Nintendo Direct – 3/3/15

As if out of nowhere, Nintendo announced and showed a new Nintendo Direct on the evening of Thursday, March 3rd. Here it is in full:

I like how I hit things before, so I’m going to repeat that this time, with the post here focusing on the facts as we know them for the Canadian side (i.e. the prices we pay versus the States).

Star Fox Zero arrives for Wii U on April 22nd, and in two forms: the Nintendo eShop version for $64.99, and in a physical retail bundle with Star Fox Guard for $74.99. Star Fox Guard can also be purchased as a digital download from the Nintendo eShop for $19.99, and buying either game in the Nintendo eShop gives you a $10 discount to use towards the other game.

In anticipation of Monster Hunter Generations, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be $27.99 in the Nintendo eShop for 48 hours beginning at 3pm on Thursday, March 3rd.

Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation, the third path in which you don’t choose a side, will be available as downloadable content to either the Birthright or Conquest versions of the game on March 10th for $24.99.

With Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 announced, you can get the original Azure Striker Gunvolt game for $10.49 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS until June 1st.

While Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge will be available for early access free with the purchase of any amiibo from Best Buy, Amazon.com, and GameStop in the States, it doesn’t appear that Canada has any such deal going, and we’ll have to wait until April 28th to play this free Wii U and Nintendo 3DS downloadable title.

Huh… and that’s really it. Not a lot of pricing information going on here. If you want a full look at the press release for other details, head on over to the next page.

As for my own thoughts, you can find what stuck out most to me over at PoisonMushroom.Org.

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A nice loadout today, even though the biggest names on the list won’t be available until tomorrow. But, as seen in the banner, at least we finally have some releases to the Wii U Virtual Console that are long overdue — I was wondering if they’d ever arrive!

Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright for Nintendo 3DS – Available February 19th: Choose the family you were born to in Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, and take on the corrupted Nohr kingdom alongside the family you never knew!

Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest for Nintendo 3DS – Available February 19th: Choose the family you were raised by in Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, and fight for change from within the misguided Nohr kingdom.

Fire Emblem Fates: Map Pack 1 for Nintendo 3DS – Available February 19th: 11 additional maps and bonus content are yours to be had with this downloadable content pack. Gain new insight into your allies and revisit some familiar faces from Fire Emblem Awakening. The first map is free, but additional maps will come weekly until April 21st, and those who purchase Map Pack 1 will receive it as it’s released.

Project X Zone 2 for Nintendo 3DS – Heroes from Capcom, SEGA, Namco Bandai, and even Nintendo come together in this multiverse-spanning strategy game. You can find Nadia’s review of it at USgamer (mine is coming soon in Nintendo Force magazine).

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Musicverse: Electronic Keyboard for Nintendo 3DS – Make and store up to 128 musical creations, which you can then share across Miiverse, Twitter, and Facebook!

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Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos for Wii U – Following the failure of his servant, the Jaquio, Emperor of Darkness Ashtar has begun putting his own plans into motion. Fortunately, Ryu Hayabusa, the last of the Dragon Clan and wielder of the legendary Dragon Sword, is here to put a halt to his schemes!

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Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom for Wii U – In this prequel to Ninja Gaiden II, Ryu has been framed for the death of a colleague, and is out to find the true culprit!

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Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones for Wii UBimmy and Jimmy (link Not Safe For Work) team up as they search for the kidnapped Marion and the mysterious Sacred Stones across the world.

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TAP TAP ARCADE for Wii U – Two bucks (USD) for two of RCMADIAX’s most popular games: a lane-changing top-down racer and a Flappy Bird clone.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

This week’s new themes are the “SEGA Dreamcast Theme,” “Pokémon: Champion Steven,” and on February 19th, Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest.

Nintendo eShop Sales (Taken directly from Nintendo’s press release; prices in USD)

For more information, screens, and videos for each of this week’s releases, click on the corresponding links above.

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On Friday, February 12th, I had the opportunity to go out and see the newest entries in the Fire Emblem series, Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, for myself. Actually, a lot of people had the opportunity to go see it, and for that, I apologize: I did not know it was open to those outside of the media, or else I would have posted about it here. By the time I learned this, I did not have the chance to do so; I can only hope that these pictures of the displays they had set up inside event will help make up for it.

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I have a bit of a confession to make here: my interest in new Fire Emblem games is kind of weird. Generally speaking, I’ve only been paying light attention to Fire Emblem Fates up until recently — enough to keep up, but not to go in with a thorough knowledge. For whatever reason, leading up to the launch of a new game, my interest is generally faint. That is, up until the final few weeks leading up.

