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Nintendo Direct 4/17/2013 Summary

Nintendo Direct

There was another Nintendo Direct earlier today and again Satoru Iwata has brought us news from the world of Nintendo. This time was a little different though as this ND was aired simultaneously across the world and Iwata was joined by Mario and Luigi for the first few announcements of the news pertained to them. Now let’s get straight down to business.

  • Mario and Luigi: Dream Team – The game will be available at retail and for download on the eshop on August 11th.
  • Mario Gold Would Tour – Coming out summer of this year; will have local multiplayer as well as online multiplayer across the world.
  • Mario Party – Coming Winter 2013; this game has seven different game boards that have different rules for each one. The game gives 81 new mini-games that you will have to use your luck, concentration and speed. Players will also be able to play mini-games exclusively or try out a 30-floor tower climb, StreetPass battles, and AR Card games.
  • New Super Luigi Bros. U – If you have NSMBU this summer you will be able to download the Luigi exclusive DLC which has his signature ability of being able to jump higher than Mario can, but with the bonus there is the drawback of him not being able to stop as well as Mario. Many stages have multiple obstacles and only a 100 second timer forcing a faster run of the stage.  With 82 stages added in this DLC there will be plenty to do.
  • Donkey Kong County Returns 3D – There are eight new stages that can be played after completing the story. Also there is a new mode which gives new items and mechanics. The game will be out on May 24th.
  • New Yoshi’s Island Game – Not much was shown other than there will be more information given in the future. There will be flutter jumps, ground pounds, and egg throws like previous Yoshi Island games. Also new actions that use the unique features of Nintendo 3DS.
  • Mario and Donkey Kong:Minis on the Move – In this game you direct mini Marios on the top screen of the 3DS by placing paths on the bottom screen. There are over 180 stages over four different modes, and players will also be able to create and share their own stages. This game is an eshop exclusive and comes out on May 9th.
  • Wii U Update – This is the update to shorten loading times when switching between applications or returning to the Wii U menu. New features such as being able to copy or move data between two USB drives. Also automatically install new software that has been downloaded in the background while playing a game, and can automatically receive updates even without starting up the software. You will be able to press the “b” button during startup to go directly to the Wii menu. Downloads will be able to be installed while the Wii U is off.  This will finally be coming next week.
  • Virtual Console – This will be coming out shortly after the new system update.
  • Panorama View – Also coming out after the system update and will cost $2 per view
  • Pikmin 3 – New flying Pikmin shown and will be coming out August 4th.
  • Earthbound – Finally because of the fans begging for it Earthbound is finally coming to the US and Europe.
  • Game and Wario – Available June 23rd each mini game will use the Gamepad in unique ways.
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Update – Giving off-TV play using the Gamepad and also allows Europe and the US play games online together. The update is already out.
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS XL Bundle – The bundle costs $219.99 and comes with New Leaf preinstalled onto the system.
  • Legend of Zelda: Oracles of Ages and Oracle of Seasons – These will finally be available to download on the 3DS May 30th. Will be able to unlock the final boss and secrets just like if the two games were linked when they came out on the Game Boy Color.
  • Bravely Default – A role-playing game with a new risk-reward twist. Players can skip a turn in battle to do more damage in later turns. The game includes AR functions, multiple endings and unique wireless features. The game will be out in 2014.
  • Professor Layton – Includes more than 500 puzzles and will be releasing in 2014.
  • The Starship Damrey – puts players in a suspenseful adventure where they will have to search for any information available to discover the truth about their circumstances. This comes from Kazuya Asano and Takemaru Abiko
  • Bugs vs. Tanks – Players control a tiny customizable tank in battle against swarms of giant bugs. From Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune
  • Attack of the Friday Monsters – Take the role of a young boy who lives where the giant monsters from Japan’s 1970s TV shows come to life every Friday. Brought to you from Kaz Ayabe
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV – every copy in the initial shipment will be a Limited Edition Box Set that includes a 176-page Strategy & Design Book containing the official starter strategy guide and full-color artwork ranging from concept art to in-game pieces to never-used designs; the Shin Megami Tensei Music Collection CD that offers tracks specially selected from across the 20-plus-year history of the SMT series; and a deluxe-sized Collectible Slipcase featuring key art designed by character designer Masayuki Doi. Game will come out on July 16th.
  • New Legend of Zelda Game – This new game being developed is set in the world of A Link to the Past. Link will have the ability to become a drawing and move along walls getting a whole different perspective of the dungeons. This game will be released this holiday season.

A few exciting pieces of news this time; what news were you excited about or were you hoping for something else to be announced? I am extremely excited for the new LoZ game and can’t wait to finally play Earthbound (been waiting for years to actually get to). Also I can’t wait to see how well the Wii U update is going to help the system. You can watch the Nintendo Direct video at http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct

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