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Nintendo Direct For December 18th, 2013 – Video & Recap

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Welcome to GameSaga’s full recap of the North American Nintendo Direct event for December 18th, 2013. If you missed it, you can check out the full video below or if you’d prefer, you can read our text recap below that. As with any event like this, spoilers about game contents are inevitable. If you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read/watch this post/video.

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  • We start off with Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata
  • First game shown is a brand new title never before seen or talked about until today as far as I know, it’s called Hyrule Warriors and is a sort of crossover of Zelda & Tecmo Koei’s -Warriors series
  • Game looks gorgeous and has a remixed rock version of the Zelda theme
  • We see Hyrule Field and Hyrule Castle off in the distance
  • Link is sporting an altered outfit with a scarf or something similar around his neck
  • He has what appear to be a generic sword and shield, not the Master Sword and Hylian Shield
  • Link is shown fighting hordes of Bokoblins
  • He has many of the same moves from previous Zelda games
  • A magic meter (or perhaps stamina or both) is shown along with bombs and the traditional hearts for a life gauge
  • There is also another meter shown which is horizontal and close to empty in the video, unknown function so far
  • It appears it might be a power meter that fills up when you kill lots of enemies, perhaps functioning like a special move metere in fighting games or the like
  • Link can throw multiple bombs in rapid succession at the same time
  • Spin attack is in the game
  • Lizalfos are shown along with red potions
  • Sound effects when fighting the Lizalfos are the same or similar as in previous Zelda games
  • Link appears to be able to do a charged forward strike, perhaps similar to the Skyward Strike from Skyward Sword?
  • Heart consumables are still dropped
  • A rod-like item is shown being used but not being selected in the HUD, perhaps a Fire Rod type item?
  • That’s certainly what it looks like
  • A huge Dodongo is shown. He stomps and knocks Bokoblins and apparently generic knights to the ground
  • The Dodongo has a charged fireball like projectile it fires and can roll to crush you
  • It appears Link can execute a super-charged attack when the unknown (power?) meter is full
  • This bathes the enemies in gold light and he raises his sword towards the sky not unlike Skyward Sword and slices through the enemies a few times and sends them flying
  • We then see Link opening a treasure chest which are now red & gold
  • The usual Zelda chest jingle sound plays
  • No item is shown as being found, but rather it displays a simple text logo saying Hyrule Warriors (name not final)
  • We’re back to Iwata-san now
  • He clarifies that this new Zelda game is NOT Zelda U, but an all-new game for Wii U
  • No specific release date is given other than 2014. My gut feeling puts this as November-December title, but that’s just speculation on my part
  • Next up is Kirby Triple Deluxe, the new Kirby game for 3DS
  • This is a previously announced title
  • We see Kirby sliding through some blocks
  • He still can inhale enemies and steal their powers, like the Sword power which turns Kirby into Kirby Link complete with his own Master Sword
  • Warp Stars return and these can transport you to the background of the stage
  • Enemies can appear from the background as well and attack Kirby even when he is in the foreground
  • A spear/javelin like power-up is shown
  • A whip power-up is as well with an Indiana Jones like hat for the pink hero
  • An ice or perhaps electric power is shown
  • A new feature in Kirby Triple Deluxe is an ability called Hyper Nova (?)
