Well, another Nintendo Direct has come and gone. Let’s just get right into things, then.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds was first up. We were introduced to several new characters within the game. First was Irene the Witch, who seems to serve as some sort of transportation service for Link through both worlds.
Next was Seres, daughter of the sanctuary’s priest. She is a target of the game’s antagonist Yuga.
The next character introduced requires Link to acquire the Zora’s Flippers in order to swim and find a message in a bottle. Once he has obtained that, it is possible for him to meet with the Milk Bar Owner, who first appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.
Finally, the last new character is an old man known as ‘Gramps’. He’s responsible for the StreetPass data. Using StreetPass data, one can create their own Shadow Link who will appear in other player’s games for them to do battle with.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is due out on November 22nd.
Bravely Default came next. They went over the combat system, where a character can ‘default’ in order to earn brave points. They can spend those brave points to perform more powerful attacks. However, if a character has no brave points, they can use sleep points (obtained by putting the 3DS in sleep mode whilst playing).
There are StreetPass features in this game as well. You can summon other players into battle, or use their data in order to restore the doomed home town.
Both the normal and deluxe edition of Bravely Default are due to launch on December 6th. A demo is available to try on the 3DS eShop right now.
Mario Party: Island Tour followed on from that. There are 7 new boards, with 18 new minigames. Two single player modes shown were time attack and Bowser’s Tower. Time attack is completing minigames as fast as you can, whilst Bowser’s Tower is a 30-floor tower with bosses on every 5th floor.
Using StreetPass, you can compete in the minigames with other players’ data. Mario Party: Island Tour features motion controls and download play. It is due out on January 17th.
Inazuma Eleven 3: Team Ogre Attacks! was announced next. It features Canon Evans as the main character, and can connect to both Inazuma Eleven 3: Bomb Blast and Inazuma Eleven 3: Lightning Bolt to unlock unique items and players.
Inazuma Eleven 3: Team Ogre Attacks! is due for release on February 14th.
Later this month, YouTube will be coming to 3DS. The YouTube app will also be receiving an upgrade on the Wii U, too.
Next month, the 3DS will be getting a system update. You will be able to register a Nintendo Network ID on the 3DS, and share eShop balance between Wii U and 3DS.
In addition to that, MiiVerse will finally be available on 3DS.
A lot of eShop releases coming up. The first one announced was Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai, which is available to download now.
As for the other releases, they will be in the following list. Some of these games will be on the 3DS eShop, whilst others will be on the Wii U. I didn’t quite get enough time to note down which ones are on which, but you’re on the internet; Google it if you’re curious…
Q.U.B.E.: Director’s Cut
Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse
Pier Solar HD
Retro City Rampage
The next eShop title announced was Nintendo Pocket Football Club. On this title, you can create, customise and manage a football team. There are single player, local wireless and online multiplayer modes. It is due for release next year.
On the Wii U, there will be an update for the Animal Crossing Plaza. There will be special MiiVerse stamps. The stamps will also be available in Super Mario 3D World and other titles, but the stamps will be unique only to their respective communities.
The Plaza will also receive a poll feature, and there will be new features added soon. These are resident registration and the ability to move multiple pictures simultaneously.
Animal Crossing Plaza will receive its update on November 14th.
Pikmin 3 will be receiving its 3rd volume of DLC. Olimar returns as a playable character in completely new stages. In addition, Louie can be found in the stages. If you rescue him, he becomes another playable character.
There will be a software update on 2nd December, which will also come along with 2 free stages.
There were some reminders about Wii Fit U and Wii Sports Club, but nothing really new announced.
The final piece of news was 10 new things in Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U.
- Touch Screen and microphone controls
- Golden Express – a train full of coins
- Captain Toad – levels where you have to collect green stars without the ability to jump
- Speed Run levels
- Mystery houses
- Motley Boss Blob
- Top-down shooter stage
- Kart-style stage
- Unlockable bonus game – If you have <em>Super Luigi U</em> data on your Wii U, you get access to <em>Luigi Bros</em>
- A 5th playable character – Rosalina from <em>Super Mario Galaxy</em>
Super Mario 3D World is due for release on November 29th.
Zelda, Bravely Default, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, Shovel Knight and Super Mario 3D World are my most anticipated titles here. I’m really tempted by that Bravely Default deluxe edition, but it is kind of expensive…