For the last week or so, I’ve found myself with a serious craving to get my hands on this one. The same thing happened with Fire Emblem Awakening, which I loved as well. Going to this event has only stoked the fires further. Of course, I think the video for Corrin from The Final Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Video Presentation helped a bit as well.

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Though I didn’t get to see very much overall (there are three games to this release, after all — the aforementioned, plus Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation), but I did like what I got to see.

One of the big changes I like the looks of is the alteration to your home base/barracks in “My Castle” mode. It’s more like a full home turf now that you can build up as you need and see fit, and there’s a handy element where you can switch the camera angle from a traditional top-down view to a 3D rendered view of the map. This carries over into the battles, too, as positioning is more important than ever, as the shifting view changes to reflect where you are on the map directly.

In a way, it kind of reminds me of what Dragon Quest XI is doing for the Nintendo 3DS, with 3D graphics on the top screen and a retro-styled top-down view on the bottom, though these instead shift from one to the other. Much as I’ve always liked the way they’ve done battle in the cutaways before, this new prospect excites me, especially as it seems you can now team characters up in new ways.

Another big change is the addition of a new sort of difficulty mode. Fire Emblem Awakening had the classic “lose a unit and they’re gone for good” option, but added another (which I preferred) that would revive fallen units as a battle concluded. Fire Emblem Fates includes both of those and adds a new “Phoenix” mode, which revives a fallen unit on the next turn. That sounds like a bit much for my tastes, but for those who value the story above all, it should be a handy option among some of them.

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Functionality with amiibo figures is pretty cool, too. Using any of the already-released characters from the Super Smash Bros. line of figures, you can basically “invite” them to see your castle, and they’ll give you different pieces of equipment on the first two visits. A third time will allow you to engage them in battle, and potentially recruit them to join your fold.

On the downside, there is no word at this time of any functionality with the Corrin amiibo. There’s no release date announced for those yet, though, so hopefully they’ll reveal something cool when the time comes.

Oh, and then there’s StreetPass, where you can visit other players’ castles to engage them in battle on their home turf. This sounds fascinating for the number of potential combinations that may arise as people build up their castles.

That’s all I really have to say about it from the limited experience for now. With any luck, I’ll have the opportunity to review at least one version of the game. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is supposed to play a little more traditionally, whereas Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest adds an extra hook in that you have to factor in resource management as well. Either way, it sounds like an intriguing prospect to take on for fans of the series!

Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest both release on February 19th, 2016 in the Nintendo 3DS eShop and at retail for $49.99, and purchasing one allows you to get the other as downloadable content for a reduced price of $24.99. A third branch, Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation, reveals what would happen if you chose neither of the previous paths, and will be available as downloadable content for $24.99 on March 10th, 2016.

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“Fans of role-playing games have just received a boost to their excitement stat,” stated Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director, Pierre-Paul Trepanier, in a press release. “Nintendo platforms have always been home to high-quality RPGs, and with even more games launching in 2016, this trend is set to continue in a big way.”

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Kicking things off is the announcement of the Fire Emblem Fates Nintendo 3DS XL system, which will retail for $239.99 and features art inspired by the game adorning the lid of the handheld. It launches on the same day as the latest entries in the Fire Emblem series, Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest and Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, which will be available on February 19th for $49.99 each.

Upon completing Chapter 6, players can then download the other version of the game for half the normal price — just $24.99. A third path in which the hero does not side with either faction will become available on March 10th as downloadable content, also for $24.99 to those who already own either Birthright or Conquest.

Alternatively, there will also be a special edition which includes all three versions on a single game card, as well as an artbook and a pouch for your Nintendo 3DS XL, all for a suggested retail price of $99.99.

The same day the game launches, the first of a series of further downloadable content will also be available in the form of new maps. These can be purchased individually for an undisclosed sum, or all together as Map Pack 1, which will be available at a collective discounted price of $22.49 once they’ve been released.

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Fire Emblem isn’t the only one having fun with special editions, as Bravely Second: End Layer will arrive on April 15th with its own Collector’s Edition. Included in this package, which does not yet seem to have a price, are a 10-song original soundtrack, a 250-page deluxe art book, and of course, the game itself.

Prior to the game’s launch, a free demo will be available in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. Much like the first game, this demo tells a story unique from the full game, complete with new jobs and areas to explore. What’s more, any StreetPass tags and bonuses you acquire in the demo will be carried over to the main game.

Rounding things out with considerably less info are Final Fantasy Explorers on January 26th, Project X Zone 2 on February 16th (with a demo coming beforehand), the original three Pokémon games will arrive on Virtual Console on February 27th, and Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King will launch this summer and further on this year, respectively.

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.

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