Everything We Learned From Today’s Nintendo Direct

Nintendo reared its head back into the gaming world this afternoon, with the first Nintendo Direct since the company’s underwhelming appearance at E3 2015 and the tragic passing of President Satoru Iwata. Fans have been eager for any word from Nintendo for months now and with this Direct just announced two days ago, the hype train was rolling.

The 45 minute video featured plenty of typical antics from familiar faces Reggie Fils-Aime and Bill Trinnen and offered a look at some of the most exciting games due out on Wii U and 3DS in the coming months.

The presentation kicked off with confirmation of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, a game that was unfortunately not as surprising as it should have been, due to eShop leaks earlier this fall. Still, the trailer offered a glimpse back into the world of one of the series’ most over-looked titles headed to the Wii U on March 4, 2016.


The footage also showed off a sweet new Wolf Link amiibo figure, that was confirmed to be compatible with the untitled Legend of Zelda for Wii U. While only a small amount of footage was shown, that elusive game is still adamantly on track for a 2016 release, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the series.

That was not the only game releasing in 2016 that Nintendo had to show off, though, as the delayed Starfox Zero made another appearance and was given an April 22 release date. The game was shown off at E3 this year and scheduled for this December, but unfortunately pushed to 2016 in order to “get the feel right.”

Pokken Tournament is also due out in the Spring, bringing an arcade-style fighter to the Wii U that features a good number of popular Pokemon characters. We also learned that the original Pokemon games, Red, Blue and Yellow are coming to the 3DS eShop on February 27!

The 3DS is actually getting tons of support in the coming months, especially in the RPG department.

First up, Fire Emblem: Fates is coming to North America on February 19 as two separate versions titled “Birthright” and “Conquest”. Purchasing one version will net you a discount on the other, down to $19.99 from the original $39.99 tag. An upcoming third story, called “Revelations” is coming down the road and will be included in a $79.99 Special Edition that collects all three titles.

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Final Fantasy Explorers was unveiled for the 3DS, as a multiplayer-focused title coming on January 26, 2016. Even bigger news was the 3DS localization for both Dragon Quest VII and VIII in 2016! There has been speculation for a long time about this series getting support in North America, and today the rumors were finally put to rest.

We also got a new look at Hyrule Warriors Legends for 3DS, a remastered version of the Wii U title that hit in 2014. This game adds new characters like Tetra and the brand new female Link, Linkle. While her name might not be the greatest, Linkle’s unique crossbow weapons and scrappy fighting style made her stand out among all the playable characters.

And of course, Nintendo saved the biggest reveal for last – Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII is coming to Super Smash Bros! Cloud is the latest third-party character revealed for Smash and one of the most unexpected announcements so far. No release date was given for this character, but a special Smash-centric presentation is coming in December, so we will likely see from Cloud and whoever the “Smash Ballot” winner ends up being at that time.

Overall, we didn’t get many mind-blowing announcements out of this Direct, but it served to strengthen the lineups of both the Wii U and 3DS in the coming months. There are plenty of cool titles coming to each system in a wide number of genres. We got looks at games like Xenoblade Chronicles X, Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam that are just around the corner.

The game shown off today should satisfy Nintendo fans until well into Spring 2016, when we hopefully hear from Nintendo on big games like Zelda Wii U and even their next home console, the NX.


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