Nintendo Direct 1-14-15 write-up

Posted on Wednesday, January 14th 2015 at 8:50 p.m.

Nintendo Direct time baby!  New 3DS XL for North America and more… here we go!

Fire Emblem (Nintendo 3DS)

  • Made from the same team that brought you Fire Emblem: Awakening (Intelligent Systems)
  • Character Design by Kozaki Yusuke
  • Story by Shin Kibayashi
  • Choices will affect the world
  • Untitled / No release date at this time

Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition (Nintendo 3DS)

  • Japanese game match 3 game / RPG
  • Two games, one themed with Mario characters
  • Team-up with allies
  • Customize your parties and explore dungeons
  • Available May 2015

Pokemon Shuffle (Nintendo 3DS)

  • Free-to-play
  • Limit of how many moves you can use per level to defeat the enemy
  • Match 3 puzzle game
  • Hearts regenerate over time (you have to wait to play)
  • Micro-transaction based (ugh)
  • Available February 2015 on Nintendo eShop

Wii Games on Wii U (Nintendo Wii U)

  • Downloadable Wii games on Wii U now
  • If you download the titles, you can play without going to Wii Mode
  • Games supporting the Classic Controller can also be played using the Wii U GamePad controller
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 available now ($19.99)
  • Punch-Out!! available on January 22, 2015 ($19.99)
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy available on January 29, 2015 ($19.99)
  • These three Wii games will be available for half price ($9.99) for one week after their release dates

Kirby & the Rainbow Curse (Nintendo Wii U)

  • Tons of collectables
  • Challenging to get all the treasure chests
  • amiibo compatible (Kirby, King Dedede, or Meta Knight give power ups once per day)
    • Kirby will give you star dash whenever you want it
    • King Dedede will give you a hat and 6 health bars
    • Meta Knight will give you a hat and faster tap dash speed
  • Available on February 20, 2015


  • Wave 3 available February 2015
    • King Dedede, Rosalina, Bowser, Sonic, Mega Man, Toon Link, Sheik, Ike, Shulk, Lucario, Meta Knight
  • Wave 4 available this Spring
    • Robin, Lucina, Pac Man, Wario, Ness, Charizard
  • Super Mario Bros. amiibo coming March 20, 2015
    • New non-Smash Bros. poses amiibo coming out
    • Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, and Toad

Mario Party 10 (Nintendo Wii U)

  • amiibo will work with the game whether you have the Smash Bros. edition or the new Super Mario Bros. edition
  • Check updated amiibo compatibility at the following Nintendo site:
  • 3 modes: Bowser Party, Mario Party, and amiibo Party
  • amiibo Party lets you play as the amiibo on that character’s special board and carry one item around
  • amiibo Party will work with the following amiibo:
    • Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Bowser, Rosalina, Donkey Kong, Wario
  • IMPORTANT: If you use a Smash Bros. amiibo that has saved data on it you must clear that data off before you can use it in Mario Party 10 amiibo (ugh Nintendo… can’t save more than one game per amiibo)
  • Special bundle including a Super Mario Bros. edition Mario amiibo will also be available (as an amiibo is required to play amiibo party)
  • Available on March 20, 2015

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo Wii U)

  • Compatible with new Toad amiibo
  • Update available on March 20, 2015 for Toad amiibo functionality
  • Toad amiibo will put an 8-bit Toad hidden in each level (seems pretty meh)

Splatoon (Nintendo Wii U)

  • 4 vs. 4 online play
  • Central plaza hub that connects all the game modes
    • Contains MiiVerse Miis as well
  • Inklings can be equipped with outfits and weapons that are bought with in-game currency
    • Main weapons, sub weapons, and special weapons
    • Stats are modified based on outfits chosen
    • You can see inkling outfits on Miis in MiiVerse
  • Available May 2015

Hyrule Warriors DLC (Nintendo Wii U)

  • Majora’s Mask Pack DLC contains:
    • Tingle and Young Link are playable characters
      • Tingle uses sack of rupees and balloons as attacks
      • Young Link uses Kokiri sword and Fierce Diety Mask
    • New Majora’s Mask adventure map
    • 3 new character costumes
  • Majora’s Mask Pack is available on February 5, 2015

Xenoblade Chronicles X (Nintendo Wii U)

  • Trailer shown (no battles, just environments)
  • Coming 2015

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (Nintendo Wii U / 3DS)

  • Create and share your own levels
  • Earn 3 stars to get more items for create mode
  • Tip” a person who built a level you like some stars and they can use more items in create mode to make more great levels
  • Buy the game on Wii U or 3DS and get the other version for FREE
    • Cross-Buy compatibility finally!!!!!!
  • Available March 5, 2015 on Wii U and 3DS eShops

