Nintendo Direct Recap—October 1st, 2013: Sonic Confirmed for SSB4, New Kirby Game and More!

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

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This is the first time in a long while (E3 2013 comes to mind) since I thought…finally…in response to a Nintendo Direct announcement. I was expecting one amidst news of new hardware, a price drop, and a complete holiday line-up featuring definitive dates for a bunch of highly anticipated games. At last…the moment has arrived! With the major mystery solved since last night (indeed, the Wii U Summer/Fall/Winter 2013 Update has finally been revealed), what’s left to discuss (or surprise us with) during this particular Nintendo Direct? As always, I’m here to find out. Without further ado…

Nintendo Direct | Super Mario 3D World New Screenshot 001

Discussion opened with Super Mario 3D World. This seems to be a new, lengthy trailer that shows off gameplay and the beginning story elements. There also seem to be a handful of new power-ups. Plenty of single-player content is shown, as well. It will release in North America on November 22, Europe November 29 and Australia November 30.

Wii Party U Logo Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze Logo Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olymic Winter Games Screenshot

Next up, Wii Party U. Several new mini-games were discussed. Iwata announced that Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze, previously announced for December 2013, has been delayed worldwide until February 2014. After that, there was a little discussion on Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Speaking of Sonic…

Super Smash Bros. (3DS/Wii U) Logo

Earlier this morning, Sakurai tweeted about the coming Nintendo Direct. Given that Soraya Saga’s Nintendo Direct-related tweets are usually followed by a new trailer for “X,” it doesn’t seem out of the question that Smash Bros. news is incoming. Turns out that news actually has to do with Sonic! Sonic the Hedgehog has been confirmed for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo Direct | Sonic Confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS 001 Nintendo Direct | Sonic Confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS 002
Nintendo Direct | Sonic Confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS 003 Nintendo Direct | Sonic Confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS 004

Pikmin 3 Logo

Updates are coming to Pikmin 3’s Mission Mode in the form of paid DLC. Nintendo has also improved things like the game’s ranking/high score system in the form of an update coming to the game right after this presentation. You can try one of these new mission modes free of charge.

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl Logo Just Dance 2014 Logo Skylanders SWAP Force Logo

There was lots of talk of third-party content including Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl, Just Dance 2014, Skylanders SWAP Force, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, Sonic Lost World, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (a demo is available right after this presentation).

Wind Waker HD’s physical version arrives in North America in just a few days. An Animal Crossing shirt inspired by the one that Link wears on Outset Island is available by watching the Nintendo Direct. I’ll offer a screen as soon as I get a chance.

Bravely Default Logo (Black)

There was lots of talk about Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo Zone locations, and the content associated with them. Nintendo Zones will hold StreetPass data for 6 people at a time, letting you StreetPass 6 people in one stop. Also, Bravely Default has a new trailer and is planned for North American release during Q1 2014, European release on December 6th and Australian release on December 7th.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Logo

A Link Between Worlds had new information in this Nintendo Direct. The order you approach each dungeon and how you do so is entirely up to you. The new shop shown just after the previous Nintendo Direct is run by a new character named Ravio. It features items you can rent (and eventually purchase) to explore new areas at your leisure. This is an effort to change up the conventional Zelda formula. As many already know, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds will launch in North America and Europe on November 22nd, 2013 and arrive in Australia a day later.

Nintendo Direct | Kirby on 3DS

Iwata closed the presentation with a new game announcement. Kirby is coming to Nintendo 3DS in 2014. Expect more announcements regarding this game in the not-too-distant future.

Nintendo Direct | Lazy Link

That’s a wrap, ladies and gentlemen. My editing team and I will be updating this post live throughout the day with various assets and additional information as we obtain them. The entire presentation can be viewed below. And, as always, you can check here for more.




  • multibottler0cket

    B-b-b-bravely Default! Looks so good <3
    I wish we had something like this coming for Wii U though. Turn based JRPG with a classic feel.

    A little disappointed about DKCTF being delayed, but if there's one thing Nintendo does right it's taking the time that they need to get their games done right, so I can't complain!

    Still super excited for Zelda A Link Between Worlds!

    Wanted to hear from Zelda U, X, and SMTxFE though, but I guess that's for next time 🙂

    Also, nice work, I watch the video, go upstairs for a drink of water, take out my books to start studying, and you already have an article up. Keep it up!

    • I appreciate it! I do my best to be quick/efficient. Covering them is really fun, until Nintendo does something unexpected like announce EarthBound for the West, or “X”/SMT x Fire Emblem. Some of these things have been pretty crazy to write up live, haha

    • multibottler0cket

      Haha I can imagine! Yeah, they have some pretty random announcements sometimes. Like a midget at a urinal, you gotta stay on your toes!

  • JD

    Watched the Japanese Direct as well. They showed a lot more games, including Theatrhythm Curtain Call, Taiko no Tatsujin Wii U, and Daigasso Band Bros. 3DS.

    Come on, Japan, I want my rhythm games too.

  • James Best

    We had a surprisingly good Nintendo Direct today. I have so much video game stuff to do today between trying out Wii games on the GamePad, Phoenix Wright demo, and Pikmin 3 DLC.

  • I expected something much more Zelda-related for this Direct. The Wind Waker HD is about to be released. Nintendo did this for Pikmin 3 and The Wonderful 101 so I expected this for Zelda. I expected the announcement of a date for a “Zelda Direct” dealing with “The Wind Waker HD” and “A Link Between Two Worlds”. I know that this ND and the following ones will not deal with 2014 (and further) games but I expected a “Zelda U” trailer because of all these Zelda upcoming events and the fact that they almost show this first trailer at E3.

    I am sad for DKC:TF. This game was a good surprise at E3. A DK game is not used to being released so early in a console lifecycle and seeing that was a good reason to buy a Wii U at the end of the year. I am sad to see this nice move cancelled. 🙁

    I do not care about Super Mario 3D World. I am fed up with “New Super Mario Bros.” games and this Mario game is just a 3D variant of NSMB games. This is not what I expected from a Mario 3D game. If you want a “Super Mario Galaxy 3” game, have a look at Sonic Lost World and not this “New Super Mario Lolcat Bros. 3D” game.

    “Earlier this morning, Sakurai tweeted about the coming Nintendo Direct. Given that Soraya Saga’s Nintendo Direct-related tweets are usually followed by a new trailer for “X”, it doesn’t seem out of the question that Smash Bros. news is incoming.”

    Perhaps there were plans concerning a “X” trailer or Shulk’s presence in SSB4 for this Nintendo Direct and they were all cancelled before it, who knows? But I do not believe to this. I did not expect anything related to X(enoblade) or Shulk or something for this ND. Next Nintendo Directs will deal with Wii U and 3DS games which will be released at the end of the year, for Christmas (Sonic and Mario games). Let’s wait 2014 and its firsts Nintendo Directs to have more news about X (and all the other 2014 games).

  • Stealth

    was a good direct

  • Dollow Rlance

    It was good for Nintendo, looks like 3DS owners has things to look forward to.