11/13/13 Nintendo Direct Brings Many Surprises for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Owners

Miiverse and YouTube on Nintendo 3DS is only the beginning.

Yesterday, Nintendo ran a new (and somewhat abrupt) Nintendo Direct. Being largely preoccupied for most of that day, and a good chunk of today, I’m only now bringing this to you. Yes, it’s a bit late; my apologies.

Following are some highlights from the video above:

Nintendo 3DS

  • In December, a system update will come to the Nintendo 3DS which allows users to register their Wii U Nintendo Network IDs on the Nintendo 3DS, thus unifying their eShop accounts and balances, enabling the ability to purchase Wii U software with the remaining Nintendo 3DS balance, and vice-versa. Nintendo 3DS users without a Wii U will also be able to create a Nintendo Network ID for the first time, and this will mark the beginning of Miiverse on Nintendo 3DS.
  • YouTube is coming to the Nintendo 3DS this month, allowing users with broadband internet access to view their favorite videos on the top screen while continuing to browse on the bottom screen.
  • New characters are revealed for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, as well as a new feature which allows you to engage in combat with the Dark Links of other players through StreetPass. The gold Nintendo 3DS XL bundle including the game will be available the same day as the regular release; they will be priced at $219.99 and $39.99, respectively.
  • Previously Best Buy-exclusive SpotPass content for Animal Crossing: New Leaf is now available at all Nintendo Zone locations, including the cat tower (November 15-28) and the rolling suitcase (November 29-December 12).
  • Additionally, a new Mystery Box for Super Mario 3D Land will be available through SpotPass beginning November 22nd.
  • In Mario Party: Island Tour, four Nintendo 3DS owners can participate through Download Play with just one cartridge. StreetPass allows for mini-competitions, and single players can tackle the 30 floors of Bowser’s Tower.
  • “The new Kirby game for Nintendo 3DS has a name: Kirby: Triple Deluxe. More information about the game will be announced in the future.”
  • A Collector’s Edition of Bravely Default will be available exclusively at select retailers alongside the regular version of the game on February 7th, 2014. The Collector’s Edition includes a copy of the game, an art book, a soundtrack CD, and 34 augmented-reality cards.
  • The final game in the second Professor Layton trilogy, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on February 28th, 2014.

Wii U

  • Nintendo rolled a film reel highlighting several new features from Super Mario 3D World, including a “Luigi Bros.” version of the original Mario Bros. game for Wii U owners who have New Super Luigi U, special Captain Toad levels which challenge players to collect stars without jumping, new touchscreen and microphone interactions, speed run levels, mystery houses, a top-down shooter level with Boomerang Mario, a Mario Kart-styled stage (on foot!), and best of all, a fifth unlockable, playable character– Rosalina!
  • December 2nd will see a batch of eight new downloadable missions for Pikmin 3, containing four “Collect Treasure” stages and four “Battle Enemies” stages “with locations as varied as beaches, the inside of someone’s house during a party, a construction site, and a mysterious factory”, all for $4.99. One of the stages even features the return of Captain Olimar and Louie from the previous titles! A software update is required for the new missions, and those who get it will get one of each stage type for free.
  • New features coming to the Animal Crossing Plaza include stamps for customizing messages, a ranking feature for the results of polls, and the ability to register and interact with your town residents.
  • “After users perform a software update, they will be able to use the YouTube application to watch videos on the GamePad controller or search for YouTube content while another video is playing on the TV.”
  • Instead of the previously-stated February 1st release date, the full retail version of Wii Fit U will be available on January 10th, 2014.

And that’s everything for now! Of course, if you’re reading this because you can’t view the video, just remember to check it out when you get the chance– it’s the best way to appreciate a lot of this info, given all the clips.

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