  • This can only be used at certain times and is powerful enough to allow Kirby to uproot full-grown trees
  • This allows him to suck up everything in the way
  • A leaf power is shown which appears somewhat similar to Wood Man’s power from Mega Man 2
  • The wheel power is shown
  • Rock Kirby is shown as some sort of statue which resembles DoDrio (from Pokémon) somewhat
  • An umbrella power is shown
  • Over 20 different Copy abilities in the game (this includes new abilities for KTD only)
  • A bug like power is shown which resembles Heracross (from Pokémon)
  • A bell power is shown
  • A cloud boss is shown
  • A tent/circus/ball type power is shown
  • A bow & arrow power is shown
  • Kirby Triple Deluxe will have 2 additional modes besides the main adventure mode
  • Kirby Fighters is one of these modes
  • You can choose from 1 of 10 Copy Abilities to determine which is the best
  • Gameplay seems partially inspired by the Smash Bros. series
  • Supports up to 4 players
  • Can also be played single-player
  • The other mode is Dedede’s Drum Dash staring King Dedede complete with the classic Kirby theme
  • This is a rhythm type game
  • You have to press buttons in synch with the music while jumping along drums, collecting coins, and avoiding enemies
  • There will be several different Kirby themes to play with
  • Kirby Triple Deluxe is scheduled for a 2014 release. Like Hyrule Warriors, no specific date was given
  • Now we are shown footage of the Wii U Virtual Console version of Super Mario World
  • Next game up is Yoshi’s New Island
  • Takashi Tezuka returns for Yoshi’s New Island who was Creative Director on the SNES title
  • A trailer is shown for the game which as you would expect features Yoshi with Baby Mario
  • Similar gameplay to previous Yoshi’s Island games, use Yoshi’s tongue to eat enemies and turn them into eggs, throw eggs at things
  • New to this game are giant enemies which you apparently have to rapidly press the tongue button to eat and convert them into giant eggs
  • These giant eggs can bust through pipes and other pieces of the level
  • Flowers return as well
  • Shy Guys, a penguin like enemy, and Koopa Troopas are shown
  • Yoshi’s New Island is scheduled for Spring 2014
  • Next up is a brand new title, never before seen (to my knowledge) for the 3DS eShop, a new game in the Chibi-Robo series
  • It’s called Chibi-Robo: Photo Finder
  • We see Chibi exploring and he lands on the desk of a museum curator
  • Your objective is to help the museum
  • He tasks you with collecting NostalJunk which are objects surrounding the player in real life
  • This will be accomplished through the use a Silhouette capture feature
  • Chibi uses a special in-game camera and this will give you an outline of the object you need to take a picture of
  • This object becomes NostalJunk and is imported into the game
  • This allows the curator to add the objects to the museum
  • The game will feature other eccentric characters like a squid looking thing, a super hero type character, & “singing sponge bears”
  • These characters will provide Chibi-Robo with tasks to perform like cleaning a room or defeating enemies
  • Completing these tasks will allow you to proceed further with finding more photos
  • A couple of characters resembling ketchup & mustard bottles are shown
  • Chibi will have to re-charge his batteries (referred to as Watts in the game) from time to time
  • The game will also have community events called NostalJunk Challenges
  • This will task players with taking photos of specific silhouette objects
  • This may potentially unlock a new outfit for Chibi-Robo
  • Unlike the other games shown so far, Chibi-Robo: Photo Finder is just around the corner, releasing on January 9th on the 3DS eShop along with a demo version as well
  • NostalJunk Challenges are to being shortly after release of the game and are available to all players who own the full version
  • More info is available at chibirobo.nintendo.com
  • Next up is info on Pokémon Bank & Poké Transporter which both have been previously announced
  • Both are compatible with Pokémon X & Y only
  • Can store up to 3,000 Pokémon from X & Y
  • Poké Transporter allows you to transfer Pokémon from Black, White, Black 2, & White 2 into X & Y
  • Both applications are scheduled for release on December 27th
  • A free 30-day trial version will be available from launch until January 31st
  • Celebi will be offered as a special gift if you access Pokémon Bank by September 30th, 2014
  • Iwata-san bids us farewell for now and we go to Reggie Fils-Aime, President & COO of Nintendo of America
  • A couple of neat things in the background in what I’m guessing is Reggie’s office or perhaps a conference room, there is a gray/black Link statue along with Christmas Tree with a Starman as the tree topper
  • Up next is Bravely Default for 3DS
  • Obviously this title is previously announced. The version we’re getting in North America is based on Bravely Default: For the Sequel
  • Sleep Points are being discussed which you can earn by putting your 3DS in Sleep Mode or by paying a fee to purchase them 3 at a time
  • You get 1 Sleep Point for every 8 hours (non-consecutive) the 3DS is closed while the game is running
  • You’re limited to a maximum of 3 Sleep Points at a time
  • These can be used to swap for better equipment, revive allies, heal, or used for extra damage in battle
  • Bravely Default will incorporate StreetPass
  • This will gather summonable allies to aid you in battle
  • As mentioned above, you can buy Sleep Drinks (for real money) which give you 3 Sleep Points instantly
  • These are according to Reggie completely optional and you can acquire Sleep Points through just playing the game
  • Bravely Default is scheduled to be released on February 7th
