Nintendo Direct 9/1/16 Rundown

Nintendo Direct Sept 1

Nintendo has been gaining major flak lately for their lack of communication about upcoming releases. While they’re not yet ready to pull back the curtain on the NX, they granted us a new Nintendo Direct focusing solely on 3DS titles. Here’s a detailed list of the things they showed during the presentation:

  • Game Freak showed off some new footage on Pokémon Sun & Moon. premiering a Dark Type Ratatta in its new Alola form and a few new Z-Moves. In addition, players who pick the game the game up at launch can obtain a special Munchlax and item to use his new signature move, Pulverizing Pancake. The bonus can be redeemed up to January 11, 2017.
  • Super Mario Maker was announced to receive a 3DS port. While you’ll be able to create courses just like the Wii U version, the new 3DS version will not include the Mystery Mushroom and their related costumes. This pocket edition will receive new challenges, and the ability to trade courses with others via local multiplayer and streetpass, and collaboration courses, which can be made with a friend. The game is set for release December 2nd.
  • Mario Party: Star Rush, previously revealed at the E3 Treehouse, takes the players off the traditional board game set up and onto a SRPG inspired grid where all players can move at the same time as opposed to taking turns. Everyone starts as a Toad, and gathers other standard Mario characters on the field. On top of new modes and minigames, the game will be compatible with all Super Mario amiibo. Local multiplayer was confirmed, with players who don’t own the game required to download Party Guest free from the eShop. The game is set for release November 4th.
  • In a surprise return, we gained confirmation of new DLC for one of the 3DS’ biggest hits, Animal Crossing: New Leaf. This DLC will bring back fan favorite Wisp and amiibo functionality. New amiibo cards are set to be on the way as well around December 2nd. It was also confirmed that an Animal Crossing Mini-Direct will be happening later this year, presumably to also cover the upcoming Animal Crossing mobile game.
  • StreetPass Mii Plaza got an update, giving players the chance to pass with up to 100 players opposed to the previous 10. Five new games were added as well, with the chance to download either Slot Cars Rivals or Market Crashers for free. If you’re reading this, the update should have already gone live for you.
  • A brand new eShop game was shown, Tank Troopers. It appears to be a real time action game where you go up against up to 6 players in colorful tanks with special abilities. Local multiplayer is confirmed at the time, but no word on online play as of yet. The game comes out some time this Winter.
  • Picross 3D Round 2, and its demo, is getting a surprise release of Today, with color coating blocks to make solving puzzles more interesting.
  • Nintendo showed off their Nindies program, giving the spotlight to games like Axiom Verge, Severed, and Azure Striker Gunvolt 2.
  • On top of reconfirming the release of the NES Classic this coming November, Reggie showed up to show off a new set of Zelda amiibos, which will work with the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. An art book is being released by Dark Horse, The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts, some time this coming February. Despite being a 3DS Direct, Reggie confirmed the immediate release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword to the Wii U Virtual Console.
  • A new Hyrule Warriors Legends DLC update is out now, featuring the Sand Wand from Spirit Tracks, and Toon Link inside of a Phantom suit.
  • Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice has a demo out today, and will be released exclusively to the eShop on September 8th.
  • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King was pushed back to 2017, while its upcoming prequel, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotton Past, is still on track for its September 16th release.
  • Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls and Bony Spirits will have a demo coming Mid-September, with a full release September 30th.
  • Disney Magical World 2 will have DLC for early adopters featuring outfits based on the Disney movie Frozen. The games is set for release .
  • Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice was shown off, aiming to be a solid 2D platformer with the ability to swap out with another character at any time, as they battle their new villain Defect. The game is set for release .
  • Thanks to fan demand, we can see the release of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, a direct sequel to SMT IV released three years ago. The new game is set to release September 20th.
  • In the start of focusing on 2017 titles, they revealed Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World, an enhanced port of Yoshi’s Woolly World for the Wii U. The game will feature all the levels from the Wii U versions with the chance to play as the lovable dog Poochy. The game, along with a Yarn Poochy amiibo figure, is set to release February 3rd.
  • We got to see more of the upcoming Action RPG, Ever Oasis, a dungeon romping game that features 3 playable characters, switchable at any time, all striving to help grow their desert town and take down a dark force eclipsing the land. The game is set to release sometime in 2017.
  • Nintendo premiered Mario Sports Superstars, a compilation of popular Mario Sports titles, including Soccer, Baseball, Tennis, Golf, and, new to the pack, Horse Racing. The game will have tournament support, as well as local and online multiplayer. The game is set to release sometime in Spring 2017.
  • Finally, Nintendo premiered a brand new untitled Pikmin title exclusively for the 3DS. Unlike the previous entries, the game is taking a side scrolling aesthetic, similar to Kirby Mass Attack on the DS. The game is set for release sometime in 2017.

Do you think Nintendo put up a healthy amounts of titles to show? Or are you still salivating for concrete NX news? Let us know!

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