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Details Revealed For April 17th North American 3DS Direct

By Kevin on Apr 17 2013 07:57 AM
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Just a few short days ago, Nintendo announced that a new Nintendo Direct — a Nintendo 3DS Direct for North America and Europe — would be taking place today. In just about 30 more minutes, I'll be posting live updates during the North American 3DS Direct presentation. Since the European 3DS Direct will also be broadcast during the same time, I've chosen to follow the North America coverage. Nintendo seem to always surprise us with some news that we're not expecting so prepare to get dowsed with a few surprises. There's been a lot of hype pertaining to today's presentation.

Will the Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS XL finally be announced for North America and Europe? Remember when The Legend of Zelda: Oracles of Seasons and Oracles of Ages was announced for the Japanese 3DS Virtual Console service during the February 21st Japanese Nintendo 3DS Direct? Will the west see those classics? Speaking of Zelda titles, there's been a lot of talk about a Majora's Mask remake for the Nintendo 3DS. Is that something you'd like to see in the near future? What about Miiverse for 3DS? Is that expected to surface during today's presentation? Also, I know many of you would really like to see Square-Enix's Braverly Default: Flying Fairy localized. We could go on and on with speculation. Let's just see what we're graced with in the next hour or so!

Stay tuned for the latest details, right here!
The presentation is scheduled for approximately 37 minutes.

Presentation Starts (10AM Eastern Time)
  • A wild Iwata-san appears!
  • Mario & Luigi Dream Team story overview
  • Announced for retail and 3DS eShop for August 11th
  • Mario Golf World Tour now
  • Use wireless features to connect and play with friends around the world
  • Use Communities, as seen in Mario Kart 7
  • Customized play; play with Luigi the entire time if you want
  • Announced for Summer of 2013
  • A new 3DS Mario Party announced
  • Various boards will carefully test your skills
  • Mini-games test speed, luck, and concentration
  • Announced for Winter of 2013
  • Super Luigi U now
  • Same world map as NSMBU, all 82 levels re-designed
  • Play with Luigi's capability; higher jumps, unlike Mario
  • It's harder to stop after dashing, however
  • All courses start with only 100 seconds
  • Announced for Summer of 2013
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D now
  • Game has been optimized/ balanced for portable gaming
  • New mode (easier) and Original Mode
  • Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have 3 hearts each
  • New items in games; Portable DK Barrel, Green Balloon, and Crash Guard
  • 8 new levels have been added; accessible after main game
  • Local wireless cooperative gameplay
  • Announced for May 24th for retail and eShop
  • New Yoshi's Island game (3rd installment)
  • Features old moves and new action moves for fresh gameplay
  • Downloadable title: Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move
  • Huge amount of variety; over 180 stages across four modes
  • Create and download puzzles (QR Code) from players
  • Announced for May 9th eShop only
  • Wii U System update released next week
  • Fixes loading time and adds new features
  • Download software in the background while playing games
  • Move data from USB storage device to USB storage device
  • Standby function allows you to download and install updates
  • Virtual Console (VC) available one day after system update
  • Each 3DS Virtual Console game will have Miiverse Communities
  • Off-TV gameplay
  • Game Boy Advance games and N64 games planned for VC
  • Pikmin 3 talk now
  • New Pikmin type announced: Winged Pikmin
  • Can fly, follow players, and carry items
  • Pikmin 3 launches in a "few months"
  • Earthbound talk now
  • Earthbound announced for VC late 2013
  • Iwata ends his presentation
  • Bill Trinen takes over
  • Game & Wario talk
  • Pirates game being shown
  • Other games for Game & Wario being shown
  • Announced for June 23rd; retail and Wii U eShop
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (MH3U) talk now
  • MH3U videos available from Capcom and Nintendo to help you hunt
  • LEGO City Undercover talk now
  • LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins prequel to Wii U version
  • Is open-world exploration, like Wii U version
  • More special Swapnote on the way
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf talk now
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS XL announced for North America
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS XL available on June 9th for $219.99
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracles of Seasons and Oracles of Ages announced for 3DS VC
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracles of Seasons and Oracles of Ages available May 29th
  • Braverly Default: Flying Fairy announced for North America
  • Braverly Default: Flying Fairy announced for 2014
  • New Professor Layton title announced for 2014
  • Guild 02 titles coming to eShop
  • Shin Megami Tensei launches July 16th
  • Reggie now
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past-like remake for the 3DS
  • Features original storyline and new dungeons, move within walls
  • 3D video available after today's presentation
  • Announced for this holiday season
Presentation Ends (10:37AM Eastern Time)


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Comments: 7

Lots of exciting news. I'm looking forward to seeing more of the new Link to the Past game.
Coolness!  I like reading the rundown on these things, then going back to watch parts I find interest in.
I'm excited for Animal Crossing New Leaf, but since you all already know that, I'm also excited about:
  • The new Yoshi's Island game for the 3DS
  • The new LoZ: Link to the Past game (waow!)
  • Owning a Wii U someday so I can play Pikmin 3 and Game & Wario
  • I may be little excited for Lego, but I don't know
  • Mario and Luigi Dream Team special attacks
It was another great Nintendo Direct! (But I missed seeing Corey, haha!)
There are so many good things that came from this Nintendo Direct. My mind is literally blown out of excitement. I am very happy that the Wii U was given "some" love too. My favorite parts were:
  • New LoZ game reveal
  • Wii U system update next week
  • Bravely Default localization confirmation
  • Pikmin 3 new Pikmin reveal
  • Yoshi's Island reveal
  • NSLU Luigi mechanics reveal
  • Earthbound localization
Yoshi's Island! YES!! :wee:
Almost everything from this Nintendo Direct was fantastic!
In my opinion:
  • Most exciting moment: Link to the Past sequel :)
  • Most disappointing moment: Professor Layton 6 coming 2014 and no mention of PL vs AA :(
It's always fun seeing EB Games Australia so eagerly jump on the new announcements and offer pre-orders almost immediately after the Nintendo Direct. I think I'm most excited for Bravely Default, personally. I'm still holding out hope that Namco Bandai will announce a localised release for Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode in the future. I've only played four or five Digimon games, but this one is easily my favourite.