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A Rundown of Nintendo Direct 8.7.2013

Posted August 7, 2013 by Felisha "Nightingale" Silva in News

The latest installment in the Nintendo Direct series aired this morning and brought with it a ton of great news and details on upcoming games for both the Wii U and 3DS.

They started off first by touching base on the newest in the Sonic series, Sonic Lost World, coming to both Wii U and the 3DS. It’ll have the same feel as the older Sonic games, with it’s fast-paced courses and high-speed Sonic action, but will have a more open-world type feel to it. Aside from just racing through courses, you will need to hurdle over obstacles as well. In this adventure, you are out to fight against the ‘Deadly Six’, and all new set of villains in the Sonic Universe. And the fact that it is out for both the Wii U and 3DS, adds a new and pretty neat little feature. The 3DS will be able to communicate with the Wii U by creating an R/C vehicle on the 3DS then porting it into the game on the Wii U, which can then be controlled by a second player through the 3DS. Sonic Lost World is set to release October 22nd of this year fro Wii U and 3DS.

Next they talked about Ubisoft’s Rayman Legends. In the game, you play in five different worlds and try to save the Teensies. All stages can be played by up to five players, but say you’re playing all by yourself, you can play the game in it’s entirety via off-TV mode through the Wii U GamePad alone. Another few tidbits revealed on Rayman Legends for the Wii U are pretty sweet. As you progress through the game, stages from Rayman Origins become available, and you get access to two new costumes from Rayman and Globox. Rayman will get a Mario costume and Globox a Luigi costume. Rayman Legends is due out on September 3rd of this year.

Iwata also talked about the Art Academy Sketchpad coming to Wii U, which will be downloadable through the Nintendo eShop only and will be available August 9th. A Miiverse for it will launch shortly after the release of the Sketchpad. You will be able to share all of your artwork with others via Miiverse. Nintendo is also working on an Art Academy art lessons game for the Wii U in the future.

In the Nintendo Treehouse, Erik Peterson from Nintendo of America talked a little about Pikmin 3, and then moved on to talk about details for Mario and Luigi Dream Team coming to Nintendo 3DS. The badges you wear in battle will now work in pairs, since you play as both Mario and Luigi. Successfully landing attacks will charge up you badges, leading to HP restoration, or additional damage. You can also keep badge effects in your inventory for later use. With new gear along with the badges, you can customize each brother to your liking. You will start off with two gear slots, but will acquire more later on as you progress through the game. With Dream Team, you can have all the fun of your typical strategy RPG, and the fun, light-heartedness that is a Mario game. Mario and Luigi Dream Team is to release on August 11th in both the Nintendo eShop and in stores for the 3DS.

More details were released on the latest Pokemon game, Pokemon Rumble U, available only through Download on the eShop on the Nintendo Wii U. You can befriend Pokemon in this game as you play through 70 stages. The game will contain 649 Pokemon, from both Pokemon Black and Pokemon White. You can play with up to four players. Collectible NFC figures will be available only at GameStop, and will give players a fun way to interact with their Wii U, though the figures will not be mandatory for players to fully enjoy the game and all it’s content. Pokemon Rumble U will be available for download through the eShop on August 29th.

An old-school hard-to-find classic will be making it’s way to the 3DS eShop. Summer Carnival ’92 Recca has been called one of the hardest and most challenging shooter games ever. The game was originally released for the Famicon system. Look for it soon on the 3DS eShop. The original Donkey Kong will also be available on the 3DS eShop come August 15th, and we will also be getting Wario Land 3 on August 29th, with Tecmo Bowl coming sometime this Fall. We will also be getting Super Mario Bros. 3 on the eShop for both the Wii U and the 3DS sometime later on.

They talked about the new update for the 3DS that allows StreetPass Relay Points now. If you visit a Nintendo Zone location from between August 11th to September, you can get access to special items for Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The first item being a Pumpkin Pie. All you got to do is while at the Nintendo Zone location, turn on your 3DS and start Animal Crossing. Visit the post office in the game, and claim your prize!

Coming to the 3DS in 2014, we can expect some Professor Layton goodness! The latest installment of Professor Layton series, Professor Layton: Arzan Legacy will be out sometime in 2014. And one game I never saw coming, Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney, a game full of wonderful puzzle awesomeness.

The focus turned back to Iwata again as he began to talk about the two upcoming games in the Legend of Zelda series. First up, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS. As you may notice from the title logo, you see a golden Triforce sitting atop a dark Triforce. This signifies that in the game you will have two Triforces, one in the regular world, and one in the other world, most likely, the Dark World, as it was called in a Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. You will switch between the normal world and the shadow world by transforming to the 2D Link and scaling walls, traveling through cracks and other various means into the other world. Even though this game is a sequel to A Link to the Past, it happens many, many years later after Ganon was sealed away, so the Link you play in A Link Between Worlds is not the same Link you played as in A Link to the Past. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds will be available sometime in November.

Iwata also talked about The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker coming out this October. In this updated version of the GameCube original that released 12 years ago, they have fine-tuned the graphics, and even sped up the wind actions. Wind Waker is the prequel to the Phantom Hourglass, where Link first met Tetra.

Iwata also revealed that we will see Luigi as a playable character in the new Super Smash Bros. game coming out next year for the Wii U and 3DS.

The final announcement was all about Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Since it’s release, it has taken gamers by storm, becoming more popular than anticipated. So with that, Nintendo added an Animal Crossing Series Community on the Miiverse. And that’s not the last of it…Available directly after the airing of Nintendo Direct, you can go and downlaod an Animal Crossing Plaza for your Wii U. whre you can socialize with others, see calendar events, share and post pictures via your 3DS’s SD card by simply putting it into your Wii U. QR codes will also be available for scanning. For Animal Crossing: New Leaf fans who own both a 3DS and a Wii U, this is incredible. I for one am off to download it right now as soon as I’m done with this article! This Animal Crossing Plaza service will be available until the end of 2014.

For those of you interested in The Wonderful 101, Friday August 9th at 7am PT/9am CT they will air a Wonderful 101 Direct.

About the Author

Felisha "Nightingale" Silva

Salutations! I'm Nightingale, also known to the internet world as 'Geek Mom of Awesomness'! I'm an avid gamer, artist, anime enthusiast, cosplayer, & blogger! I'm a huge Nintendo fan, & a Legend of Zelda fanatic. Growing up, while average little girls were busy playing with Barbies, I was busy mastering the Legend of Zelda, & battling Mother Brain on Super Metroid... I live for my family, my video games, and my art! Hey, wanna game with me? Here are my gamertags, feel free to add me! PS3: Myojin_of_Souls Xbox 360: xXSadisticaXx Wii U: SkywardPrincess

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