Thoughts on Nintendo Direct 11/13/2013

Another Nintendo Direct has come and gone, and with it a whole lot of Nintendo goodness!

The Nintendo Direct started off with a humorously off-the-wall opening (which could easily make for more “Reggie memes”), but quickly got into the games.

Nintendo went into more details about Mario Party Island Tour and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on 3DS (both released November 22 in North America). They highlighted Mario Party’s “Bowser’s Tower” mode, where you ascend, well, Bowser’s Tower by completing a series of minigames, which includes a boss fight on every fifth floor (similar to Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon’s Scarescraper mode). A Link Between Worlds showcased some new characters and sidequests, as well as a nifty Zelda-themed 3DSXL (it’s gold!).

Nintendo went on to show more of Square’s new 3DS RPG Bravely Default (released in February), which keeps looking better and better, while Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy looks to keep puzzle gaming alive on 3DS.

Nintendo went on to detail some new features on 3DS and Wii U, such as the ability to link your balance information between the console and handheld, so no more separate Nintendo points cards! It’s a streamlined approach that will definitely come in handy with Nintendo’s downloadable services. Nintendo also revealed that YouTube is coming to 3DS, and that Wii U’s YouTube app will be updated soon. Also also, Nintendo announced that Miiverse is finally coming to 3DS!

After showing off a barrage of independent titles coming soon to 3DS and Wii U, Nintendo shed some light on some new Pikmin 3 DLC coming early December, which include brand new mission stages and the ability to play as Captain Olimar and Louie from the first two Pikmin games.

Nintendo finished off the Direct with a video about “10 new things” in Super Mario 3D World.

*CAUTION! SPOLERS!*

The video showcased things like the gamepad controls, speed running stages, the Captain Toad levels, a stage based on old-school, top-down shooters, and a stage inspired by Super Mario Kart (complete with remixed music from the SNES classic)! The two final “new things” were probably the best, one is a minigame based on the original Mario Bros. with a new Luigi motif titled, as you might expect, “Luigi Bros.” The other was the game’s unlockable fifth playable character, Rosalina from Super Mario Galaxy! Rosalina’s special ability is a spin attack (similar to the one Mario used in Galaxy) that also serves as a double jump. Her reveal was accompanied by a delightful remix of the Gusty Garden Galaxy theme.

So that sums up the big happenings in today’s Nintendo Direct. They may not have had any big new games revealed, but that was to be expected when they announced this Direct would focus on already-announced 3DS titles. But the information in the Direct definitely made some anticipated titles look all the better.

Get your body ready!

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