  • A demo for the game will be available sometime in January
  • This demo is free and unlike most demos, it is not part of the main game, but rather a side story exclusive to the demo
  • Players can earn item packs which can be transferred into the full version
  • The demo will support up to 20 StreetPass tags and these can be transferred to the full version along with 3DS friends
  • The demo is scheduled to be released on January 2nd
  • That’s all from Reggie and we are waved at by someone dressed up as Reggie’s Mii
  • We’re back with Iwata-san now
  • Up next is Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • We see a trailer for the game
  • The Kongs are enjoying a banana cake which appears to be some type of birthday cake
  • But Donkey Kong cannot make a wish as the candle is extinguished by a snowflake
  • DK Island has been invaded by the Viking-like enemies called the Snowma
  • Dixie Kong is a playable character in this game (she was absent from DKCR)
  • We then see Diddy Kong as well, along with his jet pack
  • Well that was different. The video was rewound and we’re back to the beginning with Cranky Kong shown
  • As previously revealed by Amazon & at VGX, Cranky Kong is the 4th playable character
  • This is Cranky’s first playable appearance in a DK platformer
  • Cranky’s moveset takes a lot of inspiration from Scrooge in DuckTales
  • Cranky can bounce across spikes and on enemies and up to higher ledges with his cane
  • The Kong Pow ability is mentioned and shown briefly, this is a special move when collect 100 bananas
  • This turns all enemies on-screen into items
  • 6 distinct islands
  • The game is scheduled to be released on February 21st (after several delays)
  • Next up is news about Sonic Lost World (already released)
  • Sonic Lost World will soon receive new DLC for the Wii U version only
  • This DLC will add a level based on Yoshi’s Island, called Yoshi’s Island Zone (man is it surreal or what to see Sonic exploring a stage based on a Mario game)
  • This stage will feature coins, pipes, Shy Guys, Piranha Plants, Sonic loop-de-loops, eggs, and more
  • This DLC is available as of today on the Wii U eShop for free
  • The other DLC is not being shown today, but Iwata hints that it is Zelda related
  • Wii Sports Club is up next, the revamped version of Wii Sports for Wii U
  • Golf is being added to the line up as of today
  • This was an early example of asymmetric gameplay when Wii U was first shown
  • The main content will be shown on the TV while you have your GamePad on the floor and you can look down at it to see a close up of your golf ball (you swing the club with the Wii Remote)
  • This version of Golf will have the Wii course along with a new course based on Golf for Famicom (called Golf US Course)
  • Iwata-san says a 24 hour free trial will be offered alongside this new addition to Wii Sports Club
  • You can even take advantage of the free trial even if you already used the previous trial of Wii Sports Club
  • Wii Sports Club will now be automatically downloaded to your Wii U if you have the October system update and have enough storage space
  • Next up is a “new” title, never before seen to my knowledge
  • We see an 8-bit classic Donkey Kong level but instead of Mario, it’s 8-bit Link climbing through the stage
  • Next we see 8-bit Super Mario Bros. World 1-2, but it’s been mirrored (flipped backwards)
  • This is a downloadable game for Wii U called NES Remix
  • This game will feature scenes from: Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Mario Bros., Balloon Fight, Excitebike, Ice Climber, Golf, Clu Clu Land, Wrecking Crew (!), Donkey Kong Jr., Pinball, Donkey Kong 3, Baseball, Urban Champion, & Tennis
  • That’s 16 different games in total that are featured in some fashion
  • We see Link in Donkey Kong again and then we see Excitebike but only your rider and a small path in front of you is visible
  • In another Super Mario Bros. scene, Mario fights a giant sized 8-bit Bowser
  • These elements are called Remix Stages
  • There are also levels which are mostly the same as their 8-bit original counterparts
  • These highlight some of the best parts of the games and have new challenges which are called NES Stages
  • Taking a page out of Super Mario 3D World, NES Remix will feature Stamps that you can earn/collect (it even has what looks like the exact same stamp icon as SM3DW)
  • NES Remix will be compatible with Miiverse as well
  • These stamps will be 8-bit stamps
  • Can post your record and clear time from each stage when posting within the game
  • NES Remix is available as of today
  • Next is Luigi news
  • We see footage of Dr. Mario Online RX from the WiiWare service
  • Dr. Luigi is a new title/spin off of Dr. Mario
  • There will be a new mode with L-shaped pills which act like 2 capsules in 1
  • These pills will have 3 of the same color in the vertical direction
  • This will change once you increase the difficulty
  • Dr. Luigi will have multiplayer
  • Instead of sending garbage pills to the other player when you get a combo, this will trigger a color change on the other player’s next capsule
  • Traditional mode will be available as well and this mode also allows for online play
  • Virus Buster mode (seen previously in Brain Age) is included as well
  • This allows you to play the game on the touchscreen of the Wii U GamePad
  • Dr. Luigi is scheduled for release on December 31st
  • A Year of Luigi/Luigi’s Mansion statue/figure is shown that according to Iwata-san will be offered through Club Nintendo
  • Next we see Kirby floating through space on a star
  • Then we see Mario, Donkey Kong, Bowser, & Luigi on a Rainbow Road like stage (man these are some breathtaking graphics shown)
  • Kirby shows up here as well, perhaps he will be playable in Mario Kart 8?
