Just in case you missed today’s Nintendo Direct, Gamekoop is bringing you everything you need to know about today’s Wii U announcements. You can also check out all of today’s 3DS announcements.
Little Mac confirmed for Smash Bros.
Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata kicked off today’s Nintendo Direct with the release of a new character trailer confirming Little Mac from the Punch Out series as a playable character for both the Wii U and 3DS versions of the upcoming Super Smash Bros.
Unfortunately no solid release date for the new Smash Bros. was given, but Iwata did comment that it will be out in 2014.
New Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Trailer
Nintendo released a new trailer for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze in today’s Direct which shows off some glossy cutscenes and the lively platforming the Donkey Country series is known for. I for one can’t wait to get my hands on the game.
NES Remix Vol. 2 coming to eShop on April 25
A sequel to the very popular NES Remix was also announced for an April 25 release. The game will feature the same concept of pulling stages from from classic NES games and adding new new challenges, but Vol. 2 also features new “remixed stages” which combine elements from different games.
Vol. 2 pulls from later NES games like The Legend of Zelda II, Metroid, and Kirby’s Adventure. It will also feature a full game: Super Luigi Bros. (based on a challenge from NES Remix) which has players play through the entirety of the original Super Mario Bros. going from right to left.
Child of Light coming to eShop on April 30th
Ubisoft’s Child of Light is coming to the Wii U eShop on April 30th. The game is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal and is one of the first new games to be built on Ubisoft’s new UbiArt Framework engine.
The fairytale inspired 2D platformer/RPG follows Aurora, a princess charged with retrieving three sources (the sun, moon, and stars) of light from an Evil Queen in the land of Lemuria with the help of her firefly friend Igniculus who can be controlled by a second local player.
GBA Games Finally Coming to the eShop in April:
After a year of waiting, Mr. Iwata confirmed that GBA games would finally be coming to the eShop and announced Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi Super Star Saga, and Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 “…and more” would be coming in April.
Mario Kart 8 gets a new Trailer confirming Bowser’s Koopalings as new characters and a May 30 release date
We learned a whole lot from the new Mario Kart 8 trailer. Iwata hinted that Mario Kart 8 would contain some new characters we might not expect before debuting the new trailer which confirmed Bowser’s children, the Koopalings as playable characters. After the trailer wrapped Iwata announced that Mario Kart 8 would be coming to Wii U on May 30.
Monolith Soft Update
Some new gameplay footage from the still untitled project by Monolith Soft was shown, but since we really don’t have much to go on I’ll let the footage speak for itself.
Bayonetta 2 Update
Nintendo Direct wrapped with some new footage prepared by Platinum games with a voice over providing some insight into the games plot and gameplay. We got our first really good look at how the game will play today, and it looks to be the first really worthwhile AAA 3rd-party release on Wii U. After the trailer wrapped Iwata gave some background on the series and Bayonetta as a character before providing some insight on Bayonetta’s new magical ability known as “Umbran Climax.”
All in all this was a pretty eventful Nintendo Direct, but it was nothing earth shattering. As someone who already owns Nintendo products there was a lot of stuff to be excited for in the near future, but for someone still on the fence about getting a Wii U I doubt any of these announcements will sway them to go out and buy a Wii U tomorrow. It’s unfortunate for Wii U because the struggling console could really use some good press these days. I for one believe Nintendo can and will be able to prove the value of Wii U in time, much like they did with the 3DS, but the sooner the better because the longer Nintendo is losing money on the console the harder it will be to repair it’s already damaged image.