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Nintendo Direct, January 14, 2015 9 AM EST - "Focus on Spring '15 3DS & Wii U Games"
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January 13, 2015, 06:45:06

I said we were due for one!

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Just saw the trailer for the new Fire Emblem game. It looks pretty great! Darker than Awakening. And hey! Looks like the characters have feet this time around! Neat!

Zero said:
I really hope SMT x FE is still coming.

Me too. I was really looking forward to that one.

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 on: 01/14/15, 17:44:28
@Zero The point is now you people can download the absolutely fantastic Wii Punch-Out for ten dollars (within a week of launch). For just two dollars more than the pretty good Super Punch-Out, you can buy the far superior Wii Punch-Out. That's the megaton of this Direct.

I don't expect Gamecube games to ever hit the Wii U. Nintendo doesn't seem interested in meeting demand for Gamecube adapters, so why would they put out VC games when most people can't even use the necessary controller? And I don't see them patching together a solution for the Classic Controller or Pro Controller or whatever either.

Posted by 
 on: 01/14/15, 17:47:29
Is Punch Out Wii harder than the original?

Posted by 
 on: 01/14/15, 17:49:52
Apparently they revealed a new Rhythm Heaven game in the Japanese Direct. 30 new games, 70 old ones.

I need it.

Posted by 
 on: 01/14/15, 17:53:17
Someone tweeted the Wii games are basically games that boot into Wii mode. So no Miiverse support.

Posted by 
 on: 01/14/15, 17:53:44
PogueSquadron said:
Is Punch Out Wii harder than the original?

I'd say the difficulty is about the same. It's deeper, with cool challenges, a lot of control options, and a title defense mode that changes some of the opponents' moves. Also, the 2 player mode is a hoot.

Posted by 
 on: 01/14/15, 17:57:10
Boo. It's unlikely that they'll put up any that don't interest me that I already have, but I may have bitten on some if not most of them if they had all the features of Wii U VC games.

Posted by 
 on: 01/14/15, 17:57:57
Watching now... PUZZLE AND DRAGONS?


Oh wait it's Mario themed? Oh well that's cool... or... it's both? Haha, sure, why not.

Posted by 
 on: 01/14/15, 18:00:18
I thought I read that you could use the Gamepad for certain games? Though, maybe it meant off-screen which doesn't really change anything you said...

Posted by 
 on: 01/14/15, 18:06:12
Trying to think of Wii games from Nintendo that I don't already have that I'd be interested in for cheap...

Mario Strikers Charged and Super Mario Sluggers are the only ones I can think of.

Posted by 
 on: 01/14/15, 18:06:16

You can use the Gamepad in place of the Classic Controller. So this isn't a Virtual Console, it's more of just Wii games available digitally, if that makes sense.

Posted by 
 on: 01/14/15, 18:08:21
@PogueSquadron Tough to say. Punch Out Wii doesn't require the insane reflexes that Mike Tyson's Punch Out did. But you still have to be able to read opponents quickly, and they're trickier than they used to be. I think it makes it a much better game, though.

Yeah, sounds like a compilation type thing, but with some new games. Hoping we get it.

Pretty much what I expected. Would have been nice to have Miiverse and restore points, but I wouldn't expect those to be in the cards. Still, $20 is a great deal for some excellent games, and $10 the week of launch is incredible. I was expecting these games to be $30 minimum.

@deathly_hallows It's a two-fer. You get Puzzle & Dragons Whatever and Puzzle & Dragons Mario in the same card (or download or whatever). I'd never seen Puzzle & Dragons before, but I knew it was big. I can kind of see why, seems like a pretty decent and unique puzzle game with RPG stuff going on. I'd consider grabbing it.

@chrisguy Yeah these $10 Wii deals are great, but I'm pretty sure I already played all the first-party Wii games I'd be interested in.

Posted by 
 on: 01/14/15, 18:10:16  - Edited by 
 on: 01/14/15, 18:11:21
No regular New 3DS in North America? That's so strange. I'm not interested at all in an XL, so it looks like I won't be getting one any time soon. And in Canada, the MSRP is $230, which seems kind of pricey.

Posted by 
 on: 01/14/15, 18:10:44

Tell me about it. I'm tempted to sell the discs and buy digital. Especially Prime Trilogy since that's worth some money.

Posted by 
 on: 01/14/15, 18:11:16
Just a guess, but that probably means that the XLs have been drastically outselling the regular 3DS here since it was introduced so they didn't bother this time.

Posted by 
 on: 01/14/15, 18:12:08
@ludist210 Hahaha I had the same thought. Can't believe I bought that from Gamestop for $45 last Xmas and thought it was a great deal.

Of course, MP Trilogy is a pretty big game, and it would probably take up almost half of the space on my Wii U hard drive.

Posted by 
 on: 01/14/15, 18:12:37
I may still buy Wii games that will let me use the Gamepad. I love the Wii U Pro controller, but I never liked the Wii classic controller.

Posted by 
 on: 01/14/15, 18:13:45
But I already have Punch-Out!! for Wii.

Posted by 
 on: 01/14/15, 18:18:10
Spending $65 on a used copy of the Prime Trilogy feels bad now. :(

Makes sense.

Posted by 
 on: 01/14/15, 18:18:11
GameDadGrant said:


Sure, sure. Obviously, more power can never really hurt. But I'm finding that a lot of games this gen (at least so far) look pretty darn good despite there being a gap in graphics processing. It's not like we are dealing with the same gap as we did last gen, with Wii games "vs." PS3/360 games. There is still a difference, sure. But it's much smaller, at least IMO. (and I'd argue that even the gap last gen could be overlooked sometimes thanks to art direction)

Just having the games rendered in 720 or 1080p makes a huge difference, because of the way TVs these days have fix pixels. I found it pretty difficult to make out what was going in in Skyward Sword because of the blurriness. Small objects were hard to see. I ran the game in 1080p through dolphin and it was like a totally different experience. Even made the art design stand out.

Posted by 
 on: 01/14/15, 18:34:29
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