Nintendo's April 3DS/Wii U Direct News Roundup

It might have been April Fools' Day, but Nintendo had lots of non-joke announcements. Updates for Mario Kart 8, Smash Bros., and more.

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The timing may not be the best, but Nintendo has chosen April Fools' Day to reveal some new news about the Wii U and 3DS. You'll be able to watch the stream live through the video above, and we'll update this story with headlines and details on all the announcements.

The presentation will start live at 3PM PST (6PM EDT/ 9AM in the AU / 11PM in the UK).

While the rest of the Internet is focused on making things up, Nintendo promised in a tweet that this "is no joke." While the developer has a lot it could potentially talk about, we probably won't hear anything quite yet about the upcoming NX console or the Legend of Zelda for Wii U, which Nintendo recently announced would be skipping this year's E3.

Here are some of the highlights:

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Update 1.06 updates to Smash Bros and details on Mewtwo, Mother 3's Lucas, and more DLC characters. Mii Fighters will get access to a new set of costumes as well.

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We have lots of information on the next few Amiibo waves, including all the included characters, but here are some details on the games that will make the most use of these upcoming Amiibo:

  • Yoshi's Wooly World will include two modes: the traditonal Classic and the easier Mellow Mode. Whenever you're having trouble in the game, you can switch to Mellow Mode for access to winged Yoshi. The game will also include a new plush Amiibo.
  • Splatoon will include off-screen co-op. One player will be able to play off the TV screen using a setup like the Pro Controller while the other player plays off the Wii U GamePad.

Fatal Frame is coming to the Wii U in the US! This Japan-only entry in the horror franchise came out last year, but Nintendo announced that it'll be coming to the West as well.

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In Fire Emblem news:

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Mario Kart 8 is getting a free update that introduces an even faster 200cc circuit! And the release date for the next set of DLC tracks got pushed up a month early.

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New Streetpass games are coming to the 3DS soon:

  • Ultimate Angler: a fishing game where people you meet will give you different kinds of bait to catch both fish and "monsters."
  • Battleground Z: Battle zombie hordes using weapons supplied by the hobbies of people you StreetPass with.
  • Street Pass Mii Plaza Premium: Input the birthdays for Street Pass friends and have a place to store 100 of your favorites.
  • Each game will cost $5, but you can get Ultimate Angler and Battleground Z together in a bundle for $8.
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Pokemon Rumble World, a toy-battling Pokemon game, will be coming as a free download to the 3DS on April 8.

An official Attack on Titan game coming to the 3DS.

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The Wii U Virtual Console will be getting a fresh infusion of games from the N64 and DS.

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Good stuff Nintendo. Can't wait for SMT x Fire Emblem. And of course X later on this year.

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Nintendo destroys all competition. So unique, so in touch with their consumers, so accessible and cheap.

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What, no Tharja voting going on?

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I would like to play Super Mario Sunshine and Smash Bros Melee on the Wii U.

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Yawn, let me know when the new Xenoblade game is coming West.

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So where is Starfox 64 on the Wii U? How about news about the Starfox U? How about Skyward Sword, Kirby's Return to Dreamland and Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii U re-released like the Metroid Trilogy? I'd also like to see some F-Zero love or an actual HD remake of something for the Wii U instead of the 3DS. I'm definitely in for Splatoon and DK64, just sad by the last of interesting news.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Remakes can go suck a giant one. I want NEW games. If you want to play those OLD games just buy a Wii. Most of those game are bargain bin games now anyway. Why waste resources on updating old games?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I imagine some of those things would be saved for E3 especially with the delay to Zelda U and the lack of it being demoed at E3... Honestly it seems like Zelda U was pushed back to late 2016 considering they aren't even wanting to show it off some at E3 lol


I'm just happy DK 64 is finally getting some love I'm about to blow $10 on that game as soon as it is released >.>

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Aside from the news about Fatal Frame, the direct was pretty meh.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> it's going west? Not mentioned in this article.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You gotta read it first dude

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> What about Europe?

