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Nintendo Direct: Watch The European Presentation Live

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

The summer's big releases to be revealed

At 3pm UK time / 4pm European time, Nintendo Europe will host a live Nintendo Direct presentation which will showcase forthcoming software for the Wii U and 3DS consoles.

What's in store, you ask? Your guess is as good as ours at this point. Will the broadcast contain any shocks? Will we see solid release dates for eagerly-awaited games? You can share your own predictions by posting a comment below, and as ever, we'll be deconstructing the event with a play-by-play commentary on this very page.

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Well, that European presentation was short and sweet. Sonic deal is the big news.


That's it Europe. Um, that was short, right?


Pikmin 3 arrives in Europe on 26th July.


GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller and Wii Remote+ and Nunchuk all supported. Off-TV play confirmed, use the Remote with the GamePad as a monitor, neat!


Now we can see the satellite-style map on the GamePad, much nicer than in preview builds last year.


You can replay a day if you get into trouble, such as losing your little minions.


Collect fruit, liquidize into food. Seems to make sense! Just explore from dawn to dusk.


We're onto Pikmin, with new characters being introduced.


Wonderful 101 logo looks fantastic!


The Wonderful 101 arrives in Europe on 23rd August, excite!


New Super Luigi U hits 20th June online, boxed 26th July.


Nabbi has no power ups, but can't be damaged by enemies. Perfect for less experienced gamers.


New Super Luigi U time! Multiplayer is Luigi with toads and Nabbit.


Resident Evil Revelations on show, keep an eye out for our review early next week.


Game & Wario hits Europe on 28th June


We're onto Game & Wario. Looks like typically anarchic fun.


Yikes, Nintendo has an exclusive agreement with SEGA! Next Sonic game to be exclusive to Wii U and 3DS. That's big news.


Uses Wii Remote Plus, looks a little like the Wii game but with improved visuals. Figure Skating and snowboarding 'slope stype' added. Some GamePad touchscreen events, such as curling.


Mario & Sonic Winter Olympics seems to be first up. We're currently being given a geography lesson by Iwata-san!


Ooh, it's rated 16.


Our technical mastermind has got the stream up and running, now it's just about the waiting...


15 minutes to go. We're ready here in Europe, let's see what Shibata-san has for us.


Prediction time. We're going to be dull and suggest that today will be lacking in big announcements beyond release dates of games we know about. Wonderful 101, Wii Fit U, games like that. The truly big stuff may be saved for the E3 broadcast. Or maybe we're just plain wrong...


HEY HEY! Just when we wondered what Nintendo was up to -- making games, we imagine -- it went and organised a Nintendo Direct to satisfy the masses. What will it bring us? Not long to wait now.

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User Comments (86)



Mollutje said:

My body is ready.. and stuff. Let's see of there'll be any sweet surprises. I'm guessing we'll mostly get a better look at stuff we've seen before. A Wonderful 101 release date would be nice too.



Beta said:

I predict: Pikmin 3, Yarn Yoshi, The Wonderful 101, Game and Wario, Wii Fit U, VC info, some eShop info and summer update.



KodaSmooss said:

As usual, not much expectations except release dates. It's the best way to be surprised (and it happens almost every time).



WiiLovePeace said:

If they reveal more about the next 3D Super Mario game, I hereby guess they call it: "Super Mario Starshine". As in, it takes Sunshine's F.L.U.D.D. into outer space & mixes it with Galaxy's "gravity" gameplay, so not only can Mario float around spherical objects the water you shoot out can do that too. That's my best guess / desire but I don't mind what they do with the next 3D Mario game, I just want to play it



anders190 said:

A game that hasn't been mentioned yet is Zelda: Wind Waker HD and a release date for it. Looking forward to it and some of the other games that's been mentioned already.



GermenatorHue said:

Bring it on. Nintendo needs to GETZ TO ZE ZCHOPPER and show me some gameplay footage of Wind Waker HD and 3D Mario.



ThomasBW84 said:

Hello all, if you refresh now the text chat is up and running. I'll give you all a nudge and a wink once the stream is ready...



RetroGBHippie92 said:

I hope they announce a 2D Metroid for 3DS or even better, Wii U, we are due a continuation of where Metroid Fusion left us, I want to know what happens to Samus!!



LavaTwilight said:

@WiiLovePeace Dude! That is a frickin awesome idea! I still hope they release one where Mario is saving Peach, Daisy AND Rosalina from Bowser, Bowser Jr and maybe Tatanga respectively. But Mario Starshine? Who can turn down a game called that?
I'm at work again... as usual... I'll probably be here reading comments though and I'll watch it later. Enjoy it all! Hoping for Pikmin 3 details



CliffordB said:

How about Bayonetta 2 & Mario Kart U footage & release dates and GameCube titles announced for the VC, with the first one, lets say "Super Mario Sunshine" or "Luigi's Mansion" being on the eShop after the presentation has finished?

