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Notes from a Micro-Sized Nintendo Direct

Today's mini Nintendo Direct featured tiny robots, a little Pokemon, and itty bitty Bill Trinen.

Who's that little robot?
Who's that little robot?

This morning, Nintendo ran a short Nintendo Direct ahead of their E3 event (which, the company reiterated, would be focused on games coming out this year and early next.) Today's broadcast comes hot on the heels of a Japanese Nintendo Direct, but it wasn't a one-to-one copy of that video. Japan got updates on Fire Emblem If, Monster Hunter X, Dragon Quest VIII, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, among other things. We did not.

What did we get in today's Nintendo Direct (besides micro Bill Trinen?) Well:

  • Chibi-Robo Ziplash takes the endearing (and eco-friendly) little robot out of his normal domestic environs and puts him on an 3DS adventure. I was skeptical at first--I actually really like the strange little household chores that Chibi-Robo normally does--but once I saw how Robo used his plug as a grappling hook to solve puzzles and traverse levels, I have to admit I was interested. Nintendo also announced a Chibi-Robo Amiibo... does this count as being "life-sized"?
  • Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure for the 3DS seems like a follow up to 2013's Dr. Luigi, with similar modes and features. It does add "Miracle Cure" super attacks: Fill up a meter to give yourself some bonus or screw over your opponent. Could add a bit of strategy and "oomph" to the multiplayer!
  • Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon is another entry into the long running series. Hopefully this one adds a bit of complexity that the others have lacked.
  • Presumably due by next summer, Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games offers special games unique to each platform: The 3DS is getting golf and the Wii U version gets Rugby. Also, it looks like there's going to be a version of Strikers-style Soccer in there, so I'm in.
  • Art Academy Home Studio is coming to the Wii U eShop on June 25th.
  • Bill Trinen teased a Project Treasure video that you can go watch over on Nintendo's YouTube page. It's co-op zombie-slaying and loot-hauling, if that's your thing.
  • I AM EXCITED FOR LITTLE BATTLERS EXPERIENCE. LBX is an anime about kids building little, remote controlled mecha models, battling them, and taking on a secret conspiracy because that's how anime works. It's no Gundam Build Fighters, but I'm a big mecha nerd so I'll take what I can get. (Also, man, you can customize your mechs and one of the parts in the trailer is named "Guan Yu," which is a reference to one of the major heroes of the Three Kingdoms period of China and that is so exciting and oh my god I'm going to get fired on the first day of work aren't I?). ... ... LBX is out on August 21st.
  • I can't decide if Bravely Second: End Layer is a better or worse name than Bravely Default: Flying Fairy. Whichever it is, it's going to come Stateside in 2016.
  • Nintendo also announced content for Splatoon (a new weapon and map, plus Ranked mode) and Puzzles & Dragons & Mario (more worlds plus "distributions" of special characters). The Splatoon stuff is out tonight. I'll be jealous of everyone playing it.

I was really holding out hope for an Amiibo of micro-sized Bill Trinen, but I guess that is a thing too beautiful to exist in our dreary world. Check out micro-Bill and the rest of today's Nintendo Direct below.