Thursday marked the welcome return of Nintendo Direct following the sad loss of Satoru Iwata. We’ve not had a Direct since back in June, so with five months worth of information to deliver, what’s next for the Wii U and 3DS?
We’ve got a Nintendo Direct focusing solely on the title coming in December, but for now we’ve got the news that Cloud from Final Fantasy VII will be hitting the title as DLC. Probably the most famous character from the series, he’s yet to make a ‘proper’ appearance on a Nintendo console but he’s sure to be popular nonetheless. Check out his reveal video below!
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is coming to the Wii U (as previously leaked) next year. First released back in 2006, the remastered version will be available from March 4th 2016 and will be available in a bundle copy with a rather gorgeous Amiibo figure of Wolf Link and Midna. They also announced that the game will have compatibility with other Zelda Amiibo’s but didn’t say how they’d effect the game, promising to reveal more at a later date. We also got a short (note: VERY short) clip of new gameplay footage from the new Zelda Wii U title, but with still no sign of a release date or any solid information on the game it seems that Nintendo is definitely holding back until a later Direct on this one.
Hyrule Warriors will finally be hitting the 3DS on the March 25th 2016. The expanded edition will be packed with lots of meaty extra content and playable characters, amongst which is an all new female version of Link called Linkle. Sporting two crossbows and a mean looking spin kick, she’s more than just a gender-bent variant, but rather a whole new character with back story to boot. Also, the new Limited Edition version is just ready to drain my pocket.
Finally, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes will be getting free DLC at the start of December. There’s two new outfits and a new area called the Den of Trials, which will bring 30 new stages to the game, which isn’t bad for a free update!
A few new bits on Pokémon, but nothing regarding the speculative title Pokémon Z. We’ve got Red, Blue and Yellow heading to Virtual Console with wireless capabilities. I’ll be getting Yellow, if you were wondering. There’s also a new Pokémon Dungeon title coming next year as well as a Pokémon Picross heading to the 3DS. The popular puzzler will be free-to-start, so expect pay walls to rise at some point.
You can’t knock Nintendo when it comes to free updates. More Splatoon DLC is coming which will see a new stage and loads more gear! These are available right now, so get inking!
Star Fox Zero
The latest title in the series will be coming April 2016. I’m personally most excited for this one, check out the new trailer below!
All the Rest
It was a pretty action packed Nintendo Direct so here’s the rest of the updates that were announced this time around!
- Fire Emblem: Fates is coming to the West in 2016 which will launch with three different versions with various paths and stories to make sure you grab all three. Nintendo are also continuing their control of your wallets with a release of a special edition version too.
- Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros. launches on the 4th December. The crossover title will include Amiibo compatibility.
- Loads of new Amiibo’s incoming, including new Animal Crossing characters.
- Bravely Second: End Layer will be hitting the rest of the world next year, and once again will include a ridiculously cool deluxe version.
- Mega Man Legacy Collection will be coming to the eShop in February which will package the first six titles as well as including new challenge modes.
- Finally, Xenoblade Chronicles X will hit the Wii U in December.
That’s it for the roundup of this November’s Direct, look out for the Smash Bros. roundup in December, but for now here’s the whole thing!
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