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Nintendo had another Nintendo Direct presentation today, their second this month alone. I enjoy these videos as I like the attention Nintendo gives its fans as it constantly lets them know what they have to look forward to. It’s especially necessary with Nintendo Power gone. So I’ll separate my thoughts in what I liked, and what I did not care about.
First with what I liked. I liked a lot of the news about upcoming games for the Nintendo 3DS. I’ve never played a Mario & Luigi RPG title but they’ve always looked like a lot of fun and the announcement of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team was a welcome one. The fact that it takes place inside Luigi’s dream and you have to poke and prod at Luigi while he’s asleep is an intriguing idea. There wasn’t that many details revealed but the game will launch this summer, another good idea as summer is usually slim on new exciting releases.
New DLC was also announced for New Super Mario Bros U and it will be centered around Luigi. I should mention that Nintendo is calling 2013 the “Year of Luigi” and as part of this, the NSMBU DLC will alter all of the game’s 80 stages or so for play with Luigi. They’re even calling the DLC New Super Luigi U. That makes it almost a new game so that’s good.
Donkey Kong Country Returns was a game I rented and enjoyed as I’m a big fan of the Donkey Kong Country series but the forced implementation of motion controls made me decide to pass on it until…something. Well, it turns out that something was the game’s re-release on the 3DS with 3D visuals. I guessing the game will not have motion controls so I’m already calling this the definitive version of the game. I won’t have to hack my Wii and input a Game Genie-esque code to play on normal controls. Seriously Nintendo, WTF is up with that? Anyways, I’m glad to see the game coming to the 3DS and when I do get a 3DS (someday!) that will definitely be in my games library.
There were a few 3DS eShop titles that were shown off and a couple looked pretty good. A sequel to Dillion’s Rolling Western entitled The Last Ranger looked like fun. I know the first game got mixed reactions but it always looked like a game I wanted to try. However, the standout for me was HarmoKnight from Pokémon developer Game Freak. It’s a game clearly inspired by bit.trip.runner, as your actions as you move forward make music, but with a charming child friendly art style and a more entergetic world. The music in the game is said to range from electronic to rock so that diversity is welcome.
A sale with various 3DS eShop titles like Crashmo, Mutant Mudds, and Bit.Trip.Saga was announced. Some DLC for Fire Emblem: Awakening was also revealed. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate will be released on March 5th. A promotion where you can get a free 3DS game when you register your 3DS handheld and either Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon or Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity. Finally, Need for Speed Most Wanted and Injustice: Gods Among Us is coming to the Wii U. NFS Most Wanted is a great game and Injustice looks like a solid title as well so I’m glad Wii U owners will get these games.
The stuff I didn’t care about was mostly the Wii U stuff, unfortunately. LEGO City Undercover, don’t care. Free update for Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge that adds a bunch of content to a okay version of a bad game, no thanks. Wii Street U, kinda looks cool but I’ll probably never use it. Zelda Miiverse Community, how was that not there in the first place? Zen Pinball 2, The Walking Dead: Survival Instincts, Toki Tori 2, Disney Infinity, and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, I don’t care. While I desperately want a 3DS, I still don’t feel the need to get a Wii U. There are only three games for the Wii U I want to play – New Super Mario Bros U, Rayman Legends, and Pikmin 3 – and with Rayman Legends coming to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, there’s even less reason for me to get a Wii U.
The 3DS wasn’t devoid of stuff I don’t care for either. The presentation and the “Year of Luigi” was kicked off with gameplay footage of and the announcement of multiplayer in Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. I don’t know why people are so excited about a sequel to Luigi’s Mansion. Not that many people liked that game back in the day. All of a sudden, it’s now considered a modern classic. I don’t get it. Also, a new Mario Golf was announced. Eh.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be coming June 9th and that’s fine for those who like that series but I am not one of them. Style Savvy Trendsetters, do I have to say why I don’t care? LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins, same response as its Wii U big brother. The 3DS eShop game Kersploosh! It’s a rock dropped down a well. That’s not a video game, that’s just a thing you’ve done. The two Game Boy Color games being released don’t interest me either.
Overall, I think this Nintendo Direct was kind of mixed but still leaning towards the positive side of things. Although there’s still no real argument for me to get a Wii U, I want a 3DS more than ever and every day I don’t have one, more awesome games keep being released. Kid Icarus Uprising, Super Mario 3D Land, Fire Emblem Awakening, Mario Kart 7, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Tales of the Abyss, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II, Pushmo, Crashmo, Mutant Mudds, the list goes on. So thumbs up on 3DS stuff, thumbs down on Wii U stuff and overall, thumbs up.