Last year, Nintendo decided to experiment with Nintendo Direct, a live-stream of updates relating to all things Nintendo. It was a success, so Satoru Iwata decided to do it again, then again. The second time, Nintendo of America head honcho Reggie “The Regginator” Fils-Aime decided to get involved and have his own Nintendo Direct stream. Now, they are doing it again – and Nintendo of Europe have decided that they want a turn as well.
I will be covering the Nintendo of Japan live-stream event, which will be chaired my Nintendo head honcho Satoru Iwata. In a recent poll among Japanese women, it was found out that women would prefer a man who works at Nintendo (no word of a lie). The main Wii U And Mii writers decided to divide this job up – I will be covering the live stream of the mysterious women-magnet Satoru Iwata, while Daniel Switzer will be fulfilling his fangirl cravings by hearing Reggie Fils-Aime’s Regginator voice.
Anyway, without further ado, let’s get to the juicy bits. A lot of information was repeated or reiterated, so here’s just the new stuff:
Opened with an introduction to Sakurai, who discusses Kid Icarus: Uprising:
– Multiplayer: Light vs Dark – 3 v 3 .When one remains, an “angel” appears, who the remaining player controls. A match is won when the opposing angel is defeated; when a team mate loses health, so does the Angel. Multiplayer battles are full of energy. Ability to zoom in to snipe. With multiplayer, the more powerful weapon you have, the more health your team loses when you die. Collect all 3 Daybreak parts and you can use a really powerful weapon!
– Weapons can be exchanged via StreetPass using “Weapon Gems”; giving someone a weapon does not mean you lose it. However, you will need to pay hearts to receive. Also, one Weapon Gem will be given out a day via SpotPass.
Single Player: In the single player mode, you can also collect hearts for the Fiend’s Cauldron. You can use collected hearts to adjust the intensity rating of a course. Movement speed is decreased while shooting.
– You can have special powers for use in Single or Multiplayer, such as super speed or a high jump. They have to be fit in a panel, similar to the Megaman: Battle Network
– The ingame menus looks a lot like Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s
– Weapons can be combined into one new weapon, called “Fusion”.
– The Augmented Reality cards included with a game are random.
– Iwata Asks: Kid Icarus: Uprising coming to the Japanese Nintendo website later today. @KidIcarusUK – Official Twitter page.
– Mario Tennis Open title confirmed. Will use the touch screen to allow players to control their serves. Will also use the Gyroscope. Out on 24th May in Japan and 25th May in Europe. Features download play and an online mode with leaderboard. Also has character customisation.
– Fire Emblem Awakening features cel-shaded graphics and voice acting. Had a really epic teaser trailer. Boxart was shown. Will be released in Europe later this year. Some of the DLC includes characters from old games joining you for free. In Japan, some of the DLC will be available for free for a limited period.
– Capcom, Sega, Namco Bandai and Banpresto are working on a mystery 3DS project that was introduced by a very short, but dramatic teaser. The note on the website says “Prediction Impossible”.
– A trailer for Rune Factory 4 was shown with a full anime sequence. Looks nice, but no European plans confirmed.
– Plans to localise Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition in Europe have yet to be confirmed.
– Calciobit is a football management simulation game, a continuiation of a series last seen on the GBA 6 years ago. Your team is compared to others in an online ranking system. No European plans confirmed.
– Denpa Ningen no RPG, a 3DSWare game by Genius Sonority was shown. It uses the camera in a similar way to Face Raiders. No European plans confirmed. Denpa Ningen with antennas on their heads have special powers. Save data from the demo on the Japanese eShop can be transferred to the real game. No European plans confirmed.
– In The Rolling Western, Jiro is called in to protect the town’s livestock from the Grock monsters, who like to eat them. Released in Japan today, apparently will be released in Europe today as well.
– GameGear titles will finally be coming to the eShop in March in Japan and Europe.
– A new Etrian Odyssey game by Atlus for the 3DS confirmed for a 5th July Japanese release. No European release confirmed.
– Professor Kawashima’s Brain Training is returning to the 3DS using a new way to train the brain, using the latest scientific discoveries – focusing on enhancing our Working Memory. Kawashima will take the form of a demon during certain tests, just to rub in how hard they can be. Release in Japan this Summer, but no European plans so far.
– – A new Fatal Frame was the only Wii game shown, however it was missing from the European version. So does that mean the games with “No European Plans” WILL receive a European release? Who knows