Thursday, 2 April 2015

Nintendo Direct Round Up!


Image from the best fight ever. And destructoid.com
Yesterday, amidst the tomfoolery and fake product announcements of April Fools day, Nintendo didn't seem to get the message, and scheduled a fully-serious (Well, as serious as Nintendo can be. See above) Nintendo Direct, in which they announced a helluva lotta games, release dates and news. At least Nintendo never destroys our hope.

Probably the biggest news was the Wii U Virtual Console additions. As I correctly predicted a couple days ago, Super Mario 64 has launched on Wii U, alongside Donkey Kong 64, Mario Kart DS and Wario Ware Touched! Sin and Punishment Successor of the Skies and Pandora's Tower will arrive at a later date. Speaking of correct predictions, Pokemon: Rumble World has also been announced as a "free to start" game on 3DS, with more content being buyable after, while Animal Crossing spin-off Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, which tasks you with designer homes for the people of Animal Crossing. It's also the first game to use Amiibo Cards, in this case they can be scanned in order to unlock new animals. The last game to be announced is Fatal Frame U, the the first Wii U Fatal Frame game. The horror/picture-taking hybrid will launch later this year in Europe, as it's in fact a port of the Japanese Fatal Frame 5. 

Some new DLC was announced, too: Super Smash Bros on both 3DS and Wii U gets Mewtwo on April 28th, then later there'll be Earthbound's Lucas. There'll also be some more Mii Outfits to give different abilties, and you'll be able to vote for what Nintendo character you want as DLC next time around here. Meanwhile, Mario Kart 8's Animal Crossing DLC will be launching on April 23rd, bringing Villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing as well as Dry Bowser, plus some new vehicles (Including a swanky Vespa). There's also a new Animal Crossing track, two new Cups and a new 200cc difficulty mode.

Speaking of release dates, there were a lot of those announced - Yoshi's Woolly World launches on June 26th alongside a new woolly Amiibo, while paint-based shooter Splatoon releases on the 29th of May with Male Inkling, Female Inkling and Green Squid Amiibos that add more missions. Mario Maker will be coming out sometime in September, and the next Attack on Titan game, AoT: Humanity in Chains, launches in May on 3DS (The first two episodes are free to all 3DS owners until the end of May). Last of all, Amiibo Touch & Play: Nintendo Classics Highlights launches on Wii U in May for free, and has a cool feature: tap any Amiibo while you're in the app and it'll unlock a demo of a random SNES or NES game. Nifty.

Sadly, some bad news did come of out yesterday's Direct (Albeit among a slew of good) as the next Fire Emblem games, the untitled sequel for 3DS and the Fire Emblem/Shin Megami Tensei Crossover game will be coming out in 2016, which is a long time for wait. Guess Fire Emblem fans will just have to act out their fantasies in Smash Bros. instead.

What was your favourite announcement from yesterday. Tell us in the comments!


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