North America – Nintendo Direct – May 17th, 2013 – Recap

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  • Iwata is on screen
  • Separate Nintendo Directs around E3
  • Sega is bringing Mario & Sonic: At The Winter Olympics 2014
  • Showing trailer for game, it’s for Wii U
  • Phone call interrupted me, sorry
  • JC Rodrigo from the Treehouse is up
  • Oracle of Ages & Seasons coming to Virtual Console on 5/30/13
  • Showing footage from these games & talking about the link feature
  • $5.99 each
  • $4.99 each for first 3 weeks
  • Talking about Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move
  • Showing footage of Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, discussing level editor feature
  • Levels can be downloaded, search from all levels, your friends’ levels, and popular levels
  • Can favorite levels
  • Talking about Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
  • 8 new levels unlocked in New Mode
  • Available May 24th retail & digital
  • Talking about Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Showing Treehouse crew discussing the game
  • Part of a video series on YouTube and the eShop
  • Animal Crossing items for Swapnote and Streetpass Mii Plaza
  • Talking about Game & Wario
  • Island – 2-5 players, GamePad only, use it to launch Fronks onto islands to earn points, can knock friends off
  • Kat & Anna back with a puzzle game called Patchwork
  • Another phone call sorry
  • Showing footage of something, missed it due to phone call
  • Game & Wario available June 23rd for $39.99
  • More details about Game & Wario at the Iwata Asks feature website
  • Talking about Resident Evil: Revelations
  • Wii U version has new difficulty called Infernal
  • New positions for enemies
  • Hunk & Rachel are added to Raid Mode
  • New GamePad controls
  • Display map and change items on touchscreen
  • Play full game with just GamePad in Off-TV Mode
  • Can use Wii U Pro Controller
  • Miiverse-compatible
  • Available May 21st retail & digital
  • Demo is available in eShop
  • New Super Luigi U is up next
  • DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U in honor of Year of Luigi
  • Nabbit will be the 4th playable character as Mario is not in this DLC
  • Nabbit has different abilities, same speed & jump as others, cannot power up with items, doesn’t take damage when touching enemies, only available in multiplayer
  • Release Date June 20th on eShop
  • 82 updated courses
  • Will have a standalone retail version that doesn’t require NSMBU, available August 25th
  • $19.99 for DLC version, $29.99 for retail version
  • The Wonderful 101 launches September 15th
  • Pikmin 3 is up next
  • Olimar is not the main character, 3 new main characters: Alph, Brittany, & Charlie
  • Searching for food to return to their planet
  • They crash land and encounter Pikmin
  • Mission is to collect fruit with the goal of bringing seeds back home
  • Can convert fruit to juice and act as food for the characters
  • If they don’t have enough food they can’t continue their exploration
  • Only explore from dawn to dusk
  • Can explore with separate groups of Pikmin
  • Can retry area or go back to earlier sections if you make mistakes
  • GamePad will be an information terminal called the KopPad
  • Can view map on GamePad
  • Can control with the GamePad similar to previous Pikmin games, Can use Wii U Pro Controller, Can use Wii Remote Plus + Nunchuk
  • Has Off-TV play
  • GamePad can be used as a monitor with the Wii Remote & Nunchuck as the controllers
  • Will have a challenge mode and multiplayer
  • Launches August 4th
  • Reggie is up next
  • Talking about E3
  • Partnered with Best Buy to allow fans who can’t go to E3 to experience select unreleased Wii U games during the event
And that’s it. Not a whole lot of new info apparently. We’ll have coverage of the Europe & Japan Nintendo Directs later today. Sorry about the phone calls during the event, it’s unavoidable for me when I’m at my day job. This shouldn’t happen for the Xbox event next week as I’ll be covering that during my lunch break.

Source: Nintendo Direct

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