by Joshua Russo
Today Nintendo held their first Nintendo Direct stream since the E3 conference in June and also their first Nintendo Direct since the passing of former president and CEO of Nintendo Satoru Iwata. Nintendo heard from many disappointed fans after their E3 presentation and it appears they decided to make up for it. Today’s Nintendo Direct is the one that should have been shown earlier this summer. If you have time to watch the entire 40 minute video, check it out below. Let’s recap what Nintendo showed off today.
- Twilight Princess HD is coming to the Wii U March 4th, 2016, and will come bundled with a new “Wolf Link” amiibo.
- The newest Legend of Zelda for the Wii U was confirmed to launch later in 2016, and a save file from Twilight Princess HD will somehow carry over, but Nintendo did not reveal in what way.
- The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes for 3DS is getting some free DLC called the Den of Trials. It will feature 30 stages to complete.
- Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon will release on November 20th.
- Splatoon is also receiving some free DLC, and it’s already available! The update adds new multiplayer maps, game modes and gear. SplatNet was also announced, a new webpage for Splatoon players to keep up with the community and upcoming events. A “Splatournament” will be streamed from the Nintendo Treehouse in December.
- Super Mario Maker gets its own website as well. Now at 3.3 million user made levels and counting, the website will help players categorize and sort through them by filters.
- Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival is coming November 13th and will be bundled with not one, but two amiibos.
- Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash will be releasing the following week on November 20th.
- Xenoblade Chronicles X arrives December 4th. Nintendo recommends that before players purchase physical copies of the game, they install four different DLC packs that will help the game load faster. Altogether, those four packs will take up 10gb of storage so make sure you have room on your SD cards!
- Nintendo also announced two “free to start” games: Nintendo Badge Arcade and Pokémon Picross. The games allow you to play for free but if you want more lives or in game currency, you better fork out some cold hard cash.
- Steamworld Heist, Fast Racing Neo and Typoman are coming to the eShop this holiday season.
- A new Wii U bundle was teased as a black friday deal, no price details were announced but the system will come with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Splatoon.
- A new wave of amiibos will be launching on January 22nd.
- Pokkén Tournament showed off a new trailer and a release window of spring 2016.
- Star Fox Zero showed off its crew and vehicles. The new release date is April 22nd, 2016.
- Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam will be released on January 22nd, 2016.
- Final Fantasy Explorers releases on January 26th, 2016, with all of the DLC that was released for the Japanese version.
- Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest and Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation all release on February 19, 2016. They are three separate games but can be purchase together as a special edition bundle for $79.99. If three Fire Emblem games aren’t enough for you, there’s DLC on the way, too.
- The Megaman Legacy Collection features the first 6 installments of the franchise, and comes to the 3DS digitally on February 23rd, 2016.
- Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow versions are coming to the 3DS as digital downloads on February 27th, 2016. The digital rerelease allows wireless trading and battling with other players who also have one of the games!
- Hyrule Warriors Legends is coming to the 3DS with new characters, including Linkle, a female who looks an awful lot like Link. Hyrule Warriors Legends releases March 25th, 2016.
- Dragon Quest VII and Dragon Quest VIII are coming to the 3DS, finally. The games has been available in Japan for awhile, but will be coming to the U.S. in 2016.
- Lastly, Nintendo left us with perhaps the most unexpected announcement of all. Cloud, from Final Fantasy VII, is joining the fight in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. A special broadcast regarding more Super Smash Bros. is coming in December.
Nintendo gave everyone plenty to get excited for. Check out the Nintendo Direct in its entirety right here: