Nintendo Direct: EarthBound, Pikmin 3, A Link to the Past

Wednesday, 17th April 2013 14:57 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Nintendo hosted Nintendo Direct sessions in both North America and Europe today, announcing a new installment in the Mario Party series for 3DS, release dates for Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, the Virtual Console release of Earthbound or Mother 2 if you will, and a 2014 release for Bravely Default: Flying Fairy in the west.

3DS at a glace

New game based on The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Launches this holiday season.

Third installment in Yoshi’s Island series coming, more details to be announced at a later date.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team hits retail and eShop July 12 in Europe and August 11 in NA.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is out May 24 in stores and through eShop.

Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move launches on May 9 exclusively through eShop.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Hardware Bundle out June 11 in US, June 14 in the UK.

Mario Golf: World Tour launches this summer.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons hits eShop on May 30.

A new game in the Mario Party series is out this winter.

Guild 02 titles are “coming soon.”

Shin Megami Tensei 4 releases on July 16. Each copy in the initial shipment will be a Limited Edition Box Set.

3DS news

During the NA Nintendo Direct session, a new 3DS game in The Legend of Zelda series was announced. It contains and all new adventure which takes place in the world of A Link to the Past, and allows Link to become a drawing and move along walls. A 3D video of the new game is now available to download in the Nintendo eShop. The game will launch this holiday season.

Yoshi’s Island, the third installment in franchise is making its way to 3DS, where Yoshi and Baby Mario are back with their typical movements along with new actions. More details about the game, as well as launch timing, will be announced in the future.

A release date for Mario & Luigi: Dream Team was announced for retail and eShop. Expect it to land on August 11 in North America and on July 12 in Europe.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3Dmodes were once again gone over, and the game will contain eight new stages to complete once the core title is finished. The game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on May 24 in both regions.

Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, the eShop exclusive, will contain over 180 stages in four different modes. Players can also create their own stages and share them with others to play around the world. It launches on May 9 in both regions.

Like in the UK, North America is getting an Animal Crossing: New Leaf Hardware Bundle with the game pre-installed. It will be available on launch day, June 9, for $219.99 in the US and June 14 in the UK.

Mario Golf: World Tour will feature competitive real-time multiplayer matches against others across the globe along with community feature to find others to play golf with. The game is scheduled to launch this summer.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons will soon be available on Virtual Console for 3DS. The games are interconnected, so playing one unlocks secrets in the other. The games are scheduled to launch in the eShop on May 30 in both regions.

A new game in the Mario Party series is scheduled to launch for Nintendo 3DS this winter. The game features seven different game boards, each with its own set of rules. The game offers 81 new mini-games that test speed, concentration and luck. In addition to the board game elements, players will be able to play mini-games exclusively or try their hands at a 30-floor tower climb, AR Card games and StreetPass battles.

Sometime during 2014, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy and the third game in the second Professor Layton trilogy, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, will be made available for 3DS in North America. Those in Europe will be able to play both games “later this year.”

The Guild 02 titles published by Level-5 are coming “soon” to 3DS and include: The Starship Damrey from Kazuya Asano and Takemaru Abiko; Bugs vs Tanks! from Mega Man creator and Comcept boss Keiji Inafune; and Kaz Ayabe’s Attack of the Friday Monsters: A Tokyo Tale.

Atlus fans will be pleased to know that when Shin Megami Tensei 4 releases on July 16, every copy in the initial shipment will be a Limited Edition Box Set that includes a 176-page Strategy & Design Book containing the official starter strategy guide and full-color artwork; the Shin Megami Tensei Music Collection CD with tracks specially selected from the 20-plus-year history of the SMT series; and a deluxe-sized Collectible Slipcase featuring key art designed by character designer Masayuki Doi.

Wii U at a glance

EarthBound (Mother 2) arrives on Wii U Virtual Console later this year.

Super Luigi U DLC launching this summer for Super Mario Bros. Wii U.

Game & Wario lands in stores and through eShop June 23.

Pikmin 3 is out August 4 and contains the Winged Pikmin.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Update is now available.

Wii U system update next week will see the release of new features, along with Virtual Console and Wii U Panorama View.

Demo for Wii U Panorama View hitting next week.

Wii U announcements

Probably the biggest news of the day is that EarthBound, or Mother 2 if you will, will arrive on the Wii U Virtual Console this year. The original game was created by Shigesato Itoi and released on Super NES in 1995 and fans have been clamoring for the title to be released on VC for ages. Patience, finally paid off. This will be the first time the game was released in Europe.

