Nintendo Direct Reveals New Luigi’s Mansion, Animal Crossing, and More

On Thursday, September 13th, Nintendo held its initially postponed “Nintendo Direct” presentation. In addition to several new game announcements, updates were provided for many previously-announced titles as well. If you’ve seen the video already, here is the most relevant information provided in terms of Canadian pricing and release dates.

In addition to further details about the soon-to-be-launched Nintendo Switch Online service, Nintendo revealed that those who opt to partake in the selection of Nintendo Entertainment System titles available through the service can now purchase special wireless NES controllers that attach to the sides of the Nintendo Switch console for recharging. This offer is available only to those who have a paid membership to Nintendo Switch Online, and you will get two controllers for $79.99. Pre-orders open on September 18th, and you can find more information about this offer here.

For those who haven’t yet made the switch to Switch, Nintendo is offering up one more bundle in addition to those previously announced. The Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Set will include the console, game (via download code), and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate branded Joy-Cons and a dock for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $449.99. Interestingly enough, while the game doesn’t release until December 7th, this bundle will be available on November 2nd — you just won’t be able to download the game until it’s officially released.

And that’s pretty much it for the Canada-specific details. If you haven’t seen the Nintendo Direct yet, you can view it right below, followed by Nintendo of Canada’s full press release.

NEW GAMES IN THE ANIMAL CROSSING AND LUIGI’S MANSION SERIES COMING TO NINTENDO SWITCH

Isabelle from the Animal Crossing Series
Will Also be a Playable Fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

VANCOUVER, B.C., Sept. 13, 2018 – In a new Nintendo Direct video presentation, Nintendo revealed that new games in two major Nintendo series are currently in development for the Nintendo Switch system. Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch(working title), a new main game in the Animal Crossingseries, andLuigi’s Mansion 3 (working title), will both come exclusively to Nintendo Switch in 2019. The video presentation also debuted a new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Switch hardware and software bundle.

The Nintendo Direct revealed a diverse lineup of games headed to Nintendo Switch, including a massive collection of classic FINAL FANTASYgames, an HD remake of the beloved Katamari Damacygame and adaptations of some best-selling card and board games like Carcassonne and Pandemic. If that’s not already enough, the Nintendo Direct also unveiled new details for Nintendo Switch Online, highlighted a solid selection of Nintendo 3DS games and revealed more details about previously announced Nintendo Switch games like Yoshi’s Crafted World, DAEMON X MACHINA and Mega Man 11.

“The announcements for Nintendo Switch keep coming,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With the additions of new games in the Animal Crossingand Luigi’s Mansionseries, as well as a surge of new games from our development partners, there really is something for everyone in the ever-growing Nintendo Switch library.”

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

Nintendo Switch

· Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch(working title): A new mainline game in the Animal Crossingseries – the first sinceAnimal Crossing: New Leafdebuted on Nintendo 3DS in 2013 – is slated for a 2019 release exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

· Isabelle Joins the Fight!: Taking a break from assisting mayors and just being an all-around lovely pup, Isabelle from the Animal Crossing series is joining the roster as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

· Luigi’s Mansion 3(working title): The next installment in the spooky series is currently in production and launching exclusively for Nintendo Switch in 2019.

· Nintendo Switch Online: With Nintendo Switch Online, members gain access to online play and Save Data Cloud backup in compatible games, the NES – Nintendo Switch Online collection of classic games with added online play,special offers and a smartphone app with features to make online gaming sessions more fun and engaging for supported games. In addition to Splatoon 2, more online games will support voice chat through the app, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS and Mario Tennis Aces. Nintendo Switch owners won’t automatically become members when the service launches on Sept. 18,so they will need to purchase an individual or family membership in order to continue enjoying their online play in compatible games. For pricing information, and to pre-order a 3- or 12-month individual membership from select retailers so you can be ready to go once the service launches, visit https://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/switch/online-service/pricing/. A free seven-day trial will also be available. At launch, 20 NES games, including Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, and the newly announced Ice Hockeyand Pro Wrestling(available for the first time since its 1987 release) will be available to play, with more games added regularly.

· Nintendo Entertainment System Controllers: Playing NES – Nintendo Switch Online will feel even more authentic by using the new wireless Nintendo Entertainment System Controller, available for purchase exclusively for Nintendo Switch owners with a paid Nintendo Switch Online membership in the U.S. and Canada. This re-creation of the original, iconic NEScontroller comes in a pack of two for $79.99 and can be charged by attaching to a docked Nintendo Switch system. NES controllers will be available for pre-order on Sept. 18. For more details, visit https://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/switch/online-service/special-offers/.

· New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe: Up to four players can enjoy this revamped version of the classic Wii U launch game when it comes to Nintendo Switch on Jan. 11. Mario, Luigi and Toad return as playable characters, and are joined by Nabbit and Toadette, who can also turn into Peachette by getting a Super Crown, offering new ways for beginners to play together with friends and family. New Super Luigi U, the first platformer with Luigi in a starring role, will also be included in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxeat no extra charge. Between both games, there are a whopping 164 courses to play. Mamma mia!

· Yoshi’s Crafted World: Play as an adorable Yoshi traveling through a world crafted from household items like boxes and paper cups in this new Nintendo Switch platforming adventure. After traveling through a perfectly constructed stage, players can start at the goal and journey back to the start on the “flip side,” the backside of the course, to discover secrets. Yoshi’s Crafted Worldlaunches on Nintendo Switch in spring 2019.

· Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Set: This upcoming Nintendo Switch bundle features the Nintendo Switch system – complete with Super Smash Bros. Ultimatebranded Joy-Con controllers and dock – and a download code for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimategame, all at a suggested retail price of $449.99. The Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Setlaunches on Nov. 2. (The download code for the game won’t be active until the game launches on Dec. 7.)

· FINAL FANTASY Extravaganza!: High-definition versions of some of the most beloved FINAL FANTASY games of all time are coming to Nintendo Switch. This includes FINAL FANTASY VII, IX and X / X-2HD Remaster, as well as the recently released FINAL FANTASY XII: THE ZODIAC AGE. This is the first time any of these FINAL FANTASY games has been released on a Nintendo system. Starting today, FINAL FANTASY XV Pocket Edition HD will be available to download in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch. In addition, three other games in the FINAL FANTASY universe will launch on Nintendo Switch in the near future: The leveled-up edition of WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY MAXIMA launches Nov. 6, Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! launches this winter and Nintendo GameCube co-op game FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition with online multiplayer and no need for a link cable comes to Nintendo Switch in 2019. Kupo!

· TOWN (working title): GAME FREAK, the developer of the Pokémon series, has created a new RPG for Nintendo Switch. In TOWN, players must take up arms against invading monsters, all within the walls of a single village. TOWN launches for Nintendo Switch in 2019.

· Super Mario Party: In the newly revealed Sound Stage mode, up to four players can each shake a Joy-Con in rhythm-based gameplay, while the River Survival mode offers the series’ first four-player co-op. Plus, there’s 80 new mini-games, a single-player Challenge Road, the mini-game gauntlet Online Mariothon and much more. Super Mario Party launches for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 5 and is available for pre-purchase on Nintendo eShop and the game’s website beginning today.

· Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!: During the adventure, players will be able to overcome obstacles with their partner Pokémon (either Pikachu or Eevee) using Secret Techniques. These are skills that only partner Pokémon can use, like chopping down trees, traveling across water or soaring in the sky. Both games launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 16. A bundle that includes a Pikachu and Eevee themed Nintendo Switch system and Joy-Con, a Pokémon: Let’s Go! game and the Poké Ball Plus controller will also be available on the same day.

· Katamari Damacy REROLL: “Na naaaaah na na na naaah na na naaaaah na na na na na naaaaaaaaah.” Fans of the groundbreaking Katamari Damacy game can hum its theme song at a moment’s notice. But new fans will be joining the chorus when an HD remaster of the classic game comes to Nintendo Switch, complete with HD Rumble, gyro control and multiplayer support with the Joy-Con controllers. Katamari Damacy REROLL launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch on Nov. 30, with the physical packaged version coming winter 2018.

· Asmodee Digital: With a literal Tabletop mode, tabletop gaming is a perfect fit for Nintendo Switch. To prove it, Asmodee Digital is bringing full adaptations of best-selling card and board games like Carcassonne, The Lord the Rings: Living Card Game, Pandemic, Munchkin and Catan to Nintendo Switch, starting this December.

· DAEMON X MACHINA: In this stylish action game first revealed at E3, the world and its inhabitants are on the brink of extinction. As a mercenary, players will pilot a powered suit called an Arsenal and face runaway AI. Defeat enemies and acquire parts that can be equipped on the fly or brought back to base to craft new armaments. Use additional tactics by changing between projectile and melee attacks or take the fight on foot to gain an advantage in battle. DAEMON X MACHINA launches for Nintendo Switch in 2019.

· Capcom Beat ’Em Up Bundle: Some of Capcom’s most classic arcade games like Final Fight, Captain Commando and Knights of the Roundare coming to Nintendo Switch with up to four-player local or online play. This also includes games that have never launched on home consoles before like Armored Warriors and Battle Circuit. The digital version of this bundle launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch this winter.

· Cities: Skylines: The acclaimed city-building game is available today in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, which means players can manage resources, improve quality of life, energize businesses and stimulate growth anytime or anywhere.

· Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: When the acclaimed strategy game comes to Nintendo Switch on Nov. 16, it will do so with an exclusive four-player wireless LAN multiplayer mode.

· Mega Man 11: The Blue Bomber is back! Mega Man 11 rocks on Nintendo Switch on Oct. 2, with a free demo already available in Nintendo eShop. In addition, players will be able to unlock helpful in-game items for use in the full game by tapping the existing Mega Man amiibo figure, or a new Mega Man amiibo figure.

· Splatoon 2 Version 4 Update: Starting tonight, the first set of weapons in the Kensa Collection is coming to Splatoon 2as part of the new Version 4.0 update. These familiar weapons are painted with stylish monotone designs. In addition, significant new Splatfest changes are coming as part of this update. In early October, Version 4.1 will bring a new stage, new songs and more Kensa Collection weapon sets complete with new sub and special weapons. Check out the Squid Research Lab Tumblrfor more details.

