With the first Nintendo Direct since the passing of former President Saturo Iwata, there were a lot of mixed feelings. While the anticipation of new Nintendo games is always fun, there was a bit of a somber tone to the Nov. 12 live stream. Instead of Iwata, Nintendo of America President opened, made note of the company’s loss and promised great things from Nintendo.
He wasn’t lying. The very first announcement was the confirmation of The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD for the Wii U. Revamped for the Wii U, this is the best this game has ever looked. There will also be a Wolf Link Amiibo. You can pre-order the Game/Amiibo package and get a soundtrack for free. Fans who feared this title means another push back for Zelda U can put their worries to rest as the game was confirmed for a 2016 release. On top of that, Nintendo announced some save data from the Wolf Link Amiibo will carry over. They haven’t confirmed why though, but speculation over where in the timeline this game takes place can begin. On a smaller scale, Triforce Heroes, there will be a new update that includes new maps and Fierce Deity Armour.
Moving away from Zelda, Nintendo announced Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon. This series has gained some serious traction over the years, and it promises to deliver the same gameplay that made it famous. Splatoon gets a surprise update today and a new level tomorrow. On top of that, Nintendo will host a live Nintendo Treehouse Splatoon tournament that will be streamed on their twitch channel this December. Then it was Mario Maker’s turn. Nintendo intends to make a portal site for your PC or smartphone. This is a refined course finder planned for December.
Then Nintendo went on a tear of upcoming Wii U titles. They shed light on a quiz mode for Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival and Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash. The later will also have Amiibo compatibility so players can always have someone in their corners. Dec. 4 2015 is the release date for Monolith’s Upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles X. Starfox Zero got a new release date for April 22, 2016, Pokken Tournament got a new gameplay trailer and a new Splatoon/ Super Smash Bros U bundle was announced as well.
The 3DS will also get a new Super Mario 3D World bundle, along with the first Final Fantasy title on Nintendo’s 3D handheld titled Explorers. And if you were worried about which Fire Emblem game to get, there will be a bundle with both stories available. Aside from that, while it might be late, the 3DS will receive Megaman Legacy Collection on Feb.23 2016 with Amiibo capabilities and a new gold Mega Man Amiibo. You can also download Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow via the e-Shop on Feb 27. 2016. To continue the theme of overdue titles, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the cursed King, will make their way to the 3DS this summer and a little later 2016 this year.
Also, Cloud will be a playable character in Smash Bros. Goodnight everyone, Nintendo won the Internet.