All the Announcements from December 2013’s Nintendo Direct

A number of announcements and revelations were made by Nintendo today for the Wii U and 3DS during a new Nintendo Direct Broadcast.

“Today’s announcements reinforce that Nintendo systems are consumers’ best options for enjoying quality games now, and will continue to be in 2014,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president and COO. “From new upcoming games in the Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. series to original Nintendo eShop content like NES Remix, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS provide a combination of value and variety that only Nintendo can offer.”

Wii U

Super Smash Bros.
Rosalina, along with her friend Luma, will be making her way to the roster of the new Super Mario 3DS World for Wii U as a playable character. The game will launch on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in 2014.

Mario Kart 8
New characters, courses and vehicles were announced for the game. Rosalina and various “Baby” Nintendo characters like baby Mario and baby Luigi will be be added to the roster.

Accompanying that will be new course settings that include an airport, the desert and high in the clouds. UFOs, four-wheel ATV buggies and bikes will cover the vehicles department.

NES Remix
This new title for the Wii U remixes select parts from 16 classic NES games. Think of playing an overhauled Donkey Kong game again but this time with Link from The Legend of Zelda series or running through a Super Mario Bros. stage to the left.

The game will feature Miiverse compatibility as well. NES Remix is now available exclusively in the Nintendo eShop for $14.99.

Sonic Lost World
A new Nintendo-themed level was announced for Sonic Lost World. Yoshi’s Island Zone is available now for free and has Sonic running through areas filled with pipes, coins, Shy Guys and Piranha Plants.

Dr. Luigi
Dr. Luigi will have players lining up color-coded pills to destroy viruses, much similar to what we saw with the classic Dr. Mario.

This will have its very own multiplayer mode based on different skill settings. Players can compete with other players online and see who can pop the most viruses. Dr. Luigi will launch exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on December 31 for $14.99.

Wii Sports Club
Golf is the new addition to the Wii Sports Club, which already features bowling and tennis. What’s really cool about the new addition is that it asks players to place the Wii U GamePad controller on the floor in front of their TVs.

Players can then use a Wii Remote Plus to swing at the ball on the ground, just as they would a real golf ball, enabling more precise control with each stroke. When they take their swing, the ball flies from the screen of the GamePad to the TV screen in one fluid motion.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Cranky Kong is being added to the list of playable characters and comes with his own set of special moves. Players playing as him can bounce off enemies and obstacles using his cane.

Additionally collection 100 bananas in a stage allows you to execute a new move called Kong-Pow, which turns all enemies on the screen into items. The game will launch on February 21.

Nintendo 3DS

Bravely Default
A free demo was announced for Bravely Default which will launch on January 2 and feature an exclusive story with hours of content not included in the main game.

As far as the full game is concerned, it will launch on February 7 at a price of $40. Bravely Default will have a sleep mode where you can close the system while the game is still active to have a chance of gathering additional warriors through the StreetPass feature.

Going to sleep earns you Sleep Points as well that can be used during battles to change equipment, revive a fallen party member, heal or unleash powerful attacks. Sleep Points can also be bought from the Nintendo eShop.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe
It’s a side-scrolling platformer with puzzle elements. Players though can move Kirby to the background and foreground to dodge enemy attacks or solve puzzles. More than 20 different copy abilities are going to be featured in the game, including four new ones.

Two new game modes were also announced: Kirby Fighters lets up to four players pick one of 10 copy abilities for their Kirby and then fight to see which is the most effective in battle. Dedede’s Drum Dash asks players to press buttons in sync with Kirby music while jumping and collecting coins. The game is planned for 2014.

Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder
Being tasked with helping a new museum get started, players will be given silhouettes of needed objects. They then must use the 3DS camera to find objects in the real word that match the shapes. The game will also feature community events called NostalJunk Challenges that focus on particular silhouettes, and give players opportunities to showcase their creativity and maybe earn a special outfit for Chibi-Robo to wear in the game. The game will release on January 9.

Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter
Both services will be launched on December 27; where players can also download a 30-day free trial version until January 31, 2014.

Pokémon Bank allows players to store up to 3,000 Pokémon from the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games. Poké Transporter on the other hand lets players take the Pokémon they’ve caught through the years and transfer them into Pokémon Black and Pokémon White, as well as Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, and transfer them into Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.

Yoshi’s New Island
The game launches this spring, and will be produced by Takashi Tezuka, the creative director of the original Yoshi’s Island for Super NES.

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
The game was finally announced for a 3DS release on March 28 in Europe; with North America getting a release window of “early 2014”. Originally it was released in Japan last November.

The title has players following a young girl, Espella, who is being chased by witches and accused of being a witch herself.

Layton and Luke must solve puzzles and uncover the truth about the city of Labyrinthia while Phoenix Wright and his assistant, Maya will prepare for the trial of Espella. It’s said to be “brimming with supernatural events”, which sounds quite Laytonesque but also promises much for the staunch Ace Attorney fan to enjoy.