Nintendo Direct Recap: A Flood of Luigis
Nintendo has taken some very impressive measures to win the hearts and minds of gamers, especially after weak starts for both the 3DS handheld and Wii U console. Through its quarterly Nintendo Direct webcast, the company has taken to making large announcements about its plans with the aforementioned platforms and revealing new games to give owners and would-be owners of the platforms plenty of first- and third-party titles to look forward to.
In today’s Nintendo Direct, company president Satoru Iwata revealed a number of new games for both the 3DS and the Wii U, which will be released throughout the rest of the year and into early 2014.
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, Oracle of Seasons
Originally developed by Capcom in 2001, Nintendo plans to release The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons as Virtual Console titles for the 3DS. Both games are interconnected, and players who own both titles will be able to unlock secrets in either game that are otherwise tucked away. It’ll be out by the end of May.
New Yoshi’s Island
Since the release of the second Yoshi’s Island in 2002, fans of Yoshi haven’t had much in the way of Yoshi titles—at least not ones where the green dinosaur is cast as its main character.
Nintendo plans to ameliorate that little problem by releasing an all new Yoshi’s Island for the 3DS. Naturally, the new game comes with a whole lot of cutesy graphics that defined the previous games, with Yoshi carrying a baby Mario on his back. Yoshi and Mario both make an adorable pair of characters, and the graphics of the 3DS should be more than enough to appeal to a new group of players.
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Donkey Kong Country Returns is a 3DS port of the Wii title. However, it is more than just a straight port and offers a new difficulty mode called “New Mode” (very creative, Nintendo) which makes the game a lot more forgiving than the original. In the so-called “New Mode”, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have more health slots, and new items prevent the player from doing so easily.
The mode was implemented as a response to complaints that the original game was too difficult for players, and should allow players both new and old to enjoy a far less frustrating game. Players keen on experiencing the game as it was originally developed can do so by selecting “Original Mode”.
In addition to the new difficulty option, DKCR 3D comes with all new levels and makes full use of the 3DS’ three-dimensional slider. It’s out in late May.
Mario Party 3DS
There’s a new Mario Party game coming to the 3DS and it comes with all new party activities for groups of players to get involved in through ad-hoc wireless play.
Details are scant, but the new mini-games include one where you have to toss a lasso at groups of goombas, and a variation of Breakout with multiple players.
The game is out this Winter.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros.
The brothers are back in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. In this new game, Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach are invited over to the island of Pi’illo (it’s a play on the word “pillow”) where Peach, as always, ends up getting kidnapped—this time by a dream.
It’s up to the brothers to save her and they do so by having Luigi take a nap in specific beds while Mario ventures into his brother’s dreams. That Luigi’s dreams happen to be psychedelic should come as no surprise given his penchant for consuming mushrooms.
The game can be played alone or with a friend, with the second player taking control of Luigi within his own dreams.