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Nintendo today released this month’s Nintendo Direct, which focused on software hitting the Wii U and 3DS for the upcoming summer season. Last month, they focused a lot on the 3DS’ eShop, updated us on titles such as Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and Mario Golf: World tour, showed off the details of the latest Wii U system update and told us the launch lineup for the Wii U Virtual Console. The biggest news however were the new games announced such as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2, Earthbound for the Wii U Virtual Console, the third installment of Yoshi’s Island and the localization of Bravely Default.
While this month’s Direct was much shorter than most (about a half-hour long), they still unveiled a new Sonic game and showed off a lot of info on Super Luigi U and Pikmin 3.
Satoru Iwata once again started off the Direct and stated that the future of the Wii U will be showcased at the next Nintendo Direct before the start of E3.
Iwata announced the newest Mario & Sonic based on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics for Wii U. The game has added figure skating pairs and the games use the Wii Remote Plus as well as the Gamepad.
Nintendo and Sega announced a partnership with the next Sonic game, Sonic Lost World. The game will launch exclusively on Wii U and 3DS. More details will arise at the E3 Direct.
Lastly, Iwata showed off more Game Gear games that are hitting the 3DS eShop soon.
JC Rodrigo from the Treehouse took over and discussed The Legend of Zelda: Oracles of Ages/Seasons. The game’s will launch at a reduced price of $4.99 each for three weeks. After that, they will go up to $5.99.
After discussing the online functions of Mario and DK: Mini’s on the Move, JC discussed the new ninth world in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D where each level will based on the previous worlds.
Nintendo of America has announced a video series interviewing the localization team of Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The 3DS StreetPass Plaza now has a new Animal Crossing puzzle.
After a small update on Game & Wario, the Direct shifted back to Iwata who updated us with the Wii U version of Resident Evil Revelations. The game has a new mode where items are placed in new areas for those who placed the 3DS version.
New Super Luigi U was once again shown off. The game confirms multiplayer (which I doubted), and Nabbit, a thief who randomly stole from Toad Houses in the main campaign, replaces Mario as the fourth playable character. He doesn't take damage if hit for those who are inexperienced with the fast paced experience of the game, but he doesn't get power-ups like the squirrel suit. The expansion launches on the eShop June 20th for $19.99, but on August 25, it’ll release on a standalone disk for $29.99.
The Wonderful 101 launches on September 15th in North America, August 23rd in Europe. Nothing else was announced on the game.
Pikmin 3 announces new playable characters: Alph, Brittany and the captain Charlie. Players must create food for them to continue the campaign. If you mess up during the campaign, you can rollback your progress instead of starting everything again and again. The Gamepad is dubbed the KopPad in the game, and its screen functions as a map that can create a bird’s eye view on both screens. The Wii U Pro Controller was announced as a control option. The game will have multiplayer, but the info will be for another time.
Reggie Fis-Aime closes the Direct again, this time stating that this year’s E3 will be focused squarely on games. He also announced a partnership with Best Buy, where unreleased games will be playable at select Best Buy locations during the week of E3.
That's it! While light on content, they repeated statements that E3 will have the big game announcements and that this Direct was summer-focused. If you want to watch the video yourself, check it out below!