Pre-E3 Game Announcements (Nintendo Direct Micro 6.1.15)
Well, this came as a surprise. No livestream, no announcements, just a regular video uploaded to the Nintendo YouTube channel. The only real indication that this was coming was a Japan-exclusive Nintendo Direct a couple of days ago. Today, we got a special Direct Micro hosted by Bill Trennen to showcase the Western releases of the games covered in Japan.
First off, we’re getting a new Chibi-Robo game called Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash on the Nintendo 3DS. Unlike previous entries in the series, Chibi-Robo’s latest adventure is a 2d platformer. This game will also make use of Chibi-Robo’s plug as a whip attack and for climbing up ledges.
In addition, a Chibi-Robo amiibo will be included in a special bundle with the game. This amiibo is used to upgrade Chibi-Robo into Super Chibi-Robo, who is both faster and more powerful. Information on your progress can also be saved to the amiibo and it can level up, but I’m uncertain what that actually does at this point. Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash launches this October.
Next up is another 3DS title, Dr. Mario Miracle Cure. The latest entry in the Dr. Mario series adds a new mechanic called the Miracle Cure. In singleplayer, charging up the Miracle Meter grants you power-ups that destroy virus in a row, in the same color, or in a certain radius. In multiplayer, these become modifiers like speedup and locked rotation. Purists need not worry, since Miracle Cure can be disabled for a more classic experience. Dr. Mario Miracle Cure will be available through the Nintendo eShop on June 11th.
Yet another Nintendo 3DS game is shown next, and that is Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon. The latest Mystery Dungeon game sees a relatively unchanged formula, but this entry will allow you to choose one of over 20 Pokémon to start with. This will also be the first game to feature all 720 Pokémon in the Mystery Dungeon series. Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon will be available this winter.
Next, we have a pair of games coming to both the 3DS and Wii U. They are Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This is the first simultaneous release of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series on current hardware, and each will have exclusive games. The Wii U version has Rugby 7s (which has recently been included in the Olympics), and the 3DS version will include golf in honor of its return to the Games. Both games have no release date at this time.
The first new weapon for Splatoon was also shown, and it is modeled after the classic NES Light Gun. There is also a new map called Port Mackerel that looks to be rather interesting. The port layout has shipping containers with tarps over the tops, preventing them from being inked. It’ll be interesting to see how this affects play, but we won’t have to wait too long. Both the new weapon and map will be free to download today at 7PM PDT. This time will also be when Ranked Battles officially unlock since enough players hit Level 10 over the weekend.
The popular Art Academy software for Wii U will be getting a new version called Art Academy Home Studio. This version will add some new features, including 3D landscapes and additional training tips. Artists will also have to ability to share time-lapsed drawing videos on YouTube. Art Academy Home Studio launches on June 25th.
A new trailer for Bandai Namco’s upcoming free-to-play game Project Treasure was also announced. The trailer wasn’t in the Direct, but rather seperately on Nintendo’s YouTube channel. From that footage, it looks rather interesting, but a bit early in development. We’ll have to wait until we hear more details this summer, presumably at E3.
A new 3DS game was also shown called Little Battlers Experience (or LBX). This game is based on the recent toy line and anime that launched on Nick Toons. Gameplay-wise, it looks very similar to other toy robot games like Custom Robo and Gotcha Force, where players assemble and battle miniature robots. This 3DS title will support up to 6 local wireless players for chaotic battles on a miniature scale. LBX will be available on August 21st.
The last 3DS title shown was Bravely Second: End Layer, and what a way to end this Direct! We get a bit of a summary for the story, in that some time has passed after the events of the first game and Agnès Oblige has been kidnapped at the start of this one. This time around, you play as Yu, a royal knight in service to Agnès and retain the same battle and Job systems of the previous game. Bravely Second: End Layer will be coming in 2016.
Overall, this Direct Micro was pretty great. It was nice to see some more 3DS titles in the works since that seemed to be lacking for this year. Now, it’s obvious that Nintendo is saving the best for E3 2015, so I’m looking forward to what they plan on showing.Source: Nintendo Direct Micro