It was a long old wait, but we’ve now had another Nintendo Direct. Was it worth it? I would say yes, personally. Anyway, let’s take a look at everything that was announced. Oh, and I’ll be talking about the European presentation.
The presentation started with Satoru Shibata giving thanks for the support after Satoru Iwata passed away – it was only a small thing, but a nice sentiment.
After that, we got the announcements. As many people had guessed, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD will be released on Wii U next year. There will also be a Wolf Link amiibo, which can also be used in the upcoming Wii U Zelda title – oh, that has been confirmed for release in 2016, by the way.
There will be a Twilight Princess HD bundle with the aforementioned Wolf Link amiibo and soundtrack CD. The game is due for release on March 4th 2016 – 2016 being the 30th anniversary of the Zelda series.
To ease the wait between now and then, the two DS Zeldas – Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks – will be released on the Wii U Virtual Console, with the option to buy one get one half price.
Continuing the topic of Zelda, Tri Force Heroes will be getting free extra content in the form of the Den of Trials & two new outfits: Linebeck and Fierce Deity. The former lets you see inside chests, and the latter increases your attack power as well as letting you fire sword beams.
This update is due out on December 3rd 2015.
Following on from that was some info on Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros.. This is a crossover between the Mario & Luigi & Paper Mario games, with the Bros. teaming up with Paper Mario to take on Bowser and Paper Bowser in order to rescue Peach and Paper Peach.
Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario can perform Trio Attacks, partake in Papercraft Battles and use Battle Cards to affect the flow of battle. The Super Mario series of amiibo can be used with the game to earn Battle Cards.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros. is due out on December 4th 2015.
Splatoon will be getting an update with new stages and plenty of new gear for your Inklings to wear. Two of the new stages are called Museum D’alfonsino and Mahi-Mahi Resort.
Museum D’alfonsino has all sorts of art and artefacts from the Inklings’ world and several rotating platforms that you can use strategically.
Mahi-Mahi Resort is a tropical resort with lots of water – not good for Inklings. However, halfway through a match, the water level drops revealing plenty more turf to ink.
The update for the new gear drops on November 13th 2015, the Museum D’alfonsino map goes live on November 14th 2015 and the updates will continue until January, at least.
Nintendo are launching a Web Portal for Super Mario Maker to make searching for courses that little bit easier. You can sort by tags, or difficult, etc. The Web Portal goes live in December.
There was a trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles X, with a reminder of the Limited Edition, Wii U Bundle and release date. It will be with us on December 4th 2015.
Following that was a quick mention of games coming out in this last part of 2015. These are Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash and Nintendo presents: New Style Boutique 2 – Fashion Forward. All these games are due for release on 20th November 2015.
Satoru Shibata then handed over to Ed Valiente for the Nintendo eShop and third party section.
First up was FAST Racing Neo, which looks like it could fill a void left by the lack of F-Zero. The game is due out on the Wii U eShop in December 2015.
Typoman was next, in which you use words to alter the environment – such as putting a ‘D’ at the beginning of the word rain to drain away a pool of water. The release date for this game is November 19th 2015, again on the Wii U eShop.
Ed Valiente then handed over to Brjánn Sigurgeirsson of Image & Form, who talked about upcoming 3DS eShop game SteamWorld Heist.
The game is a turn-based strategy shooter, in which you can ricochet bullets off walls to pull of trick shots against your enemies. You can get a free 3DS theme if you download the game when it comes out in December 2015.
Back to Ed Valiente, he introduced us to Nintendo Badge Arcade – basically a crane game in which you can earn badges. You have to buy plays with Nintendo eShop funds, though you do get 5 free practice plays and you can win plays as well.
The badges can be used to customise your 3DS’ Home Menu. Nintendo Badge Arcade is available to download from the 3DS eShop now.
Following that was Pokémon Picross – a free to start picross game featuring Pokémon. By solving Picross puzzles, you can capture Pokémon. Captured Pokémon can provide support in solving puzzles. The game is due out early December 2015.
The Pokémon theme continued with the reveal of the 1st generation of games – Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version and Pokémon Yellow Version will be released on the 3DS Virtual Console.
All the original features have been left intact – except for Link Cable usage. Instead, you can use the 3DS’ wireless capabilities to trade and battle between the three games.
February 27th 2016 is when the games will be released on the 3DS Virtual Console.
Final Fantasy Explorers followed after that. It is an action RPG from Square Enix, which features a job system. You can play with up to three other players, or use monsters you can train to form a complete party.
There is a Trance ability, that allows you to fight as characters from other Final Fantasy titles, such as Cecil or Terra.
