Nintendo Direct: Monster Hunter 4 confirmed, Mario Kart 8 dated, Little Mac for Super Smash

Thursday, 13th February 2014 22:00 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Mario Kart 8 release date confirmed, Bayonetta 2 trailer released, Monster Hunter 4 western release confirmed – today’s three-territory Nintendo Direct was an absolute doozy.


Nintendo Direct

Mario Kart 8 dated.

Punch-Out’s Little Mac coming to Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U.

New trailers for X, Bayonetta 2, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

Game Boy Advance titles hit Virtual Console in April.

Weapon Shop de Omasse confirmed for western release.

Steel Diver successor, NES Remix 2, Pokémon puzzle game announced.

Dates for various titles announced.

US presentation in full.

The presentation kicked off with a trailer for the highly-anticipated Super Smash Bros 3DS and Wii U; we will of course post any trailers for your enjoyment as soon as Nintendo sends them on. The trailer began with a comic-like sequence showing Punch-Out’s Little Mac training for a fight, before punching Metroid’s Samus Aran into approximately the stratosphere. The brawler launches in 2014.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata then moved onto 3DS games, beginning with Mario Golf: World Tour, showing off the RPG-like Castle Club mode. This one’s coming on May 2, apparently in both the US and Europe.

Next up was Kirby Triple Deluxe. The 3DS title has special features, including StreetPass bonuses. This one also launches on May 2 in the US, and May 16 in Europe.

Yoshi’s New Island, a game in which you are a dinosaur protecting a baby Mario, was shown next. Yoshi’s Suprt Yoshi transformation was demonstrated, along with his ability to sprout wings. He can also turn into a jackhammer or submarine. This one arrives on March 14.

A special edition Yoshi 3DSXL was confirmed for Europe. See it here.

The next title hits the eShop today; called Sub Wars, it’s a first-person spiritual successor to Steel Diver. Iwata called it a “contemplative shooter”. It will be available in both free and premium versions.

Next was Pokémon Link: Battle, or Pokémon Battle Trozei depending on territory, a match-three puzzle game, is coming to the 3DS eShop. It will include all known Pokémon to date and four-player co-op. It’s due on March 20 in the US.

Rusty’s Real Dead Baseball is an unusual one; it’s a baseball game about “good feelings” in which you cna unlock various content through microtransactions – but you can negotiate with the shopkeeper to lower prices. It’s coming in April.

Arriving in the US on February 28, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy got a new trailer.

At long, long last, Monster Hunter 4 was confirmed for western 3DS release in early 2015.

Another surprise – Nintendo Pocket Football Club, a 3DS eShop exclusive, is coming to Europe April 17. It’s a pretty adorable looking club management sim, with online features.

Nintendo finally confirmed a western launch for Weapon Shop de Omasse, the rhythm action shop management sim mash up which was the only Guild01 title not yet localised. Expect it on February 20.

Best-selling soccer sim Inazuma Eleven finally comes to North America today. It should be available on the 3DS eShop straight after the presentation.

PAL territories don’t have to wait much longer; Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Guard will release in Europe on May 2, and will be preceded by a demo on April 18.

Nintendo showed a couple of indie games, too – Shovel Knight and 1,000 Spikes – and said the eShop will be pretty busy this year.

Wii U
Ubisoft RPG Child of Light hits the Wii U eShop on April 30 in Europe, and May 1 in the US.

A new trailer for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was released ahead of its launch next week.

Good news: NES Remix 2 was announced. It comes with a free, full new game – Super Luigi Bros., based on the level in the original NES Remix, but contains many more levels. This one hits the US on April 25.

The Koopalings will all be playable in Mario Kart 8, which got a new trailer. It hits Europe and the US on May 30.

Next up was MonolithSoft’s new game, X – an action heavy RPG for Wii U. It’s said to be like Xenoblade Chronicles but “with even more polish”.

The final Wii U game to be featured was Bayonetta 2, which – yes, you’ve already scrolled down to watch the trailer, haven’t you. Still no release date.

Game Boy Advance titles will arrive on Virtual Console in northern spring; April for Europe.

From Japan
The Japanese Nintendo Direct announced a Monster Hunter 4G 3DS hardware bundle, coming March 27.

A new Ace Attorney for 3DS was confirmed during the presentation.


X footage (Thanks, Gematsu)



  1. Legendaryboss

    That’s why the Nintendo direct was at nightime? Because it featured mature content, X & Bayonetta 2: oh Nintendo.

    Well i am at a lost for words.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. dreamcastnews

    That was the worst Nintendo Direct I’ve seen so far. I’m tired of enduring crippling stream that undermine the ‘and next we have’ type suspense. By the time it resumes play, it’s some game we’ve already seen a Million times, is this Nintendo sorting out the Wii U ? Is this getting 3rd parties back?