Upcoming Nintendo Wii U / 3DS games

  • Project Treasure” (Nintendo Wii U)
    • Produced by Bandai Namco Games Inc.
    • 4 player co-op action
    • Gameplay rules: clear traps, route enemies, and seize treasure
    • Free to download and start playing
    • Accessible to everyone
    • Coming soon
  • Elliot Quest (Nintendo Wii U)
    • Created by PlayEveryWare
    • Side-scrolling platformer
    • Coming February 2015
  • Blek (Nintendo Wii U)
    • Created by BROKEN RULES & kunabi brother
    • Meditative painting game
    • Coming February 2015
  • Citizens of Earth (Nintendo Wii U / 3DS)
    • Created by Atlus
    • Cartoony RPG
    • Play as the Vice President of Earth
    • More than 40 playable characters
    • Looks like Earthbound
    • Coming January 20, 2015
  • Gunman Clive 2 (Nintendo 3DS)
    • Created by Horberg Productions
    • Sequel to the hit side-scrolling shooter Gunman Clive
    • 4 playable characters
    • Coming January 2015
  • Moon Chronicles eps. 2, 3, 4 (Nintendo 3DS)
    • Created by Renegade Kid
    • New episodes in the Moon Chronicles series
    • All 3 episodes will be available on the same day
    • Can buy the season pass of all 3 remaining episodes for a discounted price
    • Coming January 2015
  • SEGA 3D Classics (Nintendo 3DS)
    • Created by SEGA
    • New titles include:
      • 3D After Burner II
      • 3D Fantasy Zone
      • 3D OutRun
      • 3D Fantasy Zone II
      • 3D Thunder Blade
    • Coming January - March 2015
  • Etrian Mystery Dungeon (Nintendo 3DS)
    • Created by Atlus
    • 2 dungeon crawling games elements in one
    • Coming Spring
  • Story of Seasons (Nintendo 3DS)
    • Created by Marvelous USA & XSEED Games
    • Farming and life simulation in the ‘Bokujo Monogatari’ series
    • New safari area for new exotic animals (penguins, elephants, and camels)
    • Online play
    • Coming March 2015
  • Fossil Fighters Frontier (Nintendo 3DS)
    • Custom vehicles
    • Any fossils you find can be turned into a vivosaur for battle
    • Can be played online
    • New fossil stadium with tournaments
    • Coming March 20, 2015

New Nintendo 3DS XL

  • Available in Red or Black or Limited Edition Majora’s Mask version or Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate version
  • Features:
    • C-Stick for enhanced controls
      • Compatible with old Circle Pad Pro games
    • Face tracking 3D
    • Built-In NFC and amiibo support
      • Hidden under the touch screen
      • Super Smash Bros. 3DS will be first amiibo enabled game
    • Faster surfing and faster downloads
    • Faster processing power
    • Slightly longer battery life
    • Will adjust brightness based on room’s lighting
    • Uses MicroSD cards
      • Comes with a 4 GB MicroSD card
    • Instructions will be provided on how to best transfer game information soon
    • Does not come with a A/C adapter
      • Can use an A/C adapter from any of the following:
        • Nintendo DSi XL
        • Nintendo DSi
        • Nintendo 3DS XL
        • Nintendo 3DS
        • Nintendo 2DS
  • Coming February 13, 2015 (only New Nintendo 3DS XL for now)

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.(Nintendo 3DS / New Nintendo 3DS)

  • Abraham Lincoln brings in heroes from folklore to battle aliens
  • Created by Intelligent Systems (Fire Emblem / Advance Wars)
  • Turn-based strategy / Real-time action
  • New Nintendo 3DS C-Stick compatible (plays on original Nintendo 3DS as well)
  • Fire Emblem amiibo (Marth, Ike, Robin, Lucina) will be compatible in the game
    • Can be added to your roster
    • amiibo who battle will not revive until after the map is complete if they die
    • Marth amiibo will be re-released again later this year
  • Available on March 13, 2015


  • amiibo will unlock special aircraft skins
  • Features enhanced controls for the New 3DS’ C-Stick and ZL/ZR buttons
  • Available on February 13, 2015

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (New Nintendo 3DS)

  • Wii game port with 3D visuals on New Nintendo 3DS
  • Monster Games made port… same team that ported Donkey Kong Country Returns to 3DS
  • Available April 2015

IronFall: Invasion (Nintendo 3DS / New Nintendo 3DS)

  • Third-person shooter created by indie studio VD-dev
  • 6 player online & local
  • Fast paced multiplayer action
  • Play through an intense single player campaign
  • Stunning 60 FPS
  • Enhanced controls on New Nintendo 3DS (plays on original Nintendo 3DS as well)
  • Available February 2015 on Nintendo eShop

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Nintendo 3DS / New Nintendo 3DS)

  • Special hardware bundle including New Nintendo 3DS XL with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate skin and the Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate game
    • Exclusively available at GameStop
    • Selling for $229.99
  • Enhanced controls on New Nintendo 3DS (plays on original Nintendo 3DS as well)
  • Game will contain 14 different weapon classes including two brand new weapon classes
  • Contains single-player campaign and you can team up with up to three other players locally and online for questing
    • First time there is full online functionality for Monster Hunter for Nintendo 3DS
  • Exclusive demo for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be available soon
    • Demo will include 4 player local and online play
  • New StreetPass Mii Plaza puzzle will be available soon as well
  • Available February 13, 2015

Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (Nintendo 3DS / New Nintendo 3DS)

  • Special gold limited edition hardware including New Nintendo 3DS XL with Majora’s Mask skin
    • Exclusively available at GameStop
    • Selling for $199.99
  • Enhanced controls on New Nintendo 3DS (plays on original Nintendo 3DS as well)
    • C-Stick can be used for full 360 degree camera view
  • If you pre-order Code Name S.T.E.A.M. at GameStop you will get a Majora’s Mask pin at the time of pick-up (while supplies last)
  • Available February 13, 2015

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