New Smash Bros. characters. Amiibos and games announced at Nintendo Direct


Nintendo's latest Direct aired online and released information about upcoming titles and content. The biggest and most exciting news came first with Super Smash Bros.

As announced months ago, Mewtwo is coming to Super Smash Bros. If you bought both the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game, you'll have free access to Mewtwo when he releases. Otherwise, you can purchase him for the game for $3.99 per system, or for $4.99 for both. Mewtwo will release on April 15 for those who have Smash on both systems and April 27 for everyone else.

Lucas, the blond Ness clone, will also be joining the Smash roster this June.

Nintendo is also taking the concept of wanting other fighters in the game and letting the fans decide who will be added. Launching later tonight, Nintendo will release a form that allows players to designate what character they would like to jump into the game. The deadline for the form is this October. The form can be filled out here.

On the Splatoon front, Nintendo unveiled two new game modes. First off is an Online Ranked Battle. The game pits two teams of four players against each other in a fight to the death. There will also be a new game called Splat Zones, which is effectively King of the Hill. Finally, there will be a local 1v1 mode called Battle Dojo, where one player takes the gamepad and the other takes the TV and duke it out.

Splatoon will also release with a new set of Amiibos based around the Inklings. They can be bought separately or as a pack of three.

All of this for Splatoon will release on May 29.

Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS games are coming to the Wii U's Virtual Console. There will be separate layouts for 3DS titles, where players can either have the TV replace the top screen and the gamepad replace the bottom screen or rotate the gamepad to have the full game on there. For the N64 games, the gamepad's button layout can be altered for best feel.

To launch the new feature, Yoshi's Island DS and Super Mario 64 will release today with other titles releasing on April 9.

Several indie games were announced for the Wii U. Octodad: Deadliest Catch will release this this Summer with 4-player tentacle co-op mode. Mutant Mudds Super Challenge is coming to the Wii U and 3DS in Summer. Adventures of Pip and Don't Starve: Giant Edition will also drop this May 2015. For Don't Starve, every purchase gives you two copies, which you can use to give to a friend to play with you.

The final major announcement for the Wii U was a crossover between Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem. It's too beautiful to explain, so just look at this trailer.

Other announcements for the Wii U included Mario Maker's release coming in September, Amiibos for Yoshi's Wooly World, and Fatal Frame coming to the United States.

On the 3DS front, a large variety of new features were announced. Two new Mii Plaza games are coming to the Plaza. Ultimate Angler has you use your Street Pass to get bait to use to catch over 150 fish (we can feel your excitement). Battleground Z uses your Street Pass to fight off zombies. Both of these titles will release for $4.99 each or $7.99 together on April 16.

Also coming to the Mii Plaza is Mii Plaza Premium. In Premium, new content will be added to your plaza, like the ability to share birthdays with friends and the ability to store 100 friends in a VIP plaza. Mii Plaza Premium releases on the 3DS for $4.99 on April 16.

Puzzle and Dragon is coming to the US in the form of Puzzle and Dragon Z and Puzzle and Dragon Super Mario Bros. edition. Both games are puzzle meets RPG where you develop a party and solve puzzles to slay enemies. For those curious, the Super Mario Bros. version is essentially Puzzle and Dragon, but with characters from the Mario franchise.

Animal Crossing fans can look forward to Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designers. In the game, the player has the task of designing the homes of the various animals in a town. With this comes the use of Nintendo's new Amiibo cards. These cards act very much like Amiibos, but in a much flatter form. Players can use these cards in-game for bonuses.

With the Amiibo cards, Nintendo also announced an Amiibo reader that can be used to send Amiibos into the older models of the 3DS, as well as the 2DS.

Several games were announced for the 3DS. Box Boy, releasing April 2, is an adorable game that looks like Tetris meets a platformer. Pokemon Rumble World will release on April 8 for free. It will contain special diamonds players can buy with real-world money to get special resources. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is set to come out April 10.

A new trailer released for the new Fire Emblem on the 3DS. In the game, the player becomes the main character, not an ally to him or her. A trailer showing off the struggle and how it can affect the story and gameplay can be seen below. The game is set for a 2016 release.

Direct wrapped up by discussing new content for Mario Kart 8. The second DLC pack, based around Animal Crossing, will come with three new characters, four new carts, and eight new tracks. It will release on April 23 for $7.99.

Also coming to the game is a 200cc mode that scales the difficulty dramatically. It will launch in a free update on April 23.

There was a lot announced, but it all looks even better first hand. Check out the video below to see the full direct and let us know in the comments what you're looking forward to from Nintendo this summer.

Source: Nintendo


More from The Daily

This Week's Digital Issue