Nintendo Direct February: Here's everything you missed

A round-up of all the highlights from Nintendo's Wii U and 3DS Nintendo Direct for February 2014.

In case you didn't get to watch it live, here are the biggest stories from Nintendo's February 2014 Direct presentation:

Super Smash Bros. News:

Mario Kart 8 News:

Steel Diver is getting a sequel, and you can download the free version right now

  • The free version includes the entire 4v4 multiplayer experience along with two submarines and two single-player missions.
  • The paid version ($9.99) will include the entire 7-mission single-player campaign as well as access to the full slate of game's available submarines for multiplayer

Nintendo is experimenting with some interesting microtransaction models in this upcoming baseball game

  • You can download the base game for free, but you can haggle down the real-world price of extra minigame add-ons. Prices start at $4.

NES Remix gets a sequel

  • This version will include titles from later in the NES's lifecycle, including Super Mario Bros. 3 and Metroid.
  • You'll also be able to play through the entire original Super Mario Bros....but as Luigi and backwards.

GameSpot editor Tom McShea broke out fivethings we learned from the show right here. And here's the full run-down on Nintendo's other announcements:

Mario Golf World Tour

  • In-game customization options for your character will let you control how you look and some of those items will also have an effect on your player's abilities.
  • Release date: May 2

Kirby Triple Deluxe

  • The game will have in-game collectibles including Key Chains and Sunstones.
  • You'll be able to get some of the rarer keychains (and better items) by Street Passing with other people who play the game.
  • Release date: May 2

Yoshi's New Island

  • New abilities like a giant egg, a giant metal egg, and Super Yoshi will offer new ways to interact with the game's environment and overcome obstacles.
  • Kirby will have transformations (including a jackhammer and submarine) that you'll control with the 3DS's gyroscope capabilities.
  • Release date: March 14

Pokemon Battle Trozei

  • The continuation of this Pokemon-themed puzzle game will have every Pokemon available for you to catch.
  • Includes 4-player co-op
  • Release date: March 20

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy

  • Street Pass functionality will allow you to create scavenger hunts for other players.
  • Items that you find will let you unlock special in-game collectibles.
  • Release date: February 28

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

  • Confirmed for US release sometime early in 2015

Weapon Shop de Omasse

  • From Level-5, another of the GUILD 01 games gets a US release.
  • Play as a weapon shop keeper inside of an RPG.
  • Release date February 20
  • Price: $7.99

Inazuma Eleven

  • The soccer RPG from Level-5 is available to download right now.
  • Price: $19.99

The Nintendo eShop is getting a lot of indie titles in the near future including:

  • Shovel Knight
  • Treasurenauts
  • Moon Chronicles
  • 1001 Spikes
  • Retro City Rampage

Child of Light

  • The stylistic, downloadable RPG is coming to Wii U on April 30.
  • Price: $14.99

Game Boy Advance games on virtual console are closer to becoming a reality. The first titles should come out sometime this spring. Games currently on deck include:

  • Metroid Fusion
  • Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga
  • Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3

On the Japan Nintendo Direct, the following games were announced for, of course, Japan:

  • Mario Advance 2
  • Wario Ware, Advance Wars,
  • Golden Sun
  • F-Zero

We also got another look at the still-untiled Wii U game (currently just called X) from Xenoblade Chronicles director Tetsuya Takahashi.

And Bayonetta 2 got a new, extended trailer. The game will be released in Japan sometime in 2014, but no release date has been announced for the US.

And that's everything! We'll probably have to wait until E3 for the big Nintendo announcements, but was there anything you were expecting to hear about that didn't get announced? Let us know in the comments below!

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Discussion

52 comments
gordanchoong
gordanchoong

How come they didn't announce a new Zelda, Metroid, or F-Zero game yet? 

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

I am enjoying all the 3DS/2DS support and all Nintendo, but your not giving me any reason to feel bad for the WiiU i sold back.


Would be nice if you did.

