Nintendo Direct - News Summary

The latest Nintendo Direct broadcast, by which Nintendo unveil their plans direct to anyone who tunes in, aired this morning.

The details:

  • There will be two Wii U system updates in Autumn and Winter, aimed at incrementally improving the system performance. Software will launch faster, and return to the Wii U menu faster.
  • Right after spring system update releases, Nintendo will launch the Wii U Virtual Console service.
    • Existing Wii VC lineup will not be available straight away; a selection of NES & SNES titles will be available.
    • VC games are newly developed for Wii U and therefore can't just be made available on the new system.
    • Save a back-up of your progress (like 3DS)
    • Play off TV on GamePad
    • Miiverse support
    • New platforms coming (including GBA)
      Special pricing if you already have Wii games (normal is the same as Wii - EUR4.99 / GBP3.49 for NES, EUR7.99 / GBP5.49 for SNES, discounted rate is EUR0.99 / GBP0.99 for NES, EUR1.49 / GBP1.49 for SNES) - discount will be automatically applied (you need to transfer your purchases from the Wii first)
  • 2013 is the 30th anniversary of the Famicom's release in Japan (the Famicom system was known as the Nintendo Entertainment System / NES when it launched in the West). To celebrate, Nintendo are launching the "Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign"; one Virtual Console game will be released each month, from now until July (the month the famicom originally launched). The titles coming before April will be available before the official launch of the Wii U virtual console service. These special games will be available for 30c for 30 days (after which the game will return to its full price).
    • January: Balloon Fight (NES) - Available now, normal price is $8.50
    • February: F-Zero (SNES)
    • March: Punch-Out!! (NES)
    • April: Kirby's Adventure (NES)
    • May: Super Metroid (SNES)
    • June: Mario & Yoshi (NES)
    • July: Donkey Kong (NES)
  • Pikmin 3 will let you use the GamePad as a camera to take pictures, which you can then share on Miiverse
  • Wii Fit U will let you create closed user communities on Miiverse by using a "specific ID number" which is then shared with your friends. Similar to Mario Kart 7 on 3DS, it then allows you to discuss health topics with people in that community.
  • User communities, as announced for Wii Fit U, will be available on an ad-hoc basis in the wider Miiverse utility. Miiverse will also support more than one official community per title, as a method of alleviating vast amount of user posts that are being generated, which results in information being buried. Improved usability is also planned for Miiverse, as is filtering functionality - again, to help with huge volume of posts. More upgrades and improvements are coming, including ability to access Miiverse via smartphone (starting with browser-based service, but apps coming too).
  • "Steady stream" of Wii U games coming from March through to Winter, starting with:
    • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate - March 22nd (US)
    • Lego City Under Cover - March 28th (US)
    • Game & Wario
    • Wii Fit U
    • Pikmin 3
    • The Wonderful 101
  • Screenshots for the new Smash Bros. game will debut at E3
  • Nintendo's internal EAD development team is working on a new 3D Mario game for Wii U
  • There's a new Mario Kart in development - it will be playable at E3.
  • New party game from the Wii Party guys coming this Winter. Includes Twister-like party game with multiple remotes, and a GamePad-only multiplayer game (game shown was foosball-like). The goal of this title is to show that Wii U is the system that brings everyone together.
  • Kirby's Epic Yarn team making a new game based on Yoshi; retains "yarn" aesthetic. The unnamed title (we're referring to it as Yoshi's Epic Yarn, for now) will be the first game to feature Yoshi as the main character since 1998.
  • There's a new "collaboration" title in the works; Shin Megami Tensei meets Fire Emblem (it's unclear if that's a working title, we assume it is.) There are more collaborations coming, too, as a way of offsetting increasingly complex development. Nintendo working with "many" more partners - these will be discussed at future Nintendo directs, and at other opportunities.
  • A new Zelda game is in development - the team's mission this time around is to rethink the conventions of the game. Expectations that the player is supposed to complete dungeons in a certain order, or that you're supposed to play by yourself... "we want to set aside these conventions," Nintendo said, "get back to basics."
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is coming to Wii U to tide players over while the new Zelda game is developed - something Nintendo say will take some time. This new version includes updated graphics, tuned gameplay, off-TV support via the GamePad, and Miiverse support.
  • New game by Monolithsoft (Xenoblade Chronicles), featuring massive monsters, huge vistas, transforming mech / vehicles, Xenosaga-like action RPG gameplay. No name, yet; featured big "X" at the end. Look for a trailer for this one shortly.


