Wii U Nintendo Direct Roundup – Everything You Need To Know

Nintendo’s latest Direct broadcast has ended with the firm’s president, Satoru Iwata making a lot of announcements; including new games, upcoming features and more.

In case you missed out on the broadcast or are too lazy to search the web for Iwata’s announcements, then we have you covered. Here is a summary of everything that was announced during Nintendo’s January Direct broadcast.

Wii U Virtual Console Announced

The Virtual Console has been announced for a launch this spring on the Wii U. A large collection of NES and SNES titles have been redeveloped for this purpose, with Game Boy Advance titles planned for the near future. Iwata mentioned that while playing them, users can save their progress on the GamePad and also access Miiverse.

However, those who already own the games on Wii will have to purchase them again on the Wii U. This time though they will do so at a reduced price – NES titles will cost $1 and SNES ones will cost $1.5.

This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Famicom system and Nintendo plans to celebrate the milestone by releasing a new NES or SNES title each month for just $0.3. This promotional sale will last until July, after which the prices will go back to the regular ones.

  • January: Balloon Fight
  • February: F-Zero
  • March: Punch Out! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • April: Kirby’s Adventure
  • May: Super Metroid
  • June: Yoshi
  • July: Donkey Kong

The launch of the Virtual Console will be accompanied by a major system update for the Wii U. Both that and another update following later in the summer will allow software to launch faster and allow users to return to the menu screen faster.

Miiverse Announced For Smartphones

Nintendo is currently developing a Miiverse smartphone app that will be officially released around Spring. President Iwata didn’t reveal a lot of details regarding it but said that the app would allow users to browse the Wii U’s Miiverse. Additional features will be added on later and with time will transform the app into a vicious one for Nintendo consumers.

Nintendo TVii Coming To Europe ‘Soon’

Nintendo consumers from Europe will soon be getting their palms on Nintendo TVii, according to president Satoru Iwata. He said that their firm is hard at work in making the service available throughout Europe and that fans should expect it “soon”.

Currently Nintendo TVii is only available in Japan and US. The service allows users to access an online interactive guide on TV, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video programming, as well as being able to post comments.

New Wii U Games Announced

President Iwata revealed a line up of games, of which only a few will be released next month. “We firmly believe we have to offer quality experiences when we release new titles”, he said. “We should spend a little more time to satisfy our level of quality. I apologise.”

Yarn Yoshi
This will be the first time that Yoshi has gotten his own console game since Yoshi’s Story that was released back in 1998 for the Nintendo 64. The game is being developed by the same team which was behind Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Iwata added that the game will be set in a “fanciful world of yarn and textiles.”

Shin Megami Tensei Meets Fire Emblem
The following is going to be a crossover title for the Wii with collaboration between Atlas (Shin Megami Tensei) and Intelligent Systems (Fire Emblem). A short trailer shown during the broadcast gave us a look at some of the original Fire Emblem characters.

In the end Iwata teased that there are other projects being worked in collaboration as well. He did not reveal the names of the partners but did say that the titles will be announced soon.

New 3D Mario and Mario Kart in Development
It was revealed that there is a new 3D Mario game under development, as well as a new Mario Kart title for the Wii U. Both will be revealed at this year’s E3, on which president Iwata has promised that the games will be in a playable state.

Regarding the new Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U Iwata explained that the game needed a bit more time and the first screenshots will be revealed at E3 as well.

Alongside that there is also a new Party game under development for the Wii U and will launch this summer.

Next Installment for Xenoblade Chronicles Revealed
This also marked as one of the major reveals of Nintendo’s Direct broadcast. The next installment for the beautiful Xenoblade Chronicles is under development for the Wii U at Monolith Soft.

Tetsuya Takahashi, the studio’s head and the game director for Xenoblade Chronicles is leading the development team himself. Character design is being done by Kunihiko Tanaka, the same name behind Xenogears and Xenosaga Episode 1. The musical department is under Hiroyuki Sawano, a composer for Japanese film, TV and anime.

Nintendo called the title as “a new game from Monolith Soft”. However, the debut teaser trailer shown would have any Xenoblade player point out the similarities.

New Legend of Zelda Title Announced
Producer Aonuma announced the biggest reveal of the broadcast, a new Zelda title for the Wii U that will adopt a new design philosophy compared to previous installments in the series. The new Zelda title will change current aspects like only being able to play by yourself and completing dungeons in certain orders.

Aonuma also added that a new remake of Wind Walker will be released on Wii U in autumn. The game will feature better graphics and an overall higher game experience.

The Wonderful 101 Got a New Trailer
Platinum Games’ upcoming title The Wonderful 101 got an impressive new trailer that showed off in-game footage of combat against robot enemies, airship battles and more. The game is also one of the four most anticipated titles for the Wii U that were announced as launch window titles. It’s expected to be released before summer of this year.

Development Video of Bayonetta 2
Iwata disappointed a lot of people by revealing that currently there is nothing to show for Bayonetta 2. We were hoping for at least a new trailer or some screenshots. The president explained that the game needs more development time and for now fans can go through a behind-the-scenes development video of Bayonetta 2, that shows the development process behind creation of the character and environment models.