Nintendo Direct

Talking Point: The Majora's Mask 3D Reveal Showed Nintendo Can Still Surprise and Delight

The Majora's Mask 3D Reveal Showed Nintendo Can Still Surprise and Delight

It was a S.T.E.A.M.Y Direct

This week Nintendo produced a rather traditional Direct broadcast — there was no animation, relatively little flashy presentation beyond trailers, and a diverse range of announcements. It was back to type and rather like those that we'd seen throughout 2013; that's not a criticism, as Nintendo has diversified its...

Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 5th November

The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 5th November

There were fireworks

There haven't been many full-on "old-fashioned" Nintendo Direct broadcasts in 2014, as the company has focused on game-specific presentations and an alternative Digital Event approach at E3. While variety is welcome, there was something reassuring about a live video featuring Satoru Iwata in front of a white backdrop; the...

News: Pikmin Short Movies Available to Buy Now on Wii U and 3DS

Pikmin Short Movies Available to Buy Now on Wii U and 3DS

Pikmin 3 demo also released

Pikmin 3 has clearly been a title of great personal importance to Shigeru Miyamoto, a point highlighted by the recent Tokyo International Film Festival première of three short films that the legendary game designer has overseen. These animated shorts allowed Miyamoto-san to step away from games and work on a fresh...

News: Nintendo Highlights Huge Indie Line-up for Winter and Beyond

Nintendo Highlights Huge Indie Line-up for Winter and Beyond

Lots and lots of games

It's little secret to Nintendo gamers that the eShop platforms on Wii U and 3DS — particularly the former — have picked up a lot of steam in 2014. Both Nintendo of America and Europe (in their respective Direct broadcasts) took the opportunity to highlight just that, showing off games out now and on the way. In Europe...

News: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Now Launching In Europe On 2nd January 2015

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Now Launching In Europe On 2nd January 2015

70 stages also showcased

The latest Nintendo Direct has revealed that Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will now launch across Europe on 2nd January 2015. The release date previously listed for this region was the 9th, so this will no doubt come as welcome news for Wii U owners located in PAL regions who were eager to get stuck into what appears to be...

News: Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 1 Hits on 13th November, Content and amiibo Details Confirmed

Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 1 Hits on 13th November, Content and amiibo Details Confirmed

Rev it up

Among the many announcements during today's Nintendo Direct broadcast were some exciting details about a long-established Wii U game. Nintendo finally provided full release details on the first DLC pack for Mario Kart 8, while also confirming the compatible amiibo figuries for the racer. To kick off with the DLC, it arrives on 13th...

News: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse has Multi-Waddle-Deedi-Player

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse has Multi-Waddle-Deedi-Player

Amiibo support also confirmed

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse has a moldorable clay style that will attract a lot of players, but not all of them may be into the line-drawing strategies of its single-player mode. Luckily for those who desire more of a straight up platformer feel, a multiplayer mode has been announced in today's Nintendo Direct. Up to...

News: Every Smash Bros amiibo Will Be Compatible With Hyrule Warriors

Every Smash Bros amiibo Will Be Compatible With Hyrule Warriors

Your dollar will feel more worthwhile…

The folks at Nintendo have revealed some very interesting information in the latest Nintendo Direct, in that every Super Smash Bros. amiibo figure is able to be used with Zelda spin-off title, Hyrule Warriors. Starting off with the game's protagonist, activating the Link amiibo will unlock the Spinner item...

News: Single Player Campaign for Splatoon Detailed, Q2 2015 Release Planned

Single Player Campaign for Splatoon Detailed, Q2 2015 Release Planned

Fight an Octopus army

During today's Nintendo Direct broadcast more details were given about Nintendo's upcoming squid shooter Splatoon. While the core of the game is the 4x4 online multiplayer shooter — revealed at E3 — in which two teams compete to cover the most ground with ink, it has been confirmed that the game also features an offline...

News: Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal Demo Available Now On The 3DS eShop

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal Demo Available Now On The 3DS eShop

Special Sonic Boom 3DS theme coming too

Nintendo has announced that a special demo of Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal is available now on the 3DS eShop. The news came during today's Nintendo Direct broadcast, and it was also revealed that a special Sonic Boom 3DS theme will also be made available. Launching alongside the Wii U version — entitled...

News: Shovel Knight Now Available In Europe On The Wii U And 3DS eShops

Shovel Knight Now Available In Europe On The Wii U And 3DS eShops

Release day has arrived!

