Nintendo Announces Games, Amiibo Lineup


Nintendo announced Thursday, in their latest Nintendo Direct, a number of upcoming games for the Wii U and 3DS, along with updates, downloadable content, and new amiibo figures.

Upcoming Wii U games announced included the following:

  • “Star Fox Zero” and “Star Fox Guard”: The highly anticipated new entry in the Star Fox franchise finally got a release date of April 22. Also announced was a side game called “Star Fox Guard”, featuring a new character called Grippy Toad. Retail versions of “Star Fox Zero” will cost $59.99 and will come bundled with “Star Fox Guard.” Standalone version of “Star Fox Guard” is only available digitally for $14.99, but those who purchase either game from Nintendo’s eShop will receive a $4.99 discount for the other game.

  • “Paper Mario: Color Splash”: No release date has been announced yet, but this game is slated to release sometime this year.

  • “Mario & Sonic at the Rio Olympic Games”: Nintendo showed two new game events: Rugby Sevens and Rhythmic Gymnastics Clubs. No concrete information is available yet about the new events, but Nintendo revealed that venues for each event were modeled after real-life Olympic locations in Rio. The game comes out for the Wii U on June 24, while the 3DS version comes out on March 18.

  • “Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE”: Formerly only known as “Genei Ibun Roku #FE,” this Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem crossover finally has a release date of June 24.

  • “Lost Reavers”: Bandai Namco’s free-to-play online co-op game will be in open beta on April 14. The game’s full version will release on April 28.

Nintendo also played promotional trailers for “Pokken Tournament”, which comes out on March 18, and “Twilight Princess HD” which releases on March 4. Each game is bundled with their own amiibo: a Shadow Mewtwo card for “Pokken Tournament” and a Wolf Link figure for “Twilight Princess HD.”

Concluding the slew of Wii U announcements were  updates to two games: “Super Mario Maker” and “Splatoon.” In “Super Mario Maker,” players will get new tools and a new mode called “Super Expert Mode” on March 9. Meanwhile, Splatoon will receive two new updates. The first update on March 8 will include ability balancing, matchmaking tweaks, and improved user experience for ranked battles and splatfests. The second set of updates will be split into two parts, with the first part releasing in April. It involves adjustment of existing weapons as well as “new weapon set recommendations.” The release date of the second update is currently unknown.

The 3DS also got its fair share of new game announcements:

  • “Kirby: Planet Robobot”: Nintendo’s beloved pink puffball will be out traversing Dream Land again to deal with mechanized invaders on June 10 along with a new set of amiibo figures for Kirby, Meta Knight, King Dedede, and Waddle Dee.

  • “Metroid Prime: Federation Force”: This Metroid Prime spinoff is slated to release in late spring. Series producer Kensuke Tanabe also gave an explanation about the game’s development history and purpose.

  • “Rhythm Heaven Megamix”: Fans of the “Rhythm Heaven” games will tap to the beat again later this year with minigames selected from the original Game Boy Advance version of the game, which was never released in North America.

  • “Monster Hunter Generations”: The new installment in the Monster Hunter series will come out during the summer. In the meantime, Nintendo is offering “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate” for $19.99 in the eShop but only until March 5. Those who have the “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate” save file in their systems will get bonus content within the new game. They also revealed a new armor based on Fire Emblem’s Marth.

  • “Disney Art Academy”: Coming out on May 13, 3DS owners can finally learn how to draw and color their favorite Disney characters.

  • “Hyrule Warriors Legends”: Hyrule Warriors’ handheld version will release on March 25. Also available on the same day is a season pass, giving players access to all four downloadable content packs and a bonus costume. Each dlc pack will be available separately in the eShop shortly after, along with a new playable character. Those who purchase the game will also get a “transfer code” usable in the Wii U version to unlock a weapon and new characters from the 3DS game.

  • “Bravely Second: End Layer”: The sequel to “Bravely Default” will be releasing on April 15. The demo will be available on March 10, but Best Buy Gamer’s Club Unlocked members will receive a special download code on March 7.

  • “Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past”: The remake of the 2001 PlayStation game will be released later this year. According to Nintendo, “the world has been rebuilt, the characters have new 3D models and the story has been completely re-localized.”

  • “Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation”: Those who do not have the Fire Emblem Fates special edition will finally be able to choose the game’s third path on March 10.

  • “Azure Striker Gunvolt 2:" This eShop-only title will be out this summer, but newcomers can purchase the prequel for a discounted price of $9.99 until June 1.

  • “Pocket Card Jockey:” Another eShop only title available in May, Game Freak’s newest creation combines Solitaire and horse racing.

Nintendo also announced Super Nintendo Virtual Console titles for the New Nintendo 3DS and XL units. “Super Mario World,” “F-Zero,” and “Pilotwings” are already available, while “Donkey Kong Country,” “Super Mario Kart,” and “EarthBound” will be out on March 24. “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past,” “Super Metroid,” and “Donkey Kong 2: Diddy’s Quest” can be purchased on April 14.

For those with amiibo collections, Nintendo is releasing another free game on April 28 for both Wii U and 3DS called “Mini Mario and Friends amiibo Challenge.” Those who purchase amiibo figures at Best Buy, GameStop and Amazon starting March 25 will receive a download code for the free game.

Lastly, Animal Crossing’s Isabelle amiibo figure will be released as a standalone with both her winter and summer outfit on June 10. The “Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer” series four cards will also release on the same day.