Nintendo took to the internet again yesterday to bring fans and onlookers alike their monthly news with their Nintendo Direct segment. For those of you that don’t know, Nintendo Direct is sort of like their way of keeping people up to date on what they’re up to and also give a glimpse at what they have planned. Honestly, I think it’s pretty cool that a big company like Nintendo is trying to stay in direct contact with fans. It’s not everyday you see something like this especially on a monthly basis.
With that said, I’ve rounded up the tastiest bits from yesterday’s conference. Have a look.
Pikmin 3 Release Date And Other News
Can’t wait to get your hands on the next installment of Pikmin? Well, you have a few months standing in your way as Pikmin 3 is set to hit store shelves on August 4. In addition to that bit of news, Nintendo also showed off a new Pikmin type, a pink flying unit. They’ll be able to follow the player around and carry items for them. Handy, no?
Professor Layton Returns
For those of you wanting more puzzles from the good professor, the sixth Layton game, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies, is due out sometime in 2014. According to the developer, this game is part of the prequel trilogy and sees Professor Layton and his assistant Emmy travelling to a snowy town to uncover rumors of a “living mummy”.
Earthbound Finally Returns To America
Fans have been waiting quite a while and while it’s not a new game in the franchise, Earthbound is finally hitting the WiiU Virtual Console later this year in North America and Europe. Apparently, Nintendo made this happen due to the passionate outcry on their Miiverse platform, though I’ve been hearing outcry for this to be released for years now so I’d have to cry foul on that. Either way, fans and newcomers alike will be able to experience the game and maybe learn why everyone is begging for a new title in the franchise.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Bundle
On June 9, Nintendo will be releasing a new 3DS XL bundled with Animal Crossing: New Leaf for $220. The 3DS will have a polka dot inspired paint job inspired by the game and as for the game itself, it’ll come pre-installed on the console’s SD card. The bundle will be making its way over to Europe a few days later on June 14.
WiiU System Improvements
In order to increase the sometimes sluggish performance of the console, Nintendo will be releasing a system update sometime this month. The update will be address overall system performance including reducing the load times when switching software and returning to the Wii U menu, allow users to copy and move data between USB drives, allow the ability to install software int he background while playing a game, and let users boot the WiiU directly into Wii Mode. Not only that, the day after the update hits, the WiiU Virtual Console is set to finally open up to the public.
Link to the Past 2 Announced
In what many would call a surprise, Nintendo announced a sequel to the beloved SNES title, A Link to the Past which is due out for the 3DS later this year. Series producer, Eiji Aonuma, and his Nintendo EAD team are working on this title which is set to give the previously flat 2D world some height and volume. Being a sequel, the game will also have new mechanics to master including the ability for Link to become a flat 2D drawing and move along walls. The game is being targeted for a late 2013 release on the 3DS.
New Super Luigi U?
In keeping with their early 2013 Luigi love fest, New Super Mario Bros U is getting what some would call a significant update later this summer. In this downloadable campaign, Luigi gets thrust into the spotlight letting you play through the 82 level campaign as Luigi. The other brother comes with a few new tricks as well, being able to jump higher and slide further, though the levels now only give you 100 seconds to reach the end. The DLC is due out sometime this Summer.
Yeah, I didn’t cover everything they went over yesterday, though if you want to get the whole presser straight from Nintendo, here’s the link for the video.