Nintendo Direct Recap: Introducing the New 3DS

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

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Plenty of hype coming into this Direct, especially with what seemed like New 3DS rumors in droves. And with not much in terms of retail 3DS games in the immediate future, should we expect more announcements on the 3DS side of things? What about upcoming Wii U games we haven’t seen much of?

All has been revealed, so let’s see what happened.

New Fire Emblem 3DS 01 New Fire Emblem 3DS 02
New Fire Emblem 3DS 03 New Fire Emblem 3DS 04
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We begin with a reveal of the next Fire Emblem game, which will be coming to the 3DS. Do not confuse this with the SMTxFE crossover, this is a completely new game. Iwata promises new choices and challenges that haven’t been seen in the series. No release window was revealed. You can check out the trailer here.

Puzzle and Dragons Z and Super Mario Bros Edition
Puzzle and Dragon Z 01 Puzzle and Dragon Z 02
Puzzle and Dragon Z 03 Puzzle and Dragon Z 04
Puzzle and Dragons Super Mario Bros Edition 01 Puzzle and Dragons Super Mario Bros Edition 02
Puzzle and Dragons Super Mario Bros Edition 03 Puzzle and Dragons Super Mario Bros Edition 04

Next up is Puzzle & Dragons Z. This will also include the Super Mario Bros. Edition that was teased earlier in the month. The game (or games, I guess, since they have both as separate games on the package) will be coming to retail in May 2015.

Pokemon Shuffle - Logo
Pokemon Shuffle 01 Pokemon Shuffle 02
Pokemon Shuffle 03 Pokemon Shuffle 04

The latest Pokemon puzzle game was revealed. It is called Pokemon Shuffle and it is free to play. In this game, you will be limited in the number of moves you have in a level and can collect Pokemon as you play. Some Pokemon will have Mega Evolutions. Micro-transactions will be in the game, but look to be minor and not game breaking if you don’t buy them. The game will release in February.

Wii U Menu with Wii Games Wii Downloadable Games

Moving to Wii U, Wii games are now going to be available for download through the Wii U’s eShop. Super Mario Galaxy 2 is available now while Punch-Out!! and Metroid Prime Trilogy will release later this month. And as a bonus, these games will be half-price at release.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse 01 Kirby and the Rainbow Curse 02
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse 03 Kirby and the Rainbow Curse 04

Transitioning to NOA, we continue with Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Gameplay elements were shown off, including amiibo support. The game will release February 20th.

Super Mario amiibo Line-up

Super Mario amiibo Line-up

A new wave of amiibo ws revealed. These include Robin, Lucina, and Charizard among others. In addition, a Super Mario line of amiibos will be available March 20th, launching next to Mario Party 10. In addition, Mario Party 10 will have an amiibo Mode that uses a number of amiibos. The new Toad amiibo also brings a new update to Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

Splatoon - Hub 01 Splatoon - Hub 02
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Splatoon was next with a look at the game hub. They showed off ways you can customize you character with the weapons you load out with and the costume you’ll wear. A release window of May was revealed.

Hyrule Warriors Majora's Mask Pack 01 Hyrule Warriors Majora's Mask Pack 02
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Majora’s Mask DLC will be coming to Hyrule Warriors. This will include a new adventure mode, additional costumes, and Tingle and Young Link with Masks. This will be available February 5th.

Xenoblade Chronicles X

We have a new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles X. The trailer showcased the world you’ll explore, complete with giant monsters, mechs, and just an all out giant, colorful world. Expect it sometime this year.

Mario vs Donkey Kong Tipping Stars
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Following that is Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. The game will have the usual gameplay you expect in the series, including level creation. However, if you like a level, you can tip the creator some stars. The game will be coming March 5th for Wii U and 3DS. In addition, if you purchase one version, you can get a code for a free copy of the other version. Level sharing between versions will also be available.

Project Treasure

Leading the 3rd parties, Bandai Namco teased a new game called Project Treasure. But that wasn’t the only game that was featured. Here’s what else is coming soon.

Elliot Quest Moon Chronicles
SEGA 3D Classics Story of Seasons
  • Elliot Quest
  • Blek
  • Citizens of Earth
  • Gunman Clive 2
  • Moon Chronicles, Ep. 2-4
  • SEGA 3D Classics
    • 3D After Burner II
    • 3D Fantasy Zone
    • 3D Out Run
    • 3D Fantasy Zone II
    • 3D Thunder Blade
  • Etrian Mystery Dungeon
  • Story of Seasons
Fossil Fighter Frontier - Logo
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Before moving over to Reggie, we get a new look at Fossil Fighters Frontier. This will be the latest installment of the series. It will include online battles and co-op. A new Vivisaur Stadium will be in the game. This releases in March.

