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Here's a roundup of the news from today's "Micro" Nintendo Direct.
Following yesterday's Japanese Nintendo Direct event, Nintendo of America on Monday released a 17-minute "Nintendo Direct Micro" video featuring new game announcements and more.
You can watch the entire video below, while a roundup of key announcements follows further down.
Below are some of the key takeways from the event, divided by platform. Looking ahead, we're expecting Nintendo to make more announcements during its E3 briefing on Tuesday, June 16.
- Chibi-Robot!: Zip Lash -- This new side-scrolling action game casts players as the lovable robot who uses his plug to whip enemies and solve puzzles. The game launches in October. A Chibi-Robo! Amiibo toy will also be available, but only through a special bundle. More details will be announced later.
- Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure -- The puzzle series returns with a new "Miracle Cure" item that "activates a variet of capsule- and virus-eradicating powers." The game is available to pre-buy today before its official launch June 11.
- Bravely Second: End Layer -- The sequel to Square Enix's RPG Bravely Default is coming to the west in 2016. Previously, it was confirmed only for Japan.
- Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon -- Already announced, this randomly generated dungeon game launches this winter.
- LBX: Little Battlers eXperience -- Based on the anime and toy line, this game allows players to build, customize, and battle robots. There are 130 models and more than 4,000 parts available. The game, which also supports local wireless play, launches August 21.
- Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition -- This comes with two free unlockable worlds for Puzzle & Dragons Z and Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition. What's more, Nintendo said it plans to start releasing free content for Puzzle & Dragons Z on a weekly basis.
- Splatoon -- New content is coming to the game today. Starting at 7 PM PDT / 10 PM EDT, Nintendo will release a weapon called the "N-Zap '85." As you can see in the video, it's based on the classic Zapper peripheral released thirty years ago for Duck Hunt. A new map, called Port Mackerel, is also coming to Splatoon today. The weapon and the map are free. Plus, Nintendo said Splatoon's ranked battle mode will also be updated to support characters level 10 or above.
- Art Academy: Home Studio -- The new app lets aspiring artists take virtual lessons and then try their hand at making whatever they want. The game even lets players publish time-lapse replays of their creations to YouTube. The app launches on June 25. People who already own Art Academy: Sketchpad will receive $4 off the purchase of Home Studio.
- Project Treasure -- Nintendo released a new video for the new four-player co-op game from Bandai Namco and Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada. Watch the video here.
Wii U and 3DS
- Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games -- Due to launch around the time of the Olympic Games next summer, this new game adds new events like soccer and table tennis for the 3DS version. On Wii U, you can play soccer, rugby, and beach volleyball. More details will be announced later.
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