a free bonus.

New Galaxy Style New Nintendo 3DS XL: The New Nintendo 3DS system is getting an out-of-this-world new look. The new system sports a cool new color, with a celestial image on the cover. The system is shipping now, and should start appearing on store shelves in the next week or so for a suggested retail price of $199.99.

#Nindies Summer Jam and Sweepstakes: Nintendo will release a new Wii U or Nintendo 3DS indie game each week this September in Nintendo eShop at a reduced price for a limited time. For the next two weeks, enter via Twitter for a chance to win all five indie games and an opportunity to curate your own content shelf on Nintendo eShop. Nintendo kicks off PAX West and its September Indie takeover tonight with the Nindies@Night event at the EMP Museum. Attendees will get hands-on play with new debuts like Runbow Pocket or Punch Club for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, and hear directly from several of the developers on-site. PAX attendees are also encouraged to visit the Nintendo Indie Booth in the Washington State Convention Center all weekend long for more opportunities to experience the many Nindie titles coming to Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to residents of US, 18+. Deadline: 9/14/16. See rules @https://www.facebook.com/Nintendo/posts/1105180552899730S. Sponsor: Nintendo.

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      1. ||I wasn’t expecting certain things, anyway it doesn’t matter, the NX is soon complete and The First Order will rise…||

            1. ||No one said that because there wasn’t any danger at all despite some crying…||

  1. More validation of the claims made by 3DS owners that you don’t need a Wii U. With the games announced in this Direct most of the “must-play” Wii U games are now on 3DS and even though the graphics aren’t as good there, they’re portable and often come with even more content than the Wii U versions did.

    It is nice that more people get to enjoy these awesome games though. But if we’re going that route I kind of wish certain 3DS exclusives were available on Wii U as well- and maybe that is the reasoning behind the NX.

    Pls announce moar things soon Nintendo thnx

    1. That’s the reason for streamlining development. Only reason why 3DS games are not on the Wii U is because the game has to be redone for it to be put on the system. Same for Wii u to 3DS but 3DS require less work than a 3DS to Wii U.

      1. Yeah, I know that much, just saying as a person who owns an XL and Wii U but mostly prefers gaming on my TV if i’m at home, it’s crazy that 3DS gets all the big Wii U games (easier to port down than up, and 3DS has a way larger install base so the potential profit is great) but there aren’t (m)any instances where a 3DS game goes to Wii U so I can play it there. Which is why i’m ready to learn about NX. They seem to be almost done supporting Wii U as far as we know so i’d like to know what I can play on my TV from them soon, and if NX is giving me the option to play all of their games on the go or on the TV whenever I see fit that part is nice at least so i’m even more anxious to learn about it soon. Sure it’d be nice if it was more powerful than recent rumors have suggested (so as to entice more 3rd party devs to support it) but just focusing on the positive the NX could solve the issue i’m dealing with now.

  2. “While courses can’t be shared online, players can connect to the internet to download and play select courses from the Wii U version.”

    Well that’s underwhelming…

    1. ok so i just watched the direct and i have to admit that the streetpass functionality SORT OF makes up for the lack of online sharing. I do think it might be the best use of streetpass EVER thus far.

      1. Yay! /s If I get the game, I’ll get one or two streetpasses a month to get someone’s created level & for them to get any of mine… if those two people I come across on occasion even have the game, that is. Looks like I’ll be skipping SMM a second time.

  3. Not a lot here got me too excited for this year, Mario Maker is kinda cool. But I am really excited about Poochy and Pikmin next year.

    1. But remember what ZackScott said guys! It’s for the art, for the entertainment, not for the money!
      What a load of bullshit.
      YouTubers are parasites, and everything that threatens their monthly shekels is a problem to them.

  4. Right. Well, I’m glad I’m not dependant on my WiiU this holiday. Not that I see a ton of great games coming out on my X1 either, but Gears 4 will be fun, and GTA 5 is always a blast during the holidays. (snow and such)

    Looks like my WiiU will be getting dusty again. If only Starfox had online play… :/

    1. I got FFXV & Resident Evil 7 coming soon to my PS4 (got them preordered) so I’m good this holiday season & January. :D

  5. Well… we did get SOME Wii U news…

    And why do Hyrule Warriors and Yoshi’s Woolly Worls get extra content on 3DS only? Couldn’t they also make it for Wii U… where the “real” editon of the games are? Is it THAT hard?

    1. If I know Koei Tecmo, Hyrule Warriors will get a definitive version on NX with all of the 3DS content, storylines & all, as well as all new content. Just like how Warriors Orochi 3 got Hyper on Wii U then Ultimate on PS3, XB360, PS4, & XBone.

    1. I’m a big sucker for Pikmin. I cannot wait for Pikmin 4, after the masterpiece that was Pikmin 3. This game? Well… I’m not going to judge it too hard yet, but it does look a lot like the Chibi Robo game they made (for no reason) a short while back. I’ll probably get it, I just hope it still got some of that Pikmin feel left in it…

  6. Now that this is out of the way… they need to get ready for that NX reveal!
    I mean, seriously… it’s apparently releasing in March. 6 months away.
    6 months! What?! And we don’t have any official information about the darn thing!
    LOL… man, I hope it’s good. It better have a good launch lineup. I haven’t liked a single system’s launch lineup since the Gamecube.

