Huge “Nintendo Direct” Announcements Made

Tim already reported on the big New Super Mario Bros. 2 news, which will hit the 3DS in Japan and North America this August!  As you can tell from the screenshots below, the racoon tail is making a return, and the old P meter.

Nintendo also announced Kirby Anthology for the Wii, which will be released sometime this year featuring your favorite Kirby games all on one Wii disc.

Animal Crossing 3DS will be released this Fall in Japan, but Nintendo didn’t reveal anything new whatsoever.  All they did was release a few screenshots you see below.

There’s also a new 3DS firmware update being released on April 25th, which will allow users to create folders for their games, where up to 60 icons can be saved per folder.  This should make navigating the interface much more user friendly, and finally allow us to store all our Virtual Console downloads in the same place.  The new firmware will also allow patches to be downloaded directly from the eShop.

We’re not even at E3 and already there’s so much exciting news.  Just imagine what the big show will reveal!

 

16 thoughts on “Huge “Nintendo Direct” Announcements Made”

  1. It’ll be interesting to see what is on the Kirby Anthology. Personally, I think it’s just going to be the VC versions of Kirby’s Adventure, Kirby Super Star, Kirby’s Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards together (with modified controls for those without Classic Controllers, but still with the option to use them, like was done for Super Mario All-Stars). Since I’ve already downloaded the first two of those four, I’d probably pass on buying it since I could get the other games cheaper through VC if I wanted them.

    However (though extremely unlikely), it’s possible that it may also include all or most of the Gameboy Kirby titles as well. Given that it’s an anthology, you’d think that the very first game in the series would be included. If the collection also had Kirby’s Dream Land 1 & 2, Kirby’s Pinball Land, etc… then it’d be an absolute no-brainer to purchase.

  2. Oh, and I forgot Kirby’s Avalanche and Kirby’s Dream Course, those are also both Wii VC titles. Again, I think the anthology is just going to be all the VC releases (six games total) put together, but I hope I’m wrong.

  3. I know it’s niche, but I freakin’ loved Kirby Air Ride for the ‘cube. If they include thay in the anthology, I’ll be one happy guy.

    Anyway, good stuff. I’m especially aporeciative of 3DS game patches finally being included. Really encouraging for developers out there to patch up their bugs and include free DLC.

  4. If I was making the anthology, I’d include *every* game except Kirby Super Star Stacker (released in Japan only), Kirby Tilt ‘n’ Tumble (unless there’d be a way to simulate the tilt with the Wii remote, but this wouldn’t be likely to happen), and the DS and Wii releases for obvious reasons. This means the final list would be:

    Kirby’s Dream Land (Gameboy)
    Kirby’s Adventure (NES)
    Kirby’s Pinball Land (Gameboy)
    Kirby’s Dream Course (Super NES)
    Kirby’s Dream Land 2 (Gameboy)
    Kirby’s Avalanche (Super NES)
    Kirby’s Block Ball (Gameboy)
    Kirby Super Star (Super NES)
    Kirby’s Star Stacker (Gameboy)
    Kirby’s Dream Land 3 (Super NES)
    Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Nintendo 64)
    Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland (Gameboy Advance)
    Kirby Air Ride (Gamecube)
    Kirby & the Amazing Mirror (Gameboy Advance)

    That’s fourteen games. Something like this would be… amazing, to say the least, but I doubt anything like it is going to happen. Given the work that went into the Super Mario All-Stars Anniversary Edition, I’m not expecting much, but we can hope.

  5. I have been a big fan of the whole Animal Crossing series, but I did not buy the last Wii version of the game. The graphics and over all series has not progress much…so I am just going to skip them going forward.

    Look at the new 3DS version?!?! Not much has changed at all folks.

    1. Well, you can easily make the same complaints with most of the Harvest Moon titles. Some people really like them still, it’s just a matter of having some new characters, having the game on a new platform, etc.

