News: Nintendo Direct 1-14-2015

Nintendo brings the new for spring of 2015

You can watch the entire Nintendo Direct above, or catch my rundown below! The choice is yours, and yours alone. Good luck!

The New 3DS XL

Probably the biggest story of the day is that Nintendo has revealed the US release date for the New 3DS system. For those not in the know: the New 3DS features motion-tracking 3D, which means however you tilt your system, a camera follows your face and adjusts the 3D for you. It also features more shoulder buttons, a C-stick for camera movement, improved specs, and a built in NFC detector for using Amiibo’s. It will be available for purchase in the states on February the 13th. It would appear that Nintendo isn’t superstitious as that would be a Friday.

The system will be available in two colors at launch, New Black and New Red, as well as in two special editions for Monster Hunter 4 and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Good luck getting the Majora’s Mask, though. It’s already sold out on GameStop’s website as of the time of this writing.

The New Fire Emblem

The show started off strong when they showed a gameplay and story trailer for a new Fire Emblem game for the 3DS. It has the same great styles as the Fire Emblem Awakening did, with some noted improvements to the way the camera zooms in on the action in battle. It looks much more dynamic now. Hopefully they realized what made Awakening so good and come out with another amazing title. Although, as much as I liked the (for lack of a better term) breeding mechanic, I doubt we’ll see it again as that seemed to be Awakening‘s “thing.” Hopefully this game will have an equally interesting mechanic to it.

The new Amiibos

Amiibo has been kind of a weird initiative. Nintendo’s attempts at a Games-to-Life product line has had mixed results. Essentially, it boils down to DLC that you buy in figure form, and that unlocks content in current and future games. It’s not a terrible thing, and actually it makes the Amiibo’s value go up every time a new game comes out that uses them.

Today, Nintendo showed off the fourth wave of Amiibo, featuring some favorites like Robin, Lucina, Pac-Man, Wario, Ness, and Charizard. They also announced a new Super Mario series of Amiibo, featuring more classic looking versions of Mario, Peach, Luigi, Bowser, and Toad. Regardless of which version you have, their features are equally compatable. So if you have two Luigi Amiibo, the one from the Smash Bros. line and the one from the Super Mario line, they provide the same benefits in all games.

They also discussed Amiibo functionality in games like Mario Party 10 where you unlock new boards, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. where you can unlock Fire Emblem characters, and Kirby’s Rainbow Curse. THIS IS IMPORTANT! If you use your Amiibo in Mario Party 10, it will erase your Smash Bros. data. They can only hold one game for save data purposes, so you may want to look to buy doubles if you love your Smash Bros. line up.

The most disappointing thing was the Amiibo functionality for Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker: there’s no Captain Toad Amiibo, Instead, the generic Toad Amiibo unlocks 8-bit toad sprites that hide throughout Captain Toad levels. It’s hardly a reason to go back to that admittedly wonderful game if you’ve already cleared it 100% like I have.

The new info on already announced games.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars is a reintroduction to the Mario vs. Donkey Kong franchise that features heavily on sharing stages on Miiverse. You can tip people stars that they can use to unlock more stage-building equipment. The most interesting thing about this is that they are doing a Cross-buy system for Wii U and 3DS. If you buy the game on one system, you’ll get a code for the other system. This trend will continue, I think, and I am excited to see what other games utilize it.

There was a lot of data for games like Mario Party 10SplatoonHyrule Warriors, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., Xenoblade Chronicles X, and more. Most of it centered around Amiibo support, but there were also details for upcoming games as well as DLC plans for games like Hyrule Warriors. Overall, there was nothing earthbreaking, but if you’re a fan of any of those games, you should check out the Direct to get more information on them. Oh, and just so you know, Majora’s Mask launches on Friday, February 13th alongside the New 3DS.

Old games on your new system

It appears that Nintendo is digging into it’s Wii catalog for virtual console style games. As of this writing you can go pick up Super Mario Galaxy 2, and soon you’ll be able to get Punch-Out!! and Metroid Prime Trilogy. They’re half off on their launch weeks, so buy them fast for a good deal!

Overall I think this Nintendo Direct was a positive one. It showed that Nintendo has a strong lineup coming for spring of this year with more games coming in the future. What did you think of the Direct? Was there something you loved? Something you hated? Leave a comment and let’s discuss it!

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