This morning, eager Nintendo fans camped in front of their computers to await new news from Nintendo via Nintendo Direct. Some shockers like Earthbound finally showing up in North America via Wii U Virtual Console, a direct sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, and some silence on the Wii U front.
Following up Nintendo’s previous announcement about the Wii U Virtual Console, it came to us as a surprise that Earthbound will finally be brought to North America. While we’re unsure if anything in the game has changed, it’s been believed that the numerous renditions and influences from copyrighted music has held this game back from release. While no release date has been pinned down, it will be released sometime in 2013. This also opens an outlet for those that really want to see the Mother series represented here in North America.
Pikmin 3 has an announced release date of August 4th. The Spring Update for the Wii U’s OS will also be out sometime next week. New Super Luigi U, DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U, will have you taking control of Luigi using Luigi’s special physics that he is trademarked for in other titles.
That’s… about it on the Wii U front. A bit troubling, but maybe they’re holding their punches for E3 2013.
However, 3DS owners have many things to be cheerful about!
New game announcements ahoy!
Yoshi’s Island will be the third installment of the Yoshi’s Island series and will be arriving on the 3DS.
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will feature a “New Mode” which will make it easier for those that found the original Wii version a little rough, this will be coming out May 24th.
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Movie is an eShop exclusive that seems to mix Mario and Donkey Kong with the old classic Pipe Dream game. This will be in the eShop on May 9th
Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be out on June 9th, Nintendo will also be releasing the 3DS XL bundle for a suggested retail price of $219.99, Animal Crossing included in the SD card.
A new Mario Party game will be coming out in Winter.
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is due 2014.
Shin Megami Tensei 4 will be out July 16th from ATLUS, a Limited Edition Box Set will be included for the first initial shipment of the game.
The original Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, two Legend of Zelda games on the Game Boy Color, will make their way to the 3DS Virtual Console. The pair will be released on May 30th.
Bravely Default, a Square Enix RPG that has done well in Japan, will be published here by Nintendo. Unfortunately, the release window is sometime in 2014.
And finally a new game in The Legend of Zelda series taking place in the “A Link to the Past” part of the convoluted timeline has been announced for a Holiday season release. This new game will use a traditional overhead view while using 3D polygons for the world. Making use of the 3D of the 3DS, depth perception by height seems to be the game’s highlight. Link will also be able to change into a drawing on a wall and not only be able to move around but will be able to see things from a different perspective to solve puzzles. While fans are calling it “Link to the Past 2″, there seems to be some conflicting news about this, but we do know that this is not just a remake. This post will update once official details have been sorted out. Until then, Nintendo did say that they will be releasing trailers and videos on the 3DS in 3D, so it’s recommended to check out this new Zelda game on your 3DS to get the full effect.