Nintendo Direct shows a new Zelda spin-off, Dr. Luigi, and Yoshi's Island

A round-up of everything from today's Nintendo Direct, which also proved that the Year of Luigi could never be contained to just one calendar year.

Nintendo today held another of its Nintendo Direct events, mostly detailing Wii U and 3DS announcements for Spring 2014, but with a few additional announcements for a time period beyond that. In this roundup we've sorted the information by platform.

Wii U

Hyrule Warriors was announced for the Wii U, a mash-up of Zelda and the Dynasty Warriors series. Expect to see Link cut through massive hordes of monsters, although I doubt this new game will revolve around the Japanese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. A brief teaser trailer for the title was released.

NES Remix was unveiled for Wii U. A trailer for the game was shown, with NES Remix taking famous scenes from NES-era games and offering up a slight twist. Link was shown ascending the path in the original Donkey Kong, while a new take on Excitebike had players rely on a headlight to see the path ahead. The game is available to download now.

Dr. Luigi was also announced for the Wii U eShop. The latest take on the Dr. Mario formula will be released in on December 31 in the US and January 15, 2014, and will feature both touch and button-based modes, as well as a new mode that throws L-shaped capsules into the mix.

Finally, Super Mario Galaxy character Rosalina was shown as a fighter in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS--which definitely isn't coming out in Spring 2014--and was also featured in a new trailer for Mario Kart 8, which definitely is.

Sonic Lost World on the Wii U will be getting two new pieces of Nintendo-themed DLC, with a Yoshi's Island themed level now available on the Wii U eShop. The second level will be coming next year, with Nintendo hinting that it would be Zelda themed.

Wii Sports Club Golf has also been released today, joining the tennis and bowling modes already available on the game. Wii Sports Club either sells access to each sport individually, or lets players rent access for set periods of time. The base game will now be automatically downloaded to the console, provided users have enough storage space and have downloaded the most recent system update.

3DS/2DS

Yoshi's New Island will be coming to the 3DS in Spring 2014, with Takashi Tezuka--who was instrumental to the SNES original--on board for development.

New information was also released for Kirby Triple Deluxe. While the bulk of the game will be a new side-scrolling platformer, Nintendo announced two new additional modes for the game: Kirby Fighters, a Smash Bros.-esque brawler with four players on screen duking it out, and rhythm-based Dedede's Drum Dash. The game will be available sometime in 2014--Nintendo didn't specify a more precise date.

Pokemon X and Y players will be able to get legendary Pokemon Celebi for their Pokedex by using the Bank application, downloaded from the 3DS eShop, before September 2014.

3DS owners in North America will be able to download a demo of Bravely Default from January 2. The game, a new Square Enix RPG due for release on February 7 in the US, is already available in Japan and Europe.

Over in Europe, Nintendo also announced that customers who register a Nintendo Network ID or link to their existing Wii U ID will get a free download code for Super Mario. Bros Deluxe in February. Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney will also be released for 3DS on March 28 in Europe.

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141 comments
john_matrix8953
john_matrix8953

There's no reason to buy a PS4 and Xbone at the moment and you haters know it. It's going to be nearly a YEAR, at the least, when the games you want to play on PS4 or Xbone will finally be available. Wii U is the better choice.


Trolls, end your suffering: Buy a Wii U to play the games that you clearly want to play. The Wii U isn't going going anywhere for five or six years, also, it's backward compatible to Wii games, so you can play those games as well. 

blackace
blackace

Zelda + Dynasty Warriors = Blah!! Dumbest idea I've ever seen. I just don't see the point of it. I would rather see Zelda team up with other Nintendo characters in a RTS game where they have to venture to each of their worlds to complete specific goals in the story. The NES Remix is cool, but why isn't this on the 3DS & Wii? That should have been a no brainer. Nintendo just does some stupid things sometimes.

Keeper_Artemus
Keeper_Artemus

You'd think the Mario brothers would give up being plumbers if they were both M.D.s.  To each his own.

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

I can't wait for Yoshi's New Island... The SNES one is one of my all time favorite games


DR Luigi.... meh


The new Zelda looks like Dynasty Warriors and Dynasty Warriors is a bland, mindless, guilty pleasure if even that

Nintendo quality is none of those things so I dunno 

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

I got all I wanted: a release date for Tropical Freeze and Prof layton vs Phoenix Wright :D

LittleMac19
LittleMac19

The Hyrule game looks crap along with the rest of the Dynasty Warriors games.

JoInfo
JoInfo

I want to see new Endless Ocean for Wii U!

lithus
lithus

If Nintendo ever wants to claw its way out of that hole of mediocrity they dug, they need to step away from the 1st party mascots (Mario, Luigi, Metroid, Zelda etc.)  and start thinking about a real next gen Nintendo system and better 3rd party support.  They shoot themselves in the foot everytime they launch yet another Zeldo and Mario game.

19James89
19James89

It will be another solid year for the 3DS and it looks like a solid year for the Wii U though I'm expecting X to come out in 2015 in the PAL region.

obsequies
obsequies

dr....luigi? ha I like how the pills are in packets before they hit something

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

The more I see about the Wii-U the more I want one.  Monster Hunter is the big draw for me but the more I look into the system the more games I find.

zombiewombat
zombiewombat

Apparently we're going to be waiting a loooooong time for Kirby Triple Deluxe. Around 84 years to be exact.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

These games all look fun and interesting to me.  At this point Microsoft and Sony's new game systems hold no interest for me.  I'd rather just buy a new decked out gaming computer and a WiiU.  Get the best games on the other systems on my PC while also getting some of the best console exclusives in the business with WiiU.

