New 3DS XL Release Date, New Fire Emblem, and All the Other Nintendo News Today

Today's Nintendo Direct presentation gave us a lot of new announcements, here's a place to catch up in case you missed anything.

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The biggest news from today's Nintendo Direct was the February 13 release date for the New Nintendo 3DS both in North America and the EU. If you want a recap, you can rewatch the entire presentation here.

Here are key the New 3DS stats:

  • MSRP: $200
  • The EU will get both the regular and XL New 3DS, but North America will only get the XL version
  • North America colors: Red or black
  • EU Colors: Black or white for the regular model, black or blue for the XL
  • 12 faceplates for the smaller EU model
  • The system does not come packaged with a charger

While it wasn't part of the Direct, GameStop is offering up a way to get a new 3DS for $100 by trading in an older system.

Also launching on February 13:

Check out the special edition Majora's Mask 3DS here. However, be warned, the system is already sold out both at GameStop and Best Buy.

Select Wii games will be made available in the Wii U eShop, and more games will be added every week. The titles will work like regular eShop downloadable games, and titles that previously supported the Pro Controller will include support for the Wii U Game Pad.

  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 -- available now
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns (EU only) -- January 22
  • Punch-Out!! (North America only) -- January 22
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy -- January 29

Each title will retail for $20 (£18), but they'll be reduced to $10 (£9) on the week of their release.

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We're getting a new Fire Emblem for 3DS.

Tekken's director is Making a Wii U-exclusive free-to-play game. It will involve gathering treasure, disarming traps, and it's codenamed Project Treasure.

Next details on the next wave of Amiibo and the new Super Mario Amiibo series. New characters coming sometime in the spring include:

  • Robin
  • Lucina
  • Pac-Man
  • Wario
  • Ness
  • Charizard
  • Toad (as part of the new Super Mario series)

There's a new Pokemon game on the way, but it might not be what you expect. Pokemon Shuffle is a free-to-play game on 3DS. It bears strong gameplay similarties to other match-3 games on Facebook and mobile.

If you're having trouble finding the Marth Amiibo, Nintendo says more are coming. The reason for the re-release: Marth and other Fire Emblem characters will be compatible with the upcoming strategy game from the Fire Emblem developer: Code Name STEAM. Now word on whether we'll be getting more Wii Fit Trainer or villager Amiibo.

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Watch the amazing new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles X

Cross-buy has a future on Nintendo's system. One of the first games to (kind of) support the feature. Mario vs. Donkey Kong is coming to Wii U and 3DS, but if you buy the game on one console, you'll get a download code for the other version free.

A few other notes that didn't get turned into full stories:

    • Hyrule Warriors is getting a Majora's Mask pack that includes playable Tingle, playable Young Link, and a few unannounced skins for current characters.
    • Puzzles and Dragon Z will come to the West as a dual-packaged on 3DS. It'll also include the Super Mario Bros. version.

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