Nintendo held another one of their Nintendo Direct online press conferences yesterday, packed full of news about upcoming 3DS and Wii U games. Here’s a quick rundown of what Nintendo covered yesterday. You can watch the full press conference here.
Game Boy Advance games are coming to the Wii U’s Virtual Console in April.
Nintendo didn’t say what day GBA games will be available for the North American Virtual Console in April, but did announce that the first batch of games will include Metroid: Fusion, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3.
Little Mac from Punch-Out joins the latest Super Smash Bros game for Wii U and 3DS.
That tiny little guy from the Punch-Out games will be a playable character in Super Smash Bros for the first time. It’s surprising that it’s taken this long, considering his entire existence is devoted to hand-to-hand combat. Perhaps his skills in the sweet science don’t translate well to the lawless chaos of a Smash scrum.
NES Remix 2 will be released for the Wii U on April 25.
Nintendo’s first mash-up of NES games was an Apple-style instant release surprise at the last Nintendo Direct in December, but they gave us two months head’s up for the sequel. The latest post-modern sampler platter will slice up levels and scenes from Metroid, Super Mario Bros 3, Kid Icarus and several other NES classics. It will also include a game called Super Luigi Bros, which is described as a mirror image of the original Super Mario Bros, with the playable character Luigi walking from right to left.
X will apparently play somewhat like Xenoblade Chronicles.
Xenoblade Chronicles was an excellent RPG that came out late in the Wii’s life. Its small print run sold out fast and now copies fetch goofy sums online. It was developed by Monolith Soft, who are now working on a follow-up for the Wii U. Footage from that follow-up, currently referred to as X, was shown during yesterday’s presentation, and the battle system resembles that of Xenoblade Chronicles. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said X’s battle system would have “more polish” than Xenoblade’s. Since Brian Taylor only tentatively praised Xenoblade’s combat in his review for Paste, “more polish” sounds like a good idea.
Mario Kart 8 arrives on the Wii U on May 30.
The latest Mario Kart will blitz through the Wii U at the end of May, featuring the regular rosters of racers along with a handful of new entrants, including all of the Koopalings from Super Mario Bros 3.
3DS release dates galore.
Nintendo dated half a dozen 3DS games yesterday, including one that hit the 3DS eShop during the press conference.
Inazuma Eleven, a soccer RPG from Level-5: February 13
Weapon Shop de Omasse: February 20
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy: February 28
Pokemon Battle Trozei, a match-three puzzler: March 20
Mario Golf: World Tour: May 2
Kirby Triple Deluxe: May 2
Bayonetta 2 gets a new trailer.
The Wii U exclusive sequel to Platinum’s absurd action game is expected to release in 2014. Fans of Bayonetta and Platinum can’t wait. Here’s the latest trailer, which focuses on the game’s story.