Nintendo Direct Recap: Square Enix Killed It

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

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We stand at the dawn of a new era of Nintendo. A new President is in charge (Tatsumi Kimishima). A new gaming focus is being added (the DeNA partnership). A new pillar of business is being explored (Quality of Life). And within a year, we’ll know what to expect from Nintendo’s next console (Project NX).

So with this being the first production Nintendo has had since E3 — and technically the first Direct since May — we hope to hear about a lot of gaming news in the 45 minute run time. And there’s quite a bit they could talk about with Xenoblade Chronicles X, Bravely Second, the next Legend of Zelda game, the SMT-FE crossover, Fire Emblem Fates, and Star Fox Zero.

This page will feature points, games, and release dates that were talked about during the North American Direct. If you want to see what was announced during the European Direct, click here or the link at the bottom of the page. Enjoy.


We begin with Reggie welcoming everyone and thanking them for their kinds words after the passing of Satoru Iwata. After that, we get a look at something new… well, newly remastered.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Wolf Link amiibo Bundle

The games begin with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. This is the latest Zelda game to be remade, with Wind Waker getting an HD version while the N64 Zeldas received 3DS ports. In addition to the new version, a Wolf Link amiibo will be made available. Twilight Princess HD will be coming early 2016.

And if it seems odd that they would talk about a different Zelda game than what you were expecting, remember that 2016 will be the 30th anniversary of the original Legend of Zelda. The anniversary year will also include the Wii U’s new Zelda game, which will allow for compatibility with the new Wolf Link amiibo.

One more piece of Zelda news, a new DLC pack is coming for Tri Force Heroes. This pack will include an area called the Den of Trials, which includes at least 30 stages with checkpoints throughout the area. Additional outfits will also be made available, including Fierce Deity Armor. This update will be coming free December 2nd.

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Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon 03 Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon 04

Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon is next as the game is closing in on its November 20th release date. You’ll start as one of 20 Pokemon as you quest to figure out why Pokemon are turning into stone. The game will also feature a special Connection Orb that will link you to all the currently known Pokemon for certain tasks.

Splatoon - Museum d'Alfonsino

New content is coming to Splatoon. New stages like Museum d’Alfonsino and Mahi-Mahi Resort will release with as many as 40 new pieces of gear. Updates begin rolling out tonight at 5PM PST and continue through tomorrow night.

Also getting new stuff is Super Mario Maker. If you want help to find new courses, Nintendo is setting up a new site you can access from your computer or smart phone to find new levels that fit a certain style you want to experience. The site will be coming next month.

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Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival is up next. The game will launch with a bundle that will feature amiibo figures for Isabelle and Digby. amiibo Festival will release tomorrow.

More new Wii U games are featured with Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash. The game will feature familiar aspects — particularly if you choose Simple Mode — as well as a new jump shot that will allow you to hit high lobs after knocking your opponent off-balance. Special matches involving Toad tossing Mega Mushrooms onto the court for you to thwart your opponent were also shown. And you can go online to play Simple, Regular, and Mega matches. The game releases on November 20th.

Xenoblade Chronicles X

Xenoblade Chronicles X is next. 4 special data packs will be made available for gamers buying a physical version in order to help load times. These will not be required but are there to help. Those that buy the digital version will not need to download the packs since they will be built right into the game. The game releases December 4th.

Nintendo Badge Arcade

Moving over to eShop titles, we get a look at Nintendo Badge Arcade. This is the new free-to-start game that was released earlier this week. You can practice everyday for free or purchase the option to earn new badges a dollar for every five chances. You can also earn new themes for your 3DS home menu.

Pokemon Picross

Following this is Pokemon Picross, a new free-to-start game. Solving puzzles will unlock Pokemon that can help you solve hard puzzles. This will launch in early December.

Next, we get a look at the upcoming indies. Here are the three that were featured.

  • SteamWorld Heist (3DS; Holiday 2015)
  • FAST Racing Neo (Wii U; Early December)
  • Typoman (Wii U; November 19th)

Following this was a rather unique ad for Yo-Kai Watch. The spot featured Bill Trinen being influenced by a Yo-Kai as Reggie was trying to start a meeting at the Redmond offices. The complete video will be coming soon to reveal how the story ends. I’m betting Reggie has to battle the Yo-Kai out of Bill.

New bundles and deals were announced for Black Friday. A Wii U bundle will be coming that includes Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Splatoon. Special 3DS XL deals were also teased, but not revealed. Also, a new batch of amiibo will be coming in January.