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

Yes the WiiU is struggling but i am enjoying gaming on wiiU, i wish WiiU struggles get over in 2014 because i am excited for the first party games on wiiiU and want Nintendo to keep making these games. looking forward to DK tropical freeze and Mario Kart.

aci808
aci808

Where are all the f****** Wii U games? Not even Nintendo is putting anything out. How can you expect third party titles when you're not even supporting it. Show some screenshots of the all new Zelda, a new Metroid, something, ANYTHING.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

And joke of the industry once again goes to...If my n64 didn't have sentimental value I might get rid of it in an iconoclastic attempt to rid the bad taste of Nintendo from my mouth. The fact that they continue to only support 3DS is utterly absurd.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

I watched the whole thing. Oh man I'm looking forward to some serious fun this year. 

Poodger
Poodger

That was some pretty cool reveals for Smash Bros, which happens to be the only game I give a damn about in all that.

ThatChunkyMunky
ThatChunkyMunky

I was really hoping for a release date for Bayonetta 2. :/

HiroArka
HiroArka

I am very much hoping the final boss of this new Kirby game will be named Zero 3 :D. Zero 2 has to be the coolest boss in Kirby History and has a wonderful Theme as well.

Defender1978
Defender1978

I want next-gen Zelda, Metroid, Excitebike, Kid Icarus, Starfox, Mario Kart, F-Zero, Wario, Pilotwings, Punch-Out, Earthbound, Kirby, Wave Race, Eternal Darkness, Xenoblade, Paper Mario etc etc etc.

S001_PRIMAL
S001_PRIMAL

cool games but im still kinda disappointed about the lack of wii u support againand i was hoping for the end of region lock

LSZ22
LSZ22

As a happy 3DS owner, I wish Nintendo would just abandon the Wii U. It's over. Give up. There is little reason for people to pick it over a PS4 or Xbone. Focus on your better current system and look to the future.

Shango4
Shango4

The Wii U will be probably be dead in November.

divinejester
divinejester

Only interested in Prof. Layton out of all of this news.

playstationzone
playstationzone

Nintendo doom    they still haven't change things around because saving Nintendo is serious

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

well not many interest me manby super smash bros for my 3ds, let alone free sub fps game, i can't complain

stuff238
stuff238

I was skimming this and read it as "Professor Layton and the ARYAN Legacy".  lol. Just about to say nintendo probably should not do that...haha.

MegaPyroFlame
MegaPyroFlame

I think leading off the launch of Gameboy Advance VC with Superstar Saga was a great decision, honestly.  With the recent release of Dream Team and older gamers singing its praises all the time, it's sure to be a great success.

immortality20
immortality20

Ugh, I really hate street pass. I hope I can still enjoy and collect everything in Kirby without having to worry about that crap. Game looks great none-the-less.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

Missed? you mean already knew about from the last 6 Directs?


Wasting all of that potential on a handheld. Nintendo Logic. 

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

Why is monster hunter 4 coming so late?

Piris
Piris

mario kart release date, yay

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

Pokemon Battle Trozei

  • The continuation of this Pokemon-themed puzzle game will have every Pokemon available for you to catch.
  • Includes 4-player co-op
  • Release date: March 20

Is this pokemon puzzle league sequel? 

Wingus-T-Dingus
Wingus-T-Dingus

Can't believe there is still no solid release date for Super Smash, X, or Bayonetta 2. People knew about these games before the Wii U launched. Get on your horse Nintendo.

skateryanboarde
skateryanboarde

@aci808  Dude, if you don't think there are already a ton of great Wii U games, you'll never think there are. I'm looking at FIVE games on my shelf for Wii U that are great games. That's not counting the indie titles, downloaded retail titles, and virtual console games I have. I think you're so used to whining about it that you never go and check to see if it's really true. Nintendo can't do it all by themselves.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@aci808  

I thought Donkey Kong, Smash, MarioKart and X are all Wii U games. The games you're asking for are most definitely in development, well, Zelda at least, but those are far off. 