  • Kirby blasts through a Star Gate (similar to the ones from Mario Galaxy) and crashes into the Rainbow Road course
  • A Luma is seen shooting down to investigate
  • The Luma wakes Kirby up
  • Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Peach, & Bowser show up on their Karts
  • DK pokes Kirby for some reason
  • Rosalina appears out of nowhere
  • Rosalina & Luma are announced as additions to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS! Which marks the first playable appearance of either character in a Smash Bros. game
  • We see her bouncing around the previously announced Super Mario Galaxy stage
  • She fires Luma off like a projectile
  • She is then fighting the Villager on the Mega Man stage
  • A brief glimpse at a possible Pilotwings stage
  • They are fighting Mario & Luigi on a reactor looking stage
  • Then we see them with Olimar/Pikmin & Luigi
  • DK is trying to carry Rosalina off and Luma appears out of thin air to attack him
  • Now we see what looks like a possible Punch Out stage?
  • They are fighting Samus on a Kid Icarus looking stage
  • Back to the Galaxy stage with Mega Man & Bowser
  • A very brief glimpse is shown of a greenery looking stage, which looks somewhat similar to Sonic Lost World
  • Another look at the KI stage
  • We see Rosalina & Luma fighting Link on what appears to be a Pikmin stage
  • Now fighting Fox on the Mega Man stage
  • Back to the Galaxy stage briefly
  • Fighting against Marth possibly on the KI stage
  • Now against Mario in the reactor stage. Mario has FLUDD again
  • Toon Link & Rosalina on a Skyward Sword looking stage
  • Luma beating up a tree on a possible Wii Fit stage (Trainer in background)
  • Back to the reactor stage this time with Pit
  • Different scene from the Skyward Sword stage with the Villager trying to catch Luma with his net
  • Back to the Galaxy stage
  • A glamor shot of the logo
  • Back to the Rainbow Road/Mario Kart 8 teaser
  • Back to Iwata-san now
  • Now we’re on to a proper trailer for Mario Kart 8
  • We’re shown an airport stage
  • Baby Mario, Wario, Donkey Kong, Waluigi, Bowser, Peach, Baby Peach, Baby Luigi, Luigi, Baby Daisy, Mario, & Yoshi all appear
  • We then go inside the airport (previously we were on the tarmac with a plane)
  • This is called Sunshine Airport
  • Character specific vehicles appear to have returned
  • Hang gliders return
  • The previously announced hover mechanic is shown
  • The baby characters appear to have insect like karts
  • A temple like stage is shown with a giant rolling stone wheel and Thwomps
  • We see a canyon/desert type stage
  • A cloud stage
  • Rosalina is playable
  • You go inside the clouds and see lightning
  • And we go back outside again (this level also features beanstalks)
  • Mario Kart 8 is scheduled to be released in Spring 2014
  • Back to Iwata-san again
  • Iwata thanks us for watching and bids us happy holidays and we’re off to a photo montage Reggie mentioned earlier along with various video footage of people playing Wii U & 3DS. These appear to be from the meet-ups Reggie did recently
  • In an epic showing of strength, Reggie is shown defeating his Mii in arm wrestling
  • And that’s the end of the video!
  • We’ll have expanded thoughts on everything shown later on today, along with trailers from the various games shown and any other content that we can find
  • Thanks for reading!

Source: GameSaga Original & Nintendo

Yesterday’s Recap – November 16th, 2013

Nintendo Direct Recap With Video – November 13th, 2013

Welcome to GameSaga’s coverage of the November 13th, 2013 Nintendo Direct event. The event was broadcasted earlier on the 13th by Nintendo and this blog will give you a text based recap of everything that was shown/talked about. Spoilers are a possibility, so if you don’t want those, click off this story and onto a new one. Click the jump for the full recap and video.

  • We start off with a look outside Nintendo of America.
  • A skit is shown with Bill Trinen getting in an elevator with an unknown female.
