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Posted on February 14, 2013 by Drew Bergmark

Nintendo made a lot off announcements or updates in the latest Nintendo Direct which featured Mario's brother Luigi for the majority of the time. Despite it being teased as a 3DS presentation, there were a lot of Wii U announcements including one for a brand new Deluxe bundle. Featuring appearances by Reggie and Miyamoto, this Nintendo Direct is jam packed with information which I've written out for those interested in reading instead of watching the nearly 40 minute presentation. You can watch the presentation directly below or continue to read on with plenty of announcements.

 
Starting off the Nintendo Direct, President Iwata was wearing a Luigi hat to remark on how Mario's twin brother has been snubbed out of the spotlight over the last twenty-nine years. In Japan in 1983, the original Mario Bros arcade cabinet was released having the duo take out turtles that were coming out of pipes and to this day Luigi hasn't taken the lead role in a game more than a handful of times. That's right when Iwata shows off a logo for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. A small fact that only a few people know is that the original Luigi's Mansion that launched the Gamecube in fall 2001 was designed for not just 3D graphics but also 3D visuals and now with the capabilities of the 3DS it seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring it back.
 

During the gameplay demo for Dark Moon, Miyamoto shows off what has been brought back and what new has been updated to Luigi's personal nightmare. Luigi's Poltergust 5000 and flashlight are back with a few new gadgets to boot makings a longer and more interesting experience comparing to the original. As the Gamecube wasn't used for internet capability, Miyamoto thought he would take advantage of several technological advantages creating a new cooperative mode that lets up to four people fight off ghosts from the 'ScareScraper' in a horde-mode like multiplayer game. You'll be able to play it over local wireless and Nintendo's online service. In Hunter Mode, you'll need to eliminate all of the ghosts while in Rush Mode you'll need to complete objectives and get to your goal before time runs out. The final cooperative mode is called Polterpup Mode which will allow you to catch ghost dogs. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon will be coming out on March 24th in North America, the 28th in Europe and on the 20th in Japan.

The next game featured during this morning's Nintendo Direct is Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. It's a RPG that takes place in Luigi's dream causing Luigi to become very powerful giving him the role of being stronger and quicker than Mario yet still following Mario as he has done for the last three decades. It'll be released during the summer but since we didn't receive a release date I can expect that we'll hear more about the game at E3. The third game to be talked about during Nintendo Direct brings Mario back to the golf course in the latest version of Mario Golf, subtitled World Tour. The game features several interesting backgrounds but as President Iwata reassures us, the game will be playable for those who have experience with the sport or for those who have never picked up a club before. From looking at the courses, they look pretty straight to the point allowing even the lower novice players the potential of getting Par every hole. Mario Golf: World Tour will be coming out this summer as well.

As Nintendo teased the Nintendo Direct presentation to just sticking with 3DS titles, I was shocked to hear that he wanted to announce a Wii U game for Mario's brother. Adding onto Super Mario Brothers U's features, Nintendo will be releasing a brand new downloadable title called Super Luigi U. For the first time, Mario won't be joining Luigi on a side-scrolling adventure. However, no release date was announced as Iwata quickly transitioned to talking about another green Nintendo character: Link. On the Miiverse, Nintendo hadn't released a discussion community for the Legend of Zelda games yet so Nintendo released one for the entire franchise.

All of a sudden, President Iwata cut out making the presentation seem like it was done with Bill Trinen from Nintendo Treehouse. He started off by reminding everyone that Fire Emblem: Awakening was released and was doing critically well. There is free downloadable content that was released but will only be free until March 5th so if you plan on getting the game and you have Nintendo Online, you should probably add it to your eShop queue. There is also another bit of DLC called the "Champions Pack" that currently costs $4, but on the same day as the previously mentioned content will be available for $2.50, the "Champions Pack" will jump up to $6. The "Champions Pack" will feature all the DLC (excluding the Golden Pack) mentioned here in this Nintendo Direct review from the Fire Emblem game. Today, a new piece of content is released as well at will only cost you $2.50 as additional maps and a new storyline will be purchasable if you reach the Outrealm Gate. As the content is called "Champions of Yore 3", you'll get the character statistical bonuses and a Micaiah card.

