Nintendo Direct November Recap
November’s Nintendo Direct announced some new information regarding the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U about unannounced games and new content coming to upcoming games from now until 2016.
The Direct begun with Satoru Shibata thanking the audience for their messages regarding the passing of the previous Nintendo President and usual Direct host, Satoru Iwata.
He continued, stating that the Direct would mainly be focusing on content arriving to Nintendo platforms in the upcoming few months.
The first game of the Direct was The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. One of the Wii’s first games, and one of the Nintendo GameCube’s last, Twilight Princess HD is a revamp of the 2006 title, with added content. It wasn’t explored in the Direct, but amiibo functionality was announced.
A Wolf Link amiibo will be released and will work with the game, along with previously released Zelda franchise amiibo. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD will be released on the 5th of March , 2016, as a standalone game and in a special bundle with the game, the Wolf Link amiibo, and a soundtrack.
The Wii U Zelda title was teased. The Wolf Link amiibo was also said to have some functionality between Twilight Princess HD and the Wii U Zelda title. No details or dates were given, aside from that it would be released sometime next year.
Following this, two Zelda Nintendo DS titles, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass and the Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks were announced for the Wii U Virtual Console. A 50% discount is available if one of the two games are purchased.
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes for the Nintendo 3DS had extra content confirmed. The Den of Trials stage has over 30 levels that requires every enemy within the level to be defeated. New costumes were also confirmed, Linebeck’s Uniform, based on the character of the same name from Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, and the Fierce Deity Armor, based on the Fierce Deity mask from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Linbeck’s Uniform will be able to see what’s in chests before you open them, and the Fierce Deity Armor is said to increase attack power. All of this content will be coming to The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes from the 3rd of December.
A new trailer for Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros. was shown, detailing a new Battle Card feature. Battle Cards can be used in battle to give the trio of bros. more attack power, to damage enemies, give free coins, or to weaken enemies. amiibo functionality was confirmed, with Mario franchise amiibo giving new cards. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros. is set for release on the 4th of December.
New content for Splatoon was also confirmed. From the 13th of November, a new update will be released, with over 40 new gear. This update will pave the way for future content, which includes from the 14th of November, the stage Museum d’Alfonsino, which takes place in a museum with multiple spinning platform. At a later date, another stage, Mahi-Mahi Resort will also be made available. Mahi-Mahi Resort is set on floating platforms over a pool. Halfway through the match, the water level descends, giving new cover to ink. More updates were said to be on their way until at least January.
While not an update, a new way to search Super Mario Maker stages is on its way. A web browser search tool will be made available for PC and smart devices. Through this tool, stages can be searched based on usage of sound effects, scroll speed, how much time is available, what game type is used, among other options. Searched stages can be tagged, which will be made available to be played on a Wii U at a later date from a different menu. This tool will be available to be used sometime in December.
A new trailer was shown for Xenoblade Chronicles X, due for release on the 5th of December.
Highlights from upcoming games coming this November was also shown, which includes Wii U titles Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, and Nintendo 3DS title Nintendo Presents: New Style Boutique 2: Fashion Forward, all due for release on the 21st of November.
The Direct was then sent over to Ed Valiente, an employee of Nintendo of Europe whose role is to aid third party developers publish their games. He first focused on upcoming indie titles.
A trailer was shown for FAST Racing NEO by Shin’en, a sci-fi racing title focusing on speed, which is due for release as a downloadable title on the Wii U sometime in December.
Next was Typoman from Brainseed Factory and Headup Games, a platformer that focuses on text. The player character is made from text and must move throughout the game world moving text together to progress. An example from the Direct was a raincloud that had RAIN on it. Moving a D to make it DRAIN stopped the raincloud and drained the water forming under it. Typoman is due to be released for the Wii U on the 20th of November.
SteamWorld Heist by Image & Form was the final indie title shown. Set in the SteamWorld franchise, SteamWorld Heist is a strategy game that sees a crew of robots travelling from spaceship to spaceship and fighting their way through enemies, with a focus on ricocheting bullets off walls. If purchased within a limited time, a Steamworld Heist home menu will be available to be downloaded for free. SteamWorld Heist will be available for the Nintendo 3DS in December.
Following the theme of home menu customisation, Nintendo Badge Arcade was announced and released. A free-to-play title, Nintendo Badge Arcade allows players to use a crane machine to collect badges, which can be added to the home menu. It costs money to play, much like a crane machine, but free practice tries can be played daily. Free actual tries can be won from this, so spending money is not necessary. Nintendo Badge Arcade for the Nintendo 3DS is available now.
Pokémon Picross was also announced. Based on the picross style of puzzle, Pokémon Picross is said to feature over 300 types of Pokémon, with every legendary and mega evolvable Pokémon said to be available. Clear its puzzle, and you capture that Pokémon. Each Pokémon has a power that can be used to aid you in completing other picross puzzles. Pokémon Picross for the Nintendo 3DS will be available sometime in December.