Well, one can dream....



WiiLovePeace said:

@LavaTwilight Hahaha thanks! I just happened to be thinking a couple of days ago how much I love both Sunshine & Galaxy & what the next 3D Mario game will do to try to top those & all of a sudden it hit me: "Super Mario Starshine". Then Nintendo announces a Nintendo Direct presentation... Coincidence? I hope not!



RetroGBHippie92 said:

More than anything, I hope Nintendo decide to release Earthbound soon, I can't wait until it comes out on the Virtual Console!

@Musharna As long is it's a sidescroller not a First-Person Adventure/shooter



ThomasBW84 said:

If any of you can't see the stream, refresh your window now. It starts in five minutes



Late said:

Great time for my internet connection to slow down. I can barely use internet at all. How am I supposed to watch Nintendo Direct now...



FullbringIchigo said:

i'm so ready i just hope my crappy laptop can handle it (it seems to hate playing videos online for some reason)



Trikeboy said:

Stopping downloads, and settling in for a good show. I doubt we will see anything new but release dates for Wonderful 101, Wind Waker and (fingers crossed) Bayonetta 2 would be great.



uximal said:

I hope they will announce an update for 3DS to bring in MiiVerse integration.



ThomasBW84 said:

Just refresh until you get a Nintendo Direct logo on the stream, it looks fine at our end!



FullbringIchigo said:

Sonic exclusive to Nintendo HELL YEAH!

i wonder if any of the old sonic games will be released on it too like Generations adventure and adventure 2?



FullbringIchigo said:

i wonder could i still get Super Luigi U on disc even though i have New Super Mario Bros U

i like disc's and i can't get eShop cards where i live yet so if i can still use the disc version even though i have NSMBU then all the better



Xilef said:

Short but sweet. A Nintendo published Sonic game can only be awesome.



antonvaltaz said:

More or less what I was expecting... still a bit disappointing though.

Do you think all Sonic games are Nintendo-exclusive, or just this one? I mean, Sonic Colours was Nintendo-exclusive too...



rjejr said:

That was short and the ending was anti-climatic.

The EU is getting W101, Pikmin 3 and boxed Luigi first (DL Luigi is same date though)? The whole world has gone mad.



Peach64 said:

Well that was underwhelming They'd have been better off skipping this one entirely.



WiiLovePeace said:

Woah, short! Or at least it felt short. Um... I really hope New Luigi U isn't full retail price, but it seems like it may be. I'm looking forward to W101 & Pikmin 3 even more now. Sonic Lost World a Nintendo exclusive? From the quick snapshot they showed it looks like a sequel to Sonic Colours. I guess we'll just have to wait until E3 for the real heavy hitters, its only 3 weeks or so away now...



XavandSo said:

I hope NSL retail is under $50 Australian. I'm getting quite tired of Black Ops II as my only Wii U game. (Barring Nintendo Land ofc.)



Shiryu said:

Yep, I'm gonna buy every game they talked about here today. And hope to hear some western release news about "Yakuza 1&2 HD" heading out for Wii U in Japan.



rjejr said:

@andreoni79 - "luigi is $20 dd and $30 retail"

He said it first, but keep in mind those are US only prices.

Also, the US doesn't get the box until Aug, EU in July.
Also, the content is the same, so all those buying the box for the cover art, that cover art is costing you $10. Though it might still be cheaper than laying out $50 - $100 for the external HDD. I have no knowledge of the size though.



Kifa said:

That was... depressing. The console is struggling, software support is nonexistent, and they do what? Delay titles, keep it quiet about games they promised back at E3 2011, and publish DLC as standalone disks... This. Is. Just. Sick.

I'm really starting to regret ever picking up Wii U... ;/



RedYoshi999 said:

This is the first Nintendo Direct to disappoint me in while. They should be at least 30 minutes long or it feels like a wasted opportunity. Still, looking forward to Sonic and NSLU and of course the main course at E3 is just a few weeks away!



andreoni79 said:

@rjejr just bouhgt retail NSMBU a few days ago for €45 instead of €60 at GS. this means that maybe we'll be able to buy retail NSL for € 20 or less...



Wiicube64 said:

I'm a staunch Nintendo fan but even I fear the worst
The control options are too confusing; wii u game pad, wii remote, classic controller, wii pro controller, wii remote nunchuck plus +
Is it any wonder the public are getting confused about this being a Wii 'add on'
It doesn't differentiate itself enough from the previous wii

and as for ... Kop pad in Pikmin 3?
and using the wii game pad as a monitor for wii remote plus and nunchuk?