Pokken Tournament

Pokken Tournament was up next. The game is a collaboration of Nintendo’s Pokemon and Bandai Namco’s Tekken, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. In addition, the first production run will include a special Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card. The game will release in Spring 2016.

Star Fox Zero

Star Fox Zero follows with a new look at the upcoming game. This look focuses on the vehicles of the game, such as an Arwing that can switch into a Walker, the Landmaster that can switch into the Gravmaster, and the new Gyrowing. The game has a new release date of April 22nd, 2016.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

Moving back to 3DS, we can a new look at Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. The game will feature the universes of Mario & Luigi with Paper Mario as Mario’s paper-self will allow for some interesting elements to come together in one game. Paper Jam comes January 22nd, 2016.

Logo | Final Fantasy Explorers

After this, we have Final Fantasy Explorers. This is the first Final Fantasy title to release here on the 3DS. Over 20 professions can be learned with players having the ability to switch jobs. You can dress like your favorite Final Fantasy character or use a special Trance ability to temporarily become them. Up to 4 players can link up in the campaign. And furthermore, all DLC will be coming over for free. The game will release, along with a collector’s edition, on January 26th, 2016.

Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition

More RPG goodness follows with Fire Emblem Fates. A focus was put on how you can buy this new installment. Fates will be split into two versions, Conquest and Birthright, with a third story releasing later called Revelation. All three are promised to be a complete story and game on its own. However, if you want to purchase the full experience, you can get the special edition featuring all three stories. This game will release on February 19th, 2016. DLC maps will be coming similar to how they were released with Awakening, meaning that the first map will be made free while the first pack will have a special discount.

Mega Man Legacy Collection is next as Capcom looks to celebrate Mega Man’s 8-bit heritage with the 6 NES games. The game will also feature remixed areas for veteran players to have something new to play. In addition, the Mega Man and new Gold Mega Man amiibo will have additional challenges for players to try out. The Gold Mega Man amiibo will be available only in the special collector’s edition of the game. The Legacy Collection will release February 23rd, 2016.

Pokemon 3DS opening

Up next is a big announcement that original players of the series have been waiting for. Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow will be coming to the 3DS eShop on February 27th, 2016, which is the anniversary for the original Game Boy Pokemon games. And to make sure you can trade with your friends, the games will be updated to allow for wireless trading.

Hyrule Warriors Legends - Linkle

Following this is Hyrule Warriors Legends. New content was featured in this look. Of course, Toon Link, Tetra, and the King will appear, as will Skull Kid. But a new character will also be coming, Linkle. She is a character that pretty much looks like a female Link, but with more mobility and a special spinning kick. Hyrule Warriors Legends will release on March 25th, 2016.

Bravely Second: End Layer

As they started wrapping up, Bill Trinen quickly went over some new games coming to 3DS, specifically from Square Enix. Of course, Bravely Second: End Layer was quickly touched upon, but who cares about that. DRAGON QUEST VII AND VIII ARE COMING WEST! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Dragon Quest VII Release date Dragon Quest VIII release date
Yes, this is real.

Oh, and all three games are coming in 2016.

Nintnedo Direct - Dragon Quest VII

My thoughts exactly, Kiefer.

…I feel like I’m forgetting something… Oh yeah, I gotta release that vise that’s holding Tetsuya Nomura.

Tetsuya Nomura in a Vise

You are free to go home, sir.

And in the end, we have a look at more 3rd party games coming to Wii U and 3DS. Here’s a list of what was talked about.

  • Hive Jump (Wii U)
  • Kerbal Space Program (Wii U)
  • Mighty No. 9 (Wii U and 3DS)
  • LEGO Marvel’s Avengers (Wii U and 3DS)
  • Project X Zone 2 (3DS)
  • Terarria (Wii U and 3DS)

And before we left, Reggie had one final reveal, a new character for Super Smash Bros. Everyone, meet the newest fighter, Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud Strife.

Super Smash Bros. - Cloud Strife reveal

Yes, this is also real.

The fighter will include some interesting moves, such as a Limit Break and an incredible Omnislash finishing move. More Smash stuff was teased for December.


And that’s it. I think my face just melted from those last bits.

But don’t forget, this was a worldwide Nintendo Direct. Click here for the European release dates as well as games announced for the region.

