Masahiro Sakurai, director of the upcoming 4th installments in the Super Smash Bros. franchise, has revealed a new stage for the 3DS version on Miiverse: Tortimer Island. For those of you who have played Animal Crossing: New Leaf, you’ll recognize the locale as the island resort where Tortimer (the old mayor from previous AC games) spends his retirement conducting tours and soaking up the sun. Sakurai himself has visited the tropical getaway “countless times to catch bugs.”
Sakurai’s pic of the day (shown above) gives a small idea of what surprises the stage may hold. What do you think about the latest reveal?
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Another reason for those who haven’t already jumped on the Nintendo 3DS bandwagon to do so has been revealed here in North America in the form of a Yoshi-themed Nintendo 3DS XL system. Launching alongside Yoshi’s New Island on March 14, the system sports a light green hue with Yoshi on the front and “a series of cute Yoshi eggs on the back.” Oddly, the new model will not come bundled with the game from which its inspiration comes, or any game for that matter, but it looks like a nice piece of hardware nonetheless.
With more 3DS owners than Wii U owners out there, I expect anyone who’s reading this already owns a Nintendo 3DS and is happy with it. But it can’t hurt to ask: does anyone have any interest in the latest special edition Nintendo 3DS XL? Let us know in the comments below.
The first and arguably biggest announcement made during today’s Nintendo Direct was the inclusion of Little Mac in the Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS roster. Little Mac’s first and most revered appearance to the video game world was in Punch Out!! for the NES, in which the player controls him to take out various opponents in boxing matches. He was included as an assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but he has now been upgraded to playable character for the Wii U and 3DS entries in the series. Personally, I consider him an excellent choice for the role. How about you?
Watch the full glory of today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast here.
My personal hope and prediction for today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast was for some clue as to what type of Pokemon spin-off game we can expect for the Wii U. I’m just as pleased, however, to learn about Pokemon Battle Trozei, a sequel to the well-received DS game Pokemon Trozei. Both games are of the puzzle genre, but Battle Trozei pits the player against other Pokemon. Winning against a Pokemon will add it to the player’s collection, making it available as a support Pokemon. The game will also feature local multiplayer co-op play for up to four players. It will be available for download in the Nintendo 3DS eShop on March 20.
Check out the full Nintendo Direct broadcast at this link.
In an apparent attempt to redeem the original Steel Diver, a sort-of sequel to the game is now available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop (well, it’s supposed to be: I haven’t checked honestly). The game is an FPS of sorts that allows players to take part in 4-on-4 underwater submarine fights, with other players either locally or online. Alternatively, there is a single-player mode with 7 missions. Players can actually download a free version of the game, which contains the first part of the single-player campaign and all the multiplayer features of the full game, sans the full line-up of unique subs.
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Today’s Nintendo Direct was rife with new trailers for already-announced games. Many of these trailers simply show off more gameplay footage, as opposed to containing any big news, so I’ve compiled them into this single post. Check them out below:
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is going to arrive for Wii U in about a week. The latest trailer doesn’t reveal any new playable characters or anything of that nature (obviously), but it is a more in-depth look at the game than we’ve had before. It almost makes me want the game, even. (Click past the break for more)