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Well, it had been a while. For a variety of reasons 12th November brought the first global Nintendo Direct broadcasts in quite some time. Overall the presentations stuck to familiar styles and approaches, with Nintendo of Europe playing it fairly straight and Nintendo of America even indulging in a little sketch comedy.

Overall the broadcasts delivered quite a mix of surprises and the expected details; we had showcase moments for upcoming titles like Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival and Xenoblade Chronicles X among others, news of updates and DLC for established games like Splatoon and more recent titles like The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, and then there were surprises. Some we pretty much knew were coming, such as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, while others were shocks. It's safe to say that Masahiro Sakurai found a whole new way to catch Super Smash Bros. fans off guard, while Dragon Quest fans were given wonderful news. There was more besides such as Linkle in Hyrule Warriors Legends, some eShop details for Wii U and 3DS owners to enjoy and a treat for gen one Pokémon fans.

It was also the first Nintendo Direct, of course, since Satoru Iwata passed away. The broadcasts opened with a poignant acknowledgement of the loss and with thanks for the messages of support that had been shared by the company's fans.

We'll be picking up on some talking points for editorial content over the coming weekend, but as is tradition we thought we'd first provide a handy summary of all the news and articles published so far around the Nintendo Direct. We've included links to an interview and some previews of the key games that have been published recently, too.

Hit up the comments with your thoughts on the latest Nintendo Direct broadcasts, as we'd love to know your opinions on what went down.

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