· Mario Tennis AcesVersion 2.0 Update: After downloading a free update to the action-packed sports game on Sept. 19, players will have access to a new online co-op mode that lets players participate in time-limited missions with other players. Players who complete objectives while these missions are active will receive special outfits, characters with alternate color schemes and more. Also, be on the lookout for new upcoming playable characters like Birdo, Shy Guy, Koopa Paratroopa and Petey Piranha.

· Diablo III: Eternal Collection: The Nintendo Switch version of this classic action-RPG will send players on a journey through Sanctuary, where they’ll vanquish the armies of Hell and plunder powerful loot as one of the seven playable classes. Up to four players can adventure together via local or online multiplayer. The Nintendo Switch version of the game features the exclusive Legend of Ganondorf cosmetic armor set, compatibility with all amiibo figures and more. Diablo III: Eternal Collection launches Nov. 2.

· Starlink: Battle for Atlas: Do a barrel roll and defeat Wolf’s team in Star Foxmissions, exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version of the game. Starlink: Battle for Atlas launches for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 16.

· Two RPGs on the Way!: Fans who love playing role-playing games anytime and anywhere are in luck! The World Ends with You: Final Remix from SQUARE ENIX launches Oct. 12 and Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country – which is available for pre-purchase on Nintendo eShop starting today – comes to Nintendo Switch on Sept. 21 in stores and Nintendo eShop, or on Sept. 14 for owners of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass.

· Warframe: New fans can join more than 38 million players for free-to-start co-op space-ninja action when Warframe launches for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 20.

· NBA 2K19: The highest-rated basketball simulation franchise returns to Nintendo Switch with NBA 2K19, now available.

· NBA 2K Playgrounds 2: Get ready to jam in the sequel to the smash-hit NBA arcade game, coming to Nintendo Switch this fall.

· Just Dance 2019: With Just Dance 2019 on Nintendo Switch, there’s no excuse for players to not get down to Camila Cabello, Bruno Mars and Cardi B. at home, in the middle of the park or even at the dentist’s office! Just Dance 2019 launches on Oct. 23.

· EA SPORTS FIFA 19: EA SPORTS FIFA 19 is fast approaching, and players can pre-purchase now so they won’t drop the ball when it launches for Nintendo Switch on Sept. 28.

· Team Sonic Racing: Gotta go FAST! Like, really fast. Team Sonic Racing launches for Nintendo Switch this winter.

· LEGO DC Super-Villains: Why so serious? Play as The Joker, Harley, Lex Luthor and the rest of the best of the worst in the new LEGO DC Super-Villains game, launching for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 16.

Nintendo 3DS

· Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn: The hit Wii game Kirby’s Epic Yarn is warping to Nintendo 3DS. Every stage in the original Wii version is stitched in, but this Nintendo 3DS version has some new features, like the ability to craft bigger yarn balls, summon bead-collecting wind and play two new modes featuring familiar faces King Dedede and Meta Knight. Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn is scheduled to launch for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in 2019.

· Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey: One of the most acclaimed games in the Mario & Luigi RPG series is getting a remake on Nintendo 3DS. In addition to the game’s revamped graphics and refined gameplay, a new side story follows Bowser Jr. as he gathers an army, creates formations, supports his allies with an arsenal of moves and generally causes chaos (in the best way possible). Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey will prove two adventures are better than one on Jan. 11.

· Luigi’s Mansion: Two players who each own the game can team up to explore and capture ghosts in Luigi’s Mansion, a Nintendo 3DS remake of the classic Nintendo GameCube launch game. This new version of the game also features amiibo support. Tapping one of the four compatible amiibo will reveal where Boos are hiding and heal Luigi when he talks to Toad, among other bonuses. Luigi’s Mansion will haunt the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Oct. 12.

· YO-KAI WATCH BLASTERS: Whether players throw their allegiance behind the Red Cat Corps or the White Dog Squad, YO-KAI WATCH BLASTERS lets players team up with friends locally or online to tackle the most action-packed battles in the series yet. A free “Moon Rabbit Crew” software update on Sept. 27 will add new missions, new areas to explore, new Yo-kai to befriend and new Big Boss Yo-kai. YO-KAI WATCH BLASTERS: Red Cat Corps and YO-KAI WATCH BLASTERS: White Dog Squad are now available for Nintendo 3DS.

Remember that Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/switch/ or https://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/3ds/.

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Earlier today, Nintendo streamed a brand-new Nintendo Direct that revealed all sorts of new and renewed games coming to the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch.

The biggest announcement of all of these is that a new Super Smash Bros. title is coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2018. Is it an enhanced port of the Wii U/Nintendo 3DS game? Is it a full-fledged sequel? We don’t know! All we know is that there are some familiar faces, the addition of the Inklings (not as Mii costumes this time), and that they don’t have an official title for it yet, which would probably help answer at least some of that.

In terms of anything else that is specifically regarding Canada, there isn’t much — it’s all pretty general. Well, except for one thing.

Nintendo has announced the ARMS US & Canada Online Open Tournament. That’s right — we may be shut out of stuff like the Nintendo World Championships (unless you want to travel to one of the handful of U.S. locations to try your luck), but this one is open to a little northern hospitality.

Just don’t expect any time to warm up — this thing is going on right now, and you have until March 18th to participate in ARMS‘ Ranked Match mode and be a contender. The eight top-ranked competitors will then get to take part in the finals, streamed live from Nintendo of America headquarters on March 31st at 10am PT, which you’ll be able to view through this link. The finalists will not only receive bragging rights, but also a custom piece of artwork as well.

If you don’t have your own copy of ARMS, you may also be interested to learn that a new Global Testpunch will run from March 30th to April 1st.

So that’s the big stuff. If you missed the Nintendo Direct, you can catch it right here, and find more details in the press release below.

THE SUPER SMASH BROS. SERIES HEADS TO NINTENDO SWITCH IN 2018

Nintendo Direct Presentation Highlights Many Upcoming Games for Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS Family of Systems

VANCOUVER B.C., March 8, 2018 – During its latest Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo announced that the Super Smash Bros. franchise is coming to Nintendo Switch this year. The video also showcased more than a dozen upcoming games for both the Nintendo Switch system and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, with many of the featured games coming from third-party developers, including SQUARE ENIX, Capcom, Grasshopper Manufacture, From Software and Ubisoft.

“Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS are being propelled through 2018 with an energized lineup of games of all kinds,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “These games contain a solid mix of first-party franchises starring some of Nintendo’s most recognizable characters, acclaimed third-party titles and promising indies.”

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

Nintendo Switch

  • Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros.(working title): The Super Smash Bros. series comes to Nintendo Switch in 2018. The teaser trailer featured recognizable faces like Mario, Link and the Inklings from the Splatoon series.
  • New Single-Player Expansion Coming to Splatoon 2: The first paid DLC is coming to Splatoon 2this summer. Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion adds a hefty new single-player mode that lets players play as new character Agent 8, an Octoling (!) with lost memories. The new single-player campaign features 80 missions, as well as new stories that shed new light on beloved characters. Players that complete the Octo Expansion campaign will unlock the ability to play as Octolings in multiplayer battles. While Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion launches this summer, players can pre-purchase the DLC starting today in Nintendo eShop to immediately receive Octo-themed in-game gear to use in battle right away. (The full version of the game is required to use DLC.)
  • Major Splatoon 2Update: In April, Splatoon 2 is getting a major free update (Version 3.0) that contains 100+ new pieces of gear, more stages rolling out throughout spring (Piranha Pit, Camp Triggerfish and Wahoo World) and a new rank (Rank X). Rank X is an extreme rank, even higher than S+.
  • Mario Tennis Aces: Unleash an arsenal of shots and strategies in all-out tennis battles with friends, family and fan-favourite Mushroom Kingdom characters. With up to four-player local (additional accessories may be required and are sold separately) and online* multiplayer, and a story mode that even includes creative boss battles, Mario Tennis Acesis one of the most robust Mario sports games yet. The intuitive and deep gameplay allows for exciting competitions in the living room or, really, anywhere using the power of Nintendo Switch. In Swing Mode, players can use their Joy-Con controllers like a tennis racket, swinging them to initiate the tennis swings in the game. Mario Tennis Aces launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on June 22.
  • Mario Tennis AcesPre-launch Online Tournament: More details will be revealed in the future, but a free Mario Tennis Aces demo is coming soon. For a limited time, players can try out online* tournament matches in the game before it launches. To participate, players just have to download the Pre-launch Online Tournament in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.
  • Kirby Star Allies: Kirby is coming to Nintendo Switch for the first time next week! As players make their way through the robust adventure, they will reach dream palaces where fan-favourite legacy characters can become Kirby’s Dream Friends. Eventually, more Dream Friends will be added to the game through free updates. The first such update hits March 28 and adds classic characters Marx, Gooey and character set “Rick & Kine & Coo” to the game. Kirby Star Allieslaunches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on March 16. A free demo for the game is currently available in Nintendo eShop.
  • Octopath Traveler: Producer Masashi Takahashi from SQUARE ENIX revealed new details about the upcoming RPG, including the final game name, Octopath Traveler, two more main characters (Tressa the Merchant and Alfyn the Apothecary) and the ability to equip multiple jobs per character for use in battle. Octopath Travelerlaunches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on July 13Octopath Traveler: Wayfarer’s Edition, a special edition bundle that includes a stylized pop-up book, a helpful cloth map, the Octopath Traveler: Sound Selections CD and a replica coin based on the in-game currency, launches the same day.
  • Captain Toad: Treasure TrackerCaptain Toad: Treasure Tracker, which originally launched for Wii U, is coming to Nintendo Switch. The new version includes new miniature courses based on various Kingdoms in the Super Mario Odysseygame. Also, anyone can play with a friend or family member by sharing a pair of Joy-Con controllers. While one player controls Captain Toad, the other can assist with things like turnip cover fire. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker launches for Nintendo Switch on July 13. A Nintendo 3DS version of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, which includes stereoscopic 3D visuals and touch-screen controls, also launches on July 13.
  • Crash Bandicoot Crashes Nintendo Switch: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, which includes remastered versions of the first three Crash Bandicootgames, launches for Nintendo Switch on July 10.
  • Okami HD: The gorgeous and ethereal remake of classic action-adventure game Okamiis coming to Nintendo Switch. In the Nintendo Switch version of the game, players can use the touch screen in Handheld Mode or the Joy-Con motion controls in TV or Tabletop Mode to control the Celestial Brush to defeat enemies and solve puzzles. Okami HD launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch this summer.
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole: The South Park gang is back in an outrageously offensive superhero RPG adventure. And with Nintendo Switch, players can now drop into South Park anytime, anywhere. In addition to the main game, all of the game’s add-on content will be available for purchase. South Park: The Fractured But Wholelaunches for Nintendo Switch on April 24.
  • Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido: Originally announced for Nintendo 3DS at last year’s E3, Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushidois also coming to Nintendo Switch! The action puzzle game finds players devouring conveyor-belt sushi, matching plates and then throwing them to defeat enemies. The basics are simple, but the gameplay is deep … and tasty! In the game’s multiplayer mode, players can even compete locally or online* against other players in intense matches. Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido launches for both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS on June 8.
  • DARK SOULS: REMASTERED: The remake of the genre-defining and beloved original DARK SOULSgame launches for Nintendo Switch on May 25. On the same day, an amiibo figure based on Solaire of Astora will also be released. By tapping this amiibo, the popular “Praise the Sun” gesture can be used with reckless abandon from the start of the game. (The gesture can also be obtained through regular gameplay.) Players who want to take the game for a spin can participate in a “network test.” The free network test launches in Nintendo eShop, and will allow players to download and play a part of DARK SOULS: REMASTERED before it launches to try out the gameplay and unique online features. More details about the network test will be revealed soon.
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes: When Travis Touchdown wanders into the game world, he goes on a rampage of epic proportions. The latest title in the cult classic No More Heroesseries contains a total of seven game titles, including an action game, racing game and puzzle game. By using another Joy-Con controller, two players can team up for co-op multiplayer action. Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch this year.
  • Little Nightmares: Complete Edition:From award-winning developer Tarsier Studios comes Little Nightmares, a charmingly horrific puzzle-platforming adventure. The Complete Edition contains the two haunting tales of Six and The Runaway Kid in one package. You can even tap the PAC-MAN amiibo figure (sold separately) to unlock the Pakku Mask when playing. Little Nightmares: Complete Edition launches on May 18.
  • UNDERTALE: The million-selling role-playing game in which nobody has to die is headed to Nintendo Switch. Launch details will arrive at a later date.
  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition: The definitive edition (it’s in the title!) of Hyrule Warriorsbrings together dozens of characters from the Legend of Zelda series in an over-the-top action game. The game launches for Nintendo Switch on May 18.
  • ARMSUS & Canada Online Open Tournament**: Players who want to show off their ARMS skills will be able to enter the ARMS US & Canada Online Open Tournament, which takes place in the Nintendo Switch game’s Ranked Match mode now through March 18. The eight top players in these preliminary rounds will have an opportunity to move on to the online finals on March 31. The finals will be streamed live from Nintendo of America HQ at https://arms.nintendo.com/videos/.
  • ARMSTestpunch: A new global Testpunch for the ARMS game, which lets Nintendo Switch owners try out select modes for free, will be running for three days starting on March 31. To participate, players just have to download the Testpunch in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo 3DS

  • WarioWare Gold: The frenetic WarioWareseries is back, and for the first time it’s on Nintendo 3DS! With 300 fast-paced microgames that can be controlled by pressing buttons, tilting the system, tapping the touch screen or using the microphone, WarioWare Gold is the biggest entry in the series. And for the first time, the game includes fully voiced characters. WarioWare Gold launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Aug. 3.
  • Luigi’s Mansion: The original Luigi’s Mansion, which was a launch game for the Nintendo GameCube system in 2001, is coming to Nintendo 3DS. This remake has an updated look and new features, like a map that displays on the bottom screen and a boss rush mode. Luigi’s Mansionlaunches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems this year.
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey: In this Nintendo 3DS remake of a classic Mario & Luigiaction RPG adventure, fans can replay (or play for the first time) Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, one of the most critically acclaimed games in the Mario & Luigi series. It features new graphics and a new mode that tells the behind-the-scenes story of Bowser Jr. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in 2019.
  • Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers: Action meets tower defense in Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers. In this new game, players take on the role of armadillo ranger Dillon, who teams up with an animalized version of the player’s Mii character to help stop enemy invasions and save the post-apocalyptic frontier. Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakerslaunches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in Nintendo eShop on May 24. A free demo for the game will be available to download on May 10.
  • Detective Pikachu: Starting today, this new detective adventure game starring self-proclaimed “great detective” Pikachu is available for pre-purchase on Nintendo eShop and Nintendo.com. The game, as well as an extra-large Detective Pikachu amiibo figure (sold separately), launches on March 23. (The game is playable in 2D only.)

Remember that Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/switch/ or https://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/3ds/.

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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.

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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The first Nintendo Direct since President Satoru Iwata sadly passed away has finally arrived, and what a whopper it was! One kind of gets the feeling that they’ve been holding things back these last few months with how jam-packed it was with all kinds of great news for Nintendo fans and owners. In case you missed it, check it out here:

Normally, I wouldn’t approach the program this way, but at the moment, I just have entirely too much to do to have time for a point-by-point breakdown like I usually do. Since I try to hew on the Canadian side of things first and foremost, I’m highlighting what Nintendo of Canada has shared in a press release in terms of specifics to this country. In other words, pricing.

The November 13th release of Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival for Wii U will retail for $79.99 and includes amiibo figures of Isabelle and Digby, as well as three amiibo cards. Standalone Animal Crossing amiibo figures are slated for release the same day. For what it’s worth, I got to check out the game briefly at Nintendo’s recent holiday event, and as an Animal Crossing fan, I rather enjoyed what little I got to see.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash info has been coming at a trickle recently, with the inclusion of Rosalina and Bowser Jr. in his Clown Car and using select amiibo figures as partners in online battles as highlights. This one comes out on November 20th at a price of $64.99.

Xenoblade Chronicles X comes out on December 4th (please look forward to my review) for $74.99, but those interested in the physical version can go into the Nintendo eShop now and download any or all of the optional four free high-speed data loading packs, which increase the speed of loading times in the game. For those getting the digital release, the packs come built-in.

Come January 22nd, Mario & Luigi return, as well as Paper Mario in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. This title is going for $49.99, and you can use compatible amiibo to create powerful character cards to use in battle — and there are quite a number to collect, featuring images of Mario and company from across all their many games.

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon is available on November 20th for $49.99, and while you can play as one of 20 Pokémon, the entire roster of 720 are available to meet and encounter throughout.

Finally, this isn’t Canada-specific, but fans of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/Nintendo 3DS will want to stay tuned for a special video presentation in December.

For those interested, you can find the full press release on the following page.

Update: And if you’re interested in what caught my eye over the course of the show, I’ve written it up over on PoisonMushroom.Org over the weekend.

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Sorry about the lateness on this one, but in case you missed it, Nintendo presented a “Nintendo Direct Micro” yesterday which brought a bunch of interesting news as we head into this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Check it out:

The highlights from the press release include a new Chibi Robo game for Nintendo 3DS called Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash, which will have a bundle with a Chibi-Robo amiibo figure that can transform the character into Super Chibi-Robo in certain stages and help level the character up. Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure is coming to Nintendo 3DS on June 11, and features a combination of classic Dr. Mario and Dr. Luigi modes, as well as the new titular “Miracle Cure” which can clear away large swaths of viruses and pills all at once.

Late this year, Nintendo 3DS owners can get their hands on LBX: Little Battlers eXperience on August 21 and Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon this winter. Meanwhile, Bravely Second End Layer is officially confirmed for a North American release, though that won’t be until 2016.

As an aside, I’m still working on my review of Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, but that hasn’t stopped Nintendo from releasing free additional content for it. “In addition to two extra free unlockable worlds in both the Puzzle & Dragons Z and Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition games, players can now start enjoying free weekly online distributions exclusively for Puzzle & Dragons Z.”

Oh, and on that note, while I’m still doing my review, the Tiny Girl Tiny Games version is up now. Better still? You can win a copy if you enter before June 6!

Moving on to Wii U, but not entirely away from Nintendo 3DS: Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is coming in August 2016! Soccer and Table Tennis are in the Nintendo 3DS version, whereas Soccer, Rugby, and Beach Volleyball are on Wii U. There’s also a Golf event in one of them, along with new characters. The best part, in my opinion, is that they’re doing another Nintendo 3DS one after skipping out on that version for Sochi. In fact, that mode is why I tend to prefer the portable versions over their console big brothers.

On the full Wii U front, Nintendo showed off the above trailer for Bandai Namco’s Project Treasure and announced that Art Academy: Home Studio will be coming to the Nintendo eShop on June 25. Perhaps more exciting for the here and now, however, is the first free downloadable content for Splatoon: the new Port Mackeral map, the opening of Ranked Battle mode, and the N-Zap ’85 weapon, seen at the top of this article.

For those too young to remember, the N-Zap ’85 is based on the Zapper light gun peripheral which came with many a Nintendo Entertainment System upon its release in the United States in 1985. According to the Splatoon website, “The N-Zap 85 is a shooter with excellent ink efficiency and rapid-fire capability. Its attack power isn’t all that, but it’s fabulous at quickly charging up the Echolocator special weapon. Combined with Splat Bombs, this set caters to fighters who like to cover a lot of ground in battle.”

If it’s of any interest to you, the 2015 Nintendo World Championships kick off at 3pm PT on Sunday, June 14, but there will be pre-show broadcasts prior to the event. Also, while the full roster of games won’t be made known until showtime, “hopeful contestants can prepare to compete in the original The Legend of Zelda, as well as a mix of other Nintendo games.”

Finally, Nintendo is expanding its social media presence, and you can follow them on both Periscope and Snapchat under the username @NintendoAmerica, where they will have behind-the-scenes content before and during the Electronic Entertainment Expo, which runs from June 16 to June 18.