justinka777
justinka777

@Grenadeh yea supporting their most popular product is just crazy talk, some one lock up Nintendo cause they are just bat shit loony.

tdawgg30
tdawgg30

@ThatChunkyMunky  According to Nintendo of Japan, they are releasing Bayonetta 2 this Summer in their country.  There's a possibility that it's gonna launch next season at the earliest in both North America and Europe.

lostn
lostn

@Shouoken4Peace I think it will eventually get released on PS3/360. The game didn't sell well on those consoles, and the sequel will sell even worse on the Wii U. 

tdawgg30
tdawgg30

@LSZ22  Nintendo isn't gonna abandon the Wii U.  Just because the system is a year old and third party developers and publishers are too freaking lazy to take advantage of the company's HD console doesn't mean they're abandoning it altogether.


Former NAUGHTY DOG developers are making a new Sonic game powered by CryEngine, Monolith Soft had shown us exclusive gameplay footage of their new JRPG.  PlatinumGames are planning to release Bayonetta 2 in full HD, 60 frames per second.  Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8, etc.  They will be released this year... and a brand new Zelda title will be released next year (until further notice).  Let's not forget that more indie games are coming to the Wii U this year.


2014 is the year of the Wii U... and I assure you that they will deliver more games in months to come... so it's time to get used to it and accept the truth of this reality instead of your failed attempt at dooming and glooming the king of video games.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Shango4  

And you have the audacity to think you could run the company better? If it were up you, the company would've been dead before it even entered videogames.

UFOLoche
UFOLoche

@WingChopMasta  Not really wasting considering the fact that 3DS is one of the most popular systems right now.

tdawgg30
tdawgg30

@Wingus-T-Dingus  Have patience and keep your expectations in check, you dingus.  Nintendo will announce the release date for Super Smash Bros., Bayonetta 2, and a finalized name from Monolith Soft for their next JRPG title only for Wii U.  And I've stated before, Bayonetta 2 will be released this Summer in Japan.  That means there's an excellent possibility that Nintendo will release the Umbra Witch sequel between this Fall and Winter 2014.

aci808
aci808

I agree with your point that they're only supporting the 3DS. I can understand supporting the console that's more popular and has a higher installed base. But it seems like the Wii U isn't getting anything.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@lostn @Defender1978 

Or want Nintendo not to release the same crap over and over for their consoles. Just a  thought.

lostn
lostn

@abHS4L88 @Shango4He didn't say he could run it better. He only said that it's currently running badly.


However, I don't think it will be dead in November. If Kart doesn't boost sales dramatically, it's going to continue to languish though.

Wingus-T-Dingus
Wingus-T-Dingus

@tdawgg30 @Wingus-T-DingusSo what do we have to play til then? Donkey Kong Country Returns and Mario Kart 8? That's only 2 first party games until next fall. I like Nintendo just as much as the next guy and I think I have been pretty patient, but they're at fault for teasing games 2 years before they plan to release them. It's too much of a wait. Most people would rather be surprised with a kick ass trailer or demo tops 6 months out from release.  

lostn
lostn

@bunchanumbers Did you also doubt that the Ninja Gaiden games and Mass Effect would ever release on PS3?

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@lostn

In another thread, he implied that he could run the company better. 


Pretty much, a console cannot "die" unless the company pulls it from the market, and we know Nintendo has more than enough money to sustain the Wii U throughout the generation. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Grenadeh

Sony and Microsoft sold the 360 and PS3 at a huge loss, but being much larger companies, they could afford it, what makes you think Nintendo could sell a system like the PS3/360 at an affordable price? Sorry if you can't comprehend what I'm saying.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Shango4

It's been a decade since he took over and Nintendo's still around and came off their most successful generation ever. If it were you, Nintendo probably would've filed for bankruptcy trying to compete with Sony/Microsoft by releasing a powerful but extremely expensive console.