The final bit of additional content for Fire Emblem is the "Golden Pack" which will feature a completely new storyline, an additional XP bonus for all characters and a chance to earn a tremendous amount of gold to boost your experience during the other storylines. Bill Trinen said that Fire Emblem will be supported with more content over the next few weeks and months to come. The next title that Bill Trinen mentions is Animal Crossing: New Leaf which I wrote about getting released during the spring time. Bill states that "the wait is almost over" as it'll be release on June 9th in North America and the 14th in Europe. Australia hasn't received an official release date outside of Q2. There are tons of new updates to the game that the developers have called "the definitive version of Animal Crossing". Players will be able to show off their homes via StreetPass and meet up with franchise favorite characters.

 
The next game that Bill brings up is Style Savvy: Trendsetters which I know all of you are just dying to play. New content will be available today that feature fashions from Animal Crossing so now your anime-looking avatar will look more outlandish than usual. Moving on to something more desirable from what the regular game blog reading audience might find appealing, the Wii U exclusive title LEGO City Undercover is talked about a little bit. The game will be coming out in North America on March 18th as it'll be coming to Europe on the 28th. The game is developed by TT Fusion who has made every single LEGO video game since 2007 that appeared on Nintendo devices. Bill is really excited for this open-world game as it's not only a first for the franchise but it's a first for all Nintendo consoles. 3DS gamers haven't been forgotten as LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins will be coming to the 3DS on April 21st for North America and Europe. Though the game comes out a month after the Wii U version, The Chase Begins sets up the story to City Undercover.

Next up from Bill is Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge. For those looking to get the updated game on any other console that the Wii U, it'll be coming out for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 in North America on April 2nd, April 4th in Japan and the 5th in Europe. Nintendo will be publishing the game outside of the Japanese release. In addition to the updates from the original Ninja Gaiden 3, you'll be able to now play as Kasumi plus three more characters from the Dead or Alive franchise and Bill said there will be another update coming later in February which will feature one new costume for each of the characters in addition to 25 new Ninja Trial missions and will be free.

Continuing with talking about Wii U software, Nintendo will finally be releasing Wii Street U which allows users to use Google Street Map to look at the world from the cameras of Google's Street view cars and it'll be free for a limited amount of time. Bill Trinen throws the press conference over to Kit Ellis of Nintendo of America PR to discuss weird 3DS titles. HarmoKnight for the 3DS reminds me of a classic 32-bit Mario version of the trippy music indie game 'bit.trip'. As the only two things you do is jump and attack, you string along with a steady melodies to contextualize the actions in the world to a pre-made musical scores which include many Pokémon classics as the game is developed by GameFreak who has worked on the franchise since the late 90's. HarmoKnight will be available on March 28th in North America but hasn't had confirmation for any other regions outside of Japan.

The next game that Kit mentions is Kersploosh, which is a game that you play as an object falling down a well. In classic Nintendo imagination, the object, whether it be a simple stone or Russian nesting dolls, tumble out of the way of obstructions blocking its way to finally land down in the water. It'll be available on the eShop in North America on March 7th. Even though earlier in the presentation President Iwata mentioned that this year was the year of Luigi, Mario has to have a game without his Italian brother. Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is the fifth game in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong Gameboy franchise. The game is a puzzle game that you need to figure out the quickest way to get your character from the pipe to star as fast as possible while collecting all of the coins. There isn't a release date but we'll be sure to update you when new announcements come out.

Last year, Nintendo released a new IP for the 3DS called Dillon's Rolling Western and this year a sequel has already been planned as it's called Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger. For those who don't know the franchise, Dillon's Rolling Western is an action tower defense game in which you and your towers attack enemies that come into your sights. Similar to how the early versions of Advanced Wars were: while going through the campaign, you defeat bosses and then bring them to your side of the fight. The Last Ranger will be coming to the eShop on April 11th in North America but hasn't received an official release date for Europe or other regions. Available on the Virtual Console for the 3DS soon, Harvest Moon and Legend of the River King from Natsume originally came out on the Gameboy Color but Kit said it would be released in the 'coming months'.