  6. Pertaining to Kirby, I can say I hope Nintendo puts something out that shows a little effort. I didn’t buy the All Stars port because I actually found it to be completely insulting. Here we are 25 years after the launch of Super Mario Bros. and the way Nintendo says thanks is by giving us a DIRECT port of a SNES game and charing us a ridiculous amount for it? Seriously?!?! I’m a HUGE 2D Mario fan, and am very proud to say I never bought that game. If it pops up on eBay for $10 one day I may take the plunge, but even then, I really doubt it. I mean the in-game graphics showing you how to alter the controls were of the SNES controller. That’s very distasteful.

    With this Kirby collection, at least make it somewhat unique Nintendo, you hear me?!?!

    As for Animal Crossing, I’ll have to see. I enjoyed the GameCube version, but never really got into any of the others to be perfectly honest with you guys. Perhaps if it’s online enabled, and I can bug Steven by leaving him all kinds of stupid comments and messages than it’ll be worth the price of admission for that alone lol.

  7. I’m happy to hear about New! Super Mario Bros 2 for 3DS! I’ll definitely be buying it, I love 2D Mario and I’m always eager to play more. I have beaten New! Super Mario Bros Wii and have got every one of the star coins–but on my friend’s Wii, lol. I still have to get my own copy of the game. I really like New! Super Mario Bros on the DS as well, that was so much fun.

    I hope we see something nice for the Kirby Anthology. Nintendo doesn’t do Collection Discs all that often. With how they treated Mario, I’m not too hopeful. The Legend of Zelda Collection Disc for GameCube was pretty sweet (both N64 and both NES titles was nice, and I got it for free), but it was still pretty packing. I’m hoping Kirby’s Collection packs in more content to make it worthwhile. I still need to buy Return to Dreamland for Wii. I played it at a friend’s house and I had a blast. I also need to re-buy Epic Yarn. I gave my copy to a friend awhile back, but I’d like to re-fill that space in my collection.

    I was a little disappointed that Nintendo didn’t have any update for Fire Emblem or for Pandora’s Tower though.

    1. I hope there’s a decent Kirby collection but I have the feeling that Nintendo is just going to slap the six Wii VC titles onto one disc with a minimal menu selection screen, modify the controls for the games so as to not need a Classic Controller if you don’t have one, and call it a day. Depending on what they’d charge for it, it might still be a decent buy (since you’d have to pay $47 to get them all on VC), but I’m really hoping for something much better.

      What’s even more insulting about the SMAS release is that Nintendo opted to not use the later release that also included Super Mario World (which was also a slightly updated version never released elsewhere). Of course, I still bought it because I love those games but if I had the ability to download from VC then, I would have just bought the NES versions and passed on it (and saved money).

      1. Don’t get too excited. It sucks that these anniversary games and collections in general are mostly really lame. Look at the recently released Silent Hill Collection, it featured parts 2 and 3. What kind of crap is that? The best company thus far has been Sony with their first party collections. At least those games were actually that, collections. The Jak one in particular was great, then again so was the Sly collection.

        Bottom line, I’m not holding my breath for the one stop end all Kirby collection, as awesome as that would be.

  8. The only reason I bought All Stars for Wii is because I lost my SNES copy. I truly hope Kirby doesn’t get the cheap mundane treatment. They need to give people who downloaded the VC ports a reason why to buy this compliation…whether it’s more games or interviews or a new coat of paint, it just needs to be done right.

    1. Honestly Ahmed that was no way to treat Mario, of all the characters. That would be like Disney releasing some sort of anniversary Mickey disc and just taking an already released DVD, and slapping a new box art on the thing. There was 0 effort on Nintendo’s part and it mad me really ticked off. Like I said, I wouldn’t mind if someone bought it for me just for completion’s sake. I do own all other Mario games in their original boxes, etc, so maybe one day someone will find me a good copy just to keep my collection of Mario titles complete. Outside that though, I MUCH prefer the SNES version over this one thanks to the greatest controller ever!

  9. The Wii could easily emulate the Gameboy and Gameboy Advance. But I doubt that the collection will have any games from those systems because of a) the effort involved to emulate them, since there are no GB/GBA games on the Wii VC b) they are being saved for the 3DS VC, so if you *really* want them you have to buy a 3DS and then download them separately.

    At least Kirby is getting something, even if it does turn out to be lackluster. Metroid got absolutely *nothing* at all last year for its 25th anniversary.

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