Nintendo Direct Recap August 2013


During Nintendo Direct, it was announced that The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD will release on October 4th. It will be available to purchase from the eShop as well as retail stores.

Another Nintendo Direct will be held on August 9th. This Direct video will focus on Platinum Games’, The Wonderful 101. Seeing as it’s a third-party exclusive to the Wii U, it’s no wonder Nintendo intend on focusing on it.

There will be Wii U social integration coming to Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the 3DS. This social integration will include a MiiVerse Community and an Animal Crossing Plaza. You will be able to engage with animals and other players on the Animal Crossing Plaza through your Mii. A new service will also be implemented which will allow you to post in-game photos using your 3DS SD card.

Nintendo also confirmed that Luigi will be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for the Wii and for the 3DS. So far, there has been 14 confirmed characters. The confirmed usual brawlers consist of: Mario, Samus, Fox, Link, Pikachu, Pit, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Captain Olimar and now Luigi. The newcomers to the game that have been confirmed thus far are: Mega Man, Villager and the Wii Fit Trainer.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds was also mentioned during the Direct by Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata. He said that the over-world will be the same as the original SNES game (The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past), but the alternate world will be completely different. The Dark World, which was the alternate world in the original was never mentioned by Iwata. Does this mean The Dark World won’t be retuning or are Nintendo just re-doing it? Iwata also confirmed that the story told in A Link Between Worlds will take place generations after Link to the Past.

Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney will be coming to the 3DS sometime in 2014. The title has finally been confirmed for North American and European release, after it was released in Japan on November 29th, 2012. Level-5, creators of Professor Layton, asked fans to vote for their favorite Japan-only title. Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney won the poll and now it seems it’s finally getting its European and North American release.

New games were announced for the 3DS’ Virtual Console. Titles include: Summer Carnival ’92, Donkey Kong Original Edition, which will release on August 15th, Tecmo Bowl, which will be coming sometime this fall, Wario Land 3, which will be available on August 29th and Super Mario Bros. 3, which is releasing later this year and will also be available on the Wii U as well as the 3DS.

An Art Academy Sketchpad app will be available before the full Wii U game’s release. The app will be an eShop exclusive. Art Academy Sketchpad will let users post their drawings to the MiiVerse. Also included will be some of the features available for the Wii U game. One of these features are lessons for artists. The app will be downloadable as of Friday, August 9th.

Rayman Legends players on the Wii U will get Nintendo-themed costumes for Rayman and Globox. Rayman, being the main character will get a Mario costume, while Globox will have a Luigi costume. Apart from this, Wii U users will also get a costume for Barbara. This costume is based on Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation‘s character, Aveline. On other consoles, the PlayStation 3 received an Assassin’s Creed costume and the Xbox 360 a Splinter Cell costume for Rayman Legends.