Apr 17, 2013

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Nintendo 3DS Direct Highlights For April 17

Nintendo 3DS Direct Highlights For April 17


Nintendo held their 3DS edition of the Nintendo Direct today. Coming in at 37 minutes long, Nintendo had plenty of announcements to make. Some were for titles already announced while there were a few surprises. Missed the broadcast? Don’t worry. We have all the highlights below.

The broadcast started off with Satoru Iwata standing next to Mario and Luigi. He talked about how this is the “Year of Luigi” and how he has information on a few upcoming titles that will star the plumber clad in green.

First up is Mario and Luigi Dream Team. The game follows the brothers as they try to rescue Princess Peach when the gang decides to tour the Pi’illo Island. Mario must enter a dream world that is only available when Luigi sleeps on a special pillow. Players will need to interact with a sleepy Luigi to help Mario get through the dream world. In the real world, the brothers must work together and can use new actions that take advantage of the 3DS’ features. Mario and Luigi Dream Team will be available on August 11.

Mario Golf: World Tour‘s multiplayer features were detailed during this broadcast as well. Featuring the ability to play against anyone worldwide online, players can play in real time or upload their scores for tournament competitions. Players can also use different communities in order to play with like-minded players. The ability to customize a tournament is present. You can go with a traditional golf set of rules or have it where players can only use one character during the tournament.

There is a new game in the Mario Party series that is set for a Winter release this year. It will feature 81 new mini-games and seven new game boards that have their own set of rules. The different games will test your skill, concentration, and luck. Players can also try a climb on a 30-foot tower as well as AR Card mini-games and StreetPass battles.


Two set of news for Legend of Zelda fans were announced. The first is that both Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons will be making their way to the 3DS eShop on May 30. As with the Game Boy Color versions, playing both will unlock secrets. The other big Zelda announcement is the latest entry in the Legend of Zelda series. The 3DS title will be set in the same world as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to The Past. However, it will offer a new adventure and new dungeons. It will also take advantage of the 3D capability of the 3DS as well as allow Link to turn into a paper form and travel on the walls. It is expected to see a Holiday 2013 release date.

The third installment of the Yoshi’s Island series will be making its way to the 3DS. Not much is known other than the fact that Yoshi and Baby Mario will use both new actions and ones from the previous entries. A release date along with more details should be announced sometime in the future.

A handheld version of the popular Donkey Kong Country Returns will be released May 24. It will feature a new mode that makes it easier for handheld gamers with new items and mechanics. Eight new stages will also be made accessible once players complete the main game.

The Nintendo eShop exclusive, Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, has players place tiles on the bottom screen to create a safe path for the Mini Marios to reach their goal. Players will be able to create and share their own stages as well as play others’ stages. This title will be available on May 9.


A new special 3DS XL bundle was announced for the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Leaf title. The white with colorful Animal Crossing designs 3DS XL will come with the title pre-installed when the game is released on June 9. The suggested retail price is $219.99.

Square Enix’s RPG, Bravely Default, will be making its way to North America in 2014. Bravely Default puts a new and interesting twist to the RPG genre by letting players skip a turn in hopes to deal extra damage on the next turn. It will feature AR abilities, multiple endings, and unique wireless features.

A trio of eShop titles from LEVEL-5 will be released soon for the 3DS. Created by some of Japan’s top developers, these original titles stand out with their premises. In The Starship Damfrey, players are tasked with figuring out how they wound up in the harrowing situation that they are in. Bugs vs. Tanks! has bug-sized tanks taking on the giant bugs. There is also Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale in which players take on the role of a young boy who lives in a world where those huge monsters from the 1970′s TV shows come to life every Friday.

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, the third entry in Layton‘s second trilogy, offers over 500 new puzzles. It is scheduled for a 2014 release.

Every initial copy of SMTIV for the 3DS will be a Limited Edition Box Set when it is released on July 16. This edition will include a  soundtrack CD featuring tracks from the 20-year span of the SMT series as well as a 176-page Strategy and Design Book that comes with the complete starter guide and artwork. Housing all of this is the deluxe -sized Collectible Slipcase featuring the art of Masayuki Doi.