Well, as usual Nintendo packed about as much content into 36 minutes as I never believed possible. The February edition of Nintendo Direct focused on 3DS content for the most part, but also swayed into some Wii U coverage and plenty of eShop news for both platforms too. Nintendo President Iwata declared 2013 the "Year of Luigi" and followed it up with handful of announcements for the green, moustached fellow.
Headlining these announcements were the reveals for Mario & Luigi Dream Team and Mario Golf World Tour, both coming to the 3DS this summer. Dream Team will bring back the Mario & Luigi RPG series fans have been craving, where Luigi is caught in a dream and Mario will exploit his imagination to wake him up. World Tour will be developed by Camelot Software Planning and feature familiar faces and game mechanics. Again, both titles are expected this summer.
Other new from President Iwata on the "Year of Luigi" include the announcement of a huge DLC pack coming to New Super Mario Bros. U titled New Super Luigi U. The entire game has been redesigned solely for the green hero to explore solo. Expect the pack on the eShop before the end of the year. Also, in news for another green hero, a Miiverse community has been set up for The Legend of Zelda. Even link is stealing Luigi's thunder these days.
President Iwata then handed off the presentation to Nintendo of America to further detail some upcoming releases. Here's a bullet point list to help summarize the details:
- Fire Emblem: Awakening is now available on 3DS. Make sure to download the currently free downloadable map before March 6, as the price will be going up. The Champions of Yore DLC pack will also be going up in price, from $4 to $6 on March 6, so don't delay.
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf's release date is June 9. The 3DS game includes new features and improvements like being able the build your own house and extensive customization option. Rather than toil as a slave, you'll get to pay off your loan quickly as the Mayor of your town. As such, the game is all about creating your own fun, as opposed to being stuck working forever. Happy Home Showcase was shown off, which lets you check out friends' homes via StreetPass.
- Style Savvy Trendsetters shown, a dress-up title said to have Animal Crossing's flair for customization. Nintendo made it clear that this one is for the ladies, but boys should think about getting it for their girlfriends for Valentine's day. *groan*
At this point, the focus of the presentation again shifted, this time to Wii U specific news. While there weren't any particularly ground-breaking announcements, there were a few interesting details worth mentioning.
- Lego City Undercover will be available on March 18 and its 3DS prequel The Chase Begins will be available April 21.
- Ninja Gaiden 3: Razer's Edge just got some DLC that included Kasumi, but it will be receiving another DLC pack later this month with new character skins and 25 ninja trial missions -- all for free.
- Wii Street U, powered by Google, is now available as a free download via the Wii U eShop.
Damnit Nintendo, here we go shifting focus again! There's too much to talk about in this dang Nintendo Direct event. I'm not going to be able to write all of this up in any sort of detail! Just send out press releases for this stuff.
Moving on, Nintendo of America started talking about upcoming 3DS and Wii U eShop titles and games from 3rd Party Wii U games as well. Another bullet point list:
- HarmoKnight from Game Freak to be released March 28, with a demo on March 14. This 2D side-scrolling rhythm game features 50 levels across 8 worlds, speed modes and exclusive music like the Pokemon theme song.
- Kersploosh! has you falling down a well in spectacular fashion, picking up speed and bonus points in an attempt to create the perfect splash at the bottom. Coming our on March 7. Looks a bit like AHHHHH.
- Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, info coming soon.
- Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger sequel announced, coming to 3DS on April 11.
- Virtual Console updating with Harvest Moon and Legend of the River King originally for the Game Boy Color, details coming soon.
- Special deals: eShop games on sale and a special 3DS XL Bundle that comes with a free eShop title.
- Wii U ZombiU bundle from Ubisoft launching on February 17
- Bit Trip Runner 2 coming in February
- Zen Pinball 2 coming in February as a free download, but you have to pay for individual tables
- Toki Tori 2 coming in March
- Castlevania: Mirror of Fate demo on Feb. 28, full game available on March 5
- Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate demo on Feb. 21, full game on March 19
- Need for Speed Most Wanted U coming on March 19, allows you to post to the Miiverse and receive messages in-game.
- March 26 sees the release of The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
- Injustice Gods Among Us available on April 16
- Disney Infinity coming to Wii, Wii U and 3DS in June
Oof! And if that wasn't enough, Reggie Fils-Aime showed up at the last second to announce that Donkey Kong Country Returns is being remade for the 3DS. No details though, just an announcement to push me over the edge! Ahh, that's too much stuff. What to write up first... what to write up first...
Watch the whole Nintendo Direct event below.