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While you might have heard about the “Global Testfire” of Splatoon earlier today by way of the Nintendo Download, the company also held a half-hour Nintendo Direct dedicated to the ink-splattering title:

While you’ll want to watch the video to get all the details, highlights (by way of a subsequent press release) include that the free demo now available in the Nintendo eShop will allow players to participate in the Global Testfire event, which features four-on-four online battles during one-hour demo events “set at optimal times for global play.” The first such event will take place from 8pm to 9pm PT on Friday, May 8th. During this event, members of the Nintendo Treehouse will also be broadcasting a live stream as they engage other Testfire participants (keep an eye out for Inklings in lab coats). Additional opportunities are slated for Saturday, May 9th from both 4am to 5 am and from 12pm to 1pm.

Four-on-Four Online Action: Players will have to think strategically when participating in Splatoon’s Turf War mode. Two stages are refreshed every four hours, meaning players will have to carefully consider weapons and tactics for the stages on hand. Different weapons work better in different stages, so players will discover depth in the weaponry as they focus their strategies on different two-stage pairings. After each four-on-four match, players are randomly reshuffled to form new teams, so sometimes players will be working with their friends and other times they’ll be looking to take them down.

Splatoon will be available at retail and in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U on May 29th, and five Turf War stages will be available at that time. However, Nintendo intends to add free new stages throughout the Summer, as well as new weapons, gear, and battle modes. A major update will arrive in August, bringing with it the ability for friends to form their own four-person teams and seek out others of the same, as well as allowing eight friends to battle in four-on-four matches with any stage and rules they want. Oh, and more gear and a new battle mode will be included, too.

The game by itself will cost $69.99, or you can get it as part of a Wii U Deluxe system bundle for $329.99. Also available is an amiibo 3-Pack, which can unlock special missions to get more gear.

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Nintendo had something of a surprise Nintendo Direct today. Nothing earth-shattering, just an extended look at the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles X.

Did I say “nothing earth-shattering”? Poor choice of words, as that’s essentially part of the premise of the game, which is gone over in greater detail along with other new features in the following video:

After this, the Nintendo Treehouse spent the better part of an hour showing off features of the game in the area around the ship. I didn’t get to see everything, as my appointment with a technician from Rogers Cable overlapped with the Treehouse portion of the presentation, but I got to see bits and pieces. Hopefully they’ll have it archived on their Twitch or YouTube channels soon.

If I may offer my own thoughts on what I did see: While I did enjoy the original game for the Wii, I admittedly did so in a more passive role, watching as my wife played and taking in the sights, sound, and story while she– the more experienced role playing game expert between us– handled the actual playing of the game, with me deferring to her for the gameplay aspect of the review. Then and now, with the New Nintendo 3DS XL release of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, I’ve had twinges of wanting to give it a try, but I’ve been satisfied as a passive observer.

Xenoblade Chronicles X, however? Considerably less so– I want to immerse myself in this world. The Wii game was awesome, true, but this one just speaks to me on a much more personal level, reminding me in part of some RPG stuff I ran with some friends years ago. I love the premise of having an Earth city/spaceship on an uncharted alien world, and using various advanced technology to explore the landscape. Plus: Giant transforming robots. The Monado is cool and all, but I wasn’t quite feeling it the way I would running around in my own Transformer; that has the touch… and it’s got the power, yeah.

Sadly, there is no release date for this iteration yet. I imagine we’ll see that come the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo, if not a little later in the year and closer to launch. They may need something to help prop up their holiday release schedule, after all, since The Legend of Zelda for Wii U is no longer making a 2015 release a priority. On the other hand, would they be holding a Nintendo Direct for it if they were planning to release it later, rather than sooner? Hmm.

In any case, I’m keeping an eye on this one with ever-growing anticipation.


On the evening of April 1st, Nintendo opted to hold a Nintendo Direct. Knowing full well the date and the stigma which comes with it, they reassured everyone that this edition was “no joke,” and sure enough, they meant business!

If you haven’t seen it, here is the video in full:

And in case you don’t have the better part of an hour to watch it at the moment, here are the highlights as provided by Nintendo of Canada’s press release (accompanied by my own thoughts/commentary).

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amiibo Cards: A totally new form of amiibo is coming this fall! The first set of amiibo cards will be based on Animal Crossing characters and will be compatible with the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game. An NFC reader/writer peripheral for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS – which offers the functionality for scanning amiibo currently included in the New Nintendo 3DS XL system – will also launch the same day as the new Animal Crossing game.

My thoughts: Wow. Okay, given how scarce many amiibo figures are, the move to cards for something like Animal Crossing is probably a good one, but I can imagine there being some people upset that Isabelle isn’t getting her own little figure to sit on their shelves or desks. Still, without the draw of being toys, maybe these will be easier to come by?

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The Next Waves of Super Smash Bros. Series amiibo: On May 29, a new set of amiibo in the Super Smash Bros. series will launch, featuring Charizard, PAC-MAN, Wario, Jigglypuff, Greninja, Robin, Lucina and Ness. July brings Dark Pit and Palutena. And in September, Zero Suit Samus, Ganondorf, Olimar, Dr. Mario and Bowser Jr. will join the amiibo family.

My thoughts: At this rate, it looks like it’s going to be a year since they started releasing these before I can get to some of the ones I really want– Duck Hunt and R.O.B. among them. Strangely, that suits me fine. Of this lot, Nadia and I have our eyes on Charizard, Pac-Man, Lucina, Ness, Palutena, and Dr. Mario… and maybe Bowser Jr.

Play Classic Nintendo Games Using amiibo: With amiibo tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits, Wii U users can download the free application from the Nintendo eShop and tap any amiibo to unlock game-play highlights from select NES and Super NES games.

My thoughts: Apparently there’s no correlation between the amiibo and which game it unlocks, so you could have a Mario amiibo unlock Metroid sequences, for example. What might really suck is if the program chooses without regard for games you already own, and ends up taking a “slot” for something you’ve already played through.

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Yarn Yoshi amiibo: A new set of Yoshi amiibo figures made of actual yarn will launch later this fall along with the Yoshi’s Woolly World game. Tapping one of these yarn amiibo to the Wii U GamePad controller while playing Yoshi’s Woolly World will make another Yoshi appear in the game to assist the player. The Yarn Yoshi amiibo will be available in three colours: green, pink and light blue.

My thoughts: 1) Just when I thought amiibo couldn’t get any better… 2) No red? Now that’s disappointing… especially since that’s the color of Player 2! (Which is who I’d want to use in a 2-player game as a result.) 3) Does this mean the Super Mario series Yoshi amiibo figure I just got isn’t going to work with the game? Fiddlesticks…

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Splatoon amiibo: Launching simultaneously with Splatoon on May 29 are Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy and Inkling Squid amiibo figures. By tapping one of these amiibo to the GamePad, players can receive special missions to unlock weapons and gear.

My thoughts: Cool. Not much opinion here until I get the game, but the figures look neat.

More Mii Racing Suits!: On April 23, a new free downloadable software update to Mario Kart 8 will add support for nine more amiibo figures, including Mega Man, Sonic and PAC-MAN. Players can tap these amiibo to outfit their Mii characters in Mii Racing Suits themed to those amiibo characters.

My thoughts: Hmm, I may have to switch my Mii’s racing duds from Mario to Mega Man… but that Pac-Man outfit looks so good, too. Hmm…

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Mario Maker: The Mario Maker game launches exclusively for the Wii U console in September and easily lets users create their own Mario levels and share them online with people all over the world! Various activities related to the 30th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. game are also planned throughout the year.

My thoughts: Wow, 30 already? It feels like just yesterday the series turned 25 and we got that Super Mario All-Stars release. Hopefully they pull out something big for this one… maybe an HD version? One can only hope…

In the meantime, it’s neat seeing some new enemies rendered in the Super Mario World style, among other neatness.

Splatoon: In addition to previously detailed single-player and online “Turf War” modes, action shooter Splatoon will feature a highly competitive “Ranked Battle” mode, which ranks and matches players based on their wins in 4-on-4 multiplayer matches. The super-fun and super-colourful game will also feature a “Battle Dojo.” In this mode, players can enjoy local 1-on-1 battles with friends. One player plays on the GamePad controller, while the other plays on the TV using a separate controller, competing to see who can pop the most balloons. Splatoon will launch exclusively for Wii U on May 29.

My thoughts: I’m eager to try this, but I’m having a hard time forming any real opinions otherwise until I get to.

200cc? 200cc!: Yes, that’s right: For the first time in the Mario Kart series, a 200cc racing class is coming to Mario Kart 8. Even faster than 150cc, the new high-speed class will work on all tracks in the game and makes braking an important driving skill. The new 200cc class will be offered as a free downloadable update on April 23 alongside the new paid DLC Pack 2 featuring three new characters, four new vehicles and eight new tracks.

My thoughts: No, no, no, nonono… oh lord, I saw where they were going with this in the video, and didn’t want to believe it, but here we are.

Okay, besides being free, this might be fun to try out, but I am honestly stretched to my limits by 100cc… the idea of seriously playing 200cc is unfathomable to me. As long as they don’t lock anything behind it, though– I’m looking at you, Mario Kart 9 and beyond– I guess I’ll be okay with it. If people are into it, more power to them. Just don’t go taking away chunks of game from me as a result, like in several previous installments.

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Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS Games Hit the Virtual Console Service: Starting today, classic Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS games are coming to the Virtual Console on Wii U. Today brings Yoshi’s Island DS for Nintendo DS and Super Mario 64 for Nintendo 64. While playing Nintendo DS games, the TV and GamePad combination will provide various options for dual-screen layouts, while all Nintendo 64 games that supported the Rumble Pack will continue rumbling away on Wii U controllers. Upcoming Virtual Console releases include WarioWare: Touched! for Nintendo DS on April 9 and Donkey Kong 64 for Nintendo 64 on April 16.

My thoughts: Ah, finally! As readers of Nintendo Force magazine may already well know, I’m actually surprised that New Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo DS doesn’t even appear to be on the radar yet, but I’m sure that one’s inevitable. As for Yoshi’s Island DS, you may remember from my Yoshi’s New Island review that I think it’s a more interesting game for those who have played the original, but not quite as well put together.

As for Super Mario 64, both it and Yoshi’s Island DS cost $9.99 USD to purchase, though as with other Virtual Console games, if you have it on Wii (which only applies to Nintendo 64 games, of course), then you only have to pay a small charge to upgrade– $2 USD in this case. That won’t be the case for Donkey Kong 64, which I’m surprised to see here at all– it was never released on the Wii Virtual Console for reasons only Nintendo knows.

