Highlights from Satoru Iwata’s Nintendo Direct
The story takes place on Pi’illo Island where Mario and the gang are sightseeing. As per SOP, Princess Peach is once again kidnapped. This time, she’s pulled into a dream world that can only be accessed while Luigi sleeps on a special pillow with magical power.
Mario and Luigi are tasked with traveling back and forth between Luigi’s dream world and the real world to solve various challenges.
Mario and Luigi Dream Team will be coming to stores and Nintendo’s eShop on August 11th.
Also mentioned in February, Mario Golf World Tour is coming to the Nintendo 3DS this summer.
Satoru Iwata indicated that we can look forward to a wireless feature containing competitive real time match play mode as well as a mode that allows you to upload your scores to test your skill in large scale competitions.
Those familiar with the Community Feature in Mario Kart 7 will be pleased to know that it is also included in Mario Golf World Tour.
The newest installment in the Mario Party series will be coming to Nintendo’s 3DS this winter.
The board game like gameplay remains with the introduction of 7 new game boards. Each with their own set of rules and dramatically changing gameplay.
Mario Party also includes 81 new mini games including AR card and puzzle games.
New Super Luigi U coming this summer to Nintendo Wii U.
This New Super Mario Bros. U downloadable content places Luigi at the helm of his own adventure. The world map is the same as New Super Mario Bros. U. However, all 82 stages have been completely changed specifically for Luigi’s skills.
In addition, all courses have 100 seconds on the timer thus making each stage more concentrated tempting players to play multiple times.
Making the jump from the Wii to the 3DS, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will allow players take DK’s adventure with them.
In addition to portability, the left to right and front to back gameplay is a perfect fit for Nintendo’s 3DS which adds depth to the already deeply rendered environments.
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D has a “New Mode” which allows players to take more damage. New additions to this New Mode also entail a Portable DK Barrel, Green Balloon, and Crash Guard. For the hard core at heart, Original Mode is also included.
The game will include 8 new levels that can only be accessed after completing the main game. Players can play co-op as Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong via local wireless play.
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is coming May 24th to stores and Nintendo’s eShop.
The 3rd installment of the Yoshi’s Island series is coming to Nintendo 3DS.
The gameplay mechanics that players came to love in the prior iterations remain intact while introducing 3DS specific features.
More details about Yoshi’s Island for the 3DS and launch date to come in future Nintendo Directs.
Exclusive to the Nintendo eShop, Mario and Donkey Kong Minis on the Move will arrive on May 9th.
Mario and Donkey Kong Minis on the Move will also allow players to upload and download user created stages.
The Wii U system update is coming out the week of 4/21/13. It will include improved loading times as well as giving Wii U owners the ability to copy and move data between USB drives. It will automatically install new software in the background while users play games and will also update existing software. Iwata also mentioned that players can go straight to the Wii menu by pressing B upon Wii U start up. The new Standby function will continue to download and will install software after the Wii U has been powered off. Lastly, the Virtual Console will start the day after the system update becomes available.
EarthBound (Mother 2 in Japan) will be available as a virtual console title coming by the end of this year.
EarthBound tells the story of Ness, a 13-year-old boy who journeys around the world using his psychic powers to collect eight melodies in order to save the future from an alien of pure evil, intending to sentence all of reality to the horror of eternal darkness.
The actual release date for Earth Bound will be announced in a future Nintendo Direct.