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Nintendo Direct 02-14-2013

 

 

February 14, in the year of our Lord 2013 – So for Valentines Day Nintendo had one of their Nintendo Direct videos. They are showing how much they love the millions of Family Friendly Gaming fan's by telling you all the opportunities you have to give them money. Nothing was said about how they will correct the follow up and follow through problems from 2012 that are continuing in 2013. They did give a few tidbits of interesting information.

They kicked off their presentation with Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon. Plenty of interesting and new features in this 3DS game. Nintendo even touched on the dark, scary, spiritual nature of this hand held game. March 24th is when you can give them money for this game.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team was announced. It is a new installment in the Mario & Luigi role-playing series is coming to Nintendo 3DS this summer. The game takes place inside the mind of a sleeping Luigi, who is a powerful, brave hero in his dreams. This summer is the projected release date.

New Super Luigi U DLC was announced. To continue the fun of New Super Mario Bros. U for Wii U, Nintendo is letting Luigi take over in new downloadable content that is coming in the Year of Luigi that provides alternate versions of the game's more than 80 stages. Players can freely change between the New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U stages. These Luigi-focused stages provide a whole new level of game-play challenge and will be available for purchase as a single download. Rehash comes to mind.

Luigi and his Mushroom Kingdom neighbors are teeing up once again in Mario Golf: World Tour. The Nintendo 3DS game includes both simple controls and a deeper experience for golf fans, plus courses that range from traditional to those inspired by the Mushroom Kingdom. The game launches this summer. This may be rehash but it has potential to be a good game.

Link - Two new Zelda games coming – this was announced last time, but repeated. Miiverse community for Zelda on Wii U is being created. So the team can directly connect with everyone who has a Wii U. That is if you want to connect with them, and all the crazed Zelda fanboys. Flame wars and heavy modding is expected. Especially if you are not a Zelda worshiper.

Fire Emblem Awakening was referenced. Family Friendly Gaming is awaiting a reviewable copy soon. Hopefully Nintendo will follow through on this and soon. We know millions are holding off a purchase until we review it. Nintendo announced DLC for this 3DS game. You can pay them even more money for some new maps, battles, etc.

Animal Crossing New Leaf is brought up. Finally this game will be huge, especially if we can have a church in it. June 9th is the release date for this 3DS game. FFG can't wait to get our hands on a reviewable copy. Build house wherever you want right after arriving in town. Plant a memorial tree, and then you are off to the races. That planting is the only chore that needs to be done at the start of the game. Customize the town however you like, customize the outside of your house, and a smaller loan from the start. Find new animal species. Main street is where the shops are, making things easier.

Share your home and town with others via Spotpass. Online and wireless features will be discussed in the future. Some readers may be screaming: “REHASH,” right now. Technically you are correct. It has been some time since Animal Crossing has entered the Family Friendly Gaming Nation, so we are going easy on it.

Style Savvy Trendsetters is getting Animal Crossing outfits. That's cool for all those into that 3DS game. Nintendo used it as a plug to get you to purchase it.

LEGO City Comes to Life: LEGO City Undercover launches March 18. Nintendo revealed some new sections of the game, including LEGO City Airport, Kings Court and Paradise Sands. This game is looking awesome. Here is another one Family Friendly Gaming is itching to review. It has potential to be the highest rated Wii U title to date.

LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins launches April 21. The game is set two years prior to the action of the Wii U game, and follows the first case of rookie cop Chase McCain in a still-growing and -developing LEGO City. Lego 3DS games have done extremely well with Family Friendly Gaming. Once a reviewable copy arrives we will be all over reviewing it.

The Wii Street U powered by Google application is now available as a free download for a limited time from the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. The application taps into the Google Maps service and allows users to get a 360-degree view of locations around the world using the Wii U GamePad. Nintendo offices were shown.

Downloadable games is the next section that Nintendo decided to cover. You know the onces you pay for online, and can never sell or give to a friend or fellow family member living at a different location. Companies love these because they retain the game, and you lose your ownership rights.

Nintendo announced a number of new games coming to the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS, including Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (coming soon), Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger (coming April 11), HarmoKnight from Game Freak (demo available March 14, full game on March 28) and Kersploosh! (coming March 7).

Two classic Game Boy Color games from Natsume, Harvest Moon and Legend of the River King, are on their way to the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in the coming months.

As a special promotion for people who have not yet purchased a Nintendo 3DS XL system, anyone who registers a Nintendo 3DS XL and either Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon or Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity between March 21 and April 30 will receive a code to download one of these five great games for free from the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS: Super Mario 3D Land, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, Star Fox 64 3D or Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive!

Nintendo then mentioned they have an eShop sale going on right now. There are a variety of games currently on sale.

If you purchased the Wii U black system then you can accrue points by buying Nintendo products. Those points can be used on the eShop to purchase games. Go to ddp.nintendo.com for more information.

A quick plug for a Zelda book was put in.

Third-Party Games:

BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien from Gaijin Games is coming to Wii U in February. It features narration by Charles Martinet, and a demo is planned for the Nintendo eShop soon.

This month, Zen Pinball 2 from Zen Studios introduces a number of pinball tables, including Marvel Pinball and Plants vs. Zombies Pinball. The game will be available as a free download in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U with additional tables available for purchase.

Soon Two Tribes will release Toki Tori 2, a puzzle/platforming game that will support off-TV game play on the Wii U GamePad. A level editor will be released at a later date.

Need for Speed Most Wanted U from EA is arriving on Wii U on March 19 as the first third-party title to incorporate Miiverse functionality into the game play. Exclusive features include a new Co-Driver mode for local co-op play, Off-TV mode to play on the Wii U GamePad and the Ultimate Speed Pack included at no additional charge. The Ultimate Speed Pack includes 25 additional High Speed Races and Speed Runs, five of the world's fastest production cars and more than 70 new speed-themed milestones, plus stacks of additional rewards and unlocks.

Capcom's Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate launches for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on March 19. A Wii U player can connect with up to three Nintendo 3DS players to create a hunting party. People can play the game on Wii U and then transfer their data to the Nintendo 3DS to continue the hunt. A demo will be available in the Nintendo eShop on both platforms on Feb. 21.

Disney Infinity from Disney Interactive is coming to Wii U and Wii this summer. For the first time, players will use real-world interactive figures to activate original, story-driven adventures in the game worlds, also known as "Play Sets." At any time, players can also access their personal "Toy Box" and use the items to create one-of-a-kind Disney adventures featuring any combination of characters, environments and items across all franchises featured in the game. Disney Infinity will also be available on Nintendo 3DS.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D: The smash-hit Wii game is getting a portable 3D makeover that makes the already-amazing layered graphics pop. The game launches this summer, but an exclusive 3D video is available now in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. Yes more rehash.

All in all the Third-party content is looking really solid. Nintendo has a couple of games here and there of interest. They are continuing to have their rehash problems, as well as a lack of follow through. Neither of these were addressed. We did get Animal Crossing and Lego City, so this Nintendo Direct earns a 7 out of 10 possible stars.

 

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