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Nintendo Direct: New Info on MK8, Smash Bros. Wii U; NES Remix Launches, Zelda spin-off, and more...
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December 18, 2013, 17:08

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 18, 2013 – One of Nintendo's popular characters from the recently released Super Mario 3D World game is coming to two of its biggest titles of 2014 for Wii U. Rosalina will be playable in both Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8. Nintendo also launched NES Remix in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U, re-imagining parts of 16 classic NES games. A new game for Wii U developed by Tecmo-Koei that will feature the action-packed Warriors series set in the world of The Legend of Zelda was also revealed for launch in 2014. This is a separate project from the new installment of The Legend of Zelda series that is in development for Wii U by longtime series producer Eiji Aonuma and his team. Nintendo made these announcements and revealed new information about a number of Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games during a Nintendo Direct announcement. To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct.

Hyrule Warriors Teaser Trailer

Editor's Note: This article taken directly from Nintendo's official press release.

"Today's announcements reinforce that Nintendo systems are consumers' best options for enjoying quality games now, and will continue to be in 2014," said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's president and COO. "From new upcoming games in the Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. series to original Nintendo eShop content like NES Remix, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS provide a combination of value and variety that only Nintendo can offer."

Some of today's announcements included:

Wii U News

Super Smash Bros.: Rosalina, who was introduced in the Super Mario Galaxy games for Wii and makes a surprise appearance in the new Super Mario 3D World for Wii U, will be a playable character, accompanied by her starry friend, Luma. The game will launch in stores and the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in 2014.

Mario Kart 8: New playable characters include Rosalina and various "Baby" Nintendo characters, like Baby Mario and Baby Luigi. New course settings include an airport, the desert and high in the clouds, and vehicles include UFOs, four-wheel ATV buggies, standard karts and bikes.

Mario Kart 8 trailer

NES Remix: Select parts from 16 classic NES games have been remixed with new challenges. For example, players might be tasked with completing a familiar Super Mario Bros. stage while running to the left. Or they might encounter a revamped level of Donkey Kong that allows them to play as Link from The Legend of Zelda series. NES Remix includes Miiverse compatibility, so players with broadband Internet access can show off their skills, complete with cool 8-bit stamps. NES Remix is now available exclusively in the Nintendo eShop for $14.99.

NES Remix trailer

Sonic Lost World: A new Nintendo-themed level is coming to the Nintendo eShop. Yoshi's Island Zone is now available for free. Done in a Yoshi art style, the level has Sonic speeding through areas filled with pipes, coins, Shy Guys and Piranha Plants.

Dr. Luigi: The Year of Luigi continues to deliver surprises, with a new title starring Mario's green-clad brother. Much like the classic puzzle game Dr. Mario, Dr. Luigi requires players to line up color-coded pills to destroy viruses. Dr. Luigi offers different skill settings and attacks in multiplayer games, and an original mode where the pills are, of course, L-shaped. The game comes with a Dr. Mario mode, Wii U GamePad compatibility and online play, so wannabe virus busters from all around the world can compete. Dr. Luigi launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Dec. 31 for $14.99.

Wii Sports Club: Launching today, golf becomes the third sport added to the Wii Sports Club lineup, joining bowling and tennis. In a move not possible on any other system, golf asks players to place the Wii U GamePad controller on the floor in front of their TVs. Players can then use a Wii Remote Plus to swing at the ball on the ground, just as they would a real golf ball, enabling more precise control with each stroke. When they take their swing, the ball flies from the screen of the GamePad to the TV screen in one fluid motion. Wii Sports Club – Golf includes the nine-hole course from the original Wii Sports game, in addition to a newly developed nine-hole course based on Golf US Course, a Famicom game that Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata helped develop more than 25 years ago. Wii U owners can play a free 24-hour trial of Wii Sports Club, which lets players sample all three sports. The trial offer is open to everyone, even to people who previously sampled the 24-hour free trial. A Club Pass for the full golf game, allowing unlimited access, can be purchased for $9.99. Boxing and baseball will be coming to Wii Sports Club in 2014.