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

Hyrule Warriors, not sure if that's genius or joke-worthy

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

Also why is gamefeak giving away a uber tier pokemon for free? I can just imagine the wi-fi battles now.

lostn
lostn

Hyrule warriors is not tickling my fancy. The Dynasty Warriors gameplay is soul crushingly awful and repetitive. Putting link in there isn't going to change that. Also its graphics were pretty poor.

divinejester
divinejester

What innovation? A new IP, no lets just give them more Mario and Zelda. Nintendo is more stagnant the hardened concrete.

isildor81
isildor81

ih wow what an awesome game: tetris!

TallTower23
TallTower23

Coooooool. Seems inevitable that I'm gonna get a Wii U. Though probably not before a PS4.

klonoa53
klonoa53

Anyway I would love to see if nintendo remade Kirby's Air Ride.

klonoa53
klonoa53

Hyrule Warriors, fun for 5 minutes. Then you put it down.

deadpen
deadpen

NES remix looks like a sorry attempt at a game nintendo. Hyrule Warriors can be amazing depending on how they go about it.

herox95
herox95

@blackace  You'll never know until you play it. Nintendo will prob force the DW team to at least polish up the game.

BoogieL0ve
BoogieL0ve

@blackace 

In my opinion, the Zelda+Dynasty Warriors idea is FAR better than NES remix.  "Bite sized challenges from classic NES titles"?  Like running through a level in Super Mario Bros. with a star constantly activated to get points just to get a "Clear!" banner displayed on screen?  Sounds pretty lame- I'd rather play the actual title.

The Zelda thing will only be cool if they give it some type of good backstory.  I'm not a Zelda fan (I've only played the Phantom Hourglass), but I at least like that they are branching out a bit.  I also like your idea of him teaming up with other Nintendo Characters in RTS to each of their worlds is a cool idea- as long as it didn't end up like The Subspace Emissary. 

BradBurns
BradBurns

@R4gn4r0k I'm not liking the music for Tropical Freeze. I thought David Wise was gonna be the composer.

herox95
herox95

@lithus  ? Miyamoto is creating a new IP. Nintendo has decided to lend out some of it's old franchises to be used. Metroid Prime 4 is now possible.

BoogieL0ve
BoogieL0ve

@lithus 

Taking the shine away from Mario/Zelda/etc from Nintendo, to me, is like taking Lara Croft out of Tomb Raider- basically, you're left with Uncharted.  Which also has a sort of mascot.  Most popular games, be it first party or third party, have a mascot.  That's just how it is.  And I fully expect Nintendo to look at the market at what other people are doing and stick to what they've been doing- making excellent quality gaming that's perfect for in-between the more hard-hitting games.  Not everything, in my eyes, has to be zombies or explosions or headshots.  Sometimes I just want to stomp a Goomba.

Sundaze
Sundaze

@lithus Yep, Super Mario 3D World was a shot in the foot. So was Zelda: ALBW. #golfclap

Sundaze
Sundaze

@blueboxdoctor Those holiday bundles are amazing... I say pick up a Zelda one while you still can!

19James89
19James89

@blueboxdoctorI say take the plunge, there are some fantastic games on the system and it's only going to get more.

BoogieL0ve
BoogieL0ve

@Jedilink109 

That's exactly where I'm at.  I recently (about a year ago) got rid of my console in lieu of a great gaming rig (those Fallout 3 mods really opened my eyes to PC gaming possibilities).  At this point, the ONLY "next-gen" (which is last gen compared to my PC) that I would fork cash out for is a Wii-U.  They deserve it.  They make great quality games that I know I will get multiple use out out (SMW3d, now with Peach being playable, is amazing.  Smash Bros. is always a good game night.  Mario Kart looks excellent).  


Wii-U is the best Next-Gen console, in my eyes, and it doesn't even want to be that (let alone obnoxious about it).
  It just wants to be fun.

19James89
19James89

@Jedilink109I agree and the more I see of Mario Kart 8 the more I want my hands on a copy.

herox95
herox95

@lostn  Quite right. Could just be in beta or alpha stage. Like Super Mario 3D World was, when Nintendo first showed it.

nvngatti
nvngatti

@divinejester We see innovation in the old IPs of Nintendo more than the new screwed up IPs of Microsoft and Sony. I don't get whats your problem but I can see you've not played any Nintendo games.

herox95
herox95

@deadpen  NES Remixe is co-made by another team (I forgot).

herox95
herox95

@Sundaze @lithus  Naw, remember what IGN said? They said Super Mario 3D World was going to be a big seller, also, don't forgot BILLIONS of people have been ASKING for a sequel to A Link To The Past. Nintendo even GAVE it's fans three choices.

1. Majora's Mask 3DS or Wii U remake.

2. ALTTP remake.

3. ALTTP sequel.


So there you have it.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@nvngatti @divinejester Yeah, and I loved the Dynasty Warriors games, and this just looks awesome on sooooo many levels!  Me and one of my friends are stoocked!