During the Nintendo Direct session, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata once again discusses the extra-large New Super Mario Bros. Wii U DLC coming soon: New Super Luigi U. The DLC starring Luigi comes with 82 updated stages and a new adventure and many stages start with only 100 seconds on the timer, and quicker stages are populated with many obstacles. New Super Luigi U is scheduled to be released this summer during the Year of Luigi. It’s out sometime this winter in both Europe and North America.

Game & Wario was detailed a bit more. Apparently each game in it will use the Wii U GamePad in a unique way and it will be made available in stores and through the eShop on June 23.

A new Pikmin was announced for Pikmin 3. It’s a flying critter called: Winged Pikmin. It will follow the player and carry items in the air. Pikmin 3 will be available in stores and in the eShop on August 4.

Gameboy Advanced games are coming to Virtual Console as well, and you can get an idea of what these titles are through the many, many videos posted below.

The Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Update which enables off-TV play using the Wii U GamePad is now available in both North America and Europe. Now, the two regions can join each other’s online games.

Finally, a Wii U system update is coming next week, and it will add new functions and enhance existing ones, such as shortening load times when switching between applications or using the B button to return to the Wii U Menu. It contains other goodies as well, such as the ability to transfer and copy from two USBs, you can finally install updated while playing games. The update will also allow you to receive automatic updates and instillation will continue even with the system turned off.

Once the update is completed, the Virtual Console service and Wii U Panorama View will be available with the later getting a demo as well.

You can re-watch both the European and North American versions of Nintendo Direct below.

There are also videos of the upcoming games and Virtual Console titles on the docket below as well. Lots of videos, actually.



  1. EdNorton

    Woop.. trailers look awesome.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

    Ok it’s over. I will clean the post up now with all pertinent information.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Digital Bamboo

    I never thought I’d actually see Earthbound re-released in the West. Consider me surprised, Nintendo.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. friendlydave

    Pretty stoked for the game set in LttP universe. Should be good stuff!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. dreamcastnews

    Wow! That’s a LOAD of games coming that I want this year! I’m glad they are concentrating on Japanese styled games coming to the West.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. PC_PlayBoy

    Where is the new IP? Nintendo games are nothing but shovelware now, milking the same old IP just to make a quick buck.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Francis O

    @6 God shut up PC Playboy. Go play you’re re-hashed shooters

    Anyways, great Nintendo Direct! I’m loving that new Zelda game on the 3DS. And Bravely Default coming over was really cool. Looking forward to the Wii U system update as well. Just a ton of games overall for the 3DS.

    I think this is the year where the 3DS really takes off. There are so many games coming out for it, it’s crazy.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. dreamcastnews

    @6 Thanks for your valued input! I’m sure all the previous commenters really appreciate your views on intellectual properties.

    Maybe you’ve hit the wrong button somewhere, this is a thread about Nintendo? That’s a couple of minutes of brainpower you’re never getting back flaming those who enjoy the 3DS, well done you.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Stephany Nunneley

    EDIT: All NA and EU dates and information are in there.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. The_Red

    Goddamn Earthbound, such a gem. Seriously superb series. If only Nintendo could make more games like that… Still, it’s good to see 3DS getting so many games. (See this Sony? This is HOW you support a handheld, not by crappy COD ports).

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Francis O

    @8 LOL it’s a fanboys defense when Nintendo shows off so many games… derp wheres the new IP!?

    Then says…. can’t wait for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 4 and Battlefield 3.34!

    - Never mind Nintendo announced Bravely Default for the west, published by Nintendo. That’s a new IP!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Lloytron


    And it looks epic;

    #12 2 years ago
  13. dreamcastnews

    @11 the thing is, I could totally understand if Nintendo didn’t release new IP, but a quick Wikipedia search soon reveals that actually, they’ve released shitloads over the past 10 years. They aren’t quite on par with Sony when it comes to massive budget 1st party gems but they are certainly far more pro-active than Microsoft seem to be in their late console lifecycle – remember when MS used to release exciting Japanese IP for 360 and original Xbox? Those were the days!

    I adore my 3DS, I never got into handhelds properly before it came along, but it’s got such a super lineup of games I just can’t ignore the thing, now; let’s hope Nintendo get their act together with the Wii U!

    #13 2 years ago
  14. The_Red

    F*** me. Just saw the “Link to the Past” sequel part. Holy SHIT. This is big. Along with Super Metroid, A Link to the Past is THE best SNES game and together, they are the best in their respective franchises (Though the first LoZelda is also up there).

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    Useful info on WiiU system update … Next week!