Wii Sports Club - Golf trailer

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: Veteran Cranky Kong joins playable characters Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong as companions for Donkey Kong. Cranky Kong comes with his own set of special moves that allow him to bounce off enemies and obstacles using his cane. Players who collect 100 bananas in a stage can execute a new move called the KONG-Pow, which turns all enemies on the screen into items. Now that Cranky Kong is setting off on an adventure, instead of overseeing the in-game shop as he did in the Donkey Kong Country Returns game, the aptly named Funky Kong will assist players by offering them items for trade in the game. The game launches Feb. 21 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Cranky Kong Trailer

Nintendo 3DS News

Bravely Default: A free demo of the game launches in the Nintendo eShop on Jan. 2, but this is much more than a demo. It's an exclusive story with hours of content not included in the main game. The full game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Feb. 7 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. If players with the full game close their system while the game is active, they might gather additional warriors via the StreetPass feature, but they also earn Sleep Points for every eight cumulative hours of down time. Sleep Points can then be used during battle to change equipment, revive a fallen party member, heal or unleash attacks beyond the game's usual damage cap. Players who don't want to wait for their Sleep Points to refill have the option of purchasing SP potions in the Nintendo eShop to refill all three Sleep Points at once. Also launching Feb. 7, a Collector's Edition including the game, an art book, a soundtrack CD and 34 augmented-reality cards will be available via GameStop, Best Buy and Amazon.com at a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Bravely Default - Demo Trailer

Kirby: Triple Deluxe: The game is a side-scrolling platformer, but players can move Kirby to the background and foreground to dodge enemies and solve puzzles. Kirby can also use a new Hypernova ability, which powers up his inhale ability and enables him to suck up everything in his path. The game includes more than 20 different copy abilities, including four new ones created for this game. Kirby: Triple Deluxe also includes two new game modes: Kirby Fighters lets up to four players pick one of 10 copy abilities for their Kirby and then fight to see which is the most effective in battle. Dedede's Drum Dash asks players to press buttons in sync with Kirby music while jumping and collecting coins. The game is planned for 2014.

Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder: Everyone's favorite helpful 4-inch-tall robot is back! This time Chibi-Robo has been tasked with helping a new museum get off the ground. Players are given silhouettes of needed objects, then use the Nintendo 3DS camera to find matching objects, known as NostalJunk, in the real world. Chibi-Robo will also help characters like superheroes and singing sponge-bears with various tasks, all while keeping an eye on his electricity reserves. The game also features community events called NostalJunk Challenges that focus on particular silhouettes, and give players opportunities to showcase their creativity and maybe earn a special outfit for Chibi-Robo to wear in the game. A demo will soon launch exclusively in the Nintendo eShop, with the full version landing on Jan. 9, 2014.

Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder Trailer

Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter: Pokémon Bank is software that lets players store up to 3,000 Pokémon from the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games. Poké Transporter is an application that lets players take the Pokémon they've caught through the years and transferred into Pokémon Black and Pokémon White, as well as Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, and transfer them into Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter launch Dec. 27. Players can download a 30-day free trial version anytime between launch and Jan. 31, 2014. Following the free trial, an annual usage fee will apply for Pokémon Bank. Anyone who accesses a Pokémon Bank box by Sept. 30, 2014, will receive the Pokémon Celebi as a special gift.

Yoshi's New Island: The game launches this spring, and will be produced by Takashi Tezuka, the creative director of the original Yoshi's Island for Super NES.

Yoshi's New Island Teaser Trailer

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12/18/13, 17:08   Edited:  12/19/13, 17:25
Why not sign up for a (free) account?
So the remix uses 16 classic games in various manners for 15 bucks....

How extensive is the game? Is it like, 100 mini-challenges? 200? 50? I need more deets!

Posted by 
 on: 12/18/13, 17:30
Yeah I'd need to know more about the remix thing. Are there hundreds of challenges? Otherwise the game is going to be like 20 minutes long. Is it basically like Wario Ware but with NES games?