All the DLC that is available in Japan will be included for free, and there will be a Collector’s Edition as well.
Final Fantasy Explorers will be released on January 29th 2015.
The final game Ed Valiente had for us was Mega Man Legacy Collection for the 3DS. The game contains the first 6 Mega Man games. There are also Museum and Challenge modes, both with 3DS exclusive content – though you’ll need the Mega Man amiibo to access the extra challenges.
Mega Man Legacy Collection is due out on 23rd February 2015.
The presentation returned to Satoru Shibata, who shared news about Pokkén Tournament. First print run copies of the game will come with an exclusive Dark Mewtwo amiibo card, which will allow you to unlock Dark Mewtwo by scanning it.
The game will be released for Wii U in Spring 2016.
Next was Star Fox Zero, in which we were shown some gameplay of the different vehicles you control throughout the game. The Arwing can transform into a Walker, the Landmaster has the aerial Gravmaster form and the Gyrowing will seemingly be used for stealth missions.
This game was delayed, but now a release date of April 2016 has been officially confirmed.
In amiibo news, the Lucas amiibo will be released in 2016, and the Animal Crossing series of amiibo will be released on 20th November 2015 as well as series 2 of the Animal Crossing amiibo Cards. There will be more Animal Crossing amiibo released next year, too.
Turns out the Pokémon news wasn’t quite done, with Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon. The game is confirmed to have all known Pokémon in. You can also combine moves with party members to take down the tougher Pokémon. The game is due for release on 3DS on February 19th 2016.
It wasn’t just Pokémon that had more – Zelda came back with Hyrule Warriors Legends for the 3DS. It’s the Wii U game with Tetra, Toon Link and the King of Hyrule from The Wind Waker, as well as Majora’s Mask Skull Kid.
Newly introduced was original character Linkle – pretty much female Link who dual wields crossbows and has a ‘spin kick’ special.
The game will receive a Limited Edition, and is due for release on March 25th 2016.
The 3DS is getting a lot of RPG love, particularly with these next announcements.
First was Bravely Second: End Layer, which will be released in the first quarter of 2016. There will be a Collector’s Edition which includes some pretty neat items.
In 2016, the 3DS will be getting not one, but two Dragon Quest games. These are Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King.
The final piece of news Satoru Shibata had for us was all about Fire Emblem Fates.
There will be 2 versions of the game – Birthright and Conquest. Each will tell a different story, and if you buy one you can get the other at a reduced price.
Sometime after the game launches, a 3rd story will be made available called Revelation.
There will be a Special Edition that contains all 3 stories and comes with an artbook.
The presentation didn’t end there – there was one final thing. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U will be getting a new character – Final Fantasy VII‘s Cloud Strife. The trailer also showed a Chocobo costume for the Mii Fighters, as well as a stage based on Final Fantasy VII.
Finally, there will be a special Super Smash Bros. broadcast in December – probably related to the Smash Ballot, I’d wager.
All right, that’s everything from the European Nintendo Direct. Whilst I was happy to see the return of the presentation, I have to admit that there were some really great announcements in there.
Definitely looking forward to Twilight Princess HD, and I’m glad that Zelda Wii U has been confirmed for a 2016 release – still, this is a Zelda game so I was hardly surprised by the delay. Won’t be getting the DS games on Virtual Console – I have them both in physical form.
I’ll be getting both Xenoblade Chronicles X and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros. when they come out – my final two games of the year – well, besides any possible Christmas presents…
I think the concept for Typoman is great, so I’ll definitely be looking into getting that next week. Nice to see the other upcoming eShop releases too, I suppose.
Star Fox Zero and Pokkén Tournament are games I’m definitely interested in – nice to see that the Wii U library will continue to grow in 2016.
Hyrule Warriors Legends was always a game I was going to buy, but the addition of Linkle has certainly increased my anticipation of it.
Final Fantasy Explorers, Bravely Second: End Layer, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King are games that I will buy when they come out – I love me some RPGs.
Lots of Special and Collector’s Editions, but the only one I know I will definitely get is Fire Emblem Fates – all three versions bundled together with an artbook sounds like the best way to experience the game.
As for the new Smash Bros. character… wasn’t expecting that. Personally I would have preferred Cecil or Terra, but I guess Cloud Strife is acceptable… of course, would be neat if Nintendo fans had some way to play Final Fantasy VII on one of their consoles as well, but you can’t have everything…
All in all, an enjoyable Nintendo Direct with plenty of stuff for us to look forward to. Now, how long until December and the Super Smash Bros. broadcast?