While North American Nintendo fans have been enjoying Shovel Knight since June, Wii U and 3DS owners in Europe have been waiting for the release of the title in their own region for some time now. With what's likely to be the final Nintendo Direct presentation for the year now out of the way, European Wii U and 3DS owners...

News: The Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask Confirmed For Spring 2015 Nintendo 3DS Release

The Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask Confirmed For Spring 2015 Nintendo 3DS Release

The rumours are (finally) true

It has long been rumoured that The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask would be coming to the Nintendo 3DS to join its N64 sibling Ocarina of Time, and it has finally been confirmed during today's Nintendo Direct broadcast. The adventure was originally released in 1999, and is considered to be one of the most unique...

Nintendo Direct: Watch The North American November Nintendo Direct - Live!

Watch The North American November Nintendo Direct - Live!

The hype train's making another stop

It's time for Nintendo's latest Direct, which is set to cover a range of upcoming Wii U and 3DS games. There's a lot that could be covered, ranging from Holiday releases, DLC, early 2015 games or even all-new surprises. Join us to follow all the action from the North American broadcast. #NintendoDirect...

News: New Nintendo Direct Airing 5th November

New Nintendo Direct Airing 5th November

Remember, remember

Nintendo has announced a new Nintendo Direct video that will stream tomorrow – 5th November – coinciding with Guy Fawke's Night here in the UK. The gaming giant did not divulge any particular information about what we can expect to see in this latest live stream, except that it will focus on the games that are coming out...

Feature: Breaking Down Over 50 Must-See Things in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Breaking Down Over 50 Must-See Things in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Step by glorious step

Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Nintendo Direct delivered what it promised — 50 'Must-See Things'. In fairness to the 'New Things' wording deployed on multiple occasions by Nintendo of America, meanwhile, it wasn't far off that target either, even if that would require a little more slack and an absence of cynicism...

Weirdness: If Super Smash Bros. Was a WWE game, It'd Be Terrifying

If Super Smash Bros. Was a WWE game, It'd Be Terrifying

What the...

WWE is big business, with millions of loyal fans and typically impressive sales of pay-per-views, merchandise and, of course, video games. We're pretty confident we'll never see a Hyrule Warriors-style mashup between the franchises, however, as it doesn't take much imagination to realise that it would be a bit weird. Yet still, that's...

News: Wii U-Exclusive Super Smash Bros. Modes and Challenges Unveiled

Wii U-Exclusive Super Smash Bros. Modes and Challenges Unveiled

Smash Tour! Special Orders! Master Fortress!

An area of interest going into the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Nintendo Direct was exclusive gameplay modes on the home console. We've covered a number of these already in other articles, while some existing modes will also be shared with others through the inclusion local co-op. Yet there were some other...

News: Bigger Stages, Dual-Plane Battles and Danger Zones Exclusive to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Bigger Stages, Dual-Plane Battles and Danger Zones Exclusive to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Miiverse Stage coming after launch

Today's Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct was packed full of details, and one area that merited plenty of attention was stages. There were some key announcements that'll shape how we get into battle. One key inclusion is Bigger Stages, which will support 8 Player Smash Mode in particular and, as a result, will be...

News: Tourneys and Official Tourneys Giving Super Smash Bros. for Wii U a Competitive Edge

Tourneys and Official Tourneys Giving Super Smash Bros. for Wii U a Competitive Edge

Not ready for launch

Today's Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct was full of details around Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, with a particularly exciting announcement being customisable and official Tourneys; these won't be available on launch day, however. When they do arrive, though, they look promising. Standard Tourneys are rather similar to their...

Feature: Five 'New Things' We Want in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Five 'New Things' We Want in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Time to take the franchise to another level

With Super Smash Bros. for Wii U increasingly close to release, Nintendo's gearing up to answer the call for full details of its features with an upcoming live Nintendo Direct that'll introduce 50 'new things'; that's a bold and exciting promise. Though, as an important note, some of Nintendo's messaging...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Gives a Glimpse of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Fighter Reveal

Masahiro Sakurai Gives a Glimpse of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Fighter Reveal

There's a NES zapper involved...

There's not long now until a Live Nintendo Direct focused on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, which is promising "50 new things" — that alone is leading to all sorts of speculation. When Masahiro Sakurai teases, however, we know that there's reason to take notice. His latest Miiverse Pic of the Day builds us up with...