Posted Wed Jan 14, 2015 at 06:04 AM PST by Brian Hoss
And it's about time.
Today's Nintendo Direct is suuposed to be big, as in New 3DS big. Of course, Nintendo has described this Nintendo Direct as setting the stage for their 2015 releases, so there must be more than hardware involved.
New 'Fire Emblem' announced for 3DS. 'Puzzles and Dragons Z' + 'Puzzles and Dragons: New Super Mario Brothers Edition' coming to North America and Europe. 'Pokemon Shuffle' is free on the 3DS eShop. New Virtual Console games will now feature downloadable Wii U titles, including 'Super Mario Galaxy 2,' 'Punch-Out,' and 'Metroid Trilogy.' These titles will be half off for a limited time.
'Kirby and Rainbow Curse' will use amiibos in a new way. Once per day Kirby and Meta Knight amiibos can be used once per day.
A new wave of amiibos is coming, and includes Wario, Ness, Charizard. There's another mario series coming that has Toad. This is the Super Mario series, and it's coming alongside 'Mario Party 10.' amiibos can be used a game pieces in a special mode, amiibo Party. Nine different amiibo can be used with 'Mario Party 10,' but these amiibo cannot share data with 'Super Smash Bros' amiibo, and must be erased when switching games. There will be 'Mario Party 10' bundles that include a new amiibo. Similar amiibos, such as the Super Smash Bros series Mario and the Super Mario series Mario, will function the same in games. 'Captain Toad' will use the new Toad amiibo when it is released.
'Splatoon' is actually going to be released.
'The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors' is getting a 'Majora's Mask Pack' on February 5th as paid DLC. It will include Tingle as a playable character.
'Xenobalde Chronicles X' is looking good.
'Mario vs. Donkey Kong Tipping Stars' uses a tipping system which rewards users levels. Tips turn in more level creation parts. The game is coming to the Wii U and 3DS. Buying the Wii U version will net the buyer a code for the 3DS version.
A new Wii U game, 'Project Treasure' is coming from Bandai Namco. 'Ellio Quest' is a new PlayEveryWare eShop title. 'Blek' is coming to the eShop. 'Citizens of Earth' coming to the Wii U and 3DS. 'Gunman Clive 2' coming to the 3DS. 'Moon Chronicles' is getting episodes 2-4 on the 3DS. Sega is bringing more 3D classics to the 3DS, '3D Thunder Blade,' 'Afterburner' and so forth. Atlus is bringing 'Etrian Mystery Dungeon' to the 3DS. XSeed's 'Story of Seasons' is coming to the 3DS. 'Fossil Fighter Frontier' is coming to the 3DS on March 20th.
Here we go, New 3DS time. The New 3DS XL is coming in black and in red on February 13th at a price of $199.99. Includes the 3D face tracking, C Stick, z buttons, amiibo reader, longer battery, and faster processor. Faster processor makes for a better user experience and boot up time. The extra power can be used in games. After a February update, 'Super Smash Bros.' will be the first 3DS amiibo game. New system uses micro SD cards and will include a 4GB card. There will be options for transferring save data from older 3DS systems. The New 3DS XL will not include an AC adapter, but will work with 3DS AC adapters. No word on a smaller New 3DS for North America.
'Codename: S.T.E.A.M.' is a new game from the creators of 'Fire Emblem' and 'Advance Wars,' and is coming March 13th. In the game Abraham Lincoln is gathering up allies for strategy battles. The game will use 'Fire Emblem' amiibos and the new c-stick. More Marth amiibos are coming.
'Ace Combat: Assault Combat Legacy+' is coming February 13th.
'Xenoblade Chronicles 3D' is coming in April exclusively for the New 3DS XL.
'Ironfall Invasion' is coming to the 3DS soon and will use the C-stick. (It's playable on all 3DS systems.)
'Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate' is getting a New 3DS XL version that will launch on February 13th. It will the game pre-installed for a price of $229.99. A demo is coming that have all 14 classes and mutliplayer. The game hits on February 13th.
'The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D' gets C-Stick camera control and is coming on February 13th. For those that pre-order 'Codename: STEAM' at Gamestop will get a Majora's Mask pin. Plus there will be a 'Majora's Mask' New 3DS XL console which is due out on February 13th.
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