Donkey Kong Country Returns to 3DS – Nintendo Direct

Thursday, 14th February 2013 14:45 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Two Nintendo Directs aired simultaneously in Europe and North America today. The big news? Western release dates for Animal Crossing New Leaf and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for 3DS.

Nintendo Direct Nuggets

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D releases on eShop this summer.

Code of Princess will release in Europe through the eShop this spring.

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – new modes announced.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf releases in North America June 9. It releases in Europe on June 14.

Wii U and 3DS Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate bundles hit Europe March 22. The Circle Pad Pro XL will release alongside the game.

Fire Emblem: Awakening 3DS XL Bundle releases in Europe on April 19.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity will release in Europe on May 17.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D can be downloaded at a reduced price of €29.99 for one week starting today.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team announced for 3DS this summer.

Etrian Odyssey 4: Legends of the Titan releases on 3DS in Europe this spring.

New Super Mario Bros. U DLC featuring New Super Luigi U coming soon.

Project X Zone will release on 3DS this summer.

Mario Golf: World Tour launches this summer.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate demo lands on eShop at the end of the month.

The Legend of Zelda’s Miiverse Community launches today.

Wii Street U powered by Google is a free download starting today.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate launches for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on March 19. A demo will be available on the eShop for both platforms on Feb. 21.

The Year of Luigi

The NA session started off with Mr. Iwata wearing a Luigi hat, and calling 2013 “The Year of Luigi.” He went on to discuss the previously announced four-player multiplayer levels for Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and detailed two online modes: Climber and Chaser. There’s also a new Polterpup Mode where you search for a ghost pup who loves gold. You will need to use the black light to follow his footprints.

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon launches March 24

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team was also announced as a new RPG in which players mess with Luigi’s face as he sleeps. You can pull on his mustache, and poke around on him in order to solve puzzles which take place in his dream state. It is coming to 3DS this summer.

New Super Luigi U was announced as DLC content for Super Mario Bros. U. Iwata described it as “large scale DLC” and similar to development of new software. In it, Luigi stars in alternate versions of the game’s over 80 stages. Players can also change between the New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U stages. It will be released later this year.

Luigi and his “Mushroom Kingdom neighbors” will also star in Mario Golf: World Tour on 3DS, which will feature courses designed in the traditional sense, as well as inspired by the Mushroom Kingdom. The game launches this summer.

“Luigi is just the green tip of the iceberg of all the great news we have to share with Nintendo fans this year and beyond,” said NOA president Reggie Fils-Aime. “We’re showing how Nintendo 3DS and Wii U continue to be a source of fun, entertainment and great surprises.”

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D was the big news today, with Reggie popping onto the Nintendo Direct session at the very end to announce it. The Wii game is getting “a portable 3D makeover” and will launch this summer. You can watch a 3D video of today through the eShop for Nintendo 3DS.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf will arrive in North America on June 9 and in Europe on June 14. Starting today, you can download fashions themed after the game through Style Savvy: Trendsetters.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity will release in Europe on May 17.

Nintendo also reiterated the release dates for LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins on 3DS – April 21, and LEGO City Undercover for Wii U – March 18.

Downloadable games for the 3DS eShop were also announced: Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (coming soon), Dillon’s Rolling Western: The Last Ranger which releases April 11, and HarmoKnight from Game Freak which will release on March 28. A demo will be available March 14. The firm also announced Kersploosh, a puzzle game where you drop things, which will release on March 7.

Two new Fire Emblem: Awakening downloadable maps are now available for purchase at the Outrealm Gate on the world map in Fire Emblem Awakening. For $2.50, the Champions of Yore 3 map lets players battle against legendary characters such as Marth, Roy and Ike. Players who have already purchased the Champions of Yore map pack can now access this new map to earn a new playable character named Michaiah and a special skill that will increase all of a character’s stats by two points.

