Nintendo Direct - News Summary

Nintendo have completed the latest Nintendo Direct briefings this morning, with separate sets of announcements for European, American, and Japanese territories, this time concentrating mainly on the 3DS platform.

The European announcements, detailed below, directly correspond to plans for the Australia / New Zealand (ANZ) territory, however dates may vary a little to fall into line with local release schedules.

In addition to expected updates to known upcoming games, like Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the briefings also included a number of new game announcements.

European news summary

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon dated for European region: March 28th.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team announced. Set inside Luigi's dreams (2013 is the 30th anniversary of Luigi's first appearance, in the Mario Bros. arcade game), Dream Team is coming out later this year. In the game, players must interact with a sleeping Luigi on the lower screen to manipulate the game world that appears on the top screen.

Mario Golf: World Tour for 3DS announced; developed by series regulars Camelot, it's coming out later this year.

New Super Luigi U DLC is coming to New Super Mario Bros. U later this year, only Luigi is playable. Described as large-scaled DLC, with a similar development time as a full retail title.

Miiverse support is expanding, with a new community launching for The Legend of Zelda series - the first Miiverse community for games that have not yet been released.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate console bundles accounted, for both Wii U (premium) and 3DS (a black 3DS XL.) This is the first time the 3DS XL has been available in black in Europe; it will also be available stand-alone, along with a white version, "over the next few weeks" (launch timing varies by country.)

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

The Circle Pad Pro XL is also coming to Europe at the same time, allowing Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate to be played with traditional, twin-stick controls if desired.

A demo for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is out next week.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate releasing March 8th (retail and eShop), with a demo headed to the eShop the week before.

Fire Emblem: Awakening dated; the latest (and very well received) in the strategy franchise is headed to the 3DS eShop and retail from April 19th. The game is also geting all of the DLC released in Japan, starting with "Champions or Yore 1" which will be available for free for a limited time.

Nintendo apologised for the lengthy delay between Fire Emblem's release in Japan (April 19, 2012) and the US (February 4th this year), versus the announced April 19th date in Europe. To make up for it, they've announced a special edition 3DS XL system, emblazoned with the game's crest, which will come pre-installed with a copy of Fire Emblem: Awakening.

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan is coming to Europe this spring; the first in the series since the original to be released in the region.

Project X Zone (pronounced "Project Cross Zone") is coming later this year.

Project X Zone

Special digital download promotion starting this week, with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D reduced to "just" $59.95 - but only until February 21st.

Splash or Crash announced for 3DS eShop; deceptively simple, the idea is to throw a stone down a well and guide it so it gets to the bottom as quickly as possible. Releasing February 28th. Splash or Crash is known as Kersploosh in other territories.

Code of Princess, an action RPG considered by many to be a spiritual successor to Guardian Heroes (Tetsuhiko Kikuchi and Masaki Ukyo worked on both games), is coming to Europe (via the eShop only) soon.

New Inazuma Eleven games are coming to the 3DS in Europe this summer, with upgraded visuals and 3D effects compared to the previous DS versions. Two versions of the game will be available, with different content in each, including thousands of player characters and abilities that you can level up.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, which features a new city-building technique, augmented reality features, and online multiplayer is releasing on May 17th at both retail and via the eShop

Animal Crossing: New Leaf, a smash hit in Japan, has been dated for release outside that country. It's coming to 3DS systems in the US on June 9th, and in Europe on June 14th. In the US presentation, Nintendo announced that New Leaf will sport a new (unannounced) feature; that same detail was not included in the European presentation. There's also a full "Animal Crossing Direct" video, in Japanese with English subtitles, on the Nintendo Direct website.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move announced; it's coming soon (Q2) exclusively to the eShop. Described as a spin-off, it sports more than 180 levels as well as multiple modes and four all-new minigames. It's set in a mini toy carnival, and Donkey Kong is not the enemy. There are multiple mini toy characters to play, including Donkey Kong and Princess Peach, in addition to the usual Mario.

Donkey Kong Returns 3D, an updated port of the 2010 Wii game, is coming later this year to both eShop and retail. A 3D trailer for the game is available now in the eShop (156 Blocks.)

Other regions

LEGO City Undercover dated for the US; March 18th on Wii U, April 21st on 3DS

An update is coming to Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge soon, which will include new costumes and ninja missions.

Wii Street U now available in the eShop; it's 92MB, and a free download.

HarmoKnight, the new game from Pokemon developers Game Freak, is releasing on 3DS on March 28th (US). A demo is coming on March 14th, and the game will include bonus music tracks from the Pokemon games.

The original Dillon's Rolling Western

Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger announced, sequel to last year's impressive Dillon's Rolling Western eShop title. It's hitting the 3DS on April 11th in America.

Game Boy Color titles Harvest Moon and Legend of the River King announced for 3DS Virtual Console

American shoppers will be granted a free download code upon registering a new 3DS XL and either Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon or Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity. Free game options include Super Mario 3D Land, Freakyforms Deluxe, New Art Academy, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, and Star Fox 64 3D.

Bit.Trip Presents... Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien releasing later this month

Zen Pinball 2, a free download with tables available via DLC, is coming later this month

Toki Tori 2, which supports off-TV play and comes with a level editor, is releasing in March

A new ZombiU / Wii U system bundle is available from Sunday in the US; no word on a similar package in other territories.


The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, a first person shooter developed by Terminal Reality (BloodRayne, Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Kinect Star Wars) and published by Activision, is coming to Wii U in late March.

There's a new Band Brothers game in development. The original Band Brothers (a DS launch title in Japan) was never released in the west, but the sequel - Band Brothers DX - was released as Jam with the Band. This new Band Brothers game for 3DS will support the more than 9,000 tracks that came with the earlier versions.


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Comments Comments (7)

Posted by OrkMischief
On Friday 15 Feb 2013 5:27 PM
Feels good to own a 3DS with all these top titles coming this year.
I wish sony would show my vita some love like this.
Posted by Silvon
On Friday 15 Feb 2013 6:23 PM
Etrian Odyssey IV, Fire Emblem Awakening, Project X Zone and Castlevania...and those are just the games I'll do my best to get on release. Indeed a good year for my 3DS!
Posted by Coddfish
On Friday 15 Feb 2013 7:09 PM
It feels good to have a 3DS right now.
I just hope HarmoKnight makes it to our e-shop, that game looks ridiculously awesome
Posted by KiwiSharp
On Friday 15 Feb 2013 8:03 PM
A great variety coming up pretty exciting!
Posted by Jonathan-OverWorld
On Friday 15 Feb 2013 9:26 PM
So many good games, its crazy! I'm worried about HarmoKnight because it wasn't mentioned for 'PAL'. :( I hope it doesn't take ages to come out. Wait for Fire Emblem is already bad enough.
Posted by animallover
On Tuesday 19 Feb 2013 10:18 AM
Very pleased I just got a 3DS.
Posted by Jacko-Rabbit
On Tuesday 5 Mar 2013 8:16 PM
200 dollar 3ds