I was really expecting and hoping that there would be a surprise hint, revelation or shock at the end but it just kinda ended flatly

Just announcing a Wii U Pilotwings or Blastcorps would be enough; Nintendo need to employ me!



MrGawain said:

It actually told us some interesting facts:

1: Sega is making 2 Sonic games exclusive to Nintendo. Another Japanese company sitting on the Nintendo side of the fence.

2: Luigi will not just be DLC. This suggests Nintendo isn't as confident about it's e-shop/needs more games on the shelves.

3: Europe get Pikmin/101/Luigi before America. This tells us Nintendo loves Europe more than America....



Kifa said:

@RainbowGazelle I could not care less for Sonic... As for the dates - great, but still far away. What is there for us to play during summer anyway?



warlordovblood said:

That was kinda disappointing. The sonic news was pretty awesome but beyond that nothing else grabbed my attention. I really hope they step it up in the coming weeks prior to E3. C'mon nintendo we're counting on you.



GiftedGimp said:

This direct was the Warm-up act, before the main show.. the E3 Nintendo Direct, Good to see a healthy Nintendo/Sega partnership hopefully it will become something that will bring plenty of Nintendo Exclusives... (WiiU exclusive Shemnue Remakes please Sega).
On another Note the Playstation Exclusive Yakuza was anounced of the Japanese ND, including a Bundl.. lets hope its makes the transition over to the Western hemisphere.
As a collective all the Nintendo Directs show the start of a very postive time for WiiU owners.



CaveDweller said:

Overall, fairly lack-luster except for the Pikmin 3 coverage. Personally, I loved that. Seriously, those water water effects? Yum. And, off-screen play too. Always a bonus. Everything else, on the other hand? Meh.. kind of disappointing but I guess they're saving the big guns fore E3.. at least, I hope they are.

I kind of feel that a Lost World screenshot or two wouldn't have gone a miss though. I'm hoping the Wii U version is a 3D Sonic game, preferably in the vain of the Adventure series. I'm not too confident, however...



GiftedGimp said:

@MrGawain '1: Sega is making 2 Sonic games exclusive to Nintendo. Another Japanese company sitting on the Nintendo side of the fence.' - You Mean a lot of Western publishers are avoiding the WiiU and putting all thier faith in MS/Sony is exceptable but not the other way round then?
'2: Luigi will not just be DLC. This suggests Nintendo isn't as confident about it's e-shop/needs more games on the shelves.' - You mean like Rockstar when they put Red Dead and GTA4Dlc on a Playable stand-alone disc?.. both which were not 'available for a limited time' As luigi will be on disc.
'3: Europe get Pikmin/101/Luigi before America. This tells us Nintendo loves Europe more than America' - Except nearly evey game goes to Japan first, Then most of the Time US gets new games before EU and by extension Australia.



Peach64 said:

I get that they're saving the big announcements for E3... but I feel they should have shown more today. The Wii U needs a good news buzz vibe around it right now. With so many huge titles being revealed to not be coming out for it, on top of continued abysmal hardware and software sales (nobody can say these are normal for a new console anymore), they just need something to get people excited.

There will be announcements at E3, but there's also the possibility that by E3, a lot of potential customers could instead have being swayed by the Sony and MS reveals. Now was the time to get news websites focused on some good Wii U news.



MrGawain said:


To extrapolate on my original comments:

1: I wasn't saying it was wrong, I was pointing out there is a Japanese/American divide at the moment, and shows perhaps dialogue between the two gaming nationalities is a little stunted at the mo. For me it's not a problem, as I'm a Nintendo/Konami/Capom/Sega/Platinum/Namco fan. I don't much for care for Microsoft/EA/Take-Two/etc... But then I'm a Brit. I wonder if this split will affect the Nextbox? (probably not Sony as Sony is a Japanese company that manages to impersonate an American one).

2: It seemed odd to me Nintendo was calling Luigi U as DLC, but now offer it as a disc. Frankly for me I wouldn't download it, but I am likely to buy it on a disk, and from a lot of comments on here I'm not the only one. To me this seems like Nintendo is researching it's fan base and seeing that DLC/e-shop is still not as popular with Ninty fans as it is with PSers/Xboxers. It's a sensible move.

3: That was a joke! But being in the UK I get a little kick out of getting things before the US. It's a new sensation to be honest!



GiftedGimp said:

@MrGawain Fair enough, I wasn't quite sure if original post was having a dig or not tbh, but obviously not.
And as you say its Nice that EU is getting some Nintendo love for a change.

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