 
For those looking to have an incentive to pick up Nintendo's latest handheld the 3DS XL, you should know that when you register online with the XL and either Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon or Pokémon Mystery Dungeon between March 21st and April 30th: Gates to Infinity, you'll receive one of the following titles for free: Super Mario 3D Land, Freakyforms Deluxe, Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask and StarFox 64 3D. For those who want to catch with some eShop titles, here are some discounts that Nintendo have set:
  • bit.trip saga - $10 - Starting today
  • Crashmo - $6 - Starting February 21st
  • Fractured Soul - $8 - Starting February 28th
  • Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword - $5 - Starting March 7th
  • Ketzal's Corridors - $5 - March 14th
  • Mutant Mudds - $6 - Starting March 21st

Kit Ellis wanted to remind everyone that purchased the Wii U Deluxe set that when you purchase any game off of the Wii U eShop, you get 10% of your credits back to you from your purchases. For those of you who haven't registered your Deluxe Wii U online, here is the link to the promotional website. Kit wraps up his segment and kicked it over to Damon Baker of the Licensing Department who is holding the Hyrule Historia book that just recently released in North America. On February 17th for those people in the US and Canada who haven't purchased the newest Nintendo console yet, Nintendo is offering a Deluxe Wii U set that features a Pro Controller with ZombiU and the game's collectible art booklet. The bundle will be priced at $389.99 in the US; as if you were to purchase everything separately you'd spend over $70 more.

For those looking into additional bit.trip games, Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien will be out on February 26th and continues the legacy of the music-platformer franchise. On Steam, the newest bit.trip game is priced at $15. Zen Pinball is the next Wii U eShop title which will be free on the Wii U this month. Next month, the sequel to cute side-scrolling Toki Tori will be released on the Wii U featuring off-screen gameplay, meaning you'll be able to play the game on the GamePad if someone wants to watch TV or play on a different console. Moving to 3DS titles, Konami has confirmed that Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate will be released on the handheld on March 5th in North America, the 8th in Europe and on the 20th in Japan. For those too eager to wait for the March release, there will be a demo released on February 28th.

Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate will be coming out to the Wii U and 3DS on March 19th in North America and the 22nd in Europe as Japan has been playing with this version since 2011. Once again if you are awaiting the game's release, a demo will get released on the 21st of February. If you want to play on both platforms though, you'll have to purchase the game twice but you can play multiplayer between the two devices with up to four players. You will be able to transfer content from the 3DS to the Wii U but it's unknown if you'll be able to do that same in reverse.

Finally available on the Wii U from its other console release last fall, Criterion's Need for Speed: Most Wanted will be available for the Wii U on March 19th. Exclusive to the Wii U, you can play cooperatively with a player using the gamepad to direct the other player with the pro controller giving them directions assisting them escape from pursuing police officers or other enemies you may come across. Most Wanted U will also feature off-screen gameplay, being the first major 3rd-party title to do so. Also, EA is working with Nintendo to create the first Miiverse 3rd-party community for Most Wanted U allowing players to post and receive messages from in-game.
 

Coming from Activision and based on AMC's popular TV series, The Walking Dead Survival Instinct will be coming out on March 26th in North America and the 29th in Europe. The Wii U version will be coming out a week later from the PS3 and Xbox 360 version. On April 16th (17th in Australia & 19th in Europe), Warner Brothers Games will release Injustice: Gods Among Us based on the original story using the DC Comics characters. For the Wii U version, you'll be able to use the GamePad to access the moves list and have off-screen gameplay. For the Wii U, the game will run 60 FPS (frames per second [the average game runs about 28 FPS]) and will eventually feature future downloadable content.

Announced two weeks ago, Disney Infinity will be coming out on the Wii, the Wii U and 3DS in June. I imagine that it'll come out a week after E3. Reggie wraps up the Nintendo Direct by announcing, with Luigi prancing around in the background, Donkey Kong: Country Returns 3D for the 3DS. If you want to check out a video preview of the game, it'll be available in the eShop on the 3DS.

Source: Nintendo

 

Drew Bergmark - Staff Writer viggo (@) original-gamer.com | all author's articles

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