On the track of Pokémon news, Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version, and Pokémon Yellow Version were announced for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. These titles will play as they originally did, with added wireless functions for trading and battling. These three downloadable titles will be released on the 27th of February, 2016, twenty years after the release of Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Green Version were released in Japan.
A new trailer for Final Fantasy Explorers was shown, showing the trance system that allows previous heroes from Final Fantasy games to be played as. All previously released downloadable content and extra challenges previously released in Japan will be made available for free. Final Fantasy Explorers for the Nintendo 3DS will be available on the 29th of January, 2016. A collector’s edition will also be released, which includes a 32 page art book, a 20 track soundtrack sampler, a Final Fantasy Explorers Nintendo 3DS hard case, and exclusive box packaging.
The Nintendo 3DS version of Mega Man Legacy Collection was announced. Spanning the first six Mega Man games, the Nintendo 3DS version will have exclusive challenges unlocked with the Mega Man amiibo and exclusive items in the Museum Mode, which contains production art. Mega Man Legacy Collection will be available for the Nintendo 3DS on the 23rd of February.
A new trailer for the upcoming fighter Pokkén Tournament was announced, featuring Shadow Mewtwo. The Wii U title is set for release in autumn 2016, and first print runs of the game will come with a Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card. When used in game, Shadow Mewtwo is unlocked automatically to be able to be played as.
Following its debut at E3 2015, a new trailer for Star Fox Zero was shown. Players will be able to play in multiple different ways, with the plane Arwing which can turn into a two legged Walker, the tank Landmaster which can turn into the Gravmaster, an airborne version, and the Gyrowing, which can drop the Direct-i, a helper robot. Star Fox Zero for the Wii U will be released in April 2016.
New amiibo information was also revealed. In the Super Smash Bros. series, a Lucas amiibo will be coming in early 2016. A second wave of Animal Crossing amiibo which includes Resetti, Blathers, Celeste, and Kicks, also available early 2016.
Another new trailer for Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon was shown. All 720 Pokémon are said to be included. A new gameplay mechanic of using all three team member’s attacks at once. Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon will be released on the 20th of February for the Nintendo 3DS.
Following the Zelda news was more information regarding Hyrule Warriors Legends, the 3DS version of Hyrule Warriors that was released last year. Joining the game’s cast will be Toon Link, Tetra, The King of Hyrule from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and the Skull Kid wearing Majora’s mask from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. A new addition to the roster that was made exclusively for the game is Linkle, a girl that has a striking similarity to Link. She attacks with a combination of rapid fire crossbows and kicks, with Shibata commenting that if Link’s signature move is his spin attack, Linkle’s would be her spin kick. Hyrule Warriors Legends will be released on the 26th of March for the Nintendo 3DS as a standalone game and in a limited edition with a compass watch.
Bravery Second: End Layer was also mentioned, first being announced in the Nintendo Direct Micro in June. Bravery Second: End Layer will be released on the Nintendo 3DS during the first quarter of 2016 as a standalone game and in a Deluxe Collector’s Edition, which also includes a soundtrack on CD, an Agnès figure, and an art book with approximately 250 pages.
Two remastered Dragon Quest games have been confirmed to be localised outside of Japan, DRAGON QUEST VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. Both these titles have been confirmed to be released sometime in 2016.
More details for Fire Emblem Fates were announced. The base game will be split between two different versions, Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, which is said to show two different sides of the same conflict. If one is purchased, the other will be available to be purchased digitally at a reduced price. While not available at launch, a third version, Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation will be available to be downloaded, and is said to tie all three versions of the game together. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest for the Nintendo 3DS will be released in 2016, and a special edition of all three versions of Fire Emblem Fates will be made available, with an included art book.
The final reveal in the November Nintendo Direct was the inclusion of Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII as a downloadable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. In the trailer, his movement was shown to consist of his various Limit Breaks, which included Cross Slash, and a Limit Break charging move. Both his regular and his Advent Children outfits were shown, as well as his Final Smash being Omnislash. A Midgar stage was also shown, with Final Fantasy summons disrupting battle. Odin can use its Zantetsuken and cut the stage in half, also inflicting damage, Leviathan can summon water around the stage, Ramuh can electrify platforms, Ifrit can send a fireball on the stage, and Bahamut can fire its Mega Flare at specific points on the stage. Teased at the end of the trailer was a Chocobo Hat for Mii fighters. No date was given for the release of this added content.
The Direct concluded with messaging stating “SUPER SMASH BROS. SPECIAL BROADCAST COMING DECEMBER 2015”. A later media release confirmed that this would be the last special broadcast regarding Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
To watch the Direct in its entirety, you can do so below.