Nintendo Direct Micro June Recap
Last night, Nintendo of America decided to drop a Nintendo Direct Micro, containing a few nuggets of information for upcoming games. Directing this Direct was a micro Bill Trinen, the shrunken Director of Product Marketing at Nintendo of America.
The first game presented was Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash for the Nintendo 3DS. Despite being the fifth game in the Chibi-Robo series, which has been known for its three dimensional adventuring, Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash stars the titular little robot with a side scrolling platformer. Chibi-Robo uses his plug in this game to take down enemies and interact with the environment, like grappling onto blocks, or pulling down a bridge. He can do this with a quick whip lash, or charge it up for a more powerful zip lash. Also announced was a Chibi-Robo amiibo, available exclusively in a bundle with the game. Once per level, tapping the amiibo enables Super Chibi-Robo with enhanced movement and plug speed. The amiibo can be levelled up, earning items, with more amiibo functionality confirmed for the future. Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash will be available for the Nintendo 3DS this November.
Next was Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure, also for the Nintendo 3DS. Unlike Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash, Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure retains its traditional gameplay of matching a combination of four coloured pills and viruses. The game contains various modes from previous Dr. Mario games; Dr. Mario is the regular mode first seen in the 1990 NES title Dr. Mario, Virus Buster mode which allows for individual pill halves to be moved with the stylus, first seen in the 2008 WiiWare title Dr. Mario & Germ Buster, and the Dr. Luigi mode, where instead of receiving one pill, two pills in an L shape are received, first seen in the 2013 Wii U title Dr. Luigi. A new option for game modes in Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure is the newly introduced Miracle Cure item, where each virus busted powers up a meter. Power the meter, and receive a power up that can do a number of wondrous things, such as remove all viruses and pills of the same colour, take out an entire row or column, or destroy surrounding pills and viruses. Miracle Cures can also be used in multiplayer, where three additional Miracle Cures are found, which can reverse the opponent’s controls, speed up how quickly the opponent’s pills fall, and prevent the opponent from rotating their pills. To retain the traditional gameplay, the Miracle Cures can be turned off. Also regarding multiplayer, local multiplayer is possible with one copy via download play. Virus Buster can also be played against each player, and co-operatively. Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure will be available for the Nintendo 3DS via the eShop June 12th.
Following this was Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, yet again for the Nintendo 3DS. Like previous instalments in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, the main character awakens to find that they have become a Pokémon in a world of only Pokémon. Here, Pokémon all have troubles, and to solve these troubles, you and a partner Pokémon have to navigate through Mystery Dungeons. Players will have the option of one of twenty different Pokémon to start with, and the one to be your partner, and all 720 Pokémon will be available in game. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon will be available early 2016.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U was also announced. Events this time include the 100 metre dash, rhythmic gymnastics, and table tennis, soccer (or football, depending on your point of view) and exclusive sports for each version; the Wii U version includes Rugby, while the Nintendo 3DS version includes golf. Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be available in the future, with more details to come.
More content for Splatoon, the Wii U title that has two teams of four players trying to see you can ink the most amount of ground, was announced. From today, players can use the N-ZAP ’85, a gun based on the NES Zapper peripheral for the Nintendo Entertainment System, can play the new stage Port Mackerel, and a new online multiplayer mode, Ranked Battle, that contains the King of the Hill style Splat Zone game mode and a ranking system for players level 10 and above.
More information regarding Project Treasure was announced, a title from Bandai Namco that was previously mentioned in an earlier Nintendo Direct, which announced a working title only. This time, Nintendo of America uploaded a trailer alongside the Nintendo Direct. Gameplay in Project Treasure consists of up to four players in local co-op finding treasures in dungeons. To do so, players will need to overcome traps and take down enemies like giant spiders and mummies with a myriad of weapons, which include swords, guns, and rocket launchers. More details will be announced later this year.
Nintendo also briefly touched on their E3 plans to look at games being released in 2015 and early 2016, as well as the Nintendo World Championships 2015, which will have players competing from all over… America for glory in a selection of games. The Nintendo World Championships 2015 will be livestreamed and will commence in Australia on June 15th at 8am. Players who also want a behind the scenes look at Nintendo of America at E3 are recommended to follow them on Periscope and Snapchat at @NintendoAmerica.
Another new title, Little Battlers eXperience was announced for the Nintendo 3DS, a game based on a popular anime and toy franchise that’s based around battles between little robots called LBX, and when the main character Van acquires a prototype LBX, he and his friends must save the world. The game is big on customisation, with more than 130 LBX models, and more than 4000 parts, with heads, torsos, arms, legs, CPUs and batteries all being customisable, and two different weapon types from nine categories. Up to six players can fight each other over local wireless. Little Battlers eXperience will be released some time from July to August this year.
More information was revealed regarding the previously announced Nintendo 3DS title Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Edition. After the main eight worlds in the Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Edition had been cleared, eight extra worlds will be unlocked, and Puzzle & Dragons Z will have free downloadable content, and much like Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Edition, when the main story is beaten, an extra, more difficult continent will be unlocked. Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Edition have been available since May 9th.
The last title announced in this Nintendo Direct Micro was the sequel to the JRPG Nintendo 3DS game Bravery Default, Bravery Second End Layer. This sequel will feature a new protagonist, Yew, as well as meeting with characters from Bravery Default, as well as some surprises. Time has passed since Bravery Default, and Agnès Oblige has been kidnapped, with it being the responsibility of Yew, a knight of Agnès to save her. Bravery Second End Layer will be released in 2016.
With new information for already released titles, and new titles being announced, more information and more games will be announced at E3 at Nintendo’s Digital Event. The Digital Event will be livestreamed at 2am on June 17th.