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January 2015 Nintendo Direct Recap

"New Nintendo 3DS NA launch, Zelda, Codename STEAM, new Fire Emblem, Xenoblade and more!"

Today’s Nintendo Direct a very big deal, because it details the release of all-new Nintendo hardware: the New Nintendo 3DS. From launch date to price to compatible game details, every that can be said of the system is said here.

That’s not to say that it’s all about the New 3DS, we’ll also detail amiibo figures, Wii U games and other 3DS games coming out soon! Let’s start it off with a big announcement!



Fire Emblem

-Unnamed new entry hits 3DS this year.

-Samurai class teased

-States there will be new gameplay elements, though much of it seems very Awakening-like



Puzzle & Dragons Z/Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition

-Bundled together

-Coming this May

Pokémon Shuffle

-Free to Play game

-Seems very much like Candy Crush Saga, even has similar microtransactions

Wii U Virtual Console includes Wii games

-Starting today, you can get Wii games on the Wii U eShop

Super Mario Galaxy 2 releases today, Punch Out!! next week and Metroid Prime Trilogy out the week after that

-These three games will be on sale for their first seven days on the eShop for $9.99

-Will still need Wii Remote and Nunchuk for games that require them

-Can now use the Wii U GamePad as a substitute for the Wii Classic Controller, for games that support it

-Can boot them from the Wii U menu, no need to boot Wii Mode

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse



-Includes a figure hunting side quest, where you can view them

-Kirby, Dedede and Meta Knight amiibo figures can unlock upgrades to Kirby for 24 hours

-Delayed a week to Feb. 20th, for only $39.99

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-Wave 4 of the Super Smash Bros. figures will include Lucina, Robin, Wario, Ness, Charizard and Pac-Man

-Due out in the Spring

-Wave 1 of the Super Mario Bros. figures also announced, and will include Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Yoshi and Toad

-Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser and Yoshi have the same chips as their Super Smash Bros. counterparts so they do the same thing as before

-The Mario Bros. wave will release on March 20th

-Toad works for Captain Toad: Tresaure Tracker, and the amiibo update for the game hits on March 20th

-Unlocks pixelated Toads through each stage for you to hunt down

Mario Party 10



-Releases March 20th

-Has a Limited Edition, which includes the Mario amiibo figure

-Has amiibo Party Mode, which requires the figures

-Figures unlocks boards, and you use that character on the board

-Also has a mode like Mario Party 9’s main modes and a Bowser Mode, which focuses on 4 vs. 1 games

-First amiibo figure-based game that requires to erase Smash data to make it compatible

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Splatoon

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-Has a hub world where you see other players’ characters, much like the Wii U’s Warawara Plaza

-Can customize characters looks and outfits and even buy new weapons

-Due out in May

Hyrule Warriors

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-Third DLC pack in the season pass is Majora’s Mask-themed

-Tingle and Young Link playable

-New Termina-themed Adventure Mode map and three costumes

-Out February 5th

Xenoblade Chronicles X



-New trailer teased some of the locales that you’ll traverse

-Still undated but out on Japan this Spring

Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

-Out on both 3DS and Wii U eShops on March 5th

-Has cross-buy function

-Can tip players when you like their stages, and it’ll allow them to make more

Project Treasure (Tent. Title)

-Wii U exclusive from Namco Bandai

-Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada behind game

-Free to Play

Fossil Fighters Frontier

-Can create tourneys for their dinosaurs

-Releases on March 20th

New Nintendo 3DS



-North America will only receive the New Nintendo 3DS XL, no smaller model

-Same upgrades: C-Stick, NFC compatibility, ZL/ZR buttons, better CPU, better web browser, better 3D screen with auto-brightness, and micro SD card support

-No charger included with system

-Launching February 13th in red and black as well as two limited editions: Zelda: Majora’s Mask and Monster Hunter 4. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate included with the Monster Hunter edition and is a GameStop exclusive

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS adds C-Stick and amiibo functionality

-$199.99 for all models but the Monster Hunter 4 one, which retails for $229.99

Codename STEAM



-Adds amiibo support with Marth, Ike, Lucina and Robin figures

-Characters get added in battle, but won’t revive until the battle is done and your retap the figure

-Adds C-Stick camera control

-Out March 13th

-Marth amiibo getting rerelease later in 2015

Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy Plus

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-Rerelease of Assault Horizon

-Uses C-stick and ZR/ZR buttons

-amiibo figures unlock Nintendo skins on planes

-Out on February 13th

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

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-Remake of Wii game

-Ported my Monster Games

-Out this April

-ONLY for New Nintendo 3DS, even has different boxart template to reflect it

Ironfall Invasion

-Uses New Nintendo 3DS’ features

-Has Online and Offline Deathmatch as well as a sinple player campaign

-Very Gears of War-like in gameplay

-Still compatible with 2/3DS

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate



-Uses C-Stick, ZL/ZR and the processor to deliver a better game

-Monster Hunter 4-themed puzzle hitting StreetPass Plaza

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D



-Adds C-Stick camera control on New 3DS

-Also out February 13th

-Reserve Codename STEAM at GameStop to get a Majora’s Mask pin

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