You know, I never did finish that one… if the Wii U’s Virtual Console allows for Restore Points on Nintendo 64 games as well, I might give it another go. It might make all that collectathon stuff more tolerable…

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Yoshi’s Woolly World: The lovingly crafted new Wii U game launches this fall and overflows with numerous challenges and hidden secrets. In addition to the challenging Classic Mode, Yoshi’s Woolly World adds “Mellow Mode,” an additional mode that lets players of all skill levels play as “Winged Yoshi.”

My thoughts: This game just looks better every time I see it, and if what I played last year is any indication, this might just be the successor to Yoshi’s Island we’ve all been waiting for.

Shin Megami Tensei & Fire Emblem Crossover Project: The role-playing masters at ATLUS are developing a truly modern RPG, where everyday life exists alongside a secret world of fantasy that includes characters from the Fire Emblem series.

My thoughts:

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New Fatal Frame Game Coming to the U.S.: Fans that have been clamoring for a chance to play the latest game in the creepy Fatal Frame series will have their chance when it launches later this year for Wii U.

My thoughts: This has me intrigued, so long as it works better than the Nintendo 3DS iteration released some years back.

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Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer: This new game in the Animal Crossing series focuses on the decorating and home-designing aspects of the Animal Crossing games. Animals will ask players to design houses for them, and it’s up to designers-in-the-making to meet the animals’ requests by furnishing and decorating their homes. By tapping a new Animal Crossing series amiibo card to the New Nintendo 3DS XL system or NFC reader/writer accessory, players can design a room for that specific character on the card and scan additional character cards to invite those characters to visit. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer will launch this fall.

My thoughts: Not much on the game yet, but I do hope they incorporate this method of organizing a room into the next main series installment, as it looks a lot more efficient.

BOXBOY!: From the platforming masters at HAL Laboratory, Inc., creators of the Kirby series, comes BOXBOY! The black-and-white charmer tasks players with creating, casting and hooking blocks to navigate more than 150 challenging stages. BOXBOY! launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS tomorrow, April 2.

My thoughts: I don’t have a lot to say about this, except that I’m rather eager to try it.

A New Fire Emblem Game: For the first time in the series, the main playable character is not only a customizable avatar, but also the main hero or heroine of the game. Players must choose to take one of two major paths, resulting in two different experiences: the “Hoshido” side for a more traditional experience, or the “Nohr” side, which makes the story more complex and the difficulty level more challenging. The new Fire Emblem game will launch for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in 2016.

My thoughts: It’s petty, but I’m not huge on the barefoot designs for the main characters. But then, it looks like you get to dress them up in different stuff later, so I’ll let it slide. Funny, given that in the last game, they barely had feet at all. All that aside, this looks really good, and I’m intrigued by the duality of it.

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Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition: Players get two gigantic, unique puzzle/RPG adventures when Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition launches on May 22. The two-in-one game can be pre-ordered starting today at http://puzzleanddragons.nintendo.com. For players who can’t wait until May 22 to play, a free demo for Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition will be available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on April 30.

My thoughts: Why am I not playing this now?!

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Pokémon Rumble World: The latest action-packed adventure in the Pokémon Rumble series is free to download (with paid content) and features more than 700 Pokémon, all the way from the original Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue games to the recent Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire games. Square off against tons of these Toy Pokémon when Pokémon Rumble World launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on April 8.

My thoughts: The last one wasn’t bad, and this looks kind of neat. Perhaps even neater than that one. I’d like to give it a try, should it come my way.

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.: An upcoming software update to Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will add a fast-forward feature to drastically speed up enemy turns. In addition, a new online Public Tournament in honor of playable character Tom Sawyer called “Hijinks” launches today and runs until April 5.

My thoughts: In light of this update, I may hold back my review for the time being. Not that it was going to be especially timely anyway, but in any case, might as well review it at its best.

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New StreetPass Games: On April 16, two new StreetPass Mii Plaza games launch for $6.29 each, or $9.99 if purchased together. In Ultimate Angler, players visit the “StreetPass Islands” to try to catch more than 150 types of fish and legendary monsters with bait received from Mii characters via StreetPass. In Battleground Z, players receive items based on the hobbies of their Mii Plaza StreetPass characters to defeat a horde of zombies. A new paid service will also launch alongside these new games called “StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium,” adding features like “StreetPass Birthdays” and a new Mii character VIP Room for $6.29.

My thoughts: Every time I finally complete all my StreetPass puzzles, Nintendo releases a truckload of new ones and makes me want to cry. I’m still making my way through Monster Manor and making slow progress through Warrior’s Way, while I’ve finished the main parts of Mii Force and Flower Town and am simply dealing with the minutia. What I’m saying is that despite all of that, I’m a StreetPass addict and I want to play these, dang it.

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Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains: Based on the popular manga and anime, the Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains game features four-player local and online co-op game play and leaderboards as players take on the role of their favourite character to defend humanity from the giant Titans. In addition, the first two episodes of the hit anime series are now available to stream for free in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains from ATLUS will launch exclusively in the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in May.

My thoughts: I’ve seen this around, of course, but never really watched it. Maybe this will provide a good reason to?

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D: A new trailer hones in on some of the mysteries of this epic role-playing game, the first game developed exclusively for the New Nintendo 3DS XL system. The game launches on April 10.

My thoughts: The original was cool, and I’ve little reason to believe this version will be any different in that regard. Meanwhile, my wife is champing at the bit to play this, and she doesn’t even have a New Nintendo 3DS XL… which means I’m probably not going to see it again for a while after this comes out, much like what happened with The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (I’m working on it).

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New (DLC) Challengers Approaching!: As previously announced, Mewtwo will join the roster of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS as a downloadable character on April 28. For $6.29, players receive Mewtwo for both versions of the game. Club Nintendo members who have purchased and registered both versions of the game will receive a free download code for Mewtwo on April 15. In addition, fan-favourite character Lucas from Mother 3 is joining the all-star Super Smash Bros. cast in June. After a game update on April 15, Super Smash Bros. players can also purchase more costumes for their Mii fighters, including ones inspired by Mega Man X and Proto Man from Capcom’s Mega Man series.

My thoughts: The video referred to the Mii costumes as “Wave 1,” so I wonder if we’ll see more in the future… and if so, I wonder which characters we might see. Bass? Zero? MegaMan Volnutt?

Choose Your Own Super Smash Bros. Fighter: Starting today, Super Smash Bros. fans can visit http://www.smashbros.com to participate in a “Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot.” Fans can use this ballot to vote for which character they would like to see added to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as a playable character.

My thoughts: I imagine requests for Ridley and Princess Daisy will be through the roof, though I hear some people are voting for Son Goku (“Go ahead, throw your vote away!” –Kang). If I may be so bold as to make a suggestion, however…

Adventures of Pip from Tic Toc Games: When this pixel puzzle platformer launches this May in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U, players can use the GamePad exclusively to access inventory and quickly travel through the game’s world.

My thoughts: Looks neat.

Mutant Mudds Super Challenge from Renegade Kid: People who purchase the Nintendo 3DS version of this beloved muddy platforming sequel will receive the Wii U version for free (and vice versa!). Anyone that owns the original Mutant Mudds game will also receive a loyalty discount when buying Mutant Mudds Super Challenge. The game launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS this June.

My thoughts: The original felt really flat to me– nothing terrible, but nothing spectacular, either. As such, a harder version of the game doesn’t really do anything for me.

Don’t Starve: Giant Edition from Klei Entertainment: This acclaimed survival indie will launch this May with exclusive Wii U GamePad functionality and a special promotion – anyone that purchases the Wii U game will receive a free download code for the game that he or she can give to a friend!

My thoughts: It has a neat style, so I’m intrigued.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch from Young Horses, Inc.: Experience Octodad’s wobbly journey with family and friends in co-op mode, with two to four players controlling different tentacles. Octodad: Dadliest Catch flops his way into the Nintendo eShop on Wii U this summer.

My thoughts: I remember seeing stuff about this when it came out for the PlayStation 3, but I lack(ed) the hardware to try it. That said, it looks like my kind of game– enjoyably over-the-top and crazy.

“The world of amiibo is getting bigger, better and even more interactive,” said Nintendo of Canada’s senior director and general manager Pierre-Paul Trepanier. “And with existing amiibo support for games like Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart 8 and more, and upcoming support for Splatoon, Yoshi’s Woolly World and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, amiibo continue to stretch the definition of the toys-to-life category.”

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All in all, a pretty good showing from Nintendo, I think. That said, while we still have two months until the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo, I’m not sure how well this will do to assuage fears about the Wii U in the meantime immediately following the announced delay of The Legend of Zelda for the system. Nonetheless, it looks like there’s still a lot to enjoy in the coming months ahead… and again, that’s without even taking E3 into account, which will no doubt provide our first look at a lot of titles.

Earlier today, Nintendo ran a new Nintendo Direct to reveal some of their upcoming plans for the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo eShop, and Wii U for the coming year. In case you missed it, you can view it in its entirety below:

Naturally, while the Nintendo Direct provides more general information much of the time, there are some specifics based on whether you’re living in the United States or, as I like to focus on here, in Canada.

First up, let’s talk about the questionably-named New Nintendo 3DS XL.

Those who follow the business more closely are no doubt already aware that the New Nintendo 3DS came out in Japan and Australia last year, while other regions have had to wait for an announcement of their own (hence my own silence on the subject). Today is the day we would learn more, and February 13th is the day it will be available here in Canada. The price is $229.99, and unlike the aforementioned regions, the only size here will be the XL version. Plus, if you’re looking at upgrading from a previous iteration of the hardware, you’ll want to hang on to your AC adapter, as that’s not included. If you’re new to the Nintendo 3DS experience, then you can still purchase one separately, and you’ll definitely need it– while the battery usage in this version is less than the others, you’re still going to need to recharge sometime.

From the press release, “New Nintendo 3DS XL offers a number of new enhancements designed to offer the smoothest and most engrossing portable gaming possible. New Nintendo 3DS XL features a wider range of controls with the addition of a C Stick and ZL/ZR buttons, super-stable 3D via face-tracking technology and built-in NFC functionality that allows for communication with amiibo figures.”

