New Legend of Zelda, Yoshi's Island, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team for 3DS highlight software-packed Nintendo Direct
The biggest announcement was a new Legend of Zelda game that takes place in the world of A Link to the Past, the very popular SNES title. In this game, Link will be able to turn into a drawing and move along walls and through tight spots. It is expected to launch this holiday season.
A new Yoshi's Island is coming sometime in the future, and will feature flutter jumps, ground pounds and egg throws, as well as new moves. This will be the third installment in the franchise.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team will take place on a mysterious island, and will feature Mario traveling between the real world and Luigi's dreams to rescue Princess Peach. It will be released Aug. 11.
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is the handheld version of the Wii title. It includes eight new stages, and a New Mode for handheld play with new items and mechanics. It releases May 24.
Exclusive to the Nintendo eShop is Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, which releases May 9. Featuring more than 180 stages in four modes, players will have to place tiles on the bottom screen to guide Mini Marios to the top. A stage creator allows players to share their creations across the world.
Mario Golf: World Tour is scheduled to launch this summer and will allow golfers to play competitive real-time matches against others online.
A new Mario Party game will release this winter and feature seven game boards, each with their own rules, and 81 new mini-games. AR Card games and StreetPass battles will also be available.
Bravely Default, from Square-Enix, will be published in North America in 2014. In this RPG, players can skip a turn to do more damage in later turns, and it also includes AR functions, multiple endings and wireless features.
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy will include a whopping 500-plus puzzles. It has a 2014 launch.
Level 5 will release a trio of games to the eShop: The Starship Damrey, Bugs vs. Tanks!, and Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale.
When Shin Megami Tensei 4 from Atlus releases July 16, the Limited Edition Box Set will include a 176-page strategy and design book, containing the strategy guide and full-color artwork, a music CD and a collectible slipcase.
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons games from the Game Boy Color days will be on the eShop May 30.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf will also be bundled with a special 3DS XL edition of the system, and will be available on June 9 for $219.99.
So what about the struggling Wii U? There was some news, but I suspect Nintendo may be holding off until E3 later this year. EarthBound is coming to the Virtual Console this year. New Super Luigi U will be DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U (game required), and include 82 updated stages and a new adventure featuring Luigi. Many stages start with 100 seconds on the timer, and there are more obstacles on quicker ones. Game & Wario releases June 23. Pikmin 3 will release Aug. 4, and now includes a flying Winged Pikmin. A new system update will shorten loading times when messing around the Wii U menu. The Virtual Console service will launch soon after the update, as well as Wii U Panorama View. A Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate update is now available, enabling off-TV play with the GamePad.