Nintendo’s been picking up the pace when it comes to downloadable content lately, with Hyrule Warriors and Mario Kart 8 having some of the best so far. It looks like that trend will continue, if the latest Direct has anything to say about it.
First off, we get one of the biggest announcements people were expecting, “Where’s Mewtwo?” Now, we’ve confirmed that Mewtwo will be released for sale on April 28th. Mewtwo for Smash 3DS or Smash Wii U will be $3.99 each, but you can buy him for both versions for $4.99. If you have registered both versions of the game on Club Nintendo, you’ll receive a free Mewtwo code on April 15th.
Along with a balance and feature patch, new Mii Fighter costumes will be available as paid DLC, with themes from Xenoblade Chronicles, Mega Man, and Legend of Zelda. Each outfit costs $.75 for each version or $1.15 for both. These will be released on April 15th.
That wasn’t it for Smash Bros. reveals, though, as a new DLC character comes out of nowhere. Lucas from Mother 3 and Super Smash Bros. Brawl is coming this June. In addition, the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot has opened up on smashbros.com, which gives you the chance to submit characters that you’d want to see in Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. If you want to get some of your favorite Nintendo characters in Smash Bros., this is the best way to make your vote heard.
Another big DLC release is the previously announced second pack of Mario Kart 8 DLC, and it’s coming sooner than previously anticipated. The pack includes 3 racers (Isabelle, Male/Female Villager, and Dry Bowser), 4 vehicles, and 8 courses. One of the courses shown is themed after Animal Crossing, and features a season system, where the season of the level changes each time you race. This pack will be released on April 23rd for $7.99, or free for those who preordered the pack already.
A free update will also be coming with this DLC launch that enables more costumes for your Mii Racer, and that’s cool and all. However, one of the coolest additions to Mario Kart 8 will be a faster race mode called 200cc. This race speed looks ridiculous, and it opens up new techniques and shortcuts for your favorite tracks. I personally can’t wait until I get the chance to have hands-on with this, especially online.
As alluded to by the title, one of the biggest announcements in this Nintendo Direct is that Nintendo DS and Nintendo 64 titles will be making their way to the Virtual Console. N64 games have been a long time coming, since the Wii Virtual Console had some of these available. The best part of this announcement has to be that now, we can finally make use of touch-screen DS titles on our Wii U systems. As necessary with dual-screen games, the Virtual Console will support a variety of screen layouts, making it suited for games of all types.
Nintendo 64 games will range in price from $9.99-$11.99, with owners of the Wii Virtual Console versions getting an upgrade price of $2. Nintendo DS games will range from $6.99-$9.99. Super Mario 64 and Yoshi’s Island DS are available now for $9.99 each, with more game to come in the following weeks.
With some great classic games currently available, as well as more on the way with some great DLC, the Wii U is shaping up to feature a lot of additional content for players. After all, the Wii U does it best with its software, so it’s important to keep that up. Now, I’m curious to see what other support may be coming in the future.