Nintendo Direct Recap: A Flood of Luigis
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy
Originally released in Japan late last year, the game is finally getting a localized release in both North America and Europe. Naturally, this means the rest of the English-speaking world will finally get to play the game.
Developed by Square Enix, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy is a turn-based RPG with a battle system that’s not unlike Final Fantasy 7′s. More than just a straight story, players will be able to make decisions all throughout the game and be rewarded with a number of different endings based on the actions they choose. It’s a real RPG—and not a story with some RPG mechanics.
If you’re in Europe, you can pick it up at the end of the year. North American gamers will have to wait until early 2014.
Mario Golf World Tour
Mario Golf World Tour for the 3DS is a new golf game done in the familiar, colorful style of previous Mario Golf titles. Players can choose from multiple characters and for the first time ever, they will be able to take the game online against players worldwide in real-time.
The most interesting feature by far is the ability to create games with whatever conditions you choose, which allow you to determine the course, set a time limit, or even force all players to play only as a certain character.
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is a puzzle game that’s similar to pipe jigsaw games, or the hacking minigame in BioShock.
Made up of more than 180 levels and split across four different modes, the game sees players laying paths throughout the levels to navigate clockwork Mario toys to pick up coins along the way and make their way to their exit points. Each level varies in size, and in many cases, you’re limited to the amount of paths you can put down.
Players will be able to pick it up from the eShop on May 9.
Special Edition Animal Crossing 3DS XL
Fans of the Animal Crossing series will have a chance to pick up a special edition 3DS XL with aesthetics based on the games. The bundle, which was originally released last November in Japan, will be making its way to Europe and North America later this year.
The 3DS XL, which comes in white and features colorful icons from the series, includes a copy of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, pre-installed so you can play it right away.
It’s priced at a reasonable $219.99 and comes out on June 9, 2013. Expect the price to skyrocket once retailers run out of stock.
Link to the Past 2
Nintendo saved the best announcement for last with a new Legend of Zelda game for the 3DS. The new title, Link to the Past 2, is set after the events of Link to the Past.
More than just a follow-up to the original game, LTTP2 offers verticality never-before-seen in a top-down Zelda game. By taking full advantage of the 3DS’ three-dimensional features, the game contains puzzles that rely upon the player’s depth perception. In addition to the vertical puzzles, Link will also be able to turn himself into a two-dimensional piece of paper and traverse across walls and other flat surfaces.