All the attention this week may be on the impending launch of the PS4, but Nintendo isn't letting that keep it silent. Instead, it decided to host a Nintendo Direct today focusing on the world's most popular dedicated gaming device - the Nintendo 3DS.
Starting off, Nintendo reconfirmed that both The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and its accompanying 3DS bundle will be available on November 22. There's not much else to say about the game with it being so close to launch. Instead, check out this new trailer for the title:
Next up is Mario Party: Island Tour - the latest mini-game collection for the 3DS. It comes out on November 22, but is targeting an entirely different market. Nintendo announced that all the mini-games can be shared among four players from one game cart for those who can't force friends to buy the game. It also has a sizable single-player mode complete with boss fights.
For JRPG fans, Nintendo announced that Bravely Default will be coming to North America on February 7. It will release a limited collector's edition of the title that comes with an art book, soundtrack CD and AR cards. Here's a new trailer for it:
As for Professor Layton fans, the final game in the series - Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy - will be released on February 28. Here's a new trailer for it:
In other 3DS news, Nintendo will be releasing a 3DS system update next month that will allow you to create a Nintendo Network ID on the handheld and link it to your Wii U. By doing this, you'll be able to use your eShop funds across both platforms. Nintendo notes that a Nintendo Network ID isn't necessary for 3DS users, but it will be required to access demos and other free content.
Speaking of free content, the 3DS will be getting Miiverse in the same update. The handheld will also be getting YouTube later this month.
Despite today's Nintendo Direct being mostly about the 3DS, Nintendo did manage to sneak in two Wii U updates. The first was a new sizzle reel highlighting all the indie content coming to the Wii U and 3DS eShop in the coming months:
The other Wii U news was a new trailer for Super Mario 3D World highlighting "10 new things" players can discover in the game. The trailer is full of minor spoilers regarding unlockables and stages so you've been warned. If you don't want anything about the game spoiled for you, don't watch the video. You should also avoid Nintendo's Twitter feed as it has been tweeting about the spoiler as well:
With the PS4 only a few days away and the Xbox One launching on November 22, it's no better time to be a gamer. That's doubly true for the Nintendo faithful as the Wii U and 3DS are both getting some of the best looking games of the year(s) over the next few months.[Image: Nintendo/YouTube]