  • Reggie Fils-Aime starts talking to Bill through the elevator’s intercom-like system.
  • Reggie tells Bill to get ready to start the show and Bill is confused because that is what he is doing.
  • The woman runs out saying she didn’t hear anything.
  • We switch to Reggie in his office.
  • He has on a Link Between Worlds pin on his suit and is talking about Link to the Past.
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds gets a confirmed release date of November 22nd (same as Xbox One along with its launch titles & Super Mario 3D World).
  • A new trailer for ALBW is being shown.
  • We are shown a scene not that dissimilar from the opening of Link to the Past.
  • Then it switches to Link fighting Tektites.
  • Then a different scene with Green Chu Chus.
  • Ravio is shown with Link acquiring the Bow.
  • Link uses the Bow on an enemy which seems to resemble a Moblin possibly.
  • The Bow uses energy on the Stamina Meter.
  • He then uses some sort of green swirly/spinning item which unearths rupees from the ground. This also uses the Stamina Meter.
  • The Ice Rod & Fire Rod are shown used against enemies and they both use the Stamina Meter.
  • Irene (a witch) is seemingly summoned by Link.
  • She transports Link off screen somewhere.
  • Yuga is shown teleporting someone away similar to the Zelda scene in Link to the Past with Agahnim.
  • It appears to be an old woman who is turned into a painting.
  • Seres is shown being held against a wall.
  • Yuga is shown looking at the painting of Seres.
  • Link is shown fighting him and Link gets thrown into the wall and turns into his painting form.
  • Then we see footage of Link using the painting wall ability which seems to tie into a bracelet he is wearing (possibly a Power Bracelet successor?)
  • He is shown using the ability in various settings including outdoors and in a dungeon.
  • Speaking of dungeons, different ones are shown next with the slippery green enemies from the Ice Temple in Link to the Past returning along with giant forms of them.
  • Link is then traversing a series of block puzzles where he has to use his abilities to manipulate the floor he is standing on.
  • He then uses an item to raise what appears to be either lava or sand to reveal a pathway underneath.
  • Next he uses the painting ability to walk along side it.
  • A sand/lava worm looking enemy is shown.
  • Wall Masters return to torment Link.
  • Gibdos are back for the first time in nearly 10 years (2005’s Minish Cap).
  • A Dodongo looking boss/enemy is shown.
  • The game will have StreetPass features that will let you battle against Shadow Link.
  • Now it’s showing Link traversing into Lorule via his painting form.
  • Ganon (?) is shown arising from a pool of something and Link looks shocked/alarmed.
  • The logo background (possible title screen?) is shown with the familiar Link to Past spinning Triforce along with the chime sound effect and same music from LttP.
  • Back to Reggie now, he is showing the ALBW 3DS XL bundle.
  • The system is Zelda themed and comes with a digital copy of A Link Between Worlds.
  • The bundle will be available on November 22nd as well.
  • Back to Bill Trinen now with a Toon Link plushy and a TP Link mug.
  • Bill mentions they will have mini trailers on the Nintendo Instagram.
  • He’s talking about ALBW characters now.
  • First up is Irene the Witch, she shows up near the beginning of the game and will offer help throughout the game.
  • Tapping a bell icon on the touch screen allows to fast travel/wrap like the Ocarina/Flute in Link to the Past which are learned by finding weather vanes like the original one in Link to the Past.
  • This summons Irene and she will warp fly you there.
  • The bell is usable in Lorule as well.
  • Seres is up next, she is the daughter of the Sanctuary’s priest.
  • We see the scene again where Yuga traps Seres in a painting.
  • Zora’s Flippers return for swimming.
  • You can find a bottle with a message talking about milk in Lake Hylia.
  • Then you go to a Milk Bar and talk to the owner.
  • He says you should look for a man in the mountains (possibly a trading sequence, or perhaps a one-off sidequest).
  • Gramps is the next character discussed.
  • He is the man who talks to you about the StreetPass/Shadow Link stuff.
  • You create your own Shadow Link for sending to others via StreetPass.
  • The bounty you can collect will change besides on your equipped items and how much life you have.
  • You apparently don’t lose anything if you lose to Shadow Link but you can gain rupees if you win.
  • The eShop version of the game is confirmed for November 22nd as well.
  • Next up is Mario Party: Island Tour for the 3DS which also releases on November 22nd.
  • It will have download play which only requires 1 copy of the game.
  • Will have 7 new boards.