    These features include:
    Improves loading times
    Copy data between two USB drives
    Install software while playing games
    Automatically receive updates
    Press B button during start up to go to Wii Menu
    Continue to download and install after system is OFF
    Virtual Console will be available next week
    VC can be played off-tv and each will have its own Miiverse community
    Gameboy Advance and N64 games will be coming
    Wii U Panorama View available as free demo next week
    Each Panorama will be available for $2

    #15 2 years ago
  16. dreamcastnews

    Was it just me hoping for Majora’s Mask 3D, haha!

    #16 2 years ago
  17. silkvg247

    Is Earthbound going to be US only??

    #17 2 years ago
  18. dreamcastnews

    @17 no, it’s Europe too.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Francis O

    @13 I know they have. Nintendo is the leader in the Video game market for a reason.

    They have so many IPs, and they know how to use them. That’s why Nintendo is building new headquarters and new teams.

    While Sony is selling their buildings and struggling to even make a profit in their gaming division.

    MS is figuring out new ways to mug peoples wallets for Xbox Live next generation with the Xbox 720. TV Tuner and Skype = Next gen. LOL

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Stephany Nunneley

    I updated it. If you feel like looking through it….

    #20 2 years ago
  21. OlderGamer

    Lots of good looking stuff. Can’t freaken wait till next weeks update on the WiiU. I want to get at those VC games.

    Nice Job Steph ;)

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Stephany Nunneley

    @21 Thanks OG. I am still adding things to make it more organized. Should be done in a few.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Djoenz


    TBH all of the companies made losses in their game divisions:

    MS and Sony has other divisions to fall back on.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. EdNorton

    Nice work Steph, as always!

    Here a few more trailers:

    Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past Sequel Trailer

    The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Ages and Seasons – 3DS Trailer

    Yoshi’s Island 3DS trailer –

    #24 2 years ago
  25. CPC_RedDawn

    A link to the past sequel….OMFG!!!!

    Dreams can come true!!!

    Jizzgasam engaged!!!

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Francis O


    Actually Nintendo made a profit in there last quarterly reports. And has about 10 Billion in the bank.,d.cGE

    Sony and MS can only lean on their overhead for so long before the higher ups feel they don’t need to lose money on a gaming division that isn’t making any money.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Stephany Nunneley

    @24 Thanks Ed, and thanks for the Vid links. They are in there now!

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Stephany Nunneley

    I have Zelda screens downloading right now – will add them as soon as I can.

    EDIT: They are in there now.

    EDIT 2: Thanks Ed! Adding those now.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. DLTDawnlight

    2013 is the Year of the 3DS.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. EdNorton

    More trailers! damn.. Nintendo are on fire.

    Mario Golf World Tour – 3DS Gameplay Trailer

    Mario Party – 3DS Gameplay Trailer

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Djoenz


    I agree and hopefully new gen consoles will change that. This time they better dont sell consoles with losses.

    Only game Im interested in is Zelda HD and combined with a price cut I might buy a WiiU.

    Handhelds pff I dont see the big fuss about handheld games..but yeah who am I right…lol

    #31 2 years ago
  32. polygem

    what now punx? is this hot or is this hot? IT IS HOT! Yoshi´s island FTW!

    @31: i personally always loved handhelds. atm i play more on handhelds than on my homeconsoles, much more. there are so many great games on handhelds man, some of my all time favourite ones for sure!

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Joe Musashi

    Francis 0, amongst other things, you really need to learn the business difference between selling a building and selling a lease. You keep wheeling out that schtick and it’s becoming painful to watch you make the same blunder every time. It really shows up how skewed your business analysis is.


    #33 2 years ago
  34. EdNorton

    And more! wow.. New Super Luigi U – Wii U Gameplay

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Francis O



    #35 2 years ago
  36. PC_PlayBoy

    Another Zelda, Another Mario, Another Yoshi title, Another Donkey Kong, Another Animal Crossing, Another Pokemon, Another Mario Kart, another Mario & Luigi, Another Mario Party, Another Mario Golf title…Nintendo are taking the piss. They are dullest of firms out there when it comes to creating new IP.

    Meanwhile on the PC, it’s got more new IP than one can keep up with.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. tcc

    Nintendo I love you so damn much

    #37 2 years ago
  38. monkeygourmet


    Yay! :)

    Battlefield…. 4!
    Witcher….. 3!
    Metro….. 2!
    Thief…. 4!
    Diablo….. 3!
    Half Life… 2!
    Amnesia…. 2!

    Etc… Etc…

    Every platform recycles things if they are successful, it takes a skill to keep making the gameplay fresh and relevant though…

    PC has the most shovelware by the nature of its open platform… You clearly are a idiot.

