Yesterday Nintendo rolled out another Nintendo Direct, presented by global president Satoru Iwata. Lets take a look at all the new goodies we’re getting!
The action-filled Hyrule Warriors (name not final) for the Wii U may star Link, but it is not a core Zelda game. It’s actually developed by Tecmo Koei, and it looks like an interesting Zelda and Dynasty Warriors mashup.
Next, Iwata moved on to 3DS games. Nintendo gave us a sneak peek of Kirby’s next adventure in a previous Nintendo Direct, but now we know the name: Kirby Triple Deluxe. Besides the side-scrolling platformer, this game will also feature a brawler mode called “Kirby Fighters,” in which you and your friends can pick from ten Kirby copy abilities and duke it out. There’s also a new rhythm mode named “Dedede’s Drum Dash,” featuring classic tunes from the Kirby series. Kirby Triple Deluxe will be released sometime in 2014.
Launching this spring, Yoshi’s New Island was produced by Takashi Tezuka, the creative director of the Super NES Yoshi’s Island. Although the teaser was short, the game appears just as cute and charming as the original.
In Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder, our robot pal has to “get a brand new museum off the ground.” The museum curator gives the player an idea of the “NostalJunk” he needs. It’s up to the player to use the 3DS camera to find matching objects in the real world. Imagine the toilet paper roll from your house actually appearing in the game! Look out for community challenges as well. The full version will be available on January 9th.
Pokémon Bank is software that lets you store up to 3,000 Pokémon from X and Y. Poké Transporter lets you transfer Pokémon from your Black/White games into X /Y. Players can download a 30-day free trial version anytime between launch and Jan. 31, 2014. If you access a Pokémon Bank box by Sept. 30 2014, you will receive the legendary Pokémon Celebi as a gift.
Bravely Default looks like it hearkens back to old school Final Fantasy, but contains unique features like the Sleep Point system and StreetPassing. It’s also exciting to get a new franchise from Square Enix! There’s so much to look forward to here, so be sure to check out the demo (launching January 2nd for all 3DS owners in North America). Not only is it free, but it also contains exclusive content not included in the main story. The full game will go on sale February 7 in the U.S.
Cranky Kong is the newest companion for Donkey King in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. He uses his cane to bounce off enemies and obstacles. By collecting 100 bananas, players can execute a new special move called “KONG-Pow” that turns all enemies on screen into bananas. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze launches February 21st in stores and in the Nintendo eShop.
Two new Nintendo-themed levels are coming to the Wii U’s Sonic Lost World, but for now, Iwata reveals only one: Yoshi’s Island Zone. This level sees Sonic racing across a level filled with “pipes, coins, Shy Guys, Piranha Plants, and of course, Sonic’s signature loop-the-loops.” Yoshi’s Island Zone is now available on the Wii U eShop.
Today, golf became the third sport added to Wii Sports Club. By placing the Wii U GamePad controller on the floor, players can use the Wii Remote Plus to swing at the ball on the ground. You can see the ball fly off the GamePad screen onto the television screen. Wii Sports Club – Golf includes the course from the original Wii Sports game, as well as a course based on the Famicon’s Golf US Course from 1987. You can try out 24 hours of Wii Sports Club for free. Boxing and baseball will be coming to Wii Sports Club in 2014.
NES Remix takes famous scenes from 16 different games like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong, and reimagines them “with new twists and challenges.” One scene features Link taking the role of Jumpman/Mario in the original Donkey Kong. Another appears to be Luigi going through a Super Mario Bros. stage backwards. It’s available for in the Nintendo eShop for $14.99.
If you thought the Year of Luigi was pretty much over, Iwata has something to tell you: “Dr. Luigi is in the house.” Similar to Dr. Mario, Dr. Luigi requires players to line up pills by color to destroy viruses—But now, the pills are L-shaped. The game boast a Dr. Mario mode, Wii U GamePad compatibility, and online play. Dr. Luigi launches in the eShop on December 31 for $14.99.
Nintendo saved perhaps two of the most anticipated games for last. Rosalina, who first appeared in the Super Mario Galaxy games for the Wii, will be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS. Her starry friend Luma helps her do battle. It’ll be coming out… sometime next year.
Lastly, Nintendo showed off a little bit of Mario Kart 8. I’m just going to let the trailer speak for itself. Look for it in Spring 2014.