Nintendo’s E3 lineup saw an awesome amount of titles that are in the pipeline for their platforms. While the high-profile titles like Bayonetta 2, Super Smash Bros., and Hyrule Warriors got their chance in the Direct spotlight, Nintendo released another old-fashioned Direct focusing on the rest of their lineup. You can watch the entire Direct below if you want, but I’ll also elaborate on my favorite bits.
The Direct starts strong with the announcement of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D for the 3DS. Just like Ocarina of TIme 3D before it, Majora’s Mask 3D will keep the core design, but will have a visual upgrade with the same quality of Ocarina of Time 3D. Iwata also mentions that Nintendo intends to keep the game’s original difficulty, but will have some help features for new players, much like the Mask of Truth stones in Ocarina of TIme 3D. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will be coming out in Spring 2015.
We also got some additional info on Amiibo functionality in titles besides Smash Wii U. First, there will be 10 Amiibo compatible with Mario Kart 8. These figures will unlock special Mii costumes for your Mii racers themed after the characters. The figures are Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Captain Falcon, Kirby, Samus, and Fox. The new content was also shown off for Mario Kart 8’s DLC Pack 1, including an extended look at the new characters and their vehicles. The worst part about this news, however, is that racing as Captain Falcon Mii in the Blue Falcon on the Mute City track is likely the closest we’ll get to a proper F-Zero game.
Amiibo functionality will also come to Hyrule Warriors. All Smash-compatible Amiibo will give you special materials and weapons for the game. If you use the Link Amiibo, however, you’ll get brand new weapon for Link, the Spinner from Twilight Princess. Amiibo functionality is also confirmed for Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, but what it does has yet to be announced.
On the subject of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, the game is also confirmed to have 4-player co-op, with the additional players taking the form of Waddle-Dees. While Kirby’s control scheme mirrors that of Canvas Curse, the Waddle-Dees will play like traditional Kirby platforming. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse will also be coming out in February 2015.
In your regular dose of Smash news, Duck Hunt gets their own character trailer showing off his attack style for those who have yet to play him in the 3DS version. With this, a port of the original Duck Hunt will be coming to the Virtual Console and will make use of the Wii Remote.
A section of the Nintendo Direct was also dedicated to upcoming indie titles for the Wii U and 3DS. In this reel, games like The Swapper, Gone Home, and Thomas Was Alone are confirmed to be coming to Nintendo.
Lastly, we got a more extended look at Xenoblade Chronicles X and Splatoon. Not much new information was revealed about Xenoblade Chronicles X besides the fact that the plot involves an Earth colony crash-landing on another planet and that the size of the planet and the game world will be much larger than in Xenoblade Chronicles. The Japanese released is confirmed to be Q2 2015, but Nintendo is still shooting for a 2015 release stateside.
Splatoon was also confirmed to have a single-player mode, that will likely make use of traversal and boss design teased in the Direct. There are also multiple weapons besides the standard ink blaster that we’ve seen so much of, so it’ll be cool to see what comes of that. Splatoon is also targeting a Q2 2015 release date.
All in all, this latest Direct was decently satisfying. However, I have to say that besides Majora’s Mask 3D, Code Name S.T.E.A.M, and Ultimate NES Remix, there isn’t much in line for the 3DS with regards to Nintendo titles. Hopefully, that will change post-holiday season. Besides that, I’ve never been happier to be a WIi U owner with the great amount of games on the way.