Nintendo Direct Announcements – 18th December 2013
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Today’s Nintendo Direct saw some new announcements and some clarifications on titles already announced, and we’ve got them all summed up here.
Wii U News
- Super Smash Bros.: Rosalina, a character introduced in the Super Mario Galaxy games for Wii will be a playable character in SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD, alongside living star-thing, Luma. There was also a stage teased based on the infamous Rainbow road track from various Mario Kart games – we anticipate lots of falling out of the arena. The game will launch on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in 2014.
- Mario Kart 8: New playable characters include Rosalina, and various ‘Baby’ characters make a reappearance – alongside the new Baby Peach. New courses look like they’re set in airports, the desert and the clouds. Meanwhile, vehicles include UFOs, four-wheel ATV buggies, standard karts and bikes. The game is scheduled to release in Spring 2014.
- Hyrule Warriors (which is apparently a working title) is a new Wii U title set to fuse the madcap hack’n'slash of Tecmo Koei’s Warriors series with the characters and environments of The Legend of Zelda. The only information we have on the release of this game is a vague ’2014′.
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: due for release in stores and on Nintendo eShop on 21st February, the game will take place across six distinct islands. To help Donkey Kong repel the ‘Snowmads’ from DK Island, Cranky Kong will be joining the team – alongside Donkey, Diddy and Dixie – as a playable character, with his cane allowing the eldest member of the Kong family to perform unique moves. With Cranky now in the thick of the action, the in-game item shop will be manned this time around by Funky Kong. A new special move called Kong POW can be performed with a player’s buddy character after 100 bananas are collected – when activated, all enemies on-screen will turn into items.
- Golf joins Wii Sports Club line-up: Get ready to tee off as Wii Sports Club introduces a new sport to its roster as of today – Golf. Offering a more realistic experience than the Wii Sports iteration, Golf allows players to review the course terrain and wind direction on the TV screen before getting down to the shot by swinging their club – a Wii Remote Plus controller – at the ball displayed on the Wii U GamePad laying on the floor in front of them. Featuring a newly developed nine-hole course based on a Famicom game called Golf US Course – coupled with the existing nine-hole course from Wii Sports - Golf includes online multiplayer functionality and releases with a 24-hour free trial so all players can try the game, as well as Tennis and Bowling, before purchasing. The trial offer is open to everyone, even to people who sampled a 24-hour free trial of Wii Sports Club before*. Boxing and Baseball will be coming to Wii Sports Club in 2014.
- NES Remix: An exclusive new title is available as of today on Nintendo eShop for Wii U, bringing together some of the best videogame moments from early Nintendo Entertainment System titles. NES Remix features 16 different games, from Super Mario Bros. to Donkey Kong, taking the best gameplay set-pieces from each and re-imagining them with new twists and challenges. In addition to presenting levels as originally experienced on the NES, ‘Remix Stages’ are quick levels that have been altered from their originals to include brand new elements. The game is compatible with Miiverse and incorporates the stamp feature using 8-bit stamps, while also allowing players to post from within the game, including their clear time and record for each stage.
- Sonic enters the world of Yoshi: Two downloadable Nintendo-themed levels are arriving for the Wii U version of Sonic Lost World. In Yoshi’s Island Zone – free to download now on Nintendo eShop for all Sonic Lost World owners – Sonic and Yoshi’s world collide with pipes, coins, Shy Guys, Piranha Plants merging with staples from Sonic’s world to present a new level rendered in the Yoshi art style. The mission – Sonic must race across this brand new level and save the Yoshis by finding all their eggs! The second piece of Nintendo-themed DLC for Sonic Lost World is coming early next year, with a level based on The Legend of Zelda franchise.
- An appointment with Dr. Luigi: Another download exclusive coming to Nintendo eShop for Wii U sees Luigi don his doctor’s overalls. Much like the classic puzzle game Dr. Mario, Dr. Luigi requires players to line up colour-coded pills to destroy viruses. Dr. Luigi offers different skill settings and attacks in multiplayer games, and an original mode where the pills are, of course, L-shaped. As well as a Dr. Mario mode, GamePad compatibility and online play, players can also experience a Germ Buster mode as featured in the Brain Training series on Nintendo DS. Dr. Luigi is scheduled to release on 15th January 2014. In the meantime, with the Year of Luigi celebrations extending into 2014, a new Luigi’s Mansion 2 Diorama is available from the Club Nintendo Stars Catalogue from today while stocks last.
Nintendo 3DS News
- Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Two of videogaming’s quintessential gentlemen join forces to leave no puzzle unsolved in a new adventure – beginning in London before later shifting to the mysterious city of Labyrinthia. The story opens with a young girl named Espella who is being hunted down by witches and seeks Professor Layton’s aid, but having been accused of being a witch herself, is also in need of a good lawyer! Brimming with supernatural events and bringing the best of both series into one title, the game will launch on 28th March 2014.
- Yoshi’s New Island: The latest instalment of the Yoshi’s Island series is being produced by none other than Takashi Tezuka, the creative director of the Super NES original. With Yoshi boasting new eggs and abilities, the game will launch in Spring 2014.
- Kirby’s new adventure on Nintendo 3DS: Releasing in 2014, Kirby’s upcoming outing will be called Kirby: Triple Deluxe. This side-scrolling platformer uses the depth provided by the stereoscopic Nintendo 3DS screen to let Kirby move from front to back to dodge enemies and solve puzzles. Kirby can also use a new Hypernova ability, a temporarily powered-up version of his usual inhale ability. The game includes over 20 different types of copy abilities, four of which are created new for this game. Kirby: Triple Deluxe also includes two new game modes – Kirby Fighters lets up to four players pick one of 10 copy abilities and unleash it in battle against another player’s Kirby, and Dedede’s Drum Dash is a rhythm game that asks players to press buttons in sync with familiar Kirby tunes while jumping and collecting coins.
- Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter: Compatible with Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, Pokémon Bank allows players to store up to 3,000 Pokémon from either game, while Poké Transporter lets fans take the Pokémon they’ve caught over the years and transferred into Pokémon Black and Pokémon White, as well as Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, and allows them in turn to transfer them into Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. The Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter will be released on Nintendo eShop on 27th December, with an introduction video explaining the service’s features viewable here. Fans can start a 30-day free trial of the service anytime between its launch and 31st January 2014, and if they access their Pokémon Bank box by 30th September 2014, can receive the rare Pokémon Celebi as a special gift.