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a lot of great 3ds announcements....wii u not soo much. I dont understand why they wont port pokemon and fire emblem to the console

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>won't port Fire Emblem to consoles

>FExSMT announced for Wii U


And that's ignoring the two other major releases the game franchise has seen on the Gamecube and Wii.

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So...they didnt say anything about Star Fox? What a dull,worthless Direct. WOOT at least were getting Fatal Frame soon.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> They're probably saving that for E3, it would only make sense.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> They've announced they are skipping E3 this year

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> People must learn to read. It said Zelda was skipping E3..not Nintendo.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It's just Zelda U skipping E3, but Nintendo will probably have an E3 Direct with new announcements, just like last year. We expect Star Fox U to show up there, since it hasn't been delayed and seems to be on track to its original 2015 release date.

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I want Gamecube on the virtual console.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yes, why does Nintendo hate money? The virtual console on Wii still is better than on the Wii U and with a dedicated gamepad/pro controller I'd rather have all my SNES, N64, Gamecube on my Wii U.

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That was a great N.Direct, they had a bit of everything for everyone, and I'm loving that they're localizing Fatal Frame for Wii U! Also, Mario Kart 8 200cc announcement was epic. I'm secretly wanting to start collecting amiibos too. Screw being 28, those toys are awesome.


Why can't I be rich, there's so much money I'd love to give to Nintendo. :(

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I wouldn't call that great but they done well with what they had to announce lol


I'm dissapointed at the price for Mii costumes and DLC characters in SSB though... I always figured characters would cost $4 a piece I just thought we'd get them bundled with something small(like the Mii costumes they are charging for >.> ). But hey as long as King K. Rool finally makes his appearance I can live with the price(unless they announce a huge amount of new characters like 10+).

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Fatal Frame V coming to NA = Best news ever, this totally makes up for the Zelda delay.

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yessss fatal frame!

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Dark Samus and Shadow the Hedgehog are already assist trophies in Smash 4, Dr. Luigi doesn't exist, Ridley's a stage boss, Nintendo no longer has permission to use Geno or Snake, and Goku... Is just not gonna happen

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Vote for King K. Rool, he should be in the series or at least Dixie Kong.


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Anybody voted for Roy, please don't let me be the only one..

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Why would you vote for a character that's already in the game? Makes no sense to me but oh well.

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Fast, people, fill the SSB character request with the standard size New 3DS :P




I voted on Lyn btw.... everybody votes on Lyn ò.ó

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<< LINK REMOVED >> She's an assist trophy, but she definitely should have been a fighter >.>



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They need more characters from the Donkey Kong games. I vote for King K. Rool!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> No, they need more characters from Metroid....

But I don't vote for Ridley.

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Dark Samus would be cool

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I second that vote! King K Rool for Smash Bros.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I agree, I voted for King K. Rool as well!

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I voted for Dr. Luigi. You're welcome.

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Voted for Isaac (Golden Sun) and Geno (Super Mario RPG)! Also, Lucas Hype!!!!

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I'll buy it. I'll buy the costume dlc. I'll buy Lucas. I've already bought mewtewo. I'm happy to get the chance to buy it.


And


Vote: Blastoise.


Blastoise vs charizard, duh.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Sadly they limit us to one vote T_T


Why won't Nintendo take our money and give us 3 picks? I can see blowing $12 for my 3 most wanted characters I play SSB enough to justify spending extra on it lol

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I applaud Nintendo for offering a modest price packaged deal for Mewtwo on both systems.


I just think the price is a bit steep for 1 playable character, but hey Riot gets away with more than that with all their characters.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> But LoL characters can all be bought for free...


That said it isn't entirely steep, I figured that was going to be close the price considering the amount of development Nintendo is putting in(and they are teamed up with NB) I was just hoping they'd throw in bonus content that is cheap to make to take the edge of the characters cost.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> All playable characters are unlockable with in-game currency on LoL.

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Shadow the Hedgehog in smash!

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Best news was the Fatal Frame V announcement, finally!

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To all you Fatal Frame fans that have been complaining about wanting a localization for the US, well here's your chance to show your support. If not, then stop complaining about future sequels not making it's way outside of Japan.

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