As Black Friday approaches, so do big video game releases for the holidays. While Fallout 4, Call of Duty Black Ops III, Starcraft Legacy of the Void, and Rise of the Tomb Raider are all incredible drops, Nintendo has been lying in wait to drop big announcement after big announcement. Today’s Nintendo Direct was an absolute explosion of information and if you missed it, you can check it out right here in full.
Have you seen it? Good, because here’s some of the highlights from a tightly packed broadcast.
30th Anniversary of Zelda Goodness
Zelda Twilight Princess HD was a big rumor going around a few weeks back and Nintendo confirmed it, alongside a Wolf Link Amiibo. Zelda Wii U was also slightly teased, and Triforce Heroes was given a new spotlight with an upcoming update. More likely than not, more Zelda news will be announced as the year goes on.
DLC & Amiibo in Full Effect
The full-blown release for Fire Emblem Fates is set in motion: set with two versions (Pokemon style), and a third version that resolves both stories. New amiibos are on the way for Animal Crossing, Super Smash Bros, and even Mega Man! Upcoming Super Smash Bros, Splatoon, Fire Emblem, Zelda: Triforce Heroes, and Animal Crossing DLC was announced as well.
2016 Hits are on the Way
Overall, 2015 was a learning year for Nintendo. Most of the titles in news were updates and DLC packages. Super Mario Maker and Splatoon were big successes, but that leaves a lot of empty space in Nintendo’s overall release schedule. However, the next Legend of Zelda was confirmed for 2016 and for Wii U and not the upcoming system, Star Fox Zero was presented with gameplay and is confirmed for 2016, and we are even getting Pokken Tournament early in 2016. In addition, independent titles such as Mighty No. 9, Fast Racing NEO, Typoman looked promising, even with little showtime during the direct.
Think you know Nintendo and Sakurai? Think again! Probably the single biggest reveal since Snake in Brawl and Mega Man in Smash 4, Cloud joins the fight with a Midgar stage alongside him. He’s a heavy sword wielder (like Ike), but uses his Limit, Sword Arts, and increases his moves in match (maybe some use of Materia ala Shulk). The stage is incredible, featuring mainstay summons such as Ramuh, Ifrit, and Bahamaut. Although no release date has been set, it’s hard to not get excited by not only Cloud, but by the possibility of new fighters who are seldom seen on Nintendo systems (Cloud appeared as a summon in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories for the Game Boy Advance, and also in Final Fantasy Theatrhythm).
The last big news was the announcement of the upcoming Super Smash Bros Nintendo Direct, which we will cover when it airs in December!
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