It had been a little under four months since the last full broadcast - aside from game-specific efforts - so Nintendo came into its most recent Direct broadcasts with a remit to seize momentum and excite Wii U and 3DS owners. Overall there was plenty to mull over with some surprises and big announcements, along with some release dates that were a little closer than we originally anticipated.
Overall, the news was good, with no notable "we are sorry, please understand" moments of delays, with the reverse being the case with a couple of projects. An early Capcom trademark emerged as the expected announcement, and there was interesting progress on the leak front - some of the early North American leaks were accurate while others were off, while Nintendo of Europe does indeed have a staff member photographing document folders that they shouldn't be. There'll be some inquests going on behind closed doors.
With a 40+ minute run time there was quite a lot of content packed in, with the North American broadcast perhaps being higher in volume, but Europeans will have had some relief in the form of release dates for the likes of Fire Emblem Fates, ending that mini-saga of silence from Nintendo of Europe.
As always we'll have polls, editorials and more on the way, but as per tradition we kick off with our Big Nintendo Direct summary. Below are links to all of our news articles from the broadcasts and the presentations themselves. Enjoy!
- Star Fox Zero Launching April 22nd on Wii U
- Paper Mario Color Splash Confirmed for Wii U
- Super Mario Maker to Get a Major Update on March 9th
- Genei Ibun Roku #FE Is Now Called Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE In The West, Arrives In June
- Splatoon Updates to Continue Into 2016
- Lost Reavers Open Beta Kicks Off in April
- Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Gets a Summer Release Date for Wii U
- Super Meat Boy Confirmed for Wii U eShop Release
- SNES Games Finally Arriving on the New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
- Metroid Prime: Federation Force is Coming Sooner Than Expected
- Monster Hunter Generations is Heading to 3DS This Summer
- Hyrule Warriors Legends Season Pass Confirms Four Waves of DLC
- Kirby is Taking a Trip to Planet Robobot This June
- Fire Emblem Fates Finally Has a Release Date and Details for Europe
- Satoru Shibata Celebrates Yo-kai Watch European Release News With Killer Dance Moves
- Rhythm Heaven Megamix is Dancing Onto 3DS
- Unleash Your Creative Side With Disney Art Academy
- New Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 Trailer Showcases Summer Release
- Pocket Card Jockey Comes to the 3DS eShop in May
- Bravely Second: End Layer Demo Confirmed for 10th March in North America
Wii U & 3DS
- Nintendo's Third Party Games Sizzle Reel Shows Off Some Download Gems
- Mini Mario and Friends amiibo Challenge Gets Release Details for North America
- New Animal Crossing amiibo Heading to North America in June
Nintendo of America
Nintendo of Europe