As the world rings in a new year, Nintendo fans can look forward to what 2014 brings while still enjoying the best of 2013 on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. I know that’s what I’m thinking about (among other things) during this festive time.
How did you celebrate New Year’s, and what Wii U or 3DS game are looking forward to the most in 2014? If you’re like me, you celebrated with a little Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and you’re most looking forward to the release of Monolith’s “X” on Wii U (Super Smash Bros. is a close second).
Princess Zelda has been announced today as the 20th character for Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Zelda, who made her first appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee, will be modeled after her Twilight Princess design. She will join fellow Nintendo princesses such as Peach and Rosalina on the growing roster.
A release date for Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS has yet to be announced, but is slated to hit store shelves sometime in 2014.
Nintendo announced a new eShop title for the Wii U during today’s December Nintendo Direct. Titled, NES Remix, the downloadable title takes your favorite NES titles but adds little tweaks and changes for new challenges. Some of these changes include playing the original Super Mario Bros. backwards with Luigi, controlling an NES Link sprite through the original Donkey Kong, and Excitebike tracks where you must navigate through the dark. One additional feature for NES Remix will also include unlockable stamps (as seen from the recent Super Mario 3D World) that can be used for Miiverse posts.
The downloadable title will include 16 re-imaginings of classic NES titles. These titles are as follow: Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Donkey Kong 3, Excitebike, Super Mario Bros., Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Clu Clu Land, Wrecking Crew, Pinball, Urban Champion, Baseball, Tennis, Ice Climber, Golf and Balloon Fight.
You can download NES Remix starting today on the Nintendo Wii U eShop.
Nintendo shared some new information for Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS and Mario Kart 8 during this morning’s Nintendo Direct. Princess Rosalina, who was first introduced in Super Mario Galaxy in 2007, will now be a playable character in both of Nintendo’s upcoming multiplayer titles.
Rosalina’s appearance marks the fourth new character to be added to the Smash Bros. roster, followed by Mega Man, Animal Crossing’s Villager, and the Wii Fit Trainer. In addition to Rosalina joining the cast of Super Smash Bros., she will also make a return to the Mario Kart franchise, alongside baby versions of several Mario characters. Unfortunately, no information on a solid release date for Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS or Mario Kart 8 were announced during today’s Nintendo Direct.
You can check out both trailer reveals of Rosalina in Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8 above and below respectively. Enjoy.
A flashy trailer showing Link fighting various of his familiar enemies was shown first thing during this morning’s Nintendo Direct broadcast. The tentative name for the game is Hyrule Warriors, a collaborative effort between Nintendo and Tecmo Koei. It’s important to note that this is not going to be an entry in the main Zelda franchise, rather a sort of crossover with the Dynasty Warriors series. Nevertheless, it looks like it could be an excellent action game and a welcome addition to the Wii U library. Don’t take my word for it, though: watch the trailer above and decide for yourself.
Yet another Nintendo Direct will grace us tomorrow, December 18, at 6:00 AM PT. According to Nintendo, the Direct will focus on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games that will be launching through Spring 2014. That includes the likes of Mario Kart 8, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (both for Wii U), and Bravely Default (for 3DS owners in North America).
I’m expecting the Direct to place special emphasis on Mario Kart 8, as we have very limited information or game footage on it. What do you hope to see in the broadcast?