  • 80 new mini-games.
  • Other modes included: Free Play, Hot Air Hijinks, other puzzles/extras (including a Yoshi looking game).
  • Talking about single player mode now (Mini-Game Tower).
  • It’s renamed Bowser’s Tower.
  • Will have 30 floors.
  • Will have boss battles every 5 floors.
  • Will feature StreetPass and can tag up to 10 people at one time. This will allow you to face them in the mini-games.
  • Switching to Bravely Default now.
  • Discussing Brave & Default features.
  • Default is a shield/block move that will allow you to store Brave Points.
  • You can also borrow them from future turns.
  • Brave is where you use these points and they allow you to land multiple hits on the same turn.
  • Can “increase pace of battle” with the control pad.
  • Bravely Second allows you to freeze time.
  • Attacks used during this frozen time use Sleep Points instead of Brave Points.
  • You generate Sleep Points by putting your 3DS in Sleep Mode while the game is running.
  • You can customize characters’ jobs (possibly similar to FFV), weapons, skills, spells, etc.
  • StreetPass will allow you to summon others for aid in battle or help you rebuild your town.
  • Bravely Default is scheduled to release at retail & on the eShop on February 7th.
  • There will be a Collector’s Edition for North America, featuring the game, an art book, AR cards, and a soundtrack CD. This will be available on February 7th as well.
  • Now we’re on to Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy.
  • This is the end of the 2nd trilogy of Layton games.
  • Showing game footage.
  • Layton, Luke, and Emmy have to solve a mystery involving a mummy.
  • It will be available in-store and digitally on February 28th.
  • Talking about Nintendo Zone now.
  • Mentioned the October upgrade for Nintendo Zone locations which allows you to collect StreetPass data for the last 6 people that visited through StreetPass Relay.
  • Will also add more SpotPass content.
  • Items from Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be added to all NZ locations starting on 11/15 for 2 of them and 11/29 for the 3rd.
  • Will also have a Super Mario 3D Land mystery box starting on 11/22.
  • Will have Mii additions.
  • Talking about a new system update for 3DS that will go live in December.
  • It will allow you to combine Wii U & 3DS eShop balances.
  • Can register your Nintendo Network ID on 3DS.
  • Bill says you will be asked to create a Nintendo Network ID to download demos and other things. Unclear if this means a new ID or you use your existing one.
  • Miiverse has been officially announced as coming to 3DS finally, which will be part of this update.
  • A YouTube app is coming to 3DS later this month.
  • The Wii U version will be updated as well.
  • This will let you view videos on the GamePad or search on the GamePad while a video is playing on your TV.
  • Talking about Pikmin 3 DLC now.
  • This will be Round 3 for Mission Mode with additional stages.
  • These stages will be brand new ones, not rearranged ones like in previous DLC.
  • Showing footage from these stages – beach scene, inside a house, factory, etc.
  • Olimar seemingly will return for part of this.
  • Louie is making an appearance as well.
  • Will have 8 stages total: 4 Collect Treasure & 4 Battle Enemies.
  • Releasing on December 2nd alongside a patch for the game that is required for the DLC.
  • The patch will also give you 2 free stages in an area called the Fortress of Festivity.
  • Talking about Animal Crossing Plaza now.
  • This is receiving an update with new features.
  • You can use stamps on Miiverse now.
  • Stamps will also be part of Super Mario 3D World.
  • Bill says Miiverse Stamps will be part of future games.
  • Can only use the Stamps when posting to Miiverse through the supported games. Can’t use them outside of the games.
  • The other new feature for Animal Crossing Plaza is a ranking feature.
  • This will be used to list results of polls.
  • Resident Registration is another new thing for ACP.
  • This will let you meet any of your town’s residents in the plaza when you want.
  • Will soon be able to move/delete multiple pictures at the same time.
  • Will be able to save pictures from Miiverse posts to albums.
  • The update for ACP should be live as of today.
  • Going back to Reggie now.
  • Talking about indie games now. I smell a sizzle reel incoming.
  • Yep, here’s the video.
  • Games shown are
    • Q.U.B.E. Director’s Cut
    • Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails
    • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse
    • Some game I couldn’t see the title of due to poor video quality
    • Grinsia
    • 1,001 Spikes
    • Tengami
    • Jet Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai
    • Pier Solar HD
    • Putty Squad
    • Teslagrad
    • Treasurenauts
    • Wooden Sen’Sey
    • Retro City Rampage
    • Knytt Underground
    • Unepic
    • Siesta Fiesta
    • Shovel Knight
  • Talking about eShop sales now.
