Nintendo Direct Recap: Fire Emblem Release Date Announced

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

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T’was a Nintendo Direct, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring… because everyone was frozen with anticipation as their eyes were glued to the screen watching all the news pour in! Nintendo brings news like guys on sleighs bring toys! And every time one of these things is announced, many a Nintendo fan waits in anticipation for ole Reggie (or his many underlings as of late). So, what did today’s show have in store?

The show opened with fanfare regarding the Wii U. Nintendo was quick to mention how successful the console’s launch was, then went into new games and applications coming to the system. Wii U Panorama View, which had been shown off since E3 2011, is coming to the eShop in Spring 2013 with a demo coming before then. Google Maps was also shown, with the Game Pad running a panoramic street view. That will be available in Q1 of 2013.

Well, that’s enough of that. Let’s get to what we really want to talk about: game news.

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Unfortunately, not many games were shown this time around, as Nintendo focused on the variety of games rather than the quantity. However, Reggie promised that the number of Wii U games will double before the launch window is over. The games that were talked about, along with release time frames if mentioned, are as follows:

– Lego City Undercover (Early 2013)
– Pikmin 3 (Q2 2013)
– Wii Fit U
– Game & Wario

In addition to the games above, new characters were announced as free DLC for Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge. A new female ninja named Momij and Kasumi from the Dead or Alive franchise will both appear in an upcoming patch.

Now, even though those were the only ones mentioned, there are plenty of other games coming out for the Wii U, such as Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Cloudberry Kingdom, The Wonderful 101, and Rayman Legends. Be on the lookout for those during the launch window and into the Spring of next year.

After talking about the Wii U at length, the 3DS was brought up. Unfortunately, just like the Wii U, not much was shown during the stream; again, focusing on variety rather than quantity. However, what we got was very good news. The biggest news: Fire Emblem: Awakening will release on February 4th, 2013.

Also announced during the stream: the localization of the eShop game HarmoKnight.

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In addition to that, there was also talk about three other Nintendo published games coming in the first part of the year: Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Brain Age: Concentration, and Tokyo Crash Mobs.

Finally, new DLC packs were announced – and released – for New Super Mario Bros. 2. These packs are Coin Challenge C and Platform Panic. Also, they reminded NSMB2 players that the Gold Classics Pack – based on levels from previous Mario games – is available for free.

And another Nintendo Direct Recap is behind us, ladies and gentlemen. This post will be updated live throughout the day with additional news, video, and screenshots as they come. Which games are you anticipating the most? Which announcement made you the most excited? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

If you want to watch the entire stream, including seeing “Lego Iwata,” click here (embed has been disabled).




  • ybeast10

    Wow, February 4th! That is way earlier than I expected! I was thinking May at the earliest. I am thrilled that they dedicated a good chunk of this Direct to talking about Awakening. Hearing that we will be getting Harmo Knight was great as well. NoA, you are officially back in my good graces. For now at least.

    • Yesyes, Fire Emblem’s much-earlier-than-I-thought release date was the cake of this Nintendo Direct for me, but HarmoKnight is/was the fancy icing and/or cherry on top.

      Contemplating playing through a Fire Emblem game before February 4th now…. hmm…

  • I would’ve liked to see some new games being announced for 2013 or some kinda tease, but oh well. Glad to know we’ll be getting the next Fire Emblem game in just two months and HarmoKnight sometime soon.

    • Here I was looking towards the announcement of future multiplatform games (Watch Dogs, Bioshock Infinite, GTA V, and Tomb Raider) and instead I got 10 minutes of Wii U Panorama View and Wii Fit U.  Why do they even bother with these things if they aren’t going to announce anything new?

    • James, Nintendo Direct can only cover games that publishers want covered.  Nintendo can only cover third-party games that said third-parties allow.  These videos are also meant as information updates, not necessarily as a stage for blockbuster announcements.

    • Wait ’til E3 for said third party announcements, good sir. 

    • What if these games are releasing before E3?  It’s making me kind of antsy.

  • Undoubtedly, Fire Emblem’s release date is what has me most excited.  Which is kind of sad when you think about it.  The most exciting thing they revealed was a release date for a game we knew was coming beforehand.  Couldn’t they announce some new games?  Maybe a multiplatform title or something?  Honestly, why devote so much time in showing off something so pointless as Wii U Panorama View?

    • Because Panorama View is a pretty unique use of the hardware.  I doubt I’ll ever feel the need to use it much, but I could see myself getting use out of Google Maps on Wii U.

  • with nintendo direct. I don’t think I really want e3 anymore(at least for nintendo stuff). 

  • Bluefang14

    The FE Awakening release date is the only good news from this Nintendo Direct.  After releasing two NSMB titles within months of each other and Miyamoto turning Paper Mario into NSMB: Turn-Based Edition, my faith in Nintendo has plummeted to a low I’d never imagine possible.

    They’ve got a lot of work to do if they want my trust back.

    • While I agree with your seemingly low opinions of both Paper Mario: Sticker Star and New Super Mario Bros 2 (both of them were ultimately a disappointment, I mean)…

      I really do think you should give NSMB U a chance. I went in expecting a cookie-cutter game like the cash-grab that the 3DS game was, but…

      http://operationrainfall.com/review-n-super-mario-bros-u/

      There’s my take on it.It’s A LOT better than you’d think.

  • FIRE EMBLEM!

    MY MONEYZ! TAKE DEM!