About Jeff Neuenschwander

Jeff has been a supporter of the website and campaign since the beginning. Joining in for E3 2012, he worked his way up the ranks quickly, making it to the Editing Manager post at the beginning of 2013. Jeff has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to gaming and pretty much likes anything that is quirky, although his favorite genres are Action, Platforming, and RPG. Outside of gaming, Jeff is a musician, being trained as a trombonist for Jazz and Classical music, and holds a degree in Sound Recording.


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  • blackice85

    I’m still in shock that we’re getting DQ 7 and 8. By the time we get 7, Japan will have had it for THREE YEARS already. And we barely heard a thing from them all that time regarding localization. I seriously thought we just weren’t going to have them. Could they have been waiting for Dragon Quest Heroes sales figures in the West in order to decide?

    • Infophile

      Heroes hasn’t been out long enough for them to make that decision, particularly considering that they must have decided on this a while back so that they’d have enough time before release.

    • blackice85

      That’s what I thought too, but why wait so long to even say yes that 7 is coming? It’s just frustrating for fans.

    • Gemnist

      I don’t honestly see the VII and VIII localizations as a big deal. We got both way back in their Playstation form and on iOS and Android. Now what it is that we really need? DRAGON QUEST X, PEOPLE!

    • blackice85

      From what I’ve seen the changes to VII were pretty significant, and not just graphically. VIII does seem less so. It’s been over 10 years since the retail release of both though, so there’s a huge number of people that haven’t played it.

      I always considered DQX a long shot from the get-go however, bringing over a MMO is a bigger process than your typical game. I sympathize with those who were looking forward to it though.

    • Hogtree Octovish

      For one thing, (as I’ve already said) it’s the first time DQ7 is being released in Europe, so that’s a big deal over here.
      And the PS2 releases of that and DQ8 were in 2001 and 2005/2006 respectively, so it gives a new generation of gamers a new chance to play them.

      Also, a lot of people (myself included) prefer to play video games on a dedicated (handheld) console rather than a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none mobile phone.

      And I don’t really care about MMOs.

    • Infophile

      I agree. Most likely, it wasn’t very long ago that they came to this decision. Why did it take them this long? Don’t know… my best guess is that it might be to (re)build interest in the brand before XI, which they want to localize.

  • I still am in shock that Cloud Strife is coming to Smash. I have never played a Final Fantasy game, but it looks like I am when Explorers comes out on 3DS.

    • Josh S.

      Cloud looks amazing in Smash. Explorers looks like a good bang for your buck, but I don’t much care for most ARPGs.

  • Santa Bitdog

    HYYYYPPPPEEEE!

  • Hogtree Octovish

    So Paper Jam’s out on the same day as Xenoblade Cross in Europe.
    Why do you do this to me Nintendo? Why?
    Shame you guys don’t get it [Paper Jam] ’til late January.

    Although, you do get Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon next week, whereas we have to wait until February.

    (But I don’t really care about Mystery Dungeon, anyway.)

    • Hogtree Octovish

      On the Squeenix stuff:
      Given that DQ7 was never released in Europe (until now), I’m really hyped for that.
      Already played DQ8, but it was fun, so I’m glad it’s getting re-released.

      Really, really loved Bravely Default, so I’m definitely buying Second at launch.
      (Not the special edition, though, I mean the mini Agnes looks cute, but I can’t be arsed with most special editions.)

      And Cloud.
      Yeah, Cloud.
      That actually happened.
      Cloud Strife in SSB4.
      Okaaay.
      Looks kinda cool, though.
      I’ll wait for more info, but it might be the first piece of Smash 4 I’ll actually buy.

      And Explorers.
      I’ll see how much is online and how good single-player is before I think about buying it.
      Looks cool but might not be my kind of thing.

    • Josh S.

      I’ll trade you Paper Jam for Mystery Dungeon lol.

    • Hogtree Octovish

      Nah. I’ll probably just get both on the 4th and play Paper Jam when I get Xenoblade fatigue from the sheer massiveness of the game.
      #FirstWorldProblems, I guess.

  • Josh S.

    While I could care less about another HD Zelda, I want that amiibo. I also could discount all the Pokemon games EXCEPT Pokken Tournament, which looks rad. Indie stuff also looked great. Fates has stolen my soul already, Paper Jam looks very fun and MM Legacy Collection is a must. X is obviously on my must have list as well. The others aren’t for me, though I’m sure many will enjoy them.

  • madmofo145

    That direct has filled up my play schedule pretty well into 2016, and at some point I’m going to need time to play Persona 5, FFXV, and whatever else piques my interest. Looking like a good year, I just wish some of these could have dropped earlier this year when there was a bit of a drought.