  • Can check them out at http://www.nintendo.com/eshop/offers.
  • Next up is Super Mario 3D World.
  • Showing various footage.
  • Time to look at 10 new things about the game, which according to Reggie will include spoilers for unlockable content.
  1. Touchscreen & Microphone Gameplay – Can interact with stages using these, like extending blocks/platforms with the touchscreen. Can blow away minor enemies with the mic.
  2. Golden Express Stage – Serves as a sort of bonus stage where you ride a golden train and collect lots of coins.
  3. Captain Toad Levels – Previously announced stages where you control the Captain Toad where you can’t jump and have to get 5 stars.
  4. Speed Run Levels – 100 seconds to get to the end of the stage like in New Super Luigi U.
  5. Mystery Houses – Similar to Mystery Boxes from Super Mario 3D Land. Mini-game challenges for green stars.
  6. Motley Boss Blob – Face a giant boss with an army of clones.
  7. Top-Down Shooter Stage – Mario and the gang go almost Galaga style in a shoot’em up. Yes, really.
  8. Kart-Style Stage – Foot race to the finish on Mario Kart inspired track. Complete with Mario Kart music.
  9. Unlockable Bonus Game – Can play the previously announced Luigi Bros. game if you have New Super Luigi U save data on your console. This is a re-skinned version of the Mario Bros. arcade game.
  10. Unlockable 5th Character – Rosalina from Super Mario Galaxy makes her return. She has a spin attack like Mario’s Wiimote attack from the SMG games.
  • And that’s it! Check out the full video below
  • Source: Nintendo (1 & 2)

    E3 2013 – Live Blog! – Nintendo Direct @ E3 2013 Event Coverage

    Welcome to GameSaga’s Live Blog coverage of the Nintendo Direct @ E3 2013 Event. Newest updates will appear at the top of this post and oldest will be at the bottom. Refresh the page for continuous updates.

    • That was the end of the Nintendo Direct
    • Nintendo said there will be trailers, interviews, and a special booth preview video on their website
    • Nintendo said there will be a new Smash Bros. website and Miiverse community after the Nintendo Direct
    • Yellow Devil appeared on the Mega Man stage, possibly a stage disaster of some sort
    • Flame Blast from Flame Man
    • Haha he picked up Mario like he was nothing and chucked him across the entire stage
    • Super Arm from Guts Man
    • Spark Shock from Spark Man
    • Slash Claw from Slash Man
    • Flame Sword from Sword Man
    • Hard Knuckle from Hard Man
    • Leaf Shield from Wood Man
    • Crash Bombs from Crash Man as well, they stick to Kirby in the trailer
    • He has the Metal Blade from Metal Man as an ability
    • Mega Man looks awesome in HD as well
    • His death animation is the ball explosion like in the Mega Man games
    • He has the charged shot of the Mega Buster
    • Rush is in the game possibly just as an ability of Mega Man
    • Dr. Wily/Mega Man stage
    • It’s Mega Man as I mentioned below
    • Pre-rendered Nintendo characters shown with a New Challenger warning, man they look awesome in pre-rendered HD
    • Coming out in 2014
    • Villager can capture projectile attacks (possibly similar to how Mr. Game & Watch did it
    • A Balloon Fight/Trip character appeared briefly but might be an assist trophy/NPC
    • Animal Crossing character is called Villager and has a net attack, shovel attack, and potted plant attack, haha weird
    • Boxing or wrestling ring like stage (Punch Out stage, maybe?)
    • Final Smashes are back
    • Thowmps are in the game, it looks like it’s Kirby’s rock ability
    • Samus is confirmed
    • Skyward Sword stage
    • Pit is back
    • Battlefield stage returns
    • Switching to a realistic look now. Cel-shaded could be the 3DS version
    • Nintendogs stage
    • Mario, Link, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Pikachu, Fox, Bowser all confirmed
    • Spirit Tracks stage
    • Looks like there will be Animal Crossing characters
    • The rest of the above Smash Bros. info  is from a trailer I found and looks like it’s the one shown during the event
    • And the stream cut off, so I guess that’s it
    • Mega Man is in!
