Rather than be big and flashy like the live stage shows of Playstation and Xbox, Nintendo’s “Nintendo Direct” video presentations opt to be much more, well, direct. True, they occasionally feature some weird theatrics, but more often then not the Nintendo Directs just sit down, and show you what they have.
The result is a cavalcade of information, some news is big, others vague snippets, and we’re here the list some of the best for you. Put down your 3DS and pay attention!
Fans of 8-bit classics had reason to rejoice today, for Nintendo are bringing many older games forward to the 3DS. Well, by many I mean about nine, and they’re spread across two franchises, those franchises being Megaman and Pokemon. Let’s start with Megaman.
The Megaman Legacy Collection combines the first six Megaman games in 8-bit HD glory, and will feature Amiibo support from the Megaman statue, along with a special gold Megaman Amiibo that will be exclusive to the collector’s edition. It is releasing February 23 2016.
Next up, we have Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow being brought to the 3DS virtual console store, arriving four days after Megaman on February 27, which is the 20th anniversary of the Japanese release of the original Pokemon Red and Blue. The games are not being remade in any sense, so they will still retain those wonderful GameBoy pixels, but they will take advantage of the 3DS’ wireless connectivity to allow players to trade Pokemon without the need of one of those GameBoy cable links only your rich friends had.
One more piece of news on the remastering/re-releasing front, Legend of Zelda: Twlight Princess is being remastered into HD for the Wii U. The only real alterations outside of the visual upgrades is Amiibo support (I’m sensing a trend here), including a new Amiibo (definitely sensing a trend here!) modelled from Wolf Link. Twilight Princess HD is due early next year on March 4.
But speaking of Zelda news:
All the Zelda news
Well, a little bit of Zelda news. Like I said, Nintendo Directs have big news and vague mentions, and Zelda got both treatments.
Let’s get the vague out of the way: yes, Zelda for Wii U (no confirmed title yet) is coming in 2016. Yep, that’s it, that’s all Nintendo had to say about it. They didn’t even really say it, more showed 10 seconds of footage and put the year up at the end. Looked something like this:
Pretty grass though.
In more tangible Zelda news, the game Hyrule Warriors is getting a 3DS release titled Hyrule Warriors Legends early next year. They’ll be some new story elements and playable characters from Wind Waker in there as well. But the one new character that seems to have caught the internet’s attention is Linkle, the first official female version of Zelda franchise protagonist Link.
Here’s some concept art for her, along with her dual wielding crossbows. That sound you’re hearing is cosplayers everywhere tripping over themselves to get a costume ready for their next event.
Hyrule Warriors Legends releases March 25 2016 for 3DS.
The big drop
The impact of this news I guess is entirely subjective, but if my Facebook feed is anything to go by then people are losing their minds over this one. I’ll cut right to the chase: Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS is getting new character DLC, and that character is Cloud from Final Fantasy VII.
I’ll give you a minute to process that. Actually, I’ll give you three because here’s the trailer for his reveal:
Pretty epic news, especially for a character from a previously Playstation exclusive game. Reminds me of when they revealed Solid Snake for Super Smash Bros Brawl, now THAT was the best.
- Star Fox Zero releasing for Wii U April 22 2016, after being delayed from this year.
- Xenoblade Chronicles X coming December 5 for Wii U
- New Fire Emblem game, split into three different titles that all contain different perspectives on the narrative, coming to 3DS in 2016.
- Bravely Second: End Layer, sequel to the cult hit Bravely Default, coming to 3DS in Q1 2016.