Say whaaaaaat?, Nintendo Direct 4.17.2013

April 17th, 2013 by

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 Nintendo came out with another one of their famous Nintendo Direct presentations today and this one was a bit of a doozy.  Lots of new 3DS info with a smattering of Wii U info was released today, so here are the highlights:  (Check after the jump for the full video worth 10 Game Usagi Points if you watch it.)

  • A new Legend of Zelda game was shown off for the 3DS that is “set in the world of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past” meaning that it shares more-or-less the same overworld as A Link to the Past, but features a different storyline and different dungeons. Link also gets a brand-new power this time around – the ability to become two-dimensional and stick to walls to navigate around obstacles.  Better yet, the new Zelda is due out in time for Christmas.  (You can download a 3D trailer for the game now via the 3DS eShop)
  • A new Yoshi’s Island game was also shown for the 3DS, but a launch window was not discussed.
  • The upcoming new Mario & Luigi RPG, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team has a launch date of August 11th in North America.
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is due out for the 3DS on May 24.
  • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is due out on May 9th.
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf is due out on June 9 and will also be available in a bundle with a special Animal Crossing 3DS XL for $219.99 that is exclusive to Best Buy in Canada.
  • Mario Golf: World Tour will feature full online/local multiplayer and is still due out this summer.
  • Zelda Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons will be coming to the 3DS eShop on May 30.
  • A new Mario Party game was announced for the 3DS coming this winter.
  • The 3DS RPG Bravely Default is being localized for North America and Europe and is due out in 2014.
  • The final Professor Layton game, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, is also being localized for a 2014 release.
  • Three interesting LEVEL-5 3DS eShop games are also being localized: THE STARSHIP DAMREY, BUGS vs. TANKS!, and ATTACK OF THE FRIDAY MONSTERS! A TOKYO TALE
  • Shin Megami Tensei 4 is also heading to North American 3DSs in a big Limited Edition Box Set on July 16th.
  • At long last Earthbound is headed for the North American and European Wii U eShops
  • New Super Luigi U DLC for NSMBU is still due out this summer.
  • The Spring Update for the Wii U is going live next week bringing much faster menu/app load times, the ability to boot right into Wii mode, the ability to automatically install downloaded games/dlc/etc., the ability to transfer game data between two USB drives, the ability to install games in the background while playing other games, the ability to automatically receive game updates, and the ability to download/install games/demos/etc. while the system is turned off (like on the Xbox 360).
  • Shortly after the Spring Update the Wii U Virtual Console and Panorama View app will be launched
  • Game & Wario is due out for the Wii U on June 23rd
  • Pikmin 3 launches on August 4th

Lots of great new information and game announcements this time around.  You can see the full presentation below:

 

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