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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS

The extremely long anticipated Super Smash Bros. game for the 3Ds was officially given a good showing and trailer as the final game in the Nintendo Direct. Newcomers to the series include Villager from Animal Crossing, Wii Fit Trainer, and the blue bomber Megaman from Capcom’s popular Megaman series. The 3DS version will have black outlines of the character so you can see them, considering it’s a smaller screen, and the Wii U version will have even better graphics than Brawl did. The 3DS version was also mentioned to have handheld stages while the Wii U included home console stages. The only information of it’s release was that it will be in 2014.

 

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD

While this game has been known to be announced for some time now, Nintendo has given more information about it. Obviously, it will have greatly enhanced graphics and visuals. But the Tingle Bottle feature of the original Gamecube version has been tweaked. Now, instead of connecting to the Gameboy as with the Gamecube version, you can exchange bottles by connecting to Miiverse and exchange messages and screenshots. Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD will be released in Spring 2014 as well as come to Nintendo eShop.

Mario Kart 8

The successor of Mario Kart 7 is finally here, with the announcement of Mario Kart 8. Mario Kart 8 takes aspects of the previous game, but with better graphics and anti – gravity ability, which allows the player to drive on walls and the ceiling giving for a more challenging experience. It will be released in Spring 2014.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

The next installment in the well – received Donkey Kong Country series has arrived. This time, you are able to play Co-op with Diddy Kong being playable. This was introduced in the 3DS version of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, which was just recently opened to the public. Although he can be player two, he is also able to ride on Donkey Kong’s back for use of his jetpack glide if only one person is playing. The same goes for Dixie Kong, who returns in the new game. She plays slightly different from Diddy, having the ability to use her hair as wings and rise. The graphics look a bit enhanced from the last game, Donkey Kong Country Returns, but not by a lot. Original features and gameplay from the older games return, such as barrels, mine carts, and traditional Donkey Kong Country enemies. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is available November 2013.

Super Mario 3D World

Remember when Nintendo said they would give us some Nintendo Directs on the new games for the year during E3? Well yesterday they came through for us. They announced a whole bunch of new games for 2013 and 2014. Here is the first:

 

Super Mario 3D World

The next 3D Mario game takes ideas from the game of almost the same name on the 3DS, Super Mario 3D Land. Four players are available this time and each have their own unique gameplay. Mario is an all – rounder, Luigi has an enhanced jump, Peach can hover, and Toad runs the fastest. Super Mario 3D World introduces the Cat Suit. The Cat Suit gives the wearer the ability to swipe forward and swipe in midair, dive, and climb on walls. It will have HD graphics and be released on the Wii U  in December 2013.

 

Animal Crossing: New Leaf out in Nintendo eShop and stores

The latest installment in the popular simulation game, Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the 3DS, just recently (as in the past few hours) became available in the 3DS’s eShop for the price of $34.99 as well as in retail stores. The download space is 6,000 blocks of the SD card. You can basically do what you can in all the past titles (such as customizing the town), but this time around, you’re the mayor. This allows you to even further customize the town, pass laws, and much more. You can interact with other players and share your town and characters with friends using the Nintendo Network. Nintendo has been getting fans pumped for this new game in recent Nintendo Directs over the past few months.

It sounds like a good game for a trip, rainy day, or to just sit down on a nice day and try. Will you be picking up yours?

Nintendo E3 Decision

With the largely anticipated E3 event getting ever so nearer, that is probably what’s on a lot of people’s minds right now. Sony and Microsoft will undoubtedly try to blow away the competition as well as the audience with their big press conferences they have planned. Nintendo, on the other hand, has decided to take a different approach with the huge event. They are having a rather large Nintendo Direct (an hour long) to showcase new games coming out for their new consoles, and also hoping to get the pubic interested into the Wii U. The games most likely to be shown in it are a new Mario Kart, a new 3D Mario plat former, as well as the fourth installment of highly popular Super Smash Bros game. Other games possibly shown are Pikmin 3 and Pokemon X and Y and more.

Nintendo has also announced they will be giving demos of their unreleased software to the public in Best Buy stores, which suprised many fans. Lots of people will surely be lined in front of the gaming isle in Best Buy stores to get to try, or even get a glimpse of the new software Nintendo announced. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited!

Microsoft Mistakenly Helps Nintendo

We have all heard by now that the Xbox One has not received very favorable views since it was announced less than a week ago. This is VERY evident in the UK, as the Wii U sales abruptly shoot upward shortly after Microsoft’s reveal of it’s new gaming console.

The Xbox One includes different features such as TV capabilities, controlling it with an enhanced Kinect, updated graphics, and more. But some fans were beginning to wonder if it focuses on TV more than it does on gaming. The fact that gaming didn’t necessarily seem to be the main idea on it’s reveal worries Xbox fans. Fans in the UK were probably thinking that Xbox was out of the running for their decision on which eighth generation gaming console to buy and sided with the Wii U than the PS4.

Now, everyone knows that the Wii U has not been doing particularly well considering it’s sales and reviews. But this jump from 390th position on a sales rank on Amazon UK to 40th position (along with new games around the corner) can only mean good news for Nintendo (though the same can’t be said for Microsoft).

Sonic and Nintendo

So Nintendo announced in a recent Nintendo Direct that it has begun a worldwide partnership with Sega, which will produce the next three Sonic the Hedgehog games. Two of these games have already been announced: Sonic Lost World (next main series Sonic game) and Mario and Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the former for Wii U and 3ds and latter for Wii U only. While the next Mario and Sonic Olympics was shown footage and was given a considerable amount of explanation, only two pictures teasing Sonic Lost World were released to the public. One shows Sonic and Tails flying in the Tornado towards a land shaped like a planet made out of polygons. The other reveals six silhouettes in the shapes of creatures with words saying “Six will rise from the Lost World. Are they friends or foes? Find out on May 29.”

While only a little chunk of info about the new game will be shown soon, surely it will be enough to keep us tuned for more.