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Nintendo Direct Roundup
Nintendo have discussed more than a dozen new games for the 3DS system in its most recent Nintendo Direct video. Handheld fans can look forward to a portable Super Mario Maker, Yoshi’s Woolley World and a handheld iteration of Pikmin. Nintendo also revealed new Amiibo figures and Animal Crossing cards as well as a StreetPass Mii Plaza update.
Below is a summary of the Nintendo Direct announcements and the full video can be found on the Nintendo website.
Pikmin for Nintendo 3DS (Name TBA): A side-scrolling adventure based on the Pikmin franchise in which Pikmin follow Olimar and players can throw them by using the 3DS touchscreen. The game takes a slightly new direction, designed to be a fast paced action title. Due for release in 2017.
Mario Sports Superstars: A five-sport compilation including full-fledged versions of baseball, tennis, golf, horse racing and football/soccer games. The game includes single-player tournaments for each sport, plus local and online multiplayer modes. Due for release Spring 2017.
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS: A Handheld version of the Wii U version including almost all of the tools available in the original and the inclusion of interactive lessons. A new feature for the 3DS version allows players who each have their own game and system to collaborate on level designs by sharing them with one another locally before they’re complete. Courses can’t be shared online but players can download and play select courses from the Wii U version as well as 100 Nintendo designed courses and challenges. Due to release on December 2nd 2016.
Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World: A 3DS version of the Wii U title which includes every original stage as well as new features. New stages will be available that focus on Poochy. Nintendo and Japanese stop-motion animation studio Dwarf are collaborating on 30 animated shorts featuring Yoshi and Poochy that will be included in the Nintendo 3DS version of the game. A yarn Amiibo figure of Poochy will also launch at the same time as the game on February 3rd 2017.
Picross 3D Round 2: A new version of the block based puzzler. Blocks can be painted with 2 colours to reveal more elaborate shapes. Using the numbers as hints, players can search for hidden objects in over 300 puzzles and can use compatible Amiibos to find hidden Nintendo characters. A demo as well as the full game can be downloaded now.
Ever Oasis: A new game based in a sprawling desert with an Oasis at its heart. Players will venture into the desert to locate dungeons and will take allies with specific weapons and skill-sets along the way for support. Items found in the desert can be used as materials for crafting or to give to travellers that visit the oasis. Due for release in 2017.
Tank Troopers: Players will take control a tank which they can customise through special characteristics of tank-pilot troopers, enabling a range of abilities such as disabling electric shocks, blinding paintballs and freeze attacks. Tank troopers offers 6 player multiplayer and Download Play.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice: Phoenix Wright will visit the Kingdom of Khura’in using new investigation techniques to solve new puzzles and reach the truth. A new gameplay mechanic will be introduced in the form of the Divination Séance, which allows the player to revisit the last moments of a victim’s life. More on the game can be found in Games Bulletin’s earlier article here. Due for release on September 8th 2016.
Hyrule Warriors Legends: The third DLC pack, the Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks Pack, is available now in the in-game Extras menu. The pack includes new character, Toon Zelda and the Sand Wand for Toon Link as well as a new map and other extras.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf: A free new update will be coming later in the year and will expand the game by adding compatibility with the Animal Crossing Amiibo figures. 50 new Amiibo cards will also be coming in December that will include villager not available originally, giving players a chance to bring them into their towns. A new version will be released for those who do not already own it called Animal Crossing: New Leaf Welcome Amiibo which includes the update and an Amiibo card.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon: Some Pokémon found in the new Alola Region will have unique looks adapted to the regions native environment. A new element is to be introduced called a Z-Move, a powerful skill initiated when the Pokémon and their trainer use their powers together. Pokémon are given a Z-Crystal which will dictate the type of Z-Move that the Pokémon can use. Those who purchases Sun or Moon on release (November 18th 2016) will receive Munchlax in the game and a ‘Snorlium Z’ crystal which will unlock the special move, Pulverizing Pancake. For more information, visit Games Bulletin earlier article here or use the search bar at the top of the screen.
Mario Party Star Rush: A party style game with 7 modes including Toad Scramble in which every player controls a Toad in an open map with Mushroom Kingdom allies waiting on the board to help with bosses. In another mode, Mario Shuffle, players must manoeuvre three pieces to their opponent’s side of the board. Super Mario series Amiibos will be compatible and seven new figures will be release including Waluigi, Daisy and a glow-in-the-dark Boo. Due for release on November 4th 2016.
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past: A new version of the PlayStation original which has been completely remade and has new content included. A new StreetPass feature will allow players to swap traveller’s tablets and access new dungeons and items, Online distributions will also allow players to encounter new monsters, explore new dungeons and obtain unique items. Due to release September 16th 2016.
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice: A 3DS exclusive that focuses on speed and mirrors the tone of the Sonic Boom animated series. Players will take control of a range of characters from the franchise in classic 2D side scrolling style, with the ability to switch between them in order to harness their unique abilities. The title will come with a three-episode Sonic Boom DVD. Due for release September 27th 2016.
Yo-Kai Watch 2: The second instalment will be split into 2 titles, Fleshy Souls and Bony Spirits, each with unique Yo-Kai. In this title, players will travel back to the past to watch the origin of the Yo-Kai and put an end to an age-old war between 2 warring factions. Retail versions will come with a physical medal that will unlock a new Soultimate move for Jibanyan and the digital versions will come with the chance to befriend Robonyan F or Sailornyan. A demo will be coming mid-September and the launch is due for September 30th 2016.
Disney Magical World 2: Players can enjoy a range of adventures in six Disney-themed worlds, including exploring the world of Frozen, dancing with Disney princesses or soaring through special Magical Dream events. Players will a variety of Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Ariel, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck. Players who preorder the game through the Nintendo eShop will gain 3 in-game outfits from Frozen. Due for release October 14th 2016.
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse: The title follows the story of Shin Megami Tensei IV and will show another side to the story and includes multiple endings. The game has already been released in Japan with huge success and those who order the first run retail version will get a metal emblem set as a bonus.
StreetPass Mii Plaza: A new update which is available now adds a Quick Plaza to streamline StreetPass gameplay. Premium members can now use the new “Line” feature to hold up to 100 encountered players Mii characters instead of 10. Five new, StreetPass games are also purchasable: Slot Car Rivals, Market Crashers, Feed Mii, Mii Trek and Ninja Launcher. Everyone who downloads the StreetPass Mii Plaza update can choose to get either Slot Car Rivals or Market Crashers for free, while the four other new games will be available in a bundle.
The Legend of Zelda: Fans will be able to download The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, for the Virtual Console service today in Nintendo eShop for Wii U. Four new Amiibo figures from the Zelda franchise will also be available: 8-Bit Link, Ocarina of Time Link and a two-pack that includes both Toon Link and Zelda from The Wind Waker. These Amiibo will work the same as Super Smash Bros versions and will also have special functionality in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild when it launches next year.
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