Nintendo Direct

News: Hyrule Warriors DLC Floodgates Opened with Alternate Costume Packs

Hyrule Warriors DLC Floodgates Opened with Alternate Costume Packs

Costumes we've seen may not be free

The recent Hyrule Warriors Direct brought a lot of details over into western territories, and there were some slices of new localised information to take in. Nintendo announced that the alternate costumes it has been showcasing in Japan for Link and Zelda would not be standard unlockables within the game –...

News: Hyrule Warriors Direct Reveals New Items and Character Progression Information

Hyrule Warriors Direct Reveals New Items and Character Progression Information

Chain Chomp! Badges! More!

As you may have seen, Nintendo has served up a 26 minute Hyrule Warriors Direct, which provided some useful localised information ahead of its September release in the West. A variety of details were given, some integral to gameplay and others simply a bit of fun. Pleasingly, we saw more of the character levelling and...

News: Ganondorf Confirmed as a Playable Character in Hyrule Warriors

Ganondorf Confirmed as a Playable Character in Hyrule Warriors

Ghirahim and Zant also playable

Nintendo has concluded its Hyrule Warriors Direct, and a few snippets of new information were revealed. A major announcement saved for the end was Ganondorf; he's not just a villain in the game, but will also be playable. He looked pretty powerful in the reveal footage, dishing out meaty blows with his Great Sword...

News: Nintendo Direct Confirmed For Japan on 11th July

Nintendo Direct Confirmed For Japan on 11th July

Focused on 3rd Party 3DS Games

Just days ago we outlined key areas and details that can still be revealed in upcoming Nintendo Direct broadcasts this year; there's plenty of ground that the big N can still cover post-E3. Of course, the Nintendo Direct fever is back up and running in Japan already — not only has there already been a Yokai Watch 2...

Talking Point: With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Still Has Plenty to Reveal 'Directly' to Fans

With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Still Has Plenty to Reveal 'Directly' to Fans

Keep the hype train running

While Nintendo's appearance at E3 — widely regarded as a success — was only a little under a month ago at the time of writing, in modern consumer and internet terms that is an age. Since that time we've had some updates on key releases on the way this Fall, and a lot of focus on the wider picture of eShop games and...

Nintendo Direct: Yokai Watch 2 Gets Its Own Broadcast in Japan

Yokai Watch 2 Gets Its Own Broadcast in Japan

Play the 'figure out what's happening' game

Although it's said to be on the way to the West, we're yet to receive firm release details on Yokai Watch, the 3DS title from Level-5 that's enjoying continued success in Japan. That success has certainly been assisted by the accompanying anime series, with the brand as a whole capturing the imagination in...

Feature: All the Important Details From the Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Direct Broadcasts

All the Important Details From the Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Direct Broadcasts

A perfect boost

Nintendo has pulled another Nintendo Direct rabbit out of the hat with its Mario Kart 8 videos, which were released straight onto YouTube. There were subtle regional differences, including the range of titles available in the undoubtedly attractive free Wii U game Club Nintendo promotion, while the North American broadcast had a...

News: Mario Kart 8 Club Nintendo Promotion Offers a Free Wii U Game

Mario Kart 8 Club Nintendo Promotion Offers a Free Wii U Game

Choice of 10 in Europe, 4 in North America

After what were undoubtedly constant requests from fans — referenced directly by Satoru Iwata — Nintendo has unleashed new Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Direct broadcasts to reveal more about the upcoming Wii U blockbuster. Though regional variations were generally minor, there were subtle differences such as a...

Nintendo Direct: Special Mario Kart 8 Direct Shows New Features, Racers And Items

Special Mario Kart 8 Direct Shows New Features, Racers And Items

Watch the entire presentation here

Nintendo sure likes to keep us on our toes — it has just published a special, unannounced Nintendo Direct broadcast devoted to Mario Kart 8, which launches worldwide next month. The video — which is available in two different flavours, North American and UK — runs for over 30 minutes and contains details on...

Poll: Have Your Say on Nintendo Direct Bonanzas and Single Game Demonstrations

Have Your Say on Nintendo Direct Bonanzas and Single Game Demonstrations

Tomodachi Life and Super Smash Bros. delivered buzz

Nintendo sure knows how to play with our expectations. After a month had passed from its February Direct broadcast we were left guessing on when the next would come along, and logical predictions passed without any results. We waited and wondered what was happening while Nintendo maintained its...

Nintendo Direct: Nintendo Shows Off The Peculiarities of Tomodachi Life and Confirms Release Date

Nintendo Shows Off The Peculiarities of Tomodachi Life and Confirms Release Date

It looks bonkers and amazing

We've known for a little while that 3DS title Tomodachi Life was being localised, but Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of America have now released special mini Nintendo Direct broadcasts to not only provide full confirmation, but also to show off the wacky world of this Mii life-sim. To get the important detail out of...

News: Super Smash Bros. Online Code of Conduct to Lay Down Law While Global Smash Power Provides Ratings

Super Smash Bros. Online Code of Conduct to Lay Down Law While Global Smash Power Provides Ratings

Enjoyable online multiplayer for everyone

News out of today’s Super Smash Bros. Direct has revealed Nintendo will be implementing a strict code of conduct into the online portion of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS, "just like in Miiverse, to keep things pleasant,” according to series director Masahiro Sakurai. Anonymous matches...

News: New Online Multiplayer Modes Revealed for Super Smash Bros. on 3DS and Wii U

New Online Multiplayer Modes Revealed for Super Smash Bros. on 3DS and Wii U

Prepare yourself for a smashing time over the net

The online modes for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U were finally revealed to the world in Nintendo's recent Super Smash Bros. Direct presentation, and it seems that both inexperienced and competitive players have something to be happy about. The online portion of the game, which has been...

News: 'Smash Run' Mode Introduced as Exclusive for Super Smash Bros. 3DS

'Smash Run' Mode Introduced as Exclusive for Super Smash Bros. 3DS

Picking up a few things before the fight

A rush for customization items and power-ups will be the highlight of a new multiplayer mode exclusive to Super Smash Bros. 3DS, series creator Masahiro Sakurai revealed in the Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct. "Smash Run" will give up to four players 5 minutes to simultaneously scramble through a mish-mash...

News: Massive Pokémon Reveals Occur During Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct

Massive Pokémon Reveals Occur During Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct

Greninja and Charizard Join the Expanding Roster

Today's Nintendo Direct devoted exclusively to the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS revealed a ton of information relating to game modes, online play, and characters. One of the most exciting new additions, for me at least, was the tremendous amount of Pokémon-related content confirmed to...

News: Super Smash Bros. Will Run At A Silky-Smooth 60 Frames Per Second On 3DS, Even In 3D

Super Smash Bros. Will Run At A Silky-Smooth 60 Frames Per Second On 3DS, Even In 3D

Smooth like buttah

During today's illuminating Nintendo Direct, Masahiro Sakurai revealed that Super Smash Bros. for 3DS will run at a super-smooth 60 frames per second. Amazingly, this technical feat will be possible even if users are playing in 3D mode — a problem in other games, perhaps most notably the battle sections of Pokémon X and Y,...

News: Super Smash Bros. Hitting 3DS This Summer, Wii U Launch To Take Place In The Winter

Super Smash Bros. Hitting 3DS This Summer, Wii U Launch To Take Place In The Winter

Portable version hits retail first

It has been confirmed during today's Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct that the two versions of the game will be released at different times during this year. The 3DS instalment is coming this Summer, while the Wii U edition will be hitting retail in the Winter. It was also confirmed that both versions will...