    Indie devs are where the PC comes to life, but as most indie games can run on a shitty laptop, the chances here are that most people posting here would be able to play those anyway…

    #38 2 years ago
  39. dreamcastnews

    You again! Can’t stay away from those Nintendo threads can you?

    Here is your difference :

    PC = £1500+ for a decent rig plus upgrade costs every 12 months or so.

    3DS = £150-200 for a handheld good for releases for about 5-6 years.

    As the old proverb goes, ‘do the math’

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Stephany Nunneley

    I have a crap ton of screenshots downloading. I will put them in a different post though. Just so you know, etc.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. mistermogul

    3DS is the best console out there right now imo. So many amazing games already here and to come…

    #41 2 years ago
  42. dreamcastnews

    @41, it’s certainly going from strength to strength.

    I think in reality, there’s no beating Nintendo in the handheld arena, sure there’s room for two as the PSP has shown us but pound for pound – Nintendo simply have the experience and short, snappy games that a handheld caters for.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Djoenz


    Dude he at least mentioned exclusives lmao. Your examples are multiplatform. Except Half Life 2 and I think amnesia was supposed to come to consoles.

    In other words your examples are piss poor. He makes a point.


    Forget my point sorry I just realised those originated on PC however Metro and BF too?

    My bad.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. PC_PlayBoy


    More like:

    Thomas Was Alone
    Legend of Grimrock
    Amnesia: Dark Decent
    The Binding of Isaac
    Dear Esther
    The Cave
    Little Inferno
    Super Hexagon
    Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
    And Yet It Moves
    Costume Quest
    Cthulhu Saves the World
    Gemini Rue
    Crayon Physics Deluxe
    Defense Grid: The Awakening
    Frozen Synapse
    FTL: Faster Than Light
    Gratuitous Space Battles
    The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom
    Orcs Must Die
    PlaneScape: Torment
    Icewind Dale

    etc, etc…You’re like the mental patient that doesn’t know they are mental!

    Consoles are the worst for milking IP! There is zero creativity there.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. YoungZer0

    Wow, Nintendo is actually developing new games, who wo- oh, it’s 3DS only. Never mind then.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. dreamcastnews

    @44 except motion controls, obviously.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Bomba Luigi

    It really looks like the 3DS will be my most Used Gaming Plattform for this Year. Pretty Amazing how many Great looking Games are coming for this Thing and how Nintendo Support it.
    I really didn’t see this coming.

    But the WiiU Support is really far away from that Level. Kinda Strange.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. silkvg247

    I dunno why they are restricting the VC titles to WiiU – they’d work on Wii too. I ain’t buying a WiiU.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. dreamcastnews

    @48, I must admit, they could keep supporting the Wii in all of this. As you said – VC games would work.

    It’s a shame Nintendo aren’t how they were back in the 90′s when they’d support their previous system at least two years into the new one’s lifecycle.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Francis O

    PC Playboy

    Those are some cool games, but I rather play Zelda, Metroid, Mario, Pokemon, Smash Bros, Xenoblade 2, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, Bravely Default, Pikmin 3, Bayonetta 2, The Wonderful 101, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate… and so many other games than what you listed.

    And if you don’t like Nintendo, why did you click on the post? Plus, Nintendo announced Bravely Default for North America.

    Whether these games are sequels or not, there still damn good. They’ve been around for a long time because people enjoy them. If you don’t then thats fine. But no amount of PC new IP waving is going to convince anybody not to like Mario, Metroid, Zelda, and Nintendo’s IPs, so you’re best off playing the PC and STFU…

    #50 2 years ago
  51. monkeygourmet


    Like is said, mostly Indie type games…

    I’m surprised you managed to build your rig considering you can’t seem to read a post on here…

    And, as I said before, anyone commenting on this page using a bog standard laptop would be able to play all those… Then they could play on their 3DS/Wii U Vita or whatever… Enjoy gaming on one system for the rest of your life.

    Most of the big AAA PC games are either available on consoles now, and are part of long running IP’s… Fact is, if a game is well received companies want to milk it. Just look at AC…

    Although, you do get +1 for making me reply to an obvious troll

    #51 2 years ago
  52. Digital Bamboo

    “a new 3DS game in The Legend of Zelda series was announced. It contains and all new adventure which takes place in the world of A Link to the Past”

    I just shat myself with joy reading this. Thanks a lot, Nintendo. Now I have to walk home with soiled pants AND buy a 3DS.

    Seriously, this is incredible. A Link to the Past is my favorite game of all time.

    My faith in Nintendo has been restored like a fairy to a heart container.

    #52 2 years ago

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