While I’m still salty from the terrible Customer Service experience from Nintendo, I could never fall out of love with Nintendo. And last night’s Nintendo Direct just goes to show – who could not love Nintendo?
Straight off the bat, the announcement that I and every other Legend of Zelda fan has been waiting for – an announcement trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D for the 3DS. Majora’s Mask is one of the Zelda fan base’s favourite titles, and pretty much as soon as we’d finished playing Ocarina of Time 3D, we wanted to know when its N64 “sequel” would follow. We’ve waited years, but finally we have the announcement – in Spring 2015 we will finally have Majora’s Mask on 3DS!
Majora’s Mask has been hinted at by the Nintendo big wigs around the time of the fabulous A Link Between Worlds (which is fabulous, if you’ve not yet – go play it!). The natural assumption was that we’d eventually get a 3DS version of the game, but after a fan made trailer for a Majora’s Mask HD appeared from the depths of the internet, some of us had hoped we might see Majoras’ Mask remade in full HD for the Wii U… But ultimately the 3DS does make more sense – and I can’t wait!
Also announced was the special edition for Majora’s Mask which contains a beautiful pin badge of the games namesake mask, a glorious steelbook for the game and a double sided poster. I’m already putting the pennies aside for that one!
While that would’ve been enough for me, last night’s Nintendo Direct contained more than the Majora’s Mask 3DS announcement. Quite a few things we already knew about were given official release dates, the first Mario Kart 8 DLC pack will be out next week on the 13th of November, with the second pack not being out until May 2015. There will be Excitebike and Zelda themed tracks among the 8 new tracks in pack 1, Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach and Link will be new racers, and Blue Falcon and the Master Cycle, a Zelda themed bike are among the new karts/bikes. There will also be Amiibo functionality, where each Amiibo you scan will provide a matching themed outfit for your Mii to wear in game.
Amiibo functionality for Hyrule warriors was also announced, if you scan in your Link Amiibo you’ll be given the Spinner weapon from Twilight Princess, while other Amiibos will provide other in game materials and weapons.
Snippets of 70 levels of Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker, as well as an explanation of how secret levels can be unlocked by doing certain levels while meeting certain requirements – the example given was completing a certain level with full stars and not being seen by a single Shy Guy.
Ultimate NES Remix from the Wii U is coming to 3DS this Friday, but is already available to buy from the eStore – doing so will also unlock a free 3DS theme.
Duck Hunt Dog made a cameo return in the latest Smash Bros games, but we’ve also now been shown that Duck Hunt is coming to the Wii U’s Virtual Console. While the classic NES Light Gun will no longer work, the WiiMotes will work just fine, so you can use any of the old gun attachments you’ve got laying around will work for it!
Shigeru Miyamoto has been working on a short animated film based on Pikmin, which is available to purchase in either 3D or HD on 3DS and Wii U’s respective eStores now. Pikmin 3 has also been given a free demo to tempt new players, and any progress in the demo can be transferred to the full game. A feature I think more games should make use of!
E3 showed us the new Kirby game for Wii U, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, last night it was announced that this would hit the shelves February 2015 and will include up to an additional 4 players in a similar vein to New Super Mario Bros U.
Codename S.T.E.A.M., the first person real-time strategy game from the makers of Fire Emblem, will be coming to 3DS in the first half of 2015. Apparently Abraham Lincoln will be included as one of the playable characters! (The plot sounded a bit like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but more of a steam punk story rather than vampires…)
Nintendo finished up with a more in depth look into the eagerly awaited Splatoon and more importantly some of its single player campaign mode with the new Octopus baddies!
As always Nintendo have impressed with their latest Direct presentation, using the hype behind their well-known titles and IPs to build more excitement for their new ventures as well.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below – who else is as excited for Majora’s Mask as I am? That announcement alone very nearly made me forgive the terrible customer service I got over the Smash Bros 3DS launch…