Yesterdays Nintendo Direct stream was not an April Fool’s joke. Apparently. And yet another reminder of why owning a WiiU is awesome.
Fatal Frame V
Proof that prayers can be answered. After the fourth game, Zero: Tsukihami no Kamen (which I am reasonably sure translates to “Zero: Fuck you Westerners”) skipped non-Japanese territories with its Wii release in 2008, Nintendo confirmed the rumours that the latest instalment of the series, released last September in Japan with the subtitle Oracle of the Sodden Raven, is coming to North America (and presumably also Europe) in 2015. My friend Russell correctly pinpointed this news as the most exciting thing to come out of the Direct.
Nintendo gave us yet more details on the upcoming, online-focused third-person shooter. Alongside a Treehouse live event that showcases some of the multiplayer, which is currently still going as I type this (but you can check out on the Nintendo Twitch channel), there were a few announcements. The biggest announcement being the release date. Splatoon is arriving on WiiU on May 29. Also arriving on May 29 will be a trio of Amiibo specific to the game (pictured above). Scanning these Amiibo to the Gamepad will give players access to custom missions, which when completed will unlock special equipment that can only be received via these Amiibo. Nintendo also shared details of a previously unannounced mode for the game. Battle Dojo is a 1v1 mode that sees one player using the TV and another using the Gamepad screen, both competing to pop the most balloons.
Shin Megami x Fire Emblem
After being announced two years ago and completely disappearing from sight, the Shin Megami/Fire Emblem crossover game is back on the menu, with a brand new Japanese trailer shown in the Nintendo Direct. Coming for WiiU at an as yet unspecified date, Nintendo is basically smashing together two of its best RPG franchises into one game. The hype is real. So is the trailer, embedded above. You may now freak out.
Mario Kart 8
There were a couple of pleasant surprises for fans and owners of Mario Kart 8. The first is that the release date of the upcoming DLC Pack 2, which is Animal Crossing themed, has been moved forward from May to April 23. The pack contains five new characters, four new vehicles and eight new tracks spread across two new championships. Alongside the next DLC pack Nintendo are also releasing a free update to the game that will unlock 200cc mode. This mode aims to increase the speed of Mario Kart races to ludicrous, emphasising that brake mastery will be key, and also took the time to confirm that every track will be compatible with 200cc. Lastly nine new racing suits will be available to unlock via amiibo. Mega Man, Pac Man, Sonic, Toad, Wario, Villager, Rosalina, Bowser and Olimar race suits will be unlockable by scanning the corresponding amiibo.
Mario Maker had a September release date confirmed during the Direct stream, being released as part of the 30th anniversary of the flagship Nintendo franchise. As part of the anniversary celebrations, Nintendo will be releasing videos in the run up to the games release that showcase the various types of Mario levels that players will be able to create. Players will be able to choose between four different graphic styles for their Mario levels, from the 8-bit stylings of the original NES release right up to the enhanced graphics of the New Super Mario Bros. series.
Super Smash Bros.
Fans of Super Smash Bros. already knew that Mewtwo was coming. Well Nintendo opened the show by showing off some gameplay footage of Mewtwo in action, as well as announcing an April 28 release date for the characters launch into the newest Smash Bros. entries on WiiU and 3DS. The character is free to anyone who activated a copy of the game on both systems before March 31, and that those players will get Mewtwo early, on April 15. Everyone else will be able to buy the character for $3.99 (or your regional equivalent) on April 28. Nintendo then revealed that Lucas, of Earthbound fame, will be joining the Smash roster in the future. Lastly Nintendo are opening Smash Bros. fighter ballot to allow fans to suggest potential fighters to include in the future. This is our chance, let’s get Bayonetta in Smash Bros. everyone.
Yoshi’s Woolly World
Yoshi’s next adventure was given a release window of Fall 2015, and also showcased three new amiibo designed specifically for the games release. They’ll be coming out alongside the action platformer and, the coolest thing about them? They’re going to be made of yarn, instead of the usual plastic. Check them out in the picture above and tell me you don’t want one. If you do I’ll know you’re a lying liar who should call the fire brigade immediately after your pants spontaneously combust.
New Fire Emblem
Following its reveal at the last Nintendo Direct, Nintendo detailed some more information about the next game in the Fire Emblem series. Specifically that the main playable character will be a customised character, and that players will be given the choice between two factions during the course of the story; the peaceful Hoshido or the glory-seeking Nohr. Which path you choose will not only alter the story, but will also alter the difficulty and complexity of the game too. Also, not to influence your decision one way or the other, but Nohr has more boobs. Many, many more boobs. The next Fire Emblem game will be released on 3DS in 2016.
Nintendo detailed a new way to use your amiibo in the latest Direct. Called Amiibo Tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Hits, amiibo owners will be able to tap their figurines on the gamepad and unlock three-minute gameplay segments from classic Nintendo library games. If you tap multiple times different “scenes” will be unlocked. There are many games that will be available via Amiibo Tap, but which amiibo you tap doesn’t determine which game you get, rather they are randomly assigned. Like a box of tapping chocolates. Amiibo Tap will be available as a free download this Spring. Tap.
Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains
After teasing a new game announcement on with a Vine, Atlus and Nintendo announced a Western release of the 3DS Attack on Titan game is coming in May. Based on the latest Japanese version of the game, Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains is an action game that features local and online four-player co-op and supports the new Nintendo 3DS C-stick. To catch up anyone not familiar with the anime, the first two episodes of Attack on Titan are now available free on the Nintendo eShop. Or you could head over to Crunchyroll or Netflix, where the entire series is currently available.
eShop Sizzle Reel
Nintendo presented a sizzle reel of upcoming indie games to be added to the eShop in the coming months. Lots of really cool looking games were mentioned, so check out the video embedded above.
Check out the full Nintendo Direct below: