Everything Else from Nintendo Direct – 5/17/13

We’ve looked at Nintendo’s announcement of their exclusive partnership with SEGA and more of what to expect from New Super Luigi U; here is the rest of what Nintendo had to announce today, provided you didn’t watch the Nintendo Direct and don’t simply wish to watch it in the embedded video above.


  • The Wonderful 101 for Wii U now has a release date on September 15th, with additional details coming after E3.
  • Game & Wario will be released in the Wii U eShop and at retail on June 23rd for $39.99, and three new games were unveiled for it: “Island,” which lets two to five people launch little creatures called Fronks onto islands in the sea to score points; “Patchwork,” a puzzle game that tests players’ pattern-recognition skills; and “Kung-Fu,” which challenges players to help Young Cricket navigate a course safely using the forward-looking view on the TV and the top-down view on the GamePad. More details about the game can now be found in the newest Iwata Asks feature.
  • Resident Evil Revelations comes to the Wii U on May 21st, and a free demo is currently available in the Wii U eShop. The game will allow Pro Controller play as well as gameplay on the Wii U GamePad, including off-TV play, and features new game content (such as the more difficult “Infernal” mode) and Miiverse integration. Using the GamePad, players can also look at their map and switch items without having to pause the game.
  • Exclusively at participating Best Buy locations in the United States and Canada, unreleased games will be playable on their Wii U kiosks during the week of E3. More details are to come regarding which locations and which games.


  • Pikmin 3 arrives on the Wii U on August 4th, and features three new playable characters in Alph, Brittany, and Charlie. The three are out to collect the seeds of local fruit to save their home planet, are employ the native Pikmin to help them accomplish this goal. With the GamePad (dubbed the KopPad in-game), players can look over the map and see what each character is up to and where their Pikmin are. A variety of control options are available, including Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk, the Pro Controller, the Wii U GamePad, the GamePad in off-TV mode, or even use the Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk with the GamePad serving as the monitor.

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf is coming to Nintendo 3DS on June 9th, and Nintendo is revealing more about the game through a series of videos from the Treehouse localization team, such as the one seen above. A new Animal Crossing: New Leaf puzzle is available in the StreetPass Mii Plaza, and those who use Swapnote might find a special themed message there as well.
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will be available May 24th, and will feature eight additional new levels not seen in the Wii version of the title, each based on one of the worlds found throughout the game.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages arrive in the Nintendo 3DS eShop on May 30th, and for the first three weeks after launch, you can get them for $4.99 each before the price goes up to their regular $5.99. Simply put, it’s a two for $10 type of deal.
  • Finally, more games from SEGA’s Game Gear handheld system are coming to the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. The list of titles includes: Columns, Crystal Warriors, Defenders of Oasis, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, G-LOC: Air Battles, Shining Force II: The Sword of Hajya, Sonic Blast, Sonic Drift 2, Sonic Labyrinth, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Tails Adventure, and Vampire: Master of Darkness.

Interestingly, Sonic Blast and Sonic Labyrinth were supposed to be out with the last batch of Game Gear titles, yet never materialized. Maybe they’ll fare better this time?

And that’s it from today’s surprise Nintendo Direct. More news as it comes!


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