For the first Nintendo Direct of the year, fans had high hopes. After all, the Nintendo Direct that kicked off 2013 was full of surprises and new game announcements. That was unfortunately not the case this time around, but there was still plenty of goodness for the Nintendo fan.
Starting off, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed that Little Mac from Punch-Out!! would be joining the roster of Super Smash Bros. He was originally an assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii so it gives hope that other assist trophies from Brawl may make the transition to full character in the latest game.
In additional Wii U news, it was revealed that Mario Kart 8 will feature all of Boswer’s Koopalings as playable characters. That’s right – Iggy, Larry, Lemmy, Ludwig, Morton, Roy and Wendy will all be playable when the game launches on May 30.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze received a new trailer ahead of its launch on February 21.
Bayonetta 2 was shown once again in a new trailer that focused on a new character, new abilities and new bosses. The game is scheduled to launch sometime later this year.
In a move that’s somewhat confusing, Nintendo announced that Gameboy Advance titles will be coming to the Wii U virtual console instead of the 3DS virtual console. Even if the platform is a little weird, we’re still getting great games like Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 when the service launches.
Finally, Monolith Soft’s X was shown off for a second time revealing that it’s battle system will be pretty much like the one found in Xenoblade Chronicles.
Moving onto the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo showed off some new gameplay for Yoshi’s New Island. In the latest installment, Yoshi can now create giant eggs or even metal eggs to traverse underwater environments. The game will be out on March 14.
After being announced early last year, Mario Golf: World Tour is finally almost upon us. This time, Nintendo showed off the single player campaign mode called Castle Club. In this mode, you play as your Mii as you take on Mario characters in various tournaments. The game will be out on May 2.
Another 3DS game that was announced last year – Kirby: Triple Deluxe – is almost upon us as well. In the new trailer, it’s shown that Kirby can perform four actions for every ability he copies. In that way, it’s almost like the game plays like a single player Super Smash Bros. It will be out on May 2.
Giving hope to Monster Hunter fans in the U.S., Nintendo confirmed that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will launch exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS in early 2015.
As for the Wii U and 3DS eShops, Nintendo announced a number of titles for both, including NES Remix 2, Inazuma Eleven, Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball, Weapon Shop de Omasse and more. The most interesting among the group is Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball as it’s a free to download game that features mini-games that must be bought for $4 each. You can haggle in-game, however, to reduce the cost of those games.
If you want to see everything that yesterday’s Nintendo Direct had to offer, you can watch it in its entirety below:
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