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Nintendo announced today that it will hold another Nintendo Direct event tomorrow, April 1st, at 3:00 PM PST. According to the announcement on Nintendo’s website, tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct will cover upcoming Wii U and 3DS games. Following the event, Nintendo will feature a presentation on an upcoming release by the secretive Nintendo of America product development division known as Nintendo Treehouse.
Previews and trailers for tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct
Commenters across the internet have been speculating – some hopefully, some not so much – about the nature of tomorrow’s announcements. Likely candidates for coverage on the Wii U front include Splatoon, an innovative third-person shooter that grabbed the attention of many at E3 last year, and Yoshi’s Wooly World, the gorgeous, highly anticipated platformer currently slated for a second quarter 2015 release.
Fans disappointed by Nintendo’s recent announcement that the Wii U’s Zelda title would not be released in 2015 after all may be hoping for news regarding Xenoblade Chronicles X, the follow up to the critically acclaimed but commercially underperforming open-world RPG.
Despite the Wii U’s disappointing sales performance since its release in November 2012, Nintendo still has a few potential game-changers in the dugout, notable among them the Wii U’s Zelda title and an upcoming Star Fox title. Strong evidence also suggests that a Wii U Metroid is in development, and it is probably safe to expect a Wii U entry in the fantastic Mario Galaxy series as well. Far from slowing down, the company is also in the midst of an epic reorientation toward the smartphone gaming market and it even recently opened up about its new console.
What games are you hoping to hear more about tomorrow? Are you also hoping that the Zelda delay announcement was just an early April Fool’s joke? Let us know what you are hoping to get out of tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct in the comments, and be sure to check back here tomorrow for our coverage!
Update 4/1/2015: Nintendo Direct announcements
Today’s Nintendo Direct event didn’t drop any major bombs, but it did cover a lot of ground and deliver on a few longstanding fan requests. The Nintendo Direct kicked off with the unveiling of Mewtwo as a Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS player, treating fans to a video montage of Mewtwo brutalizing various Smash Bros. characters.
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata then welcomed viewers to the event and discussed the new Smash Bros. downloadable content in further detail. The Smash Bros. DLC will include more costumes from franchises like Zelda, Xenoblade, and Mega Man, more outfits for Mii fighters, and the return of Lucas, the protagonist from Mother 3. Starting today, players will also be able to take advantage of Nintendo’s Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot to suggest a character they would like to see in the hit fighting game.
Amiibos were a big part of today’s presentation, making it clear that Nintendo is intent on expanding the library of Amiibos and further integrating them into the overall gaming experience. Iwata showcased Amiibo Touch and Play, a free download coming to the Wii U this spring that will treat players to three-minute “scenes” from some of Nintendo’s most classic games when they touch an Amiibo to the Wii U Gamepad.
Next up was a gorgeous and touching 30-year anniversary tribute to the Mario series, followed by gameplay footage from the highly anticipated Mario Maker, which Iwata called “the definitive Mario experience.” In Mario Maker, which launches this September, players will use the Wii U Gamepad to create their own Mario levels using various elements from a variety of Mario games, and the less creatively-inclined among us will be able to download levels created by players around the world.
After the Mario Maker announcement, viewers were treated to some beautiful footage of Yoshi’s Wooly World (which features Amiibos made of – you guessed it – wool) and extended gameplay footage from Splatoon, the upcoming multiplayer third-person shooter.
Another interesting announcement was the addition of a 200cc mode to Mario Kart 8, which will be available soon as a free download. Here are some of the other highlights from the event, which you can see in full at Nintendo’s website:
- Upcoming indie titles showcased included Adventures of Pip, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, and Don’t Starve
- The long-awaited crossover between Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem, described as a “modern RPG where everyday life exists alongside a secret world of fantasy.”
- A new Fatal Frame entry for the Wii U
- Upcoming Nintendo 3DS titles showcased included Box Boy, Pokemon Rumble World, Puzzle and Dragons Z and Puzzle and Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, and Attack on Titan.
- Nintendo also played a long trailer for the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles 3D on the New 3DS XL and a long trailer for the new Fire Emblem game, due out in 2016.