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Four versions will be available on February 13th: In addition to New Black and New Red, there will be a The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D-inspired version which also retails for $229.99, but doesn’t come with the game it’s named for. This will be available at EB Games, Future Shop, Best Buy, and Amazon.ca. As of this writing, the latter three are not yet listing it online, while the EB Games website appears to have already sold through their stock.

Speaking of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, it too will be available on February 13th.

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Similarly, this may just be a formality at this point, but exclusive to EB Games is the $259.99 Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate bundle, which comes with a copy of the aforementioned game preloaded. Like the Majora’s Mask 3D version, this one is also sold out online already. Between these two, you may want to try your luck in-store.

I’ll try to have a review of the New Nintendo 3DS XL hardware for you before long, but that wasn’t the only thing talked about during the Nintendo Direct. Let’s get into some games!

Starting with Nintendo 3DS:

The showing kicked off with a teaser of a new Fire Emblem game– not the mysteriously quiet Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, however. Created by the same folks who brought us Fire Emblem Awakening, “the new adventure adds challenges never before seen in the series and asks players to make decisions that will affect the game’s world in new ways.”

In addition to single player hunting, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will allow multiplayer on a portable system through use of broadband internet for the first time. Plus, select players will soon be able to download an early access demo which features both single and multiplayer options.

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In April, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (whose Wii version I reviewed here) will be released exclusively for the New Nintendo 3DS XL. In addition to offering 3D visuals and the ability to view maps and character stats on the bottom screen, a new mode will allow players to view 3D models of the characters and listen to music from the game’s soundtrack. If you’re wondering what the deal is with that Shulk guy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U or Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, now’s your chance to find out!

Oh, and if you want to see the game in action, I’m afraid you’ll have to watch the full Nintendo Direct for that.

A one-two punch of the popular Puzzle & Dragons is coming to the Nintendo 3DS. Not only will the strategy-RPG puzzle game be released in the form of Puzzle & Dragons Z, but it will also come with Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, featuring power-ups and enemies from the Mario games.

Arriving on March 13th, one month after the release of the New Nintendo 3DS XL, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will see Abraham Lincoln bring together a collection of heroes from American folklore and classic literature to fend off an alien invasion. What’s more, the game uses the New Nintendo 3DS XL’s built-in Near Field Communications (NFC) reader to scan Fire Emblem amiibo characters, allowing you to use the likes of Marth, Ike, Lucina, and Robin in the game as well.

“But wait!” you say. “How can I get a Marth amiibo now? They’re all gone!” Fortunately, the Nintendo Direct brought good news on this front, as it seems more Marth are on the way. With any luck, Villager and Wii Fit Trainer, among others in short supply, will be getting the same treatment.

Launching this spring, Etrian Mystery Dungeon from Atlus and Spike Chunsoft is a Nintendo 3DS exclusive which combines the gameplay of the two series which form its namesake, Etrian Odyssey and Mystery Dungeon. Create your own party of heroes, then embark on a near-infinite quest for loot!

Marvelous USA and XSEED Games will bring Story of Seasons to Nintendo 3DS this March. It combines farming and life simulation, and players with other lands throughout the in-game world will be able to connect with other players online.

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Ever wonder what would happen if Nintendo did Free-to-Play? You’ll find out in February with this free Nintendo eShop download as players “put their puzzle-solving skills to the test by matching three or more Pokémon in the Puzzle Area to deal damage as they battle wild Pokémon across a variety of stages.” You can purchase items in-game using Nintendo eShop funds, and more details and footage can be found in the Nintendo Direct video at the top of the page.

Available for all Nintendo 3DS systems on February 13th, Bandai Namco’s Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+ is best experienced on the New Nintendo 3DS XL, thanks to its additional shoulder buttons and second analog input. You can also use select amiibo figures to customize your craft with different Nintendo-themed skins.

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Fossil Fighters Frontier will be available on March 20th, allowing two to six players to team up and battle each other’s Vivosaurs in local or online tournaments. Again, more details and footage are in the complete Nintendo Direct.

That’s mostly it for the Nintendo 3DS news. Now, want to find out about the Wii U, amiibo, and stuff for both platforms in the Nintendo eShop? Read on!

Nintendo has issued a reminder about their E3 programming that we reported here last month, but unlike before, there are now times and other details for tuning in, some of which is detailed in this handy, helpful graphic:

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Later today, June 10th, you’ll be able to tune in tp http://e3.nintendo.com/ at 9am PST/12pm EST for the Nintendo Digital Event, the new form of their usual press conference that will detail what we can expect from the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS throughout 2014 and beyond.

Immediately following that is “Nintendo Minute: Live @ E3,” a recap with even more information. Presumably, this will be on their website as well.

The Super Smash Bros. Invitational tournament will take place later in the day at 4pm PST/7pm EST, and you can tune in to that on Nintendo’s own TwitchTV channel.

Finally, during all hours of E3 that are not being occupied by the tournament, you can tune in to that same channel for “Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3,” where “members of Nintendo’s Treehouse will be live-streaming exclusive game demos from the Nintendo booth on the show floor. In addition to demos, Nintendo will deliver the latest game reveals, plus visits from developers like Shigeru Miyamoto.” It’s an unscripted three-day event that will air from June 10th through the 12th, “providing an insider’s look at the Nintendo experience at E3, filled with surprises and unexpected moments.”

Finally, for those specifically interested in something a little more localized, don’t forget about the Super Smash Bros. Smash-Fest demo event at Best Buy stores across Canada. Just click the link to see if there’s one near you that will be participating on Wednesday or Saturday.

Only two days after airing its Super Smash Bros. Direct episode, Nintendo took everyone by surprise with a “sneak” Nintendo Direct focusing on another upcoming release for the Nintendo 3DS, Tomodachi (“Friend”) Life.

Two games in the series have been released in Japan, accumulating 55 million sales. The second title will be the first one to leave Japan’s shores, and will arrive in North America on June 6th.

“Nintendo fans are familiar with Mii characters, but now they come to life in ways they never have before – with their own lives, interests and personalities,” said Nintendo of Canada vice-president and general manager,Ron Bertram, in a press release. “Customization and open-ended play are two big video game trends for 2014, and Tomodachi Life delivers a fun, creative experience that makes you want to visit again and again, because there’s always something interesting going on.”

The game allows you to customize a variety of Mii characters from their appearance to their voices, and even their personalities. Though you might recognize your friends, “you can’t possibly predict what they’ll do next.” Based on the personalities you’ve selected, the Miis will set in motion a drama which plays out in zany fashion. Given examples include your mother hopping on stage to belt out a heavy metal song, or a celebrity falling in love with your math teacher. Whatever happens, you can document and share these magic moments with your friends by way of the Nintendo 3DS Image Share service.

The more Miis you add, the more the plot thickens. As new twists and turns occur, you can reward characters with in-game gifts such as clothing, their favorite foods, or something with which they can decorate their apartments. You’ll also be able to explore the island and solve problems for other characters.

In addition, from the press release:

Even your far-fetched celebrity dreams can come true in Tomodachi Life. If you have ever wanted international superstar Christina Aguilera to join you in a sing-off, or believed that she would become BFFs with your cousin or wished she would perform a song with your customized lyrics, it could happen here. The multi award-winning singer has signed on to be a part of Nintendo’s promotional campaign for the game, and her Mii character will be available at launch. Aguilera’s Mii character also will guest star in a TV commercial and in online videos that show all the exciting things that happen when celebrities mingle with Miis players know personally.

You can view the first video of that series here:

More information is still to come before the game’s June 9th release, where it will retail for $39.99. Until then, you can visit the official webpage for more details.

Hoo-boy, what a day, and what a Nintendo Direct. Or rather, Super Smash Bros. Direct, I should say. If you’ve not seen it yet, then don’t let me delay you any further; in fact, allow me to serve it up to you on a silver platter*:

* Silver platter not included.

I’m not going to dissect every last little detail seen here– that would take me forever, and there are people who not only do it anyway, but do a far better job than I ever could. (I’m thorough, but even I have my limitations.) Instead, here’s the basic rundown, courtesy of Nintendo of Canada.

First, the games are scheduled to come out sometime this summer for the Nintendo 3DS and this winter for the Wii U. In addition to getting the earlier release date, Nintendo 3DS fans should be happy to know that the game is going to run at 60 frames per second whether in 3D mode or not. They will also be receiving an exclusive mode called “Smash Run,” described as follows:

In this mode, four players have five minutes to enter a dungeon and explore the surroundings, fight enemies and obtain power-ups to enhance their fighters. Once the five minutes are up, all four fighters enter a battle arena using their newly equipped items and power-ups. Enemies encountered in the Smash Run mode are from a wide range of game series. Multiple Nintendo 3DS systems and games are required for multiplayer modes.

Both versions of the game will be offering online multiplayer with others who are playing on the same platform (meaning no Wii U vs. Nintendo 3DS matches). Two modes will be available for online multiplayer: “For Fun” is a traditional Smash Bros. match involving any randomly-chosen stage (save for Final Destination), with all items and power-ups available. “For Glory” seems designed with the serious, competitive Smash Bros. player in mind. While you can choose characters other than Fox, there are no items and you’ll only fight on Final Destination, and one-on-one battles will even be available. Fortunately, they’ve added a new wrinkle for Final Destination in this mode, as it can take on the appearance of other courses, but without their shenanigans.

In addition, playing with friends allows for full customization, with players setting the rules, stages, and items in any manner they please.

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Several returning characters have been announced, with streamlined options for playing as them. You can now choose Charizard (complete with Mega Evolution), Sheik (with new Burst Grenade and Bouncing Fish moves), and Zero Suit Samus (with jet boots to make her more powerful) without having to deal with any of the switching involved with their counterparts in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Yoshi has also returned, and Nintendo has made a point to note that he now stands upright, rather than hunched over as before; this apparently helps make him a stronger fighter somehow. Then there is the announcement of Greninja, the final evolved form of Froakie from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.

Some details are noted about the stages in both versions of the game. While not an absolute rule, it’s more or less confirmed that the Nintendo 3DS will skew more heavily towards stages taken from portable games, whereas the Wii U version will lean more on console games. Of course, there are exceptions, such as the Pilotwings stage which features some scenes from the Nintendo 3DS title, Pilotwings Resort.

Bosses will appear in some stages in a way similar to stage hazards, and players will have to worry about taking them out as well as their competition. One example of this is the Yellow Devil in Mega Man’s Dr. Wily castle stage; it can only be beaten by attacking its eye, and whoever deals the final blow will get to use the robotic creature’s explosion against the other players.

There are tons of new items, more than I can name here, along with new Pokémon and Assist Trophies. There are also Master Balls, which contain higher-level Pokémon than you’d normally find in a regular Pokéball.

Finally, two new elements have been teased, which will be covered in greater detail at a later time. The first is that there will be elements linking both versions of the games, while the other is the ability to customize move sets when playing locally or online with friends.

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Again, if you get the opportunity, check out the video in full– there’s tons of great stuff all throughout, including the reveal of Mega Man’s Final Smash, pictured above (which doesn’t have every Mega Man, but close). Of course, if you only want a rundown of what they’ve brought to the party for Mega Man in the video, you can check out my post over on The Mega Man Network.

Everyone was waiting with bated breath to see what Nintendo would reveal in their next Nintendo Direct, the first one of the year 2014 and the first one since their ever-controversial financial report earlier this year. What was in store? Well, you can view it in its entirety above, or read on to find out!

An Assist Trophy no more! Things got off to a hot start with a new trailer for Super Smash Bros. which revealed a new character in the game that fans have long been hopeful for. Previously, director Masahiro Sakurai expressed concern that there wouldn’t be enough moves for a complete set, but it looks like Little Mac of Punch-Out!! fame has learned a few new tricks since contenders were being considered for Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

I knew that was no wrestling ring being shown off in previous trailers, and with the World Video Boxing Association logo now clearly displayed, its purpose is all too clear. Little Mac himself looks rather potent, too– he looks like he could end up being a favorite of competitive Smash Bros. players with his rapid close-range attacks and killer uppercuts, though his air game appears to be a little on the weak side. In any case, he should be fun to try out.

Super Smash Bros. is set to be released later this year; my money is on the holidays.

I never thought I’d see the day. The Mario Kart 8 announcement revealed not one, not two, but seven new racers: Bowser’s Koopalings! For the first time ever, Larry, Morton, Wendy O., Iggy, Roy, Lemmy, and Ludwig are all playable characters. I figured they used Bowser Jr. because it was easier to feature one, rather than seven. Seems they’ll have a harder time keeping them out of other games now, too. My only concern is whether they’ve come at the expense of other racers– still wanting R.O.B. and Funky Kong to come back over here.

Mario Kart 8 is on-track for a May 30th release.

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It’s been a while since Nintendo last said anything about bringing Game Boy Advance games to the Wii U Virtual Console, but today we got an update. Starting in April, releases will include Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3, with more to follow “every month.” I was sort of hoping for Super Mario Advance and Wario Land 4, personally, but this is a decent start… though to be honest, I’d much rather have the Super NES version of Yoshi’s Island. What’s the hold-up there? In addition, I hope we see Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, but mainly if Nintendo has a way to implement the eReader cards.

Bayonetta 2 has a new trailer showing off some new features as well, and is coming later this year.

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The latest from Monolith Soft, the enigmatic “X”, does not have its own separate trailer, unfortunately. Nintendo Direct did show new footage and revealed that “the game’s battle system is based on Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii,” and that “additional updates will be announced in the future.”

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A sequel to the recently-released eShop title, NES Remix (review coming soon), will be arriving on April 25th. This installment features a batch of new NES titles with new challenges, including Ice Hockey, Dr. Mario, the curiously renamed Mario Open Golf (previously NES Open Tournament Golf), Metroid, Kid Icarus, and some of my favorites: Super Mario Bros. 2, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and Super Mario Bros. 3, among others still.

Like its predecessor, NES Remix 2 will be $14.99, but this one features an unlockable game as well: A full version of Super Luigi Bros., the left-scrolling, high-jumping Super Mario Bros. remix available in bits and pieces in the first game.

The last item on the Wii U front has no screens or video of its own, and is called Child of Light, an Ubisoft role playing game that will be available in the Wii U eShop for $14.99 on April 30th. Joined by her firefly companion Igniculous, Princess Aurora is out to fight monsters and solve puzzles in order to retrieve three sources of light from the evil queen.

Read on for the latest in Nintendo 3DS news!

Today, Nintendo posted a new surprise Nintendo Direct video to show us what games are to come for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U in 2014. As it turns out, there were not only some new announcements made, but some reveals of new games which are available as we speak. Here’s the video, followed by a rundown.

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The first part of the video revealed an all-new title coming in 2014, tentatively titled “Hyrule Warriors”. “A new game for Wii U developed by Tecmo-Koei that will feature the action-packed Warriors series set in the world of The Legend of Zelda“, says the press release, “[t]his is a separate project from the new installment of The Legend of Zelda series that is in development for Wii U by longtime series producer Eiji Aonuma and his team.”

I’ve never really played any of the Warriors games very much, so this seems like a good introduction to me. Besides which, I don’t mind seeing The Legend of Zelda spread its wings a little more beyond the core series (says the guy who loves Link’s Crossbow Training).

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Kirby: Triple Deluxe: The game is a side-scrolling platformer, but players can move Kirby to the background and foreground to dodge enemies and solve puzzles. Kirby can also use a new Hypernova ability, which powers up his inhale ability and enables him to suck up everything in his path. The game includes more than 20 different copy abilities, including four new ones created 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 for their Kirby and then fight to see which is the most effective in battle. Dedede’s Drum Dash asks players to press buttons in sync with Kirby music while jumping and collecting coins. The game is planned for 2014.

I’ve seen people say this is a sequel to Kirby Super Star, but it’s looking less like that as we see more of it– at least, insofar as having a ton of smaller games in one package goes. Nonetheless, it’s good to see Kirby take advantage of the potential 3D background interaction where New Super Mario Bros. 2 did not. Kirby Fighters sounds fun, though I’m a little let down that Dedede’s Drum Dash is a rhythm game, mainly because I’m terrible at those.

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Yoshi’s New Island: The game launches this spring, and will be produced by Takashi Tezuka, the creative director of the original Yoshi’s Island for Super NES.

This one is a bit tough to get a pulse on. Nintendo hit on something special with Yoshi’s Island and have tried to replicate its success ever since, but have never been especially successful in doing so. Yoshi’s Island DS was decent, but unspectacular, and a bit on the hard side as well– and not simply “oh, I can’t do this” hard, but “keeping track of things in the gap between screens and across two screens at once kind of sucks” hard. That one didn’t have Tezuka’s involvement, but another did: Yoshi’s Story, an underrated game which didn’t set the world on fire. Tezuka produced that one as well, and while I enjoyed it quite thoroughly as a $10 Wii Virtual Console title, I can see how those who paid upwards of $50 or so might have felt a bit less satisfied.

Fingers are crossed here that this time, Nintendo finally figures out how to make the magic happen again.

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Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder: Everyone’s favourite helpful 4-inch-tall robot is back! This time Chibi-Robo has been tasked with helping a new museum get off the ground. Players are given silhouettes of needed objects, then use the Nintendo 3DS camera to find matching objects, known as NostalJunk, in the real world. Chibi-Robo will also help characters like superheroes and singing sponge-bears with various tasks, all while keeping an eye on his electricity reserves. The game also features community events called NostalJunk Challenges that focus on particular silhouettes, and give players opportunities to showcase their creativity and maybe earn a special outfit for Chibi-Robo to wear in the game. A demo will soon launch exclusively in the Nintendo eShop, with the full version landing on January 9, 2014.

I’m honestly not sure what to say on this one; Chibi Robo has a cult following (the “cult” part perhaps being why this latest entry is a Nintendo eShop release), but I’ve never really gotten to play one of the series. I have the Nintendo DS game kicking around somewhere after picking it up on sale a few years ago, but I’ve never had a chance to try it.

Suffice to say, I’m interested, but also wary– the AR-driven action worries me, as I wasn’t able to much with Spirit Camera.

Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter: Pokémon Bank is software that lets players store up to 3,000 Pokémon from the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games. Poké Transporter is an application that lets players take the Pokémon they’ve caught through the years and transferred into Pokémon Black and Pokémon White, as well as Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, and transfer them into Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter launch December 27. Players can download a 30-day free trial version anytime between launch and January 31, 2014. Following the free trial, an annual usage fee will apply for Pokémon Bank. Anyone who accesses a Pokémon Bank box by September 30, 2014, will receive the Pokémon Celebi as a special gift.

Bringing all your Pokémon from one game to the next always struck me as slightly odd, at least in an in-world way. I certainly see the real-world desire and practicality of it, but in the games, isn’t catching everything part of the journey of your character? It just seems weird to me that Red (for example) would effectively go up to some new trainer one day and say “hey, why don’t you take all my Pokémon? I’m not using them.” But that’s probably just me thinking way too much about it.

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Bravely Default: A free demo of the game launches in the Nintendo eShop on January 2, but this is much more than a demo. It’s an exclusive story with hours of content not included in the main game. The full game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on February 7 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. If players with the full game close their system while the game is active, they might gather additional warriors via the StreetPass feature, but they also earn Sleep Points for every eight cumulative hours of down time. Sleep Points can then be used during battle to change equipment, revive a fallen party member, heal or unleash attacks beyond the game’s usual damage cap. Players who don’t want to wait for their Sleep Points to refill have the option of purchasing SP potions in the Nintendo eShop to refill all three Sleep Points at once. Also launching February 7, a Collector’s Edition including the game, an art book, a soundtrack CD and 34 augmented-reality cards will be available via select retailers at a suggested retail price of $49.99.

I have absolutely nothing to add here.

Wait, that’s not true; it looks nice! But that’s really it.

Okay, that’s not it: This sounds like a really good demo for people looking forward to the game. Demos which add to the experience, rather than merely sample from a random part, tend to be kind of cool. That’s all.

Now, back to the Wii U!

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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: Veteran Cranky Kong joins playable characters Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong as companions for Donkey Kong. Cranky Kong comes with his own set of special moves that allow him to bounce off enemies and obstacles using his cane. Players who collect 100 bananas in a stage can execute a new move called the KONG-Pow, which turns all enemies on the screen into items. Now that Cranky Kong is setting off on an adventure, instead of overseeing the in-game shop as he did in the Donkey Kong Country Returns game, the aptly named Funky Kong will assist players by offering them items for trade in the game. The game launches February 21 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop.

I can’t look at Donkey and Cranky together without hearing the first verse of the Goof Troop theme song. Also, I’m glad to see Funky Kong is back! Now to cross my fingers that he’ll show up elsewhere, like perhaps in a certain racing game (along with a returning R.O.B.).

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Sonic Lost World: A new Nintendo-themed level is coming to the Nintendo eShop. Yoshi’s Island Zone is now available for free. Done in a Yoshi art style, the level has Sonic speeding through areas filled with pipes, coins, Shy Guys and Piranha Plants.

Wow, where was this during the marathon? Also, it went unmentioned in the press release, but a Zelda-themed downloadable content pack was also hinted at in the video. You can see Kotaku’s screencap of the teaser image above.

Beyond that, I have to wonder: Between the game’s similarities to Super Mario Galaxy and the Yoshi’s Island Zone DLC, could Sonic Lost World be part of an effort by SEGA to create a Mario/Sonic platforming crossover they previously said couldn’t be done?

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Wii Sports Club: Launching today, golf becomes the third sport added to the Wii Sports Club lineup, joining bowling and tennis. In a move not possible on any other system, golf asks players to place the Wii U GamePad controller on the floor in front of their TVs. Players can then use a Wii Remote Plus to swing at the ball on the ground, just as they would a real golf ball, enabling more precise control with each stroke. When they take their swing, the ball flies from the screen of the GamePad to the TV screen in one fluid motion. Wii Sports Club – Golf includes the nine-hole course from the original Wii Sports game, in addition to a newly developed nine-hole course based on Golf US Course, a Famicom game that Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata helped develop more than 25 years ago. Wii U owners can play a free 24-hour trial of Wii Sports Club, which lets players sample all three sports. The trial offer is open to everyone, even to people who previously sampled the 24-hour free trial. A Club Pass for the full golf game, allowing unlimited access, can be purchased for $9.99. Boxing and baseball will be coming to Wii Sports Club in 2014.

Finally! I’ve been waiting for this one ever since they first showed the Wii U off at E3 a couple of years ago.

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NES Remix: Select parts from 16 classic NES games have been remixed with new challenges. For example, players might be tasked with completing a familiar Super Mario Bros. stage while running to the left. Or they might encounter a revamped level of Donkey Kong that allows them to play as Link from The Legend of Zelda series. NES Remix includes Miiverse compatibility, so players with broadband Internet access can show off their skills, complete with cool 8-bit stamps. NES Remix is now available exclusively in the Nintendo eShop for $14.99.

I’m eager to try this out and put my skills to the test. This is a pretty cool way for Nintendo to leverage their library of classic games, and I hear it’s surprisingly substantial, which is good, given the admittedly hefty price.

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Dr. Luigi: The Year of Luigi continues to deliver surprises, with a new title starring Mario’s green-clad brother. 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. The game comes with a Dr. Mario mode, Wii U GamePad compatibility and online play, so wannabe virus busters from all around the world can compete. Dr. Luigi launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on December 31 for $14.99.

This sounds like fun! I never did get Dr. Mario: Online RX, and I guess this sort of negates the need? That actually saddens me, slightly. Still, it’s funny to see Luigi follow his older bro into the pharmaceutical business, though Mario seems to show a touch more professionalism by not wearing his cap to this job. Also, a strange thing: The virus designs on the left are different, but in the playing field, they look just like the original three.

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Super Smash Bros.: Rosalina, who was introduced in the Super Mario Galaxy games for Wii and makes a surprise appearance in the new Super Mario 3D World for Wii U, will be a playable character, accompanied by her starry friend, Luma. The game will launch in stores and the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in 2014.

Oh, Nintendo, you are a dirty, dirty tease! In the Nintendo Direct video, this portion opens by making it look like Kirby might be joining Mario Kart, answering a plea for a full Nintendo roster of racers fans have had for years. But nope; Rosalina comes down to put the star warrior in his place pretty quickly, and reveals herself to be the latest addition to the Super Smash Bros. roster. Meanwhile, Daisy fans are left steaming.

That aside, I’m cool with this; I love Rosalina, though they seem to have gotten rid of that cool echo effect her voice had previously. She looks like she’ll be interesting to use, too, as she’s accompanied by Luma, who looks like he might act somewhat independently of the princess of the stars. One positive to take away from this is that if they do operate separately to a degree, that’s a good sign for the Ice Climbers, who people have been worried about being dumped due to trying to get the same rosters working on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

Incidentally, that intro… could Rainbow Road be a new stage to fight on?

With that, there’s just one more game left:

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Mario Kart 8: New playable characters include Rosalina and various “Baby” Nintendo characters, like Baby Mario and Baby Luigi. New course settings include an airport, the desert and high in the clouds, and vehicles include UFOs, four-wheel ATV buggies, standard karts and bikes.

Sigh, who keeps asking for the babies to come back? Were they tracked as widely-used in Mario Kart Wii? I just don’t get it– they’ve even made a Baby Daisy just for the series, but I don’t know of anyone who is that big a fan of the lot. I guess they must have their audience somewhere.

Between Super Mario 3D World and Super Smash Bros., plus being in the last two entries in this series, I don’t think Rosalina’s inclusion is much of a surprise any more. I am curious about the new UFO vehicles they mention, though. As for stages, the airport looks neat, but I hope we get more like the Shy Guy Bazaar and Piranha Plant Pipeline from Mario Kart 7— the ones which really brought the worlds of the regular Mario games to life.

That’s pretty much it, but that’s also plenty for now, wouldn’t you say? 2014 is looking pretty good!

This week’s Nintendo Download is pretty heavily loaded with games and other things for the Nintendo 3DS, while the Wii U only gets a single, solitary Virtual Console title for itself. Fortunately, it’s a good one. But first…

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3D Space Harrier – Almost a year ago, SEGA began following Nintendo’s “3D Classics” lead by converting some of their classic titles to take advantage of the stereoscopic 3D effects available on the Nintendo 3DS. Strangely, there was no word and no impending release for the games in North America… at least, not until a recent announcement revealed we would get them, after all.

3D Space Harrier is the first of these titles, is now available in the Nintendo eShop for $5.99. It is a 3D shooter, much like Star Fox or parts of Kid Icarus: Uprising, and hopefully the 3D effects will prove to work as well here as they did in those titles. Plus, it has new touchscreen controls, hopefully improving performance. Enter the Fantasy Zone as you try to save the peaceful Land of Dragons from vicious creatures with your oversized energy gun.

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3D Super Hang-On – This is the 3D sibling to SEGA’s Space Harrier this week. For the same price, this motorcycle racing game spans 48 tracks and four continents, and features tilt controls and a “Moving Cabinet Mode”, which one can only assume is meant to somehow evoke the interactive ride-on arcade cabinet from when the game first debuted.

There are currently eight SEGA titles in the series, including Sonic the Hedgehog, so six more are on the way.

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Pokémon: BW Rival Destinies – Starting with this week’s initial batch of ten episodes, five new episodes of the animated series will be uploaded to the Nintendo eShop every Thursday until December 26th.

Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre – Ever wanted to visit the world-famous Louvre museum in France? Well now you can tour its halls, all without having to leave your home! Nintendo issued a surprise Nintendo Direct to cover it, which you can see above.

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Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom – Ryu’s final adventure from the original Ninja Gaiden trilogy comes to the Nintendo 3DS, as he seeks to find out who framed him for the murder of his love interest, CIA agent Irene Lew. Despite actually being a prequel to Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos, Ryu has more advanced techniques at his disposal here as he challenges the mysterious BIO-NOIDS.

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My Exotic Farm – It’s farming, but in the savanna! But rather than cows and chickens, you’ll be cultivating giraffes, lions, elephants, crocodiles, and ostriches.

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Race to the Line – For just $3.99, this racing games lets you choose from ten cars as you race through four types of competitions and challenges in eight tracks spanning the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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Young Justice: Legacy – “One Will Rise. One Will Fall. One Will Die.” Probably not words comfortable to fans of the cartoon show, as that series wound up being the one to die (thanks, Cartoon Network). Nonetheless, you get to assemble a team from six young heroes who are mentored by the likes of Superman and Batman as they take on twelve villainous fiends.

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Heathcliff: Spot On – This one is available on Nintendo DSiWare, for those interested, and features the high jinks of the fat orange cat of the comics pages who isn’t Garfield as you solve over 120 different puzzles.

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Your Favorite Gaming Friends – This week, it’s Mario’s turn! Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2 are on sale on both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops for $3.49. The Nintendo 3DS rounds out its sale lineup with the delightfully unique Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (featuring the debut of Wario) for $2.79, and Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (click for my review) for $6.99.

On Wii U, you can get the original arcade classic Mario Bros. for $3.49, and Super Mario World is available for $5.59.

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Shin Megami Tensei IV – Wrapping up the Nintendo 3DS this week is another sale, this one for $20 off Shin Megami Tensei IV in the Nintendo eShop until 9am PT on December 2nd. “New to the series?” Nintendo asks. “Critics call Shin Megami Tensei IV one of the best entry points for the storied RPG franchise.”

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Contra III: The Alien Wars – Finally, we come to this, our sole Wii U release. And all I can think to myself is “No! No! No!”

Don’t get me wrong; Contra III: The Alien Wars is one of my favorite games, and it’s what convinced my parents that a Super NES was worth the investment. I love Contra, period, and that’s the problem. Konami keeps releasing Super C and this title, seemingly at random (both for Wii, albeit in reverse order, then Super C on Nintendo 3DS and this now on Wii U), but they’re not releasing the original Contra. You know, the one that made the Konami Code famous?

So on a personal note, I hate seeing this show up today. I want the game, but what I want is to play through the whole trilogy in one go, and they aren’t letting me do that. And don’t even get me started on Contra: Hard Corps, which– being a Nintendo kid– I had to miss out on.

That said, if that sort of thing doesn’t bother you at all, then by all means get Contra III. It’s fantastic, especially with two players. Hard as nails, but fantastic.

And that’s it for this week! As always, click the corresponding links above to learn more about each of this week’s titles, including more info, screens, and even some video here and there. Oh, and if you happen to be reading this from the States, Happy Thanksgiving!