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March 3, 2016 Nintendo Direct Recap

Now this was an unprecedented action by Nintendo. Two Nintendo Directs within the same week? Who could've guessed that? This Direct in question was much longer than the Pokemon Direct that aired on February 26 and revealed information for upcoming games for this spring and summer. A lot of what was shown was already known about or had been leaked the day before the direct, but some new stuff that had yet to be announced was revealed as well. Let's take a look.

Now because the last direct was exclusively Pokemon themed and announced the new Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon games, this one had no Pokemon related news to speak of. Instead a bunch of equally exciting information was shown off.

  • Star Fox Zero was shown off again and was officially announced that it would be released in tandem on April 22 with a secondary game called Star Fox Guard. The Fox amiibo was also shown off in the game to show that it would unlock the Retro Arwing for play.
  • Splatoon will be receiving a balancing patch on March 8 along with some new weapon sets that will be released in two separate updates in the near future.
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was shown off a bit with the addition of a release date for both versions. Wii U is June 24 and 3DS is March 18.
  • New construction features in the form of Pink Coins, Keys, Locked Doors and Skewers will be added to Super Mario Maker in its next update (Still no sloped platforms though...). In addition to these, a new Super Expert 100-Mario Challenge game mode will also be added which can be played to try and earn new Mystery Mushroom costumes.
  • The Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem crossover game for Wii U now has an official English name and a release date. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE will be released June 24.
  • Paper Mario: Color Splash was unexpectedly revealed for the Wii U and will be released some time in 2016. No other specifics such as amiibo support or a demo were announced for it.
  • Pokken Tournament recapped some if its features and reconfirmed its March 18 release date.
  • Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge was revealed and would be released as an early access title, with the purchase of a compatible amiibo, on March 25 and with a free public release on both Wii U and 3DS on April 28.
  • Super NES titles were announced for Virtual Console on the New 3DS and will be incompatible with the older hardware.
  • Hyrule Warriors Legends was announced to be getting a Season Pass of DLC and a free downloadable character in the form of Medli from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. The Season Pass will be released on the same day as the game on March 25.
  • Monster Hunter X was revealed to be coming stateside with the name Monster Hunter Generations and was shown to have Fire Emblem DLC as well. It should be released some time in the summer.
  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force showed off some new gameplay and some details about the game's story was explained. It has a projected release of late spring.
  • Fire Emblem Fates had some DLC shown off in addition to the final downloable story line, Revelation.
  • Dragon Quest VII was announced for a stateside release some time in 2016.
  • Bravely Second: End Layer was announced for an April release with the addition of a rather impressive collector's edition to pre-order.
  • The Free-to-Play Lost Reavers was announced to be released as an open beta on April 14 with the full version being released two weeks later.
  • A rather unusual new game called Pocket Card Jockey by Game Freak was announced for the 3DS and will be released in May.
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 was announced for a summer release on the 3DS eShop.
  • In addition, Disney Art Academy was also announced for the 3DS. It will be released on May 13.
  • Rhythm Heaven Megamix was announced to finally getting released overseas after being in Japan for nearly a year. It will be released some time in 2016. I'm estimating a summer launch.
  • A brand new Kirby game for the 3DS called Kirby: Planet Robobot was announced for the 3DS and will include amiibo support and a brand new sub-game called Team Kirby Clash. In addition to this, a brand new series of amiibo based on the Kirby series was announced. The game will be released on June 10, but the release date of the amiibo has yet to be confirmed.
  • And finally, the My Nintendo loyalty program was officially launched and will also allow you to preregister Nintendo's first smartphone app, Miitomo.

Being the Nintendo fan that I am, I will most definitely be trying to get most of these games and I am extremely excited for the new Kirby game that will soon be released. I wish I didn't have to repurchase all of those SNES games though, but I'm sure My Nintendo will be able to remedy this in the future. But until then, I'll be seeing you.


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