Well, we’ve had another Nintendo Direct. Let’s take a look at what was announced.
First, we were shown a game referred to as Hyrule Warriors. That may not necessarily be the finished product’s name, but it will do for now. It combines Tecmo Koei’s Warriors series with Nintendo’s own Zelda franchise. The video showed footage of Link fighting hordes of monsters, a certain King Dodongo among them.
Hyrule Warriors will be due for release in 2014.
Next, we moved on to 3DS titles.
First up was Kirby Triple Deluxe. This Kirby game will have stages where Kirby can venture into the background. Obviously this has been created with 3D in mind.
Kirby also has a ‘Hypernova’ ability, that increases his inhaling powers by tenfold. He can use that ability in certain places to advance through stages.
Of course, Kirby has his trademark copy ability. There are over twenty available, with four new ones created for this game.
There are also two other modes available in Kirby Triple Deluxe. The first is Kirby Fighters; you choose from one of ten copy abilities and duke it out with three other players. This can be played either in multiplayer or single player.
The other mode is Dedede’s Drum Dash; effectively a rhythm game that uses some familiar tunes from the Kirby games.
Kirbys Triple Deluxe will be released in 2014.
Next up was Yoshi’s New Island. Takashi Tezuka, one of the original team responsible for Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island is working on this game. From what was shown, it plays very similarly to that title, which is no bad thing.
Yoshi’s New Island will be released in spring 2014.
Some news on Pokémon Bank and Poké Transfer followed that. You can store up to 3000 Pokémon in Pokémon Bank.
Using Poké Transfer, one can transfer the Pokémon they have caught from the previous Pokémon games to Pokémon X & Y.
Both will be available on the 27th December.
There will be a regular fee for using Pokémon Bank, though there is a free 30-day trial. Also, anyone who uses Pokémon Bank once it is released will be given a Celebi. This includes users of the free trial.
Back to Wii U titles now, then.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze information came next. Cranky Kong will be a playable character alongside Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong.
During gameplay, you can collect and use 100 bananas to use ‘Kung Pow’, which turns all enemies on the screen into items.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will be released on the 21st February 2014.
Sonic Lost World is getting two DLC levels based on popular Nintendo franchises. The first is based on Yoshi’s Island and is available now. The second will take a bit longer to prepare, but will require players to LINK to the Nintendo eShop on their Wii U.
Golf is now available on Wii Sports Club. The original course from Wii Sports is available, as is a new one based on an old golf game.
A 24 hour free trial is available, even if you have used the one from before.
Now, for something different. A game called NES Remix which takes scenes from 16 different NES games and presents players with new challenges to overcome.
NES Remix is available today at the price of £8.99.
Continuing on with the Year of Luigi, the next title announced was Dr. Luigi. Yeah, it’s pretty much Dr. Mario, but with the green brother. There is a new mode that has you using L-shaped capsules, and online play is available with the regular game. Germ Buster has you use the GamePad’s touchscreen whilst holding it vertically.
Dr. Luigi will be available on the eShop on January 15th for £13.49 (I think).
Also, for European Club Nintendo Members, a Luigi’s Mansion 2 diorama is available through the stars catalogue.
It was at this point we received some news specifically for Europe.
New songs will be available on Wii Karaoku U, including Japanese ones.
Since you are able to register or link Nintendo Network IDs on the 3DS now, there is a promotion running. If you register or link a NNID before a certain time, you will receive a free download code for Super Mario Bros. Deluxe between the 13th and 28th of February.
Staying on the topic of promotions, should you register a 3DS and a game from a fairly healthy selection, you will receive a free download code for Super Mario 3D Land.
Super Mario Bros. 3 will be made available on both the Wii U and 3DS eShops soon, and it will be on offer as well. In addition to that, there are many offers available on both eShops during the festive period.
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney now has a definite release date in Europe. Both Layton and Phoenix are transported into a fantasy world, where they have to save a girl who has been accused of being a witch.
The game will have Layton’s usual puzzles and Ace Attorney‘s courtroom shenanigans.
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney will be released on the 28th March 2014.
Finally, we went back to Satoru Iwata for two more announcements. The first was a trailer for Super Smash Bros. For Wii U and Super Smash Bros. For 3DS. Rosalina and Luma were revealed as a new fighter, after watching Kirby fly over Mario Kart‘s Rainbow Road.
This led nicely into the final piece of news, about Mario Kart 8.
We were shown some of the tracks, including an airport and some ruins. We were also shown some characters; the babies are returning from Double Dash!!, and Waluigi and Rosalina are back again. Of course, there were the usual suspects as well.
Mario Kart 8 will be released in spring 2014.
So, my impressions then. Definitely looking forward to Kirby Triple Deluxe, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8.
I will likely pick up Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and will definitely enjoy my free Super Mario Bros. Deluxe when I get that.
I will also use the free trial of Pokémon Bank, just for the Celebi. Besides, I don’t think I really need space for 3000 Pokémon.
Wouldn’t have minded more European news, since we were only really told about one game coming up. Still, can’t win them all.