    • Sorry someone came in my office
    • Partially cel-shaded
    • Smash Bros. up now
    • Comes out in 2014, no official title yet
    • Inspired by Xenoblade
    • It is indeed footage of X
    • Mechs can fly and transform
    • Desert scene
    • Then field scene with giant creatures around
    • And it goes to a city scene
    • They get in
    • Showing someone walking to a mech
    • It must be X
    • Monolith Soft game up now
    • Coming out in 2014
    • Fighting some huge monsters
    • Gameplay footage up now
    • New costume as well
    • Looks like she has short hair now
    • Showing her fighting someone
    • Showing various scenes
    • Trailer up now
    • Bayonetta 2 up now
    • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, releasing in November
    • Dixie Kong is back
    • Underwater levels
    • There’s also 3rd person type views in the game on certain stages
    • 5 islands
    • Mine carts & barrels and the like return
    • Wii U title
    • Diddy Kong is back in it
    • 2D side scroller
    • New Donkey Kong game being shown
    • Will have it’s own Nintendo Direct event closer to launch
    • Releasing September 15th
    • 5 player co-op confirmed
    • Can buy items at a shop in-game
    • Showing various footage
    • Stream died and switched to The Wonderful 101 for some reason, weird
    • Gliding, sword combat, clawshots
    • Showing sailing
    • Trailer up now
    • Wind Waker HD next
    • Ballpoint Universe, Cloudberry Kingdom, Coaster Crazy Deluxe, DuckTales: Remastered, Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara, Mutant Mudds Deluxe, Oddworld: New n Tasty, Scram Kitty & His Buddy on Rails, Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party, & A World of Kelflings, might’ve missed a couple sorry it was quick
    • eShop games montage
    • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins (Wii U & 3DS), Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut, Disney Infinity, Just Dance 2014, Rayman Legends, Scribblenauts Unmasked, Disney’s Planes, Shin Megami Tensei IV, Skylanders SWAP Force (Wii U & 3DS), Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Sonic Lost World (Wii U & 3DS), & Watch_Dogs
    • 3rd party montage
    • Watching through Joystiq now, lag seems to be gone finally *knock on wood*
    • Colored pencils, pastels, etc. will be added
    • Coming out on the eShop this Summer
    • Some features will be added to Miiverse
    • New Art Academy game for Wii U
    • Talking about Miiverse drawings
    • Wii Party U is October, Wii Fit U is December
    • Wii Fit U delayed as well
    • Wii Party U delayed, not coming out this Summer
    • Looks a lot like Wii Party
    • Tabletop mini-games, play with just the GamePad
    • 80 new mini-games
    • Wii Party U up now
    • Can share things through Miiverse
    • Spring 2014 release
    • Online multiplayer confirmed
    • Anti-gravity feature
    • It’s Mario Kart 8
    • Can race upside down
    • Don’t see any new characters so far
    • Underwater course
    • Looks like a new hover-type of vehicle
    • Bikes return
    • Sideways/vertical tracks
    • The usual cast is here, looks like hang gliders return from MK7
    • Mario Kart Wii U now
    • Releasing in December
    • Can climb up walls
    • Cat Mario confirmed
    • You can throw your friends around like in the NSMB series
    • Peach can hover, Toad can run faster, etc.
    • Characters have unique abilities, like in Mario 2
    • Still lagging big time
    • Looks like a Wii U take on the 3DS game Super Mario 3D Land
    • It’s Super Mario 3D World
    • Flag poles are in the game
    • There are tubes like hamster tubes they can travel through
    • Flip panel stages return
    • Tanuki Suit returns
    • 4-player co-op!
    • Luigi, Peach, & Toad are all playable!
    • Looks like a cat suit for Mario
    • Sorry someone came in my office
    • Some new mouse-like enemy shown along with Goombas
    • New Mario game being shown
    • Pokémon X & Y releasing October 12th worldwide
    • This lag is pissing me off
    • Jigglypuff, Gardevoir, Marill are Fairy types apparently
    • Satoru Iwata on screen
    • Still lagging big time, I apologize for this, nothing I can do though :(
    • Seems like a Pokémon take on Nintendogs
    • Pokémon-Aime announced
    • Fairy is super-effective against Dragon types
    • Sylveon is Fairy type
    • Fairy type is confirmed
    • Pokémon X & Y footage
    • Okay it’s up on their Facebook page through Ustream, but lagging
    • Nintendo official site is lagging big time, no stream up yet
    • Is your body ready?
    • Less than 1 minute to go!
    • Live coverage will begin in about 5 minutes

    Source: GameSaga Original & Nintendo Official Site

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

    • 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