The latest Nintendo Direct has just ended, and there’s been some big news about some beloved games. Check out the highlights with all the new news from Nintendo.
First off, we have the Legend of Zelda games. Twilight Princess is getting a re-release for the WiiU as Twilight Princess HD. Along with the game will be a new Amiibo figure of Wolf Link, which will carry over data to the upcoming Zelda WiiU game. Other existing Legend of Zelda Amiibos will also be compatible with the game.
Additionally, Triforce Heroes will be receiving an update with two new outfits, and the Den of Trials level with 30+ stages to clear. Hyrule Warriors Legends for the 3DS adds Tetra, Toon Link, Skullkid, and the King of Hyrule (Windwaker version) to the roster, along with a new original character, Linkle.
Mario is also getting a few new games and updates. Mario Tennis Ultra Smash will be coming to the WiiU, and includes Amiibo compatibility to team up with any of the Amiibos from the Mario Party series. For the 3DS, Mario and Luigi team up with Paper Mario in Mario and Luigi Paper Jam, which will also be compatible with Mario series Amiibos to unlock character cards. For Mario Maker, a new portal site will be launched, allowing a more robust search functionality, and automatic synching with the game for favorite levels.
Splatoon players can look forward to new updates, with two new stages and lots of new equipment. The Museum d’Alfonsino stage, set in an art museum with lots of moving levels, will be made available tomorrow, followed later by the Mahi-Mahi Resort stage, which is set in a pool filled with inkling-killing water until the last minute of the match. Over 40 new pieces of gear will also be available in an update coming later today.
Other highlights include a closer look at Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival, Starfox Zero, and Xenoblade Chronicles X, as well as several new games for the eShop. Some new eShop games are free to start (with micro-transaction options, of course), such as Nintendo Badge Arcade and Pokemon Picross, while others like SteamWorld Heist and Typoman will require purchase.
A new Fire Emblem game, Fire Emblem Fates, will come in three different editions. The first two, Birthrights and Conquest, will be available at launch, and will tell two different sides of the same story. Purchasing one at full price will make the other available for download at a cheaper cost. Later, the third edition, Revelation, will add to and complete the story. All three are also available in a bundle for $79.99, or they can be purchased separately.
Pokken Tournament, which will be available for the WiiU, was also previewed, along with an Amiibo Card for Shadow Mewtwo. But what made Pokemon players even more excited was the news that the original three Pokemon games, Red, Blue, and Yellow versions, will be made available on the 3DS eShop. Players can even trade between those versions with the 3DS’s wireless connection, replicating the old feel of the game link cable. This has been long awaited by fans, and the only thing that could make this news better was if they made the games Pokemon Bank compatible as well.
Last but not least, they revealed a new fighter for Super Smash Bros for the WiiU and 3DS. Keeping with the tradition of third-party characters, we can now look forward to Cloud Strife, the protagonist of Final Fantasy VII, joining the game. Along with him, we’ll see a new Final Fantasy-inspired stage, and Chocobo hats for the Mii Fighter characters.
There’s more news than that, but we’ll let the big stuff sink in. What are you looking forward to? What was the highlight of this Nintendo Direct to you? Let us know in the comments below!