The Golden Gaffe map is the first in a second set of three maps, and is also now available for $2.50. It pits players against a group of very wealthy enemies, and is a great way to earn gold. Nintendo plans to release fresh downloadable content in the weeks and months ahead to keep the adventure going with more playable characters and class types. The Champions of Yore 1 map is available as a free download through March 6.

Remember this Fire Emblem bundle announced for North America? You’re in luck, Europe, because it will hit stores on April 19.

Code of Princess will release in Europe through the eShop this spring. No further information was available. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity will release in Europe on May 17.

Two classic Game Boy Color games from Natsume, Harvest Moon and Legend of the River King, will also release through Virtual Console for 3DS “in the coming months.”

A demo of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate hits the eShop on February 28, and the full digital game download launches on March 5.

Promotions galore

Those who buy and register a 3DS XL will get a free game as part of a special promotion. Anyone who registers a Nintendo 3DS XL and either Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon or Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity between March 21 and April 30 will receive a code to download one of the following five games for free from the eShop: Super Mario 3D Land, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, Star Fox 64 3D or Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive.

An eShop sale is also going on for a limited time, and each week, you can pick up one of the following games for a reduced price: BIT.TRIP SAGA, Crashmo, Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword, Ketzal’s Corridors, Fractured Soul and Mutant Mudds.

Wii U news

The Miiverse is getting its own Zelda community, dedicated to the The Legend of Zelda series, It launched today, and lets fans “discuss the past, present and future” of the franchise.

Nintendo also revealed some new sections for LEGO City Undercover, such as the LEGO City Airport, Kings Court and Paradise Sands.

Wii Street U powered by Google is now available through the eShop for Wii U as a free download for a limited time.

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is getting new DLC later this month, in the form of one costume each for Ryu, Ayane, Momiji and Kasumi. It also includes 25 new Ninja Trials missions.

BIT.TRIP Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien will launch this month, as will Zen Pinball 2, and Toki Tori 2.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted U releases on March 19 with full Miiverse functionality added into the gameplay, and comes with the Ultimate Speed Pack for no additional charge.

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct from Activision will also release for Wii U on March 26, and Injustice: Gods Among Us launches on April 16.

Disney Infinity from Disney Interactive is coming to Wii U, 3DS and Wii this summer

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate launches for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on March 19, and a demo will be available on the eShop on both platforms February 21.

Monster Hunter hardware packs for Europe

Black and white editions for Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as new bundle releases for both 3DS XL and Wii U, were also announced for Europe.

The Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate bundle hits March 22. The Wii U Limited Edition Pack comes with a black Wii U console with 32GB of storage, a black Wii U Pro Controller and a copy of the game. The Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Pack comes with the game pre-installed on a black Nintendo 3DS XL.

The Circle Pad Pro for 3DS XL, will be also be launching in Europe on March 22.

You can watch a replay of both Nintendo Direct sessions below, as well as game videos shown in both presentations.



  1. OnionPowder

    Animal Crossing and Wonderful 101 release dates please.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. foxmulder555

    New Zelda & Metroid, hell I’ll even take a remastered Prime!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. dreamcastnews

    In an ideal world, this would be Nintendo stepping in to publish Rayman as a timed exclusive.

    I’d take concrete news on Wonderful 101 and Animal Crossing though!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. OmegaSlayer

    Nintendo directs are the most awful and boring thing I’ve ever witnessed in my life.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Dave Cook

    I’m definitely going to buy DK Country Returns. Stores and eBay charge stupid money for Wii copies.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. OnionPowder

    @6 Plus no more waggle roll like on the Wii version.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. ps3fanboy

    the donkey kong game number 201 get announced… i am impressed..zzZz.. NOT!. this is worse than the yearly cod, donkey kong have been released yearly for decades. nintendo does not know when to stop. its about timr nintendo release a new ip, if not it is game over for nintendo for good.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. OnionPowder

    @7 You’re a moron. That is the 5th Donkey Kong game in 20 years.

