Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 18th December Broadcasts
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Hyrule Warriors, NES Remix, Kirby, Smash Bros., Mario Kart 8 and much more
With the Holiday season rapidly approaching, Nintendo took the opportunity to bring us all new Nintendo Direct broadcasts to show us what's to come, throw in a surprise or two and build some buzz around both the Wii U and the 3DS. Broadcasts in Europe and North America — for there were region-specific variations — caught us off guard with little extras, while Satoru Iwata served up a major new reveal or two of his own.
In terms of the sheer volume of announcements — both significant and small alike — this was one of the busiest Nintendo Direct broadcasts in a while, certainly in terms of exciting reveals. Some release dates were given for long-known games, while beyond vague 2014 retail teasers we also learned of new download-only titles available now and in the near future. These were certainly presentations to give some festive cheer, and the list of promising games that didn't appear suggests that a January treat (like its 2013 equivalent) may indeed be on the cards.
An honorable mention for a story we're yet to cover — but will do so soon — is that Chibi Robo Photo Finder is coming to North America on 9th January and will also have a demo; hit up that game page link to see our footage of the Japanese version
With so many articles already relegated to page two of the website, below are the links to all of the relevant news stories for your convenience, while you can check out the respective broadcasts at the end.
- Hyrule Warriors is Zelda meets Dynasty Warriors, and it's coming to Wii U in 2014
- NES Remix confirmed and available now on the Wii U eShop
- New Mario Kart 8 trailer reveals Rosalina, baby characters, new courses and unique vehicles
- Dr. Luigi announced for the Wii U eShop
- Wii Sports Club: Golf swings onto the Wii U eShop, available now
- New Donkey Kong trailer grabs attentions as European release date is confirmed
- Sonic Lost World Yoshi DLC available now on the Wii U eShop, and it's free
- Get the mythical time travel pokémon Celebi when you download Pokémon Bank
- New teaser trailer emerges for Yoshi's New Island
- Fresh details are sucked up and revealed for Kirby: Triple Deluxe
- Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney bringing courtroom drama to Europe on 28th March 2014
- Bravely Default North American demo to include unique quest and hours of exclusive content
- Nintendo Network 3DS promotion to offer free Super Mario Bros. Deluxe download in Europe
A gorgeous Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon diorama spooks out Club Nintendo
Wii U and 3DS
- Rosalina and Luma team up to join the Super Smash Bros. roster
- Super Mario Bros. 3 Arrives on Wii U and 3DS Virtual Consoles in Europe on 26th December
- Nintendo of Europe confirms upcoming eShop discounts
Nintendo Direct Broadcasts
Nintendo of America
Nintendo of Europe
Were you excited about the Zelda Tecmo Koie spin-off, have you already given NES Remix a whirl? Let us know about your thoughts on these things and more in the comments below.