        1. I kinda did. The NX is going to eat all attention from fans from whenever it’s announced to whenever it comes out. They needed to reveal whatever new games they had before they reveales their new machine.

          By that same logic, it’s safe to say that there’s literally nothing left to be announced for the Wii U.

      1. Please don’t scare me like that. If this is Pikmin 4 by whatever god forsaken reason, it will show Miyamoto truly has fucking lost his touch & maybe even his god damn mind.

        But yeah. I also doubt this is Pikmin 4. I was worried it was, at first, til I read the article & it said the game was a sidescroller.

  7. I’m totally lookin’ into those new Streetpass games- I freaking love Angler Club (or whatever it’s called) and Monster Manor (that concept should be a full-fledged game), I’m eager to see these new 5.

    1. ||Only things that interestes me are Ever Oasis and Pikmin 3DS, possibly Mario Sports because of online, everything else is either civilian nonsense or I already have…||

        1. ||I’ve always had a thing for deserts and wastelands because they are the most favourable to consume for the Ing…||

          ||Even more that I do not like to start at a sequel…||

          1. So Quadraxis, any news on Metroid Prime 4? You are a Commander in the Nintendo army and all.. you gotta know something, right?

            I heard Sylux is going to be the antagonist.

              1. I really want Metroid Prime 4 to take place after Fusion. They could eventually reveal the reason Sylux hates the Galactic Federation so much is because he was one of their earlier bioweapons they were working on in secret. I mean, if I was being tortured into a bio-weapon, I’d want to see them utterly destroyed, too, even if becoming said bio-weapon made me extremely powerful!

                On second thought, MP4 can be after the-game-that-does-not-exist-in-Metroid-canon that ends with the revelation Sylux was a Galactic Federation bio-weapon before the events of Return. Of course, it will only be known to the players, not Samus herself. Then MP5 can take place after Fusion where Samus finally learns of why Sylux hates the GF & why it was originally wanting to kill her in MP4. But because she now knows the GF is corrupt, her & Sylux could become allies in some form or fashion.

                *shrug* Whatever they do, hopefully it will be great.

                  1. You are forgetting that Metroid began as a game based on a Hollywood movie that has since become part of typical Hollywood fashion. xD

                    1. ||And Hollywood was quite different at that time, now it’s 95% pure garbage…||

          2. Each DQ game has an independent story and characters, I think 4, 5, and 6 are considered a trilogy but they still have different characters and stories. The DQ games are fantastic if you are a fan of turn based RPG games. I believe DQ7 deals with time travel, so it might be similar to Chrono Trigger, I’m really looking forward to it.

                  1. ah i see, all the art is done by Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragon Ball and he also did Chrono Trigger. IMO Ever Oasis looks to be way more of a “cutesy style” as it looks practically chibi, but to each their own I suppose..

                    1. ||Yes but I also said the Ing favours desolate lands, if Dragon Quest was a wasteland then I would probably choose it instead…||

  8. Listen, people can’t be upset with Nintendo for focusing on the 3DS and it’s much larger install base instead of the Wii U with it’s tiny one. Making a port of Yoshi’s Whooly World and Super Mario Maker is just smart business. They are after all trying to cultivate a following for several franchises so getting these IP into the hands of 3DS owners may pay dividends for the NX. Pikmin looks amazing. Sorry some of you require the same thing over and over but in a new and shiny package. Do people complain when Mario went 3D? Pikmin looks charming as heck and also looks like they put a lot of love into it. Day 1. Ever Oasis also looks like they have put a massive amount of effort into. A Animal Crossing with RPG elements. That’s looking very promising. The Mario Sports game really looks impressive. I’m actually surprised they aren’t just using that as a launch NX game tbh and maybe they will. Yokai Watch has gone full Pokemon with the different unique offerings. I’m not a fan of those games but the formula does work. i wasn’t a fan of the actual Direct presentation except for the end with Bill in the beard bit, though. It might be time to do away with Directs. I wouldn’t put it past Nintendo to have a Wii U Direct in a month and then the obvious NX reveal where they’ll announce it has been delayed until Fall 2017 lol

  9. Let’s give a moment of silence for the Wii U, everyone, as Shadow Vegeta has already given the Wii U it’s eulogy in another article.

    Anyway…. Soon, all of it’s exclusives will cease to be exclusive as they either get a 3DS or NX port.

    1. Pics or it didn’t happen.
      Seriously, anyone can claim to not have watched the direct and try to look like a smartass by listing up everything in it in a “guess”.

      1. He probably masturbates to porn and that’s why he fell asleep and junk.

        I just took a screen cap and let it here on time.

        He is a moron. He supports Hillary Clinton and wants her as President because she’ll keep our emails safe….

        Buff!

  10. Still don’t understand why I bought the “new Nintendo 3DSXL” when I already own a perfectly functioning 3DS. Also was confused that Reggie was asking about his “new n3ds” in the beginning but then referred to it as just 3DS near the end. And it was a “new Nintendo 3DSXL” and he said something about how he was going to tackle the 2017 games for “new Nintendo 3Ds” but it appears the games will even be playable on a fucking 2DS.

    Also why cant they make some new games? I played all this on my wiiU and animal crossing is 3 years old. So bored of it and still not convincing me to buy the AC amiibo. Another Pokemon game. After the latest metroid gaff im really beginning to wonder if i should skip the NX and just wait for the games to come out on 3DS. Seems like the 3DS ports get more love and attention. At least we are getting a new shin megami.

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