Last Thursday, eager Nintendo fans were treated with the latest installment of Nintendo Direct. Lead by Satoru Iwata, global president of Nintendo (and special guest, NA Nintendo Good-guy Reggie) - this direct featured quite a few exciting titles to look forward to in the next twelve months. We're hoping that these games breathe some life into the system, and improve Nintendo's fiscal outlook in 2014 - but enough of the adult talk, LET'S DIVE IN!
You may be familiar with Techmo Koei's Warriors series, which capitalizes on big battles with hundreds of enemy assets on screen at a time. In the Warriors series, you typically serve single handed thrashings to a barrage of opponents while pushing the enemy back and achieving objectives. Mixing the mechanics of Warriors and the art style of the Zelda franchise, Hyrule Warriors promises to deliver massive battles in one of our favorite video game universes. From the reveal footage, you can expect the normal hack, slash, and bombing that you've come to enjoy from Zelda - while mixing in other weapons and abilities from the series. Prepare to be overwhelmed with familiar enemies while you battle huge armies and bosses, for the protection of Hyrule. Unsheath your Master Sword and charge up for the fight in 2014, only on the WiiU.
Kirby Triple Deluxe
The next title brings back one of my most beloved characters, Kirby - to the 3DS. Kirby Triple Deluxe is a side-scrolling action game that takes advantage of the 3D capability of the system, by adding secondary platforms in the background of the gameboard. Kirby will have to jump between the foreground and background, as he absorbs enemy powers and solves puzzles to progress. Constant danger looms, as enemies are also able to jump from the background - surprising you as you move forward. Triple Deluxe also adds an ability called Hyper Nova. Only available during specific parts of a board, Hyper Nova is a powered up version of Kirby's signature inhale. Using this ability, players will be able to manipulate large objects in the game to solve puzzles and continue through the level. Kirby Triple Deluxe has twenty enemy abilities for the protagonist to absorb, including four new abilities created for this specific game. We can't wait to find our favorite ability and exploit it!
Additional modes of the game include, Kirby Fighters and Dedede's Drum Dash. Kirby Fighters is a Super Smash Brothers style mini-game that allows players to choose a select ability and battle it out with friends in an arena setting. This mode sounds interesting, as it stacks the pros and cons of each ability against one another. Which one will you choose? The second revealed mode is titled, Dedede's Drum Dash. In this mode, you get to play as King Dedede, the dastardly enemy of Kirby. Dedede's Drum Dash is a rhythm style game, that actually seems pretty compelling. By timing your jumps according to the music playing, Dedede bounces on drums and other percussive instruments to complete a song. You can look forward to Kirby Triple Deluxe in 2014 on the Nintendo 3DS.
Chibi-Robo! - Photo Finder
Another 3DS title that looks like an interesting concept, is Chibi-Robo! - Photo Finder. I'll admit, that I'm not familiar with the Chibi-Robo franchise, but this game takes advantage of the 3DS camera like no other entry for the system. In Photo Finder, you play a small robot in charge of finding everyday items that are captured through photos, and are digitized into an item that you then donate to an upstart museum. Each item, called NostalJunk, is captured using a unique silhouette filter that matches the shape of the item you are donating. Through your adventures, you will meet new characters who need your help. You fulfill their objectives through small mini-games that act as an intermission between photo capturing tasks. In addition, NostalJunk challenges, pit the community against each other in finding the best items to fit within a given silhouette. These challenges will reward unique items for your character in the main storyline, giving players an incentive to participate. Look for Chibi-Robo! - Photo Finder, in the Nintendo E-Shop - next year.
Donkey Kong Country - Tropical Freeze
Heading to the WiiU, Nintendo is proud to announce Donkey Kong Country - Tropical Freeze. This game appears to be a 2.5D version of the Donkey Kong Country that many of us are already familiar with. In this title, Donkey Kong Island has been put on ice, by an invading group of pirates. Using friends Diddy, Dixie, and the hyped - Cranky Kong, Donkey will traverse the island, solving puzzles, collecting bananas, and destroying his foes. After collecting one-hundred precious bananas, you can activate the all-new Kong-Power. Using this new ability will change all of the enemies on screen into collectable items that will help you on your mission to bring the tropical island climate back from a deep freeze. From jumping mine-carts to crazy launching barrels, it's a safe bet that this new Donkey Kong is going to be a lot of fun.
Available now for the WiiU, is a collection of mini-games that serve as a callback to some of the most influential NES games created. NES Remix takes levels from the original NES games, and adds a twist with new objectives and the crossover of characters from separate titles. You can expect to see Link battling it out with Donkey Kong, and Luigi playing through some of the original Super Mario levels. Each mini-game takes the best components of the cartridge that it was modeled after, and ramps up the difficulty with updated mechanics. Older fans of Nintendo will find these remixes fresh, but memorable - while new players will be tested with some reasonably challenging versions of games they never got to play. NES Remix also takes advantage of the Miiverse stamp system, offering unlockable 8-bit stamps to add to your collection. The Miiverse features also promote competition within the community, showing your scores and times on each individual levels - so that friends and foes alike, can fight for the top score in your list. Check out NES Remix now, on the Nintendo E-Shop.
Holy crap, I better not tell my mom about this game - I'll never be able to get her to leave our house. Building off of the key components of Dr. Mario, Dr. Luigi relies on new types of capsules and modes of gameplay to stretch the year of Luigi into 2014. The premise of this title combines the puzzles of tetris, with the perscription pad of Doogie Howser - in an increasing pace of pill stacking, virus immolating, fun. Dr. Luigi introduces a new kind of pill, called the L-capsule, that combines two types of capsules into one. These new capsules make it easier to destroy viruses in one swoop, allowing you to pump up the difficulty and speed to see just how fast you can cure. In the multiplayer mode, you are now able to use the L-capsules to chain combos and change your opponents next shown pill combonation change - making them alter their strategy to stay competitive. Dr. Luigi also includes the original Dr. Mario Online, giving you the chance to compete with players online for Doctoral supremacy. Another feature allows you to turn your WiiU gamepad sideways, using the touchscreen as a means to distribute capsules - while friends watch your progress on the big-screen. Dr. Luigi looks like a good time, and I'm sure it'll start a few fights in our livingroom on New Year's Eve.
Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart 8
There wasn't a great deal to say about Super Smash Brothers or Mario Kart 8 that hadn't already been revealed at E3 this year. However, we're happy to see that Rosalina has been added to both titles - Nintendo seems to be giving her a lot of love lately. Instead of retreading the E3 info, we've just decided to leave these nifty videos of Rosalina for you to check out.
..And that's it for Nintendo Direct in 2013, have a safe and happy holiday!