Thursday, February 13, 2014

Nintendo Direct 2/13/14

It's time for the first Nintendo Direct of 2014. Here's what's in store.

Super Smash Bros. - Little Mac from Punch Out is part of the Super Smash Bros. roster. Build up the power meter for a knock-out punch. -Wii U and 3DS 2014

Mario Golf: World Tour- A new mode called Castle Club allows you to play as your Mii, customizing them from items from the shop. Some will affect your game. You can also use a new training mode that allows you to focus on certain areas of golfing, such as putting. Playing in the Castle Club will unlock better tournaments for you to compete in. - 3DS May 2

Kirby: Triple Deluxe- There are several collectibles, like 8-bit key chains and Sun Stones, which allow for game progression and a bonus. There is a special Waddle-Dee that may appear in some stages to give Kirby items. If you Streetpass with someone, you can get better items. If that persona has the game, you can get a key chain. -3DS May 2

Yoshi's New Island- Yoshi must protect Baby Mario. There is no time limit, allowing for exploration. The giant eggs are called Mega Egg Dozers and can destroy pipes. Metal eggs are Metal Eggdozers and can be used to go underwater. Yoshi can power up into a jackhammer, submarine, and other things, which can be controlled by tilting the 3DS. There's a special star in certain stages that allows Yoshi to run super fast, up walls, and upside down. The Flutter Wings are a new power-up that allows Yoshi to sprout wings. It will appear based on your play status, including mistakes in a given level. It's helpful for beginners and those not very good at action games. You'll still have stars, Red Coins, and Flowers to collect for a perfect score. -3DS March 14

Steel Diver: Sub Wars- It's a first-person shooter where you control a quick-moving submarine with slow-moving torpedoes. It can be good for those who don't do well in fast-paced games. You can compete in 4 vs. 4 battles in local multiplayer or internet multiplayer. There are 7 single-player missions. There will be a free version allowing you to play as two submarines, for the beginning of the game and all of the multiplayer missions.  -3DS eShop Available now

Rusty's Real Deal Baseball- Rusty Slugger owns a sports shop. Purchase a wide variety of games to play that are based on the elements of baseball, such as catching, pitching, and umpiring. Download the trial version off the eShop and complete the first game, Bat and Switch. This will give you access to the other games. You can negotiate the price down by giving Rusty items and listening to his problems. They start at $4. -3DS eShop April

Pokémon Battle Trozei- This is an action puzzle game where you match Pokémon up in rows and columns to clear them. All Pokémon are available to catch. Level them up in Trozei battles. Type advantages still apply. Team up with up to three other players, especially for powerful enemies. -3DS March 20

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy- Emmy Altava reappears with Professor Layton and Luke. She's an investigator and carries her camera around to capture the crime scene. She can also be persuasive, using her roundhouse kicks. The game has a Streetpass component. You'll find items along the way and can create Treasure Hunts with them. Completing the challenges gives you points to get rare items you can't get elsewhere. -3DS February 28

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate- There are new actions your character can take to battle the monsters, making for more dynamic gameplay. You can hunt with your friends over the internet.  -3DS 2015

Weapon Shop de Omasse- This is the last game from the Guild 01 series. from Level 5. You play as a weapon smith, leading a humble life. Forge weapons and equipment to rent out to heroes and see how they use them. To forge weapons, touch the Touch Screen in time to the music, following the rhythm. Your timing and temperature control will determine the strength of the weapon and whether the hero succeeds in battle. If they fail, you don't get paid. -3DS eShop February 20

Inazuma Eleven- In this RPG, you take middle school underdog soccer players and turn them into the best players. Train and recruit your team and compete in soccer matches that resemble strategy RPGs. Victory is determined by your team's stats. Shooting a goal involves special moves from all teammates. -3DS eShop Available now

Treasurenauts- A new platformer from Renegade Kid. Collect treasure in a labyrinth with one or two players.

Moon Chronicles- Also from Renegade Kid. It's a first-person shooter with a story component.

Shovel Knight- A side-scrolling action-adventure game where you play as a knight with a shovel.

1001 Spikes- Play as one or two players in levels full of spikes with many ways to kill you.

Retro City Rampage- Steal cars in this 8-bit game. Collect power-ups and coins, and complete missions.

In the next few months, the following games will be on the eShop for Wii U: Armillo, 1001 Spikes, Teslagrad, Assault Android: Cactus, Ittle Dew, Monkey Pirates, Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails, Squids Odyssey, Shovel Knight, Wooden Sensey, Ballpoint Universe Infinite, Nihilumbra, and Qube. For the 3DS: Shovel Knight, Retro City Rampage, Squids Odyssey, Weapon Shop de Omasse, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, Moon Chronicles, Siesta Fiesta, Treasurenauts, and 1001 Spikes.

Child of Light- Play as Princess Aurora, trying to find three sources of light from an evil queen. Explore the kingdom of Lemoria. Fight monsters and solve puzzles. A firefly aids you by lighting your path. It can distract enemies in battle, heal your party, and write messages to other players. A second player can take control of the firefly.  -Wii U April 30

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze- Wii U February 21

NES Remix 2- The challenges come from later NES games like Super Mario Bros. 3. The game also comes with Super Luigi Bros., which includes all of the level in Super Mario Bros., but played right to left. - Wii U April 25

This spring, Game Boy Advance games will be available on the Wii U Virtual Console. Titles to be released early on include Metroid Fusion, Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga, and Yoshi's Island.

Mario Kart 8- Coins will be available in the game, as well as tricks. The Koopalings will be playable. -Wii U May 30

X- From Monolith Soft, the gameplay is similar to Xenoblade Chronicles in terms of battle, with a different interface for picking moves. You can also battle enemies using a giant robot, which does massive damage. -Wii U

Bayonetta 2- Bayonetta has shorter hair, but still has guns in her shoes. There's a mountain that has an entrance to Inferno. Bayonetta meets someone in Purgatorio who can open the gate to Inferno, where she finds a Lumen Sage that she'll have to battle. Witch Time will be available as well as the Umbran Attack, a powerful attack from building up your power. -Wii U 2014

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