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April 2015 Nintendo Direct Recap

"Smash Bros, amiibos, Mario Kart, Fire Emblem & more!"

It may be April Fools Day, but Nintendo has more treats than tricks to show off for Wii U and 3DS with their long, 48-minute Nintendo Direct.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/Nintendo 3DS

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-Mewtwo releases April 28th for either $3.99 on one version or $4.99 on both versions, but free on April 15th for those who registered both versions on Club Nintendo.

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-Lucas from Mother 3 returns this June

-New set of Costumes also releasing on April 15th for either $.75 on one version or $1.15 on both:

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-Nintendo is also holding an open ballot on the next DLC Smash character. Just but some info and a short paragraph on why you believe the character deserves it and that’s it! Obviously choose a character that they can actually put into the game.

amiibo

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-The following amiibo figures release on May 29th: Charizard, Greninja, Jigglypuff, Robin, Lucina, Ness, Wario, and Pac Man

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-Dark Pit and Palutena will follow in July, and Ganondorf, Olimar, Zero Suit Samus, Dr. Mario and Bowser Jr. in September.

-Some of these will be tied to an exclusive retailer like the third wave. Ness for example is a GameStop exclusive.

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-amiibo Tap announced as a free download for the Wii U. Tap an amiibo to get a random 90-second demo to a classic NES or SNES game. Using different amiibo nets a different demo and every figure has a different outcome, even if it’s two Mario amiibos.

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Splatoon amiibo to be released alongside the game in May as a triple pack with the Inkling girl, boy and squid, and with the girl or boy separately.

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-Yarn-textured Yoshi amiibo will release with Yoshi’s Wooly World this fall.

-Animal Crossing-themed amiibo cards will release with a new spinoff to Animal Crossing New Leaf: Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer.

-Older 3DS/2DS amiibo reader releasing alongside Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer.

-Marth amiibo rerelease slated for May.

Mario Maker

-The game will help celebrate the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.

-Releasing this September

Virtual Console

-(Finally) Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS games coming to the Wii U eShop tonight.

-N64 games will range from $10-$12 dollars and DS games range from $7-$10. Any N64 game you bought on Wii can be upgraded for $2.

-Nintendo DS games have a multitude of dual screen possibilities, such as both screens on either the TV or GamePad, or having the TV be the top screen and the GamePad as the bottom.

Yoshi’s Island DS and Super Mario 64 are out now with Yoshi Touch and Go, WarioWare: Touched, Donkey Kong 64, Paper Mario and Mario Kart DS to follow.

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-Ranked Modes retains the normal 4v4 turf war but adds some different objectives like Splat Zones: a king of the hill-style mode.

-Battle Dojo is a 1v1 mode with a local multiplayer option. One player on GamePad and one with Pro Controller to see who can pop the most balloons.

Shin Megami Tensei & Fire Emblem



-Finally a trailer for the game after it was announced way back in January 2013.

-Slated to be the first Mature-rated Fire Emblem according to the standalone trailer.

-Stars typical high school students who battle at night as well as Fire Emblem characters.

Fatal Frame V

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-Uses the GamePad as your camera

-Announced to satisfy fans who felt shut off from the franchise since Nintendo started publishing the Tecmo series

Box Boy

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-Developed by HAL Labs

-Play as a box that can create other blocks to solve puzzles and platform through stages.

Pokémon Rumble World

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-New entry in the hack n slash series

-Free to play

-Uses all the Pokémon, even Mega and Primal versions

-Contains microtransactions

-Releases April 8th

Puzzle & Dragons Z/Super Mario Bros. Edition

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-Demo out April 30th

-Game out May 22nd

Attack of Titan: Humanity in Chains



-Based on the popular anime/manga

-4-player local and online co-op

-C-stick support on New 3DS

-Releases this May

-First two episodes of the anime are on the eShop

-eShop-exclusive game

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-New update allows for faster enemy control, up to two times faster on 3DS/2DS and three times faster on New 3DS. That was one of the biggest issues with the game.

-New tournament based on Tom Sawyer from now until April 8th

StreetPass Mii Plaza

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-Two new games coming this year: Ultimate Angler and Battleground Z

Ultimate Angler has StreetPass folks delivering bait to catch up to 150 different fish

Battleground Z has you receiving weapons based on your passed Mii’s hobbies to defeat zombies

-StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium also announced. Paid content that allows you to fill a calendar of passed Miis’ birthdays and allows a VIP room for up to 100 passed Miis.

-All three things are $4.99 each but the two games also have a bundle for $7.99.

Fire Emblem (the new one for 3DS)



-The avatar (like Robin in Awakening) is again customizable, but instead of being Chrom’s right-hand man or girl, you are the main character.

-Your character is raised in the royal family of the glory-seeking Nohr but born from the peace-loving Hoshido.

-You must choose which side to fight for, and that decision will drastically change the storyline.

-Choosing Hoshido brings a more traditional Fire Emblem feel since you’re fending off Hohr, but choosing Nohr delivers a new dynamic that has you revolutionizing the country.

-2016 release

-In Japan, they announced two versions of the game based on that decision of Nohr or Hoshido. North America will get one version with the other option as DLC.

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

-Spinoff to New Leaf

-Has you decorating the animals’ houses to their tastes.

-amiibo cards unlocks the character to design and scanning other cards allows the other characters to visit.

-Releases Fall 2015

Mario Kart 8



Animal Crossing DLC out earlier than expected: April 23rd

-Adds two cups, four karts and three racers (Villager, Isabelle and Dry Bowser)

-Animal Crossing stage changes season with each play.

-Also releasing new costumes for Miis to unlock via amiibo figure: Sonic, Mega Man, Pac Man, Wario, Lucina, Villager, Olimar, Toad and Bowser.

-Also updating the game on April 23rd with the first ever 200cc difficulty, making it the fastest Mario Kart ever.

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