Following a Japan-exclusive Direct presentation that occurred over the weekend, Nintendo of America has uploaded a 17-minute ‘Micro Direct‘ that details some of the same titles and their localization plans.
The video reveals some new upcoming games just ahead of E3, indicating that Nintendo has big plans to show off some serious new titles for Wii U and 3DS owners. In addition, it revealed a new Splatoon update going live late Monday night. The free update features a weapon based on the NES Zapper and a new map called Port Mackerel. Ranked battle mode will also be made available to all players who have managed to surpass level 10.
News for the 3DS included several downloadable titles, including the family-friendly Little Battlers eXperience and Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon, the next installment in the popular series that will feature every single monster. We also received confirmation that the fantasy RPG Bravely Second End Layer will hit North America sometime in 2016.
Chibi Robo!: Zip Lash was announced, with an accompanying amiibo figure that will be exclusively bundled with the game when it launches this October. The amiibo figure will be used to keep track of collectibles and level up your character into the Super Chibi Robo on certain stages. Zip Lash plays like a 2D platformer, a first for the series.
Also announced was Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure, a downloadable title set to release on June 11. The puzzle game is currently available for pre-purchase on the 3DS eShop.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was shown off as well, for both the 3DS and Wii U. Each version will feature different games, like soccer and table tennis on the 3DS and rugby and beach volleyball on the Wii U. The game will release closer to the date of the actual event.
Mysteriously absent from this Direct was Monster Hunter X, a spin-off of the Monster Hunter series that was announced over the weekend during the Japanese direct. It remains a mystery if this game will make it to North America, but Nintendo might be saving that announcment for another time.
Lastly, Nintendo teased some of their E3 plans, adding that a ‘never before seen’ game will feature heavily in the Nintendo World Championships 2015.