Nintendo Direct – December 18, 2013
Nintendo is sending 2013 off with an avalanche of Wii U and Nintendo 3DS information. There were surprises and new details about previously announced games, so let’s get right to it.
Hyrule Warriors Revealed for Wii U
Today’s biggest surprise comes in the form of a cross-over that combines Tecmo Koei’s Dynasty Warriors series with Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda.
Hyrule Warriors – as its being called right now – won’t be a core entry in the Zelda series, instead it will be a spinoff that experiments with combining the Zelda IP with the fast-paced, action oriented gameplay of the Dynasty Warriors series.
Besides amazing sword slashing combos, tons of familiar Zelda items such as bombs, potions, and even the fire rod will aid Link in his quest to take down hordes of enemies.
Not much else is being said about the game, but it is scheduled for a 2014 release on Wii U.
Kirby Triple Deluxe Provides Triple the Gameplay
New details emerged for Kirby’s first big adventure on the Nintendo 3DS, including the announcement of two new modes.
In addition to standard Kirby gameplay, two new modes look to offer fans variety in gameplay. First, there will be a new mode called Kirby Fighters, which pits Kirbys of different copy abilities against each other in a fight that looks similar to Smash Bros. There will be 10 copy abilities available to choose from, which gamers can use to see which power is truly the best.
Lastly, there will also be a new rhythm game called Dedede’s Drum Dash. In this mode, gamers take control of King Dedede as he bounces on drums to the rhythm of various popular Kirby tracks.
Kirby Triple Deluxe is scheduled for a 2014 release on Nintendo 3DS.
Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder Announced for Nintendo 3DS eShop
Nintendo confirmed a new Chibi-Robo! game for the Nintendo 3DS today. This new entry in the Chibi-Robo! series will launch on the Nintendo eShop and makes use of the Nintendo 3DS camera in a unique way.
Throughout Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder, gamers will be able to use “silhouette film” to take pictures of real life objects. Chibi-Robo will then turn those items into “Nostaljunk” that the curator will place on display in his museum, which is the main objective of this game.
Other strange and wonderful creatures of Chibi-Robo’s world will ask for the robot’s help, offering more gameplay variety to the player. Players must play through these mini-games to help these creatures, as well as progress further in the game.
A demo for Chibi-Robo will eventually be available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop but the full version has been confirmed for January 9, 2014. NostalJunk Challenges – special challenges that encourage players to use the 3DS camera in creative ways – will launch shortly after the game’s release.
Bravely Default’s SP Mechanic and Demo Promises Unique Gameplay
Reggie Fils-Aime filled in fans on some details regarding Bravely Default, a JRPG from Square Enix.
First, gamers will be able to generate sleep points (SP) by closing their Nintendo 3DS system while Bravely Default is running. SP isn’t easy to come by as gamers will only be able to generate 1 point for every eight, non-consecutive hours of the game being in sleep mode, and gamers can only have a max of three SP at a time. SP can be used in battle to swap for better equipment, revive fallen allies, heal, or unleash powerful special attacks.
Less patient gamers will be able to buy SP drinks from the Nintendo eShop to immediately fill their up SP meters. However, Reggie was quick to point out that these are optional and provide no benefit that can’t be obtained by just simply playing through the game.
Lastly, Reggie revealed a free demo for Bravely Default that includes a side-story not found in the full game. Players will get a glimpse at the game’s mechanics, as well as receive item packs that can be transferred to the full game.
Bravely Default will launch on February 7, 2014 while the demo is scheduled for January 2, 2014.
Sonic Lost World’s Nintendo Themed DLC
In an interesting reveal, Nintendo announced new DLC for Sonic Lost World (on Wii U) that features Zones based on Nintendo franchises.
There will be two pieces of free DLC, the first of which can be downloaded now. Available now is Yoshi Island Zone, a level featuring Yoshi’s Island enemies mixed with Sonic’s loop-de-loops.
The other DLC wasn’t formally announced but Nintendo did drop a hint. Their hint included the word “link,” an obvious hint which points toward a Zelda-themed zone.
Wii Sports Club Goes Golfing
Fans have been enjoying the online play of Wii Sports Club but they have also been asking Nintendo to release the other three sports. Today, fans get one-third of their request with the release of Wii Sports Club: Golf.
Gamers get the chance to use both Wii Remote Plus and the Wii U GamePad for an immerse golf experience. While the Wii Remote Plus acts as the club, the Wii U GamePad gives players a unique view of the golf ball, which plays into the strategic element of hitting the ball.
Also, with the release of Wii Sports Club: Golf, gamers have another opportunity to try out Wii Sports Club with another free 24-hour trial pass.
NES Lives in NES Remix on the Wii U eShop
In another surprising reveal, Nintendo announced another Wii U exclusive game in NES Remix.
NES Remix provides remixed levels and objectives across 16 NES games. Some examples include Link in the classic arcade game, Donkey Kong, and Luigi platforming his way through mirrored Super Mario Bros. levels.
Also, much like Super Mario 3D World, NES Remix will feature Miiverse stamps that can be collected and used on posts made to the Miiverse.
The Doctor is Back in Dr… Luigi?
Yes, you read that right, Nintendo is releasing a new Dr. Mario game featuring Luigi to continue the Year of Luigi celebrations.
Dr. Luigi provides gamers with a new take on classic Dr. Mario gameplay by offering Operation L, a mode that combines two capsules to create an L-shaped capsule, challenging gamers to take out viruses with a more awkwardly shaped puzzle piece.
Of course, the classic gameplay style returns, as well as online features and Virus Buster, featured in Brain Age 2, which can be played exclusively on the Wii U GamePad.
Dr. Luigi will cure all your ailments (probably not true) on December 31, 2013.
Rosalina and Luma Launch Into the Super Smash Bros. Arena
In a cleverly disguised trailer, Nintendo revealed Rosalina and Luma for the new Super Smash Bros. games on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
Rosalina and Luma will battle together to fend off the other Super Smash Bros. competitors with what looks like one of the more unique move-sets to grace the series. It looks like Rosalina will be able to summon Luma to use as a shield and attack partner, as well as using her wand to manipulate Luma and other objects around her.
While this post doesn’t cover the entirety of today’s Nintendo Direct presentation, it does cover all of the most important bits.