Posted By Austin Yorski about 11 months, 3 weeks ago
Although Nintendo came out of the gate with the announcement of a 3DS redesign, their Direct event was almost entirely dominated by game news. That’s right, the company that held a second whole E3 press conference to talk about things we already knew actually pulled out all the stops for a seemingly random livestream. Reggie works in mysterious ways.
The first big reveal was that Namco Bandai would be partnering with Nintendo and Team Sora to develop the new Super Smash Bros. title that is coming to Wii U and 3DS. It was explained that originally the game was going to be handled by an entirely new team, but time constraints and the sheer size of the project meant that Super Smash Bros. Brawl designer Masahiro Sakurai will now be joined by Tales series alum Yoshito Higuchi, among others. There is still no news on how far along the game is, but Namco’s involvement makes it seem likely that we’ll see Pac-Man in the next installment, if not Dig-Dug and a stray Mishima or two.
Next, Nintendo detailed a slough of portable titles in rapid succession. Animal Crossing 3DS, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, and Fire Emblem were some of the biggest highlights. Of those, only Layton has a definite North American release window, which was stated to be “November.” Fire Emblem, which doesn’t seem to have an official English subtitle yet, was confirmed for a 2013 release.
Lastly, Reggie and friends went over some of the finer details concerning games we already knew about. He talked up New Super Mario Bros. 2‘s paid DLC plans, stressing that the game would be a complete experience right out of the box. He also let everyone know that a demo for Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance was now available in the eShop. Pokemon Black and White 2 also got a moment in the spotlight, as he explained how Pokemon Dream Radar will allow you to catch monsters that would otherwise be unavailable to you.
If that’s not enough for you to sink your teeth into, you can watch the whole event right here.