Nintendo Direct Recap: Square Enix Killed It

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

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The European version started off with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD as well, with a confirmed release date of March 4th. The Wolf Link amiibo was also announced, both as a bundle with the game and as a standalone item later in 2016. And the Den of Trials and new costumes will be coming to Tri Force Heroes for free on December 3rd. But what was also announced was the immediate releases of two Nintendo DS Zelda games on the Wii U. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks can be purchased now. Plus, if you buy one game, you can get the other half off by November 19th.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros. was next. While most of the info was the same, we did hear that Mario wasn’t the only Paper character to jump out of the storybook world and end up in the Mario world. As a matter of fact, the Direct featured a new trailer that showed a Paper Bowser, Paper Bowser Jr., and Paper Princess Peach. European gamers can start playing this mash-up on December 4th.

The new stuff for Splatoon and Super Mario Maker were also announced. The Splatoon maps and items will start being available on November 13th. The Super Mario Maker website was also announced for launch in December.

A new Xenoblade Chronicles X trailer was released, featuring some of the more quirky elements of the game. The game will release on December 4th with a special Wii U bundle coming at launch.

A slew of titles were featured that were coming during the month of November. They are Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, and New Style Boutique 2: Fashion Forward.

Third party titles were given a special section, with a focus on European companies. The following are those that were featured:

  • FAST Racing Neo (December 2015)
  • Typoman (November 19th)
  • SteamWorld Heist (December 2015)

Free-to-start games were next with Nintendo Badge Arcade and Pokemon Picross. Badge Arcade was made available after the Direct while Pokemon Picross will come in December 2015. And during this time, they announced the Virtual Console re-releases of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow, also releasing on February 27th, 2016.

More third party content was featured after that. Final Fantasy Explorers was first with the free DLC coming to Europe as well when the game releases January 29th, 2016 — also coming with a Limited Edition version. Mega Man Legacy Collection was next, with a release date of February 23rd, 2016. The collaborative project Pokken Tournament followed, complete with the Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card, with a Spring 2016 release window.

First party content continued to be shown, starting with Star Fox Zero, releasing in April 2016. amiibo figures were then talked about, with Lucas from Mother 3 getting featured along with a number of Animal Crossing characters that release over a few months, starting next week. Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon was next with a release date of February 19th, 2016. This was then followed by Hyrule Warriors Legends, which also featured the same talk about Linkle, coming March 25th, 2016, with a special limited version coming that day as well.

RPGs took some time, starting with Bravely Second: End Layer receiving a Q1 2016 window. However, unlike the North American Direct, a special collector’s edition was revealed for the game, featuring an Agnes figure and the soundtrack (or part of it; these games tend to have a lot of music).

Following this came more Square Enix news with the Dragon Quest announcements. In my excitement, I forgot to mention the full title of the games. As this will be the first time the seventh installment comes over as a Dragon Quest game (previously known as Dragon Warrior VII in North America), it was given the proper name Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past. Dragon Quest VIII will still be known as Journey of the Cursed King. Both games are expected to release in 2016.

Fire Emblem Fates was the final game talked about before the Cloud reveal. The special edition was also revealed for Europe, complete with an art book.


And that is all they had, ladies and gentlemen. What did you think about this Nintendo Direct? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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