 

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Comments Comments (11)

 
Posted by Ron
On Thursday 24 Jan 2013 11:54 AM
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Nice to see the Zeldas, Yoshis and Marios part of the mix, but can't help but feel it's time to see something new from the folks at Nintendo.
 
 
 
KatalystaKaos
Posted by KatalystaKaos
On Thursday 24 Jan 2013 11:56 AM
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Some pretty exciting news, most notably The WW HD remake and news a new title is in development, still wanted to a Majora's Mask remake but will probably never happen. That would sell me on a Wii U immediately, though the new Zelda when it eventually hits will anyway.

Wish there had been a Metroid Prime announcement, a new HD in that franchise is sorely needed!!
 
 
 
phantom
Posted by phantom
On Thursday 24 Jan 2013 12:27 PM
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Many people suspect Majora's Mask is coming to 3DS; it would make sense, IMO. Don't rule it out :D

Metroid was sorely missed, by me at least. Was hoping for more on that :<
 
 
 
Posted by Coddfish
On Thursday 24 Jan 2013 1:49 PM
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Would like to see some 3DS love, but that SMT/Fire Emblem crossover sounds intriguing.
 
 
 
Posted by Koopa18
On Thursday 24 Jan 2013 2:09 PM
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f**k yeah new Yoshi. First since 1998 eh? I guess we'd all like to forget about that tilt sensor one on GBA but Yoshi's Island DS was slightly more recent...
 
 
 
Posted by Koopa18
On Thursday 24 Jan 2013 2:12 PM
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And I forgot about Yoshi Touch & Go....
 
 
 
phantom
Posted by phantom
On Thursday 24 Jan 2013 2:23 PM
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24 January 2013, 01:49 PM Reply to Coddfish
Would like to see some 3DS love, but that SMT/Fire Emblem crossover sounds intriguing.
Iwata addressed the 3DS at the end, saying something like 3DS stuff is coming! Watch this space! Or something. Gimme Advance Wars, and a release date for Fire Emblem :D?
 
 
 
Posted by Jonathan-OverWorld
On Thursday 24 Jan 2013 4:26 PM
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Yea there will be a 3DS Nintendo Direct coming, and one for 3rd party Wii U stuff too apparently. This one was just for Nintendo Wii U games/service news. Hopefully next ones deliver some good stuff too. :D
 
 
 
OrkMischief
Posted by OrkMischief
On Thursday 24 Jan 2013 6:54 PM
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Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem is an epic announcement and Wind Waker is a nice suprise since I'm not expecting the next Zelda game until 2015.
Xenoblade was one of the greatest JRPG's in years and I hope Monolith Soft can have a repeat with this new game.
Overall it was a good showing of some of their 1st and 2nd party games.
I agree with Ron that it would be nice for some new IP's and I'm sure Retro is the best studio for this and I hope I'm right.
Roll on E3 so I can see gameplay from Nintendo's lineup and what Microsoft and Sony have planned for this gen (yes it has already started).
 
 
 
Alex09514
Posted by Alex09514
On Sunday 27 Jan 2013 3:14 PM
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great i dont have one and they look great
 
 
 
Posted by Newsboy
On Sunday 27 Jan 2013 8:52 PM
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24 January 2013, 06:54 PM Reply to OrkMischief
Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem is an epic announcement and Wind Waker is a nice suprise since I'm not expecting the next Zelda game until 2015.
Xenoblade was one of the greatest JRPG's in years and I hope Monolith Soft can have a repeat with this new game.
Overall it was a good showing of some of their 1st and 2nd party games.
I agree with Ron that it would be nice for some new IP's and I'm sure Retro is the best studio for this and I hope I'm right.
Roll on E3 so I can see gameplay from Nintendo's lineup and what Microsoft and Sony have planned for this gen (yes it has already started).
It's nice to see someone who knows their stuff. I really hope we see some great 3rd party support at E3 this year or the Wii U will become the console to have purely for the exclusives. Not that that is a problem, that is the only reason my PS3 gets any play time.