    EDIT: To put it more accurately. In the past 10 years we’ve got a music game spin-off, DKR on Wii and a DS and GBC spinoff game that is in no way related to the return to platforming that DKC introduced.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. deathm00n

    @8 Do we need more proof that ps3fanboy is just a troll?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. OnionPowder

    @9 I think his name alone proved that LOL

    #10 2 years ago
  11. manamana

    Awesome Miyamoto Ghostbuster performance! Such a crazy bunch, love it and Luigis Mansion is already pre-ordered long ago. Damn, so many games to play next weeks to come, it gets to a point where I come under stress, lol!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Stephany Nunneley

    I have bolded the names of the games in the post so they will be easier for you guys to find. Less “eye strain”.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Fin


    Wait, the Donkey Kong is just a remake of a Wii game?


    I liked Luigi’s Mansion 1 though, 2 should be interesting.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DLTDawnlight


    “Better Luck Next Time Nintendo!” – Fox

    #14 2 years ago
  15. dreamcastnews

    TO be fair, Harmoknight, Dillon’s Rolling Western, Fire Emblem (still relatively new IP in the west) and Wonderful 101 are new IP.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. mistermogul

    @5 – Do it dude. It’s a superb platformer and will be better without waggle controls on 3DS…

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DrDamn

    Fire Emblem has been around in the west since 2003/2004.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. OlderGamer

    Seems to me that a major selling point COULD have been downloadable DS/3DS games fully playable on WiiU. If you remove the 3D element to the games and use the GamePad, there seems to me little that can’t be done.

    That would have greatly increased the libary of games for WiiU. They could have easily put codes in 3DS games to use to download the games on WiiU. Like a Xross buy.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. dreamcastnews

    @17, yeah I know… It isn’t as well established as other franchises of Nintendo’s though.

    As far as I’m aware there was quite a mix of new IP announced for 3DS this time around, anyone who thinks that they haven’t had any new IP since say, 2001 should maybe Wikipedia ‘Nintendo franchises’.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. theevilaires

    Just bought this for the Wii but have no time to play it :(

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Fin


    New core IPs established by Nintendo since 2001:

    Pikmin (2001)
    Animal Crossing (2001)

    #21 2 years ago
  22. friendlydave

    @21 There was those Brain training games, they where a Nintendo IP right, that must of been after 2001 ^^

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Fin


    Yer, but I said core IPs (no Wii Fit or Play or Sports or Brain Training!).

    #23 2 years ago
  24. DrDamn

    That would be really good actually. No 3DS game requires the 3D functionality. 3D can just enhance gameplay, it doesn’t enable it. I’d like that.

    I just Wikipedia’ed that. Errr, was that meant to re-enforce your point? What new core IP’s were introduced during the Wii years?

    #24 2 years ago
  25. SplatteredHouse

    23: Hey – I thought the no word play understanding was in effect! :p Core Nintendo IPs can be described as very different to the “traditional” core focus you see elsewhere.

    A lot of those titles for the 3DS looked really interesting, such as the Castlevania LOS game I had not payed much attention to in past articles, and it was good to see confirmation of outliers, such as EO4, and project X Zone as well as interesting announcements, including Inazuma XI, and Splash or Crash, an AGGHHHHHHHHHH! derivative, but one with a nice fun theme and quality presentation. The 3DS looks to be in a very good place at the moment, judging by this evidence – I want to also say that it is very good to see the openness from Nintendo which is NOT as commonly seen, elsewhere.

    Of course, there are dates for a lot of the games, but more than that, they are offering demos of key titles!

    Additionally, in the case of the Donkey Kong game they are offering a 3D video on their eshop showing the game in action. They do learn from people’s response to their past offering, and have continued and adapted their SHOW/tell strategy, that must have been really helpful in the past by them. I appreciate the straightforward nature of Nintendo’s communications. Their competitors could learn from it.

    #25 2 years ago

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