New Nintendo 3DS - Nintendo Direct

Reggie is up next. And here we see the introduction of the New 3DS to North America. For those that don’t know what it is, the New 3DS is a more powerful version of the system with additional triggers, a C-Stick/nub, and improved 3D that includes Face Tracking. Older games that were Circle Pad Pro enabled will be able to use the new stick. NFC technology will be used on the bottom screen, allowing for amiibo use in games like Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. Brightness will also be changed based on lighting conditions. MicroSD cards will be used in this new iteration. The New 3DS XL will be coming February 13th. However, you’ll need to get a separate AC adapter.

Code Name S.T.E.A.M. - Fire Emblem Characters

So when did the Fire Emblem characters become part of American folk lore?

Moving back to games, we get another look at Code Name S.T.E.A.M., the tactical game from Intelligent Systems. The game will be amiibo enabled and use Fire Emblem characters. And in case you missed the Marth amiibo, more will be coming later this year. Code Name S.T.E.A.M. releases on March 13th.

Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy + 01 Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy + 02
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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy+ was detailed and includes amiibo support for special Nintendo plane skins. This will be coming in March.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Box Art
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Xenoblade Chronicles 3D was revealed for the West. This will be coming in April.

Iron Fall - Nintendo Direct

A new game was teased. This is IronFall Invasion, a third person shooter coming to the eShop. It is being developed by VDdev. The game will be coming soon, though no date was listed.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate New 3DS - Nintendo Direct

A special Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate New 3DS XL bundle was revealed, which will be GameStop exclusive. This and the game will be launching February 13th. The game’s producer then talked about how the new controls will help gameplay. A demo of the game will be coming soon and a puzzle panel will be coming to Mii Plaza.

Majora's Mask New 3DS - Nintendo Direct

It’s a New 3DS that stares into your soul.

Finishing off this Direct, we look at Majora’s Mask 3D. 360 degree camera control will be one of the new improvements. We have a solid release date of February 13th. In addition, a Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will be launched on the same day.


And that’s it for this Nintendo Direct. Like what you saw? Will you be getting a New 3DS? Is your wallet crying in pain? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Josh S.

    Though I like the new features of the New 3DS, I wonder if I can transfer my memory to it from my regular XL… If not, will be quite a while before I invest in one

    • Ibi Salmon

      You can. They even said they’ll provide instructions as to how you’ll be able to.

  • Josh S.

    Also, that new Fire Emblem is drool worthy. Need a release date. I also am really hype to finally play Puzzle and Dragon. And I kinda need that Toad amiibo… dammit…

  • Klagmar

    One of the most exciting Nintendo Directs to date! Though I am disappointed to not hear anything about the new Zelda title.

    • Lord Ackercocke

      That was very unlikely to happen. I’m sure it will receive it’s own Direct towards the end of the year which is a ways off.

  • Disappointed.

    The Direct started with a genius trailer. What is that brand new Wii U earth-shattering game, the first one since E3? It is… just a (New?) 3DS game. 🙁 Meh. Why the hell did they make a such wonderful trailer for just an handheld game? Handheld machines does not worth it.

    Lots of 3DS and New 3DS announcements. As a Wii U-only gamer (anc PC too) I do not give a sh*t at all. Ditto with Amiibos. I hate them. I am not a child anymore to use some of those toys.

    Wii games downloadable through the eShop? I do not care. I alredy have them. I still have got my Wii games, including Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Donkey Kong Country Returns. Metroid Prime Trilogy are FPS so no thanks. The other one does not interest me, excepted Pandora’s Tower. I have never play to it yet (I hate gore) and I do not decide if I will purchase it on eShop or not.

    Project Treasure? It is really good to see a third party editor returning to Wii U. However I would like to know more things about it to decide if I will play to this game or not. Still better than StarFox U however.

    I enjoy Splatoon and Xenoblade announcements. XCX will be released April 29th in Japan. It might be somewhere between August and October in the USA and Europe. Xenoblade trailer is wonderful but it misses some extra information just like the online mode. May 2015 for Splatoon? It is definitely our MK8 ’15.

    Mario Party 10 will be released March 20th. I am surprised that it is released so early. I did not expect it before June or July.

    Few Iwata announcements in this Direct. Does he still have some medical complications?

    No Kirby or Yoshi-related announcement at all (at least in Europe)? WTF? Their games are about to be released, especially Kirby’s.

    As for (New) 3DS announcements :
    – It is Candy Crush time for Nintendo with Pokémon Shuffle.
    – Code S.T.E.A.M. stinks. It has got more or less the same font than the mighty Superman 64. These are very bad news, aren’t they?
    – I really like Xenoblade Chronicles 3D last announcement. “Monster Games is developing the game while Monolith Soft. is focused on serious things”.

    • Lord Ackercocke

      True this Direct was 3DS centered and I can see why u would be disappointed.

  • Lord Ackercocke

    I absolutely luved this Direct. As both a Wii U & 3DS owner it brought me joy.

  • Another_Unknown

    Sad to see Intelligent Systems working with something of dubious quality like CODENAME S.T.E.A.M, instead of something good like Advance Wars series which has no games since 2008 (days of ruin).