    I honestly think Nintendo haven’t a fucking clue. If I see another Donkey Kong trailer I really think I may jam a crayon into my Wii U disc slot and send it to Nintendo – DK doesn’t sell hardware!

    Who gives a shite about Bayonetta when Sega are blatantly going to release it on the other two in six months anyway – it isn’t going to sell Wii U’s.

    Here’s another trailer of Mario Kart….. Yeah Nintendo, I think we get it. Where’s the Watch_Dogs trailer since it’s the ONLY 3rd party major game left?!

    #2 11 months ago
  3. schrodinger_cat

    That was…bad. Why bother doing Nintendo Direct like this? No new games (except some weird DL titles no one cares about), nothing…sigh

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Meatball

    @Legendaryboss No, it was to avoid people in the US having to get up at 5 or 6 in the morning just to watch it.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Legendaryboss

    Except for X everything else was boring/expected as in seen it plenty of times, come to expect it or just boring. No surprises on the Wii U end, it was very 3DS centric (the platform that doesn’t need all the help it can get) and no new reveals (Zelda U or anything else in the Nintendo stable).

    Regarding the Mario Kart 8 release date (May 30th), now from the 21st of Feb that right there is a three month drought without a major first party title to build additional momentum for Mario Kart 8.

    That would be a prime opportunity on the Watch Dogs Wii U trailer, game hasn’t been in the limelight and there are likely millions of fans wanting another trailer. Wii U could have been promoted alongside Watch Dogs. But no, this is what happens when a platform isn’t beneficial to third parties.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. Legendaryboss

    @Meatball Sure it was, a convenient time while the children and families are asleep.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. Meatball

    @Legendaryboss @dreamcastnews Nintendo knows that almost everyone who is going to play Watch_Dogs is going to play it on something other than the Wii U, especially now it’s not even coming out at the same time anymore. So why would they put time and money into marketing (an inferior version of) a game that at this point isn’t going to do anything for them? Until they’ve increased their installed user base through first and second party titles, third party stuff is just not worth bothering with, because third parties aren’t interested anyway.

    #7 11 months ago
  8. Legendaryboss

    @Meatball That’s an excuse (Based without knowledge of any version), an overplayed and overused one at that. Its a problem that needs to be addressed personally and fixed, rather than Nintendo releasing titles and hoping third parties come back.

    #8 11 months ago
  9. X14EVR

    how come al you 5 year olds actually can work a computer without parents watching you?
    you must be all 5 if you like nintendo anyway its for kids and wahts the point of asking for thrid party games on weeu when you can just get them on your xbox? pointless money wasted in my opinion
    hope you have fun pretending your a plumber rescuing a princess you newbs while i dice and slice and thrice up zombies on dead rising like a grown up
    you all expect nintendo to comeback whenthey wont they are like sega who have sonic and still nobody even likes that on different consoles it was all garbage to begin with you all need to stop livng in the past and stop playing games that are meant for atari nintendos or whatever they are called even back then they were terrible consoles

    #9 11 months ago
  10. absolutezero

    Watch Dogs is from Ubisoft. Child of Light is from Ubisoft.

    “Show more 3rd Party games!”

    “No not that third party game, another one. No not that one. Oh you showed the one that I wanted? Well I never liked it anyway!”

    Fuck right off the edge of my dick. Seriously.

    #10 11 months ago
  11. absolutezero

    It had X, which is looking like Xenoblade with Mechs, a rough Monster Hunter 4 date and Bayo 2 being fucking amazing.

    If one of those three things does not interest you what so ever then you might as well stop playing video games because you have traveled so far up your own anus that theres no going back.

    Jesus fucking wept.

    #11 11 months ago
  12. DarkElfa

    @X14EVR English is your friend, don’t abuse it.

    #12 11 months ago
  13. Joe Musashi

    DKC:TF looks to be as good as DKCR from what I’ve seen. Great stuff. I just hope they don’t deliberately engineer some pointless control gimmick into it.


    #13 11 months ago
  14. mistermogul

    Why do I get the feeling that if these nuggets of information from the ND were from Sony or MS this site would report each one as a separate news story? As it’s Nintendo everything gets shoved into one article?!

