New Nintendo Direct focuses mainly on the 3DS

Nintendo Direct Last Nintendo Direct covered tons of Wii U news, but this time the spotlight is on the 3DS. What are the big announcements? Donkey Kong Country Returns coming to the 3DS, a new Mario RPG is coming, and a release date for Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, once again hosts Nintendo Direct. During the start of the presentation, Iwata marked this year as the year of Luigi. Nintendo feels Luigi needs more love, so they have a good amount of Luigi games planned for 2013. The first one? The sequel to his first ever game as the lead.

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon - 3DS

Luigi's Manion Dark Moon launches March 24.

Iwata also announced a new entry in the Mario and Luigi RPG series.

Mario and Luigi: Dream Team - 3DS

No release date was given, but Dream Team will be launched sometime in summer in the US, which should be around July for us.


To further bombard us with Luigi news, Nintendo also announced during this Nintendo Direct that a new DLC called New Super Luigi U(image above) will be coming to New Super Mario U for the Wii U. The title pretty much explains everything really. The DLC, or rather the expansion, will include Luigi-themed levels. No date was given, but expect it this year.

Mario Golf: World Tour

The presentation debuted another new game for the 3DS - Mario Golf: World Tour. Camelot, the developers of past Mario Golf games return for the 3DS title.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

This Nintendo Direct also covered the latest entry in the Animal Crossing series. Along with a new trailer, they also announced the release date - June 9.

Nintendo Direct is really a bag filled with new Nintendo announcements. Wii U wasn't the focus,, but was not forgotten. LEGO City Undercover was shown together with release dates for games coming to the Wii U like - Injustice: Gods Among us on March 16, Need for Speed: Most Wanted U on March 19, The Walking Dead: Survival Instincts on March 26, and last but not least, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is coming on March 19 for both Wii U and 3DS. If you're eager to try out the new Monster Hunter title, a demo will be available on February 21 on both platforms at the eshop.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D


And to close of this Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announces Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for the 3DS. The Donkey Kong Wii title is getting a 3D makeover and is planned for a summer release. No footage was reveal but just think Donkey Kong Country Returns, but in 3D.

That's about it for this Nintendo Direct, there's a lot more mentioned like new DLC for Fire Emblem: Awakening, new DLC for Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor Edge, more Nintendo promotions and a lot more. To see the full Nintendo Direct presentation, check it out below.

Nintendo Direct 02.14.13



E3 2011: Nintendo Press Conference Highlights!

Nintendo's Press Conference has just ended and left me totally confused. Yes, they revealed their new console called Wii U but as the Press Conference ended i was left scratching my head. They went into detail on what the Wii U controller can do and It's pretty impressive but ended there. We don't know anything else on about the console's specs and how strong it really is. What we do know is Nintendo is going hardcore with the announcement of third-party support for the Wii U. Check the highlights now! - Zelda 25th Anniversary announcing many info about Zelda games for this year.

- Mario Kart for the Nintendo 3DS was revealed with a gameplay trailer featuring water and air races.

- Star fox 64 3D shown and is out on Sept this year.

- Super Mario 3D announced. Gameplay trailer shown and is coming at the end of this year.

- Kid Icarus: Uprising shown with a gameplay trailer featuring 3on 3 multiplayer. Kid Icarus will be out later this year.

- Luigi's Mansion 2 announced for 3DS. Gameplay trailer shown. They mentioned that the 3DS version will provide extra mansions.

-  A video was shown revealing new third-party games coming to the 3DS.

- Nintendo eShop will have 3D classics. One game announced in 3D classics is excitebike.

- Nintendo eshop will also have Pokedex 3D.

- Nintendo's new console Project Cafe is named Wii U.

- Wii U controller revealed and a trailer was shown showcasing its features. Wii U coming 2012.

- During the video showing the Wii U controller, a Zelda game on the new system was teased.

- Smash bros. announced for Wii U and 3DS.

- Lego City Stories announced for Wii U and also for the 3DS.

- 3rd party games announced for Wii U - Arkham City, Darksiders 2, Dirts, Aliens, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Online, Metro: Last Light, Tekken, Ninja Gaiden 3.

- Wii U will have significant third-party support.

Nintendo's Press Conference was short but sweet. Wii took a back seat this time and it was all about the 3DS and the new console, the Wii U. Now the 3DS news are pretty cool but the big announcement is the name of the new console and it's controller. The name, Wii U was a shocker. I don't like the name since they retained the Wii's name into the new console. Whatever their reason, i was expecting a new console with a new identity. The console was never revealed and i have no idea why. The look is obviously not final and they never went into detail about the console but with third-party titles like Arkham City or Ninja Gaiden 3 heading to Wii U shows that it's definitely a strong system.

They want you to wrap your head on the possibilities of what the controller can provide for third-party game developers. What developers can do with those features is yet to be seen. The Wii U is still coming next year but i feel that Nintendo should have given at least an additional 30 minutes to further explain the power of the system and what to look forward to on the Wii U. I watched the stream excited for the new console reveal and left with more questions. What do you guys think about Nintendo's Press Conference?

Here’s a link to the Press Conference to watch it yourself -