Animal Crossing

Nintendo updated fans today on the status of many 3DS and Wii U game titles.

To start, Bill Trinen talked about Animal Crossing : New Leaf.  He personally thanks all players for their enthusiasm and support of playing the game, creating a massive online community that players can enjoy.  He also went into details about how to share images from your 3DS to your social networks.  Press both “L” and “R” together to take a picture.  On the home menu of the 3DS, load up Nintendo Image Share through the internet feature, and then you have the opportunity to upload your pictures to Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter.  This also works for Art Academy, Style Savvy Trend Setters, and Spirit Camera.

He then moved on to information about Nintendo Zone.  Nintendo Zone is located at many WiFi areas through AT&T (such as Best Buy and Simon Malls).  In a few weeks, players will be able to streetpass with many others, without them being around.  Nintendo Zone will register a person as they come through the Nintendo Zone area.  The next person who comes to that area will streetpass with the previous person, and so on.  More information is on Nintendo’s website, with more information to come in future Nintendo Directs.

Mii Plaza

Four new Streetpass games were also looked at today: Mii Force, a space shooter that uses Streetpass players to power up your ship as you fight through the galaxy; Flower Town, a casual game where players try to cross-pollinate flowers with those they have street passed to make new hybrid flowers; Warrior’s Way, fight other streetpass players with those you have street passed in order to take over the world; and Monster Manor, Design and explore a multi-leveled mansion using parts from other street passed players.  Players can get these games for $4.99 each, or in a bundle of all four for $14.99.  These games have achievements in them which give players special tickets.  These tickets can be used in the Mii Plaza to get new outfits and hats.

Trinen also revealed an ongoing promotion with Shin Megami Tensei 4 and Fire Emblem: Awakening.  Players who register both games to their Club Nintendo account before August 31st will receive a $30 credit to their accounts.  Digital or physical copies are eligible for this promotion.

Dream team

Mario and Luigi: Dream Team gameplay was shown after that.  The game will be released on August 11.  Along with this, a new puzzle in Puzzle Swap, featuring Luigi, is now available on the Mii Plaza.  More games that will be available by the end of the year will be Pokemon X and Y (October 12), along with The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario Party for the 3DS (Available November).

Shifting to a Wii U focus, Pikmin 3 gameplay was also shown.  This time, Trinen revealed a new map available in Bingo Battle mode.  There will be 12 maps available in the game, each with 3 variations.  Along with this, players can connect to the internet and compare completion times and scores with people around the world.  Trinen also urged players to view Miyamoto’s developer interview for Pikmin 3 available at Nintendo’s E3 website.

Woinderful 101

After that, gameplay was revealed for The Wonderful 101.  The game will be available on September 15, with more information to come in a future Nintendo Direct.  Other Wii U games that will be available by the end of the year will be: The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Wii Party U, Sonic: Lost World, Disney’s Planes, Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, and Super Mario 3D World.

Trinen briefly explained that Rayman Legends, Just Dance 2014, Watch_Dogs, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, Skylanders Swap Force, Disney Infinity, Scribblenauts Unmasked, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut use the Wii U gamepad in a unique way that changes the gameplay dynamic for the Wii U system.  These games will be available by the end of the year.

Third-party partners to Nintendo are launching some new games as well. Ubisoft is releasing Cloudberry Kingdom: a platformer with a built-in random level generator.  Every level will be different and new through each play-through.  Capcom is releasing Ducktales Remastered.  It will feature hand drawn animated sprites, original Disney character voices, and a beautifully painted background from the original show.  Knapnok Games is releasing Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party.  Two to eight players can play this game where they will grab, dance, hide, and much more in a series of mini games.  These games will be available in August.

With the E3 event at local Best Buy’s being such a success, Trinen revealed there will be another game available this weekend: Pikmin 3. Over 200 GameStop stores in the US and Canada will have copies of Pikmin 3 available to play this Saturday and Sunday.  Additionally, players who pre-order a copy of the game digitally this weekend will receive the game a day early: August 3rd.


Closing out the direct, gameplay was shown for EarthBound. The original release of this game on the SNES came with a players guide to help out for the game.  This guide will be available to all players on EarthBound‘s website and through the Wii U gamepad.