With a gloomy little cloud of doubt and anxiety hovering over Nintendo as of late, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Iwata as he hosted this latest Nintendo Direct. Didn’t he seem just a bit down, as opposed to his usual self? Iwata should feel good about today’s broadcast, though, as more than a few of the games on display have me excited for the next couple of months!
NES Remix 2
More of the excellent mashups of the first game, this time featuring Super Mario Bros. 3, Punch Out!!, and more. The first game was great, but with the pedigree of this one, I have high hopes. Launches April 25th.
Yoshi’s New Island
The curtain was peeled back a bit more, as Iwata showcased the two new types of giant eggs Yoshi can throw. IGN is claiming this game is too easy, but it looks like it’s shaping up to be another admirable sequel. Not totally sold on the graphics, but it looks fun.
Mario Kart 8
All of the Koopa KIds are playable racers in this game. Nothing else needs to be said here, lol. Yours on May 30th.
Weapon Shop de Omasse
On February 20th, we’ll all be able to rhythm tap a whole slew of weapons into being for would-be RPG heroes. The premise is unique and the gameplay looks solid. This is why the eShop on 3DS is second only to iOS, though these days it’s getting dang close to being on equal footing.
Pokemon: Battle Trozei
Pokemon puzzle strategy game coming to 3DS eShop. A spin on the fun puzzle game Pokemon Trozei that was on DS. Get battling March 20th.
Not much to say, other than some cool new footage shown (in-game and cinema scenes) and reaffirmation that the game will launch 2014. Better hurry up with that Bayonetta port before then!
Wii U Game Boy Advance Virtual Console Titles
Starting in April, Wii U players will be able to download Metroid Fusion, Yoshi’s Island, and Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga. Now, if only they’d hurry up and launch the GBA Virtual Console on 3DS…
Tactical RPG meets soccer. Yes, you read that right, and yes, it looks dang fun. Out now.
Details on the Xenoblade sequel remain vague, though today’s battle demo confirmed that the title will be using a modified version of the beloved Wii game’s combat system.
Mario Golf World Tour
May 2nd we can finally hit the greens, after like a year’s wait. Considering how incredible last year’s 3DS lineup was, it’s saying something that Nintendo could just decide to hold off on this game. Sweet looking swing, so far.
Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball and Steel Diver Sub Wars
Nintendo’s first free-to-play games are heading to 3DS, with Steel Diver out now and Real Deal coming soon. Both allow for paid content purchases, but Real Deal takes an approach I’ve never heard of; you can haggle over the price of add-on games with an in-game character! Trippy, and cool.
Kirby Triple Deluxe
People are spoiled; never begrudge HAL for making a “traditional” Kirby game, because they’re always freaking fun. This one looks to be no exception, and the new Street Pass feature of unlocking 8-bit digital keychains looks way too cool. Out May 2nd.
Little Mac Coming to Brawl Wii U/3DS
Now that’s what I’m talking about. Get Lolo and Lala in there and I will be a happy man. Cloud wouldn’t hurt either!
Donkey Kong Country Topical Freeze
Another trailer, though if you need more incentive to buy this game, there’s something wrong with you.
In case I missed anything, and because you should be checking out the awesome trailers anyway, be sure to watch the actual broadcast as soon as you can! Until next time, thanks for reading!