    Maybe I’m wrong but Nintendo news on VG feels like an after thought, a useful filler…

    #14 11 months ago
  15. polygem

    i still believe that many people are having very misguided expectations. nintendo will give you nintendo experiences and they´ve said that oh so many times and yeah, that´s what they are doing. full. stop.

    this is the essence really of the ever returning nintendo discussion: people still being disappointed. i do not blame those people nor do i blame nintendo but the thing is: there wont be a solution to this situation any time soon and maybe there never will be one.

    i can understand where the disappointment is coming from but as soon as people start to embrace nintendo games for what they are, stop searching for the secret message and look for their harcore role playing, shooter, online whatever stuff elsewhere, they would realise that nintendo games are great BECAUSE they are not like those, because they feel familiar, yet fresh, make you giggle and smile…but they wont let you decapitate a zombie. maybe dance a weird dance with it. maybe. probably not even that.

    i am actually very happy that in this regard nintendo is deaf to critique, they do not listen to complaints, they are dointg their thing like an egomaniac on supercoke. that´s not always sexy to look at, it´s arrogant obviously but in the end i really think it´s the best option for them. again, the games they´ve dropped in the last few years are almost all exceptionally great and imo that says something. it´s a statement. a good one. and it shows that nintendo are staying true to theirselves and indeed their fans if you will in an ever changing market. they adapt but at the same time they try not to lose themselves and i hugely hugely respect that. this is the beauty of it all.

    now call this a nintendo love letter all you like….but remember: this is only about games. these are just my 2 cents. nothing more. nothing less. (and if nintendo will keep making weird cross promo bs like recently i will leave them standing in the cold like i did with the xbox brand).

    so, if you are still disappointed that you are getting more yoshi and kirby but not that chainsaw killer survivor horror nintendo game: be prepared for more disappointments.
    i agree that this direct was pretty meh because it didn´t feature much new stuff though.

    that said i reall think yoshis island and that new 3ds! dk, kirby and mario kart look fantastic.
    strangely i am not very interested in X. doesn´t do the trick for me.

    the wiiu needs more love nintendo. you have to pull some rabbits out of the hat right now or people wont even bother anymore.

    #15 11 months ago
  16. Legendaryboss

    @absolutezero I won’t bother with the annoying condescension regarding what i should approve of and i won’t bother stating that i said “except for X”.

    Monster Hunter 4 was already dated before ND, it was reconfirmed. Your personal attachment serves no purpose (other than to downplay and condescend to what was said) to what was stated, no-one stated the games were bad. Show a certain third party game which presents a prime opportunity.

    Ice melts, its as predictable as your stance on Nintendo. You hit the nail on two points: ND = meh & love letters.

    #16 11 months ago
  17. polygem


    look at your post #1 you are talking about me being predictable?

    i must say, you are a very cute guy indeed.

    your life must be so easy. the world and the universe certainly is no riddle to you.

    #17 11 months ago
  18. Legendaryboss

    @polygem Thats interesting, it really is. Something i’m saying for the first time in regards to the Nintendo direct at nightime because it featured mature content.

    THE FIRST TIME! And its predictable. LOL! Thats funny, your so funny :D Unless you could link otherwise.

    #18 11 months ago
  19. polygem


    “oh Nintendo.
    Well i am at a lost for words”

    your neverending flamebait vocabulary…repeating itself into oblivion.

    that you again fail to see that was very predictable also btw.

    #19 11 months ago
  20. Legendaryboss

    @polygem From predictable to never-ending flamebaiting vocabulary. I’m still not seeing a link to prove that post 1 is predictable.

    #20 11 months ago
  21. polygem


    #21 11 months ago
  22. Legendaryboss

    @Legendaryboss Edit: Words of disappointment is not flamebaiting, try again with the link as well.

    #22 11 months ago
  23. Legendaryboss

    @polygem HaHa, the second time your funny, u so funny. :D

    #23 11 months ago
  24. polygem


    look i don´t want to dance this dance…

    … with you again and again. my point stands. no need to agree.

    #24 11 months ago
  25. Legendaryboss

    @polygem Sure the point stands without proof, right.

    #25 11 months ago
  26. polygem


    proof can be easily found in words sometimes, not links. i think you should really head over to the sesame street now.

    #26 11 months ago
  27. Legendaryboss

    @polygem Suit yourself and i don’t need to live in a fictitious world.

    #27 11 months ago
  28. polygem


    whatever you say…but remember man, you are legendaryboss and i am calling myself polygem. that´s the true foundation of these discussions right here :)

    it´s sometimes good to remind yourself about that.

    #28 11 months ago
  29. CyberMarco

    @ Poly and Boss, give it a rest already! :)

    #29 11 months ago
  30. ManuOtaku

    Sony fans feeling disappoinment torwards nintendo, or nintendo actions,strattegies ,or even with nintendo games and lack of third party support, No way, that never had happened here before in VG, never ,is like saying there were nintendo threads in the past with plus 500 nintendo comments with that type of thinking.

    Having said that i cannot wait for bayonetta monster hunter and yoshi island, especially bayonnetta one of my favorite 360 games, and one fo the best new ips of the past/current gen.

    #30 11 months ago
  31. polygem

    glad to see you´re still around :)

    #31 11 months ago

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