Nintendo have just finished yet another Direct. This time it is solely about the 3DS predominately so that, I hope, to clear the path for the eventual NX Direct that will come out soon (please, Nintendo!).
Once again, if you don’t know what a Nintendo Direct is; it is basically a thirty minute presentation where Nintendo announces new games and products for their systems. They are streamed on Twitch.tv and Youtube and usually involve plenty of whimsy.
So without further adieu, let us go through each interesting announcement:
- Super Mario Maker, a game where you can create your own Mario levels, is coming to the 3DS. It is a port of the Wii U version, one of the best games on that console, and is out on the 2nd of December. One massive problem: you can’t share you levels online. That is one of the biggest and best things about the original version, so it is a real buzz kill that Nintendo are removing it. There will be one hundred Nintendo made levels, but it is certainly not the same.
- Yoshi’s Woolly World is also getting ported to the 3DS. It is a direct port with one exception, Nintendo are adding a dog, called Poochy, who you can play on bonus stages and can be used as special eggs that help you find secret areas. I haven’t played the original Woolly World, but this game looks like a great version of it. Oh and there will be an incredibly cute Amiibo of Poochy along with several short films based around his and Yoshi’s life together. It comes out on the 3rd of February 2017
- A new Pikmin game is being released. There isn’t an official or a release date (outside of 2017). It sacrifices the pseudo-RTS roots of the original for a more action orientated 2D puzzle platformer with Pikmin controlling abilities. Looks and sounds cool, but Pikmin has never really been up my alley so I have no real opinion on it.
- Rhythm Heaven: Megamix is coming to Europe on
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the only Animal Crossing game I really got into, is getting a massive update four years since its release. It adds Amiibo support to the game which means you’ll be able to add extra villagers and clothes via special Animal Crossing Amiibos that will be released consecutively. There will also be a special Animal Crossing Direct later in the year that will probably involve more details on the project and maybe even Nintendo’s Animal Crossing mobile game they announced earlier in the year.
- Mario Sports Superstars was announced. It is a collection of four sports: Football (the real kind, not the American version), Tennis, Golf and Horse-Racing. It actually looks lots of fun, especially when compared to that stillborn tennis game Nintendo released not so long ago. It was said that each sport will be “fully featured” and will have “hidden depth” to it, along with online multiplayer, which sounds pretty exciting. It will be released in 2017.
- Picross 3D Round 2 will be coming out on the 2nd of December. No idea what Picross is, but I’m sure someone is hyped.
- Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is delayed until early 2017.
- A new eShop game, Tank Troopers, was announced. It looks like Nintendo’s answer to World of Tanks but smaller in scope, with each tank having its own character and special abilities. It has Local and Online multiplayer.
- If you buy Pokémon Sun or Moon early, your Snorlax can learn a special ability called Pulverising Pancake.
- New Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks inspired DLC released for Hyrule Warriors, along with new Amiibos that will work with Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wind.
- Some more information on Ever Oasis: it is being directed by the man who made Final Fantasy 1 through 3. Looks like a dungeon-crawling game combined with Harvest Moon.
And that is about it. Decidedly below average Direct, but there are still games I will be buying out of those announced (that sports game looks sick). I just hope the next proper Direct is all about the NX.
Source: Nintendo Direct