Today, Nintendo dropped a huge bomb in the form of a new Direct, the first which has happened since the passing of Satoru Iwata. Fans were unsure of what to expect, but the Direct ended up pretty interesting with some new titles headed for 2016 along with some other surprises. If you missed the Direct, don’t fret, we’ve got you covered here with everything that was announced in the Direct in a Nutshell.
Upcoming 3DS Titles:
- Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version and Pokémon Yellow Version – are coming to the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on Feb. 27 (the same day the games were released in Japan of 1996!) If you ask me, it’s definitely about time they brought the Pokemon nostalgia on back on virtual console for all the new generations to enjoy!
- Hyrule Warriors: Legends launches for Nintendo 3DS on March 25 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. Not only will we be seeing much more content, but we’ll be seeing Tetra, Toon Link, and the King of Hyrule join the roster! Additionally, the new character “Linkle” has been introduced, and if it wasn’t obvious from her name and uncanny resemblance to Link, she’s basically his female counterpart.
- Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam will be launching exclusively for Nintendo 3DS on Jan. 22 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. Fans of Amiibo will be glad to know there is a ton of Amiibo exclusive features to the game, unlocking more content and fun!
- Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest: Similar to Pokemon X and Y, these two Fire Emblem adventures are similar, but not exactly the same. Available on the eShop and in stores Feb. 19, players choose to embark on a unique quest with a different story and different experiences. The decision that the player makes early in the game will dictate the game’s story and difficulty.
- Legend Of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes DLC: The DLC will be available on Dec. 2nd, adding some great new fashion choices. With Linebeck’s Uniform and Fierce Deity Armor outfits, Link will be conquering the new DLC levels in style.
- Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon will be launching for Nintendo 3DS on Nov. 20. As a fan of the Mystery Dungeon series, I am looking forward to how successfully Nintendo has implemented all 720 Pokemon!
- DRAGON QUEST VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, are remastered for Nintendo 3DS and coming in 2016.
- Pokémon Picross and Nintendo Badge Arcade: Two games available for a free-to-start on the 3DS eShop, similar to Pokemon Shuffle. The titles will be available sometime in December.
Upcoming Wii-U Titles/News
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD: Launching on March 4th with a pretty cool Wolf Link amiibo to boot, fans get to enjoy a favorite Zelda game remastered in HD.
- The Legend of Zelda for Wii U: There’s no official title for this new Zelda game, however, the game is confirmed to release in 2016 for Zelda’s 30th anniversary.
- Pokkén Tournament: The Pokémon Company and BANDAI Namco Entertainment Inc. team up for an AMAZING looking Poke-Fighting game. The game is set to release in the Spring of 2016 for $59.99
- Star Fox Zero: While some are still skeptical about the quality of this game, it looked amazing during the Direct. The game launches exclusively for Wii U on April 22, 2016
- An Ink-redible Splatoon Update: As of tomorrow at 5p.m PT, Inklings are getting an expanded wardrobe of over 40 new pieces of gear and the addition of winter outfits! Fabulous! We also got a look at a new map, Museum d’Alfonsino.
- Super Mario Maker: In December, a new web portal (without any cake unfortunately) will be available to make course selection more convenient for players.
- Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash: On Nov. 20, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash launches exclusively for Wii U at a suggested price of $49.99. Seems like a pretty fun game, and I specifically love that you’ll be able to play online with up to four people!
- Xenoblade Chronicles X: The game launches exclusively for Wii U on Dec. 4 at a retail price of $59.99. For people who purchase the physical version of the game, four free high-speed data loading packs are available to download from the Nintendo eShop starting today.
Upcoming Third Party Titles in 2016
- FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS from Square Enix, Inc. (Nintendo 3DS)
- Mega Man Legacy Collection from Capcom (Nintendo 3DS)
- Hive Jump from Graphite Lab (Wii U)
- Kerbal Space Program from Squad (Wii U)
- Steam World Heist from Image & Form (Nintendo 3DS)
- FAST Racing Neo from Shin’en (Wii U)
- Typoman from Headup Games and Brainseed Factory (Wii U)
- Mighty No. 9 from Deep Silver (Wii U / Nintendo 3DS)
- LEGO Marvel’s Avengers from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Wii U/ Nintendo 3DS)
- Project X Zone 2 from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America, Inc. (Nintendo 3DS)
- Terraria from 505 Games (Wii U / Nintendo 3DS)
And last but not least, a new challenger approaches in Super Smash Bros!
Fans have been asking for years, and today the dream of Final Fantasy and Smash Bros coming together has come true! Cloud Striffe, the protagonist in FINAL FANTASY VII(one of the most popular FF games of all time), was announced at the end of Nintendo Direct along with a Final Fantasy themed stage to accompany him! In addition, it was announced that December would hold another Direct, this time specifically for Smash Brothers. What other special announcements will come to Smash Bros Wii U? We’ll just have to wait until December to find out until then!
Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone is hyped for the 2016 year!