Nintendo Direct: Everything Else
Rounding off today’s coverage, here’s everything else I don’t have enough to comment on for their own posts.
Game & Wario: Each game in Game & Wario uses the Wii U GamePad in a unique way. Game & Wario will be available in stores and the Nintendo eShop on June 23.
We’ve seen it before, and I can’t wait to play it. At least one of the mini-games comes from the Wii U demo at 2011’s E3, too.
Pikmin 3: In addition to new Rock Pikmin, the new game also introduces flying Winged Pikmin that follow the player and can carry items in the air. The game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Aug. 4.
Looks as gorgeous as ever. You can find my previous thoughts on the game in my preview here. So much for being a launch window title, though.
More Wii U:
System Update: Next week’s update will add new functions and enhance existing ones. It shortens loading times when switching between applications or returning to the Wii U Menu.
New Features: Shortly after the system update, Nintendo will launch the Virtual Console service and Wii U Panorama View.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Update: A game update for the Wii U version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate from Capcom is now available for download. The update enables off-TV play using the Wii U GamePad, and allows players from North America and Europe to join each other’s online games. A selection of videos introducing players to the game’s game-play mechanics can be found at http://www.YouTube.com/Nintendo.
And from Nintendo 3DS:
Bravely Default: This role-playing game from Square Enix adds a new risk-reward twist to the genre: 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. Nintendo has partnered with Square Enix to publish the game in North America in 2014.
Professor Layton is Back: The third game in the second Professor Layton trilogy, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, includes more than 500 puzzles and is scheduled for a 2014 launch.
A Nintendo eShop Trio from LEVEL-5: LEVEL-5 has assembled a collection of Japan’s top developers to create original games that will be headed to the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS soon. THE STARSHIP DAMREY, from Kazuya Asano and Takemaru Abiko, puts players in a suspenseful adventure where they will have to search for any information available to discover the truth about their circumstances. In BUGS vs. TANKS! from Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune, players control a tiny customizable tank in battle against swarms of giant bugs. In Kaz Ayabe’s ATTACK OF THE FRIDAY MONSTERS! A TOKYO TALE, players will take the role of a young boy who lives where the giant monsters from Japan’s 1970s TV shows come to life every Friday.
Shin Megami Tensei 4: When this game launches on July 16 from ATLUS, 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-colour 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.
And that’s everything for now! For convenience, here’s the full list of today’s stories:
- Nintendo Officially Reveals Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for Nintendo 3DS
- New Sequel to Yoshi’s Island Coming to Nintendo 3DS
- More Information on Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
- More on Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
- More Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move Info
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo 3DS XL Bundle Coming Exclusively to Best Buy Canada
- New Info on Mario Golf: World Tour
- The Legend of Zelda’s Oracle Series Arrives on Nintendo 3DS eShop May 30th
- New Mario Party Announced for Nintendo 3DS
- Earthbound Coming to Wii U Virtual Console This Year
- More Info on New Super Luigi U Downloadable Content