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Posted by Damien McFerran

Today will see the broadcast of yet another Nintendo Direct, this time with previously announced 3DS games being the main focus.

Presented by Nintendo of Europe President Satoru Shibata, the broadcast will air at 4PM UK time. You can watch the entire thing unfold on this very page.

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That's your lot, Europe, thoughts?

Here are 10 new things for Super Mario 3D World...

Software update will also add two free challenges, nice!

If you find Louie, you get to control him too.

New Pikmin 3 DLC challenges will include entirely new stages -- a beach, inside a house with a party, construction site, factory. You get to control Olimar.

That goomba did nothing about the Pikmin that ran past.

There'll also be polls in the Animal Crossing Plaza, one per month.

You can edit the stamps, too, which is something also in Super Mario 3D World. More stamps coming in the future.

An update will include stamps to include in Miiverse posts, over 50 of them.

It's the Animal Cross Plaza, which is nice.

Wii U - huzzah!

It has local wireless, while you can play other regional players online.

It's like Football Manager, but MUCH simpler.

Nintendo Pocket Football Club - you create and manage a football team, erm, cool?

Jett Rocket 2 is up now.

Eventually, "more services" will use Nintendo Network ID.

Nintendo Network ID shared on 3DS and Wii U, seems to be limited to sharing the eShop balance across systems.

StreetPass allows you to compete with that data.

Time attack, 10 mini-games in a row as quickly as possible. Mini game tower -- Bowser's Tower -- with a boss battle every five floors.

It's Mario Party time.

Deluxe Collector's edition, lovely. Includes a figurine, booklet, AR cards. Also on 6th December.

Summon friends into battle with StreetPass.

Default option allows characters to auto-block, while Brave allows multiple hits on enemies. Bravely Second feature stops time in battle. All use different points, some of which can be earned in sleep mode.

That Zelda trailer piled on the epic. Bravely Default on 6th December, as expected.

StreetPass Dark Link battle scenes to earn rupees, nice!

It looks like a Majora's mask side-quest is included, then.

Seres is another new character. Zora's flippers give Link swimming abilities. The Milk Bar from Majora's Mask is included.

A new witch character offers Link help in his troubles, you touch a bell on a lower screen for fast travel.

Shibata-san is starting of with A Link Between Worlds.

One minute, prepare to be blown away, or hopefully mildly interested at worst.


ThomasBW84 said:

10 minutes, so get dem snacks in.


ThomasBW84 said:

Maybe we'll get the 4DS, to try and grab some SEO from the blanket PS4 coverage online today.


CasuallyDressed said:

Hi guys! Hope we're all excited for the Direct, but not too excited! I'm personally hoping for a Miiverse announcement.


ThomasBW84 said:

Considering this is 3DS only, perhaps the most hopeful thing is for a unified account system with the Nintendo Network ID. That's ambitious, admittedly...


ThomasBW84 said:

Hey hey! It's Nintendo Direct time in just under an hour, time for some unrealistic expectations!