Posted by 
 on: 12/18/13, 18:01
Donkey Kong looks so goood! Can't wait to crank it up with Cranky!

Posted by 
 on: 12/18/13, 18:08
JKR should be quite happy with the news of the latest Chibi-Robo! making it's way stateside!

This is amazing news with Bravely Default - this "demo" sounds like a proper primer for the full game itself. That's AWESOME.

Hyrule Warriors seems weird...not sure if want? That NES Remix thing seems pretty cool though!

Best news: Yoshi's New Island is being helmed by the director of the original game? That's very reassuring!

Posted by 
 on: 12/18/13, 18:34
As Producer. Note he was also Producer of Yoshi's Island DS that was developed by Artoon.

Posted by 
 on: 12/18/13, 19:24
Why does Luigi still have his hat on?

Posted by 
 on: 12/18/13, 19:28
Really good presentation today. Love these things.

Posted by 
 on: 12/18/13, 19:59
@CPA Wei

Argh, that's LESS reassuring! Stop bringing me down!

That said, I do think Yoshi's Island DS got more hate than it deserved. Sure, it wasn't as good as the SNES game, but what game is? The DS game was at least better than that terrible N64 Yoshi game.

I'll remain cautiously optimistic about this new 3DS entry....for now.

Posted by 
 on: 12/18/13, 20:07   Edited:  12/18/13, 20:08


Everyone needs to click the link above right now.

I don't care if you don't buy it (well I do, but I'll try to convince you later) but take TWO SECONDS and click the link.


Maybe Nintendo will see people care about my beloved Chibi Robo.

I care.



Posted by 
 on: 12/18/13, 20:34   Edited:  12/18/13, 20:34
Called it.

Posted by 
 on: 12/18/13, 20:42
No comment on Rosalina/Luma in Smash?

Posted by 
 on: 12/18/13, 21:43

That's cool, too. I never cared much for Rosalina tbh, and I haven't actually watched the Nintendo Direct video...so I don't know how she controls or what her moves are or whatever. I've just been commenting on what I've read about the ND so far.

I'll watch the video later tonight and if I've got an interesting comment to say about Rosalina and her Luma, I'll share it!

Posted by 
 on: 12/18/13, 22:03   Edited:  12/18/13, 22:10
This looks more like the Year of Rosalina to me.

That price is way too much for what seems to be just more Dr. Mario. The NES Remix thing is bizarre and came outta nowhere, but could be interesting... but probably costs too much also. Oh well, maybe they will be Club Nintendo rewards at some point...

Posted by 
 on: 12/18/13, 22:16
Maybe if it were for Wii U. Maybe.

Posted by 
 on: 12/18/13, 22:30
Anything on Mario Golf?

Posted by 
 on: 12/18/13, 22:37
Wii U Golf looks awesome, apart from the complete lack of content - two 9 hole courses? I know it's $10, but that's really not enough.
Especially if they're gonna be adding more as paid for downloadable content.

Posted by 
 on: 12/18/13, 22:41
gtarrant said:
Anything on Mario Golf?
Nope, oddly enough. It's probably going to be a summer title for Nintendo (golf season).

Posted by 
 on: 12/18/13, 22:46
achhibbar said:
Wii U Golf looks awesome, apart from the complete lack of content - two 9 hole courses? I know it's $10, but that's really not enough.
Especially if they're gonna be adding more as paid for downloadable content.
Honestly, the best way to enjoy the Wii Sports Club games is to use the daily passes. Two bucks a pop, it's more than enough time to enjoy with family/friends, or if you're alone, to go through all the content.

Posted by 
 on: 12/18/13, 22:48
You're right, but because I'm a sucker for golf I know I'm gonna end up buying the damn thing.
I'll be using the day passes for the other sport like you mentioed.

Posted by 
 on: 12/18/13, 22:56
@achhibbar They could have at least included the nine Wii Sports Resort courses as well.

Bravely Default demo/side-content setup sounds really cool. More game demos should be like that.

Posted by 
 on: 12/18/13, 23:15
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