Nintendo Direct Recap: A Flood of Luigis
Nintendo isn’t planning to leave the Wii U out in the cold, and intends to release a couple of games that should please any owner of the console.
The company has announced plans to release a system update for the Wii U that’s coming next week. The update will bring new features and enhance existing ones, such as shortening load times when switching apps, and even install updates while playing games. Best of all, the update will allow you to install updates for your games even while the console is turned off so you won’t have to wait around for the updates to complete.
In addition to the games listed below, many Gameboy Advance titles will be headed to the Wii U. Nintendo has not revealed what games these are yet, so it’s anyone’s guess what they plan to release on the service.
EarthBound for Virtual Console
Following the success of EarthBound (or Mother 2, as it’s known in Japan) in Japan’s eShop on the Wii U, Nintendo has listened to the requests of its international fans and has announced plans to release the game on the eShop. This year, 1994′s SNES classic EarthBound will finally see a Virtual Console release, on Wii U in Europe and North America.
It’ll be fascinating to see whether Nintendo is using this as a way to gauge interest in the series. Should enough people buy EarthBound, there’s a chance that it’ll spur the publisher to release the English-language version of Mother 3 on the Virtual Console for Wii U.
Pikmin 3 Update: Flying Pikmin
Nintendo has announced a new flying type of Pikmin called the Winged Pikmin for its upcoming game. It will follow the player and carry items in the air. Pikmin 3 will be available in stores and in the eShop on August 4.
Luigi DLC for Super Mario Bros. U
Nintendo plans to release a major DLC for Super Mario Bros. U with Luigi at the helm. The DLC will allow players to play through the entire game as Luigi, who comes with all new game mechanics. Unlike his brother, he can jump much higher, but takes a while to skid to a halt after sprinting. The DLC, originally announced in February, will place a 100-second timer on the game’s 82 levels.