Nintendo Direct – January
Earlier today, Nintendo livestreamed a Nintendo Direct that contained many new dates for already announced titles, along with announcements for brand new games.
The Nintendo Direct stream supplied by Nintendo was aimed towards the UK, so when new information because available, the dates in this article will be updated.
A new Fire Emblem game was announced for the Nintendo 3DS. The team working on the game is Intelligent Systems, the same developers who worked on the previous title, Fire Emblem: Awakening. Joining the development team is Shin Kinayashi, who is renowned for his work in Japan.
Puzzle & Dragons Z, a game from a popular franchise in Japan, was announced for European and North American audiences for the Nintendo 3DS. This series features a blend of RPG and Puzzle elements, where you as the player have a party of monsters, and by chaining various icons on the bottom screen, can initiate attacks to opponent monster parties. Another game bundled with Puzzle & Dragons Z is Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario edition, which takes the Puzzle & Dragons format, and implements a Super Mario theme. These two games will be released in retailers and on the eShop in May, 2015.
Pokémon Shuffle was also announced for the Nintendo 3DS. Similar to the Pokémon Trozei, more so the more recent Pokémon Link: Battle!, players will come across a wild Pokémon, and must battle it by chaining groups of Pokémon in the touch screen that has a type that is super effective to the wild Pokémon and reduce its health to zero within a set number of moves. However, a difference to this game compared to the other games in the series is that some Pokémon have their Mega Evolutions available, and playsers start with five hearts, with one heart used every time per battle. If these hearts reach zero, you can’t battle. The hearts can be replenished by waiting, or by using items found ingame, or purchased through the eShop along with other items. The game will be free and will be released on the eShop in February 2015.
Downloadable versions of Wii games were announced for the Wii U in an attempt to make various games accessible to Wii U ownsers that never had a chance to purchase them for the Wii. These titles include Super Mario Galaxy 2, Donkey Kong Country: Returns, Metroid Prime Trilogy, Kirby’s Adventure Wii, Punch-Out!!, Pandora’s Tower and Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies. Super Mario Galaxy 2 was announced to be released now at a reduced price of $13, normally $26. Donkey Kong Country Returns will be released on January 23rd and the Metroid Prime Trilogy will be released on January 30th.
12 new amiibo were announced, with Robin, Lucina, Wario, Charizard and Pacman to be released in the fourth wave of the Super Smash Bros. Collection, and Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser and Toad in the Super Mario series. Those in the Super Mario series that have a parallel in the Super Smash Bros Collection can work in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. The Toad amiibo will unlock new hide and seek levels in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, where players will try to find a retro Toad pixel art. The Super Mario Bros. Collection will be released on March 21st, and the fourth wave of the Super Mario Bros. Collection will be released on April 4th.
New information was revealed for the Wii U game Mario Party 10 about an amiibo. Resembling a game mode similar to previous Mario Party titles, players can use various amiibos in this mode to collect coins, items and stars. Each applicable amiibo unlocks a new game board and has a special characteristic. Each amiibo can also hold an item of its own choosing. Mario Party 10 will be released March 21st with a standalone game, or in a bundle with a Mario amiibo from the Super Mario Bros. Collection.
Bandai Namco teased an up and coming title, tentatively named Project Treasure, exclusively for the Wii U. The game will be free to download and feature online connectivity about collecting treasure. No launch date was announced.
Splatoon, Nintendo’s ink-based shooter, had more information revealed. The game will feature a plaza similar to that of Nintendo Land, where NPCs representing other players will walk around. This hub contains sections for the online multiplayer and the campaign modes, as well as shops for weapons, headgear, clothing and shoes. More information was also released about the weapons of the game, each player has available to them a main weapon for offense, a secondary weapon for defence and a special chargeable weapon that can do a lot of damage. There are different weapons available, which can be accessed in various sets. Splatoon will be released in May 2015.
A new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles X was shown, with a given release date of 2015.
Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, the latest instalment of the Mario vs Donkey Kong series, had more information announced. Since E3, the game had only been given a tentative title. The defining feature of this game is the tipping function. Players can share levels they create online, and earn stars by completing levels. These stars can be used to purchase new objects to implement into new levels, or they can be used to tip players for levels they think deserve it. The recipient of these tipped stars can then use these stars to purchase objects for new levels. Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars will be available on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS through the eShop or in stores as a retail code. Players who buy one version of the game will receive a download code for the other version. The game will be released on March 20th.
A release date of February 13 was announced for the new Nintendo 3DS and new Nintendo 3DS XL in Europe. An update for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS will become available in February 2015 for those with a new Nintendo 3DS and new Nintendo 3DS XL to use the amiibo function that can already be found in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
The Nintendo Anime Channel was announced for the Nintendo 3DS. From February 14th, players can download this free video on demand software and watch anime empisodes based on various video game franchises, such as Pokémon and Kirby.
Code Name S.T.E.A.M was announced to have amiibo functionality, with any amiibo featuring a character from the Fire Emblem series being used will unlock that character. Code Name S.T.E.A.M. will be released on May 15th.
Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy + was announced for the Nintendo 3DS, which features jet fighters based on real life jets and dog fights. amiibo functionality is also promised, with various amiibo unlocking jets based on that amiibo. Ace Combat Assault Horizon + will be released on February 14th.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate released further information. A special edition new Nintendo 3DS XL was announced, along with a Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate StreetPass Plaza puzzle. A demo will be made available today via a download code in an email, similar to the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS demos. The limited edition new Nintendo 3DS XL and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be released on February 14th.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, the new Nintendo 3DS only remake of Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii, released in 2010, had more information announced. A bonus mode will be included where players can view 3D models of the assets used, as well as a juke box of the songs found in game. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will be released April 2nd.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, the 3D remake of the 2000 Nintendo 64 game The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, announced a new special edition and a release date. The special edition features a gold and black new Nintendo 3DS XL with a decal that features Majora’s Mask, but does not come with a copy of the game. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and the special edition new Nintendo 3DS XL will be released on February 14th.
The final announcement was the new third person shooter IronFall: Invasion for the Nintendo 3DS from developer VD-dev, a three man team of indie developers. The game promises 60 frames per second, six versus six local and online multiplayer matches, a single player campaign and added new Nintendo 3DS functionality, such as the use of the c-stick to aim. The game however can be used on any other Nintendo 3DS handheld. IronFall: Invasion will be released February 2015.
If you want to watch the Nintendo Direct yourself, you can watch it below: