Friends, lend me your ears (or.. eyes?) and I will give you the lowdown on the high ups, straight from Nintendo themselves. The Nintendo Direct brought a bunch of news and announcements, so find out everything your inner child (and outer adult) wants to know here!
Yesterday, we got a nice bunch of details on what’s coming in 2016 for WiiU and 3DS titles. Below you’ll find each update in the order of reveal during the Nintendo Direct. Enjoy!
First up: Star Fox Zero
Ah, the beloved Star Fox Series. The Nintendo 64 release barrel rolled it’s way into our hearts and has since left an empty spot that even maining Fox in smash bros. could not fill. Well, finally we have some new details to share with all you Arwing-lovers!
The release date: April 2016 for WiiU
Additional Details: A secondary, smaller game called Star Fox Guard will be included in a bundle version of SFZ. In this tower defense-esque game, you defend Grippy Toad’s mining Facility from some robots who want to F S U. Use cameras to spot the intruders and shoot em with lasers! Kinda reminds me of Five nights at Freddys. But with Space Frogs… and just regular old robots.
Pricing: Star Fox Zero can be purchased by itself from the Nintendo eShop for $49.99, while the packaged version comes with the Star Fox Guard game at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
Next Up: Splatoon Updates!
(Put on yo Squid Hat Baby!)
You’re a Kid! You’re a Squid! You’re a…. have we figured it out yet? According to Nintendo, Splatoon is still alive and well, and will be receiving some balancing updates and new weapons combinations.
Update #1 contains gameplay balancing and gear updates and will arrive on March 8th, followed by the weapon additions at a later date.
Coming Straight Outta Rio:
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games!
Let’s…. Let’s just leave this one right here. This might be fun for the kids who enjoy both series. New features include: Soccer Beach Volleyball and some kind of gymnastics.
Launches June 24th for the WiiU.
Let’s “build up another level” of excitement for:
Super Mario Maker Updates!
The update, coming March 9th, will bring in some new items and game play changes:
New Items: (Shake the regular version of these items to transform them!)
New Gameplay Features:
The Intense Super Expert Mode has been added to the 100 Mario Challenge and 12 new Mystery mushrooms have been added as well.
We know Tetra from the Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker / Phantom Hourglass will be one of these mystery mushroom costumes, as well as Wolf Link from Twilight Princess!
And Now, Some New Games!
Tokyo Mirage Session #FE
“I don’t need more Paper Mario games in my life”
– Said no one ever.
Planned for 2016, Paper Mario Color Splash is all about paper and paint! How artistic. return color to the land. Use Mario’s new paint hammer, splashing paint wherever it hits. The game features card based battle game play and will debut on the Wii U sometime this year. Stay Tuned.
UP NEXT, SMASH THAT BURST BUTTON,
CUZ IT’S POKKéN TOURNAMENT BOIIEEEE
I am so excited for this game. We get a nice overview on how the ranking and progression system works in single player. A breakdown was given on fast vs heavy pokemon in fights, as well as some character highlights on Lucario, Machamp and Gengar.
There will be a special Shadow Mewtwo Amiibo card available for “early adopters” (pre-order?)
Release Date: March 18th, 2016 (Wii U)
We left once, but… We have to go back!
The Legend of Zelda, Twilight Princess was an instant classic to me from the moment I picked it up on the Gamecube. Check out this video, a final part of a 4 epsiode retrospective sereis from the developers on how it was reborn in HD on the Wii U! This game is out now! Be sure to pick up the Wolf Link Amiibo for some additional in game functionality. Also, existing Zelda Smash Bros. Amiibos will offer in game functionality for Twilight Pricess HD as well!
For those who are bummed that Club Nintendo got discontinued:
My Nintendo is the replacement for Nintendo’s old player rewards and loyalty program. The new program promises to be more than just a traditional points system, and is said to have more comprehensive and integrated features that will reward players for interacting with Nintendo products and services, in a variety of new ways.
Nintendo is nearly ready to release their first official smart phone app, called Miitomo. more details to come.
Some new age platforming is always welcome!
Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2 is a 2D action/platforming game in the style of the Japanese classics of yesteryear. The great controls, crisp graphics, unique play mechanics, epic boss battles that you remember from the first installment are all here, along with a host of brand new features!
ANNOUNCING ANOTHER FIRE EMBLEM DLC CHARACTER FOR SUPER SMASH BROTHERS
(Just Kidding, Fire Emblem Fates DLC!)
A new path has been revealed! This DLC arrives March 10th on the 3DS.
The DLC pack is available via the “Explore Fates” Menu. Revelation can be purchased for $20 USD.
Revelation’s key feature is that it allows the player to choose to not side with Hosido or Nohr.
Retro Fans Rejoice! SNES Classics come to 3DS Virtual Console!
New Nintendo 3DS systems will be receiving an update to virtual console (sorry older 3DS owners!)
SNES titles will start to be released with special features, optimized for New 3DS, such as”Perfect Pixel Mode”, which displays each game in it’s original resolution. There are many classic titles coming to the eShop, let’s go over what to expect!
Hack and Slash Madness in Hyrule Warriors Legends!
Get ready for All new content and characters in this 3DS port of Hyrule Warriors for Wii U!
Release Date Mar 25, 2016
The Bravest Little Sequel!
Monster Hunter “Crosses” over to the West in Monster Hunter Generations!
Previously known as “Monster Hunter Cross” in Japan, the extremely popular action RPG installment gets a release date for the US!
There is so much to love about this game and this one surely does not look as if it will disappoint!
Release Date: Summer 2016
Check out Metroid Prime Federation Force!
This game may not have Samus in it, but the creators want the players to know that there are fun multiplayer aspects to this game. We know the game will support the New 3DS Circle pad pro for camera movements, that there is a class based tank/dps/healer dynamic to the gameplay and that solo play is available as well as multiplayer action via internet and local play as well. Metroid Prime: Federation Force is releasing in late-spring 2016 for Nintendo 3DS.
And Finally,Kirby Planet Robobot!
I love a good Kirby game. this one is going to have amiibo support and looks really fun and fresh.
Kirby Planet Robobot launches for Nintendo 3DS on June 10th, 2016
Man, what a journey. Here’s some honorable mentions from the direct that I didn’t highlight.
Thanks for reading!
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