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:
- All seven of the Koopalings will be playable racers in the game.
- Release date: May 30
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.
- 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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Confirmed for US release sometime early in 2015
- 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
- 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
- Moon Chronicles
- 1001 Spikes
- Retro City Rampage
- 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
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!